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Hino-sponsored rally star Molly Taylor won her class and finished in the top 10 outright in Rally SA last weekend just days after arriving from Europe.

Taylor was invited to join the Ford Innate Motorsport team to contest the rally in preparation for September's Rally Australia, made possible by a break in her European Rally Championship (ERC) schedule.

Taylor drove Innate's Ford Fiesta R2 alongside regular co-driver Seb Marshall and was competitive from the outset on the forest-lined roads of Mount Crawford.

The duo took out the R2 class, covering two-wheel drive rally cars with 1600cc engines, and finished seventh outright.

Fresh from competing in the ERC's Tour de Corse rally in Corsica on May 17 and 18 aboard a Citroen DS3 R3, Taylor said the weekend proved beneficial as she continued to gather experience of different events and surfaces.

"It's been great to come home and drive on such open and flowing stages, especially after doing a rally as technical as Corsica, which they call 'the rally of 10,000 corners'," she said.

"It was a lot fun and a good experience, especially for Seb, who hadn't rallied in Australia before."

Taylor will reunite with Ford Innate Motorsport at Rally Australia to drive in the WRC 3 Class, which features two-wheel drive, near-showroom specification rally cars.

"I drove the Fiesta during the WRC Academy in 2011, and it was good to get back in it last weekend and do some important competitive stages," Taylor added.

Hino Australia Divisional Manager Product Strategy, Marketing and Dealer Development, Alex Stewart, said the company was proud to be a part of Taylor's development.

"We're thrilled to support Molly, who last weekend showed her abundant class yet again as a young up-and-coming driver," he said.

"We look forward to watching her progress and her anticipated appearance in Rally Australia later this year, when she'll be among the world's best cars and drivers."

Taylor's next ERC commitment is the Ypres Rally in Belgium on June 27 to 29. 
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