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Molly Taylor starts most rounds of the FIA European Rally Championship with zero experience of the event she’s about to contest, but that won’t be the case on the Geko Ypres Rally, which she entered for the first time in 2012.

The United Business Rally Team driver is two events into her ERC campaign in the Yokohama-shod Citroën DS3 R3T she shares with co-driver Seb Marshall. And she’s excited about the opportunity to take part on an event she has prior knowledge of, even though she found the Belgian asphalt showcase tough going in the early stages last year.

“Having this knowledge will be a small advantage,” said the Australian, a contender for the FIA ERC Ladies’ Trophy. “Seb and I are confident, even on Belgian soil, and the goal will be to reach the end of the rally with the best result possible to consolidate and, if possible, improve the ranking in the ERC 2WD Championshipand in the Ladies’ Trophy. The retirement in Azores did not help, but second place in Corsica was a great result for both the ranking and the spirit. In Ypres we will also take part in theCitroën Racing Trophy in Europe– a further challenge and a further goal to reach.”

Taylor is one of five women up for ERC Ladies’ Trophy in Ypres.

Interest in the new-for-2013 FIA ERC Ladies’ Trophy continues to grow with five drivers set to chase class honours on the Geko Ypres Rally later this month.

Melissa Debackere, Evelien De Corte, Julie Devalot, Ekaterina Stratieva and Taylor are all set to take part on the Belgian asphalt classic, which takes place from 27-29 June.

After four rallies, Bulgarian Stratieva – who finished first on the opening event in Gran Canaria – tops the standings, two points ahead of Australia’s Taylor, who claimed top points on the previous round in Corsica. Debackere, De Corte and Devalot are all new to the competition.
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