Molly Mulls Canberra Strategy
The Subaru do™ Motorsport team reactivates for the National Capital Rally in Canberra from May 27-29, with driver Molly Taylor keen to defend her equal third place in the Australian Rally Drivers Championship.
Taylor is feeling cautiously optimistic after a remarkable performance on debut for the new Subaru team at the Quit Forest Rally in WA - the first round of the Kumho Tyre Australian Rally Championship 2016 (ARC).
Taylor and co-driver Bill Hayes finished fourth on both heats in WA in the production-class turbocharged All-Wheel Drive WRX STI NR4, but anticipate even more intense competition from the expanded entry list in Canberra – 27 in the ARC versus just 18 in WA.
Toyota 86 Racing Series off to flying start
Evenly matched on horsepower, aerodynamics and grip, the Toyota 86 racing cars delivered close contests throughout the field, with occasional paint-swapping adding extra excitement and reflecting the drivers' huge hunger for success.
Teenage kart and open-wheel ace Cameron Hill from Oxley in the ACT showcased his skills to qualify in pole position before standing on the top step of the podium in each of three races run over the weekend.
Strong strategy sees Frosty reach podium
A lap one pit stop and an additional stop for fuel under safety car pushed Winterbottom to the top of the field, forcing his tyres to hold on for a 43 lap stint. Winterbottom was able to hold off a charging Fabian Coulthard on newer tyres in the dying stages to grab second place and to claim the championship lead.
After a tough start to the race and damage to the rear of his car at the start, a pit stop under safety car was the saving grace for Cameron Waters who completed his compulsory fuel drop with over half the race remaining. Waters' credited engineer Brendan Hogan for a race strategy that saw him finish fifth after starting 11th.