Aussies on rookie list

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport - PAUL GOVER

AUS­TRALIA has snatched two of six rookie spots in next year’s World Rally Cham­pi­onship thanks to the speed and com­mit­ment of young­sters Molly Tay­lor and Bren­dan Reeves.

They won their spots through the Pirelli Star Driver shootout in Spain, where 16 young­sters com­peted for six chances to drive in next year’s world cham­pi­onship.

They will each get six starts in a Ford Fi­esta R2.

‘‘I am over­whelmed and in­cred­i­bly ex­cited,’’ says Tay­lor.

‘‘This is a dream come true for me,’’ says Reeves.

The pair com­peted in a se­ries of tests in Spain, from driv­ing to a mock press con­fer­ence, and Reeves fin­ished on top.

He won the right to com­pete through his re­sults this year in the Asia-Pa­cific Rally Cham­pi­onship.

Tay­lor was nom­i­nated af­ter a solid year in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship that saw her fin­ish as the coun­try’s top fe­male driver for the sec­ond straight year.

She moved to the UK at the start of last year to ad­vance her rally ca­reer and works at M-Sport, the com­pany that fields the fac­tory Ford Fo­cus cars in the WRC.

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