The Australian Rally Championship (ARC) is the summit of rallying in Australia that comprises an electrifying five rounds of off-road competition. The rally has been held since 1968, touring Australia’s most striking and scenic locations. A look at the season opener circuit, the Quit Forest rally, reveals that roads are narrow and tree-lined, and are often covered in the notoriously slippery, ball-bearing gravel. The third round event which is the International Rally of Queensland comprises roads that vary between tight and technical and fast and flowing, with many rough sections that give this event an infamous reputation as a potential car-breaker.

The Coffs Coast Rally is known for its numerous surface changes due to heavy rains and road damage that even led to its cancellation in 2009. This rally is one to look out for as it occasionally faces blinding rains often fog up the windscreen which can lead to drivers slowing down dramatically or risk going off the road. The Scouts rally event is the smoothest and fastest in the championship, making the rally the season’s climax for competitors and spectators alike.

The ARC 2015 season opener took place on 27th-29th March at Quit Forest Rally event while the just concluded round 2 went down at the National Capital Rally from 15th – 17th May. 27-year-old Molly Taylor this year made Australian Rally History by becoming the first female driver to ever win a round in the ARC series despite battling with time penalties, a fragile car (Renault Clio R3) as well as some serious competition. Taylor and her co-driver Bill Hayes currently stand at the top of the table with 138 points followed by Eli Evans and his co-driver Glen Weston at 121 points.

The next events are slated for 19th-21st June – International Rally Queensland event, 10th – 13th September Rally Australia (Coffs Coast) event, and the series peak going down on 23rd – 25th October during the Scouts Rally event.