MOLLY TAYLOR BECOMES FIRST FEMALE AUSTRALIAN RALLY CHAMPION
Molly Taylor, a rally driver who has been supported by the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, made history at the weekend by becoming the first female to win the Australian Rally Championship after the closest title battle in decades.
The 28-year-old Sydney driver, and co-driver Bill Hayes, won the three-day Rally Australia, the final round of the championship, to clinch the title by a mere two points in their factory-supported Subaru Impreza.
“I can confirm that dreams really do come true!” said a delighted Molly. “I certainly didn’t expect to finish up where we did and, saying that, the whole year has been completely unpredictable so we never wrote anything off. It has always been the dream and to have this opportunity with Subaru, and do it professionally and do it in our first year with them, is beyond what I thought was possible. I knew at some point we would be able to do it together, but I thought it would come in a year or two.”
Michèle Mouton, President of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission, was also at the event in her role as FIA Safety Delegate on what was also the concluding round of the FIA World Rally Championship. The former Vice World Rally Champion was impressed by Molly’s achievement: “This is incredible for Molly’s career,” she said. “She has worked hard, progressed really well, and demonstrated that if you follow your dreams, you can make it happen. We’re extremely proud of what she has achieved.”