1983 Victorian Rally Championship

It was a closely fought VRC that was reduced to only five rounds after three rounds were cancelled due to extreme weather, both hot (bushfire risk) and wet (road damage).

After four rounds, David Adams and Chris Randell lead with 20 points but they would have to drop one round so were effectively on 16 points, behind Portman with 18 points from two wins. David Officer and Kate Hobson were in third with only 15 points. Graeme Wise and John Williams were on 12 points and still mathematically in with a chance.

But in a remarkable final round, Dinta and Kate took the victory and the championship while both Portman and Adams failed to finish with mechanical problems. Wise/Williams finished seventh, out of the points.

Not surprisingly, David Adams and Chris Randell took out the Grade 2 Award while Chris Neilsen and David Ridley won the Clubman Award.

To see what else happened during 1983 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1983 year page.

To see other years of the Victorian Rally Championship, got to the VRC page.

Dinta and Kate on the 83 Alpine (John Aust)

Series Regulations

These were specified in Section 3 of the 1983 Victorian Addendum to the Australian Rally Code.

The VRC was made up exclusively of Special Stage events.

Awards were made for outright champions, Grade 2 (non Grade 1, so Grade 3 and 4 could score points also) and Clubman (Grades 3 and 4 only).

In each division points were allocated 9-6-4-3-2-1 for first to sixth with the best four results to count from the five rounds.


There were only five VRC events this year. The Begonia was originally calendared as the first round was cancelled due to the extreme fire risk. The Zodiac was postponed from  early April to June, perhaps for similar reasons. The Rich River Rally was calendared as Round 5 but was cancelled due to the Murray River flooding. The calendared sixth round was the Blue Ribbon, also cancelled probably due to wet weather. The Akademos was originally calendared as Round 6 in August but was postponed to December, also due to extreme weather. Click on each event to see further details, including results.

  1. North Eastern
  2. Camcrusher
  3. Canon Zodiac Rally
  4. Myer City Centre Rally
  5. Akademos

Outright Pointscores

Outright Drivers Pointscores

1David Officer339924
2David Adams466420
3Geoff Portman9918
4Peter Thompson242614
5Graeme Wise6612
6Brian Smith99
7Chris Nielsen347
8Richard Carter44
9=Steve Ashton33
9=Mike Welsh33
9=Roger Moll123
12=Stephen Mitchell22
12=Michael Morris22
14=Greg Hoinville11
14=Andy White11
14=Bruce Robertson11
14=Jim Kennedy11

Outright Navigators Pointscores

1Kate Hobson339924
2Chris Randell466420
3Peter Mignot9615
4John Williams6612
5=Ross Runnalls99
5=Les Collins99
7David Ridley347
8Jim Maude246
9Peter Crossman44
10=Ro Nixon33
10=Ken Price33
12=Bernard Peasley22
12=Simon Scott22
12=Greg Austin22
12=Bob Whitworth22
16=Jim Davis11
16=Bill Aggenbach11
16=Steve Knight11
16=Andrew Roberts11
16=Bruce Keys11

Grade 2 Pointscores

Grade 2 Drivers Pointscores

1David Adams999936
2Chris Neilsen436922
3Roger Moll6410
4Richard Carter1168
5Michael Morris347
6=Stephen Mitchell66
6=Greg Hoinville426
6=Andy White246
6=Mike Welsh66
10Bruce Robertson235
11=Humphrey Enter33
11=Ian Salmon213
11=Jim Kennedy33
14Graeme Gambold22
15=Phil Eather11
15=Ian Thorp11

Grade 2 Navigators Pointscores

1Chris Randell999936
2David Ridley436922
3=Bill Aggenbach66
3=Bernard Peasley66
3=Andrew Roberts246
3=Peter Crossman66
3=Ken Price66
8Bruce Keys235
9=Steve Knight44
9=Greg Austin44
9=Bob Whitworth44
12=Denis Enter33
12=Geoff Floyd33
12=David Molloy213
12=Jim Davis33
16=Greg Price112
16=Gray Parsonson22
16=Doug Gould22
19=Steve Yorke11
19=Jan Durrans11

Clubman Pointscores

Clubman Drivers Pointscores

1Chris Nielsen949931
2Richard Carter639321
3Greg Hoinville9615
4=Michael Morris6410
4=Andy White4610
6Ian Salmon2327
7=Ian Thorp246
7=Mike Welsh66
9David Chestnut44
10=G’ O’Sullivan33
10=Graeme Gambold33
12=David Nugent22
12=C. Adams22
14=Dale Smart11
14=Peter Thompson11
14=John Marshall11
14=Karl Robertson11
14=Robert Bell11

Clubman Navigators Pointscores

1David Ridley949931
2Greg Price63312
3Andrew Roberts4610
4=Steve Knight99
4=Peter Crossman99
6=David Molloy2327
6=Ken Price167
8=Geoff Floyd66
8=Gray Parsonson66
11=Ian McKenzie44
11=Jan Durrans44
11=Bob Whitworth44
13=P. Russ33
13=David James13
13=K. Moore23
13=Doug Gould33
17=Frank Grant22
17=Peter Pfeifer22
19=Colin Uren11
19=John Wilson11
19=Ray Temple11