Tay­lor claims the Aus­tralian ti­tle

Motor Sport News - - Rally News -

Molly Tay­lor took a dra­matic Aus­tralian Rally Cham­pi­onship ti­tle fol­low­ing vic­tory in the fi­nal round at Rally Aus­tralia last week.

Tay­lor be­came the first ever fe­male win­ner of the cham­pi­onship, while her win also marked a vic­to­ri­ous re­turn for the Subaru mar­que.

The Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer scored 10 straight Aus­tralian ti­tles be­tween 1996 and 2005, when it with­drew from do­mes­tic ral­ly­ing.

Tay­lor, Harry Bates and Si­mon Evans were all in with a shot at the Aus­tralian ti­tle, but vic­tory went Tay­lor’s way af­ter Bates dropped time with a late punc­ture.

“To­day,” she said, “I can con­firm dreams do come true! This one went right down to the wire and we had to give it ev­ery­thing in the last cou­ple of stages, but we’ve done it.”

The Bates house­hold could at least cel­e­brate a win in the Clas­sic Di­vi­sion for Harry’s dad Neal – who was co- driven by Molly’s mother, Co­ral Tay­lor.

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