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The new Victorian Rally Organisation has set itself a goal of facilitating the development of rallying in all its forms in Victoria.

“VRO aims to be a facilitator of rallying, whether it is gravel or tarmac based, sprint or marathon,” founding Chairman, Ian Crook, said.

“Whether the cars be modern or historic, club or international, we just want to see potential organisers, sponsors, competitors and officials having the best possible chance to ‘do their thing’ in rallying.

“If folks want to go rallying in historic cars under certain regulations, then we will try to see that it happens. And if there is a sponsor who wants to see historic and classic rally cars in a high level, high profile national or state-based competition, then we shall try to see that it happens – especially since this gives great opportunities for club level competition to prosper.

“By the same token, if there are factory supported teams who want to get into a competition – especially if it’s against club level competitors on a fairly ‘level playing field’ - then we shall try to facilitate this also.”

Crook said that Australia should be one of the real ‘homes’ of rallying, much like Scandinavian countries, with lots of open spaces and small rural populations who would welcome large scale events, since these were potentially lucrative tourism business opportunities..

He said that rallying should be flourishing in Australia since it provided some ideal environments for club level competitors and for international teams to complete extensive testing under a wide range of surfaces and climatic conditions.

“We also want to facilitate competitors shifting from one competition to another and as seamlessly as possible between events that are run under AMSAG, CAMS or AASA, here and in New Zealand,” he added.

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