2009 Australian Rally Championship

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2009 Australian Rally Championship
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The 2009 Australian Rally Championship season is the 42nd season in the history of the competition.

It is also the first since the mid-1980s to take place with no significant manufacturer support after Toyota withdrew its support of the Bates Motor Sport rally team which has competed as Toyota Team Australia since the early 1990s. Toyota did fund the teams final appearance at the tarmac Rally Tasmania, but after that Neal Bates had to find other sources of funding for his Corolla. Simon Evans left the team, taking up the reins of a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX under the banner of his own personal building business. Despite this setback, Evans and his wife Sue regained the title they had lost the previous year to their now former boss. Bates could only manage third in the title, finishing behind one of the Corollas he had previously built to the Group N+ regulations, driven by an ever-consistent Glen Raymond. Evans younger brother Eli slipped to fourth in the standings after beating Simon into second position last year.

The Rallies[edit]

The 2009 season featured six rallies, the first five of which contribute to the drivers' title. The sixth, the newly reinstated Rally Australia, will contribute only to the manufacturers standings.[1]

Round Rally Date
1 Rally Tasmania 13–15 February
2 Rally of Canberra 7–8 March
3 Quit Forest Rally 3–5 April
4 Rally Queensland 9–10 May
5 Sprints Auto Parts Rally SA 31 July-2 August
6 Repco Rally Australia 3–6 September

Teams & Drivers[edit]

The following are the competitors from the 2009 ARC season.[2]

Team Manufacturer Number Driver Co-Driver Class
Bates Motor Sport Toyota 1 Neal Bates Coral Taylor Super 2000
3 Simon Evans Sue Evans Super 2000
Tankformers Subaru 2 Eli Evans Chris Murphy Group N
Simons Builders Mitsubishi 3 Simon Evans Sue Evans Group N
Spencer Lowndes Mitsubishi 4 Spencer Lowndes Chris Randell Group N
Raymond Partner Accounting Toyota 5 Glen Raymond Matt Raymond Group N P
Maximum Motorsport Subaru 6 Dean Herridge Glen Weston Group N
Activ Rallysport Mitsubishi 7 Justin Dowel Matt Lee PRC
Les Walkden Rallying Subaru 8 Brendan Reeves Rhianon Smyth Group N
Wauchope Motors Subaru 9 Michael Boaden Helen Cheers PRC
Kumhyo Tyres Subaru 10 Tony Sullens Julia Barkley PRC
OzTec Suspension Mitsubishi 11 Steven Shepheard John McCarthy PRC
Kiplings Bakery Mitsubishi 12 Brett Kipling Darren Masters PRC
Nathan Quinn Mitsubishi 12 Nathan Quinn David Green Group N
Total Motorsport Subaru 12 Craig Brooks Tony Jackson Group N
Matt van Tuinen Subaru 14 Matt van Tuinen Daniel Wilson PRC
Fullerton Financial Services Mitsubishi 16 Bruce Fullerton Hugh Reardon-Smith PRC
19 Ryan Smart Rebecca Smart
Allquip Australia Ford 17 Barney Hogan Darren Grainger Group N
Marlin Australia Subaru 24 John Murray Senior Bob Selby-Wood PRC
Barry Kirk Rallying Mazda
Mitsubishi
32 Barry Kirk Lisa Reed White

Drivers Championship[edit]

Pos Driver Team Car Tasmania Canberra Forest Qld RallySA Total
Heat1 Heat2 Heat3 Heat1 Heat2 Heat1 Heat2 Heat1 Heat2 Heat1 Heat2
1 Simon Evans Bates Motor Sport
Simon's Builders
Toyota Corolla S2000
Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX
17 34 20 40 41 34 40 41 60 52.5 379.5
2 Glen Raymond Raymond Partner Accountants Toyota Corolla Sportivo 11 26 11 30 26 40 30 34 34 51 45 338
3 Neal Bates Bates Motor Sport Toyota Corolla S2000 20 40 18 34 34 12 41 30 31 12 272
4 Eli Evans Tankformers Subaru Impreza WRX 15 30 15 34 22 26 45 60 247
5 Justin Dowel Activ Rallysport Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 8 14 8 26 30 26 20 18 39 24 213
6 Steven Shepheard OzTec Suspension Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X 12 22 18 18 16 14 30 39 169
7 Ryan Smart Fullerton Financial Services Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI 22 20 22 22 33 27 146
8 Brett Kipling Kipling's Bakery Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 20 20 20 27 33 120
9 Simon Knowles Speedie Contractors Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI 16 16 12 12 10.5 21 87.5
10 John Berne Beecroft Dental Centre Subaru Impreza RS 16 10 9 9 21 18 83
11 Dean Herridge Maximum Motorsport Subaru Impreza WRX 9 20 9 10 26 74
12 Brendan Reeves Les Walkden Rallying Subaru Impreza WRX 13 22 10 7 20 72
13 Matt van Tuinen Matt van Tuinen Subaru Impreza WRX 18 16 7.5 30 71.5
14 Cameron Sluce Cameron Sluce Subaru Impreza RS 18 12 10 10 50
15 Barry Kirk Barry Kirk Rallying Mazda RX-7
Mitsubishi Mirage
6 6 7 15 12 46
16 Luke Page Rally Development Racing Hyundai Excel 8 18 15 41
17 Nathan Quinn Nathan Quinn Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 14 26 20 40
18 Michael Boaden Wauchope Motors Subaru Impreza WRX 22 18 40
19 Spencer Lowndes Spencer Lowndes Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution IX 10 16 13 39
20 Richard HOughton Houghton Team Racing Subaru Impreza WRX 14 14 5 33
21 John V. Murray Marlin Australia Subaru Impreza WRX 8 9 13.5 30.5
22 Darren Windus Groundforce Truck Rentals Toyota Corolla S2000 30 30
23 Tony Sullens Kumho Tyres Subaru Impreza WRX 5 18 7 30
24 Barney Hogan Allquip Australia Ford Fiesta 6 13.5 10.5 30
25 Jack Flanagan Bisous Nissan Sunny 14 14 28
26 Bruce Fullerton Fullerton Financial Services Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI 24 24
27 Charlie Drake Claddagh Civil Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII 16 16
28 Craig Brooks Total Motorsport Subaru Impreza WRX 7 7

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