Greensmith targets WRC 2 consistency
British rising star Gus Greensmith has confirmed a full season in WRC 2 this year, and believes a focus on consistency, rather than outright speed, could bring him a debut win in the WRC support category.
The 21-year-old showed potential during his maiden WRC 2 season in 2017, his first in four-wheel-drive machinery. He claimed six stage wins at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5, but a mix of mistakes and mechinical problems meant his best result was fifth in class at Rally Sweden.
This year, he will return for an eight-round WRC 2 campaign in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5 and will also make his Rallye Monte-Carlo debut later this month in an R2-spec Fiesta.
Greensmith [pictured below] said: "I cannot wait to get back behind the wheel. The 2018 WRC 2 Championship looks as though it’s going to be the most competitive yet and I’ve been working hard over the winter break for exactly that reason.
“Last year I think I showed my ability to drive as fast, if not faster, than my competitors. Speed wasn’t the issue, but consistency was - and that is the key to doing well in any championship. This year, I need to focus on consistently scoring strong points.
"But at the same time I also have to admit that a goal of mine for this year is to secure my first WRC 2 victory. If the opportunity arises, and the circumstances are right, I’ll go for it. It’s a childhood dream.”
Greensmith will start his WRC 2 campaign on the gravel tracks of Rally Guanajuato México, a rally that he and co-driver Craig Parry recced in 2017.
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