Clare and Emma upbeat despite retiral in New Zealand

Emma has set top-three stage times during the competitive debut of her new Suzuki Swift Maxi rally car.
Emma has set top-three stage times during the competitive debut of her new Suzuki Swift Maxi rally car.

Normally, retirement on the final special stage of a rally would leave anyone bitterly disappointed.

However, Paxton co-driver Clare Mole and Dunedin driver Emma Gilmour were unbeat despite retiring their Suzuki Swift Maxir just a few kilometres from the end of the International Rally of Whangarei in New Zealand last weekend.

“As predicted, this event was very much a learning curve with the car,” Gilmour said. “We started off setting times just inside the top ten on leg one before retiring earlier than I would have liked. This season is all about developing the car, while next season is the one in which we will have a really serious crack at the national title with it.”