Dunedin driver Emma Gilmour will have a new car for the rest of the NZ rally season, and plans to debut it at Wairarapa in two weekends’ time.
May 21, 2007, 3.30pm. Emma Gilmour expects to be on the starting ramp for the Wairarapa Rally at Queens Birthday weekend with a brand-new Subaru Impreza WRX STi.
The car replaces the WRX that was damaged beyond repair in a major crash during the Whangarei Rally two weekends ago.
Gilmour (27) was mildly concussed in the Northland crash.
Her co-driver Glenn Macneall and other members of Gilmour’s team are working flat-out at the Possum Bourne Motorsport workshop in Pukekohe, south of Auckland, building a new car for Wairarapa and the rest of the season.
“The old car is a write-off, but we’ve been very lucky in that there was a fully-prepared shell for a new Impreza rally car sitting at Possum Bourne Motorsport,” Gilmour says.
“It was originally destined for Subaru Australia, but they’ve agreed to let us buy it instead, which has given us a great head start in getting back into action.
“My main sponsor, Craig Vincent of Vantage Aluminium Joinery, has been absolutely instrumental in ensuring all of this has happened.
"Having been Possum’s co-driver, he not only has the right contacts to help, but also knows exactly what it feels like to be a competitor in this situation.
“Basically it’s a case of transferring those things that are salvageable from our wrecked car to the new shell, and replacing those things that can’t be transferred.”
Gilmour says that an early return to the national championship will depend on her recovery continuing as scheduled.
“I’m in regular contact with a doctor who’s an expert in this field. There’s no way I’m going to rush the recovery and get behind the wheel against medical advice. Right now, though, I’m improving day-by-day and am on track to return.”