Gilmour has solid start to season

Gilmour_Whangarei2015_Copyright GEOFF RIDDER

Emma Gilmour in action on the Whangarei roads. Photo: Geoff Ridder

Dunedin’s Emma Gilmour ended leg two of the International Rally of Whangarei in third place today in her Suzuki Swift Maxi. It was a welcome boost after a tiny part broke off the alternator at the start of special stage nine on leg one yesterday. It left the Suzuki’s battery unable to hold the charge and ended Emma’s opening day early.

“Star co-driver Anthony [McLoughlin] jimmied it on to get us started but unfortunately it failed for good at the stage end. It was a very disappointing finish for the team after a solid day where we kept making progress,” Emma says.

The Suzuki was on form today however, finishing in the top five in all six stages and Emma says it responded well to the set up changes her team had made overnight.

“The car went awesome, it ran faultlessly really. We had a huge amount of fun on some of the best rallying roads in the world.”

American rally star Ken Block won the New Zealand Rally Championship category ahead of Auckland’s Ben Hunt and Rangiora’s Matt Summerfield.

Pairing up again with McLoughlin – he and Gilmour rallied together in 2012 – was successful and Emma had nothing but praise for his pace note reading role.

“Huge thanks to Anthony and our team, Lindsay, Mike, Glen and Lane and to my amazing sponsors,” Emma says.

Heading into her home event the Rally of Otago next month (May 9 to 10), Emma’s car is in good shape and her confidence is high about what it can achieve on home turf.

Emma would like to thank her sponsors Vantage Windows& Doors, Suzuki NZ, Metalman NZ, Rothbury Insurance Brokers, PPG Paint, Castrol, Dunlop, Hella, Vortex Racewear, Interislander, NGK Spark Plugs, Custom Signs, Modena Race Gears plus new sponsor Koba Batteries supporting the team again.

 

Emma’s 2015 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship calendar:

Rally of Whangarei, 18-19 April
Rally of Otago, 9-10 May
Canterbury Rally, 31 May
Rally Gisborne, 27 June
Rally Coromandel, 22 August
Rally Wairarapa, 3 October

       

About The Author

Event & Series Updates

 

New Zealand Rally Championship

16 hours 42 minutes ago

Who were the performers to fly under the radar at Hawke's Bay? nzrallychamps.co.nz/star-performers-our-unsung-heroes-from-hawkes-bay/ 📷 Geoff Ridder Thanks to sponsors Brian Green Property Group, HELLA Dunlop Tyres Australia & New Zealand and Omega Rental Cars Ltd #NZRC #rallyhawkesbay2021

New Zealand Rally Championship

1 day 8 hours ago

#Secretweapon - Kingsley Jones had the Auckland Denture Clinic R5 Skoda NZ flying over the weekend, so we sent Budgie on a mission to find out what the story was.... #NZRC #Rockstars #BrianGreenPropertyGroup #DrivenByDunlop #Dunlop #Hella #SafetyDayLights #HellaMoments #OmegaRentalCars #UpFrontAndHonest #Rally #WRC

New Zealand Rally Championship

1 day 14 hours ago

Who gave who a love nudge out of frustration? What were the firsts in Wairoa on Saturday and what happened to poor old Don Brunt when he went for a quiet beer Saturday night? nzrallychamps.co.nz/from-the-service-park-rally-hawkes-bay/ Thanks to sponsors Brian Green Property Group, HELLA Dunlop Tyres Australia & New Zealand and

New Zealand Rally Championship

3 days 4 hours ago

ABOUT THE NZRC

 
The New Zealand Rally Championship is this country’s premier nationwide rally championship. It attracts New Zealand’s best drivers to compete in numerous categories for the prestigious MotorSport New Zealand-sanctioned rally championship titles. In 2019, there are six NZRC rounds, each with a unique character reflecting the diverse regions – from Northland to Otago.