She’s back: Taylor confirms Australian Rally Championship return

Molly Taylor, one of Australia’s most successful female motorsport talents, has confirmed she will return to the Australian Rally Championship for the final two rounds of the 2023 series. She will be driving a Subaru WRX STI as part of the Production Cup.

After an intense few years racing in various overseas series (including Extreme E, WRC, the famous Dakar Rally, W2RC and RX2e) the 2016 ARC champion is set to make an exciting return at the Adelaide Rally on 13-15 October.

With the Subaru Australia and Castrol, Taylor will reunite with experienced co-driver Andy Sarandis for the two event program. The pairing signifies an element of ‘bringing the band back together’, with the duo having won Rally Tasmania in the same WRX in 2020.

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“I’m incredibly excited to be rallying back on home soil. The ARC holds wonderful memories for me and I’m excited and proud to be competing again in the Subaru WRX,” Taylor said.

In what can be described as a bit of a family affair, Taylor’s return to the series also sees her up against childhood friend and competitor Harry Bates and co-driver Coral Taylor, Australia’s most celebrated motorsport champion and Molly’s mum.

“Going up against Mum and Harry just puts even more of a fire in my belly. This is family feud (the friendly competitive kind) at its best,” she added.

With Subaru marking 50 years in Australia this year, the WRX STI’s appearance in  the Adelaide Hills and National Capital rounds of the Bosch Motorsport/Motorsport Australia Rally Championship are seen as a bit of a celebration.

“Motorsport, and rally in particular, has always been part of the DNA of our brand so to have Castrol and Subaru on-board with one of Australia’s greatest rally drivers in Molly Taylor in her WRX is a fitting combination,” Castrol marketing manager Jan Willink said.

The car livery is fantastic and [with] Molly’s skills behind the wheels – we think she’s going to give the competition a run for their money.”

Before her return to the ARC, Taylor will hit the dirt to compete in the next round of the Extreme E series, to be held in Sardinia on 16-17 September.

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