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Mazda Australia’s pocket rocket, the Mazda2 Extreme rally car, has finished second outright and was the fastest two-wheel-drive last weekend’s Rally des Femmes in Canberra.

The annual Rally des Femmes is an all-female driver event held over 87km of gravel forestry roads in the ACT’s Uriarra area divided into seven special stages.

The Mazda2 Extreme was driven to a stunning second-placed finish by female rally star Molly Taylor and co-driven by motoring journalist Samantha Stevens.

Taylor and Stevens also received one of the event’s Most Improved Crew awards.

Proving that women rally drivers are just as competitive as the men, only three cars in the field failed to finish.

“This little Mazda2 is just amazing as a rally car,” said Mazda Motorsport Manager Allan Horsley. “It never ceases to amaze me just how well this car fares against more powerful rally cars.”

The only car to outperform Taylor’s front-wheel-drive Mazda2 was a highly-modified, four-wheel-drive Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 8 – with the nifty Mazda2 finishing only five seconds adrift.

Pic: Mazda Motorsport

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