Dunedin driver Emma Gilmour has won her first stage of the Otago Rally and has moved into the Leg 2 lead, also halving Richard Mason’s lead on combined elapsed time for the two legs.
Dunedin, April 15, 2007, 10.10am. Emma Gilmour has taken the lead of Heat 2 of the Otago rally after winning this morning’s second stage, Akatore1, near Lake Waihola.
Gilmour, who runs second to fellow Subaru Impreza WRX STi driver and Heat 1 winner Richard Mason on overall elapsed time, set a blistering pace to win the stage in 15m 03.3s.
That was 6.8 seconds quicker than her nearest rival, Scotsman Alister McRae (WRX).
Hayden Paddon (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 8) was next quickest, 3.9 seconds behind McRae.
Mason was fourth-fastest, his lowest placing on a gravel stage since the rally began yesterday morning. He was 15.6 seconds slower than Gilmour.
A spokesman for Mason’s team says there was no apparent reason for the slow time.
Dean Sumner was fifth fastest in his Lancer Evo 9, with Chris West next in his older Evo 6.5.
Gilmour now holds a 13.8 second lead in Heat 2, over McRae. Mason is third, 14.6 seconds behind Gilmour who has now cut his overall combined lead to 13.3 seconds.
Sumner is fourth overall in Leg 2, 16 seconds behind Gilmour, with Paddon fifth, another seven-tenths adrift.
West is sixth, 37.4 seconds down on the leader.