Bates takes early lead in Forest Rally

Harry Bates

Harry Bates holds a narrow lead after the first two stages of the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Busselton, Western Australia.

Bates and co-driver John McCarthy sit 1.1s ahead of the field after two runs through the 2.71km tarmac stage on the opening night in Busselton.

The Toyota Genuine Parts Toyota Yaris AP4 was fastest in each of those stages, with Steve Glenney second overall in the Contel Communications Subaru WRX STI.

Eli Evans (Tankformers Skoda Fabia R5), Adrian Coppin (Optus Skoda Fabia R5), and Molly Taylor (Subaru do Motorsport Subaru WRX STI) round out the top five.

Heat 1 of Round 2 of the CAMS Australian Rally Championship continues today in the forest around Nannup with eight stages totalling 100 competitive kilometres.

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