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Molly Taylor had a successful weekend with her Citroen DS3 R3 at the Ronde della Val d’Orcia, an Italian gravel rally in the heart of Tuscany.
 
The event featured one 11km stage repeated four times, and attracted a field of 114 cars including WRC, S2000 and S1600 in action on the former WRC Sanremo rally stage.
 
With Molly’s usual co-driver Seb Marshall absent, Italian co-driver, Giacomo Ciucci, stepped in alongside the Australian and had his first experience with pacenotes in English.

Taylor finished the event second in the 2WD class and 12th overall after a brilliant drive.
 
With 44 4WD cars starting, Molly and Giacomo showed impressive pace and set the fastest 2WD time on the first stage.
 
“The first part of the stage was foggy and conditions were tricky so we were pleasantly surprised to set the fastest time straight up,” Molly said.

“Giacomo did a fantastic job adapting to the conditions and calling English notes for the very first time. For the second loop we didn’t anticipate the temperature rising as quickly as it did and we chose the wrong tyres, which were completely destroyed by the end of the stage. At that point we were disappointed to drop some time, but we really enjoyed the battle to get back up in the last two stages.

“It was a terrific weekend, and a good preparation for Rally GB; the car feels great. The guys at the team did a fantastic job as always and I owe this rally to them for making this possible.”
 
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