From ARC to Toyota 86 to JWRC for Harry Bates
- 4th November 2019, 9:00am
"The money needed to compete overseas is incredibly high and won't be easy to raise, but we'll see what happens in the coming month or so."One of the benefits of contesting the JWRC is that all cars are prepared by M-Sport as a 'turn key' deal, meaning Bates won't have to worry about getting a car prepared at the last minute. "I think the cut-off for JWRC registration is the close of entries for Sweden, which is probably mid-March," Bates added. "There's a lot of water to go under the bridge between now and then, but we'll see what happens." In the meantime, his schedule ahead of Rally Australia will be hectic as he heads to Melbourne to contest races at Sandown in the Toyota 86 one-make series.
"The racing is good fun, but because it's not my strong suit, nobody expects me to win," he added."I just want to compete and have a good time ... although naturally I want to do as well as I can." Bates will contest Toyota 86 races on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At the completion of Sunday's final race, he'll be off to the airport to fly to Coffs Harbour, ahead of a Yaris AP4 test on the Monday morning.
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