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2003 Respect Yourself Forest Rally

  1. TOYOTA TEAM RACING (TTR) TWINS TAKE ON THE WEST
  2. Busselton Toyota SS1 & Busselton Toyota SS2
  3. Kinky 1 SS3 and Ferndale 1 SS4
  4. Ellis 1 SS5 and Healthway 1 SS6
  5. Kinky 2 , SS7 and Ferndale 2 SS8
  6. Heat One
  7. Brockman 1, SS12 and Folly 1, SS13
  8. Healthway 2, SS14
  9. Heat Two, Final

TOYOTA TEAM RACING (TTR) TWINS TAKE ON THE WEST


Toyota Team Racing (TTR) will make its competition debut in the Respect Yourself Forest Rally - the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship beginning March 28.
TTR has entered two Toyota Corolla Sportivos for identical twin brothers Neal and Rick Bates.

The creation of TTR marks the return of a full Toyota factory team in Australia after a break of 11 years, although Neal enjoyed factory backing throughout the 1990s, winning a hat-trick of Australian rally titles.

Neal Bates gave the prototype Corolla Sportivo a shakedown run in the final round of last year’s ARC, but the Respect Yourself Forest Rally is the first true test for the car.

Considerable off-season development has improved the car in every department and the Bates team is confident it can run with the established pace-setters in this increasingly competitive series.

The Respect Yourself Forest Rally will also be the Australian rally debut of US tyre maker BF Goodrich, which is owned by French company Michelin. The Bates Corolla Sportivos will use BF Goodrich tyres throughout 2003.

The Bates twins have both been competing in motor sport since they were teenagers growing up in Canberra.

Rick, who is 10 minutes older, started competing one year earlier than Neal and that extra experience paid off when they turned 18 and were old enough to take part in the ACT Rally Championship. Rick beat Neal to the title.

While Neal went on to bigger things in Australian rallying, Rick’s career has taken a number of twists and turns, but this year’s ARC puts him firmly back in the spotlight and he is keen to impress.

Neal Bates, however, is keen to defend his status as one of Australian rallysport’s all-time greats and is keen to avoid a repeat of the 1984 ACT series defeat to Rick.

The sibling rivalry is sure to provide one of the most interesting sub-plots to this year’s national title chase, starting with the Respect Yourself Forest Rally this weekend (March 28-30).

The event starts on Friday night at Busselton, south of Perth, with the weekend action centred around nearby Nannup.

Friday night’s action will centre on the Busselton Toyota Super Stages - two runs of a special tarmac circuit designed for optimum entertainment and spectator viewing.

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Busselton Toyota SS1 & Busselton Toyota SS2


Toyota Team Racing has made a sensational debut with Neal Bates in his Toyota Corolla Sportivo winning the Busselton Toyota Super Stages to start the Respect Yourself Forest Rally in WA.
Neal’s twin brother and teammate Rick Bates completed an almost perfect night for the team by finishing third overall in the second TTR Corolla Sportivo.

Splitting the Toyota duo is Steven Shepheard, who is one of the drivers in the field allowed to run a Group A car, which is more powerful than the Group N cars run by the leading factory teams.

"The second run tonight was almost perfect, even though the time was slightly slower than the first because of more gravel being thrown onto the course," said an elated Bates after the two stages in front of 3000 spectators in the heart of Busselton.

“This result is incredibly satisfying and a great reward for all the hard work put in by the team to have two cars ready for this event. It may not mean much when the serious stuff gets underway tomorrow, but we’re all tremendously thrilled with taking first and third places on the first day of the season.”

Bates is competing with a bandaged right hand protecting burns from a kettle accident earlier this week, but was not hampered by the injury and expects no trouble over the next two days of competition.

Defending series champion Possum Bourne had a miserable night with his car stuck in one gear, leaving him 21.9 seconds in arrears of his Toyota rival.








Overall times after Busselton Toyota SS 2















































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
3.37.0
2
20
Steven Shepheard/Coral Taylor
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3.37.4
3
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
3.38.7
4
5
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3.40.0
=4
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
3.40.0
6
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
3.40.8
7
6
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
3.41.4
8
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3.43.6
9
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3.44.0
10
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3.44.6








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Kinky 1 SS3 and Ferndale 1 SS4


Toyota Team Racing’s Neal Bates is placed sixth overall after four stages of the Respect Yourself Forest Rally in WA, the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship.
Bates drove most of this morning’s second Special Stage without the use of the clutch due to an hydraulic problem that the team was able to fix in the following service point.

Teammate Rick Bates in the second TTR Toyota Corolla Sportivo was hampered by a jammed throttle, which the team’s service crew also fixed.

The team’s problems were nothing compared with those of defending champion Possum Bourne, who has retired with engine failure, and top privateer Scott Pedder, who crashed into a tree without injury.

"This was our first real hit-out on the gravel and we are down a little on pace," said Neal at the service break. “I think we’re losing out a bit in the tight stuff, which gives us something to work on with the set-up.”

Cody Crocker leads overall from Simon Evans, Dean Herridge and newcomer Juha Kangas from Finland.






Overall times after Ferndale 1 SS 4













































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
24.07.8
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
24.10.04
3
6
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
24.17.3
4
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
24.28.8
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
24.35.4
6
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
24.41.1
7
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
24.42.6
8
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
24.43.0
9
5
Possum Bourne/Mark Stacey
Dr
Subaru
Dr
24.50.3
10
20
Steven Shepheard/Coral Taylor
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
24.51.0
11
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
24.54.5








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Ellis 1 SS5 and Healthway 1 SS6


Toyota Team Racing now has both its Corolla Sportivos in the top ten after two more stages of the Respect Yourself Forest Rally in WA.
Neal Bates is running in eighth position, just 10.3 seconds ahead of twin brother Rick in ninth position, moving up two places in two stages.

Rick set faster times than Neal in both Special Stages 5 and 6 as Neal struggled with a mysterious lack of pace.

"The car is handling really well, so we are not going to change anything in the set-up," said Neal at the service break.

Cody Crocker continues to lead the event by just 2.1 seconds from Simon Evans while Dean Herridge has moved ahead of Juha Kangas into third place.







Overall times after Healthway 1 SS 6









































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
42.05.8
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
42.07.9
3
6
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
42.30.8
4
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
42.46.4
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
42.58.9
6
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
43.02.8
7
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
43.20.2
8
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
43.35.7
9
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
43.35.0
10
24
Roman Watkins/Paul van der Mey
Dr
Subaru
Dr
44.07.4






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Kinky 2 , SS7 and Ferndale 2 SS8


Rick Bates has moved ahead of his twin brother and Toyota Team Racing teammate Neal Bates in the battle for the Respect Yourself Forest Rally in WA.
Rick set faster times in three of the past four stages of the Australian Rally Championship opening round, but Neal clawed back 3.4 seconds on Special Stage 8 to be just seven seconds in arrears late in Heat One.

Neal lost his position to Rick after being penalized 20 seconds for being late out of an earlier service control when a clutch hydraulic connection had to repaired.

Rick now holds down seventh position in the event with Neal running eighth, but the pair are now more than two minutes behind leader Cody Crocker.

~The car is handling well and people say it looks good on the road, but we're obviously losing time on the leaders somewhere,~ said Rick.

Crocker extended his overall lead to 10.2 seconds over Simon Evans and Dean Herridge after setting the fastest time on Special Stage 8.






Overall times after Ferndale 2 SS 8








































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.02.10.8
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.02.21.0
3
6
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.02.53.5
4
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.03.21.4
5
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.03.23.6
6
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.03.59.8
7
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.04.27.9
8
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.04.14.9
9
4
Steven Shepheard/Dominic Corceron
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.05.14.9
10
24
Roman Watkins/Paul van der Mey
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.16.09.0









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Heat One


Toyota Team Racing has succeeded in its ambition of getting both Toyota Corolla Sportivos to the finish and in the top ten for Heat One of the Respect Yourself Forest Rally in WA.
Rick and Neal Bates finished the day in sixth and seventh positions respectively, separated by just 3.7 seconds.

"The day was satisfying in terms of getting both cars to the finish in the top ten and scoring valuable championship points," said Neal, a triple national champion, on TTR’s debut event.

“The top guys had a bit too much pace for us today, so there is plenty of work to do, not only before tomorrow’s second heat but before the next round in the championship.”

Rick took some satisfaction in beating his younger (by 10 minutes) brother in their first head-to-head battle.

“It’s great to get the first day under our belt and bring the car home safely,” said Rick. “Having started 15th on the road this morning, finishing the day in sixth place is a terrific result.”

The TTR crew overcame a number of small mechanical problems on the two new Sportivos during the day, but a number of other leading contenders were not as fortunate.

Defending Australian Rally champion Possum Bourne was out early with engine failure and will not be able to start tomorrow, putting his title hopes in jeopardy. Scott Pedder crashed out of the event, Ed Ordynski was eliminated by gearbox failure and Mark Thompson broke a driveshaft.

Cody Crocker took maximum points from Heat One to lead the championship from exciting privateer ‘Sideways’ Simon Evans, who clawed back some time in the final three stages to finish just 7.9 seconds behind. Dean Herridge finished third while hard-charging Finnish newcomer Juha Kangas won an exciting battle for fourth with Spencer Lowndes.

More championship points are up for grabs in tomorrow’s Heat Two, with combined results determining the overall round winner.







Overall times after Heat One











































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.14.17.8
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.14.25.7
3
6
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.15.14.6
4
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.15.41.3
5
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.15.44.5
6
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.17.07.2
8
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.16.50.9
8
24
Roman Watkins/Paul van der Mey
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.18.16.0
9
22
Tolley Challis/Lyndall Drake
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.18.57.8
10
23
Mark Haybittle/Nicola Hoey
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.20.31.1






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Brockman 1, SS12 and Folly 1, SS13


Toyota Team Australia drivers Rick and Neal Bates have finished the first two stages of Heat 2 of the Respect Yourself Forest Rally in 10th and 11th positions respectively.
Rick was 6.5 seconds faster than Neal on the day’s first stage, a 25.5km blast through the forest around Nannup in south-west WA, but overshot a corner on the second 15.8km stage and dropped 4.4 seconds on his twin brother.

He is now just 2.1 seconds ahead of Neal in the TTR intra-team battle.

"We are driving the cars as hard as we can and I just overshot one corner a little, which cost us a few seconds," said Rick at the next service control.

The two Group N Toyota Corolla Sportivos ran reliably and both drivers said they were happy with the handling and braking on the notoriously dusty roads, which were tamed slightly by heavy overnight rain.

Heat 1 winner Cody Crocker again heads the timesheets, but by less than a second over his teammate Dean Herridge. Simon Evans lost half a minute on his rivals when the bonnet blew up at the start of this morning’s second stage.







Overall times after Folly 1, SS13












































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
23.27.2
2
6
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
23.27.8
4
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
23.38.4
4
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
23.42.5
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.18.57.8
6
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
23.50.0
7
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
23.57.7
8
11
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
24.03.2
9
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
24.08.8
10
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
24.09.4
11
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
24.11.5






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Healthway 2, SS14


Just one second separates Toyota Team Australia drivers Rick and Neal Bates after three stages of Heat 2 of the Respect Yourself Forest Rally in WA.
The twins remain in 10th and 11th positions respectively, with just two special stages remaining – repeats of this morning’s first two stages in which Rick was the faster of the two drivers.

The pair will go on maximum attack for the final two stages in an effort to get both cars into the top ten.

"The overnight rain has made the roads less slippery today, which suits our cars better because the exit speeds are higher and our power disadvantage is not as much of a factor," said Neal. “So we’re not losing as much time on the leaders today as we did yesterday.”

Cody Crocker and Dean Herridge have continued their tussle at the head of the field, with Cody keeping his lead by just seven-tenths of a second.








Overall times after Healthway 2, SS14














































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
30.18.3
2
6
Dean Herridge/Glenn Macneall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
30.19.0
4
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30.27.7
4
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30.34.0
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30.38.0
6
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30.42.4
7
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
30.52.0
8
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30.54.7
9
11
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
31.02.7
10
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
31.07.8
11
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
31.08.8






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Heat Two, Final


Toyota Team Racing has finished its first event with both its Toyota Corolla Sportivos in the top ten of the Respect Yourself Forest Rally in WA, the opening round of the Australian Rally Championship.
Neal Bates was tied for seventh position and brother Rick finished ninth overall for the weekend.

The highlight for the team was Neal’s victory on Friday night’s Busselton Toyota Super Stage, where his expertise on tarmac came to the fore.

"I’m very happy that both cars finished the event because it was important that they were reliable from the outset and that the drivers brought them home in one piece," said Neal at the finish in Nannup.

“The only issue now is finding more speed because there is no doubt in my mind that we have a power disadvantage over our main competitors.

“Nevertheless, this is the first time we have run a two-car team, so we are reasonably happy with the overall result.”

Rick was impressive in his first outing in an outright ARC challenger, giving little ground to his twin brother, who has won three national titles.

His only blemish for the weekend was an off on the very last stage that damaged the rear of the Corolla against a tree.

TTR team manager Adrian Weimers said he was pleased with the team’s progress on its first event.

“We didn’t come here to win. It was important just to be here,” said Mr Weimers.

“Neal and Rick’s times today were closer to the front-runners than they were yesterday, so we can see some progress being made. The conditions today were better for us and Neal was generally within a second per kilometre of the fastest times.”

Overall round winner was Cody Crocker on 41 points from Simon Evans (28), Spencer Lowndes (26), Juha Kangas (20), Dean Herridge (14), Scott Pedder (14), Neal Bates (10), Ed Ordynski (10), Rick Bates (9) and Mark Thompson (6).







Overall times after Healthway 2, SS14








































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
53.23.1
2
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
53.38.6
3
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
53.41.3
4
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
53.56.7
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
53.56.8
6
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
54.04.0
7
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
54.33.1
8
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
54.42.9
9
11
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
54.47.1
10
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
54.54.3






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