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Australian Rally Championship leader, Harry Bates, is currently in South America and has tested an R5 specification car for the first time.

Harry Bates at the wheel of Team Toyota Paraguay's Etios R5.Bates will debut a brand new Toyota Yaris AP4 in September’s Rally of South Australia, and used the mid-season break in the ARC to head to Paraguay to drive the Toyota team’s Etios R5.

“First time driving an R5 car, and also first time driving left hand drive! Great experience. Amazing car,” Bates said.

“Thank you so much to Team Toyota Paraguay for allowing me to do some kilometres at testing over the last few days.”

Bates is travelling with his mum, Jane, and has used the overseas holiday to do some sightseeing as well, including a tour to the famed Machu Picchu.

A feature on Toyota Paraguay’s Etios R5 appeared in the May 2016 issue of RallySport Magazine. Read it HERE.

- Peter Whitten

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