Fri 24 Feb 2023

First impressions: Greensmith tests Fabia RS Rally2

Gus Greensmith has had his first opportunity to provide feedback after accumulating some valuable mileage in Škoda's Fabia RS Rally2.

The Englishman, who formed part of M-Sport Ford’s top-flight line-up until the end of last year, is embarking on a new challenge in 2023, with a full WRC2 campaign planned aboard a Toksport-prepared machine.

Greensmith has been testing the car in Portugal this week ahead of his competitive with it at Rali Vieira do Minho, which started today (Friday). The event includes stages similar to the ones he will face at Vodafone Rally de Portugal in May.

So far, his impressions have been positive.   

“It’s been clear for the last few years that Toksport and Škoda have been the ones to beat in WRC2, and with Škoda bringing out the new Fabia RS, it really wasn’t a difficult decision to make,” Greensmith explained. “After driving the car for a while, it seems that we’ve made the right choice.

“My first impressions of the car are that it’s very easy to drive. It was actually quite a surprise - it felt so easy to drive, almost to the point that I felt like we weren’t going very fast!

“When we’ve been looking at the data, though, it seems everything is working fine and looking good. A car that’s easy to drive is a car that’s fast.”

Greensmith also revealed more details regarding his schedule of events, and it’s looking set to be a jam-packed year for the 26-year-old.

Starting from next month’s Guanajuato Rally México (16 - 19 March), he plans to be at the start of every WRC rally, cherry-picking the rounds on which he will score points.

“I think the plan for the moment is to basically do the rest of the calendar (from Mexico onwards),” he said. “In terms of which rallies we’ll score points on, that will be decided over the course of the year. We’ll definitely score points in Mexico, Croatia and Portugal, and from then on, we’ll make up our minds for the rest of the season.  

“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking at anything else but winning the championship, but for sure, there’s some good competition this year. Whoever wins it will be very deserving.”

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