New Zealander Emma Gilmour had a baptism of fire for the first day in her new office as the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship practiced in Barbados ahead of this weekend’s Top Gear Festival.
Gilmour becomes the first female GRC driver this weekend and had a character building day as technical issues in the first session lead to the RMR team having to replace the engine between sessions.
“Well I always knew that my first day in GRC was going to be jumping in the deep end.” admitted Gilmour.
“The RMR boys did a great job fitting a replacement engine this afternoon and I was lucky enough that there ended up being another test session later in the day.”
With a new engine fitted, Gilmour was able to take part in the valuable second session as she learns about the car. “Had a few small issues again but managed to get one clean session in and starting to feel a bit more at home in the car.”
Team-mate and owner Rhys Millen finished the second session in third place, showing the potential of the Hyundai Velostar.
“Rhys was 3rd quickest and I’m a couple of seconds off him, so we’re going to make some changes to my car tonight to make it the same as his. Plenty to think about tonight and im looking forward to continuing the learning curve again tomorrow” she concluded.