Bates is one of only two Australians to drive a current specification WRC Rally1 car, and explains the test in detail – the kilometres he drove and how he found the hybrid power.

He tested the Ford Puma Rally1 with fellow Aussie Luke Anear in December and aptly describes the car as ‘a rocketship’.

The 2022 Australian Rally Champion also talks about his entry into WRC Rally Portugal later in the year and the steps that needed to be taken to secure such a drive overseas.

Also on the podcast this week is a discussion on the current topics in rallying, including rounds of the Victorian and Queensland Rally Championships, and we remember Japanese driver Kenjiro Shinozuka.

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Luke Whitten

Luke is part of the third generation of the RallySport Magazine team and holds a degree in marketing & communications.
Luke is part of the third generation of the RallySport Magazine team and holds a degree in marketing & communications.

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