The organisers of Rally Australia have announced that Graham Fountain, chairman and director of the company, has resigned.

A short statement issued to the media read: "Rally Australia Pty Ltd has been advised today by Mr Graham Fountain of his resignation as chairman and a director of the company.

"Mr Ben Rainsford, a current director from Adelaide, has been appointed acting chairman. Rally Australia thanks Mr Fountain for his service as a director since December 2009 and as chairman in recent months."

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