Tay­lor makes fe­male history

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pro­vi­sion­ally plac­ing Tay­lor (above) on 329 cham­pi­onship points, early leader Simon Evans on 327 and Harry Bates on 321. It also placed the Subaru team third among ARC en­trants in the rally.

Af­ter five rounds across the coun­try and hun­dreds of com­pet­i­tive kilo­me­tres, the ti­tle chase dra­mat­i­cally came down to the fi­nal two stages of Rally Aus­tralia, to­talling just 12.44 kilo­me­tres.

With Tay­lor need­ing to leapfrog Ped­der to gain suf­fi­cient points to win the cham­pi­onship, the re­sults of the tim­ing in­quiry post-event left the Subaru team on ten­ter­hooks, only learn­ing of their success while await­ing their turn to drive onto the podium at the fin­ish at Coffs Har­bour town city.

The win adds to the Subaru Aus­tralia tro­phy cab­i­net, where 10 con­sec­u­tive ARC ti­tles from 1996 to 2005, made an un­beaten bench­mark be­fore the team with­drew from do­mes­tic ral­ly­ing, only reemerg­ing this year un­der the Subaru do Mo­tor­sport ban­ner.

“I can con­firm to­day that dreams re­ally do come true,” Tay­lor said.

“Talk about tak­ing it down to the wire. We knew we had to give it ev­ery­thing on those last two stages af­ter a re­ally con­sis­tent run all week­end and we pushed so hard.

“And then to get the news that there was a pos­si­ble penalty for Mark, it was like be­ing on a roller­coaster.”

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