Bates wins Rally of Canberra Heat 1
- 10th May 2008, 4:14pm
Toyota's Neal Bates and Coral Taylor have taken out Heat 1 of Rally of Canberra, beating home hard-charging team-mates Simon and Sue Evans by ten seconds.
Darren Windus/Jon Mortimer took home third place and should be very pleased with their day's efforts, despite holding down second for much of the afternoon. It will be a welcome result for Windus who has had a long run of mechanical problems in recent Australian Rally Championship events.
Spencer Lowndes finished the day in fourth place in his Mitsubishi a mere four one hundredths of a second behind Windus, with Glen Raymond fifth in his Toyota Corolla.
The Fullerton Financial Services team had an excellent day with Bruce Fullerton/Hugh Reardon-Smith finishing in sixth place, and team-mates Ryan and Rebecca Smart, seventh. Canberra's John Stilling ended the day in eighth, with Queenslanders Steve Shepheard and Tom Smith ninth.
ARC first-timer Marius Swart brought his nimble VW Polo S2000 home in tenth spot on it's Australian rally debut, whilst Molly Taylor returned to the ARC in style, finishing the day eleventh overall.
Note: As Eli Evans, along with Michael Guest and Nathan Quinn were entered in the APRC Rally of Canberra, they will not appear on the ARC results sheets however they are eligible to score ARC points. Evans Jnr finished the day in second place on the ARC scoresheet with a time of 1:13:15.
Rally of Canberra (Australian Rally Championship)
Heat One Results
1. Bates/Taylor, Toyota
2. Evans/Evans, Toyota
3. Windus/Mortimer, Subaru
4. Lowndes/Randell, Mitsubishi
5. Raymond/Raymond, Toyota
6. Fullerton/Reardon-Smith, Mitsubishi
7. Smart/Smart, Mitsubishi
8. Stilling/Stephens, Mitsubishi
9. Shepheard/Smith, Mitsubishi
10. Swart/McConkey, VW
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