1998 Victorian Rally Championship


To see what else happened during 1998 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1998 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. They are assumed to be similar to previous years, but apparently had the addition of a class for Group A cars.

The VRC was made up exclusively of Special Stage events.

Eligible vehicles were PRC, Group N, Group A 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, Group A and Historic Rally Cars. It appears that Formula Commodore was dropped.

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 6 VRC events this year, but 7 if the two halves of Rally of Melbourne are counted seperately. The Djerriwarrah Rally was cancelled but the Begonia was revived in its place. It appears that this was the first time that an event, the Rally of Melbourne, counted as two separate events, Heat 1 and Heat 2, but with half points for each heat.

Click on each event for full details and results.

  1. Rally in the Valley – Results in April Unicar
  2. Strzelecki Stages – Results in May Unicar
  3. Goulburner Rally – Results in Aug Unicar
  4. Rally of Melbourne Heat 1 (also ARC) – ARC results in Aug Unicar, also VRC results
  5. Rally of Melbourne Heat 2
  6. North Eastern Rally – Results in Oct Unicar
  7. Begonia 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: Russell Hocking / Susan Brick, Datsun 120Y

PRC 2WD 1300-1600cc: Brian Semmens / David Leoncini, Toyota Corolla TE37

PRC 2WD 1600-2000cc: Darren Crozier / Michelle Crozier, Isuzu Gemini PF60

PRC 2WD over 2000cc: Michael Morris / Geoff Floyd, Holden Commodore

PRC 4WD: Craig Morris / Jenny Cole, Mitsubishi Galant VR4

Group N 2WD under 1300cc: Sam Vaughan, Suzuki Swift GTi
Co-driver: 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 / Chris Tait, Mitsubishi Lancer RSe3

Group A: not awarded

HRC: Brendon Lindsey / John McLaughlin, Alfa Romeo Guilia