COFFS COAST (NSW) – Molly Taylor’s hopes of winning a second CAMS Australian Rally Championship were destroyed in a high-speed crash on the first morning of Kennards Hire Rally Australia today.
Taylor, 30, and Kiwi co-driver Malcolm Read were attacking the second stage of the event on the Coffs Coast when their Subaru Impreza STI ran off the road after a crest and hit a hay bale protecting a tree.
The two have been declared fit aside from soreness, but the front of the car was destroyed forcing the 2016 champion out of the event and her bid for a second title.
Taylor said she was disappointed her Rally Australia run had come to an abrupt, early end but was relieved both she and her co-driver were relatively unharmed.
“We just came really hot over a crest on a fast right-hander and when the car landed after the jump it snapped right,” Taylor said of the incident.
“Unfortunately there wasn’t any room and we went straight into the bale on the inside pretty fast.”
The first morning of the Kennards Hire Rally Australia proved to have a high attrition rate, with championship leader Eli Evans also unable to finish the morning after breaking a radiator on the third stage.