DOB: 14 July 1979
Team: Neal Bates Motorsport
Sponsors: Toyota Genuine Parts, Netier
Hometown: Brisbane, Queensland
Live: Brisbane, Queensland
Hobbies: Mountain biking, computers.
Favourite rally event:
Rally Queensland – although no longer on the calendar, this is my home event and the stages have always been very challenging for both of the crew.
Favourite rally stage:
Nambucca, Rally Australia. At nearly 50km in length, this stage is a great challenge and offers up everything. Harry and I always seem to do well over this stage also. Love it.
Very first rally memory/experience:
Probably the arcade game “Sega Rally Championship” at maybe 12 years of age. I would hate to think how much money I spent playing that game, but it was a lot. Quite a lot.
The moment you knew you were hooked on rally:
The first event I went to in person was a Queensland Rally Championship event that went well into the night. The event was based at Gallangowan Oval which was a campsite for the logging activities in the area and a natural amphitheater because of its position at the bottom of a valley. I remember walking around the oval with a drink at 10pm and being able to see two to four cars on a stage at any point in time, plus being able to hear another five to ten. Awesome.
Career highlight to date:
The 2017 National Capital Rally in Canberra. We won both heats and scored the bonus point, but it was just one of those weekends where everything worked more-or-less perfectly. The buzz at the podium was even enough to overcome the bitter, bitter cold of Canberra in May.
Most memorable rally moment:
I did a state round in SA with a friend I met at the AIS. He used a motorcycle helmet at the time and had blacked out the visor so it functioned at a ‘peak’ to stop the sun from getting in his eyes, but after a particularly heavy landing over a jump the visor flipped down and he couldn’t see a thing at something like 140km/h. All I heard was “S*%t!” in the intercom and when I looked over my right shoulder I realised why.
Dream rally car:
Any of the current batch of WRC Cars.
Dream road car:
Current road car:
Who is your idol or inspiration:
Best advice ever received:
Focus on things that are within your control.
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be:
Will Ferrell, Elon Musk, Adrian Newy.
Tell us one thing about yourself most people don’t know:
The Rally WA was my 100th rally.
First competitive rally:
KCF Rallysprint, round one, 2002.
Rally of Queensland, 2002.
Natcap 2017 – 1st both days + bonus point
Eureka 2018 – 1st both days + bonus point
2013: Queensland Rally Champion.