Sousa in as Drive DMACK Trophy driv­ers re­vealed

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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.

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