1997 Victorian Rally Championship


To see what else happened during 1997 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1997 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.

The VRC was made up exclusively of Special Stage events.

Eligible vehicles were PRC, Group N and HRC.

Awards were made for outright champions and Novice. There were also car class awards as follows: PRC 2WD up to 1300cc, PRC 2WD 1301-1600cc, PRC 2WD 1601-2000cc, PRC 2WD over 2000cc, PRC 4WD, Group N 2WD under 1300cc, Group N 1301-1600cc, Group N 1601-2000cc, Group N 2WD over 2000cc, Group N 4WD, Formula Commodore (a sub-class of PRC) and Historic Rally Cars.

Outright and Novice points were allocated 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 for first to  tenth. Class points were allocated 9-6-4-3-2-1. Series Registration was introduced in 1994 and only registered competitors were eligible for points. However, bona fide Victorian competitors were automatically recognised as registered! Class awards required competitors to complete in at least 50% of the events.


There were 5 VRC events this year. The Mount Gambier Rally was calendared as Round 2 but was cancelled.

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

  1. Win TV Rally in the Valley -Results in April Unicar
  2. Goulburner Rally – Results in Aug Unicar
  3. Rally of Melbourne (also ARC) – ARC Results in Aug Unicar, VRC in Sep Unicar
  4. North Eastern Rally – Results in Oct Unicar, revised results in Nov Unicar, then revised again in April 98 Unicar with revised series points!
  5. Djerriwarrah Rally – Results in Nov Unicar

Outright Pointscores

Outright Drivers Pointscores

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Outright Co-Drivers Pointscores

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Novice Pointscores

Novice Drivers Pointscores

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Novice Co-Drivers Pointscores

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Class Awards

PRC 2WD under 1300cc: Glenn Secomb / David Peterson, Honda Civic

PRC 2WD 1300-1600cc: Brian Semmens, Toyota Corolla TE37
Co-driver: not awarded

PRC 2WD 1600-2000cc: Adam Wilson, Toyota Celica RA40
Co-driver: Peter Whitely (with Nick Whitely)

PRC 2WD over 2000cc: Chris Lowe / Richard Gay, Holden Commodore VP V8

PRC 4WD: Mike Reeves / Robin Smalley, Mitsubishi Galant VR4 / Mitsubishi Lancer RSe3

Group N 2WD under 1300cc: not awarded

Group N 2WD 1301-1600cc: not awarded

Group N 2WD 1601-2000cc: not awarded

Group N 2WD over 2000cc: not awarded

Group N 4WD: Martin Grigg, Mitsubishi Lancer RSe3
Co-driver: Felicity Nutter (with David Nutter)

Formula Commodore: Chris Walters / Jamie Sargeant, Commodore VH

HRC: Brendon Lindsey / John McLaughlin, Alfa Romeo Guilia