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2004 Caloundra's Falken Tyres Rally Queensland

  1. EVANS EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN QUEENSLAND
  2. EVANS RETAINS LEAD IN GLOBALSTAR AUSTRALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  3. TTR IN THE HUNT FOR PODIUM FINISH IN RALLY QUEENSLAND
  4. TTR WELL PLACED AFTER DAY ONE OF RALLY QUEENSLAND
  5. TTR’S EVANS WELL-PLACED IN RALLY QUEENSLAND
  6. BATES FASTEST IN RALLY OF QUEENSLAND SHAKEDOWN
  7. TOYOTA LOOKING TO CONTINUE GOOD FORM INTO RALLY OF QUEENSLAND

EVANS EXTENDS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD IN QUEENSLAND


Toyota Team Racing’s Simon Evans has extended his lead in the Globalstar Australian Rally Championship after finishing on the podium in the Rally of Queensland.
Evans’ 3rd place in Caloundra sees him open up a 15 point gap on his rivals in the drivers’ championship. He has 65 points, ahead of Subaru’s Cody Crocker on 50 points.

TTR team mate Neal Bates overcame a broken rear suspension arm on the first stage of the rally to fight back and finish equal 5th for the weekend. The result puts him equal 4th in the driver’s championship on 40 points.

The Toyota Corolla Sportivo again showed its strength during the rally, with both cars going the distance on a rally tipped to be a car-breaker.

Evans was very satisfied with his weekend’s work.

"The aim at the beginning of the rally was to finish on the podium, so I pushed as hard as I dared but the ultimate goal is to finish each event and win the championship," he said.

Team owner Bates was also happy with the team’s performance.

“This is the toughest rally of the championship. It’s really hard on the cars, but both the Corollas have been very strong and reliable. “We come away with a good points haul and no major damage to either vehicle, so it’s a good result for us in terms of the championship,” he said.

But the weekend wasn’t without its drama.

TTR’s Ben Barker didn’t compete in the rally after his engine developed a problem in the drive to the weekend’s first stage.

It was a disappointing result for the rookie, who had impressed during testing earlier in the week.

Bates’ rally also got off to a bad start when he broke a rear suspension arm on the opening stage of the rally.

The team boss was forced to turn bush mechanic, making repairs on the road between stages. He drove the next two stages with a strap holding the broken rear arm out of harm’s way.

Further suspension damage in a later stage put him behind the eight-ball for the rest of the rally. He finished the first heat in 9th place, before fighting back on the Sunday to finish 4th.

For Evans, the only drama of the rally came towards the end, when he badly damaged the steering of his Corolla during an off-road excursion half-way through the third last stage.

The incident broke a steering bracket on the Corolla, but the talented Victorian managed to drive around the problem for the rest of the stage.

The crew managed to rectify the damage at the final service and Evans brought the car home without incident.

Subaru’s Chris Atkinson won the rally from Subaru works driver Cody Crocker.

TTR now heads to Tasmania for the Safari Tasmania on June 26 and 27, with Bates confident of a strong showing for the team.

“Queensland is by far the toughest rally on the calendar and to come through that in good shape gives us all a lot of confidence heading to Tasmania,” he said.

















































Outright Classification
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Overall Time
1
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:04:29.6
2
1
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:04:44.4
3
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:05:05.5
4
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:05:23.7
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:06:04.2
6
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:07:23.1
7
13
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:07:59.9
8
16
John Monkhouse/Andrew Booker
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:08:50.3
9
23
Brett Comber/Gary Vinten
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:10:12.0
10
14
Michael Thompson/Bernie Webb
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:10:38.9
























































CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER ROUND 2
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Points
1
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
65
2
1
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
50
3
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
44
=4
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
40
=4
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
40
6
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
37
7
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
28
8
5
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
22
9
12
Brad Goldsbrough/Dave Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
16
10
11
Mark Thompson/Rita Thompson
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
8

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EVANS RETAINS LEAD IN GLOBALSTAR AUSTRALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP


Toyota Team Racing’s Simon Evans has extended his lead in the Globalstar Australian Rally Championship after finishing on the podium in the Rally of Queensland.
Evans’ 3rd place in today’s heat 2 sees him open up a 15 point gap on his rivals in the drivers’ championship. He has 65 points, ahead of Subaru’s Cody Crocker on 50 points.

TTR team mate Neal Bates finished today’s heat in 4th place and lies 4th in the driver’s championship.

The Toyota Corolla Sportivo again showed its strength, with both cars coming through relatively unscathed on a rally tipped to be a car-breaker.

The only drama for TTR in today’s heat came when Evans damaged the steering of his Corolla during an off-road excursion half-way through the third last stage.

The incident broke a steering bracket on the Corolla, but the talented Victorian managed to drive around the problem for the rest of the stage.

The crew managed to rectify the damage at the final service and Evans brought the car home without incident.

Evans was very satisfied with his weekend’s work.

"The aim at the beginning of the rally was to finish on the podium, so I pushed as hard as I dared but the ultimate goal is to finish each event and win the championship," he said.

Team owner Bates was also happy with the team’s performance.

“This is the toughest rally of the championship. It’s really hard on the cars, but both the Corollas have been very strong and reliable.

“We come away with a good points haul and no major damage to either vehicle, so it’s a good result for us in terms of the championship,” he said.

The only disappointment of the weekend was a DNF for TTR’s third driver Ben Barker.

Barker’s Corolla developed a terminal engine problem before the start of the rally’s first stage on Saturday, robbing the young driver of a chance to impress.

Subaru’s Chris Atkinson won the rally from Subaru works driver Cody Crocker.
















































Times after CaseysGully 3, Special Stage 15
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Overall Time
1
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:04:29.6
2
1
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:04:44.4
3
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:05:05.5
4
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
1:05:23.7
5
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:06:04.2
6
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:07:23.1
7
13
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:07:59.9
8
16
John Monkhouse/Andrew Booker
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:08:50.3
9
23
Brett Comber/Gary Vinten
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
1:10:12.0
10
14
Michael Thompson/Bernie Webb
Dr
Subaru
Dr
1:10:38.9

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TTR IN THE HUNT FOR PODIUM FINISH IN RALLY QUEENSLAND


TTR’s Simon Evans remains on track for another podium finish in the Rally of Queensland after finishing the first four stages of today’s heat in 3rd place.
A podium finish would see the popular Victorian retain his lead in the driver’s championship.

Team mate Neal Bates is also in the hunt for points, lying 4th behind Subaru’s Cody Crocker.

An off-road excursion half-way through stage 13 has damaged Evans’ steering but the crew is confident of sorting the problem out during the rally’s final service.

"We got caught out on a slippery section and went off the road. After that the steering was all over the place, but we made it back," he said.

Prior to the accident, Evans was happy with the car’s performance.

“We made some changes to the suspension overnight and the car felt much better this morning,” he said.

Bates was due to make similar changes at this morning’s first service, but decided to stick with his original set-up after rain made the roads slippery.

“With the rain this morning, there’s a lot less grip out there, so we’re sticking with what we’ve got,” he said.

TTR’s third driver Ben Barker did not start the rally due to engine problems.

Subaru’s Chris Atkinson is leading today’s heat.

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TTR WELL PLACED AFTER DAY ONE OF RALLY QUEENSLAND


Toyota Team Racing’s Simon Evans finished 3rd in today’s first heat of the Rally of Queensland, while team-mate Neal Bates overcame early dramas to finish the day in 9th place.
Evans, who was running second on the road, struggled for grip early, but picked up the pace on swept roads in the afternoon stages.

The Victorian was satisfied with the result, which sees him well-placed to fight for overall victory in tomorrow’s second heat.

The result has also extended his lead in the driver’s championship.

"I’ve been driving to a plan today and I’m pretty happy with the result," he said.

“We made some set-up changes at the second service and we were on the pace in the afternoon stages,” he said.

Bates fought back from a damaged rear suspension in the first stage of the day to collect valuable manufacturer’s points for the team.

Bates carried out running repairs to a bent rear control arm between stages one and two, managing to nurse the car to service.

But the ensuing repairs put the team on the back foot for the rest of the day.

“Because we had to repair the damage, we couldn’t work on set-up, so the car wasn’t as good as I would have liked on the afternoon stages.

Bates also lost 15secs when the car was late out of service.

The day was also filled with drama for rookie TTR driver Ben Barker, whose Corolla Sportivo was forced out with an engine problem before the first stage of the day.

Barker was disappointed to have missed an opportunity to impress after an encouraging test earlier in the week.

“I was really looking forward to competing this weekend. The car was right on the pace early in the week, so this is very disappointing,” he said.

Subaru’s Cody Crocker won the heat, ahead of Queensland’s Chris Atkinson, also in a Subaru.

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TTR’S EVANS WELL-PLACED IN RALLY QUEENSLAND


Toyota Team Racing’s Simon Evans is placed third after five stages of the Rally of Queensland, with team mate Neal Bates lying 8th after suspension damage cost him valuable time on the morning stages.
In a morning of mixed fortunes for the team, third driver Ben Barker was forced to retire from the rally after his car developed an engine problem prior to the start of the first stage.

Evans is happy to have kept the Corolla out of trouble in the initial stages of the rally.

"It’s pretty rough out there and I’m just driving smart at the moment and not pushing too hard," he said.

The unforgiving surface took its toll on Bates’s Corolla Sportivo, which suffered both front and rear suspension damage during separate stages.

Bates was forced to make running repairs to the Corolla in between the day’s first and second stages.

“It was very frustrating. It happened about 5 or 6 kilometres from the end of the first stage of the day.

“It’s a shame because the car was running well,” he said.

For Barker, it was a devastating blow to be out of the rally before the first stage.

“We developed a problem on the drive to the first stage and had to pull out. It’s very disappointing for the team because we’ve been right on the pace in practice,” he said.

















































Times after CaseysGully 1, Special Stage 5
Pos. No. Driver Vehicle Overall Time
1
1
Cody Crocker/Greg Foletta
Dr
Subaru
Dr
45:22.3
2
3
Chris Atkinson/Benjamin Atkinson
Dr
Subaru
Dr
45:35.6
3
10
Simon Evans/Sue Evans
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
45:56.3
4
2
Dean Herridge/Glenn MacNeall
Dr
Subaru
Dr
46:09.1
5
5
Juha Kangas/Julia Rabbett
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
46:34.1
6
12
Brad Goldsborough/Dale Moscatt
Dr
Subaru
Dr
46:34.1
7
6
Scott Pedder/Paul Humm
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
46:49.4
8
7
Neal Bates/Coral Taylor
Dr
Toyota Corolla Sportivo
Dr
47:06.6
9
4
Ed Ordynski/Iain Stewart
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
47:18.5
10
13
Mark Pedder/Toni Feaver
Dr
Mitsubishi
Dr
47:36.3


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BATES FASTEST IN RALLY OF QUEENSLAND SHAKEDOWN


Toyota Team Racing’s assault on the Rally of Queensland got off to a flying start this morning, with Neal Bates and Coral Taylor setting the fastest time at the official shakedown session in Caloundra.
Bates set a time of 35.6sec around the special course, while team-mate Ben Barker also impressed, running 4th with a time of 36.33sec. Simon and Sue Evans were 10th fastest, with a 37.65.

The result completes an encouraging build-up to the rally for TTR, with all three cars performing well during testing earlier this week.

Team owner Bates is cautiously optimistic about the team’s chances at the rally.

"All three cars were superb in testing and we’re looking forward to having a good rally, but having said that, the competition is going to be incredibly tough and it’s impossible to predict the result," he said.

“The roads are very rough and it looks like it will be very hard on the cars. You might see a few retirements,’’ he said.

The first competitive stages of the rally start tomorrow morning at Imbil.

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TOYOTA LOOKING TO CONTINUE GOOD FORM INTO RALLY OF QUEENSLAND


Driver’s championship leader Simon Evans is fired up for the next round of the Globalstar Australian Rally Championship on the challenging roads of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
The Toyota Team Racing driver believes the ruggedness of the Corolla Sportivo forest racer will provide him and teammates Neal Bates and Ben Barker with the vehicle to get the job done.

Caloundra’s Falken Tyres Rally Queensland on June 4-6 is expected to be a car-breaker, as Evans has found to his cost over the years as an under-funded privateer. But he expects that to change this year.

"Queensland has always been one of my favourite events, but I’ve never had a good result there because our cars were never strong enough," said Evans.

“I’m looking forward to doing the event with the TTR Corolla Sportivo because it feels so tough. I feel I can drive it the hardest I’ve ever driven and it will get through the stages. You can put it through that sort of punishment. I reckon we’ll be able to get the best result possible because of reliability.”

The team tested all three Corolla Sportivos on Tuesday and confirmed initial impressions that the rally will be extremely tough on the cars.

Team owner Neal Bates was very happy with the performance of the cars in testing.

“All three cars were superb and we’re looking forward to having a good rally. I think the competition is going to be incredibly tough and everyone will be pushing really hard. It’s impossible to predict the result, but I expect it may well be a war of attrition,” he said.

Pre-event planning and teamwork are key elements for the event due to the nature of the fast, narrow, tree-lined roads with lots of blind crests.

The rally kicks off with a shakedown session in Caloundra tomorrow.

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