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Bates, WAU agree to 2024 deal

ZACH Bates will remain with Walkinshaw Andretti United for a second crack at the Dunlop Super2 Series in 2024.

While overshadowed by main game-bound teammate Ryan Wood, Bates has had an impressive rookie season in his own right and is fifth in the points ahead of the final two races of the year this weekend.

The cousin of Australian Rally Championship-winning drivers Harry and Lewis Bates, Zach will be back in the #25 ZB Commodore and will have a new, to-be-confirmed teammate.

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“I am pumped to be continuing my Super2 journey here at WAU for the 2024 season, this team has welcomed me with open arms and is like family to me,” said the 19-year-old.

“It’s been awesome to be supported by some of the best and most experienced in the game, they have all helped me learn so much this year.

“It’s no doubt been a huge learning curve, but to have a few podiums and good speed all year has been a great feeling.

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“Now that we’ve got a year under our belts, I’m really looking forward to seeing what we can do together in 2024.

“A massive thanks to all our partners for making this year happen as well, they have been amazing with their support, and I’m really proud to represent them.”

WAU’s Bruce Stewart, newly promoted to CEO, spoke highly of the Canberra product.

“We are thrilled to have Zach with us for another season, he has really immersed himself into the team and the rapid growth we have seen from him leaves me in no doubt he is a star of the future,” said Stewart.

Zach Bates in Adelaide. Pic: Ross Gibb

“It was a big step for Zach coming from the Toyota Gazoo Racing Australia 86 Series into the Dunlop Super2 Series, but he has really stepped up to the challenge. The team are pumped to have him back for another season, he is a great asset to our team.

“I looked back at our season goals for Zach earlier this week and fair to say he’s exceeded expectations and is setting the bar high for an exciting 2024.

“Zach has shown immense improvement across the season both on and off the track, it’s been great to see him grow this year and we are excited to see what he can bring next year.”

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