1979 Australian Rally Championship

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1979 Australian Rally Championship
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The 1979 Australian Rally Championship was a series of five rallying events held across Australia. It was the twelfth season in the history of the competition.

Ross Dunkerton and navigator Jeff Beaumont in the Datsun Stanza won the 1979 Championship.

Season review[edit]

The twelfth Australian Rally Championship was held over five events across Australia, the season consisting of one event each for New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and West Australia.[1] The 1979 season saw the Datsun Stanzas of Dunkerton and Fury regain some of their dominance with the main challenge from the Escort of Carr.

The Rallies[edit]

The five events of the 1979 season were as follows.

Round Rally Date
1 Akademos Rally (VIC)
2 Rally of the West (WA)
3 Lutwyche Village Rally (QLD)
4 Bega Valley Rally (NSW)
5 Endrust Forest Rally (SA)

Round Four - Bega Valley Rally[edit]

Position Driver Navigator Car Points
1 Colin Bond John Dawson-Damer Ford Escort RS1800 91.18
2 George Fury Monty Suffern Datsun Stanza 97.56
3 Ross Dunkerton Jeff Beaumont Datsun Stanza 123.35
4 Peter Gaudron Graeme Pigram Datsun 1600 134.50
5 Paul Nudd Barbara Nudd Datsun 120Y 142.10
6 Ian Swan Phillip Rainer Datsun 120Y 149.17

1979 Drivers and Navigators Championships[edit]

Final pointscore for 1979 is as follows.[2]

Ross Dunkerton - Champion Driver 1979[edit]

Position Driver Car Points
1 Ross Dunkerton Datsun Stanza
2 Greg Carr Ford Escort RS1800
3 Colin Bond Ford Escort RS1800
4 Geoff Portman
5 George Fury Datsun Stanza
6 Dean Rainsford

Jeff Beaumont - Champion Navigator 1979[edit]

Position Navigator Car Points
1 Jeff Beaumont Datsun Stanza
2 Fred Gocentas Ford Escort RS1800
3 John Dawson-Damer Ford Escort RS1800
4 Ross Runnalls
5 Monty Suffern Datsun Stanza
6 Jerry Browne


External links[edit]

  • [1] Results of Snowy Mountains Rally and ARC results.