Two second fastest stage times at today’s Mahindra Gold Rush Rally Coromandel were encouraging recognitions of the speed Emma Gilmour’s Vantage Windows and Doors Suzuki Swift is able to achieve.
Although a failed master switch in stage four meant an overall result was not possible, Emma has many positives to take away from her first time rallying in the Whitianga-based event.
“We had some really good pace, although it was a shame that we couldn’t keep challenging for a top finish due to about 15 minutes we lost in stage four. We were lucky the team could give us instructions via phone on how to get it going again,” Emma says.
Emma’s first second place finish came on stage five where she and co-driver Anthony McLoughlin came within a whisker (1.1secs) of winning the 22.98km Tapu Coroglen test.
The second runner-up stage result was in the eighth test Ernslaw 11.10km, which gave Emma her first power stage points for the season.
“We’ve been working on trying to maximize the slow corner performance to overcome the lesser torque of the 1600cc engine. The stages were tight today and we really nailed a faster pace,” Emma says.
Her impressions after her debut in the nine-stage Coromandel event were enthusiastic.
“It was a really well run rally and the community really gets behind it, which was great. The roads were really nice – just magic.”
There is one round remaining in the NZRC, Rally Wairarapa on October 3.