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2003 Caloundra's Falken Tyres Queensland Rally

  1. Heat Two
  2. SS9 and SS10 (Hella Hillclimb)
  3. SS5 (Kandanga 2), SS6 (Mitsubishi 2), SS7 (Araucaria 2) and SS8 (Tower Road 2)
  4. SS3 (Araucaria 1) and SS4 (Tower Road 1)
  5. SS1 (Kandanga 1) and SS2 (Mitsubishi 1)
  6. Shakedown
  7. TOYOTA TWINS PREPARE TO ADVANCE IN QUEENSLAND

Heat Two


Toyota Team Racing’s hopes of further crucial development work on its prototype Corolla Sportivos on the Caloundra Rally Queensland has been dashed by teething problems on both cars.
TTR is the first team in the world to develop a car for the new Group N (Prototype) regulations and, while both cars ran troublefree in the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship in Perth, the conditions in Queensland are the toughest in the championship and have revealed components requiring further development.

The team had been buoyant going into today’s competition after winning last night’s two Hella Hillclimb Special Stages and was confident of setting some good times on today’s gravel stages.

Neal Bates showed the potential of the car in the first two stages this morning before the front differential broke and he decided to park the car rather than limp around to the finish.

Twin brother Rick Bates was a spectator today after the team decided to pack away the number 8 Group N Prototype Corolla overnight due to a mystery engine problem rather than risk further damage that would hinder the process of finding and rectifying the problem.

"It is inevitable that we will have these problems with an all-new car that we have developed ourselves locally, so we are disappointed but not entirely surprised," said Neal after the diff problem was identified at the scheduled service in Imbil.

“Of course, it is extremely frustrating to not finish the event with either car, but we have learnt a lot this weekend and we’re encouraged by an overall improvement in the speed of the cars compared with the Perth event.

“It’s a huge task developing a car for this category and we’re working hard on every component. For example, we shouldn’t have a repeat of yesterday’s driveshaft problem because we already have stronger units being delivered before the next round in Sydney.”

TTR team principal Adrian Weimers said he is encouraged by the improved speed of the cars this weekend compared with the first round in Perth and is looking forward to the next event in Sydney.

“There’s no question that the cars were more competitive this weekend,” said Mr Weimers. “In Perth we were around two seconds per kilometre slower than the leaders and this weekend the gap has been closer to one second per kilometre. In some places, that margin has been even closer and we’ve been able to identify the areas where we are losing time.”

The next round of the ARC is the Premier State Rally, which starts with a Super Special Stage under lights at Eastern Creek Raceway on Friday night, July 4.





Overall Times after Caseys Gully SS13









































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
36.19.3
2
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
36.22.6
3
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
36.28.2
4
6
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
36.28.9
5
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
37.01.0
6
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
37.04.1
7
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
37.07.8
8
11
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
37.50.3
9
14
Martin Lintott/Tony Jackson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
37.53.6
10
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
38.35.3

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SS9 and SS10 (Hella Hillclimb)


Toyota Team Racing driver Neal Bates capped off a trying day on Rally Queensland with a brilliant performance in the final two stages, setting the fastest time on both passes up the Hella Hillclimb near Noosa.
The Canberra driver put his experience to good use, having started his motor sport career in hillclimbs as a teenager.

Bates scored the top spot on the first run (SS9) with a time of 1m37.9s, edging out Ed Ordynski by just four-tenths of a second.

When Ordynski slashed half a second off his previous effort to briefly head the time sheets in SS10, the pressure was on Bates and he responded with an even better time of 1m37.6s to claim the top spot by just 0.2s.

Twin brother Rick provided able support, setting the sixth-fastest time in the first run and equal fifth in the second.

Teething problems with the new cars earlier in the day kept the twins in the twin-cams down in 8th and 13th places overall for Heat One, but they are confident of achieving better results in tomorrow’s Heat Two.

"It was an excellent way to finish the day, especially after the dramas we had this morning when we broke a driveshaft," said Neal at the finish.

“The thing with these short asphalt stages is that you have be right on the ball from the word go and I think my hillclimb experience all those years ago taught me that at a very early age. And I don’t mind driving on the hard stuff. We also won the asphalt Super Special Stage in the first round of the championship over in Perth, so maybe we should be pushing for all-asphalt rallies in future!”

Bates said the wins were a boost for the TTR crew, who were kept busy all day as the hot pace and tough roads took their toll on all the teams.

Although these problems cost the twins a lot of time today, they fought back and are confident of breaking into the top five in Heat Two tomorrow.




Overall Times after Hella Hillclimb 2, SS10













































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.26.17.4
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.27.19.4
3
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.27.25.6
4
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.27.29.4
5
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.27.48.1
6
11
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.30.02.0
7
14
Martin Lintott/Tony Jackson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.31.16.3
8
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.31.46.2
9
16
Steve Winwood/
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.32.10.7
10
26
Michael Thompson/Michael Gentleman
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.32.47.3
13
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.32.41.3

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SS5 (Kandanga 2), SS6 (Mitsubishi 2), SS7 (Araucaria 2) and SS8 (Tower Road 2)


Neal Bates underlined the potential of Toyota Team Racing’s Corolla Sportivo with strong performances in this afternoon’s four special stages of the Caloundra Rally Queensland.
The TTR Corolla survived the tough conditions that claimed many of the leading runners to finish in the top seven positions on all four stages.

His best effort came with third fastest time on the short bitumen SS6, but he was also fourth fastest on the long gravel SS8 late in the day. Neal set the seventh fastest times on the other two gravel stages.

Despite an earlier driveshaft problem that reduced the Corolla from four-wheel-drive to rear-drive only, Bates has moved up to 8th overall with two short hillclimb runs remaining in today’s Heat 1.

Bates is hoping to break into the top five overall in tomorrow’s Heat 2, which consists of six gravel Special Stages.

Teammate Rick Bates has been troubled by steering gremlins throughout the day.




Overall Times after Tower Road 2, SS8













































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.22.51.2
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.24.02.3
3
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.24.07.2
4
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.24.13.3
5
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.24.27.8
6
11
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.26.30.7
7
14
Martin Lintott/Tony Jackson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.24.27.8
8
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.28.30.7
9
16
Steve Winwood/
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.28.43.4
10
26
Michael Thompson/Michael Gentleman
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.29.24.8
13
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.29.20.4


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SS3 (Araucaria 1) and SS4 (Tower Road 1)


Toyota Team Racing drivers Neal and Rick Bates will be treating this afternoon’s remaining stages of the Caloundra Rally Queensland as valuable test miles in preparation for an attack on tomorrow’s second heat.
The twins in the twin-cams were both hindered by mechanical gremlins this morning and were unable to make the most of the strong potential displayed by the four-wheel-drive Toyota Corolla Sportivo Group N Prototypes.

Neal was running fifth outright in only the car’s third event before losing drive to the front wheels because of a broken driveshaft, dropping him to 13th, just ahead of Rick.

Rick lost two minutes having the power steering system replaced before Special Stage 3, then lost another couple of minutes when the engine swallowed some water and stalled on a creek crossing.

"Developing two new cars from scratch was always going to be a challenge and we had to expect the odd problem, but it’s still very frustrating," said Neal.

“The cars were incredibly reliable in our first proper event in Perth two months ago when we were a bit off the pace, but now we’re going a bit faster and these road conditions are a bit different, so we just have to keep working away.

“Still, it’s much easier making a fast car reliable than the other way around!

“We’ll just get out there this afternoon and have a go because we’re learning all the time with these cars. Tomorrow (Heat 2) is a fresh start and we’ll definitely be going for a top placing then.”




Overall Times after Tower Road 1, SS4



















































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
41.54.8
2
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
41.55.1
3
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
42.16.2
4
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
42.23.2
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
42.29.6
6
11
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
43.10.3
7
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
43.14.4
8
16
Steve Winwood/
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
44.19.1
9
24
Jack Monkhouse/Mike Dale
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
44.24.6
10
14
Martin Lintott/Tony Jackson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
44.29.8
13
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
46.11.4
14
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
46.29.5

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SS1 (Kandanga 1) and SS2 (Mitsubishi 1)


Toyota Team Racing driver Neal Bates has made a flying start to the Caloundra Rally Queensland and is in fifth position outright after the first two Special Stages.
Bates is very happy with the performance of his Toyota Corolla Sportivo and pleased to be mixing it with the Australian Rally Championship regulars again.

"I’m very encouraged by our times, which confirm that the hard work we’ve done over the last two months is paying off," said Bates.

“There’s no doubt that we have more grip, the suspension is better and we’ve got a bit more go, so I’m really looking forward to the rest of the rally.”

Twin brother Rick Bates is in 15th position, having blown a power steering seal half-way through the first stage, leaving him to battle extremely heavy steering.

The steering rack has been replaced in readiness for the next stage, but the lost time has dropped Rick 41 seconds behind rally leader Simon Evans.




Overall Times after Mitsubishi 1, SS2













































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
12.03.3
2
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
12.03.3
3
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
12.10.9
4
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
12.11.3
5
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
12.12.6
6
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
12.13.1
7
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
12.14.0
8
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
12.14.6
9
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
12.15.3
10
11
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
12.25.8
15
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
12.42.6

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Shakedown


Toyota Team Racing is looking forward to a strong showing in this weekend’s second round of the Australian Rally Championship after an improved performance in this morning’s official shakedown session.
The twins in the twin-cams – Rick and Neal Bates – set the fifth and sixth fastest times in their Corolla Sportivos over the two-kilometre course near Beerburrum on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

"It’s very pleasing to be closer to the front of the pack than we were in the first round in WA and we’re looking forward to a good rally on the weekend," said Neal Bates.

“This morning’s course was very sandy and not typical of the roads we’ll encounter over the weekend, but it’s always good to be up at the front.”

The good times suggest that the hard work in the workshop and in testing over the past two months are paying off.




TOP TEN SHAKEDOWN TIMES








































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.08.5
2
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.09.1
=3
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.09.4
=3
20
Steven Shepheard/Dominic Corkeron
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.09.4
5
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.09.5
6
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.09.7
=7
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.09.8
=7
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.09.8
=9
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.09.9
=9
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.09.9

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TOYOTA TWINS PREPARE TO ADVANCE IN QUEENSLAND


Two months of solid development work since the debut of Toyota Team Racing in Perth should see the Corolla twins moving up the order in Round Two of the Australian Rally Championship at Caloundra’s Falken Tyres Rally Queensland this weekend (June 13-15).
The twins in the twin-cams - Neal and Rick Bates - are confident the team’s hard work will start to pay dividends and have lifted their sights after getting both Corolla Sportivos into the top ten in round one.

Rally Queensland is based at Caloundra and the action will take place around the hinterland forests of the Sunshine Coast.

"We expect the cars to be considerably quicker this weekend in Queensland," said Neal, “but we still won’t know if that’s going to be good enough to be near the front of the field until the rally begins.

“We have a little bit more power since Perth and we’ve worked incredibly hard on the differentials and suspension. We did a couple of days of testing in Canberra last week trying various set-ups and that was quite useful.

“Queensland is one of my favourite events because there are lots of varying conditions, but there is reasonably good grip and I like that, so I’m confident heading up there.

“Of course, everyone wants to win and I’m no different, but I have realistic expectations. I think we can get onto the podium and I’d be very disappointed if we are not in the first five.”

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