Australian Rally Championship

Find out about the history of the ARC

Series Summary

The Australian Rally Championship was inaugurated in 1968 and comprised events from each state. Victoria has hosted one, and sometimes two or three rounds of the ARC in most years. Victorian crews have won the ARC about twenty times over its long history.

The ARC was originally limited to vehicles complying with CAMS Group C Touring Car regulations but in the late 1970s this was relaxed to include the more heavily modified Group G cars. In 1982 FIA Group A was introduced alongside CAMS Group G, with some interesting outcomes! By the end of the 1980s the ARC had fully adopted FIA Group A, Group N and later developments.

The original ARC scoring was 9-6-4-3-2-1 for the first six (eligible) placing in each round. The scoring was changed to 20-15-12-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 in 1981, but still for each complete round. For several years when Group G was running in parallel with Group A, points were awarded to both vehicle categories. In the 1990s there were several years where crews could also gain half points for placings in a limited number of state championship events. A more complex scoring system was introduced some years later, awarding points from 40 down to 1 for the top 20 places in each heat of a round, with various loadings, bonus and power stage points.

Tom Snooks has written a detailed history of the ARC from 1968 to 1988 inclusive. You can read it here.

Australian Rally Champions and Victorian Rounds

YearChampion DriverChampion Navigator/ Co-driverVehicleChampion ManufacturerVictorian Round(s)
2023Harry BatesCoral TaylorToyota Yaris AP4ToyotaGippsland Rally
2022Lewis BatesAnthony McLoughlinToyota Yaris AP4ToyotaGippsland Rally
2021Not awarded (covid)No Victorian round
2020Not awarded (covid)
2019Harry BatesJohn McCarthyToyota Yaris AP4ToyotaPedders Eureka Rush
2018Eli EvansBen SearcySkoda FabiaEureka Rally
2017Nathan QuinnBill Hayes*Mitsubish Lancer EVO IXEureka Rally
2016Molly TaylorBill HayesSubaru Imprezza WRX STiSubaruNo Victorian round
2015Eli EvansGlen WestonCitroen DS3 R3CitroenNo Victorian round
2014Scott PedderDale MoscattRenault Clio R3CitroenRally Victoria
2013Eli EvansGlen WestonHonda JazzHondaRally Victoria
2012 4WDMichael BoadenHelen CheersMitsubishi Lancer Evo IXHondaRally Calder
Rally Victoria
2012 2WDEli EvansGlen WestonHonda Jazz
2011Justin DowelMatt LeeMitsubishi Lancer Evo IXNot awardedRally Victoria
2010Simon EvansSue EvansSubaru Imprezza WRX STiNot awardedRally Victoria
2009Simon EvansSue EvansMitsubish Lancer Evo iXNot awardedNo Victorian round
2008Neal BatesCoral TaylorToyota Corolla S2000Not awardedNo Victorian round
2007Simon EvansSue EvansToyota Corolla SportivoToyotaRally of Melbourne
2006Simon EvansSue EvansToyota Corolla SportivoToyotaRally of Melbourne
2005Cody CrockerDale MoscattSubaru Imprezza WRX STiSubaruRally of Melbourne
2004Cody CrockerGreg FolettaSubaru Imprezza WRX STiSubaruRally of Melbourne
2003Cody CrockerGreg FolettaSubaru Imprezza WRX STiSubaruRally of Melbourne
2002Possum BourneMark StaceySubaru Imprezza WRX STiSubaruRally of Melbourne
2001Possum BourneCraig VincentSubaru Imprezza WRC98SubaruRally of Melbourne
2000Possum BourneMark StaceySubaru Imprezza WRC98SubaruRally of Melbourne
1999Possum BourneCraig VincentSubaru Imprezza WRC98SubaruRally of Melbourne
1998Possum BourneCraig VincentSubaru Imprezza 555SubaruRally of Melbourne
1997Possum BourneCraig VincentSubaru Imprezza 555MitsubishiRally of Melbourne
1996Possum BourneCraig VincentSubaru Imprezza 555DaihatsuRally of Melbourne (C10)
Rally in the Valley (C5)
1995Neal BatesCoral TaylorToyota Celica GT4DaihatsuRally of Melbourne (C10)
Rally in the Valley (C5)
1994Neal BatesCoral TaylorToyota Celica GT4DaihatsuRally of Melbourne (C10)
Alpine Rally (C5)
Rally in the Valley (C5)
1993Neal BatesCoral TaylorToyota Celica Turbo 4WDDaihatsuBegonia Rally (C5)
Healesville Stages (C10)
Alpine Rally (C5)
1992Rob HerridgeMark NelsonSubaru LegacyDaihatsuAlpine Rally
1991Rob HerridgeSteve VanderbylSubaru LegacyDaihatsuAlpine Rally
1990Ed OrdynskiMark NelsonMitsubishi Galant VR4MitusbishiAlpine Rally
1989Greg CarrMick HackerLancia Delta IntegraleLanciaAlpine Rally
1988Murray CooteIain StewartMazda 323 4WDMazdaNo Victorian round
1987Greg CarrFred GocentasAlfa Romeo GTV6Not awardedAlpine Rally
1986Barry LoweKate Officer*Subaru RX TurboNot AwardedAlpine Rally
1985Barry LoweKevin PedderSubaru RX TurboNot awardedAkademos
1984David OfficerKate OfficerMitsubishi GalantNot awardedCanon Zodiac Rally
Alpine Rally
1983Ross DunkertonGeoff JonesDatsun 1600/
Datsun Stanza/
Holden Commodore
Not awardedAlpine Rally
1982Geoff PortmanRoss RunnallsDatsun 1600Not awardedAlpine Rally
1981Geoff PortmanRoss RunnallsDatsun StanzaNot awardedAkademos
Alpine Rally
1980George FuryMonty SuffernDatsun StanzaNot awardedAkademos
1979Ross DunkertonJeff BeaumontDatsun StanzaNot awardedAkademos
1978Greg CarrJohn Dawson-Damer*Ford Escort RS1800Not awardedMarchal Rallye
1977George Fury
equal with
Ross Dunkerton
Monty Suffern
equal with
Jeff Beaumont
Datsun 710 SSS

Datsun 260Z/710 SSS
NissanNorth Eastern Rally
1976Ross DunkertonJeff BeaumontDatsun 240ZNissanMarchal Rallye
North Eastern Rally
1975Ross DunkertonJohn LargeDatsun 240ZNissanAkademos
Kleber Alpine Rally
1974Colin BondGeorge ShepheardHolden Torana XU-1HoldenAkademos
Alpine Rally
1973Peter LangWarwick SmithHolden Torana XU-1HoldenClassic Rally
Alpine Rally
1972Colin BondGeorge ShepheardHolden Torana XU-1HoldenAkademos
Alpine Rally
1971Colin BondGeorge ShepheardHolden Torana XU-1HoldenClassic Rally
1970Bob WatsonJim McAuliffeRenault 8 GordiniRenaultEureka Rally
Blue Ribbon Rally
1969Frank KilfoyleDoug RutherfordFord Lotus CortinaFordClassic Rally
Alpine Rally
1968Harry FirthGraham HoinvilleFord Lotus CortinaNot awardedClassic Rally
Alpine Rally

* indicates driver and co-driver/navigator were not from the same crew