Photo credit Nigel Browne
Making history as the first woman to race in the Red Bull Global Rally Cross, Emma Gilmour is no stranger to Rally. She lined up against some of biggest names in racing at the first round in Barbados and managed to do her native New Zealand proud.
As an accomplished performance rally driver she has teamed up with Rhys Millen Racing to contest the GRC series in Hyundai Veloster for the year which will include X-Games in Austin Texas this summer.
“Although we had small mechanical issues all weekend I still got the opportunity to keep improving my driving in the super fast, competitive GRC format.”Qualifying 12th, Emma continued to improve her lap times and focus on getting much needed experience in the new car and also getting used to the different format and rules of GRC. It will be exciting to see Emma hopefully make it to the final event in the following rounds.
“I learned heaps and kept improving throughout the practise, qualifying and heats. Despite the racing being a big learning curve, I really enjoyed it. I can’t wait for the next round at the X Games in Austin Texas on June 7.”
Dunedin-based Emma is now looking forward to getting back into her Vantage-sponsored Suzuki Swift Maxi for the next round of the Brian Green Property New Zealand Rally Championship, driven by VINZ event at the Canterbury Rally June 1 and 2.
EMMA GILMOUR’S 2014 GLOBAL RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
• May 17-18: Barbados, Top Gear Festival.
• June 7: Austin, X-Games.
• June 21-22: Washington.
• July 19-20: New York.
• July 25-26: Charlotte.
• August 2-3: Detroit.
• August 22-23: Daytona.
• September 19-20: San Pedro.
• September 26-27: Seattle.
• November 5: Las Vegas.