Molly Taylor. She’s the 2016 Australian Rally champion, and now the star of her own two-part documentary called Hairpin; tracking her return to rallying down under. Episode one focuses on the Adelaide Hills Rally.
It offers a behind-the-scenes look at Taylor’s journey in preparing her Subaru WRX STI production rally car for two rounds of the 2023 Australian Rally Championship White Wolf Production Cup, after a five-year hiatus from full-time rallying in Australia.
Supported by Subaru Australia and Castrol, Molly and the team navigate the weekend’s challenges, securing a class win, but there’s no time to relax with the next round looming in Canberra.
Hairpin is the first major project to emerge from Taylor’s automotive and motorsport media venture, The MaD Garage – an exclusive workshop in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs dedicated to capturing unique motoring and motorsport stories.
Taylor, who has featured previously on Exhaust Notes Australia, grew up in a motorsport family (her mother Coral a four-time Australian Rally Champion co-driver), and won the F16 class in the ARC twice before heading to Europe.
Success in UK rallying earned a place in the Pirelli Star Driver Program in 2011, securing a scholarship to compete in the World Rally Championship Academy, where she took a maiden stage win in the category.
In 2013, success in the European Rally Championship elevated her to number one in the international female rally driver rankings, before becoming the first female to achieve a podium position in the Junior WRC’s history.
Returning to Australia in 2015, Molly finished second in the Australian Rally Championship, before going one better with Subaru in 2016. Today, Taylor is an established name in national and international rallying.
She was the inaugural champion in the electric Extreme E series 2021 (and still races for Veloce Racing). The National Capital Rally – the last of the ARC season for 2023 will be held 17-19 November.