United Business has announced Molly Taylor’s programme for the 2013 sports season. As per the “rumours” of the past weeks, the strong Australian lady driver co-driven by Englishman Seb Marshall will compete in the European Rally Championship (ERC). Over the past weeks, Pier Liberali, General Manager of United Business, the company which is in charge of Molly Taylor’s sports management since last year, was speaking of a possible international programme. Now the news is confirmed and Molly will effectively begin her adventure in the European Championship driving the Citroen DS3 R3T in two week’s, in Portugal on the island of São Miguel, taking part in the 48th Sata Rallye Acores on 25 – 27 April (also broadcast live on TV on Eurosport). She will then start in another seven European events and will also be present in the World Championship, where she will take part in the Rally d’Australia – World Rally Championship – in the WRC 3 class.
As expected, the car for the European Championship events will be supplied by BP Racing, the team which provided the car for the 2012 season to everybody’s satisfaction.
“In recent months we thoroughly analyzed all the opportunities before focusing on this programme,” said Pier Liberali of United Business. “I have been in constant contact with Molly and with Paolo Butelli of BP Racing, on both sides there was the desire to find the way we work together, it was logical and right to continue with BP Racing after the season achieved in 2012. Thanks to the support of our advertising partners and institutions, we have managed to organize a programme that will allow her to drive a car that she knows well and supplied by a team that has always given us excellent cars. Molly’s determination was fundamental, and we are proud, as was the case in 2012, to have on the car’s livery the brands of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission (WMC) and of the Australian Motor Sport Foundation (AMSF). 2013 is another step forward in Molly’s sports career, it will be a very important season for her, despite being young (only 25 years old) she has experience, technique, determination and is very fast, in my opinion she is one of the fastest lady drivers in the world. Competing in the European Championship was a logical choice, although already very popular, by taking part in the 2013 FIA ERC, thanks to Eurosport, she will further increase her international visibility.”
“I am very excited to take part in the European Championship,” says Molly Taylor. “Being in Sata Rallye Acores will be a very good experience for me, as well as having the opportunity to compete in the other European Championship. It will be a very interesting challenge, I only know one event, Ypres, having done it last year, but the other races will all be new for me and in places where I have never competed. I am raring to go, with United Business and BP Racing our priority is to be consistently fast in every race which we will take part in and to try, why not, to win the “FIA ERC Ladies’ Trophy.”
With the pre-event test before Sata Rallye Acores, the Australian driver will resume confidence with the Citroen DS3 R3 which she has already driven last year. This test will serve to better prepare the crew for the race which will start on Thursday 25 April at 14h30 from the charming Gonçalo Velho square in Ponta Delgada (San Miguel Island – Azores – Portugal).