1980 Australian Rally Championship

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1980 Australian Rally Championship
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The 1980 Australian Rally Championship was a series of five rallying events held across Australia. It was the 13th season in the history of the competition.

George Fury and navigator Monty Suffern in the Datsun Stanza won the 1980 Championship.

Season review[edit]

The 13th 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 1980 season saw the Datsun Stanzas dominate the competition, taking out first, third and fourth places in the championship. It was the fifth championship for Datsun in six years, with wins in all five rounds. Colin Bond and John Dawson-Damer put up some opposition in their Ford Escort RS1800 but it was Datsun's and in particular Fury's year.

The Rallies[edit]

The five events of the 1980 season were as follows.[2]

Round Rally Date
1 Rally of the West (WA)
2 Lutwyche Village Rally (QLD) 3rd/4th May 1980
3 Akademos Rally (VIC) 24th/25th May 1980
4 Bega Valley Rally (NSW) 14th-16th June 1980
5 Donlee Rally (SA)

Round Two - Lutwyche Village Rally[edit]

Position Driver Navigator Car Time
1 George Fury Monty Suffern Datsun Stanza 236.54
2 Greg Carr Fred Gocentas Ford Escort RS1800 238.19
3 Ross Dunkerton Jeff Beaumont Datsun Stanza 239.36
4 Colin Bond John Dawson-Damer Ford Escort RS1800 244.22
5 Wayne Bell Dave Boddy Holden Gemini Turbo 248.12
6 Ed Mulligan C Heaney Ford Escort RS1800 250.22
7 Murray Coote Brian Marsden Ford Escort RS2000 254.43
8 Ray Vandersee Ian Young Datsun 120Y 269.12
9 Barry Ferguson Steve Owers Holden Gemini TC 269.49
10 Lisle Neumann P Young Datsun 1600 299.45

Round Three - Akademos Rally[edit]

Position Driver Navigator Car Time
1 Ross Dunkerton Jeff Beaumont Datsun Stanza 48.47
2 Colin Bond John Dawson-Damer Ford Escort RS1800 55.49
3 Greg Carr Fred Gocentas Ford Escort RS1800 62.43
4 Barry Ferguson Steve Owers Holden Gemini TC 66.42
5 C Brown P Patterson Datsun 1600 67.53
6 Hugh Bell D O'Reilly Datsun 1600 71.16

Round Four - Bega Valley Rally[edit]

Position Driver Navigator Car Time
1 George Fury Monty Suffern Datsun Stanza 6:19.43
2 Colin Bond John Dawson-Damer Ford Escort RS1800 6:20.20
3 Ross Dunkerton Jeff Beaumont Datsun Stanza 6:20.56
4 Geoff Portman Ross Runnalls Datsun Stanza 6:31.25
5 Barry Ferguson Steve Owers Holden Gemini TC 7:08.52
6 Peter Nelson Graham Moule Datsun 1600 7:16.47
7 G Clarke A Davis Datsun 180B SSS 7:17.36
8 B Clarke Mal Sinfield Datsun 180B SSS 7:18.43
9 P Eather S Yorke Datsun 180B SSS 7:20.28
10 D Balmain B Woolcott Mitsubishi Lancer 7:21.02

1980 Drivers and Navigators Championships[edit]

Final pointscore for 1980 is as follows.[3]

George Fury - Champion Driver 1980[edit]

Position Driver Car Points
1 George Fury Datsun Stanza
2 Colin Bond Ford Escort RS1800
3 Ross Dunkerton Datsun Stanza
4 Geoff Portman Datsun Stanza
5 Greg Carr Ford Escort RS1800
6 Barry Ferguson Holden Gemini TC

Monty Suffern - Champion Navigator 1980[edit]

Position Navigator Car Points
1 Monty Suffern Datsun Stanza
2 John Dawson-Damer Ford Escort RS1800
3 Jeff Beaumont Datsun Stanza
4 Ross Runnalls Datsun Stanza
5 Fred Gocentas Ford Escort RS1800
6 Steve Owers Holden Gemini TC

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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