Rick Bates (born 19 March 1965) is an Australian rally driver. He is the twin brother of the rally and racing driver, Neal Bates. Whilst Neal has achieved more success in the Australian Rally Championship, winning it four times, Rick has won two major cross country events in a nine-year span. The first was Panama-Alaska in 1997 and the next win was the Carrera Sudamericana in 2006.

He has, on at least one occasion, competed directly against his twin brother.

Career

In 1997, Bates won the Panama to Alaska rally driving a Porsche 911 with his co-driver Jenny Brittan. He has also appeared in two events of the World Rally Championship. First, he drove to 30th place at Rally Australia 1997 in a Daihatsu Charade GTi. Then, he drove at China Rally 1999, this time in a Volkswagen Jetta GTX, but he retired on the fifth special stage.

In both occasions, he was co-driven by Jenny Brittan with whom he won the Panama to Alaska rally in 1997. The former event saw him race with his twin brother Neal who scored points with an eighth-place finish.

In 2000, he was third in the London-Sydney Marathon, finishing behind Stig Blomqvist and Michele Mouton.

In 2006, Bates and Brittan also won the Carrera Sudamericana in Argentina.

Results

Complete V8 Supercars Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 DC Points
2000 Colorscan Motorsport Ford AU Falcon PHI BAR ADE ECR HID CAN QLD WIN
28
ORA
DNF
CAL
30
QLD
18
SAN
20
BAT
15
39th 100
2001 Lansvale Racing Team Holden VX Commodore PHI ADE ECR HID CAN BAR CAL ORA QLD
19
WIN BAT
10
PUK SAN 42nd 388
2002 John Faulkner Racing Holden VX Commodore ADE PHI ECR HID CAN BAR ORA WIN QLD
Ret
BAT
10
SUR PUK SAN 54th 56
2003 ICS Team Ford Ford AU Falcon ADE PHI ECR WIN BAR HID QLD ORA SAN
25
BAT
Ret
SUR PUK PUK SAN 65th 100

WRC results

Year Entrant Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 WDC Points
1997 Daihatsu Australia Daihatsu Charade GTi NZL
30
NC 0
1999 Volkswagen FRD Rally Team Volkswagen Jetta GTX NZL
Ret
NC 0

Complete Bathurst 1000 results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1990 Search for a Champion Australia Peter Gazzard Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV 1 57 DNF DNF
1991 Toyota Team Australia Australia Neal Bates Toyota Corolla FX-GT 3 76 DNF DNF
1992 Toyota Team Australia Australia Neal Bates Toyota Corolla FX-GT B 125 24th 3rd
1993 Caltex CXT Racing Team Australia John Smith Toyota Corolla Seca B 113 DNF DNF
2000 Colourscan Racing Australia Brett Peters Ford AU Falcon 157 15th 15th
2001 Lansvale Racing Team Australia Cameron McConville Holden VX Commodore 160 10th 10th
2002 John Faulkner Racing Australia John Faulkner Holden VX Commodore 160 10th 10th
2003 ICS Team Ford Australia Neal Bates Ford AU Falcon 62 DNF DNF

Complete Sandown endurance results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2001 Bob Hughes Special Vehicles Australia Bob Hughes Mitsubishi Lancer RS-E Evo VI A 150 6th 1st
2003 ICS Team Ford Australia Neal Bates Ford AU Falcon 136 25th 25th

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