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Greensmith wins M-Sport Ford confidence boost

M-Sport Ford boss Richard Millener handed Gus Greensmith a vote of confidence after the Briton’s lacklustre drive at Rallye Monte-Carlo last weekend.

Greensmith laboured to eighth in the season-opener, which he labelled as the worst performance of his career, but team principal Millener backed him to bounce back.

“Gus had a really good test and was looking forward to the rally, but for some reason it just didn’t click for him. He’s extremely self-critical and I know he’ll have taken the disappointment to heart,” he said.

“And let’s not forgot how difficult this rally is. Confidence is everything, and if you’re missing that it’s going to show. But he made it through. He got the mileage and we’ll work with him to unlock that confidence on the next rallies.”

Greensmith won WRC2 Pro and took seventh overall on the rally two years ago, but the 24-year-old cut a frustrated figure as he failed to recapture that form in the French Alps last weekend.

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“It's the worst performance of my career by a long way. On the Thursday I had really good confidence after the test,” he explained.

“I was really looking forward to it and felt like we could put in a performance as good as when I won here, but as soon as we hit the first stage on Thursday the confidence went to zero very quickly. I don’t know why.

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“Since then it has been very hard to get it back. We have a lot of work to do to understand why it went so wrong and improve because at this level these kind of things should maybe happy once in your career and never again. I just need to look at improving and go from there.”

Greensmith will return for next month’s Arctic Rally Finland (26 - 28 February), when he is expected to be partnered by Teemu Suninen again in the team’s second Fiesta World Rally Car.

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