Tenacious Tassie Teamwork Pays Off For Subaru do

2019 Subaru Rally Tasmania 3Subaru do Motorsport team has claimed overall second place in Subaru Rally Tasmania, following a day of challenges that proved the value of technical expertise, adaptability, teamwork and driver focus.

Third place on today’s Heat 2 was sufficient to secure overall second for the weekend, after yesterday’s second place on Heat 1.

Importantly, today’s podium placing – the second consecutive for Molly Taylor and co-driver Malcolm Read – secures their overall second place in the 2019 CAMS Australian Rally Championship, at the halfway point of the season.

2019 Launceston Rally car

In the Orange Motorsport-prepared Subaru All-Wheel Drive WRX STI, Taylor and Read produced a blindingly quick final stage, to also deny Championship leader Harry Bates a clean sweep of the weekend stages in his Toyota Yaris.

The Subaru do achievement was all the more impressive given challenges this morning that threatened to erode their gains.

The day again started in icy conditions, albeit with grip less compromised than yesterday morning.

A second place on today’s first stage, SS12, maintained the weekend theme.

But trouble struck for Subaru do on SS13, the day’s equal shortest at 12.44 kilometres, when front control arm damage early on, cost valuable seconds, relegating Taylor and Read to fifth on the stage and fourth overall.

It emerged that the control arm bent on impact with an unseen object, also chafing a brake pipe.

Quick-thinking from nimble co-driver Read provided a temporary fix that saw them nurse the car through the equal longest stage, 23.71 km Lonestar Range 1; to finish fourth, ahead of a valuable service stop.

The locally based Orange Motorsport crew, under the guidance of Team Principal, Craig Brooks, earned their keep over the following 30 minutes, to despatch the ‘Rex back out fully functioning for the final three stages.

Taylor and Read’s big thank you to Orange was evident in their subsequent times: improvements on the repeats of each respective morning run.

Two second places, then a hard-earned first on the lengthy SS17, bettered their morning run on Lonestar by more than 40 seconds.

It was a statement of intent that will make the balance of the season a must-watch.

Molly said: “Today once again underlines the value of teamwork and every individual in it.

2019 Launceston Rally car

“The Orange crew did a fantastic job to repair the damage from SS13, after Malcolm did an equally fantastic job in finding a quick fix to get us through the following stage.

“It was then up to us to ensure we finished the first half of the season in a strong position that really gives us every opportunity to push further.

“It was a great run across the weekend for Harry, but we were also very happy to take out the final stage, which adds to our growing confidence for the next round in Ballarat.

“We’re really looking forward to the second half and can see there’s every chance that we can push further towards title contention.”

*Subject to CAMS confirmation

Heat 2

  1. BATES/McCARTHY, Toyota Yaris AP4, 58:35.1
  2. BATES/McLOUGHLIN, Toyota Yaris AP4, 59:35.9, +01:00.8
  3. TAYLOR/READ, Subaru WRX STI, 59:47.1, +01:12.0


  1. Forest Rally, Busselton, WA – 5-7 April
  2. National Capital Rally, Canberra, ACT – 10-11 May
  3. Subaru Rally Tasmania, Launceston, TAS – 21-23 June
  4. Eureka Rally, Ballarat, VIC – 24-25 August
  5. Adelaide Hills Rally, Adelaide Hills, SA – 20-22 September
  6. Rally Australia, Coffs Harbour, NSW – 15-17 November
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Rob Fraser – General dogsbody & Director Rob is the founder of the business. He constantly mutters something about way too many red wines one evening being to blame. Often known for taking the 4WD in the driveway over the sports car, he has travelled pretty much everywhere in Australia and when he is bored goes for a drive. He first learned to drive on the farm in a left hand drive WW11 Jeep when he was 11, and was hooked on 4WDriving way back then. In addition to 4WD he is an avid motoring enthusiast and has maintained a strong interest in the industry ever since his teens. He has owned way too many cars in his time as well. Having previously lived at the top of corporate life he retired in 2000 and hasn’t put a suit and tie on since. Cars are his passion so why not have a business doing what you love he figures. He has towed either a caravan or camper trailer to most parts of Australia, has run guided tours for camper trailers’ and instructed drivers in off road towing.