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Today marks 20 years since Brett Middleton and Linda Long won the Formula 2 category in the 1997 Australian Rally Championship. Driving a Honda Civic, the Sydneysiders outlasted other fancied runners to take the title, including Dean Herridge in a Hyundai Coupe, and fellow West Australian Ross Mackenzie in a Daihatsu Charade.

Brett Middleton and Linda Long celebrate their F2 win in the 1997 Australian Rally Championship

Middleton and Long secured the title at the Rally of Melbourne in a season which saw Possum Bourne win the second of his seven consecutive ARC titles. The 1997 championship also saw Michael Guest win the Group N title in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3.
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