New Zealand female Rally driver Emma Gilmour is set to join fellow Kiwi Rhys Millen for a full 2014 Global RallyCross programme with Hyundai.
Hyundai Motor America in conjunction with Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) has announced that the two drivers will join forces for the 10 rounds of the 2014 Global RallyCross Championship (GRC) series. The duo is set to drive the RMR prepared Hyundai Veloster 4WD SuperCars.
“It really is a dream come true. Going to America to race in a professional series with a professional team like Rhys Millen Racing is hard to believe. I have to keep pinching myself to remind myself it isn’t a dream. I am so excited about the opportunity and the new challenge of learning Rallycross. It’s a true privilege to be the first female driver in the GRC series. Also to be joining Australia’s Sarah Burgess [the lady Drifter is expected to race in a Chevrolet Sonic/Aveo RS SuperCar] in making history as the first female X Games Rally car drivers, racing against men, is a great honour,” Gilmour said.
Not only will Emma be the first female to compete in the dirt-and tarmac-based circuits throughout North America but she will also be one of the first two women to race in the action sports phenomenon, the X-Games, in June.
For an elated Gilmour, the announcement is the pinnacle high of her already successful driving career.
Along with her 10-race GRC schedule, Emma is still looking forward to competing in the six-round New Zealand Rally Championship, in the radical, home-built Suzuki Swift Maxi she debuted last season.
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