Taylor experiences spate of problems on Dakar Stage 7

Molly Taylor. Picture: Molly Taylor Instagram

Molly Taylor has set the 12th-fastest time on Stage 7 of the Dakar Rally in SSV after a spate of problems along the way.

She and co-driver Dale Moscatt are now 13th overall, five hours behind rally-leading Can-Am Factory South Racing team-mate Austin Jones.

“Pretty disappointing day, to be honest,” said Taylor on social media after the completion of the Riyadh-Al Dawadimi stage.

“About 20km in, we had to change a rear arm.

“[We] got going again, dropped back a bit more, so there was quite a bit of traffic, and we lost our way a little bit in a couple of waypoints, trying to find the hidden waypoints, then we were trying to fight our way back.”

That was not the extent of the dramas for #408, however.

“About 20km from the end of the stage, we got a puncture,” added the 2016 Australian Rally Champion.

“[We] stopped to change that, car fell off the jacks, that took a while, finally got going, got to the finish, but we’re still working towards having that one stage with no dramas.

“So, we’ve got five more opportunities to do that and we won’t give up.”

Other classes

Kamaz-Master’s Dmitry Sotnikov leads the Trucks race by a reduced, 5:14s margin over team-mate Eduard Nikolaev, while Anton Shibalov won the stage in another of the Russian outfit’s entries.

Quads is still headed overall by Alexandre Giroud (Yamaha Racing – SMX), and likewise Light Prototype by Francisco Lopez Contardo (EKS – South Racing).

Stage 8 takes the field 830km to Wadi Ad Dawasir, including a 395km special.

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