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The Neal Bates Motorsport team have reached the bottom of the Yaris AP4’s woes from Lightforce Rally SA. Brand new for the event, the Toyota only managed one stage in the rally, after faultless pre-event tests. Despite changing waste-gate filters, adjusting the exhaust and replacing a cam sensor on the event, the issue was not solved until after the rally. The source of the problems were found to be more serious than first thought. “It ended up being a cracked head,” Harry Bates told RallySport Magazine.
“We are now rebuilding the engine and hope to continue development testing within the next two weeks.”
Bates and co-driver John McCarthy are also planning to get some seat time in an event prior to Rally Australia. “John and I are very keen to spend more time in the car familiarising ourselves with everything,” he added. The next round of the Australian Rally Championship, Rally Australia, runs from November 17 to 19 in Coffs Harbour.

The Yaris in action at shakedown in South Australia. Photos: Luke Whitten

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