The Australian Rally Championship® (ARC) is the premier rally series in Australia and consists of a six round championship for drivers and high profile teams from all over Australia. As the pinnacle of rallying in Australia, the Australian Rally Championship® is a series that attracts interest from all walks of life.
In 2017 high profile drivers such as Eli and Simon Evans. Justin Dowel, Mark Pedder, Molly Taylor, Harry Bates and many more regulars will compete for outright honours in the Championship alongside talented new comers and seasoned campaigners alike in the various support categories.
Rallying is without doubt one of the most thrilling motor sport disciplines to watch. Its sideways action and adrenaline-pumping speed as the cars race through forests is extraordinary for the fans who throng to the forest.
The club and state rally scene provides an excellent training ground for competitors moving to the ARC, with many up and coming young crews doing extremely well in the championship
The ARC is proving a feeder of talent to world rallying. Its most promising graduate Chris Atkinson moved to the world stage with a competitive drive in the World Rally Championship with the Subaru World Rally Team after nearly winning the 2004 ARC.
A number of ARC Drivers and Co Driver are currently flying the flag for Australia in the International rally scene most notably Scott Pedder and Dale Moscatt in the WRC2 and young guns Arron Windus and Guy Tyler set to contest the 2017 British Rally Championship.
2017 will see a return of the World Rally Championship to Australia on the Coffs Coast, with Rally Australia taking place in November. Rally Australia will also be round 6 of the Australian Rally Championship®.
The International Rally of Queensland is also a round of the FIA’s Asia Pacific Rally Championship and is also round 3 of the Australian Rally Championship. These events attract the best drivers and teams from the world and region to Australia and showcase the best Australia has to offer.
2017 Australian Rally Championship® Calendar
Round 1 Eureka Rally, Victoria 17-19th March
Round 2 Quit Forest Rally, Western Australia 21-23rd April
Round 3 International Rally of Queensland, 26-28th May (FIA APRC)
Round 4 Lightforce Rally SA 15-17th September
Round 5 National Capital Rally, Australian Capital Territory 13-15th October
Round 6 Kennards Hire Rally Australia, New South Wales 16-19th November