2004 RACEtech Steel Victorian Rally Championship

The 2004 VRC was again sponsored by RACEtech and won by Peter and Chris Montgomery in their Subaru WRX. They won three of the four rounds, with Justin Dowell/ Matt Lee winning the second round and finishing equal third in the championship. Andrew Pannam and Paul Flintoff scored well in all four rounds but fell just short of winning the championship.

The 2WD championship was closely fought with three different winners across the four rounds. Ben Fawcett and Tony Boyd secured two wins and a second in their Nissan Pulsar GTi but were matched on points by Leigh and Ken Garrioch in their Mitsubishi Mirage Cyborg with a second, two thirds and a fourth. Brian Semmens and David Leoncini in the Nissan 200SX just missed out after failing to finish the final round.

The Clubman driver’s award went to Keith Lewis in a Suzuki Baleno with three wins and a third. His co-driver, Kristaps Herman, did not compete in the final round so had to share the Clubman co-driver’s award with Jason Hague (with Brett Ross).

Brett Ross and Jason Hague comprehensively won the Novice award in their Holden Commodore VN with four straight wins.

To see what else happened during 2004 in Victorian rallying, go to the 2004 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 which were substantially identical to the previous year.

The VRC was made up exclusively of Special Stage events with competitive distances between 50 and 230 km.

Eligible vehicles were PRC, Group N and Historic Rally Cars.

Awards were made for outright champions, 2WD, Clubman and Novice (sponsored by Peddars and known as the Peddars No Bull Award). There were also car class awards as follows: PRC up to 1400cc, PRC 1401-1600cc, PRC 1601-2000cc, PRC 2WD over 2000cc, PRC 4WD over 2000cc (split into two classes, pre and post 1991) , Group N under 1400cc, Group N 1401-1600cc, Group N 1601-2000cc, Group N over 2000cc and Historic Rally Cars.

All awards were allocated 20-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 for first to  tenth.  With only four rounds, all results counted. With the two day Rally of Melbourne as a round, concurrent with the ARC, only Day 1 counted for the VRC. Series Registration was introduced back in 1994 and only registered competitors were eligible for points. However, bona fide Victorian competitors were automatically recognised as registered! All awards required competitors to complete in at least 50% of the events.


There were only 4 VRC events in 2004. The David Nutter Ford Rally was calendared as Round 1 but was first postponed and then cancelled due to the bushfire damage. Rally of Melbourne was then added as a VRC round, concurrent with the ARC event, but Day 1 only to count for the VRC.

  1. Akademos Rally (MUCC)
  2. Bega Valley Motors Rally (NSW)
  3. Rally of Melbourne (also ARC, VRC was Heat 1 only)
  4. North Eastern Rally (NECC)

Outright Pointscores

2WD Pointscores

Clubman Pointscores

Novice Pointscores

Class Awards

PRC under 1400cc: Brad Sanders, Suzuki Swift
Co-driver: Deborah Howard-Jones (with Mark Howard-Jones and Aiden O’Halloran)

PRC 1401-1600cc: Leigh Garrioch / Ken Garrioch, Mitsubishi Mirage Cyborg RS

PRC 1601-2000cc: Keith Lewis, Suzuki Baleno
Co-driver: Tony Boyd (with Ben Fawcett)

PRC 2WD over 2000cc: Brian Semmens / David Leoncini, Nissan 200SX RV S12

PRC4WD over 2000cc post 1990: Peter Montgomery / Chris Montgomery, Subaru WRX

PRC 4WD over 2000cc pre 1991: Nat Presutto / Marcus Richards, Nissan Pulsar GTiR

Group N under 1400cc: not awarded

Group N 1401-1600cc: not awarded

Group N: 1601-2000cc: not awarded

Group N over 2000cc: Derek Reynolds / Jenna Kelley, Mitsubishi Lancer RS Evo 2

HRC: David Brown / Jenny Cole, car?

Class Points Tables