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Chaplain calls time on 19 year ARC involvement

Outgoing ARC motorsport chaplain, Dave Vaughan. Photo: Paul Mollison

Highly respected motorsport Chaplain, Dave Vaughan, has announced that he is stepping down from his position as Australian Rally Championship Chaplain.

After 19 years and 101 ARC events, Rally Australia at Coffs Harbour will be Vaughan’s final role with the championship.

“I feel that it’s time to step aside from the role of series Chaplain to the ARC. I am not retiring from Motorsport Chaplaincy, just having a change of direction,” Vaughan said.

“This has been a two-year process and I’m happy to announce that Kim van Keule from Western Australia will be taking over the role of series Chaplain to the ARC from 2019.

“Kim has been Chaplain in WA for 15 years and has also assisted me at events over that time.”

Vaughan won’t be lost to motorsport though.

“I will be continuing with Motorsport Chaplaincy in South Australia and also Targa Australia events, plus I have some other opportunities ahead as I approach 30 years in Motorsport Chaplaincy.”

His biggest supporter over his 19 years in the ARC has been his wife, Narelle, but he has created dozens of lifelong friendships during that period as well.

“Many thanks to all the ARC competitors, officials and family members who have been such an encouragement over the past 19 years,” he added.

“You have assisted me with travel expenses, supplied meals and have provided me with a life time of memories.”

The role of ARC Chaplain is a voluntary position.

RallySport Mag congratulates Dave on a brilliant career with the ARC, and wishes him all the very best for the future. We’ll miss his smiling face around the service park.

Dave Vaughan meets fellow Christian (and former world champ) Ari Vatanen at the Canberra ARC round.

 

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