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International Rally of Queensland – A Proud History. . .
IROQ continues a long and proud history of top-flight rallying in Queensland. With its forerunner Rally Queensland, the event has been staged since 1968, when the Australian Rally Championship was inaugurated.
It’s the longest-running round of the national championship and was professionally organised by the Brisbane Sporting Car Club Ltd (BSCC) from 1968 until 2015. From 2016, Rallycorp Pty Ltd, a division of the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, has undertaken the organising responsibility, although still with many of the long-term IROQ officials on board alongside those with experience on other events including the WRC Rally Australia.
Run originally out of Brisbane, the rally since 1997 has showcased the beautiful Sunshine Coast. It added the prestigious FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship to its portfolio in 2009. The warm winter climate, superb beach and hinterland settings and resort facilities make IROQ a most popular destination on the FIA APRC and ARC calendars.
In more than 40 years, the rally has seen some extraordinary "Down Under" talents in action, including Possum Bourne, Ross Dunkerton, Ed Ordynski, Neal Bates, Murray Coote, Greg Carr, Cody Crocker, Simon Evans, Colin Bond, Harry Firth and George Fury. Queenslander Chris Atkinson used his experience and success in the 2004 Rally Queensland to secure a prized place in the Subaru World Rally Team from 2005. Chris won IROQ in 2012 driving an MRF Skoda and went on to secure that year's APRC driver's championship.
In Atkinson's wKE, Team MRF has brought top young European Skoda works drivers Esapekka Lappi, Jan Kopecky and Pontus Tidemand to the rally, all on their way to bigger things in the WRC.
Both the Queensland Government, through Tourism and Events Queensland, and the Sunshine Coast Regional Council have recognised the economic and community benefits of IROQ through continuing financial support.
IROQ PAST WINNERS
2015 Pontus Tidemand (Sweden)/Emil Axelsson (Sweden) Skoda Fabia S2000