Australian Rally Championship contender Harry Bates debuted his brand new 224kW Toyota Yaris in Septembers round of the ARC however Bates has now announced he will no longer be fighting for wins in the series.
The Toyota Yaris is a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine which is achieved by de-stroking a 1.8-litre Twin Cam Multi-valve Toyota 2ZZ-GE engine to achieve the desired. The 2ZZ-GE engine was sold in Australia in naturally aspirated form in Celica and Corolla Sportivo.
The Yaris was built for Bates to use for the final two rounds this year, replacing the S2000 Corolla, however the Toyota won’t be seen again until the World Rally Championship round in Coffs Harbour later in the year.
“Ever since the end of 2016, when we came painfully close to winning the Australian Rally Championship, we have worked harder than ever before to put ourselves in a position to achieve what we couldn’t last year”, said Bates on his Facebook page.
“I think we have put together a bunch of solid performances this season, performances we are very proud of. Unfortunately, despite our speed and consistency, the numbers are against us to make the dream win happen this season due to some technical issues, particularly at the most recent round.
“This is a part of motorsport – we know that.
“As a team, we’ve made the decision to withdraw from the ARC title race, and we are putting all of our efforts in to nabbing a strong result in the WRC at Rally Australia next month. Not an easy decision, but this gives us the opportunity to compete using the same tyre as the international teams, and I can’t wait to see what the Toyota Yaris AP4 can do on the awesome roads around Coffs Harbour”.
Both AP4 and WRC Yaris cars have 1.6-litre turbocharged engines, but Bates’ car had an ARC compulsory 34mm inlet restrictor that limits power compared with the WRC spec car.
Bates’ new car was built to local AP4 rally regulations, while the WRC rules allow for greater powertrain freedom and more aerodynamic features.
“Thank you to Toyota Australia and Netier for their support of this decision”, Bates finished.