16 Nov 2009

Broken wrist fails to stop Emma Gilmour

6:50 pm on 16 November 2009

A broken wrist wasn't enough to stop New Zealand's Emma Gilmour from securing runner-up honours in the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship after a determined drive in the series finale in China.

The result's a career-best for Gilmour and the best by a New Zealander in Asia-Pacific rallying since the late Possum Bourne won the APRC nine years ago.

Gilmour started placed third in the series, knowing she had to beat former champion Katsuhiko Taguchi of Japan to move up to second.

After an early engine problem in her Subaru Impreza WRX STI things started to go Gilmour's way when Taguchi's car broke down.

But then a minor pace note error caused a brief off-road excursion on stage two, during which the steering wheel jerked violently, breaking her right wrist.

Gilmour kept going and dropped only one place to finish fifth and was able to hold second overall behind team-mate and the already confirmed series winner Cody Crocker of Australia.