2021 Victorian Rally Championship

The 2021 Till Hino Victorian Rally Championship was won by Darren Windus and Joe Brkic in a Subaru Impreza WRX. 

2WD Champions: Adrian Stratford / Kain Manning, Ford Fiesta G2 ST

Clubman Award: Danny Traverso, Subaru Impreza RS
Co-driver: Samantha Brendel (with Troy Brendel)

Novice Award: Lance Rippon / Paul Loughnan, Toyota Levin

To see what else happened during 2021 in Victorian rallying, go to the 2021 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 the same as previous years.

The VRC was made up exclusively of Special Stage events with competitive distances between 50 and 200 km.

Eligible vehicles were PRC, Group N, Group N(P), S2000, Historic Rally Cars, Classic Rally Cars, Club Rally Cars and CAMS Group G2, AP4 and G4. S1600 and Group R5 were not eligible for VRC points or class awards.

Awards were made for outright champions, 2WD, Clubman and Novice. An under 2 litre 2WD Cup was introduced. There were also car class awards as follows: PRC and Group N up to 1400cc, PRC 1401-1600cc, PRC 1601-2000cc, PRC 2WD over 2000cc, PRC 4WD over 2000cc (split into two classes, essentially pre and post 1998, pre excluding any vehicles with fully active differentials, post including S2000), Historic Rally Cars, Classic Rally Cars, Club Rally Cars,  S2000, ARC G2 and G4/AP4

All awards were allocated 30-25-21-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 for first to fifteenth.  Crew registration was automatic for the first half of the season, but crews members could elect not to register for VRC points. With ten heats, the worst two results were dropped. All awards required competitors to compete in at least 50% of the events.


There were 5 VRC events in 2021, each with two heats so 10 heats in all. The Akademos was calendared but was cancelled due to covid lockdowns while both the Valley Stages and Gippsland Rally were postponed but eventually ran later in the year.

  1. Mitta Mountain Rally (NECC)
  2. Ada River Rally (WDCC)
  3. Marysville Stages (FFCC)
  4. Valley Stages (NCCA)
  5. Gippsland Rally (Vroom and CCRMIT)


Class Awards

PRC/N under 1400cc: Not awarded

PRC/N 1401-1600cc: Lochlan Reed, Hyundai Excel
Co-driver: Paul Loughnan (with Lance Rippon)

PRC/N 1601-2000cc: Troy Brendel /Samantha Brendel, Ford Escort MkII

PRC/N 2WD over 2000cc: Tony Moore / Troy Hutchins, Ford Focus ST

PRC/N 4WD over 2000cc post 1998: Darren Windus / Joe Brkic, Subaru Impreza WRX. 

PRC/N 4WD over 2000cc pre 1998: Paul Lahiff, Mitsubishi Lancer GSR
Equal with Franco Liucci / Barry Sheridan, Mitsubishi Lance Evo VI R
Equal Co-driver: Mark Young (with Bodie Reading)

HRC: Not awarded

Club Rally Cars: Brendan Reeves / Kate Catford, Datsun 1600

Classic Rally Cars: John Downs /Kylie Turner, Ford Escort MkII RS2000

Group G2: Adrian Stratford / Kain Manning, Ford Fiesta G2 ST

Excel: Lochlan Reed / William Murphy, Hyundai Excel

Ford Fiesta Cup: Nick Seymour / Gordon Grant, Ford Fiesta

Under 2 litre Cup: Lochlan Reed, Hyundai Excel
Co-driver: Samantha Brendel (with Troy Brendel)