Women in Motorsport: Molly Taylor
We asked you to help us name the brilliant women in motorsport, here’s this week’s talent!
We asked for your help to name the brilliant women in motorsport, and now we will take a closer look. This week we’ll have a look at the great achievements of Molly Taylor.
Molly Taylor, born the 6th of May 1988, is an Australian rally car driver from Sydney, Australia. She grew up in a motorsport family with her mother, Coral Taylor, being a rally co-driver, and it was when Molly worked at her father’s rally school during holidays that she first started driving a rally car herself.
As soon as she gained her rally licence she started competing in a Holden Gemini. In 2006, Taylor was selected into a Women's Driver Development program where she was considered a standout performer.
Molly Taylor with her mother, Coral.
She also won the Rally Des Femmes by a five full minutes, and after winning the 2006 New South Wales Rally Championship, taking both the 2WD and 2-Litre titles, she was recognised as the New South Wales Young Achiever of the year by CAMS.
Taylor made her debut in the Australian Rally Championship in 2007, where she won the F16 class, a feat she repeated in 2008.
She moved to the United Kingdom in 2009 to complete in the Suzuki Swift Sport Cup, where she won three out of her six races and became the British Ladies Rally Champion. Her success continued as she the next year won one of six highly contested, fully funded scholarships to compete in the 2011 World Rally Championship as part of the FIA World Rally Championship Academy.
In 2015, she became the first woman to win a heat in the Australian Rally Championship in heat one of the opening event in Western Australia, and then the first woman to win an event outright at the National Capital Rally in Canberra. Molly achieved podium positions at every Championship round and finished second overall in the Championship.
In 2016 she became the Australian Rally Champion, with co-driver Bill Hayes, where she was the first female winner.