Molly Taylor flattered by Holden Supercars interest

Tom Howard

Thursday 22nd March, 2018 - 10:33am

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Australian Rally Championship driver Molly Taylor

Molly Taylor says she is flattered to be among Holden’s wish list as the brand searches for its own full-time female Supercars driver but has not held any formal talks with manufacturer.

The 2016 Australian Rally Champion has been earmarked by Holden as a potential candidate for a drive in Australia’s premier series but remains focussed on her rallying career with Subaru.

Holden has recently offered its clearest indication yet that intends to commit to Supercars beyond its current agreement which expires at the end of 2019.

However, the brand wishes to offer more opportunities to women drivers as it looks to broaden its appeal off the back of Simona de Silvestro’s full-time entry with Nissan Motorsport in 2017.

Taylor has confirmed to Speedcafe.com that she is yet to hold any formal talks with Holden regarding Supercars, but would be open to an opportunity should it work with her future motorsport plans.

The current factory Subaru driver, who has never competed in circuit racing, nevertheless remains committed to rallying for the new two years at least.

“I was very flattered. I’ve got huge respect for that series and the competitiveness and the technology and the racing is just incredible and I’m a massive fan personally, I love watching it,” Taylor told Speedcafe.com.

“I would never say yes or no to anything (but) at the moment I absolutely love rallying, that’s what I’ve done my whole life, but I love watching the sport and who knows?

“Our focus at the moment is on winning the Australian Rally Championship and that’s something that I’m definitely not going to let go of, but I’m not going to lock anything away one way or the other.

“If I could do both, I’d be very happy. I’m not sure if that’s possible or not. I guess it’s like taking a marathon runner and getting them to do Tour de Corse; they’re fit but still it’s a completely different skill.

“But in saying that, to have the opportunity to drive one of those cars, you’d never say no to that, but at the moment I guess there’s not a lot I can say one way or the other.

“I’ve got everything with Subaru locked in and I’m definitely really enjoying that, and I’m not actively looking for anything else.

“But if there was an opportunity that arose and it could all fit then of course I’m going to grab whatever opportunities.

“I’ve been to a couple of Supercars races as a fan, but there have been no formal meetings with Holden or anything like that.”

Meanwhile, Taylor will attend this weekend’s Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix where she will be confirmed as an ambassador for the Australian edition of the Dare to be Different initiative, set up by former Williams F1 development driver Susie Wolff.

The program, backed by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, aims to inspire young women to take up careers in motorsport whether that is driving, engineering, marketing or in communications.

Taylor kicked off her Australian Rally Championship campaign earlier this month by finishing fifth and sixth in the two heats at the Eureka Rally.

The season opener was marred by crash with a kangaroo in the Sunday heat.

Despite the troubles, Taylor expects a competitive championship campaign.

“In some stages the (top) five were within two seconds on the stage, so you stuff up one corner and you’ve gone from first to fifth, so it’s incredibly exciting to be in that position,” added Taylor.

“It makes it more unpredictable when everyone’s pushing that hard and trying that hard to beat each other, so I think it’ll bring out the best in everyone.”

Round 2 of the ARC is the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Busselton, Western Australia on April 27-29.

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