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Tue 20 Dec 2022

Greensmith parts ways with M-Sport Ford

It has been revealed today (Tuesday 20 December) that Gus Greensmith will not drive for M-Sport Ford in the 2023 FIA World Rally Championship season.

An announcement from the British squad confirmed it could not reach an agreement with Greensmith to enable him to continue behind the wheel of one of its Puma cars, meaning both parties will go their separate ways in 2023. 

It brings an end to the long-term partnership which saw Greensmith climb through the ranks to reach the top level of rallying. 

The Briton, now 25, began his adult rallying career at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R1 before switching to the R2T model for back-to-back Drive DMACK Cup campaigns. An upgrade to one of M-Sport’s R5-specification Fiestas soon followed, with Greensmith joining the squad’s WRC2 team at the beginning of the 2019 season.

During that year he also debuted a Fiesta World Rally Car at Vodafone Rally de Portugal, making his second top-tier appearance soon afterwards in Finland as an injury replacement for Elfyn Evans. 

Greensmith undertook a part campaign with the same car in 2020 and, in 2021, contested all 12 rallies - achieving a career best result of fourth overall at Safari Rally Kenya. He finished 10th in this year’s championship and also celebrated his maiden stage win at the season-opening Rallye Monte-Carlo. 

While Greensmith is yet to reveal any plans for the future, WRC.com understands he is likely to feature at some events in 2023. In what car - and in which category, remains to be confirmed.