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ABOUT HARRY

NATIONALITY // AUSTRALIAN

 

DATE OF BIRTH // 08/03/1995

 

LIVES // CANBERRA, ACT

 

OCCUPATION // RALLY DRIVER / BRAND AMBASSADOR

 

TEAM // TOYOTA GAZOO RACING AUSTRALIA / NEAL BATES MOTORSPORT

 

CO-DRIVER // JOHN McCARTHY

 

HOBBIES // RUNNING, SWIMMING, CYCLING, MOUNTAIN BIKING, WATER-SKIING, TENNIS

RALLY DEBUT // 2014 RALLY OF THE BAY

 

 

Harry Bates is widely regarded as one of Australia's top young talents. His speed and versatility have seen him become a force on the stages, in a short period of time. Combined with his professional approach and enthusiasm, Harry's potential goes beyond his achievements to date.

Born in to a motorsport family, Harry’s father and 4 times Australian Rally Champion, Neal Bates, introduced him to driving from a very young age. Harry started his driving career as a 12 year old, competing in local motorkhanas on both gravel and tarmac.

 

Aged 18, Harry began competing in rallying, and in only his second ever rally, gained a podium at the 2014 Rally Narooma. During 2015, Harry competed in his first Australian Championship round at his home event, the National Capital Rally, in a standard Toyota Corolla. He and new co-driver, John McCarthy, managed an astonishing third place on debut.

 

For 2016, Harry and co-driver John stepped up to an all-wheel drive Toyota Corolla S2000. Success came immediately, with a heat win at the first round of the Australian Rally Championship and three podiums from five events. The pair fell agonisingly short of being Australian Champions in their first attempt at the series, after a puncture on the final day of the final rally dropped them out of contention.

 

2017 saw Harry claim his first ARC event win, becoming the youngest person in history to win a round of the championship. He backed this up with a second win at his home event, the Netier National Capital Rally.

For 2018, Bates and McCarthy debuted an all-new Toyota Yaris AP4 in competition. They claimed two wins in the new Yaris' debut season. 

At the 2019 Adelaide Hills Rally, Bates and McCarthy collected their first Australian Rally Championship title, with one round still remaining in the series. This cemented Bates as the youngest Australian Rally Champion in history, and the first ever second-generational winner, with his Dad, Neal, taking the title in 1993, 1994, 1995 and 2008.

 

Bates and McCarthy are currently undefeated in 2019, taking every heat win in the CAMS Australian Rally Championships after the fifth round of the six round calendar. They have also taken two round wins in the FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championship.

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PHOTOS

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2018 Rally Australia
2019 Netier National Capital Rally
2017 - First Test - Toyota Yaris AP4
2019 Rally Tasmania
2018 Rally Australia
2019 Rally Tasmania
2019 Rally Tasmania
2017 - Coffs Harbour Toyota
2018 Rally Australia
2019 Rally Tasmania
2019 Make Smoking History Forest Ral
2019 Make Smoking History Forest Ral
2019 Make Smoking History Forest Ral
2019 Netier National Capital Rally
2019 Netier National Capital Rally
2019 Rally Tasmania
2017 Netier National Capital Rally
2017 Rally Australia CeremonialStart
2019 Pedders Eureka Rush
2019 Pedders Eureka Rush
2019 Pedders Eureka Rush
 

VIDEOS

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

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2019

  • 1st - 2019 AUSTRALIAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (Toyota Yaris AP4, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 1st - Adelaide Hills Rally ARC (Toyota Yaris AP4, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 1st APRC, 1st ARC - Pedders Eureka Rush FIA APRC / ARC (Toyota Yaris AP4, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 1st APRC, 1st ARC - Rally Tasmania FIA APRC / ARC (Toyota Yaris AP4, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 1st - Netier National Capital Rally ARC (Toyota Yaris AP4, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 1st - Make Smoking History Forest Rally ARC (Toyota Yaris AP4, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

 

2018

  • 1st - 2018 Bott Adelaide Hills Rally ARC (Toyota Yaris AP4, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 1st - 2018 Eureka Rally ARC (Toyota Yaris AP4, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

 

2017

  • 1st - 2017 Netier National Capital Rally ARC (Toyota Corolla S2000, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 1st (Youngest Ever ARC Round Winner) - Eureka Rally ARC (Toyota Corolla S2000, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

 

2016

  • 3rd ARC - Kennards Hire Rally Australia (Toyota Corolla S2000, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 2nd - International Rally of QLD ARC (Toyota Corolla S2000, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 2nd - Quit Forest Rally ARC (Toyota Corolla S2000, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

 

2015

  • 2nd Outright, 1st Overall in Gawler Cup Top-Ten Shootout - Scouts Rally of South Australia ARC (Toyota Corolla S2000, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 2nd Outright, 1st 2WD - Rally Narooma (Toyota Corolla Sportivo, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

  • 3rd on ARC Debut - National Capital Rally ARC (Toyota Corolla Sportivo, Co-Driver: John McCarthy)

 

2014

  • 2nd Outright, 1st 2WD - Rally Narooma (Toyota Corolla Sportivo, Co-Driver: Coral Taylor)

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CONTACT HARRY

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