Driving towards a dream

THE best rally cars and drivers in the world will be heading our way later this year but next week one local rally star is jetting out.

Coffs Harbour’s Rebecca Smart is heading to the UK to make her debut in the World Rally Championship. The 24-year-old local and Sydney’s Molly Taylor will be competing in the FIA World Rally Championship Academy, a specially tailored training program aimed at steering young drivers to the elite level of the sport.

“These opportunities really are a once-in-a-lifetime thing. When you love rallying, the chance to compete in the WRC, the absolute pinnacle of the sport, is just a dream,” said Rebecca who finished second in the 2010 Australian Rally Championship.

Rebecca and Molly face a hectic six rounds of the world championship and selected rounds of the British and European rally series’.

“I have a couple of days to get over the flight and then we’re going testing my first weekend there (February 19-20).”

Rebecca started watching rallies with her brother at the age of 12 before they decided to launch into the sport in 2007 with a car they bought on eBay!



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