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2004 Respect Yourself Forest Rally

  1. TTR’S SIMON EVANS ON THE PODIUM IN RALLY WA
  2. EVANS IN CONTENTION FOR RALLY WA
  3. TTR CARS MAINTAIN STRONG PACE
  4. BATES WINS 2ND SUPER SPECIAL STAGE
  5. TTR ON TOP IN WA
  6. TWO COROLLAS IN THE POINTS AFTER STAGE 6
  7. TTR FIGHTING FOR THE LEAD IN WA FOREST
  8. FLYING START FOR TOYOTA TEAM RACING IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
  9. BATES SETS FASTEST TIME IN SHAKEDOWN SESSION IN WA
  10. TOYOTA’S THREE CARS TAKE ON W.A. RALLY

TTR’S SIMON EVANS ON THE PODIUM IN RALLY WA


Toyota Team Racing has scored its first ever podium result in the Globalstar Australian Rally Championship, with Simon and Sue Evans finishing 2nd in the Respect Yourself Rally WA today.
Evans’ team mate Neal Bates completed a spectacular start to the 2004 season for Toyota, finishing the event in 4th place. Subaru privateer Chris Atkinson won today’s heat and the Rally WA.

Toyota finished the weekend tied with Subaru on 56pts in the manufacturers’ championship.

Evans was ecstatic with his result after a topsy-turvy day in the forest that started with his Corolla hitting a rock and damaging its rear suspension on the first stage of the day.

He dropped 34 seconds on that stage, only to hit back and win the very next stage.

That began a charge that saw Evans finish today’s heat just 22.5secs behind Atkinson and an agonising .8 secs behind 2nd-placed Pedder.

The result was enough to secure him 2nd place in the rally after his heat win yesterday.

"It’s pretty unbelievable. We threw everything we had at the Corolla and it took the punishment and kept going," he said.

“The roads were incredibly rough today but the car didn’t miss a beat. It’s a credit to everyone in the team. They’ve worked so hard in the past couple of months.

“I had a fantastic time out there,” he said.

TTR driver and team owner Neal Bates was elated with the result.

“We’re very, very happy at the moment. We had done a lot of work in the off-season on these cars, but until this weekend we still didn’t know where we’d be against the other guys,” he said.

“We now know that the hard work has paid off.

“This result is really one for the whole team. These guys have worked incredibly hard, not only over the past couple of months, but over the past two years since we took on this project.

“I’m so proud of them. To build a car from scratch and to be able to compete on level terms with cars built especially for the purpose of rallying - it’s an incredible achievement.”

Bates also heaped praise on team mate Simon Evans.

“What Simon did this weekend was truly exceptional,” he said.

Bates was happy with his own performance on a rally he freely admits is his least favourite.

He ended the rally on a high note, winning the last stage of the rally to keep Mitsubishi’s hard-charging Juha Kangas at bay and hold on to 4th spot.

“From a personal point of view I was very happy with the result on a rally I probably like the least,” he said.

Bates was also full of praise for rookie Ben Barker, who finished 9th in the first heat before his Corolla’s gearbox was damaged, ending his rally.

“Ben was great this weekend and did everything that was asked of him,” he said.

Toyota’s motorsport development manager Phil Galway paid tribute to the team.

“This is a fantastic achievement by Neal Bates and his team and the perfect start to Toyota’s assault on the 2004 Globalstar ARC.

“We’ve made a major commitment to rallying this year and it has paid dividends in our very first outing. It’s a great result for the company,” he said.























































Times after Ferndale 2, Special Stage 19 - FINAL
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Overall Time
1
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:04:59.4
2
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:05:21.1
3
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:05:21.9
4
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:05:34.8
5
5
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:05:39.4
6
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:06:05.6
7
11
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:06:17.6
8
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:06:21.9
9
12
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:06:43.7
10
20
Craig Neale/Jamie Neale
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:08:08.6




































































Globalstar ARC Drivers Points after Round 1.
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Points
1
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
37
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
34
3
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30
4
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
22
5
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
16
6
1
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
12
=7
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
10
=7
5
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
10
=9
11
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
6
=9
12
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
6
























Globalstar ARC Manufacturers Points
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Points
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56
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EVANS IN CONTENTION FOR RALLY WA


TTR’s Simon Evans has fought back from an early mishap to remain in contention for victory in the Respect Yourself Rally WA.
Evans is currently 3rd, 23.3secs behind Heat Two leader Scott Pedder.

Meanwhile, Neal Bates is locked in a battle for 4th place with Mitsubishi’s Juha Kangas.

Bates is 3.5secs ahead of Kangas with two stages left in the rally.

Evans coped well with steering problems caused by a heavy landing on Stage 17. The problem was fixed at the final service.

"We were really at maximum attack on that last stage and the car still feels good, despite the steering being a little bent," he said.

Evans has resisted the temptation to make set-up changes to the Corolla Sportivo for the final two stages of the rally.

“We’re going to keep it simple. It’s doing everything fine at the moment so we’re not going to touch it,” he said.

Bates is applying the same approach to his battle with Kangas.

“We’re going to leave the car as it is and hopefully bring it home in front of Juha,” he said.

TTR rookie Ben Barker pulled out of the event last night with gearbox problems.






















































Times after Healthway 3, Special Stage 17
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Overall Time
1
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
45:51.5
2
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
45:53.7
5
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
46:14.8
4
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
46:15.4
5
5
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
46:18.9
6
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
46:39.0
7
11
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
46:50.0
8
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
46:53.7
9
12
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
47:12.5
10
20
Craig Neale/Jamie Neale
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
47:28.3


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TTR CARS MAINTAIN STRONG PACE


TTR’s Neal Bates lies in third place after stage 15 of the Respect Yourself Rally WA, while team mate Simon Evans is 5th after hitting a rock on the first stage of the day.
Bates is 10.9secs behind today’s leader, Mitsubishi privateer Scott Pedder, while Evans is 22.5secs down.

TTR’s Ben Barker was forced to withdraw from the event after gearbox problems following last night’s super special stage in Busselton.

Bates enjoyed a drama-free morning and said the set-up of the Corolla was right on the money.

"We had no problems at all this morning, the conditions were pretty good and I’m really happy with the set-up of the car," he said.

Things weren’t so trouble-free for Evans, who hit a rock that had rolled into one of the ruts on the road.

“It pulled the rear wheel out about three inches and for the rest of the morning I had half a turn of lock on the steering wheel going in a straight line. But I’m used to driving around wrecked cars so I got by,” he said.

“Got by” was an understatement.

Evans proceeded to set the fastest time on the very next stage and climbed back up the leader board by finishing 2nd on stage 15.

For rookie Ben Barker, who scored his first points for TTR with a 9th in yesterday’s heat, it was a frustrating morning watching from the sidelines.

“I had a great time yesterday and would have liked to get more time in the car this morning,” he said.


















































Times after Healthway 2, Special Stage 15
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Overall Time
1
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30:02.8
2
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
30:02.9
3
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
30:13.7
4
5
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30:19.3
5
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
30:25.3
6
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
30:30.7
7
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30:42.1
8
11
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
30:43.6
9
12
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
30:51.7
10
20
Craig Neale/Jamie Neale
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
31:18.0


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BATES WINS 2ND SUPER SPECIAL STAGE


TTR made the perfect start to Heat Two of the Respect Yourself Rally WA, with Neal Bates winning tonight’s special stage by 2.9secs from team mate Simon Evans.
Mitsubishi privateer Craig Neale was 3rd fastest, 7.7secs adrift of Bates. Ben Barker finished the stage in 8th position.

Bates set a scorching time of 1.43.4 in the second run of the stage to continue his dominance of tarmac stages in the ARC.

The win capped off a memorable day for TTR, with Simon Evans clinching Heat 1 of the rally earlier this afternoon. Bates finished 5th in the heat, while Barker took 8th place.

The rally continues tomorrow.

























































Times after Busselton Toyota Super 4, Special Stage 12
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Overall Time
1
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
3:27.4
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
3:30.3
3
20
Craig Neale/Jamie Neale
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3:35.1
4
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3:35.4
5
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
3:35.6
6
16
John Monkhouse/Andrew Booker
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3:36.5
7
5
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3:37.4
8
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3:38.3
9
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
3:39.3
10
13
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
3:39.4
12
8
Ben Barker/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
3:40.8



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TTR ON TOP IN WA


Toyota Team Racing’s Simon and Sue Evans have won the first heat of the Respect Yourself WA Rally in a dream start to Toyota’s three-pronged attack on the Globalstar Australian Rally Championship.
TTR finished the first heat with three drivers in the top ten, with Neal Bates and Coral Taylor finishing 5th and Ben Barker claiming 9th place alongside Damien Long.

Evans finished 12.1secs ahead of Mitsubishi privateer Scott Pedder, with Subaru’s Cody Crocker third and Queensland privateer Chris Atkinson 4th.*

Evans was ecstatic with the win, his first in Toyota colours.

"To tell you the truth I’m a bit shell-shocked at the moment. That was awesome," he said.

“On those last stages it was really tough out there, with rocks all over the road, but the Corolla was so strong.

“Chris was really quick today but I knew if I could keep the pressure on all the way to the finish then you never know what could happen.”

And in an ominous warning to his rivals, Evans said he was still adjusting to the Corolla.

“There’s still a lot more work to do on the car but I said to Sue on the way in from the last stage that I really began to find my groove with the Corolla on those last two stages,” he said.

Team owner Bates was elated with TTR’s performance.

“I’m absolutely over the moon. Everyone in the team has worked so hard over the summer and to have three cars in the top ten is a fantastic result,” he said.

Toyota Motorsport Development Manager Phil Galway said the result was a huge boost for Toyota and its employees.

“This is a fantastic result and vindicates our decision to make a major commitment to motorsport in this country.

“Simon is an exceptional talent and he showed that today.

“I’d also like to congratulate Neal Bates and his team for the immense amount of hard work they’ve put into making this happen,” he said.

The only drama for the day was a gearbox fluid leak for Barker on the final stage. His crew is still working to fix the problem.

*Minor placings are provisional, pending a stewards hearing






















































Times after Nannup Oval 2, Special Stage 10
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Overall Time
1
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:07:30.2
2
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:07:42.3
3
1
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:07:46.6
4
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:07:52.1
5
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:08:24.4
6
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:08:42.4
7
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:09:04.6
8
12
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:09:08.8
9
8
Ben Barker/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:10:24.0
10
18
Martin Lintott/Tony Jackson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:11:30.2


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TWO COROLLAS IN THE POINTS AFTER STAGE 6


TTR remains well and truly on the pace after six stages of the Respect Yourself Rally WA, with Simon Evans holding down 2nd place and Neal Bates lying 5th.
Evans is 25.7sec behind leader Chris Atkinson in a Subaru, with Bates a further 18.6sec behind.

Ben Barker has maintained his 12th position, 2:22.3 secs behind.

Evans, who had a slight brush with some loose rocks on the stage, said the car was still running strongly.

"I’m pushing pretty hard and the car’s responding really well. But we’ll make a couple of changes for the next stage.

“We’re going to stiffen up the suspension and go to a harder compound tyre," he said.

Bates was also happy with his run, although a sticky 5th gear is still causing some minor problems.

He also plans to make suspension changes for the next two stages, which are a repeat of stages 3 and 4 earlier today.

“I think the roads will probably be a bit rougher than they were last time, so we’ll go a bit harder on the suspension,” he said.

Barker’s run was hampered by an engine overheating problem six kilometres from the end of the last stage.

“The engine got a bit hot and jumped into limp mode, which was a shame because we were having a pretty good run up until then,” he said.

Despite the setback, the car will be back out for the next two stages.




























































Times after Folly 1, Special Stage 6
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Overall Time
1
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
42:58.2
2
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
43:23.9
3
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
43:29.3
4
1
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
43:37.1
5
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
43:42.5
6
13
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
44:02.3
7
5
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
44:15.6
8
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
44:19.2
9
12
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
44:20.8
10
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
44:31.6
12
8
Ben Barker/Damien Long
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
45:20.5


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TTR FIGHTING FOR THE LEAD IN WA FOREST


TTR Corolla Sportivos were 2nd and 4th fastest after stage 4 of the Respect Yourself Rally WA, with Simon Evans lying just 11.8secs behind leader Chris Atkinson and Neal Bates a further 16.8secs behind.
TTR rookie Ben Barker performed well in his first ever stage of the Rally WA, finishing 12th, 1:30.8secs off the lead.

Evans was happy with the performance of the Sportivo on the slippery WA surface.

~The car feels beautiful, it's very balanced and very comfortable to drive,~ he said.

~We're just searching for a little more grip and we going to change tyre compounds for the next stage,~ he said.

Bates was hampered by a gear selection problem but was pleased with the performance of the car otherwise.

~I was having trouble grabbing fifth ? it kept on wanting to go back into 3rd. Other than that the car feels really strong, no problems at all,~ he said.

~This isn't my favourite type of surface so I'm happy to be up the front,~ he said.

Barker was happy to keep out of trouble while he settled in on the tricky WA roads.

~It's very slippery off-line so I'm just trying to concentrate on keeping it nice and clean. I'm starting to settle in a bit now,~ he said.

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FLYING START FOR TOYOTA TEAM RACING IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA


Toyota Team Racing’s assault on the Globalstar Australian Rally Championship got off to a flying start tonight with team mates Neal Bates and Simon Evans finishing one-two in the opening super special stages of the of the Respect Yourself Rally WA.
The pair was comfortably ahead of the chasing pack in the season opener in front of a vocal crowd at Busselton.

Bates’ combined time after two stages was 3:31.1sec, 4.1secs ahead of Evans and 7.7secs ahead of Subaru privateer Chris Atkinson in third place.

Rookie Corolla driver Ben Barker handled the pressure of his first factory drive well, finishing 9th overall and 7th in the second run.

Bates was delighted to continue his dominance of ARC special stages.

"I’m very, very happy with the time. There was an expectation that we’d be quick on the tarmac, but it’s still great to go out and do it," he said.

Evans was also pleased with his first competitive stage in the Corolla Sportivo.

“I’m stoked. The car’s performing fantastically. It’s handling really well and it felt really comfortable out there. Let’s hope we can take this form into the forest,” he said.

Barker was one of the big improvers in the second run of the night, shaving 1.6secs off his first time.

“The second run was much better. I’m starting to get a feel for the car,” he said.

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BATES SETS FASTEST TIME IN SHAKEDOWN SESSION IN WA


Toyota Team Racing’s Neal Bates set the fastest time in a shakedown session prior to the opening round of the Globalstar Australian Rally Championship in Western Australia.
Fellow TTR drivers Simon Evans and Ben Barker also performed well, tying for 4th in the session.

Bates was delighted with the performance of the three Corolla Sportivos in their last hit-out before the rally begins with a super special stage in Busselton tonight.

"We’re all very happy with where the car is. It feels great and is definitely much improved from last year.

“But we won’t really know where we are until we start the forest stages on Saturday," he said.

Evans and Barker were also impressed with the pace and poise of their Corollas during the shakedown and testing earlier this week.

“The car is handling really well and that gives you a lot of confidence as a driver,” Evans said.

“It’s hard to know where we stand competitively until we hit the forest tomorrow but the car is definitely a lot stronger than it was when I tested it earlier this year,” he said.

For rookie Ben Barker, the shakedown was a chance to get used to the Sportivo and settle down before the start of competition.

“I’m just going along at my own pace and taking the chance to learn more about the car. I’ve never driven in WA before so I’m feeling my way a bit,” he said.

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TOYOTA’S THREE CARS TAKE ON W.A. RALLY


Toyota Team Racing is eagerly anticipating its first rally with three cars and two new drivers in this weekend’s Respect Yourself Forest Rally, the opening round of the 2004 Globalstar Australian Rally Championship.
New drivers Simon Evans and Ben Barker are champing at the bit to get into the action alongside long-time team leader Neal Bates.

Bates and his Canberra-based team have been working flat-out since the end of the team’s debut season last year with the Toyota Corolla Sportivos, conducting vital development work as well as building a third car.

The locally developed Group N (Prototype) Sportivos are producing more power, have less weight and handle better than last year, so Bates hopes to be more competitive this season.

"We started last year about 1.5 seconds per kilometre slower than the leaders and ended the year just three-tenths of a second slower, but it remains to be seen how much gain our opposition has been able to make over the summer," Bates said.

“It’s usual that each new season starts with the lead cars going about half a second a kilometre faster than they did the previous year.

“If that’s the case, then our improvements may still not be enough - but we are hopeful we will be closer to the podium than we were last year.”

Bates is seeking to win a fourth national championship crown along with long-time co-driver Coral Taylor.

They expect as much of a fight from their new teammates, Simon and Sue Evans, as from the rest of the talent-laden field.

Evans was recently named the Australian MotorSport Rally Driver of the Year by Motorsport News magazine and is keen to impress in his first outing as a factory backed driver.

“My ambition has always been to win the Australian Rally Championship and to do that you have to be in a works team, so this is a great opportunity for me,” Evans said.

“Toyota is a fantastic company to be associated with and they share my determination to win the championship. I feel very comfortable in the car and with the team.”

The team’s third car is being used as a junior development program for 22 year-old Bega driver Ben Barker, who worked with the team last year as a test driver and is keen to show his ability in open competition.

Toyota Australia is keen to foster young talent and provided the extra budget required to run the third car throughout the Globalstar ARC.

Barker’s co-driver is the internationally renowned Damien Long, who last year partnered Rick Bates in TTR’s debut season.

The Respect Yourself Forest Rally kicks off in Busselton on Friday night (March 26) with the Busselton Toyota Super Stage along the town’s foreshore before moving into the Nannup plantation forest stages on Saturday and Sunday (March 27-28).

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