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Newly appointed Chairman to the Australian Rally Comission, Ed Ordynski, has added a wealth of experience to the governing body of Australian rallying.

Four outstanding champions of the sport have now taken up their appointments and have attended their first ARCom meeting.

Two former ARC Champions, Ross Runnalls and Murray Coote, join Ordynski in providing ARCom with three former champions.

Ordynski points out that Runnalls and Coote have a strong grasp of issues at all levels of the sport and both have maintained strong links with entry and state level competitors.

Matt Lee, the current Victorian co-drivers’ champion, has been perhaps a surprise appointment as a competitor advisor, but Ordynski says that state level rallying is a high priority for ARCom and Lee has been fulfilling an admirable role on the Victorian Rally Panel.

Probably the most surprising appointment is Jim Richards, arguably Australia’s most successful racing driver and late in his career, the most successful tarmac rally driver.

Richards has also been appointed as a competitor advisor and Ordynski says that he has already brought a new perspective to the role of ARCom, which has needed to recognise that tarmac rallying is probably bigger than gravel rallying in many ways.

“Anyway, Jim rallied Escorts on the dirt in his early career so that makes him ideal for ARCom in my books,” says Ordynski.

Other rally champions on ARCom include continuing members Col Trinder, a former NSW Rally Champion, and Lin Gigney, a former Tasmanian Champion.

Ben Rainsford continues in his role as Chairman of the Tarmac Rally Working Group.

Finally, Peter MacNeall who is the longest serving member continues as the ARC Series Sporting and Technical Director.

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ARCom already making postitive moves

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