United Business announces Molly Taylor in the 2013 European Rally Championship

Molly Taylor - Australian Rally car driver
United Business announces Molly Taylor’s programme for the 2013 sports season. As per the “rumours” of the past weeks, the strong Australian lady driver, co-driven by Englishman Seb Marshall will compete in the European Rally Championship. Over the past weeks Pier Liberali, General Manager of United Business, the company which is in charge of Molly Taylor’s sports management since last year, was speaking of a possible international programme. Now the news is confirmed and Molly will effectively begin her adventure in the European Championship driving the Citroen DS3 R3T in two weeks’ time, in Portugal on the island of São Miguel, taking part in the 48th Sata Rallye Acores on April 25th-27th (also broadcast live on TV on Eurosport). She will then start in another seven European events and will also be present in the World Championship, where she will take part in the Rally d’Australia - World Rally Championship – in the WRC 3 class.

As expected, the car for the European Championship events will be supplied by BP Racing, the team which provided the car for the 2012 season to everybody’s satisfaction.

"In recent months we thoroughly analyzed all the opportunities before focusing on this programme - said Pier Liberali of United Business - I have been in constant contact with Molly and with Paolo Butelli of BP Racing, on both sides there was the desire to find the way we work together, it was logical and right to continue with BP Racing after the season achieved in 2012. Thanks to the  support of our advertising partners and institutions, we have managed to organize a programme that will allow her to drive a car that she knows well and supplied by a team that has always given us excellent cars. Molly’s determination was fundamental, and we are proud, as was the case in 2012, to have on the car’s livery the brands of the FIA Women in Motorsport Commission (WMC) and of the Australian Motor Sport Foundation (AMSF). 2013 is another step forward in Molly’s sports career, it will be a very important season for her, despite being young (only 25 years old) she has experience, technique, determination and is very fast, in my opinion she is one of the fastest lady drivers in the world. Competing in the European Championship was a logical choice, although already very popular, by taking part in the 2013 FIA ERC, thanks to Eurosport, she will further increase her international visibility ".

Seb Marshal & Molly Taylor with their trophies
"I am very excited to take part in the European Championship - says Molly Taylor – being in Sata Rallye Acores will be a very good experience for me, as well as having the opportunity to compete in the other European Championship. It will be a very interesting challenge, I only know one event, Ypres, having done it last year, but the other races will all be new for me and in places where I have never competed. I am raring to go, with United Business and BP Racing our priority is to be consistently fast in every race which we will take part in and to try, why not, to win the "FIA ERC Ladies' Trophy".

With the pre-event test before Sata Rallye Acores, the Australian driver will resume confidence with the Citroen DS3 R3 which she has already driven last year. This test will serve to better prepare the crew for the race which will start on Thursday, April 25th, at 14:30 from the charming Gonçalo Velho square in Ponta Delgada (San Miguel Island - Azores - Portugal).

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Sebastien Loeb + Peugeot 208 T16 + Pikes Peak = Awesome Hill Climb Race - 2013

Sebastien Loeb - Nine-time World Rally Champion is all set to compete in this year's Pikes Peak Hill-Climb for Peugeot.

Loeb's FB page says, "It's now official, I will participate in the race side of Pikes Peak with a Peugeot 208 T16 and Red Bull. In the USA, one goal: victory! As always, you will be kept abreast of any of my preparation." Also disclosed that Loeb will drive a purpose-built 208 T16 Pikes Peak in the unlimited class. 

Being his first Pikes Peak that runs on June 30, although Peugeot has won it before, the then 405 T16 at the hands of legendary Ari Vatanen in 1988. Climb Dance film was released the following year celebrating its victory in the global event.

Maxime Picat, director general of Peugeot Automobiles, said; "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Citroen for this one-off 'loan' of its exceptional champion. Our objective is to win, so we needed to stack up as many cards as possible in our favour by joining forces with the very best partners for this unique project, namely Total, Red Bull, Michelin and Sebastien Loeb. Pikes Peak is a legendary race that has inspired all the brand's teams. It is also a tough, exceptional challenge which leaves no room for error."

The hill climb has 12.42-mile route up Pikes Peak featuring 156 corners with an ascent from 2,800 m to 4,300 metres. Originally being a all-gravel event, over the period of years it has seen constant up-gradation to  sealed surface [asphalt], and this year for the first time it is an all-asphalt surface from start to finish.

Rhys Millen set a new record for the climb in his Hyundai last time in 2012, crossing the finish line in 9m46.164s and that is what Loeb has to beat to claim his throne there.

And Loeb's career into racing will be started from this weekend, at Nogaro - FIA GT, behind the wheel of  McLaren MP4-12C GT3. We wish him the best of luck.
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