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GP Week : Issue 29
>>WRCnews Molly’s big trip FAST femme Molly Taylor will break out of her native Australia at the end of this month for the chance to compete on the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, where she will drive a Suzuki. Taylor comes from a rallying family – her mother is Coral Taylor, the co-driver for Neal Bates, three-time Australian champion. “She has been working on three jobs saving the money to come over to Europe,”said Coral. “Her day starts at 4:45am, working an early shift at a local gym, then she goes to a day time job before working the late shift back at the gym. On weekends she works at the family rally school, and somewhere in between she prepares her own rally car.” So far success has been forthcoming back home. She has been state champion in two- wheel-drive and also in 2-litre category, and she won outright the Rally des Femmes, a unique rally in Canberra just for women drivers. British back to the dirt BRITISH Rally Championship cars are back again in the forests after a five month break for a series of rallies on asphalt, starting with the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire. The event is the fifth round of seven in the 2008 series, and only the second held on the traditional gravel roads of the British forests. A large number of drivers are still able to take the British title, and heading the charts at the moment is David Higgins, who drives a Subaru Impreza N14 for the TG.com rally team. The title race, however, is sharply focussed on the battle between Guy Wilks with his Mitsubishi and Mark Higgins with his Subaru Impreza N11. The reigning champion leads the series but because of the ‘drop two scores’points rule M Higgins, who has three wins already to his name, remains strong favourite for the title which he has won three times before. Of the other top entries, Gwyndaf Evans continues as the driver of the second official Mitsubishi. One curious factor about this year’s Trackrod is that there are no top- ranking championship drivers from Yorkshire on the entry list, but foreign competitors are headed by Danish Suzuki driver Niki Berg, who currently leads the British Junior series, ahead of Irish driver Brian O’Mahony and the British driver Nick Rowland. Legends gather for McRae rally TWO weeks after the Richard Burns Memorial Rally in Norfolk, which was won by Markko Martin in a Subaru Impreza WRC2000, this weekend will see a remarkable gathering of famous rally drivers in Scotland, all present as a tribute to the late Colin McRae. Included on the list are World Champions Ari Vatanen, Bjorn Waldegard, Hannu Mikkola and Stig Blomqvist, plus other legendary drivers such as Andrew Cowan, John Buffum and Travis Pastrana. The Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally is run at Perth on Saturday, which is a qualifying round of the Scottish national championship. None of these drivers are expected to win, because they will compete in classic cars, but a furious Porsche versus Escort battle is promised. Event favourite has to be Matthew Wilson, who is entered in a Ford Focus World Rally Car. 17