Thu 16 Jun 2022

Greensmith steers clear of Safari predictions

Gus Greensmith is not normally a driver shy of predicting a result, but M-Sport Ford’s Englishman is slightly more reserved ahead of next week’s gruelling Safari Rally Kenya (24 - 27 June).

Greensmith finished a career-best fourth in Africa last season but he’s not going to be tempted into any podium talk.

By his own admission he wasn’t as quick as he wanted to be last time out at Rally Italia Sardegna earlier this month, but he did use his time on the island to learn more about a Puma Rally1 on rough gravel.

“Talking about a podium is maybe not the right thing now,” said Greensmith. “I know we have the speed, but we need to find that speed and then think about the result.

“And this is Safari we’re talking about, anything can happen. You can lose a whole load of cars in one stage or everybody can drive sensibly and get through. It’s a rally where it’s hard to judge the pace, the only rally where you really have to balance mechanical sympathy with the speed.”

Regulations prohibit testing on Kenya’s unique tracks so like his rivals, Greensmith’s preparations for round six of the FIA World Rally Championship have been somewhat virtual.

“Jonas [co-driver Andersson] came to my house after Sardinia and we worked on the notes and watched the onboards,” he said. “We did as much as we could in terms of preparation.

“Kenya was a strong event for the team last year and we made good steps in Italy and we know the direction we need to be going in. We all want another strong result.”

The WRC’s first trip outside Europe this season for one of the sport’s classic rallies also provides a change of scene and scenery for the crews.

“The week of Safari is the highlight of the year,” Greensmith added. “It’s so different, different roads, landscapes, everything – it’s a huge adventure and one I’m really excited about.”

• Full coverage from Safari Rally Kenya will be available on WRC+ All Live here, including every stage broadcast as it happens as well as key interviews, features and expert analysis from the service park.

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