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TOYOTA SHARES ARC FINALE WIN IN TASMANIA

Toyota's Neal Bates and Coral Taylor have shared victory in the final round of the 1999 Australian Rally Championship Super Series in Tasmania.

Bates and Taylor were declared joint winners of the Hobart-based Saxon Safari after winning heat two and finishing second the previous day.

The Corolla pair finished 13 seconds ahead of heat one winner Possum Bourne to claim the shared victory.

The result secured second place for Bates in the ARC driver's championship, adding to the Canberra ace's remarkable record.

His lowest national title placing since he started contesting the ARC in 1990 was fourth in that year.

The three-time national champ finished a mere eight points behind his Kiwi rival at the end of the five-round series.

"The Saxon Safari was indicative of the tight tussle between Possum's team and our team all season," Bates said.

"It was great to show the speed the Corolla was capable of on dry roads, as the four previous events were all wet.

"Possum's title was well deserved," Bates said.

"To trade wins throughout the year with someone as internationally respected as Possum shows the competitiveness of our team."

Bates and Taylor were slowed in heat one in Tasmania by a spin and a late puncture.

The Saxon Safari win caps a successful championship for Toyota Team Australia.

TTA has posted heat or overall victories in the Rally of Queensland, the Rally of Melbourne, and now Tasmania.

The team's focus now shifts to the blue ribbon event, Rally Australia in Perth on 4-7 November.





 
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Coral Taylor and Neal Bates celebrate their joint win in the 1999 Saxon Safari atop their Toyota Corolla World Rally Car.