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RallySport Magazine May 2017

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The May 2017 issue of RallySport Magazine features: News / Regulars: * National Capital Rally preview * Vale: Timo Makinen * Five minutes with - Ross Tapper * Martin Holmes column * Photo of the month Feature stories: * Molly Taylor column * Head and neck safety * Subaru’s RS Challenge - a look back * Audi Magic - Dylan Turner’s Quattro S1 AP4 * A Kiwi in Argentina * A WRC hijacking in Sanremo Event reports: * WA Forest Rally - ARC 2 * Rally of Whangarei - NZRC 2 * Southern Rally - SARC 1 * Rally of Argentina - WRC 5 * Rally of Portugal - WRC 6 * Mitta Mountain Rally

COLUMN: MOLLY TAYLOR

COLUMN: MOLLY TAYLOR It’s a great feeling when everything clicks into place! This is what we experienced at the Make Smoking History Forest Rally a few weeks ago. After a disappointing start to our season, we worked really hard to bounce back and it paid off. We knew the potential was there, but having potential and actually realising it are two very different things. For me, the best part was being in such an intense battle all weekend. As a driver, there is nothing better. Especially on Saturday when the lead between Harry (Bates) and myself changed pretty much every stage. It was very stressful, but such a buzz. I remember getting to the end of the stage and Bill and I would say: “we couldn’t do much more in there, fair play if Harry is faster”. We’d look at the time and Harry would have taken three seconds out of us. We’d then go to the next stage and say the same thing, and we would have taken three seconds out of him! We drove our hearts out and even if we hadn’t finished on the top step, we still would have been very satisfied and proud of our performance. Although to win is always the ultimate! It was also a very special moment for Subaru, Les, Ash and our whole team. For their hard work to be recognised by a strong, fast and reliable car is something they deserve so much. It’s always easy to take the credit when things go well, but this was truly a huge team effort. When everyone has put their heart into their jobs, the buzz you get when you are all as excited as each other beats celebrating on your own every day of the week. MOLLY TAYLOR Tension was high at the start of the event, waiting to see if we would be on the pace. So there was a fair bit of relief and excitement when we got the first few stage times through. It’s such an exciting time for the championship. The competition is so close and we are all pushing hard. Eli (Evans) had some incredible pace on the weekend and he is going to be hard to beat when he has a trouble free run. Nathan (Quinn) has also had two faultless performances, taking the lead in the series. So, there is no resting or complacency happening here. When you look back over a rally weekend, I would love to meet the person who can say, “there was nothing I could have done better”. For us, there are always areas where we can develop and improve. And, we need to if we want to be in a position to fight like this at every rally. Canberra has always been a really tough and technical event. Last year it was only my second rally in the WRX STI and I remember making big gains with my confidence in the car there. There’s also going to be a lot of new challenges, with 50 per cent of the stages being completely new for us. So, it’s more heads down, bum up, and keeping focused on what’s ahead. Not long to wait now! - Molly Two heat wins in WA has put Molly Taylor right back in championship contention. Photos: John Doutch 6 | RALLYSPORT MAGAZINE - MAY 2017

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