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2003 Subaru Safari Tasmania

  1. SS23 National Park 3, SS24 Styx Link 3 & SS25 D.E.C. Super Special 2 - Final
  2. SS17 Bushy Park 2, SS18 Whites 2, Claypit 2, Paddy's Flat 2 & Uxbridge Short 2
  3. SS14 Uxbridge 2, SS15 National Park 2 & Styx Link 2
  4. SS11 Styx Long 1, SS12 Baskerville Super Special 1 & Baskerville Super Special 2 - Final Heat 1
  5. SS5 Bushy Park 1, SS6 Whites 1, SS7 Claypit 1, SS8 Paddy's Flat & SS9 Uxbridge Short 1
  6. SS2 Uxbridge 1, SS3 National Park 1 & Styx Link 1
  7. SS1 – Derwent Entertainment Centre Super Special
  8. TOYOTA COROLLA SPORTIVOS BOOSTED FOR TASMANIA

SS23 National Park 3, SS24 Styx Link 3 & SS25 D.E.C. Super Special 2 - Final


Toyota Team Racing has completed its first season rallying the Corolla Sportivo with another step forward in performance in the Subaru Safari Tasmania, the final round of the 2003 Australian Rally Championship.
Neal Bates recorded the team’s best result of the year by taking fourth place in Heat One yesterday.

The three-times national champion finished the day only 52.5 seconds behind the winner, newly crowned champion Cody Crocker, after 140 kilometres of competitive driving – a gap of just 0.375 seconds per kilometre.

This represents a 25 percent improvement over the previous event and a massive 75 percent gain since the first heat in Perth in March, where the gap was 1.48 seconds per kilometre.

Bates hoped to capitalise on yesterday’s season-high result in today’s second heat, but a split water injection tank resulted in a damaged engine that prevented him from finishing the day.

Nevertheless, his strong result yesterday gave Bates enough points to claim seventh place overall for the weekend, five places ahead of twin brother Rick in the second TTR Corolla Sportivo.

"We’ve made gains every event and this weekend was another step in the right direction," said Neal Bates.

“I was very happy yesterday to win a couple of stages and score our best result of the year with fourth place, so we’re certainly getting there.

“Now we’re looking forward to being right on the pace next year and we’ll be working really hard over Christmas while everyone else takes a holiday.”

The TTR Corolla Sportivos are the first cars in the world built to the Group N (Prototype) regulations and the team regarded 2003 as a development year with a view to challenging for the title in 2004.




Times after SS25 D.E.C. Sper Special 2 - Final









































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:05:56.2
2
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:06:35.9
3
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:06:40.2
4
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:06:40.3
5
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:06:56.0
6
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:07:18.8
7
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:07:24.9
8
22
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:07:50.1
9
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:08:02.9
10
11
Mark Pedder/Toni feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:08:45.8

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SS17 Bushy Park 2, SS18 Whites 2, Claypit 2, Paddy's Flat 2 & Uxbridge Short 2


Toyota Team Racing driver Neal Bates’ hopes of improving on yesterday’s season-high fourth place have been dashed by mechanical problems in Heat Two of Subaru Safari Tasmania.
The problem stems from a split water tank earlier in the day, which starved the TTR Corolla Sportivo engine water injection system and eventually resulted in detonation.

The car came to a halt about two kilometres from the end of Special Stage 20.

"It is very disappointing because yesterday’s fourth place was our best result in the Corolla Sportivo and we were looking to capitalise on that today," said Bates.

“Nevertheless, it has been a strong finish to the season and we have laid the groundwork for a concerted attack on the championship next year.”

Twin brother Rick Bates is continuing to fly the TTR flag today despite niggling handling problems and has moved up two places to ninth with three stages remaining.




Times after SS21 Uxbridge Short 2







































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
51:53.0
2
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
52:15.0
3
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
52:33.0
4
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
52:33.1
5
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
52:34.0
6
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
52:59.4
7
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
53:21.1
8
22
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
53:24.5
9
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
53:44.8
10
11
Mark Pedder/Toni feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
53:59.4

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SS14 Uxbridge 2, SS15 National Park 2 & Styx Link 2


A dramatic start to today’s second heat of the Subaru Safari Tasmania has left Toyota Team Racing’s two drivers outside of the top ten for the first time this season.
Neal Bates, who won last night’s two Super Special stages at Baskerville Raceway near Hobart, lost almost 30 seconds when he punctured a tyre on his Toyota Corolla Sportivo near the end of this morning’s third stage, dropping him back to 13th place.

Bates also lost time earlier in the day when the car’s aluminium water injection tank split open, sending 20 litres of water into the cockpit and causing the windows to mist, which caused severe visibility problems.

The TTR crew has fitted a plastic windscreen washer bottle tank from a standard Toyota LandCruiser to restore the water injection system.

Bates, a triple national champion, now has little hope of repeating yesterday’s season-high fourth place.

Twin brother Rick Bates in the second TTR Corolla Sportivo also had a dramatic morning, spinning his car at high speed. He fortunately avoided hitting anything, but lost considerable time and dropped to 11th place.

Both drivers also endured heavy tyre wear and have switched to harder compound BFGoodrich rubber.

"After winning the two Super Special stages last night, we’ve certainly come down to earth with a thud this morning," said Neal Bates.

“With the dry and boney conditions we have today, we can’t compete with the more powerful cars, so it’s going to be hard to make up ground, but we’ll give it everything and see what we can do.”

Privateers Juha Kangas, Scott Pedder and Simon Evans lead the field after the first three stages.




Times after SS16 Styx Link 2






















































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
24:48.9
2
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
25:09.0
3
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
25:11.2
4
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
25:15.0
5
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
25:16.0
6
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
25:22.2
7
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
25:22.7
8
22
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
25:32.8
9
21
Will Orders/Matt MacAdam
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
25:39.8
10
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
25:45.3
11
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
25:52.1
13
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
26:00.8

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SS11 Styx Long 1, SS12 Baskerville Super Special 1 & Baskerville Super Special 2 - Final Heat 1


Toyota Team Racing dominated today’s two Super Special stages held at Baskerville Raceway, capping off the team’s most competitive day of the 2003 Australian Rally Championship.
Neal Bates maintained his year-long dominance of Super Specials by setting the fastest times on both runs at the race circuit just outside Hobart that completed Heat One of the Subaru Safari Tasmania.

Twin brother Rick Bates in the second TTR Toyota Corolla Sportivo also enjoyed his best form of the weekend, setting the third-fastest times on both runs.

Neal finished the day in fourth place overall – TTR’s best heat result of the year.

"I am very happy tonight because fourth place is our best result with the Corolla Sportivo and we’ve finished the day with a couple of stage wins," said Bates.

“Today we have also reduced the gap to the leaders, so we’re getting there. Our aim is to be on the pace next year.

“We had a real go today and tomorrow we will try as hard as we can again and see what we can do.”

Neal’s fastest time of 1m57.5s at Baskerville was more than a second faster than any other driver.

The Baskerville Super Specials also provided joy for Melbourne driver Cody Crocker, who clinched his first Australian Rally Championship by winning today’s heat.




Times after SS13 Baskerville Super Special 2


































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:16:41.7
2
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:16:48.2
3
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:17:07.3
4
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:17:34.2
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:18:10.3

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SS5 Bushy Park 1, SS6 Whites 1, SS7 Claypit 1, SS8 Paddy's Flat & SS9 Uxbridge Short 1


Neal Bates and his Toyota Corolla Sportivo continue to shine in the Subaru Safari Tasmania, the final round of the Australian Rally Championship, moving up to fourth place after nine stages of Heat One.
Bates passed championship contender Ed Ordynski on SS7 to take over fourth and is now 20.7 seconds ahead.

After almost 100 kilometres of competitive driving, Bates trails event leader Juha Kangas by just 31.5 seconds, making it his most competitive rally of the season.

Kangas is locked in a tight leadership battle with Cody Crocker, who is attempting to wrap up his first national championship.

Bates said he was really enjoying having a competitive outing and was driving flat-out, narrowly avoiding going off the road a couple of times this afternoon.

Not so fortunate was twin brother Rick, who spun the second TTR Corolla Sportivo and lost three minutes getting back onto the road. The car suffered some under-car damage that required attention at the next service point.

There is one more stage this afternoon before the two Super Special stages at Baskerville Raceway this evening.




Times after SS9 Uxbridge Short 1






















































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
55:27.6
2
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
55:29.0
3
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
55:36.2
4
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
55:59.1
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
56:19.8
6
22
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
57:18.4
7
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
58:37.0
8
27
Paul Bray/Nick Maude
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
58:47.2
9
26
Brett Comber/Graham Comber
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
59:02.0
10
25
Michael Thompson/Michael Gentleman
Dr
Subaru
Dr
59:19.9
11
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:01:27.9




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SS2 Uxbridge 1, SS3 National Park 1 & Styx Link 1


Toyota Team Racing driver Neal Bates has secured a place in the top five of the Subaru Safari Tasmania, the final round of the Australian Rally Championship, with a strong performance in his Toyota Corolla Sportivo.
He is less than a second behind championship contender Ed Ordynski and half a minute ahead of the rest of the field.

Twin brother Rick Bates is lending solid support to the Toyota attack by holding down seventh place after the first four stages of the event.

Neal took advantage of a clean road to challenge the series pace-setters in the morning stages, but was troubled on the final stage before service by heavily worn tyres.

"There’s no doubt that the guys who started ahead of us had the worst of the conditions and swept the road for us, but it is still very satisfying to be in there battling with Ed again," said Bates.

“The tyres were really good in the conditions but the fronts were completely shot by the end, so we’ve elected to fit a harder compound for the next five stages.”

The first stage this morning (SS2) claimed a number of competitors, including last round winner Simon Evans, Spencer Lowndes (rollover), Mark Pedder (gearbox) and Scott Pedder, who lost three minutes with a puncture.

Neal Bates was third-fastest on the long SS2, just two seconds behind Juha Kangas and ahead of title aspirants Cody Crocker and Ordynski.

Kangas, who uses the same BFGoodrich tyres as the Toyota twins, leads the event from Rob Herridge, Crocker, Ordynski and Neal Bates.




Times after SS4 Styx Link 1











































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
26:57.1
2
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
27:05.2
3
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
27:06.8
4
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
27:15.2
5
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
27:15.9
6
22
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
27:45.0
7
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
27:53.5
8
24
Nark Walkden/Tony Jackson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
28:06.2
9
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
29:23.4
10
27
Paul Bray/Nick Maude
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
28:36.3

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SS1 - Derwent Entertainment Centre Super Special


Toyota Team Racing driver Neal Bates has started the final round of the Australian Rally Championship in good form, setting the fifth-fastest time in tonight’s Super Special Stage at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart.
The Toyota Corolla Sportivo driver was happy with his opening salvo in the Subaru Safari Tasmania, setting a time that was faster than both championship leader Cody Crocker and last round winner Simon Evans.

Bates was just one-tenth of a second slower than Crocker’s nearest championship challenger Ed Ordynski.

Bates has not been out of the top three in a Super Special stage this year, but was still pleased with the result.

"That was as good as I could do," said Bates after his run, “but I don’t think the times will mean much when we get out into the forest tomorrow.”

Finnish driver Juha Kangas stunned the locals by setting the fastest time of the night on the 1.15-kilometre track, six-tenths faster than Dean Herridge and a full second faster than Ordynski.

Rick Bates in the second TTR Corolla Sportivo slipped into the top 10, just behind Crocker, Spencer Lowndes and Evans.




Times after SS1 Derwent Entertainment Centre Super Special









































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:00.9
2
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:01.5
3
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:01.9
=3
22
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:01.9
5
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:02.0
6
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:02.3
7
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:02.7
8
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:02.8
9
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:03.4
10
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:03.4

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TOYOTA COROLLA SPORTIVOS BOOSTED FOR TASMANIA


Toyota Team Racing’s prospects have been boosted – literally – for the final round of the 2003 Australian Rally Championship in Tasmania on November 14-16.
The team’s pair of Toyota Corolla Sportivos will produce more power for Safari Tasmania because new gearing allows the engines to develop maximum turbo boost for the first time this year.

TTR’s fortunes could also be determined by the weather because the team’s BFGoodrich tyres appear to provide a slight advantage in dry conditions.

TTR twins Neal and Rick Bates have been edging closer to the front-runners throughout their debut season and are confident of finishing the year on a high.

"We have a new final drive gear ratio that I think will further improve the speed of the car because it will allow the engine to develop maximum power," said Neal Bates.

“Turbocharged engines like the one we have in the Corolla Sportivo rely on load to make boost, but the gearing we had previously was too short. The car was simply not in any gear long enough to make maximum boost.

“With the new gearing, we can hold each gear longer, which means more boost and that means more power.

“We’ve tested the new gearing in the forests near Canberra and the data shows that it does accelerate faster.”

Bates will be the driver to watch on the event’s four Super Special Stages – two at the Derwent Entertainment Centre on Friday night and Sunday afternoon, and two on Saturday night at the Baskerville race circuit just outside Hobart.

The triple national champion has dominated the previous eight Super Specials held to date this year and is the only driver to have finished all of them in the top three.

Bates said that on-going suspension development should also improve grip levels with the two TTR Corolla Sportivos.

“It’s all just small gains through development, but we are only a small amount off the pace so those small gains are all vital,” he said.

“This should be a good event for us. The roads are similar to those in Melbourne, which are my favourites. They are high-grip roads providing they stay dry, and that would suit our BFGoodrich tyres.”

BFG has also produced a new soft-compound tyre for the team to use for the first time if the weather is cold and wet. So – although they have previously struggled in such conditions – there is reason for optimism even if the weather turns ugly.

In the team’s favour is the event’s timing this year, moving from its usual mid-winter slot in the schedule to mid-spring.

After the opening night at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, the rally heads into the Plenty Valley, where rally fans can take in the action at 10 nominated spectator points in the forest on both Saturday and Sunday.

Much interest in Tasmania will surround the outright championship battle, which will see either Cody Crocker or Ed Ordynski crowned Australian Rally Champion for the first time on Sunday night. Crocker only needs a top three finish to clinch the title.

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