Wednesday | 25 Jan 2023

Why Greensmith was in Monaco – but not competing

Gus Greensmith made an appearance in the Rallye Monte-Carlo service park last week - but the former M-Sport Ford driver wasn’t contesting the event.

The Briton, who drove for M-Sport’s top-level squad between 2019 and 2022, embarks on a new challenge this season. Starting from Guanajuato Rally México (16 – 19 March) he will complete a full programme in WRC2, driving a new Škoda Fabia RS Rally2 for Toksport.

Greensmith was present in Monaco last week, first to take part in the recce, but also to check out Toksport’s on-event facilities for the very first time. So far, the 26-year-old is impressed.

“This year will be a big change, obviously,” Greensmith told WRC.com. “The main thing will be that we have considerably less power, less aerodynamics and obviously no hybrid – so it’s going to require a different type of driving.

“That’s why I felt there was no reason to rush into Monaco,” he continued. “I haven’t driven a Rally2 car for a very long time, so I wanted to take my time to do some testing and find out exactly how I need to adjust to this car.

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“From what I've seen already, even just on national rallies, the new car is looking very competitive. The main reason we wanted to deal with Škoda and Toksport was because I wanted to be in the best car possible - and so far, it certainly seems we will be.”

The season opener attracted a fierce entry comprising almost 30 WRC2 competitors. Yohan Rossel won the category aboard a Citroën C3 Rally2, but Greensmith also has his eyes on the likes of Oliver Solberg and Adrien Fourmaux – both of whom, like him, have experienced life in the sport’s top tier.

"We've already got at least three WRC drivers from last year in the category, plus a lot of up-and-coming talent. It's going to be hugely competitive and it's hard to pick anyone that you think will be fast in each rally because I'm sure there'll be quite a few surprises. Whoever wins each rally, it will be fully deserved."

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