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Teenage rally sensation, Molly Taylor, will fire into her first Australian Rally Championship round with 2005 championship-winning co-driver Dale Moscatt by her side.

Molly, 18, will make her debut in the first round of the NEC Australian Rally Championship in Queensland on March 31 with Moscatt calling the corners. The new team hopes to set a swift pace towards their goal of winning the F16 Cup.

“I am really excited to have Dale co-driving, being my first season on pacenotes,” Molly said.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for me to have someone so experienced in the car. I will be testing this week and this will give me an opportunity to get to know the car and prepare a good set-up for Rally Queensland.”

After taking out the 2006 NSW 2WD Rally Championship and 2.0-litre Championship in a 1974 Toyota Celica, Molly will switch to front-wheel drive and contest the F16 Cup in 2007 with Moscatt in a Mitsubishi Mirage RS.

“With an already busy program in place this year, it’s great to be able to do these rounds with Molly in the ARC,” said Moscatt, who is contesting the 2007 Chinese Rally Championship with Martin Rowe.

“I watched Molly’s progress in the state series last year, and she showed great potential with the limited experience she’s had. The ARC will be a big step for her, but she has a positive and realistic approach to this, being her first year. We are both looking forward to the challenge."

Molly is the daughter of ARC co-driver Coral Taylor. She is still on her Provisional civil driving licence, but thankfully, her P-Plate speed restrictions do not apply in the rally stages.

In a short 18-month driving career, Molly has won the NSW Ladies Khanacross Championship, the NSW 2WD Rally Championship and 2.0-litre Championship, and was named the 2006 CAMS NSW Young Achiever of the Year. She is currently training at the Australian Institute of Sport as one of only four women in this year’s CAMS-affiliated Women’s Driver Development Program, and recently spent time on ice at the John Haugland Winter Rally School in Norway.

 “Rally Queensland will be a jump into the deep end for me, but I am ready for that challenge and am looking forward to it,” she said.

“Queensland is known to be tricky on notes, so having Dale’s experience on hand will be invaluable. It’s a good test of the new team and the car, and I am confident that it will be a great start to the season.”

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