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Four-time national rally champion co-driver Coral Taylor says she is "itching" to get back to competition at Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour this week.

Taylor missed the International Rally of Queensland in July due to commitments overseas, giving driver Neal Bates' son Harry the opportunity to read the pace notes in their classic Toyota Celica RA40.

The father-son duo went on to win the classic competition of the Australian Rally Championship by more than five-and-a-half minutes.

Taylor said she was focused primarily on wresting the lead of the classic championship from their rivals.

"Harry did too well while I was away!" Taylor smiled. "I had to fight him off to get my seat back!

"Honestly it's great to be back, especially for Rally Australia where we have the world rally teams and cars, and a huge field of classic competitors.

"We have a good chance of helping Neal take the lead in the championship; he is only six points behind Mark Beard, and the leader Fro Horobin is most likely out of the running after he unfortunately crashed his car quite badly."

2013 marks Rally Australia's return to the World Rally Championship. It is held biennially, rotating its position on the schedule with Rally New Zealand.

The Australian Rally Championship and classic category cars, which include Bates and Taylor's Celica, will run behind the world rally cars on the road.

Taylor said the dry conditions would make the weekend a challenge for all competitors.

"It hasn't rained much at all up here recently so it will be extremely dusty, especially as we are running at one minute intervals," she said.

"But we won't really know too much about the surface and conditions until we finish the recce on Wednesday."

Bates added that he was confident about posting a strong result after a promising test session on Monday morning.

"We made some really good changes to the suspension set-up and the car feels great," Bates said.

"We'll face some really good competition with 28 cars in the classic field, and in general I think it will be a lot of fun."

Rally Australia runs from September 12 to 15.
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