Brit will com­pete in BRC opener be­fore a full Drive DMACK Tro­phy sea­son

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

Gus Green­smith will use the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship as a warm-up be­fore com­pet­ing in his se­cond full sea­son of the Drive DMACK Tro­phy in 2016.

Green­smith – who was the high­est placed rookie in last year’s DMACK cham­pi­onship – has also se­cured Ken Block’s for­mer co-driver, Alex Gel­somino, to sit along­side him as co-driver for the sea­son.

With the BRC tak­ing a hia­tus in 2015, Green­smith is the reign­ing Ju­nior BRC cham­pion af­ter win­ning in 2014. He’ll re­turn to the Ju­niors in a Ford Fi­esta R2T for Mid Wales on March 5-6.

The 19-year-old says the amount of in­ter­est and the qual­ity of the prospec­tive op­po­si­tion in the BRC makes com­pet­ing in the se­ries a must. “The new re­vamped BRC is be­com­ing the new scene where young, tal­ented and as­pir­ing driv­ers can show case their tal­ents,” said Green­smith. “I be­lieve that to get spot­ted, you have to beat the best at vary­ing lev­els and in vary­ing places around the world. So I aim to go to Mid Wales and im­press, then fo­cus my at­ten­tions on the Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy for the re­main­der of the year.”

Green­smith fin­ished sixth in the 2015 Drive DMACK Tro­phy, with a best fin­ish of fourth in class. How­ever, with the ad­di­tion of co-driver Gel­somino, the Brit is hop­ing he can im­prove dra­mat­i­cally in 2016 and will com­plete the full sched­ule once again.

“How much Alex is go­ing to help me this year be­came ev­i­dent dur­ing the last and only day with­out prob­lems at Wales Rally GB,” he said. “He helped me sim­plify my notes, yet in­crease their sig­nif­i­cance. My pace in­creased ten­fold, which has given me a lot of con­fi­dence go­ing into next year.”

Gel­somino has com­peted in the DMACK Tro­phy this year along­side Will Hud­son, but the Ital­ian be­lieves Green­smith has plenty of po­ten­tial.

“We have com­peted to­gether at the last round of the 2015 World Rally Cham­pi­onship in Wales and we were able to im­me­di­ately click as a team, which is al­ways a very en­cour­ag­ing sign in a driver/co-driver re­la­tion­ship,” said Gel­somino. “He has im­pressed me right away as a fast, com­mit­ted and fo­cused rally driver con­sid­er­ing his young age.”

Green­smith will recce in Monte Carlo, Swe­den, Italy and France in the WRC, but he doesn’t plan to com­pete on the events as they don’t form part of the DMACK Tro­phy cal­en­dar. The Brit is also hop­ing to con­test Rally GB in an R5 car.

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