Green­smith re­turns to BRC for NG Stages and the Manx

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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.

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