Bates ready to bounce back in Townsville

Tony Bates hoping to bounce back in Townsville
Tony Bates hoping to bounce back in Townsville

Porsche Carrera Cup driver Tony Bates says Round 4 this weekend at Townsville is the prime place to bounce back after a tough previous event at Phillip Island.

Bates led the Carrera Cup Elite standings before the Phillip Island endurance round, but was caught up as an innocent victim in two separate incidents, losing valuable points.

Bates’ Alternative Freight Services/All Star Equipment Sales Porsche 991 Cup car has since been restored to perfect condition, and Bates is upbeat after a successful ride day at Sandown.

“The team has done a sensational job and the car felt absolutely brand new when I drove it at Sandown,” Bates said.

“The car copped some big hits at Phillip Island but thankfully there was no structural damage, it was more a case of replacing panels and mechanical components.

“I’m very eager to get my season back on track and the championship situation means I can’t play it safe, I have to go for race wins to recover the points I lost at Phillip Island.”

Fortunately, Bates has a strong record at Townsville’s Reid Park circuit – he was third overall in Carrera Cup last year, and also finished just outside the top 10 in the V8 Supercars Development Series in 2011 after a spirited battle with the accomplished Andrew Jones.

“I really enjoy Townsville, it’s a very technical track and even though it’s a street circuit, it still has some fast corners that require a lot of commitment,” Bates said.

“In many ways it’s similar to Clipsal, which is a confidence-booster because I won all the races there at the start of the season.”

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