The pair’s Production Rally Car (PRC) class All-Wheel Drive WRX STI has proven a potent package in pre-event testing and the prospect of performing on an international stage – the rally is also the second round of the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship – has the team fully focused on another podium finish.
With 17 ARC cars currently on the entry list – and a further seven APRC - Molly says she expects a strong four-way competition involving championship leader Nathan Quinn and arch rivals Harry Bates and Eli Evans.
Molly said: “Heat one on Saturday brings some new challenges, with one all-new stage and all the others running in the opposite direction to last year, so the same but different!
“It means that effectively about half the rally is different to last year in some form.
“The two heats are also like doing completely different events, with Saturday generally being fast and flowing and Sunday’s Heat Two more technical, twisty and narrow.
“Other than winning the championship at Coffs Harbour last November, Forest Rally was our best since joining the series and we’re very keen to maintain the momentum.
“There’s a good vibe right across the Les Walkden Rally team, which prepares the car, so we’re feeling excited and positive going into Canberra.”
The National Capital Rally covers 14 competitive stages, with eight on Saturday’s Heat One across 54.05 competitive kilometres and six on Heat Two across 60.46 kilometres.