A Strong Sunday Recovery

Tony Bates has recovered strongly from a start-line disadvantage in today’s second round of the 2019 Audi Sport R8 LMS Cup at the Adelaide 500, racing back to fourth position.


From third on the grid, the KFC/Moveitnet/Local Roadways/AFS/Bryant & Bryant Audi R8 was checked up by another competitor at the rolling start – the loss of momentum caused Bates to fall to seventh.


Despite the loss of track position and 30kg success ballast due to his Race 1 win, Bates charged through the field, slicing down the inside of his rivals with moves through Turns 6 and 7.


“Losing so many positions at the start was a severe setback; with the main contenders so evenly matched, and the aerodynamic turbulence when you’re following cars closely, I knew it was going to be difficult to pass.”


Combined with his Round 1 win yesterday, Bates ended the weekend second in points.


“While today didn’t quite go according to plan, it’s been a very positive weekend overall,” he said.


“It’s the sixth year in a row I’ve won a race here, and the car was fantastic all weekend.


“I’m looking forward to racing in the opening round of the Australian GT Championship at the Australian Grand Prix in a fortnight, and know we have the package to be an outright contender once again.”


Event Results

Qualifying 1 – 1st

Qualifying 2 – 3rd

Race 1 – 1st

Race 2 – 4th


Audi R8 LMS Cup Points

1. Geoff Emery – 41

2. Tony Bates – 38

3. Yasser Shahin – 33

4. Alex Au – 28

5. Daniel Bilski – 20