Molly Taylor joins Shannons television crew

Australian rally star Molly Taylor will embark on a new motorsport challenge in 2020, joining Seven’s coverage of the Shannons Motorsport Australia Championships.

The 2016 Motorsport Australia Rally Champion, who also competed in last year’s edition of the carsales TCR Australia Series, will be seen and heard in the pit lane across the variety of categories featuring on the Seven Network and 7plus coverage.

Taylor joins fellow driver Jack Perkins in the refreshed Championships’ television line-up, who was confirmed last week – with commentary to be led by Greg Rust, Matt Naulty, and Richard Craill.

“I will be part of the presenting team for TCR Australia and the Motorsport Australia Championships, doing the pit lane reporting, which will be a lot of fun,” Taylor told the Australian Racing Group’s Parked Up podcast.

“Racing all comes down to budget, sponsorship, and it’s a moving beast, particularly in the environment we are in now.

“The commentary role isn’t a departure from a rallying career. I’m very much still working on plans for that.

“But there was no TCR racing opportunity this year, so this will be a fantastic experience. Something new and a bit in the deep end.”

Though no stranger to television experience, 2020 will be Taylor’s first full-time commentary role. Taylor was also set to confirm her rallying plans, set to be a combination of events in Australia and abroad – though the COVID-19 pandemic has naturally put her plans on hold.

Taylor hopes her media experience will be beneficial in the long-term, if and when she decides to hang up the helmet.

“It’s all about being involved in the sport, diversifying what my skills are, growing and down the line, I would like to think there’s more opportunities once my racing finishes to be involved in the sport in some ways,” Taylor said.

“I don’t want to get to the stage where I drive, and that’s all I do. When I stop, I want to have something to do. The sport is our passion, so I always want to be involved in some way. Behind the wheel, as long as that is possibly, but still in some way I do want to be involved.”

Motorsport Australia recently confirmed the 2020 calendar will likely run to a revised schedule, with alternate dates being explored for an appropriate return to racing.