Emma Gilmour, New Zealand’s own talented Rallycross Championship contender missed out on the big time over the weekend of August 23.
Held at the Daytona International Speedway, which is close to double the length of the average Global Rallycross track, Emma placed fifth, one place lower than she needed to make it into the finals.
Although disappointing for Emma and the crew, the competition was immensely fierce, going up against drivers such as Joni Wiman, Sverre Isachsen, Scott Speed, and the international Gymkhana celebrity, Ken Block. “It was unfortunate that these guys hadn’t qualified earlier as they are all round winners and podium placers from previous rounds, so it made for a tough LCQ,” Emma says.
The Hyundai Veloster Emma was competing in was said to be more than up to the task, however a touch of bad luck was what ended the success. “I had to reverse and ended up last in the semi-final, which meant I was in the LCQ. That’s the nature of the beast though, sometimes you just need a bit of luck. The car speed was there, we just need to keep working on it.
“I am happy with the way I drove this weekend and enjoyed the racing. It’s just a bit frustrating to have not made the final.”
Team boss and racer Rhys Millen claimed his first Global Rallycross Championship win over the weekend. Rhys was also running a Hyundai Veloster and proved just how competitive the lightweight, turbocharged chassis can be.
The next Global Rallycross Championship round will take place September 20–21 in Los Angeles.
For more info on the series and to check results head to: redbullglobalrallycross.com
The state of competitive drifting in New Zealand, and indeed the world, is undergoing change as the gap grows between what made the sport so popular in the first place, its accessibility, and the competitive corporate world of competition. What was once a very blurred line is now growing into a very defined one. With the current top crop setting the pace of vehicle development at an astonishing rate, and those looking to get into the sport thinking they need a $150,000 vehicle to do so, it was a breath of fresh air to sit down with freshly-crowned D1NZ Pro-Am champion Vincent Langhorn, and find out that standing atop the Pro-Am podium is not all about keeping up with the Joneses.
The very laid-back and humble Vincent has competed for three seasons now, and after taking a second at Taupo in the 2012–2013 season, this time he saw two firsts, along with a string of high qualifying positions, to win the championship by four points. He was up against some stiff competition, and for the most part was doing it off his own back and out of his own wallet, building and maintaining his car in his parents’ shed.
We sat down with him to see what, if anything, will change heading into his rookie Pro championship season.
Nick and Peter from North Shore Toyota have organized two events for everyone in the automotive scene to take part in. The team’s previous events have always been a major hit and have received massive turnouts — these two will be no different.
Nick will be hosting the AltezzaClub track day down at Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park, September 5. The club have allowed 35 cars to take part on the day, this ensures everybody gets the max amount of time possible out on the race track.
“Our annual track day is a yearly, non-competitive (although at the end of the day it tends to get that way) outing for beginners and seasoned racers to get out on the track and have some fun in a no-pressure environment. Anybody with any car can join, it isn’t strictly Altezzas on the day,” Nick tells us. With only 15 spaces left to be filled, get in quick. With members attending from all over the country, the track day is the highlight of the Altezza Annual Megameet. Last year was the club’s biggest turnout — the club went jetboating, quad biking and stretched the legs on their much-loved Altezzas.
New Zealand Performance Car Magazine was started back in 1996 during the infancy of the local import performance car scene. 18 years on, 214 monthly issues published and countless specials and yearbooks along the way and we are still going strong. Issue 214 marks a new era in the look and feel of NZPC, and what better way to break-in the new look than with a look-back at the evolution of cover. The cars, the shows, the girls and the design approach have seen such a massive transformation over that period. The new issue drops on in-stores on Monday 25 , so keep an eye out in-stores!