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Ed Ordynski, recently-resigned Australian Rally Commission Chairman, says that the announcement of the Victorian Rally Organisation should be very good news to CAMS, ARCom and rally communities around Australia.

He says that the establishment of the VRO aligns well with CAMS’ future directions and established strategies.

“CAMS has certainly made no secret that overseeing rallying at state and club level is not profitable, is difficult to administer  and heavily dependent on volunteers.  A reduction in the number of ‘in-house’ committees and advisory panels is often seen as essential to CAMS’ future efficiencies,” Ordynski said.

“The VRO will be able to deal with that administration using the very same people who provided the advisory service to CAMS previously on the rally panel, thereby reducing the need for CAMS to incur head-office overheads in the area of state and club rallying.

“The VRO can effectively supply a free service to CAMS in all administrative aspects of state and club rallying, leaving CAMS to focus on being a shop window for insurances in this part of the sport.  CAMS will then be able to put its energy into the top end events and international rallies where there are profits to be made and cost efficiencies in simply adopting FIA regulations – which are usually of little relevance or applicability to state and club events,” Ordynski added.

Ordynski also said that he can’t imagine CAMS would see the VRO as any sort of threat – he says it’s far more likely to be seen as a great relief from the burden of administering lower level events. In fact he recommends that CAMS encourages all states to adopt a similar initiative.

“The growth of state and club rallying really requires this sort of initiative and there will be some tremendous advantages, particularly in safety, access and environmental areas where the recognized and predominantly volunteer experts in the field will be able to let CAMS know exactly what is required to responsibly issue permits for these events,” he said.

Ordynski expressed great respect for the Victorian rally community for the time and tireless effort put into the new organization, and the highly regarded direction it has provided for rallying, Australia-wide.

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