2015 Victorian Club Rally Championship

The 2015 Victorian Club Rally Championship was won by Cary Seabrook and Rhiannon Philpot-Hale from NCCA in a Datsun Stanza. They also won the 2WD and Class D championships. The Champion Club award was won by HRA on 1,929 points with NCCA second 1,759 and CCC third 1,392.

Other awards were:

Novice: Driver – Justin Lange, Navigator – Ross Batson (Escort RS2000)

See below for Senior and Junior Cup and Class awards.

To see what else happened during 2015 in Victorian rallying, go to the 2015 year page.

To see other years of the Victorian Club Rally Championship, go to the VCRS page.

Adrian Stratford and Kain Manning on the 2022 Nissan Nightmoves, Photo: John Doutch

Series Regulations

These were specified in the VCRS Regulations, which were substantially the same as previous years.

The VCRS was made up exclusively of Special Stage events with competitive distances ideally between 100 and 160 km. Some rounds were “stand alone” events and others piggy-backed on a Victorian Rally Championship round. Where run in conjunction with a VRC event, the VCRS course was always shorter, typically by excluding the last special stage of the VRC event.

Pace noting was not permitted. For “stand alone” rounds, A-B timing was used and some night time running was encouraged.

Eligible vehicles were PRC, Group N, Historic Rally Cars, Classic Rally Cars, Club Rally Cars and Cross Country Cars.  There were also five classes based on engine capacity.

To be eligible for points, both crew members had to be a member of one of the clubs participating in the series although that list includes most car club active in rallying in Victoria . The clubs were BLCC, CCRMIT, CerbCC, FFCC, HRA, KCC, MUCC, MMSC, NECC, NCCA, PAC, RSM, and WDDC. Awards were made for outright champions, 2WD, Junior Cup, Senior Cup, Novice and for each class. In addition, an overall “Champion Club” award was made to the most successful club in the series.

For the individual awards, points allocated were 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 for first to tenth.¬† Crews had to register for points in the first event they competed in that year but couldn’t start a new registration after 50% of the year’s events had been run. With five rounds for the year, all counted. If there had been more rounds, one or more results would have been dropped.

For the Champion Club award, 1st outright was allocated 70 points, 2nd 69 points, 3rd 68 points, etc down to one point for 70th if there were sufficient finishers. Each club then scored the points allocated to the top 3 drivers and top 3 navigators who were members of and had nominated that club.

Events

There were 5 VCRS events in 2015. Click on the event to see more details.

  1. Neerim Classic (NCCA)
  2. Marysville Stages (FFCC)
  3. Nissan Nightmoves (NCCA)
  4. Spring 200 (FFCC)
  5. Blue Rock Stages (PAC)

Points Tables

Class Awards

Junior Cup: Driver – James Rooke, Navigator – no competitor qualified

Senior Cup: Driver – Kim Begelhole, Navigator – Ben Courtney

Class A: Driver – James Rooke, Navigator – Heli Thaw

Class B: Driver – Andrew Taylor, Navigator – Ben Courtney

Class C: Driver – Justin Lange, Navigator – Ross Batson

Class E: Driver – Colin Sichlau, Navigator – Rick Thorpe