After an impressive debut in the Greenland round of the Extreme E series, Dunedin’s Emma Gilmour will be back at it again at round four in Italy.
Driving for Veloce Racing alongside Stéphane Sarrazin, Gilmour filled in for regular driver, Jamie Chadwick, who had other race duties.
However, her impressive performance will now see her contesting the Italian round in Sardinia, from October 23 and 24.
“Nooo – but yes – but nooooo!! Gave up my carefully planned and early booked MIQ spot today,” Gilmour told her social media followers last week.
“Excited to be staying and racing again – but sad that I’m not seeing home for a while longer.”
Gilmour has been based in England since arriving in Europe.
Her performance in Greenland for the Veloce team, which is headed by Formula 1 design guru, Adrian Newey, and and former F1 driver, Jean-Éric Vergne, drew plenty of praise from team management.
“Emma did an incredible job in her first weekend of Extreme E and both the drivers put the car exactly where it needed to be every step of the way,” Team Principal, Rupert Svendsen-Cook, said.
Gilmour initially led her semi-final race ahead of two-time World Rally Champion, Carlos Sainz. She then made a small error in a narrow, uphill section of the course.
While Sainz pulled away up front, the Kiwi was able to pull a gap on Cristina Gutierrez and held a four second margin heading into the driver swap.
Sarrazin pushed hard on his lap, but broke the car’s suspension and the pair missed the final.
Nevertheless, they are now seventh in the nine-team championship, and well within striking distance of the teams in front of them.
“I still have room for improvement, but for the task that I had, it was always going to be a big ask with so little time in the car,” Gilmour said.
“Even just little things like the driver switch take a lot of getting used to, but I think Stéphane and I worked really well together.”
That experience will be critical heading to Italy next month, an event that replaces the originally planned event in Brazil, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Latin America.
The team’s regular female driver, Chadwick, is unavailable for the Italian round for the Extreme E series because of a clash of dates with the 2021 W Series competing at COTA in the US, which she also competes in. With two rounds remaining, Chadwick leads the all-female series by seven points, ahead of fellow Brit Alice Powell.
Extreme E Championship Standings after 3 of 5 rounds:
1/ Rosberg X Racing (Johan Kristoffersson / Molly Taylor) 93 points
2/ X44 (Sébastien Loeb / Cristina Gutiérrez) 84 points
3/ Andretti United Extreme E (Timmy Hansen / Catie Munnings) 76 points
4/ JBXE (Jenson Button / Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky) 68 points
5/ ACCIONA | Sainz XE Team (Carlos Sainz / Laia Sanz) 61 points
6/ ABT CUPRA XE (Mattias Ekström / Jutta Kleinschmidt) 54 points
7/ Veloce Racing (Stéphane Sarrazin / Emma Gilmour)49 points
8/ XITE ENERGY RACING powered by myenergi (Oliver Bennett / Christine GZ) 47 points
9/ SEGI TV Chip Ganassi Racing (Kyle LeDuc / Sara Price) 40 points