Gus Greensmith secured an emphatic WRC 2 Pro victory at Rallye Monte-Carlo after a clean run through Sunday’s final four stages.
The M-Sport Ford World Rally Team driver started the day with a lead of more than 14 minutes in his Fiesta after chief rival Kalle Rovanperä lost time following a crash on Thursday evening’s opening test.
Rovanperä won all of the day’s stages at the wheel of a Skoda Fabia R5 but couldn’t make a significant dent in Greensmith’s advantage. The Briton adopted a risk-free approach to secure his maiden world championship win by 13min 27.8sec.
Greensmith dedicated victory to former co-driver Craig Parry, who was forced to retire from rallying after a crash in testing for last year’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland.
“I’m dedicating this win to one man who deserves it as much as me. We did this together,” Greensmith said.
Bonato takes maiden WRC 2 win
Yoann Bonato took a comfortable first victory in the WRC 2 category after a trouble-free run in his Citroën C3.
The Frenchman finished more than two minutes ahead of Ford Fiesta pilot Adrien Fourmaux, on his first WRC appearance, after Guillaume de Mevius retired his C3 from second on SS14 with broken suspension.
De Mevius’ exit promoted Ford Fiesta pilot Adrien Fourmaux to the runner-up spot on the Frenchman’s first WRC appearance.
Ole Christian Veiby had a solid run in his Volkswagen Polo to finish third, more than two minutes ahead of Rhys Yates’ Skoda Fabia.
Nicolas Ciamin won all four of Sunday’s tests on his way to fifth in his Volkswagen Polo while Skoda Fabia driver Manuel Villa rounded out the top six.
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