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Greensmith: ‘I must be quicker out of the blocks’

When M-Sport Ford driver Gus Greensmith arrives at the start of next month’s Croatia Rally (22 - 25 April), his immediate focus will – even more than usual – be on the first stage.

The 24-year-old Briton is frustrated with his steady start at the first two rounds of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship and is determined to put that right when he lands in Zagreb for Croatia’s championship bow.

Last time out at Arctic Rally Finland, Greensmith shipped 41sec in the opening 31km Sarriojärvi speed test in Lapland.

Following that, Greensmith found his feet and was able to get to within a second of his Fiesta World Rally Car team-mate Teemu Suninen on one stage.

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“There were some good and not so good bits in Finland,” said Greensmith. “One thing I do want to work on is the first stage. On too many rallies I’m giving my rally away by having a bad time on stage one. I want to focus on that and that’s the main thing I took away from the last rally.”

Greensmith admitted he was happier with his pace as the Rovaniemi-based event progressed.

“I was pushing a bit more and each time I did that I was able to keep it sensible and then we were bang on the pace with Teemu, who has led snow rallies in the past. That’s all I can do is keep an eye on my team-mate and go from there,” he added.

Croatia will be Greensmith’s first genuine asphalt rally in the Fiesta WRC since Rallye Deutschland in 2019, after the roads at December’s ACI Rally Monza were compromised by heavy snow.

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