Gilmour targeting strong LA finish

Gilmour targeting strong LA finish

Kiwi rally driver Emma Gilmour is looking to maximise the extra seat time at the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship’s (GRC) only double-header round of the season, in Los Angeles, this weekend.

Gilmour is the sole female racing and has only four rounds left to show her speed in the 10-round series and secure a return drive for 2015.

Shakedown this week in her Rhys Millen Racing (RMR) Hyundai Veloster Turbo went positively, with Gilmour further fine-tuning the car.

“I’ve made a few changes with my setup to match changes Rhys Millen has found to improve performance. Hopefully it will keep the same momentum going for our team after his win at the last round in Florida.”

Gilmour also had some more driver coaching with Millen, which gave her technique a boost.

“It was really good to sit beside him in shakedown and learn a few new tricks.”

Both RMR drivers will be mindful of looking after their Hyundais over the two days of racing on Saturday and Sunday – which count as rounds seven and eight on the schedule – instead of the traditional one day.

The nine-turn, 940m water front course at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro features all of the GRC series’ signature elements. A wide start takes drivers into a sweeping first corner. After a sealed section with corners of increasing technicality, drivers encounter a dirt section, with the joker lane breaking away in turn six and allowing drivers to bypass the jump. The Los Angeles joker lane will take drivers through the final three turns of the course, making it the longest joker segment of the season.

Millen’s Super-car class will see the return of Travis Pastrana, who last competed at X Games Austin in June, to Subaru Rally Team USA. He joins a field of GRC regulars, including points leader Nelson Piquet Jr., X-Games Austin gold medallist Scott Speed, two-time series champion Tanner Foust, and Ken Block, who enters the event with three consecutive podium finishes.

In her debut GRC season, Gilmour says she has enjoyed some great tussles with these big-name drivers and is looking forward to mixing it up with them on a GRC circuit again.

“My aim for the weekend is to keep improving and to really finish the season strongly over these next four rounds.

Her popularity with the fans is high with Gilmour currently in second place in the Red Bull GRC fan favourite driver of the year award.

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