Emma Gilmour ready for X Games tilt

Emma Gilmour

Emma Gilmour

Emma Gilmour’s international driving career takes another exhilarating turn this weekend when she competes in the X Games at Austin, Texas, in the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship (GRC).

Gilmour and Australia’s Sarah Burgess are among the first females to drive at the X Games in this fast and furious discipline, where they will be taking on some of the world’s best known performance drivers including Ken Block and Travis Pastrana.

“It is hugely exciting to be competing as one of the first women at the X Games in rallycross and paving the way for others in the future. On a personal level, it is such an amazing opportunity and I feel so fortunate to be driving at this event,” Gilmour said.

The Dunedin-based rally driver can’t wait to have a second run in her 600hp Rhys Millen Racing Hyundai Veloster Turbo rallycross car, which she debuted at the opening round in Barbados last month.

Her team will be hard at work on it when she arrives in Texas this week, as there is a quick turn-around between the cars being shipped in from the previous round and needing to be ready for Friday’s practise sessions.

Gilmour is yet to set eyes on the X Games’ host venue at the state-of-the-art Circuit of the Americas but is encouraged by the layout.

“The track looks like it has a lot more dirt this time, which will suit us a lot better.”

Racing in front of a potential capacity crowd of 120,000, Gilmour and the GRC competitors will be hitting two jumps this round – one at around 90km/h and another at about 140km/h.

After her debut in the competitive GRC last month, Gilmour is aiming to keep improving and to continue working her way up the steep learning curve.

Gilmour left New Zealand on Tuesday night and will have practice, qualifying and heats on Friday, before the final on Saturday (US time).