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Subaru do Motorsport team driver Molly Taylor has become the first female winner of the Australian Rally Championship (ARC) after the tightest title tussle in 25 years.

A brilliant three-day campaign at Kennards Hire Rally Australia in the All-Wheel Drive Group N production class WRX STI NR4 saw Molly join the distinguished list of ARC champions after a mature run across 23 stages at the Coffs Harbour, NSW, event - also winning the ARC class in the rally, her first.

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<p>Time problems arose for Subaru do Motorsport's Production Rally Car (PRC) class All-Wheel Drive WRX STI on the day's equal shortest stage, SS3 Blackwood Ridge, when Molly Taylor and Bill Hayes got held up behind the struggling WRX STI of Brad Markovic.</p>
<p>Due to the dust, Markovic was unable to see Taylor and Hayes immediately behind – and unaware of their presence - costing the Subaru factory team valuable time.</p>
<p>But the real challenge for Subaru do arose on SS4, with front differential vibration indicating a possible gearbox issue, dropping them to 14th on stage and fifth overall...

Time problems arose for Subaru do Motorsport's Production Rally Car (PRC) class All-Wheel Drive WRX STI on the day's equal shortest stage, SS3 Blackwood Ridge, when Molly Taylor and Bill Hayes got held up behind the struggling WRX STI of Brad Markovic.

Due to the dust, Markovic was unable to see Taylor and Hayes immediately behind – and unaware of their presence - costing the Subaru factory team valuable time.

But the real challenge for Subaru do arose on SS4, with front differential vibration indicating a possible gearbox issue, dropping them to 14th on stage and fifth overall. The pair actually stopped momentarily on stage to check the car was sufficiently sound to continue.

DAY ONE PLACINGS AFTER SS10 – PROVISIONAL RESULTS

1. BATES/McCARTHY, Toyota Corolla S2000, 1:13:50.2
2. QUINN/CALDER, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, 1:14:05.0, +00:14.8
3. WINDUS/FISHER, Subaru Impreza WRX STI, 1:14:52.9, +01:02.7

7. TAYLOR/HAYES, Subaru WRX STI, 1:18:37.7, +04:47.5

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Time problems arose for Subaru do Motorsport's Production Rally Car (PRC) class All-Wheel Drive WRX STI on the day's equal shortest stage, SS3 Blackwood Ridge, when Molly Taylor and Bill Hayes.
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