Greensmith returns to BRC for NG Stages and the Manx
Gus Greensmith will compete on two more rounds of the British Rally Championship this season after labelling the series the most competitive for front-wheel-drive cars outside of the World Rally Championship.
The 19-year-old will compete on the Nicky Grist Stages and the Rally Isle of Man double-points finale, with the aim of getting more seat time before rounds of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, which forms part of the WRC.
Nicky Grist is the first of the two events on July 9/10, and is a mixed surface event similar to the DDFT finale in Spain. Greensmith is hoping the rally will allow him to gain valuable experience for Catalunya starting on October 13.
“It’ll give me a bit of a reminder as we didn’t do a great job switching from gravel to Tarmac in Spain,” he said of last year. “It [the Nicky Grist] will be really good for Spain. It’s mainly to remind myself of that transition from gravel to Tarmac but also seat time, because it’s fast gravel like Finland is going to be, so there are things that will help and it made sense to do it.”
The Manchester driver fears the Isle of Man will be tough, with the Vauxhall Adams contesting the championship being supposedly superior to the Ford Fiesta R2T Greensmith pilots.
“It’s going to be the hardest one to win as the Vauxhalls are so good on Tarmac,” he added. “It’s just seat time for us again, to stay sharp.
“We’ll just take it as it comes, I’m sure the times won’t be too bad but it will be hard to race against those Vauxhalls, they’re fast.”
Greensmith is second in the championship after three rounds (only competing in two), one point behind the Adam of Robert Duggan.