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Australia's most promising female rally driver, Molly Taylor, has enjoyed a very successful Heat 1 of the Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge, round 5 of the Australian Rally Championship, finishing the day in an outstanding 7th outright position, and winning the P2 class.

Competing in her Mitsubishi Mirage against much more high-powered machinery, Taylor drove a mature rally, and was happy with her day's efforts.

“It’s been a really good experience, and we got better as the day wore on," she said. "It was really hard in the wet and dry conditions, and I locked the brakes up coming into a chicane this morning, which cost us 30 seconds in penalties."

“The intercom failed on the last stage, and Sam (Stephens) had to give signals instead of calling the pacenotes, so that was a real challenge.”

Taylor has had a busy week.  Last weekend she competed in Britain's Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, driving a left hand drive Suzuki Swift for the very first time, where she finished sixth in her class.  Had it not been for a puncture early in the event, the talented young Aussie would have finished the event in the top three.

The Tasmanian Tarmac Challenge resumes tomorrow with Heat 2 and Taylor is hoping for another good result whilst learning as much as she can about tarmac rallying.

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