Subaru driver Emma Gilmour has been taken to hospital for treatment following a major crash in today’s second leg of the Whangarei Rally. Her injuries have been described as not serious.
May 13, 2007, 1.30pm. Emma Gilmour escaped major injury in a big crash on Special Stage 12, the final morning test of today’s second leg of the Hella Lights Whangarei Rally.
She has been taken to Whangarei Hospital with injuries described as Category 3. She is understood to have hit her head hard as the Vantage Subaru Impreza WRX STi plunged down a bank.
Organisers sent in a rescue helicopter after co-driver Glenn Macneall displayed the SOS sign on the car’s road book.
Several drivers stopped at the scene, and the organisers decided to abandon the test because the road was blocked by the stopped cars.
First to stop was reigning champion Richard Mason (Subaru WRX) who was limping out of the test after an incident in which he hit some rocks, and severely damaged the driver’s side of the car.
Mason said that if he had been running at rally speed he wouldn’t have seen where Gilmour’s car had left the road.
Mason’s car had de-arranged toe-out and needed a complete wheel alignment at the Whangarei service park.
Gilmour had won the preceding stage, by three-tenths of a second from Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8 driver Hayden Paddon who leads the NZ Championship section of the rally which is also a part of the Asia-Pacific championship.
Paddon won the NZ section of yesterday’s first leg, and leads today’s stages overall, from Asia-Pacific champion Cody Crocker (Subaru Impreza WRX STi).
Sam Murray is third in the Fram WRX STi.
Mitsubishi Lancer drivers Dylan Turner, Nathan Thomas and Stewart Taylor are the next NZ championship runners.
– Mike Stock in Whangarei.