Sousa in as Drive DMACK Trophy drivers revealed
Experienced World Rally Championship competitor Bernardo Sousa is one of 10 drivers who will start the opening round of this year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy in Portugal next month.
The Portuguese, who has started 38 WRC rounds, has struggled to make an impression in the service park in recent seasons and is hoping DDFT will help him get his career back on track.
The 28-year-old said: “I’ve decided to do the Trophy as it’s a great chance to relaunch my career. My goal will be to fight for the win, I have a good knowledge of the rallies and quite a lot of experience, but not much experience of two-wheel drive.”
Sousa will face a competition from a trio of Brits, headed by one of last year’s Junior WRC frontrunners, Osian Pryce.
“It’s good to know who the competition is,” said the Welshman. “It’s going to be an interesting season. I can’t wait to get started now, to be honest.”
DDFT rookie winner from last year Gus Greensmith and Northern Irish star Jon Armstrong are the other home drivers contesting the five-event series.
Greensmith said: “We always had a two-year plan for the DMACK Trophy from the beginning and I got so much experience from it last year. It really is the strongest series in terms of competition for young drivers and I wanted to be here again to compete against the quickest people.”
Max Vatanen returns for another season, with Oscar Solberg, son of Henning, making his DDFT debut.
Brit Phil Hall will co-drive Kenyan Karan Patel ( see story below), while the other three Fiesta R2T drivers are American Dillon Van Way, Pole Jakub Brzezinski, and Frenchman Nicolas Ciamin – the youngest starter at 18 years old.