Despite a massive accident that wrote off her ex-Subaru Rally Team Australia Impreza WRX in last weekend’s Whangarei Rally in New Zealand’s north island, Kiwi rally star Emma Gilmour is hopeful of lining up in the next round of the national championship, in three weeks time.

Gilmour has spoken about the crash which destroyed her car, and admits that she was simply going too fast for the corner where she went off the road.

“We came over a crest flat in fifth gear and turn into a ‘right 6’. All of a sudden we ran out of road and rolled our first tumble. At this point I shut my eyes and hoped for the best,” Gilmour said.

“I was aware of the first couple of rolls but then all I recall is sitting on the grass bank beside our wrecked rally car after the accident. During the accident the car end for ended a couple of times, cleared a farm access track, a farmer’s fence and finished up a couple of hundred metres away from the point it left the road.

“Glenn (Macneall) was conscious through the entire ordeal and helped me out of the car once we came to a stop. I was knocked around a bit, more as my seat broke loose at the front, although I think it was the first impact of my head hitting the roll cage that knocked me out,” she explained.

“When you look at the damage that the car suffered we were very lucky to walk away unharmed. Unfortunately our car is a write off. Although there will be some salvageable parts from the wreck, we now need to start again with a new car.”

The next round of the New Zealand Rally Championship is looming fast, but Gilmour and her enthusiastic team are hoping to have another car ready by then, but she admits that a lot of things will need to go right between now and then.

“I am very lucky to have a great group of people around me that seem to think that it is possible, although it is going to take an awful lot of money to make it happen,” Gilmour said.

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