Gilmour consolidates third in NZRC
- 19th May 2009, 10:01am
The 29 year old claimed third place behind former national champion Richard Mason and defending national champion Hayden Paddon on Saturdayâ€™s opening leg of the rally, running as high as second overall and winning the leg-ending super special stage along the way.
On Sundayâ€™s second leg Gilmour again found herself shadowing Mason and Paddon in the Group N Production Class, and Andrew Hawkeswood in his more powerful open-class car also came between her and the front of the event.
Gilmourâ€™s chance to regain third overall off Hawkeswood came on the rallyâ€™s final stage, when he lost time after smashing into a gate and badly damaging his car. Unfortunately she too had troubles in the final stage as a problem with her Vantage Team Subaru Impreza WRXâ€™s centre differential worsened.
Despite losing pace because of it, she still managed to set second-fastest time on the last stage to confirm her third placing in the Production Class and fourth placing overall for both the leg and the Otago Rally.
â€œItâ€™s been another solid result which is really important in the context of the championship, though I must admit I was hoping I would be able to push both Richard [Mason] and Hayden [Paddon] a little harder this weekend,â€ Gilmour said.
â€œTo be fair, I did just that on Saturdayâ€™s opening leg, aside from on two stages where a poor tyre choice worked against us; if you look at the times for that day, I was quicker than both of them on three stages, and faster than one or other of them on two more stages.â€
â€œSundayâ€™s stages were far faster than Saturdayâ€™s, and I struggled to find a rhythm early on. I also felt the car wasnâ€™t handling quite right, and while we couldnâ€™t pinpoint the reason at first, it seems now that it may have been the beginnings of the differential problem that became more obvious later.â€
â€œMaybe that cost me one place overall, which is a shame, but since Andrew is in a car that is not eligible to score series points, it meant nothing in terms of the championship.â€
Emma now has three weeks to prepare for the 6-7 June Whangarei Rally, an event which counts towards both her New Zealand and Asia-Pacific championships.
Results: 2009 Rally of Otago
1, R & S Mason (Masterton, Subaru Impreza WRX STI) 1hr 18mins 13.5 secs;
2, H Paddon, J Kennard (Geraldine, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 18.104.22.168;
3, E Gilmour, G Macneall (Hamilton, Subaru Impreza WRX STI) 22.214.171.124;
4, D Sumner, P Fallon (Rotorua, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 126.96.36.199;
5, A Hawkeswood, R Hudson (Alexandra, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 1.19.08.9;
6, G Argyle, T Cox (Palmerston North, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo) 188.8.131.52.
1, Paddon, 1hr09m10.4s; 2, Mason, 1.09.44.9; 3, Hawkeswood, 1.10.01.6; 4, Gilmour, 184.108.40.206; 5, Argyle, 1.11.03.4; 6, Sumner, 220.127.116.11
National Championship Points (after two of five rounds)
1, Mason, 141pts; 2, Paddon, 131; 3, Gilmour, 104; 4, Matt Jansen, 68; 5, Sumner, 65; 6, West, 60.
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