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Australian rally drivers, Molly Taylor and Brendan Reeves, have both put in impressive performances at the Pirelli Star Driver Shootout in Spain - both earning a place in next year's prestigious WRC Rally Academy.

The two young Aussies were amongst 16 drivers from around the world all vying for six places in the Academy, and after three intense days of lectures, driving tests and media presentations, the two twenty-two year olds had so impressed the judges they were both awarded places.

The prize for both Taylor and Reeves is a fully-funded drive in a Fiesta R2 in six rounds of the 2011 WRC Rally Academy, the series that will replace the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC). It is the chance for both to realise their dream of becoming full-time WRC drivers, and understandably the pair are both still coming to terms with their wins.

"I am overwhelmed and incredibly excited," Molly Taylor said after the announcement. "It's not every day an opportunity like this comes along! I don't think it has fully sunk in yet."

Reeves, also, was rapt. "This is a dream come true for me. I'm still pinching myself but I realise that the hard work hasn't even started yet."

RallySport Magazine congratulates Molly Taylor and Brendan Reeves on their success at the Pirelli Star Driver Shootout and wishes them all the best in their 2011 WRC campaigns.

Visit Molly Taylor and Brendan Reeves' website for more news and photos from the Pirelli Star Driver Shootout

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