Top Kiwi rally driver prepares for the desert

Top Kiwi rally driver prepares for the desert

She's a Kiwi rally ace and she's about to head to Qatar to learn the intricacies of desert driving.

Emma Gilmour is practicing by putting her Suzuki Swift through its paces in a Waikato forestry block in preparation.

The desert is punishing for cars, for the drivers and it's the result of a worldwide search for the world's top female drivers by world rally authorities.

It is a rare honour, and a world away from what she's used to.

The event starts in November, so for Gilmour there will be a few more chances to hone her skills in local conditions.

Story went along for some terrifying driving and to get a taste of Gilmour's world.

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