(Event release. 7/5/2013) ITALIAN-based Australian driver Molly Taylor will prepare for her appearance in Coates Hire Rally Australia by contesting the Scouts Rally SA on 24-26 May.
Taylor, 25, will tackle the outright two-wheel drive category of the East Coast Bullbars Australian Rally Championship second round in a Ford Fiesta R2 entered by the Ford Innate Motorsport Team.
Australia’s only international female professional rally driver announced in March before she left her Sydney home to tackle the European Rally Championship that she would be returning for her first Rally Australia on the Coffs Coast on 12-15 September.
That outing also will be in the Innate Fiesta, so Scouts Rally SA will provide a useful opportunity to get used to the team before her debut in her home WRC event.
Taylor will fly into Adelaide on Monday 20 May with regular co-driver, Briton Seb Marshall, after contesting the ERC Tour de Corse in Corsica, in which she is a contender for the ERC two-wheel-drive championship and Ladies Cup.
“I absolutely love Scouts Rally South Australia and am very excited to have the opportunity to compete. I have always wanted to come back and drive in Australia but needed to concentrate all my efforts in Europe,” Taylor said.
“However this year, Adrian (Coppin) and the guys at Innate have made the car available and they thought it would be a good idea to do the Scouts Rally to allow the team and I to work together before the Australian round of the World Rally Championship.
“There is a gap in our ERC calendar after Corsica, so it works out perfectly.”
Taylor is already comfortable in the car she’ll drive in Australia, having competed in the 2011 WRC Academy against the best young drivers in the world, all equipped with identical Fiesta R2s.
In 2012 she switched to a Citroen DS3 R3 and this season is contesting eight rounds of the ERC for her Italian management company United Business.
Adrian Coppin from Ford Innate Motorsport said: “I am looking forward to having Molly on the team. She has a huge amount of experience in the Ford Fiesta R2 and we are hoping to capitalise on this experience at the Scouts event as we work towards Rally Australia.
“Having two cars running is a great result for Ford.”
Taylor will carry sponsorship in SA from truck company Hino Australia, which for many years supported the championship-winning ARC crew of Neal Bates and Coral Taylor, Molly’s mother.