Drivers often say that nothing compares to driving and competing in your home event, in front of your home crowds and on the roads you (supposedly) know well. That’s easy to understand, especially in rally, where every little bit of motivation and previous knowledge of the roads and the terrain helps a lot. Well, it’s also great because you are at home for a change, no need to fly half across the globe, and you get to impress all your friends and family with some of your driving magic. Sometimes, however, all this must be put aside so the more reasonable targets can be reached. European Rally Championship contenders, Molly Taylor (AUS) and her co-driver Seb Marshall (UK) did just that – they changed their plans and instead of taking part in Rally Australia they will focus on ERC event in Poland. The desire to compete in WRC event in Australia was great, but as Molly reveals, there is no room for personal desires when you’re leading the female drivers category in FIA ERC series and you’re determined to remain in the lead for the remainder of the season.
Even the best jobs in the world sometimes require sacrifices. Besides, they will be competing, and that’s the most important thing for any crew. On top of that, Rally Poland is bound to be a true spectacle this year – if the rumours are true, it might end up being a part of WRC in near future, so Molly and Seb could be collecting some nice experience points this year.
The official PR thingy follows below.
PROGRAMME CHANGE FOR MOLLY TAYLOR , SHE WILL CONTEST RALLY POLAND INSTEAD OF RALLY AUSTRALIA
Change of programme for Molly Taylor, who earlier in the season had planned to contest in Rally Australia, and who will instead take part in Rally Poland, ninth round of the European Rally Championship.
This choice was made within United Business both to defend the first position reached in the European Ladies’ Trophy and to increase the wealth of experience of the strong Australian lady driver.
Molly Taylor e Seb Marshall in Barum Rally Zlin were safely in front of the other female crews, a result they reached at the end of a smooth performance with an eye on the championship standings. For the United Business crew the next step will be the challenging 70° Rally Poland, a gravel event held in Mikolajki from 13th to 15th of September and which Molly Taylor will tackle with the DS3 R3, a car with which she has already contested 5 rounds of the 2013 European Championship. This year’s Rally Poland is expected like never before by fans and this is due to the fact that Robert Kubica will enter and the expectations of Polish fans are huge. “I am happy to be able to race in Poland because first of all it is an opportunity to increase my experience and because the race, I am told, is really fascinating; besides the challenging opponents, the fans make every moment of the rally very special – said Molly Taylor – on the other hand I am so sorry not to be in Rally Australia, it is my home event, my heart feeling was to be there but, after a careful analysis with my manager Pier Liberali and my co-driver Seb Marshall , we decided to give up Australia and to be in Poland. The logical goals of the European Championship ranking prevailed on the sentimental side, I will once again face a completely new rally, I am not afraid, Seb and I will try to give it our best as always”.
Pier Liberali patron of United Business said ”I have been thinking about this programme change for a while, and when I explained the reasons both Molly Seb with great professionalism understood and shared them; I had no doubts, they are proving two great professionals. Having done less rallies than her opponents and also because of two unlucky events, until now I had to ask Molly to limit by much her desire to go flat out, looking to the Trophy at this stage it was essential to be at the finish of the races, she did it three times and has always beaten her rivals with relative ease, now that the leadership in the Female Trophy has been reached I think it is fair that in Rally Poland our crew has the go-ahead to fulfill their desire to attack. Both in Sibiu and in Zlin I saw in the eyes of Molly and Seb some frustration, it is never nice to ask a driver to go slowly and finish the race, but I had to do so and with great professionalism they listened to my recommendations . In Poland they will run as they deem it best and I am hopeful that this year’s races have taught them to manage a rally at the best. I always say that to win trophies and championships you have to get to the end of each rally”.
The Rally of Poland in 2013 will offer live television show, thanks to the agreement between the promoter of the European Championship, Eurosport, and the LOTOS oil group sponsor of the event, as well as of Robert Kubica’s programme comprising ERC and WRC and which means that four of the special stages will be broadcast “live”: the two runs through the 19.14 km Mragowo stage and the two on the 23.77 km Mateuszek stage, which will also be the closing stage of the event.