This week saw the first test for the Australian driver at the wheel of the Citroën DS3 R3T with which she will compete in four events: Geko Ypres Rally, Coppa Città di Lucca, Neste Rally Finland and ADAC Rally Deutschland.
Molly Taylor, whose sports management will be taken care of by United Business, was in Italy to put the the Citroën DS3 BP Racing through its paces. This test allowed the crew to become familiar with the car, which they were using for the first time, and with the new Pirelli tyres in view of their debut in the Belgian rally scheduled in two weeks.
Molly Taylor said: “For me it is a fantastic opportunity, and a great step forward in my career. To have the opportunity to work with a professional team and a different car from the ones I drove before will allow me to learn a lot. I am trying to soak up as much as possible; this car has many possible settings, we are trying to understand it as we go. We have a lot of work to do this year to gain experience, we will take what comes and try to make the most of it.”
Pier Liberali, of United Business, said: “We started this co-operation with Molly Taylor, because we believe in this lady driver who has proven to be very solid and fast. I think she is one of the fastest lady rally drivers at world level today. Just like we do for all the other professional drivers whose management we take care of , we have prepared for her a medium to long term programme which caters for these events, although we are working to increase the number of races which she will be present in for 2012. For these events we will use the structure of BP Racing, already used by another one of our drivers, and which has always proven to be a well prepared and very professional factory.”
Fabrizia Pons (Representative of the FIA Women in Motorsport commission) said: “I am very happy that Molly has the opportunity to drive a performing car such as Citroën DS3: to start with Ypres is a beautiful challenge for her, but I’m sure that she will rise up to it.”
The Geko Ypres Rally will start at 16h25 on Friday 22 June, with the first leg of six special stages taking 85km and finishing at 22h54. After the overnight halt, action restarts at 09h50 on Saturday 23 June for 12 special stages over 209km before finishing in Ypres at 22h39.