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Multiple Australian Rally Champion joins Pedders Racing


As Pedders Racing continue their year of development with the globally hyped Toyota 86 in the Australian Manufacturers Championship, this weekend’s Round 4 sees another opportunity for development as four-time Australian Rally Champion, Neal Bates, joins the team.

Bates, having driven with Toyota Australia for more than two decades, knows the Toyota product likely better than any other, and has joined the Pedders Racing team to ensure that the local Bendigo outfit are right on the money with setup and pushing the race package successfully to its limits in order to give regular drivers Phillips, Turpie and the #86 the best chance at securing another world first, a national production racing class title.

Completing three practice sessions at the Park in the lead up to tomorrow’s official start to the Shannons Nationals Motor Racing Championships weekend, Bates was positive with the preparation of the Toyota entry, saying, “It’s great to be part of this team and the car felt really good from the outset. It feels really good, probably goes better than I expected, it stops better than what I expected with standard brakes, the handling, and everything about it was perfect, I couldn’t have asked for more….

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