Gilmour gets SportingTrophy International wildcard place in Shootout.

Gilmour gets SportingTrophy International wildcard place in Shootout.

04.12.2006: Gilmour gets SportingTrophy International wildcard place in Shootout.

Kiwi rally driver Emma Gilmour has been awarded the Fiesta SportingTrophy International wildcard place in the Fiesta SportingTrophy Shootout to be held at M-Sportís base at Cockermouth in Cumbria on December 5-6.

Gilmour is 26 and comes from the north island of New Zealand where she is a regular rally competitor. Her wildcard place means she will compete against 24 other Fiesta SportingTrophy competitors for the prize of a 12 month contract at M-Sport.

OMV ADAC Rallye Deutschland and Neste Oil Rally Finland were the two FSTi events where Gilmour impressed the M-Sport judging panel of Malcolm Wilson, John Steele, Andrew Wheatley and Stella Boyles.

"Emma was chosen because of the fastest stage times she achieved in Finland," said M-Sport boss, Malcolm Wilson. "These were particularly impressive as she entered the series half-way through."

The Fiesta SportingTrophy Shootout is a two-day competition is by invitation for drivers in the Fiesta SportingTrophy International and national Fiesta SportingTrophy championships. The top two drivers in the national championships plus one wildcard entry are invited as well as the top three and a wildcard from the international series, meaning 25 contenders reach Cumbria for this tough competition.

"Itís a excellent opportunity for me and Iím really pleased to be chosen," said Gilmour. "Itís a silver lining after a really tough weekend for me on Wales Rally GB and I canít wait to look around M-Sport. Itís going to be a tough ask going against all the other competitors from around the world but Iíll give it my best shot."

Held on December 5-6, the two-day Shootout will consist of physical, psychological and media tests before testing the competitors driving skills at the Greystoke forest stage before the top five are selected for probably their toughest test; an interview with M-Sport boss Malcolm Wilson.

The winner of the Shootout will be announced at the end of the second day. The prize consists of a 12 month contract with M-Sport encompassing various roles pursuant to developing the competitorís rally skill set and including shakedown runs in the Ford Focus WRC and Ford Fiesta S1600, 12 monthsí use of an apartment at Cockermouth, and attendance on WRC events working with the weather crews.

The Shootout will be filmed for broadcast around the world.

 

- Stella Boyles -

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04.12.2006 / MaP

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