All-women team eighth in Wales

 

Otago driver Emma Gilmour experienced everything the wet roads had to throw at her to achieve a top-10 result at the Cambrian Rally in Wales at the weekend.

Gilmour and Scottish co-driver Claire Mole, reunited in a rally car after an eight-year hiatus, finished eighth overall in a Ford Fiesta R5 MkII at the challenging event.

Emma Gilmour. PHOTO: ODT FILES
Emma Gilmour. PHOTO: ODT FILES

The Cambrian Rally comprised the final round of three local championships and the British Rally Championship.

The Gilmour-Mole campaign could not have got off to a worse start, as their rental car broke down before the recce of the seven-stage, 70km rally.

It was the first time in the pair’s combined 50 years of competing that this misfortune had occurred, and it meant that “the first time we saw the stages was when we were racing on them”, Gilmour said.

“It wasn’t ideal. The two-pass recce is crucial for getting a feel for the stages. Not being able to drive through them certainly put us on the back foot.

‘‘However, we didn’t dwell on it. We created pace notes off a video, which I’ve never done before, and we went out and gave it our best shot.’’

Heavy rain before the northern Wales event meant the predominantly forestry-based stages were extremely technical and were damaged quickly.

Gilmour described them as “slippery, slimy and greasy, with lots of standing water and puddles.”

“The roads were very challenging and as our notes weren’t 100%, it was difficult for Claire.

‘‘As I got more comfortable in the car later in the day, the road conditions were worsening, and I had a pretty decent spin. At that point I thought, I should just get the R5 home safely.

“Despite the inauspicious start, I really enjoyed competing with Claire again and loved driving the impressive R5. Martin Wilkinson and CA1 Sport did a great job running it for us.

‘‘All in all, it was an incredible experience and I’m so glad I did it.

‘‘I’m hoping we did a good enough job and showed what an all-women team can achieve. I’d love to do some more rallying again soon in this stunning part of the world.’’

Comments

Congratulations on a great performance Emma ... next time, employ me to make tea and coffee (AKA, a KB) and you'll be bound to stand centre podium !!!

Just a mere male, LOL

 

 

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