Two-car DGM and Pirelli-backed en­try for Ir­ish con­tin­gent

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon Pho­tos: Roy Demp­ster, Jakob Ebrey, LAT

David Greer Mo­tor­sport will en­ter the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2016 with two Citroen DS 3 R5s for three-time cham­pion Keith Cronin and fel­low Ir­ish­man Jonny Greer.

The team has sup­port from Citroen Rac­ing, and the ad­di­tion of the French mar­que means ev­ery R5-spec­i­fi­ca­tion car man­u­fac­turer will be rep­re­sented when the cham­pi­onship be­gins in Mid Wales next week.

Cronin is hop­ing that, de­spite his lack of re­cent ex­pe­ri­ence on gravel, he can get up to speed quickly.

“It’s been a while since I com­peted on a gravel rally,” ex­plained Cronin. “It’s prob­a­bly two and a half years, so I’m sure it will take me a while to get the con­sis­tency again.

“It’s go­ing to be re­ally com­pet­i­tive, I think Elfyn [Evans] will be out front but just be­hind it’s go­ing to be re­ally close. It will be good to get back at it, I sup­pose I’ll be a bit rusty but some of the oth­ers will be in the same boat.”

Both Cronin and Greer com­peted on the open­ing round of the Ir­ish Tar­mac Rally Cham­pi­onship on Fe­bru­ary 6, and with the ITRC and BRC shar­ing two rounds, the de­ci­sion to en­ter the BRC was even eas­ier.

“It’s quite handy be­cause the ITRC runs the two BRC rounds,” added Cronin, who won the BRC in 2009/’10 and 2012. “It means we only have four ex­tra rounds to do and it’s quite cost ef­fec­tive. We were al­ways plan­ning to do the Tar­mac cham­pi­onship but then the deal came to­gether for the BRC. It hap­pened in the last few weeks.”

Greer – son of DGM founder and for­mer ITRC com­peti­tor David Greer – be­lieves the sup­port of Citroen will be key to the Ir­ish as­sault on the BRC.

“We’re get­ting a bit of sup­port from Citroen Rac­ing as well so they’re go­ing to help us on the ral­lies so that’s re­ally im­por­tant,” said Greer. “The deal has been brew­ing for a while but it only started to pick up pace in the last week and a half. It’s very last minute but we’re happy about how it’s all come to­gether.”

Greer also con­firmed that an up­date is on the way from Citroen for the DS 3, but won’t be avail­able im­me­di­ately.

“The up­date prob­a­bly won’t be un­til the middle of the year,” added Greer. “I think it’s be­ing pre­pared for Por­tu­gal in the WRC. They’re try­ing to get us the kit as soon as pos­si­ble as they want as many out there as they can get. They’ve been mak­ing changes to the cars since the DS 3 came out, they’ve re­ally done a lot of work on the car al­ready and it’s en­cour­ag­ing to know that there’s al­ways some­thing in the pipe­line.”

Cronin topped R5s in Gal­way Greer has plenty of pace Cronin has BRC pedi­gree in Pirelli-shod Citroens

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