Toyota’s Harry Bates became the youngest winning driver in CAMS Australian Rally Championship history by taking out Victoria’s Eureka Rally, the opening round of the 2017 season.
The Eureka Rally returned to the Victorian town of Ballarat for the first time in 46 years.
Bates, 22, from Canberra and co-driver John McCarthy in the Toyota Genuine Parts Corolla were part of a three-way duel over two days and 18 competitive stages totalling 220km around Ballarat.
Bates won the first day by 14.8 seconds, with just 7.9 seconds covering the top three competitors over the two-day event.
Nathan Quinn was second in a Mitsubishi and Eli Evans third in a Peugeot.
EUREKA RALLY PODIUM
1. Harry Bates/John McCarthy – Toyota
2. Nathan Quinn/David Calder – Mitsubishi
3. Eli Evans/Glen Weston – Peugeot