PHOTO: Rally driver Molly Taylor and ironwoman Courtney Hancock can’t wait for September’s WRC Rally Australia (Bruce Thomas pic)
TWO of Australia’s top sporting champions, ironwoman Courtney Hancock and rally driver Molly Taylor, have met on Coffs Coast “home ground” to preview next September’s FIA World Rally Championship Rally Australia event.
Courtney started her surfing career while growing up in the beach town of Sawtell, near Coffs Harbour, and plans to be there to watch the best drivers in the world, including 1# ranked female Molly, tackle Round 10 of the WRC on 10-13 September.
Molly, tackling a domestic and international program this year, is aiming to combine both for her first start in Rally Australia in her Renault Sport Clio, in which she recently became the first female driver to win a heat of the Australian Rally Championship.
Torrential rain spoiled the pair’s plans to test the Renault on a forestry stage, but Courtney, winner of multiple Australian and Professional Ironwoman Series titles in 2011, 2013 and 2014, says she can’t wait for another opportunity – or to be on the Coast when the elite from a sporting world totally different from her own land from across the globe.
European and British Ladies Rally Champion Molly added: “It will be my first time in Rally Australia. I’ve been trying for many years but this time it’s going to happen. I’ve got many friends in the WRC and it will be great to compete alongside them in my own back yard for a change.”