Bates to make WRC2 Debut in Portugal

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2022 australian champion and runner-up last year, both times with Toyota, Lewis Bates will make his debut in WRC2 at the Portugal rally next May.

2024 WRC2 will see an Australian touch with the entry of Lewis Bates. The twenty-seven-year-old Australian champion of 2022 will leave his Toyota Yaris AP4, homologated only for Asia-Pacific countries, to switch to the brand-new Toyota GR Yaris Rally2. He will compete with the French team Erace WRT, present at the last Monte Carlo rally with Bryan Bouffier.

“I am very excited to participate in the Rally of Portugal and I would like to thank Safety Culture and my other sponsors and supporters for making this possible. It will certainly be a huge challenge, but I can’t wait. I don’t expect results and I don’t delude myself about my race pace, I know perfectly well that my colleagues are faster and more competitive. The goal is to give my best, hoping not to encounter any problems during the race weekend. Watching the various videos, the race seems truly fantastic with characteristics similar to many events in Australia. Among the various rallies in Europe, this is the one that most resembles our races. Having E-Race by our side is important, this will be a great advantage for us. Many people recommended me to contact them, and from the beginning, they have been incredibly helpful in planning the race. There is still a lot of work to be done, but I am truly excited to be at the start of the Rally of Portugal,” commented Lewis to the Australian media Motorsport Australia.

In his career, Lewis Bates has always raced at home, debuting in 2016. In 2019, he switched to the Toyota Yaris AP4 and also achieved his first overall victory in a Rally. In 2022, he won the Australian title and the title in the APRC Junior.