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Australian rally driver Molly Taylor is pondering the possibilities for 2015 after  a strong finish in the ‘grand final’ of the 2014 Junior World Rally Championship.

Despite missing two rounds of the series due to lack of funds, Taylor and British co-driver Seb Marshall made a return to the stages at Wales Rally GB, finishing fourth in the category. The result left Taylor sixth in the J-WRC points standings for the year.

Taylor, an ambassador with the ‘Rexona #IWILLDO’ campaign, went into the event (November 13-16) setting herself the goal of winning a stage, and came oh-so-close, being second fastest by just two seconds on one competitive section. She posted third and fourth quickest times during the event, despite being out of the car for three months leading up to Rally GB.

“I knew it was going to be a tall order to come into the event in this way without much prep, but I put everything into making it happen,” Taylor says.

“It took a few stages to get a good feeling with the car because we didn’t get a chance to really do any testing before the event, and with a bit of a break out of the car [her previous event was the WRC round in Finland, in August], we were kinda working it out on the run.

“No matter what happened, it was always my plan to go out and give it my best, which we did, so I can’t ask for more than that. We showed we have the pace, even if it wasn’t always smooth sailing.
 
“I am disappointed to not win a stage despite coming so close, but we posted some fastest splits on other stages and in any case we were on the money, so that’s positive.”

Aside from trying to meet the goals she had set herself, Taylor says more than anything else, she just really relished the opportunity to be back in the car and competing again.

“There is nothing I enjoy more than driving and I am so grateful to the CAMS Foundation, Rexona and my supporters for making this possible. When everything comes together on a competitive stage, there is no feeling quite like it!”

Taylor is now back in Australia and already working to fund a drive for next year.
 
“We’re looking at every possible avenue but at the moment, after Rally GB, I am completely broke!

“I would love to step up into a 4WD car but can’t see a realistic chance of that happening, although there are some other options. I just need to put the funding in place. For sure there is no way I am finished chasing my dream. I still have a lot to do in rallying.”

Taylor ran a Citroën DS3 R3T in selected rounds of this year’s J-WRC, after winning the inaugural Ladies Trophy in last year’s European Rally Championship.

The young Australian, who is officially ranked as the world’s number one female rally driver, moved to Europe in 2009 to build her career after winning several class championships locally. In 2011, she was one of six young drivers to win a scholarship in an international shootout between 18 drivers from around the world.

That gave her a fully funded drive in the WRC Academy, a junior section of the World Rally Championship. For the last two years, she has contested selected rounds of the European Rally Championship (ERC) and the WRC, posting several class victories along the way and winning the ERC Ladies Trophy last year.

The ‘Rexona #IWILLDO’ campaign is a branded content initiative designed to motivate and assist people in achieving their goals.

The program is spearheaded by AFL star Adam Goodes and also features BMX Olympian and World Cup Champion, Caroline Buchanan. Rexona has also partnered with the Australian Institute of Sport to deliver exclusive content to #IWILLDO participants.

The Rexona social media initiative encourages the general public to join in by setting themself a goal and receiving motivational tips from the
ambassadors and the AIS to achieve that aim.

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