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2003 Coopers Pale Ale Rally South Australia

  1. SS20, SS21, SS22, SS23 and SS24 Peter Lehmann Wines, Final
  2. SS17, SS18 and SS19 Latvian Spy 2
  3. SS14, SS15 and SS16 Hannaford Hump
  4. SS10, SS11, SS12 and SS13 High Eden 1
  5. SS7, SS8 and SS9 Redex Road Reverse
  6. SS4, SS5 and SS6 Latvian Spy 1
  7. SS1, SS2 and SS3 Retreat Valley 1
  8. SHAKEDOWN
  9. DIFFERENT REDS AND WHITES IN THE BAROSSA VALLEY

SS20, SS21, SS22, SS23 and SS24 Peter Lehmann Wines, Final


Neal Bates has scored Toyota Team Racing’s best result yet with an excellent fifth place overall in the fourth round of the Australian Rally Championship, the Coopers Pale Ale Rally South Australia.
The TTR Toyota Corolla Sportivo also finished fifth in today’s Heat Two of the event, which is also the best individual heat result for the team this season.

Bates was more competitive this weekend in the Barossa Valley than at any other stage this season and was able to match some of his factory team rivals for the first time.

The team’s locally-built Group N (Prototype) Corolla Sportivos – the first cars in the world developed for this new category – showed the benefit of continual development work by the Bates Motorsport team from Canberra.

"The whole team is very happy with the way the weekend went and we’ve made real progress with the Corolla Sportivos," said Bates at the finish.

“We made some progress this weekend with the traction and the general balance of the car and we have further developments coming along for the next event in Melbourne.

“While the other teams are contesting Rally Australia next month, we will be working hard in the workshop and out testing, so we are confident of making another step forward.

“I’m really looking forward to the Rally of Melbourne because it’s probably my favourite rally and we should have a competitive package there.”

Rick Bates had a challenging weekend, but finished strongly with sixth place in Heat Two, equaling his previous best heat result.

Rick did not finish the first heat when the fuel pump failed, but his strong result today gave him equal eighth place overall for the weekend.

Winner of the SA event was local hero Ed Ordysnki, who scored his second ARC win in succession. Dean Herridge was second from series leader Cody Crocker, Simon Evans and Neal Bates.




Times after SS24 - Peter Lehmann Wines, Final











































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
54:29.8
2
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
55:01.1
3
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
55:24.5
4
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
55:34.8
5
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
55:41.4
=6
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
57:19.0
=6
13
Osamu Yamaguchi/Peter Harris
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
57:19.0
8
22
Will Orders/Matt McAdam
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
58:20.7
9
16
Steve Winwood/Henry Lawson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
58:24.7
10
25
Michael Thompson/Michael Gentleman
Dr
Subaru
Dr
59:24.8

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SS17, SS18 and SS19 Latvian Spy 2


Neal Bates has moved into a season-high fifth place with his Toyota Corolla Sportivo in Heat Two of the Coopers Pale Ale Rally SA, the fourth round of the Australian Rally Championship.
The triple national champion is enjoying his most competitive outing to date this season, running consistently within one second per kilometre of the leaders.

Toyota Team Racing teammate Rick Bates has slipped down the order to ninth after losing his brakes on SS19 when a flying rock snapped off a bleed nipple under the car.

He had earlier ripped off the front air dam of the TTR Corolla Sportivo on a water splash on the Forties special stage – an exact repeat of an incident yesterday.

Local ace Ed Ordynski has opened up a 15-second lead over Dean Herridge, Simon Evans, championship leader Cody Crocker and Neal Bates.

Neal was pleased with his decision this morning to go back to a narrower BFGoodrich tyre in the drier conditions, having run most of yesterday’s stages on a wider tyre in a bid to get more traction.

The rally concludes with five stages this afternoon.




Times after SS19 - Latvian Spy 2











































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
28:26.1
2
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
28:41.1
3
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
28:41.7
4
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
29:03.0
5
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
29:07.6
6
21
Sam Brand/Anthony McLoughlin
Dr
Subaru
Dr
29:13.6
7
13
Osamu Yamaguchi/Peter Harris
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
29:53.9
8
22
Will Orders/Matt McAdam
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30:11.6
9
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
30:57.6
10
16
Steve Winwood/Henry Lawson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30:41.3



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SS14, SS15 and SS16 Hannaford Hump


Toyota Team Racing driver Neal Bates has made a solid opening to the second heat of the Coopers Pale Ale Rally SA, finishing the first three special stages in sixth position.
Bates, who finished the first heat yesterday in sixth, is taking the opportunity of testing different types of BFGoodrich tyres on the new Toyota Corolla Sportivo Group N (Prototype) in the drying conditions.

Twin brother Rick Bates is still battling flu symptoms and is in ninth place, 18.4 seconds behind his teammate.

Rick did not finish yesterday’s heat due to a fuel feed problem that has been identified as fuel pump failure.

Neal is 30.8 seconds behind local ace Ed Ordynski, who set the fastest times on all three stages as he attempts to win his second successive Australian Rally Championship round.

In this morning’s first stage, Neal was 10 seconds faster than he had been over the same course yesterday, illustrating the improved conditions and extra traction provided for the Corolla Sportivo.




Times after SS16 - Hannaford Hump











































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
15:23.2
2
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
15:32.6
3
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
15:41.7
4
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
15:44.4
5
21
Sam Brand/Anthony McLoughlin
Dr
Subaru
Dr
15:51.7
6
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
15:54.0
7
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
15:54.0
8
11
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
16:00.0
9
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
16:12.4
9
22
Will Orders/Matt McAdam
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
16:14.9


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SS10, SS11, SS12 and SS13 High Eden 1


Toyota Team Racing driver Neal Bates has equalled his best result of the year, finishing sixth in Heat One of the Coopers Pale Ale Rally SA in the Barossa Valley.
Bates enjoyed his most competitive outing in the team’s new Toyota Corolla Sportivo Group N (Protoype) rally machine, setting times that were close to the pace of heat winner Ed Ordynski and Australian Rally Championship leader Cody Crocker.

As conditions improved, Bates was able to complete seven of the last nine stages with times that were within one second per kilometre of the leaders. At the beginning of the year, the cars were two seconds per kilometre slower.

"The times this afternoon were as close as we have ever been, which is really encouraging and some reward for all the effort the team has put in," said Bates.

“Grip is now our biggest issue and that’s what we will focus on in the two month break before the next round, the Rally of Melbourne, which is my favourite event.

“As the roads dried out today, we got closer and closer on times and that was all about grip levels.”

Bates was able to hold off a fast-finishing Simon Evans to grab another handful of championship points.

Ordynski dominated the day, winning 10 of the 13 special stages to win his home event from Crocker and Dean Herridge.

Rick Bates in the second TTR Corolla Sportivo battled flu symptoms throughout the day, but set the third-fastest time on SS7 before a blocked fuel pick-up left him stranded by the side of the road and out of action for the day.

Rick will return for tomorrow’s Heat Two and, after a good night’s rest, is looking forward to reversing the bad luck he has endured in recent events.

Heat 2 will consist of 11 special stages, concluding at the Peter Lehmann winery.




Times after SS9 - Redex Road Reverse














































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:04:11.6
2
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:04:55.7
3
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:05:01.2
4
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:05:55.3
5
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:05:57.1
6
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:06:15.9
7
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:05:44.4
8
21
Sam Brand/Anthony McLoughlin
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:08:06.8
9
22
Will Orders/Matt McAdam
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:08:06.8
10
25
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:08.27.9

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SS7, SS8 and SS9 Redex Road Reverse


Toyota Team Racing driver Neal Bates has picked up another position and now runs in sixth place in Heat One of the Coopers Pale Ale Rally SA with four special stages remaining this afternoon.
Bates performed strongly in each of the three stages after the lunch break, losing less than one second per kilometre to the leaders on each as the road surface dries and provides extra traction.

Twin brother Rick Bates was the surprise packet of the afternoon, setting the third-fastest time on SS7 in his TTR Toyota Corolla Sportivo.

However, his car later stopped while returning to the scheduled service point with a fuel pick-up problem and will not be able to finish today’s event.

Rick, who has been battling the flu all week, will be back in action tomorrow morning for the start of Heat Two.

Neal trails fifth-placed Simon Evans by just 2.6 seconds, but flying Finn Juha Kangas is only 0.2s adrift and keen to retake his position after losing time with a puncture.




Times after SS9 - Redex Road Reverse














































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
41:23.5
2
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
41:50.7
3
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
41:58.1
4
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
42:22.1
5
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
42:39.2
6
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
42:41.8
7
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
42:42.0
8
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
43:28.6
9
21
Sam Brand/Anthony McLoughlin
Dr
Subaru
Dr
43:31.5
10
22
Will Orders/Matt McAdam
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
43:56.7

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SS4, SS5 and SS6 Latvian Spy 1


Neal and Rick Bates have both picked up a place halfway through Heat One of the Coopers Pale Ale Rally SA and are now sitting in seventh and eighth places.
A move to slightly wider tyres has improved the traction of the Toyota Corolla Sportivo Group N prototype rally cars.

A combination of the different tyres and more open, sweeping roads saw Neal record the sixth fastest times on the two most recent stages.

On Special Stage 5 over 8.07km, Neal was just 6.3 seconds slower than pacesetter Ed Ordynski – the Corolla driver’s best showing this season on a forest stage.

He is now just 17 seconds behind sixth-placed Mark Thompson and 37.6 seconds ahead of his twin brother.

"The more open roads certainly suited us better because there is less emphasis on traction," said Neal at the lunch break, “and the wider BFGoodrich tyres also helped us out there.

“There’s nothing more we can do with the cars this weekend, though, so we’ll just have to keep our heads down and go for it this afternoon and tomorrow.”

The absorbing battle for the lead has seen Simon Evans move ahead of Ordynski after six stages, but his lead is just two-tenths of a second.

Australian Rally Championship leader Cody Crocker is third, just 13.4 seconds behind despite clipping a tree and damaging the rear end of his car.




Times after SS6 - Latvian Spy 1












































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
26:37.2
2
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
26:37.4
3
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
26:50.6
4
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
27:00.7
5
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
27:08.4
6
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
27:21.2
7
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
27:38.2
8
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
28:15.8
9
25
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
28:22.6
10
21
Sam Brand/Anthony McLoughlin
Dr
Subaru
Dr
28:29.3

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SS1, SS2 and SS3 Retreat Valley 1


Neal and Rick Bates have completed the first three special stages of the Coopers Pale Ale Rally South Australia in eighth and ninth positions in their Toyota Corolla Sportivos.
The twins in the twin-cams battled a lack of traction in the Group N prototypes and have opted for wider BFGoodrich tyres for the next group of three stages.

"The cars are actually going very well," said Neal at the first service break, “but we have dropped more time to the leaders than we had expected at this event.

“We think we are losing out on traction so we’re changing to a slightly wider tyre in the hope of finding an improvement on the next stage.”

Neal finished the first three stages 37.4 seconds behind leader Ed Ordynski while Rick was a further 12.0 seconds back.




Times after SS3 - Retreat Valley 1













































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
13:22.7
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
13:22.8
3
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
13:27.4
4
3
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
13:33.5
5
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
13:43.7
6
18
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
13:45.4
7
6
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
13:50.8
8
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
14:00.1
9
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
14:12.1
10
13
Osamu Yamaguchi/Peter Harris
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
14:12.5

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SHAKEDOWN


Toyota’s twins in the twin-cams showed that they will be a force to be reckoned with in this weekend’s Cooper’s Pale Ale Rally SA by setting the equal fifth-fastest times in this morning’s Shakedown trials at Mount Crawford.
Twin brothers Neal and Rick Bates in their Toyota Corolla Sportivos set identical times over the three-kilometre trial and were just four-tenths of a second slower than the fastest time set by Simon Evans.

Neal Bates said he was satisfied with the times and is looking forward to the first competitive stages tomorrow morning (Saturday).

"We have a bit more power than in the last event in New South Wales and we’ve also made some improvements to the handling, which are already evident in the way the cars behave," said Bates after this morning’s trial runs.

“Our aim has always been to get a podium result before the end of the season and we are really looking to do that in the final two rounds after this because we will have some extra developments coming on stream for those events.

“However, there’s no reason why we can’t be competitive this weekend and if the cards fall the right way we could end up with a good result.”

This weekend’s rally is based in the Barossa Valley wine region and features a lot of short, sharp stages that requires the drivers to be on the pace from the moment the flag drops.

Heat One tomorrow features 13 Special Stages while Heat Two on Sunday is contested over 11 Special Stages before the finish at the Peter Lehmann Winery.

Bates finished second in this event two years ago but sat out last year’s rally while he built the new Toyota Corolla Sportivo Group N (Prototype), the first car in the world developed for this category.




Times during Shakedown




































Pos.
No.
Driver
Vehicle
Overall Time
1
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.33
2
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.34
=3
5
Spencer Lowndes/Chris Randell
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.36
=3
6
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.36
=5
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.37
=5
8
Rick Bates/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1.37
=5
2
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1.37
=5
17
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1.37

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DIFFERENT REDS AND WHITES IN THE BAROSSA VALLEY


Vital development work by Toyota Team Racing should result in another step towards the front of the pack for the Toyota Corolla Sportivos when the Australian Rally Championship moves to South Australia for the Coopers Pale Ale Rally SA this weekend (August 8-10).
With the rally based in the Barossa Valley, an area renowned for its reds and whites, all eyes will be on the ever-improving red and white Corollas driven by twins Neal and Rick Bates.

After testing the latest modifications to the cars in the Barossa Valley earlier this week, Neal Bates reports definite improvements since the last ARC round in New South Wales a month ago.

"We have a little more power and I’m really happy with the handling and balance on these roads, which are similar to those we will use on the weekend," said Bates on Tuesday.

“We also tried out BFGoodrich’s soft compound tyre, which we haven’t used before. It should be well suited to the wet roads and short stages that we will encounter this weekend.

“This is a rally I really enjoy because the roads are fast, but the last couple of years it has been really wet, so I hope the weather gives us a bit of a break this time.”

Bates finished second in the South Australian event the last time he contested it two years ago.

TTR is gradually fine-tuning the Corolla Sportivos, which are the first cars in the world developed for the Group N (Prototype) category.

Although the rally base has moved to Tanunda in the Barossa Valley, most of the 22 special stages held over the two days of competition will be held on roads that are familiar to the ARC regulars.

The event will begin with a ceremonial start in the main street of Tanunda on Friday night, while all of the special stages are within 100 kilometres of Adelaide.

“Last year’s rally attracted the most spectators of any ARC round - and Toyota returning to top level rallying in Australia will add even more excitement,” said rally director Jeremy Browne.

“With a mixture of Council roads and forest tracks, changing surfaces and unpredictable winter weather, the Coopers Pale Ale Rally SA is one of the most challenging rounds of the championship.”

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