Subaru do Motorsport achieved a hard fought third place in the Make Smoking History Forest Rally in Western Australia this weekend, after overnight tweaks to the team’s WRX STI paid huge dividends.
Fourth place on Heat 2 was sufficient to secure the podium place based on points accrued from both heats.
With inconsistent braking performance ironed-out overnight, Molly Taylor and co-driver Malcolm Read, showed renewed confidence in the turbocharged All-Wheel Drive Production Rally Car (PRC) class Subaru, prepared by Les Walkden Rallying.
In the second round of the 2018 CAMS Australian Rally Championship, Taylor and Read started Heat 2 last night with a fifth place on the 5.28 kilometre run through Barnard Park, Busselton.
Back in the forests outside Nannup this morning, the pair rocketed to third on SS12, the 17.46 km Brockman 1.
This afternoon’s final three stages produced improving sixth, fifth and third places respectively, again demonstrating the improved performance.
Molly said: “It’s great to be back on the podium – a first time for Malcolm since he joined the team! We picked up a lot of pace today after the LWR crew made a couple of tweaks last night. That gave us a lot more confidence, which was reflected in our improved times today. We had one scary moment when a big kangaroo went in front of us on this morning’s second stage, but fortunately we missed it, unlike our last encounter in Ballarat. All-in-all, we kept it clean this weekend and the points help build our Championship momentum going into Canberra.”
Tomorrow (April 30) marks the 15th Anniversary of the passing of late Subaru rally legend Possum Bourne and in tribute to his significant achievements, Malcolm Read was sporting a Possum-inspired moustache over the weekend.
Bourne was a seven-time consecutive Australian Rally Champion with Subaru from 1996 to 2002. He was also a five-time winner of Forest Rally in WA.