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.
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 2006, Bates and Brittan also won the Carrera Sudamericana in Argentina.
Complete V8 Supercars Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|2000||Colorscan Motorsport||Ford AU Falcon||PHI||BAR||ADE||ECR||HID||CAN||QLD||WIN
|2001||Lansvale Racing Team||Holden VX Commodore||PHI||ADE||ECR||HID||CAN||BAR||CAL||ORA||QLD
|2002||John Faulkner Racing||Holden VX Commodore||ADE||PHI||ECR||HID||CAN||BAR||ORA||WIN||QLD
|2003||ICS Team Ford||Ford AU Falcon||ADE||PHI||ECR||WIN||BAR||HID||QLD||ORA||SAN
|1997||Daihatsu Australia||Daihatsu Charade GTi||NZL||
|1999||Volkswagen FRD Rally Team||Volkswagen Jetta GTX||NZL||
Complete Bathurst 1000 results
|1990||Search for a Champion||Peter Gazzard||Holden VL Commodore SS Group A SV||1||57||DNF||DNF|
|1991||Toyota Team Australia||Neal Bates||Toyota Corolla FX-GT||3||76||DNF||DNF|
|1992||Toyota Team Australia||Neal Bates||Toyota Corolla FX-GT||B||125||24th||3rd|
|1993||Caltex CXT Racing Team||John Smith||Toyota Corolla Seca||B||113||DNF||DNF|
|2000||Colourscan Racing||Brett Peters||Ford AU Falcon||–||157||15th||15th|
|2001||Lansvale Racing Team||Cameron McConville||Holden VX Commodore||–||160||10th||10th|
|2002||John Faulkner Racing||John Faulkner||Holden VX Commodore||–||160||10th||10th|
|2003||ICS Team Ford||Neal Bates||Ford AU Falcon||–||62||DNF||DNF|
Complete Sandown endurance results
|2001||Bob Hughes Special Vehicles||Bob Hughes||Mitsubishi Lancer RS-E Evo VI||A||150||6th||1st|
|2003||ICS Team Ford||Neal Bates||Ford AU Falcon||–||136||25th||25th|