Taylor confirmed for 2022 Dakar Rally debut

Molly Taylor (center) with Nico Rosberg and Extreme-E team-mate Johan Kristoffersson. Image: Sam Bloxham

Australian championship rally winner Molly Taylor has announced that she will compete in the Dakar Rally next year.

Taylor will be the first woman from Australia to take part in the legendary event in Saudi Arabia on four wheels.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the 33-year-old had a busy year in 2021 when he competed in the first Extreme E-Series with Rosberg X Racing.

Taylor has also participated in select FIA World Rally Championship events, including Rally Finland with M-Sport.

“To be honest, it was just a dream come true,” said Taylor of her upcoming Dakar debut.

“I’ve followed the Dakar for as long as I can remember. Every January we sit down and watch the two weeks of the fantastic Dakar adventure.

“To actually have the chance to drive yourself, you say, ‘One day I’ll do Dakar,’ and it’s very exciting that it’s so close to the action.”

Taylor will travel to the UK for the final round of Extreme E she currently leads on December 18-19, before stepping up preparations for the Dakar Rally.

The prologue begins on January 1st with the start and the first stage a day later before it ends on January 14th.

Taylor said she was dying to return to the northern hemisphere to finish the year.

“The Extreme E-Series has been fantastic this year and it’s just an amazing, new, innovative championship to go to these remote places and race in these nearly two-ton electric SUVs and really get involved with climate change and to be able to be an influence on that side too – and to work with Nico Rosberg and all the drivers and Johan Kristoffersson, my team-mate, three-time rallycross world champion, so it’s been an amazing year, “said Taylor.

“It’s been a roller coaster ride and I’ve literally lived out of my suitcase for the past six months and moved from place to place. It was an adventure, that’s for sure. But tonight I plan to go home and go to my bed for the first time in six months. That’ll be nice too. “

Taylor won’t be the only Australian to compete in the Dakar Rally in 2022.

KTM rider Toby Price will return next year, as will Daniel Sanders, who will drive for GasGas.

Andrew Houlihan will drive a new KTM 450 rally at the Crown Jewels Offroad Event.

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