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RallySport Magazine August 2016

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The August 2016 issue of RallySport Magazine is now available, and includes: Latest news: * Dowel backs rallycross to be bigger than V8 Supercars * Quinn’s Rally Australia WRC car bid falls short * New WRX STi could be Rally America bound * Up to 10 AP4 cars for 2017 NZRC * Skoda R5 for Mark Pedder at Rally Australia Feature stories: * Famous stages - New Zealand’s Motu * A close look at the Skoda Fabia AP4+ * Group B Mitsubishi Starion 4WD remembered * Budget rallying - Hyundai Excel * Where are they now - Wayne Bell * Hayden Paddon column * Vale: Steve Ashton Interviews: * Molly Taylor - Subaru factory driver * David Holder - NZ Rally Champion * Col Trinder - Chairman of ARCom * Emma Gilmour - NZ’s fastest lady Event reports: * Rally of Finland * APRC - China Rally * Catalans Coast Rally * NZ’s Northern Rallysprint Series * Walky 100 Rally, SARC


INTERVIEW: COL TRINDER ARCOM EXPLAINED Col Trinder is the main in charge of the Australian Rally Commission, perhaps the most misunderstood organisation in rallying. While many are quick to blame them for some of the directions rallying is taking, very few people actually know how the commission works, and what role they play. RallySport Magazine decided to seek the answers from the man right at the head of the sport. RSM: What is the Australian Rally Commission’s role in the sport? Col Trinder: I can completely understand why people who are not entirely familiar with the way responsibility is divided up in CAMS between a national office and each state, might not understand exactly what the Australian Rally Commission (ARCom) is responsible for. ARCom is responsible for policy advice – so has limited hands-on influence regarding what happens on the ground at your local rally. ARCom is just a panel of 10 volunteers drawn from the wider rally community to provided policy advice about rallying to the CAMS Board. Things that happen on the ground, such as the organisation of a State Championship, or an event, are delivered through state councils (and their subordinate panels), car clubs and event organisers. The CAMS Board actually issues what is known as a ‘Standing Order’ to all the appointed commissions. ARCom’s Standing Order describes what it is responsible for and how it must operate. ARCom’s responsibilities are not necessarily exclusive, but include advising on various sporting aspects, technical regulation and strategic direction, as well as contributing the rally portfolio view to other wider CAMS policies and direction. It is important to appreciate that the CAMS Board also takes advice from the other Commissions, State Councils, entities connected to, or part of CAMS, such as AIMSS, the CAMS administration itself, as well as responding to government, regulators, 44 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - AUGUST 2016 insurers, legal and commercial interests. A typical ARCom meeting will be devoted to considering proposals arising from submissions from State Rally Panels, competitors, organisers, commissioners and CAMS itself. These generally cover a wide range of topics relating to rallies, including proposals to make changes to technical rules and regulations, as well as reviewing developments at all levels in the sport and considering any incidents. One of ARCom’s specific functions, delegated by the Board of CAMS, is to ensure the Australian Rally Championship is conducted - so ARCom does have this ‘operational’ role “2007 was a critical time with a great deal of turmoil during a major transition in the sport.” with regard to the ARC. This function is delivered through a working group headed by David Waldon – and before him, Scott Pedder. This ARC working group is responsible for the overall ‘championship’ functions and it works with organisers, media and sponsors to knit together the arrangements needed to run and promote the championship. Since this involves commercial contracts, a company structure, wholly owned by CAMS, is in place to ensure these arrangements can work administratively. This is the entity that some would know as Rallycorp. How long have you been on ARCom? I responded to Garry Connolly’s invitation to nominate for a position on ARCom back in 2001. I took over from Ed Ordynski in the role of Chairman in 2007. Before succeeding Ed in the role as Chairman I had been deputy chairman of the Commission. 2007 was a critical time with a great deal of turmoil during a major transition in the sport. This particularly impacted the ARC level of the sport and my appointment as Chairman was a baptism of fire. With long-term interest of manufacturers in rallying at both national and international level on the wane, arrangements for the television rights up for review, and significant commercial challenges arsing from the contraction of sponsorship spending and then the GFC, there were many large pieces of this jigsaw whirling around our heads at high speed. The immediate challenge was to address the impact of this big change of circumstances on all the commercial aspects of the ARC – which was PHOTO: Geoff Ridder

something entirely outside of my experience or expertise. The sport was very fortunate to have Ben Rainsford’s commercial and business skills, as well as his drive and passion, to keep the ARC going on essentially a zero budget through this time. It was a very difficult time for everyone involved. Do you enjoy it? Like most things that are personal and professional challenges, leading a group like ARCom can be very rewarding, as well as very demanding. It is the sort of role where the number of competing interests you are trying to juggle to get some kind of balance means that almost no one is ever entirely satisfied. Recognising an idea with merit and potential and pushing for it to be taken “Leading a group like ARCom can be very rewarding, as well as very demanding.” up, and seeing it grow over time, is very satisfying. The adoption of RallySafe is an example I could point to. But it is also true that we have had our share of epic failures where good intentions and seemingly sensible ideas just don’t take root. So as well as the good ideas that people soon forget, you wear the consequences of the failures that they instantly recall – and rightly remind you of. It’s certainly not the kind of job where you would expect to be universally thanked. What is the biggest challenge ARCom has to deal with at the moment? The same as it always has been – simply trying to balance the competing interests within the sport is a constant challenge. The task is to balance the expectations of Government, the FIA, CAMS, insurers, competitors, organisers, sponsors, volunteers, state councils, rally panels and all the other stakeholders. There is an over-riding obligation to protect the interests of our volunteer base which requires constant vigilance. From time to time ARCom sees ideas that sound logical at first blush, but ARCom’s role includes keeping a watch over rallying at all levels of the sport. when scrutinised actually represent shifting of some risk from a competitor to a volunteer or organiser. Many of the necessary rules around safety and apparel illustrate this point. Not only do we need to manage the risk of some unlikely eventuality, we also have to manage the perception of that risk by others outside of rallying. I am always concerned about the risk that a volunteer or organiser might be held accountable in the event that a decision or action by a competitor goes wrong. Many of our policies that competitors probably regard as overly precautionary exist because we have had to deal with this circumstance. What is ARCom doing to get newcomers into rallying in Australia? The focus of ARCom’s efforts in building the profile of the sport to attract potential newcomers revolves around maintaining a high level of $ 99 inc Postage OWN A SLICE OF MOTOR SPORT HISTORY CAMS: The Official History, celebrates 60 years of CAMS, 1953-2013, a complete history of its formation and development. The 512 page hard cover book contains more than 1000 photographs – and just as importantly – an accurate and detailed documentation of our sport’s foundation. Written by some of Australia’s most proficient motorsport historians and journalists, CAMS: The Official History is a must have for every motor sport enthusiast. Be armed with more knowledge than has ever been documented before; purchase your numbered and signed copy of CAMS: The Official History. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE CAMSSHOP AUGUST 2016 - RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE | 45

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