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The Castrol backed Ford Innate Motorsport team finished Scouts Rally SA with another strong performance yesterday, building on their strong  top 10 performance in Heat 1 on Saturday.

The team’s international guest driver and expatriate Australian rally star, Molly Taylor finished seventh and regular driver Adrian Coppin finished eighth.  The gap between the pair was 37 seconds after 100 kilometres of fast shire stages. Coppin is now in 8th place in the 2013 Australian Rally Championship.

“I am really happy. Both Molly and I were leading the group of non-G2 vehicles all weekend and setting a good pace. In our personal duel, Molly was the winner beating me on both days. However, I now have Molly’s times as a benchmark and I am very satisfied with my pace in the Fiesta R2 at the moment. Molly has been rallying for 5/6 years and I am a newbie only taking up the sport properly about two years ago,” Coppin said.
 
The team are especially pleased as neither car had any major problems, a positive sign for their outing in the local round of the World Rally Championship, Rally Australia in Coffs Harbour in early September.  The team was using the event as a dress rehearsal for running both cars at Coffs Harbour and sorting out any issues that might arise as well as developing a rapport with Molly and Seb.

“The Innate Motorsport team dealt with the complexity of running two cars over the weekend.  We found and sorted a couple of small problems with Molly’s car, so in terms of preparations for Rally Australia, which is the reason we bought Molly back to Australia for this event, it has been a success.  Moreover, Molly has had the chance to work with the crew that is going to support her later this year and show her Australian fans and supporters her speed.  I learned a lot from her professionalism and dedication to the job over the weekend,” Coppin said.

The Australian Rally Championship now has a mid-season break for seven weeks before the next round, International Rally of Queensland, Rd 3 of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship to be held on the Sunshine Coast from 12-14 July 2013.
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