|TAYLOR BACK TO DEFEND ARC AT IROQ|
|Friday, 17 February 2017 18:40|
SUBARU factory driver Molly Taylor will contest the International Rally of Queensland in the defence of her Australian Rally Championship on the Sunshine Coast on 26-28 May.
The Subaru do Motorsport team this week confirmed its return to the championship, starting in Victoria next month, and will give its crew of Taylor and co-driver Bill Hayes a new Impreza WRX STi car built to faster Production Rally Car (PRC) regulations.
Taylor is Australia’s first female rally champion. She contested IROQ last year after several seasons overseas.
Subaru Australia Managing Director Colin Christie said: “Molly is a great ambassador for Subaru and we’re humbled by the amount of attention she’s gained, especially with the young audience, where she’s an inspirational role model and has attracted attention way beyond the core rally audience.
“By going to the PRC class we can give Molly and Bill a little more leeway in the new car’s performance, while retaining the essential Subaru WRX STI ingredients of turbocharged Boxer engine and All-Wheel Drive.
“From what we hear, the competition may well be more intense this year, so we want to give the team every opportunity to repeat their success – which means it’ll be an even more exciting championship for rally fans.”
At Rally Australia last November, Taylor became the first female – and youngest - winner of the ARC after the tightest title tussle in 25 years.
The championship win made it 11 ARC titles for Subaru. The brand previously achieved an unbroken run from 1996 to 2005 – a benchmark that remains unbeaten - before it withdrew from domestic rallying, only re-emerging in 2016 year under the Subaru do Motorsport banner, to again take top honours.