1988 Victorian Rally Championship

It was an interesting year for the VRC in a number of respects. First, only four rounds were calendared and then weather caused postponements and a cancellation with an additional event, the North Eastern, being co-opted into the series. Second, the dual category scoring introduced the previous year was expanded to a triple category system with points for Group G, PRC and Clubman cars. So there was the possibility of a champion emerging without having placed well in any events, with only the bonus points for outright lessening the chances.

In the end, David Greig and Paul Tirant in their Group G Datsun 1600 were dominant, with two wins and two seconds.  Greg Hoinville and Michael Cains finished second overall despite having never placed higher than fifth, but they convincingly won the Clubman award. Greg was one of the few entrants to swap between the PRC and Clubman categories to maximise their points yield, a strategy that they continued into 1989.

Eric Pietila and Mike Rebbechi in the Mazda 323 4WD had a breakthrough win in the final round, the first for a 4WD PRC car. They just won the State Recognised Award.

Some excellent performances by Simon Duerden and Michael Carrol including three top-ten finishes, gave them the Novice award.

To see what else happened during 1988 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1988 year page.

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

Series Regulations

These were specified in the VRC Standing Regulations, but we don’t have a copy.

The VRC was made up exclusively of Special Stage events.

Eligible vehicles were Production Rally Cars, Group G and Clubman Rally Cars,

Awards were made for outright champions, State Recognised (previously Grade 2, Grade 3 also assumed to be eligible), Clubman (Grades 3 and 4 only) and Novice (for the first time this year).

In this third year of the transition away from Group G, outright points were allocated separately to Group G, Production Rally Cars and the new category of Clubman Rally Cars, so effectively creating three separate series. The introduction of the Clubman Rally Car and its privileged points-scoring status was a genuine attempt to encourage those with Group G cars to de-modify them in preparation for the following year when they would be ineligible.  An excellent explanation of the transition away from Group G and the role of the Clubman Rally Car category can be found in an article by Bruce Keys, then Executive Officer of the National Rally Committee, in the January 1990 Unicar Magazine.

There was the possibility of a consistently performing Clubman Rally Car winning the championship without ever placing highly in the results. The circuit breaker was 4-3-2-1 bonus points for outright places.

In each division points were allocated 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 for first to  tenth. If five or more events were held, competitors dropped their worst (or no) score. But this year with only four rounds, all points counted.


It was a difficult year for VRC events, with several events postponed due to weather and some challenges with Access Control requirements. The latter perhaps contributed to the fact that only four rounds were calendared.

The Blue Ribbon was calendared as Round 1 but was postponed to October. The Akademos was calendared in May as Round 3 but was called off at the last moment due to wet weather also postponed to October. The George Derrick was calendared as the fourth and final round in September but was cancelled and effectively combined with the Blue Ribbon. With only three rounds viable, the Bright North Eastern was added as the final round, taking over the date of the cancelled Alpine Rally.

Click on each event to see further details, including results.

  1. Bayswater Wrecker Stages (FFCC)
  2. Maryborough Blue Ribbon Rally (incorporating the Derrick, LCCA, CCRMIT)
  3. Akademos (MUCC)
  4. Bright North Eastern Rally (NECC)

Outright Pointscores

These points tables have been reconstructed from the available results.

Outright Drivers Pointscores

Outright Navigators Pointscores

State Recognised Pointscores

State Recognised Drivers Pointscores

1Eric Pietila202040
2Ross Fraser6151536
3Michael Morris122032
4Greg Hoinville41212129
5Mark Smedley101222
6=Mike Reeves2020
6=Simon Duerden68620
8=Tony Cooper1515
8=Pat Barber1515
10Neil Cuthbert31013
11Geoff Maguire4812
12=Chris Neilsen1010
12=Kevin Robe1010
14=Andrew Brent88
14=Dean Nixon88
16Peter Schey66
17=Peter Fyfe224
17=Greg Walker44
17=Terry Naish44
20=Glen Cuthbert33
20=Kevin Parry33
20=Darren Good33
23=Nigel Letty22
23=John Wilson22
25=Gary Kendrick11
25=Grant Hore11
25=Darren Bellingham11

State Recognised Navigators Pointscores

1Mike Rebbechi202040
2Ashley Fraser6151536
3Michael Cairns41212129
4Joel Wald101222
5=David Proctor2020
5=Michael Carroll68620
5=Jennifer Hall2020
8=Jill Sutton1515
8=Jim Maude1515
10=Glen Michell1212
10=Patric Casey4812
12=David Ridley1010
12=Daryl Adams1010
12=Greg Day1010
15=Bryce Norton88
15=Trevor Nixon88
17Neil Schey66
18=Terry Nixxon44
18=Neil Cook44
20=Jeff Langerway33
20=Colin Elliot33
20=Peter Manners33
23=Steve Young22
23=Denis Baker22
23=Kevin WIlson22
23=Grant Cary32
27=Barbara Kendrick11
27=Paul Loughnan11
27=Nathan Garratt11
27=Gerry Bashford21

Clubman Pointscores

Clubman Drivers Pointscores

1Greg Hoinville122020456
2Simon Duerden312121239
3Neil Cuthbert101525
4=Tony Cooper2020
4=Pat Barber2020
6Peter Fyfe28616
7=Andrew Brent1515
7=Dean Nixon1515
7=Kevin Roben1515
10=Glen Cuthbert1010
10=Nigel Letty8210
10=Peter Schey1010
10=Terry Naish1010
14=Greg Walker88
14=Darren Good88
16=Gary Kendrick66
16=Grant Hore66
16=Kevin Parry66
19=Mick Whitmore44
19=Greg (?) Beanland44
19=John Wilson44
22=Barry Collins33
22=Darren Bellingham33
22=Phil Downs33
25=Anthony Bunn22
25=Terry Goode22
27=Peter Buchanan11
27=Alan Wilson11
27=Robert Schultz11
27=Phil Lyons11

Clubman Navigators Pointscores

1Michael Cains122020456
2Michael Carroll312121239
3=Jill Sutton2020
3=Jim Maude2020
5=Bryce Norton1515
5=Trevor Nixon1515
5=Daryl Adams1515
5=Greg Day1515
9=Jeff Langerway1010
9=Colin Elliot1010
9=Neil Schey1010
9=Neil Cook1010
13=Steve Young88
13=Gerry Bashford268
13=Denis Baker88
13=Terry Nixon88
13=Grant Cary88
18=Barbara Kendrick66
18=Paul Loughnan66
18=Peter Manners66
21=Graham Mashiter44
21=Rick Hunter44
21=Kevin Wilson44
24=Bill Clark33
24=Nathan Garratt33
24=Annette Howarth33
27=Cameron Jay22
27=Anthony Dall’Oste22
27=Lyn Fredericks22
30=Peter Mills11
30=Alan Wilson11
30=Bruce Dillon11
30=Bob Martin11

Novice Pointscores

Novice Drivers Pointscores

1Simon Duerden1520202075
2Peter Fyfe12151542
3Greg Walker8615837
4Mick Whitmore2020
5Grant Hore21214
6=John WIlson1212
6=Terry Goode1212
8=Peter Buchanan1010
8=Greg Beanland1010
8=Darren Bellingham1010
8=Phil Lyons1010
12=Alan Wilson88
12=Anthony Bunn88
14Brendan Edgerton347
15=Martin Grigg66
15=Robert Schultz66
15=Michael Parker66
18=Stephen Marron44
18=Bill Moulding44
18=Vance Wheeler44
21=John Brach33
21=Paul Leicester33
23=Bernard Phelan22
23=Peter Mill22
25=Paul Thomas11
25=Barry Crocker11
25=Ray Carr11

Novice Navigators Pointscores

1Michael Carroll1520202075
2Terry Nixon8615837
3Gerry Bashford121527
4Graham Mashiter2020
5Denis Baker1515
6=Paul Loughnan1212
6=Kevin Wilson1212
6=Lyn Fredericks1212
9=Peter Mills1010
9=Rick Hunter1010
9=Nathan Garratt1010
9=Bob Martin1010
13=John Wilson88
13=Anthony Dall’Oste88
15Graeme Holding347
16=Alan Growse66
16=Bruce Dillon66
16=Gary Cook66
19=Gavin Blewett44
19=Shane Davis44
21=Angela Murray43
21=John Humm33
21=Steve Dunbar33
24=Debra McDougall22
24=Ryan Irwin22
24=Brian Hunt22
27=Vin Jennings11
27=Cody Crocker11
27=Matthew Carr11