Getting sideways in the gravel of Seattle

Getting sideways in the gravel of Seattle

Revelling in the familiarity of getting to grips with gravel, Dunedin-based rally driver Emma Gilmour says she enjoyed the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship’s (GRC) penultimate round in Seattle.

Held at the DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, the circuit was about 10-15% dusty tarmac and the rest was a familiar favourite of Gilmour.

“It was a predominantly gravel track. I was allowed to drive rally-style, which of course I loved!” she says.

In the last chance qualifier (LCQ) Gilmour found herself mixing it up with the other seven drivers, who included her team boss Rhys Millen, also driving a Hyundai Veloster Turbo, plus Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross’ Scott Speed.

“I missed out in the LCQ. It was tough with eight cars going for four spots with only four laps and a lot of dust. I still raced well, had fun, and kept with them all the time.”

In the final, three-time European rallycross champion Sverre Isachsen scored Subaru Rally Team USA’s first-ever Red Bull Global Rallycross victory.

Gilmour says that her Veloster ran almost faultlessly all weekend helping her ever-improving speed curve. She says she also appreciated her growing fan base in the crowd, who flocked to her for autographs after each race.

Between now and the GRC’s final round in Las Vegas on November 5, Gilmour says she plans to have her Suzuki Swift Maxi back on the road in Dunedin, and out for some testing.

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