Good to see a couple of contenders throughout the three-day Forest Rally weekend across Western Australia in Round 2 of the 2022 Australian Rally Championship.
The Toyota pair of Harry Bates and John McCarthy fired off well in the No.1 Yaris, but it’s Eli Evans & Adam Wright who dominated the rest of the Bunbury Super Stages portion in the No.2 Mini Cooper, with a mix of dirt & asphalt through in and out of the Bunbury speedway. Evans & Wright continued to carry that early lead going into Saturday with the stage 5 win, before Bates & McCarthy managed to fight back top spot where they kept their arch rival quiet for the rest of Saturday’s action.
Now Evans & Wright may ended the long-running stranglehold of H. Bates/McCarthy earlier today in the 2nd & final leg beginning at Stage 13, but they sadly dropped out due to a fuel pump issue whilst leading with only three stages to go. So that paves the way for H. Bates/McCarthy to end their campaign here on a high with the power stage and overall win, even though the 80-second penalty didn’t bother him too much over a late check-in earlier today.
Next up is Harry Bates’s brother Lewis & his co-driver Anthony McLoughlin, who finished 2nd in the sister No.3 Yaris GR. Now this pair had to even had to pull over for repairs at one point towards the end of Friday’s activities after Stage 4. However, they made a remarkable recovery ever since that helped them catch up as it goes before they finished well inside the Top 3 following the Heat 2 win.
And joining the Bates brothers is 3rd placed pair of Richie Dalton & Dale Moscott, also in a Yaris, except it’s not a GR chassis. They simply never looked of place within the Top 3-5, especially over the last two days when they finished their Forest Rally WA journey on a high during the Power Stage in 2nd alone. They would’ve liked to took advantage of that H.Bates/McCarthy penalty well & split both Bates Gazoo cars towards the Top 2, but it’s still a great result nonetheless.
Two rounds down, five to go, with the Australian Rally Championship will now head off to Rally Launceston in Tasmania on the 25th-26th June next month.