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Emma Gilmour commits to full NZ Rally Championship 

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Following several seasons interrupted by international driving commitments, Dunedin rally driver Emma Gilmour will contest the full six-round 2024 Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC).

Having made the decision to step away from the Extreme E series last year, in which she drove for McLaren, Emma is looking forward to enjoying her first complete domestic rally season since 2018.

“I am thrilled to be getting back out on the amazing New Zealand rally roads again. After three years travelling the world driving in Extreme E events for NEOM McLaren, and Covid interrupting the 2020 season, it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to look forward to a start-to-finish New Zealand championship!” Emma says.

Piloting her Vantage Windows & Doors WRC2 C3 rally car, her campaign will comprise tried and proven components, with an exciting new addition. Sitting next to Emma this season will be her new co-driver Palmerston North’s Katrina Renshaw.

“I’m looking forward to working with Katrina over the NZRC rounds. She’s an up-and-coming co-driver, who has done really well over the past few seasons with different drivers, so it will be exciting to see what we can achieve together. We had our first competitive outing over the weekend in the Eastern Southland Car Club’s Popotunoa Rallysprint, where we finished in a close second place. It was so good to be back in the car and it was a real pleasure working with Katrina. I think we’ll have a lot of fun competing together,” Emma says. Katrina first met Emma in 2019 at the Motorsport New Zealand Elite Academy in Dunedin.

“I was incredibly fortunate to have a few mentoring sessions with her back then and the valuable advice Emma shared with me has been top of mind for me during every rally since,” Katrina says. She has been co-driving since 2018 and stepped up to navigating for R5/Rally2 (NZRC Category 1) drivers from 2020. 

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“I’m very excited to work with Emma and the Paddon Rallysport team and look forward to the season ahead in the C3. It’s a stunning car! Emma is and always has been an excellent ambassador for our sport and I am very proud to be rallying with such a dedicated team,” Katrina says.

The 2024 NZ Rally Championship begins with Emma’s hometown event and the traditional season-opening Otago Rallyon 13-14 April. Rally South Canterbury follows, a month earlier than usual, on 11 May.
The Southern Lights Rally will take place in Southland on 22 June before a nearly three-month mid-year break.
The North Island rounds begin on 14 September with the Daybreaker Rally based out of the Manawatu, while Rally Bay of Plenty returns on 5 October.