Team: Neal Bates Motorsport
Sponsors: Toyota Genuine Parts, Netier
Hometown: Canberra, ACT
Live: Canberra, ACT
Hobbies: Running, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Water-skiing, Tennis.
Favourite rally event:
National Capital Rally because it’s my home rally and it has very challenging roads.
WRC Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour because it’s a huge event with a great atmosphere and I love the roads up there.
Favourite rally stage:
Nambucca at Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour. It’s the longest stage in the ARC and has so many challenges. Very rewarding when you get to the end and have set a competitive time.
Very first rally memory/experience:
Going out in to the forests around Canberra watching dad test his Corolla WRC car. I would have been four years old.
The moment you knew you were hooked on rally:
After finishing the Narooma Forest Rally in 2014.
We managed to win a couple of stages at that event and found a really good rhythm, and I had Coral Taylor co-driving which really helped everything click. It’s back when I thought ‘this sport is all just fun and easy.’ – I’ve since learnt that it isn’t easy at all.
Career highlight to date:
I have a few memories.
- 2015 National Capital Rally – ARC Podium on debut. It was also my first of many rallies with John McCarthy co-driving.
- 2016 Quit Forest Rally, where we managed to win Heat One. It felt really nice at the time.
- 2017 Eureka Rally – First ARC event win and became the youngest ever ARC winner, after a massive battle that went from the first stage right to the last stage of the rally.
Most memorable rally moment:
Spectating at 2011 Rally Finland, before I started rallying myself. Since starting to compete in rallying, I’ve become a terrible spectator.
Dream rally car:
2018 Toyota Yaris WRC.
Dream road car:
Toyota Land Cruiser or Lexus LFA.
Current road car:
2017 Toyota Yaris (standard version of my rally car).
Who is your idol or inspiration:
My parents. They’re just good people.
Best advice ever received:
“99.9% concentration isn’t good enough. You need to concentrate 100% of the time.” Neal Bates
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be:
If they were available, then it would be Mark Webber, Roger Federer and Margot Robbie.
Tell us one thing about yourself most people don’t know:
I am obsessed with houses and spend more time than I should on realestate.com.au.
First competitive rally:
2014 Rally of the Bay. Molly Taylor was my co-driver.
2015 National Capital Rally.
2017: Eureka Rally winner
2017: National Capital Rally winner
2018: Eureka Rally winner