Taylor makes female history
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.”