Molly Taylor Motorsport
Molly & Seb take a brilliant 2nd place at Tour de Corse in the European Rally Championship.
Overcoming the unpredictable weather and difficult tyre choices, Molly and Seb have taken out 2nd place (2WD) in Corsica on their first visit to the island. In an event which is renowned for its difficulty the pair achieved top 3 stage times and their first stage win in the 2013 FIA European Rally Championship.
They are now rushing back to Australia to compete in the next round of the ECB Australian Rally Championship, Scouts Rally SA next weekend.
Keep up to date by following Molly at the Official Molly Taylor Motorsport Facebook Page.
FIA ERC FEATURES MOLLYS RETURN TO OZ - Not only is Molly competing in eight rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship this year but Molly and her co-driver Seb Marshall are making a quick trip down-under to make a surprise appearance in the Australian Rally Championship on behalf of Innate Motorsport.
With Molly's soon approaching return to Australia to compete in the Scout's Rally of South Australia the FIA European Rally Championship has featured Molly in an article detailing the announcement.
This rare appearance from Molly in Australia has been made possible by Innate Motorsport, Hino Australia and Scout's SA.
To see the full article visit the Official FIA ERC Website.
Keep up to date by following Molly at the Official Molly Taylor Motorsport Facebook Page.
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The European and World Rally Championships are highly competitive male-dominated arenas.....something Molly Taylor is looking to change!!
Grid1.tv catch up with Molly as she talks to us about her career to date and how she broke into both the ERC and WRC championships. Driving was not her first love as we find out when she tells us more about her past....
It's not that surprising Molly turned to driving after her father's love for cars and her mum being a championship winning co-driver! We speak to both her parents about Molly's success to date.
International Rally Star Enters Scouts Rally SA – Molly Taylor European based Aussie rally driver Molly Taylor will make a surprise appearance at the Scouts Rally SA from 24-26 May for the Ford Innate Motorsport Team. Fresh from competing in the Rally Acores, a round of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) and ready to race at Rally Tour de Corse, held on the French island of Corsica, Taylor will fly into Adelaide on Monday 20 May with regular co-driver Seb Marshall. “I absolutely love Scouts Rally South Australia and am very excited to have the opportunity to compete. I have always wanted to come back and drive in Australia but needed to concentrate all my efforts in Europe.” Taylor said. “However this year, Adrian and the guys at Innate have made the car available and they thought it would be a good idea to do the Scouts Rally to allow the team and I to work together before the Australian round of the World Rally Championship (WRC). There is a gap in our ERC calendar after Corsica so it works out perfectly” she [Taylor] added. Molly’s manager and Director of European rally drivers management company United Business Pier Liberali said “First of all I would thank the Australian friends for the opportunity which they are giving to our driver Molly Taylor. It’s true that Molly is running a lot in Europe and her season 2013 is concentrated on the European Championship, but I hope that it is very important if she runs in Australia too. The car, given to her by the team, is known very well by Molly and I am sure, according to the relations made by Molly Taylor, that the team has prepared the car in the best way possible. With a lot of gratitude to all the people who will permit to Molly to run the Scouts Rally Sa, I’m very happy for this opportunity”. Taylor is very comfortable in the Ford Fiesta R2, having competed against the best young drivers in the world in the 2011 WRC Academy, all equipped with identical Ford Fiesta R2s. In 2012 she switched to her current mount, a Citroen DS3 R3 and is contesting 8 rounds of the ERC this year with Italian based United Business. Adrian Coppin from Ford Innate Motorsport said “I am looking forward to having Molly on the team. She has a huge amount of experience in the Ford Fiesta R2 and we are hoping to capitalise on this experience at the Scouts event as we work towards Rally Australia.” Coppin said. “Having two cars running is a great result for Ford.” Coppin added.” The event director, Ivar Stanelis said “Having Molly compete is a coup for Scouts Rally SA. As Australia’s only full-time international rally driver, Molly is very well respected in the rally community and to have her make a rare Australian appearance in our event will give spectators an extra bonus.” Speaking about the partnership, Dan Ryan, CEO, Scouts South Australia said, “The aim of the worldwide organisation of Scouting is to encourage the physical, intellectual and social development of young people so that they may take a constructive place as members of their local, national and international communities. Having our Scouts involved in many levels of a national motor sport event will serve that aim very well, and provide many relevant opportunities and experiences. Rallying and Scouting have many similar values. We have many young women in Scouting in Australia who aspire to be the best they can be in their chosen fields of endeavour. Molly’s achievements in her career so far certainly make her a great role model for our Scouting women….and men. We are very excited to have Molly Taylor, an Australian competing on the world stage, at Scouts Rally South Australia.” Hino Australia’s Alex Stewart said the sponsorship of Molly Taylor continued the company’s long tradition of support for Australian rallying. “For many years we were a sponsor and equipment supplier to Neal Bates and co-driver Coral Taylor in the Australian Rally Championship. We take great pleasure in continuing that family association by sponsoring Coral’s daughter Molly at Rally South Australia as she builds upon her promising rally career.” Taylor will re-join the Ford Innate Motorsport later in the year to drive one of the team’s cars in the Australian round of the WRC at Coffs Harbour from 12-15 September alongside regular driver Adrian Coppin in a serious attempt by the team to win the WRC 3 class. Racing Press
MOLLY TAYLOR AT THE TOUR DE CORSE – 2013 EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP The French rally will see, for their second race of the season, Molly Taylor and Seb Marshall with the Citroen DS3 R3 with which they took part in the Rally of the Azores. If it is true that the first race of the year was unlucky for Molly Taylor, as she was forced to retire after a small off, to avoid another competitor, the sports programme of the strong Australian driver continues as announced by United Business, the Italian company which takes care of her sports management. Molly Taylor will be at the start of the Tour de Corse (16-18 May), one of the "mythical" races of international rallying, a rally of great tradition, difficult and challenging, which takes place on the beautiful Mediterranean island. Molly Taylor and Seb Marshall are aware that the event which awaits them will not be an easy one, but their spirits are high, “The Tour de Corse is definitely a challenging race - says the Australian driver – I am anxious to do the recce, it is the first time I take part in this rally. Other United Business drivers, who have already been there, have confirmed that it is really full of corners and very twisty. I am sure that the Citroen DS 3 will help me but it is a totally new rally, it will be important to read the race well trying to get the maximum result. I do not yet know our opponents, probably some of them will not be at their first time on the Corsica roads and they will certainly be favoured over me, but Seb and I will certainly will not be mere spectators, I like challenges and the Tour De Corse is a great challenge”. To best prepare the challenging Corsican race, United Business has planned a test session for next week, most likely in Tuscany, in order to find the best set-up for the car in accordance with the new tyres which Molly Taylor will use in Corsica. Racing Press United Rally Management s.r.l.
48° SATA RALLY ACORES - THE AUSTRALIAN MOLLY TAYLOR READY TO DEBUT IN EUROPEAN RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2013
It will be the fascinating stage of the Sata Rally Acores, the first rally of the 2013 season for Molly Taylor. Monday, April 22, has been a day of pre-event test, very challenging for the Australian fast female driver of United Business. Molly, with his English co-driver Seb Marshall, has run many kilometers of testing with the Citroen DS3 R3 with Yokohama tyres. This is the debut rally in 2013, on Monday you have run the tests pre-event, how was your day? Firstly it was a great feeling just to get back in the car after a long break. The conditions were quite difficult, wet, narrow and slippery with low visibility, but this was perfect for our preparation as it is likely that we will have these conditions on the rally. For the first time you run with the Yokohama tyres, what's your first impression? This test was also our first opportunity to test the Yokohama tyres and we were impressed with their performance, especially in the tricky conditions. Because the roads are so narrow it is important to have a direct feeling with the car, which the Yokohama's were able to provide. I feel that the car is working very well with the tyres and we have a good set-up going into the rally. You've come to the Azores a few days ago, do you like the island and what is your impression about rally atmosphere that you breathe? The island is stunning! The scenery is beautiful and everybody is very supportive of the rally and excited to be involved. I think the rally itself will be quite a challenge due to the nature of the roads which are very fast, narrow, steep and on quite a soft slippery surface. They are predicting a lot of rain for the weekend which will keep things interesting. This rally will also be broadcast "live" by Eurosport, an opportunity to make known rallies more and more, do you consider important that the ERC has a promoter so active on television? The media coverage provided by Eurosport is a crucial element for increasing the profile of rallying worldwide. The television coverage is one of the most effective ways to bring the action to a large audience and the live element really raises the excitement for the viewers. Back in Australia my family and friends will be able to watch me competing live, on an island on the other side of the world, its pretty incredible when you think about it like that! The young Australian is ready for the first test of her 2013 Season, aware of the technical resources that have been made available and proud to participate in the European Rally Championship, in which she will be the protagonist in rallyes that have written the history of this beautiful and fascinating sport. In the afternoon of Thursday 25 April, with the dispute of the first special stage, the Coroa da Mata, until Sunday, April 28th, in the evening after more than 240 km of PS, with the dispute of the 19th and last special stage, the Tronqueira, Molly Taylor and Seb Marshall, will be able to prove their worth, with an implacable judge. The chronometer! Racing Press United Rally Management s.r.l.
United Business announces Molly Taylor in the 2013 European Rally Championship
United Business announces Molly Taylor’s programme for the 2013 sports season. As per the “rumours” of the past weeks, the strong Australian lady driver, co-driven by Englishman Seb Marshall will compete in the European Rally Championship. Over the past weeks Pier Liberali, General Manager of United Business, the company which is in charge of Molly Taylor’s sports management since last year, was speaking of a possible international programme. Now the news is confirmed and Molly will effectively begin her adventure in the European Championship driving the Citroen DS3 R3T in two weeks’ time, in Portugal on the island of São Miguel, taking part in the 48th Sata Rallye Acores on April 25th-27th (also broadcast live on TV on Eurosport). She will then start in another seven European events and will also be present in the World Championship, where she will take part in the Rally d’Australia - World Rally Championship – in the WRC 3 class.
As expected, the car for the European Championship events will be supplied by BP Racing, the team which provided the car for the 2012 season to everybody’s satisfaction.
"In recent months we thoroughly analyzed all the opportunities before focusing on this programme - said Pier Liberali of United Business - I have been in constant contact with Molly and with Paolo Butelli of BP Racing, on both sides there was the desire to find the way we work together, it was logical and right to continue with BP Racing after the season achieved in 2012. Thanks to the support of our advertising partners and institutions, we have managed to organize a programme that will allow her to drive a car that she knows well and supplied by a team that has always given us excellent cars. Molly’s determination was fundamental, and we are proud, as was the case in 2012, to have on the car’s livery the brands of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission (WMC) and of the Australian Motor Sport Foundation (AMSF). 2013 is another step forward in Molly’s sports career, it will be a very important season for her, despite being young (only 25 years old) she has experience, technique, determination and is very fast, in my opinion she is one of the fastest lady drivers in the world. Competing in the European Championship was a logical choice, although already very popular, by taking part in the 2013 FIA ERC, thanks to Eurosport, she will further increase her international visibility ".
"I am very excited to take part in the European Championship - says Molly Taylor – being in Sata Rallye Acores will be a very good experience for me, as well as having the opportunity to compete in the other European Championship. It will be a very interesting challenge, I only know one event, Ypres, having done it last year, but the other races will all be new for me and in places where I have never competed. I am raring to go, with United Business and BP Racing our priority is to be consistently fast in every race which we will take part in and to try, why not, to win the "FIA ERC Ladies' Trophy".
With the pre-event test before Sata Rallye Acores, the Australian driver will resume confidence with the Citroen DS3 R3 which she has already driven last year. This test will serve to better prepare the crew for the race which will start on Thursday, April 25th, at 14:30 from the charming Gonçalo Velho square in Ponta Delgada (San Miguel Island - Azores - Portugal).
United Rally Management s.r.l.
Just wait for the end of October to know the programme that United Business has prepared for Molly Taylor and Seb Marshall.
Just wait for the end of October to know the programme that United Business has prepared for Molly Taylor and Seb Marshall.
This new year was a bit special as after many months of hard work from our team, the Australian Motor Sport Foundation and all of your incredible support, the raffle has come to a close. I was in the exciting position to be able to make someone's New Year Celebration extra special as the winner was announced. Adrian Coppin from Canberra in Australia was the holder of the winning ticket and was very surprised and excited to hear the news.
Thank you again to everyone who purchased a ticket, it is very much appreciated and a big help getting us to get a step closer to our goals. I look forward to announcing our program for 2013 soon :)
United Business will reveal 2013 Programme for Molly in October
The brilliant 2012 sports season of Molly Taylor and Seb Marshall has just ended, with yet another strong performance at Wales Rally GB on board the Citroen DS3 R3T with the United Business livery. At the finish in Cardiff, after a race which saw them win stages, occupy the leadership and stand out in their class battling with fast and more experienced drivers, the crew received two important awards: Molly won the Richard Burns Trophy and Seb was awarded the Michael Park Trophy as the best British non-priority drivers.
Molly Taylor said: "I cannot believe the 2012 season is already over, it passed so quickly ... Earlier this year I did not know what we would be able to do, and then came the opportunity to work with United Business. I was offered the DS3 R3 prepared by BP Racing and I had a serious programme, including testing and international events. It was a dream come true for me and a big step forward as well as a steep learning curve. I am pleased with the progress we made. Pier Liberali of United Business, the company that takes care of my sports management, was present at Wales Rally GB and we started our planning for 2013. This year, Vittorio Caneva and Fabrizia Pons have been invaluable to me, their advice and support has really helped me a lot. Their friendship and teachings are very important to me and I look forward to working with them again in 2013".
Seb Marshall said: "It has been a short but very rewarding year, doing some of my favourite rallies. Both Molly and I very much enjoyed working with United Business, they are very professional and determined. BP Racing, the team who took care of our car are great people, with full technical knowledge, they are enthusiastic and indefatigable. Molly drove brilliantly, and maintained an incredible desire to succeed. Now we look to 2013, hoping for another exciting year of rallying".
United Business have almost completed planning the 2013 season for Molly Taylor and Seb Marshall, only a few details are missing but for now, as in United Business style, there are no anticipations, the 2013 sports programme will be announced by the end of October, the aim being to capitalize on the experience gained in 2012 and continue the growth process of this Australian girl, who this year has impressed all the insiders, for the determination and speed shown.
Australian rally driver Molly Taylor has started making plans for her international driving future, after a successful season with the Italian-based United Business/BP Racing team.
Molly and British co-driver Seb Marshall have done four events with the team, including two rounds of the World Rally Championship. All have been run in a Citroën DS3 R3T. Last week, in Wales Rally GB, the young Sydneysider finished third in class, with her team boss – United Business chief, Pier Liberali – declaring her ‘fast and strong’ and indicating he is keen to continue their association.
"We are very pleased with Molly and Seb's season. We were sure of their potential and we liked the maturity they showed in their gradual growth and improving performance, culminating with two major awards at Wales Rally GB,” Pier says. “I can say that in 2013 Molly and Seb will certainly be at the start of a prestigious international program to build on the experience gathered this year and I think next year will be a very important season for them. I have reasonable confidence that it will be the season of the true confirmation of Molly Taylor at international level." At the end of Rally GB, Molly won the Richard Burns Trophy and Seb Marshall was awarded the Michael Park Trophy, the two prestigious awards in memory of two former rally champions (**see below). Molly says the rally proved to be an extremely competitive one for her, doing battle against two of the leading French Citroën Trophy drivers. She was pleased to set very competitive times, taking a stage win and finishing many stages within a tenth of a second of her rivals. “We were really happy with our pace in GB,” Molly says. “The conditions were changing all the time but I feel a lot more comfortable in the car. It was really valuable to have the strong competition as a benchmark and I'm happy to know we have the speed, just need more time in the car to get the consistency.“We owe huge thanks to Pier and all the crew at United Business and BP Racing, as well as all the supporters, for making the whole program possible. It's taken a lot of work but we've learned a lot and this will be a good foundation to move forward with for next year. We are working very hard to put a full program together for 2013.” Molly and Seb signed with the Italian sports management company early this year, contesting four events with them: Geko Ypres Rally (European Rally Championship), Coppa Città di Lucca (International Rally Championship), Neste Rally Finland and Wales Rally GB, the last two being rounds of the World Rally Championship. The season gave them valuable experience at a level above their WRC Academy development series season last year, and saw them take several special stage victories and lead their class on a number of occasions.** Richard Burns was the 2001 world rally champion, having finished runner-up in 1999 and 2000. He died of a brain tumour in 2005. Michael Park was a champion co-driver, who was killed in a crash on Wales Rally GB in 2005. The trophies are awarded to the highest placed British-based non-priority driver and co-driver competing on the event.