DOB: 8 March 1997
Team: Neal Bates Motorsport
Sponsors: Neal Bates Motorsport & Damesa Industries
Live: Canberra, ACT
Hobbies: Mountain biking, Water-Skiing, Tennis and Motorbike riding
Favourite rally event:
Coffs Harbour- As it is also a round of the WRC with amazing roads.
Favourite rally stage:
Blackwood ridge, Eureka rally. Fast and flowing stage, awesome fun.
Very first rally memory/experience:
2003 Premier State Rally, when they had a stage at Eastern Creek. I was five or six at the time.
The moment you knew you were hooked on rally:
My very first rally where I had Harry Co-driving.
Career highlight to date:
Finishing fourth outright in a very competitive field at the Eureka Rally 2018.
Most memorable rally moment:
My very first test in the S2000 Corolla. Very cool car.
Dream rally car:
2018 Ford Fiesta WRC.
Dream road car:
Land Cruiser Sahara.
Current road car:
2007 Toyota Corolla.
Who is your idol or inspiration:
Dad (Neil Bates), he was and still is so successful in the Motorsport industry all round.
Best advice ever received:
‘It only takes one corner to get it wrong’ – Neil Bates.
If you could invite three people to dinner, who would they be:
Family and friends or Margot Robbie.
Tell us one thing about yourself most people don’t know:
I spent all my time playing soccer until I started rallying.
First competitive rally:
Narooma Rally, 2016.
Eureka Rally, 2017.
Founding my company Smootline State Notes. We produce quality Stage Notes that empower drivers and co-drivers to enjoy each event by safely performing to the best of their potential. See the link here: www.smoothline.com.au/creators/