N°414 Car SOUTH RACING CAN-AM

MOLLY TAYLOR

(aus)

Hobbies

anything motorsports, hiking, going to the beach, mountain biking

Sponsors

Can-Am, South Racing, Motul, Method Wheels, Tensor Tires, J Juan Braking Systems

2022: 14th

2022: Morocco rally (8th), ExtremeE
2021: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (9th); Ha’il Rally
Australian Rally Championship, ERC, WRC, ExtremeE

Interview

“I learned so much from my first experience!”

Raised in a family of motorsports fanatics, it was bound to be. On her bucket list was that big name: the Dakar. Molly Taylor was like a child in a sweet shop when she entered the world’s toughest rally and certainly just as satisfied when she reached the finish last January. At only 34 years of age, she’s travelled the world and competed in some legendary races. It all started with traditional rallies, first on home soil then in Great Britain, Europe (ERC) and all the way up to WRC, before becoming the first female and youngest winner of the Australian Rally Championship. Her first taste of the desert came from competing in Extreme E where she was able to have a first taste of the Dakar through chats with the likes of Sebastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz, Cristina Gutierrez or Laia Sanz. The Dakar was of course a whole new world for Molly but she learned fast thanks to the experience of the Can-Am Factory South Racing team. Now to round 2: in other words making the best of her learning experience to improve last year’s 14th spot overall. But for this second tour of Saudi Arabia, the Aussie will have a former biker at her side. Indeed, USA’s Andrew Short, a fomer supercross rider who turned to rallies switches from two to four wheels after finishing four out of five of his Dakars including three top 10 spots (6th on 2019). The new pair had a first experience together during the last Morocco rally that they finished in 8th position. It’s now time to do at least as well on the Dakar.

MT: “I come from a family of motorsports. My grand-father was in rallying and my mother was a 4-time Australian champion as a co-driver. I started at the age of 15, so I can say that motorsports are my life. I had always been thinking of doing more off-road. The Dakar was a race I used to watch. I remember sitting on my couch seeing what people had to go through in the middle of nowhere. I learned so much from my first experience at the Dakar and I really can’t wait to build on everything that we’ve learnt. As part of our preparation we also took on the Morocco rally. Let’s get started.”

Vehicle

SOUTH RACING CAN-AM

BRP CAN-AM MAVERICK XRS
SOUTH RACING CAN-AM

  • BRP
  • CAN-AM MAVERICK XRS
  • Can-Am factory South Racing
  • Can-Am factory South Racing
  • T4: Modified Production SSV

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