The Victorian Rally Championship has been the state’s premier series of events since its inception in 1961. It was originally known as the Victorian Trials Championship but the named changed to the Victorian Rally Championship in 1972, reflecting the greater emphasis on driver and car speed, and also to bring it into line with the new Australian Rally Championship which began in 1968. Nevertheless, navigation featured heavily in the early VRC and continued well in the late 1970s. From 1980 the VRC has only comprised special stage events timed to the second.
It is not clear what points system was used for the 1961 VTC but from 1962 to 1967 it used a 30-27-24-21-18-15-12-9-6-3 points system for first to tenth. In 1968 this changed to the 9-6-4-3-2-1 points system for the top six place getters in each round. Normally the best five results counted. In 1984 the scoring system changed to 20-15-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 covering the top ten places. During the transition from Group G to CRC and PRC ]in the period 1987-1990, points for the outright champion were awarded separately for each class of vehicle, sometimes with bonus points for outright event placings. This was superseded by the current 30-25-21-18-16-14-12-10-8-6-4-3-2-1 system in ????.
In 1978 a Grade 2 (State Recognised) Award was introduced into the VRC. In 1981 when the Victorian Clubman Series was discontinued, a Grade 3 (Clubman) Award was also introduced into the VRC. These were discontinued in 1990. A Novice Award was introduced in 1988.
In 2003, with the dominance of 4WD cars, a 2WD Championship was introduced based on the same events.