Australian Molly Taylor got behind the wheel for the first time of her new Citroen DS3 R3T - BP Racing today in Italy.
Taylor and co-driver Seb Marshall are set to contest four events in the car being Geko Ypres Rally, Coppa Citttà di Lucca, Neste Rally Finland and ADAC Rally Deutschland. The last two events are WRC rounds.
For Taylor the move is a important step forward in her career "For me it is a fantastic opportunity, and a great step forward in my career.
"To have the opportunity to work with a professional team and a different car from the ones I drove before will allow me to learn a lot. I am trying to soak as much as possible, this car has many possible settings, we are trying to understand it as we go. We have a lot of work to do this year to gain experience, we will take what comes and try to make the most of it".
Taylor who will be working with United Business this season is seen as one of the fastest female Rally Drivers in the world by Pier Liberali of United Business "We started this cooperation with Molly Taylor, because we believe in this lady driver who has proven to be very solid and fast. I think she is one of the fastest lady rally drivers at world level today. Just like we do for all the other professional drivers whose management we take care of , we have prepared for her a medium to long term programme which caters for these events, although we are working to increase the number of races which she will be present in for 2012. For these events we will use the structure of BP Racing, already used by another one of our drivers, and which has always proven to be a well prepared and very professional factory"
Molly also received further endorsement from Fabrizia Pons (Representative of the FIA Women in Motorsport commission) who said "I am very happy that Molly has the opportunity to drive a performing car such as Citroen DS3: to start with Ypres is a beautiful challenge for her, but I'm sure that she will rise up to it”.
The Geko Ypres Rally will start on Friday June 22nd , first leg with consist six special stages covering 85 km. After the overnight stop, it will restart on Saturday June 23rd, with the second leg of 12 special stages for 209 km, and will finish in Ypres.