Neal Bates

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Neal Bates
Nationality Australia Australian
Born (1965-03-19) March 19, 1965 (age 49)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Related to Rick Bates (twin brother)
Alison Drower (sister-in-law)
Australian Rally Championship
Years active 1989-2009
Teams Neal Bates Motorsport
Best champ.
finish
1st in 1993, 1994, 1995 & 2008
Previous series
1997-2003
1997

1997

1993-97
1989-93

1989
V8 Supercars
Australian Super Touring Championship
Australian GT Production Car Championship
World Rally Championship
Australian Endurance Championship
Australian Touring Car Championship
Championship titles
2008
1995
1995
1994
1993
Australian Rally Championship
Targa Tasmania
Australian Rally Championship
Australian Rally Championship
Australian Rally Championship
Neal Bates and Coral Taylor (Rally Queensland 1998)

Neal Bates (born 19 March 1965) is an Australian rally and racing car driver. Throughout his career Bates has been associated with Toyota in the Australian Rally Championship and for 19 years his Neal Bates Motorsport outfit ran Toyota's official rally program in Australia. Bates claimed four drivers' titles in this time and helped Toyota win four manufacturers' crowns.[1]

Bates' navigator/co-driver since 1993 has been Coral Taylor.

Bates long-time partnership with Toyota also brought the first of many circuit racing opportunities, a drive in a star search program in Toyota's Australian Touring Car Championship team. This led to a number of touring car racing opportunities with the factory Toyota Corolla teams as well as V8 Supercar teams including Paul Weel Racing, Glenn Seton Racing and Gibson Motor Sport.

Career results[edit]

Season Series Position Car Team
1991 World Rally Championship 56th Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1991 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1992 Australian Rally Championship 4th Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1993 World Rally Championship 45th Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1993 Australian Rally Championship 1st Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1994 Australian Rally Championship 1st Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1995 World Rally Championship 27th Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1995 Australian Rally Championship 1st Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1996 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1997 World Rally Championship 26th Toyota Corolla WRC Neal Bates Motorsport
1997 Australian Rally Championship 3rd Toyota Celica GT-Four Neal Bates Motorsport
1997 Australian Super Touring Championship 13th Toyota Camry Phoenix Motorsport
1997 Australian GT Production Car Championship 13th Porsche 993 RSCS
1998 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Toyota Corolla WRC Neal Bates Motorsport
1999 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Toyota Corolla WRC Neal Bates Motorsport
1999 V8 Supercar Championship Series 31st Ford AU Falcon Ford Tickford Racing
2000 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Toyota Corolla WRC Neal Bates Motorsport
2001 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Toyota Corolla WRC Neal Bates Motorsport
2001 Australian Nations Cup Championship 13th Porsche 996 GT3 Tekno Autosports
2002 V8 Supercar Championship Series 43rd Ford AU Falcon 00 Motorsport
2003 Australian Rally Championship 8th Toyota Corolla Sportivo Turbo Neal Bates Motorsport
2003 V8 Supercar Championship Series 65th Ford AU Falcon ICS Team Ford
2004 Australian Rally Championship 6th Toyota Corolla Sportivo Turbo Neal Bates Motorsport
2005 Australian Rally Championship 6th Toyota Corolla Sportivo Turbo Neal Bates Motorsport
2006 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Toyota Corolla Sportivo Turbo Neal Bates Motorsport
2007 Australian Rally Championship 2nd Toyota Corolla S2000 Neal Bates Motorsport
2008 Australian Rally Championship 1st Toyota Corolla S2000 Neal Bates Motorsport
2009 Australian Rally Championship 3rd Toyota Corolla S2000 Neal Bates Motorsport
2012 Australian Classic Rally Championship 1st Toyota Celica Neal Bates Motorsport
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Robb Herridge
Australian Rally Champion
1993, 1994 & 1995
Succeeded by
Possum Bourne
Preceded by
Simon Evans
Australian Rally Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Simon Evans

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neal Bates and Coral Taylor Profiles". Toyota Racing Development. 2008-03-03. Retrieved 2008-04-16. 

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