Wednesday | 29 Jun 2022

Puma stars pick up the spanners

M-Sport Ford drivers Gus Greensmith and Adrien Fourmaux got more than they bargained for at Safari Rally Kenya on Saturday.

After both drivers retired in the morning, the Puma hotshots rolled up their sleeves and helped M-Sport Ford’s mechanics rebuild their cars ahead of the final day. 

Greensmith’s hybrid-powered machine needed the most work. He rolled early in the day, inflicting heavy damage to the body and cooling package. 

“It was my decision [to help] when I got back,” Greensmith told WRC.com. “This is what happens when you roll a car - you should fix it. 

“I thought, after all the unnecessary damage and as much as I was driving to get a finish, I still ended up making that mistake and rolling. 

“You need to be aware of how much work goes into the car, and you’ve got to be willing to put in the extra work to help the guys and girls out when it goes wrong.

Greensmith was a willing volunteer

“Of course, they were giving me plenty of grief,” he laughed. “They were giving me all the clerical work because none of them actually trusted me to do the important bits, but the thought was there!” 

Fourmaux’s retirement was less self-inflicted, with rear suspension damage sidelining his Puma after SS8. 

The Frenchman ran out of time to make repairs at the roadside and he and co-driver Alex Coria re-prepared the car back in service with the help of just one other mechanic. 

“It’s always nice to work with the car and it’s important to learn and build the knowledge,” Fourmaux explained. “Next time, maybe we’ll be able to fix the car in time and stay in the rally. 

“Obviously it’s much easier to work when you are in a service area compared to on the side of the road in all the dust with the car only lifted a little bit off the ground,” he added.

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