Bri­ton Green­smith chas­ing vic­tory in Fin­land after un­lucky start to the sea­son

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Gus Green­smith is hop­ing to un­der­line his class lead­ing pace in Fin­land this week­end after two con­sec­u­tive re­tire­ments in the Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy.

The Jy­vaskyla-based event is the third round of the DDFT sea­son, but the sec­ond op­por­tu­nity for land­ing two works WRC2 drives next sea­son. This year’s DDFT is split into pairs of scor­ing rounds and Fin­land scores will be added to the re­sults from Rally Poland ear­lier this month.

Three of the top four places go­ing into Fin­land are held by Bri­tish driv­ers, with Jon Arm­strong win­ning in Miko­la­jki, Osian Pryce sec­ond and Green­smith fourth. The Manch­ester driver is, how­ever, de­ter­mined to de­liver on his po­ten­tial.

“We’ve been quick, I’ve led the events and set fastest times,” he said. “Now I want to win. It’s what we’re here for. I’ve been put out of con­tention on the last two events by some­thing out of my con­trol, but all of that’s be­hind us – the fo­cus is on Fin­land now.”

Pryce se­cured the first two prize drives in Poland and ad­mits this week will be among the big­gest tests of his ca­reer.

“Fin­land’s a re­ally big deal for all of us,” said the Welsh­man. “The pace will be as fast as any­thing we’ve done, but at the same time we have to keep an eye on the big­ger pic­ture in terms of points.”

Arm­strong is odds on for the prize drive in Fin­land after his Poland vic­tory, and re­mains bullish de­spite not vis­it­ing Fin­land be­fore.

“We had never been to Poland be­fore and man­aged to win there so here should be a sim­i­lar ap­proach,” said Arm­strong. “If I’m too care­ful we could eas­ily drop down the or­der on this event.” ● Bri­tain’s Louise Cook re­turns to WRC ac­tion for the first time in four years this week. The 29-year-old drives a Fi­esta R2 in Fin­land.

Green­smith will face tough op­po­si­tion from Brits Arm­strong and Pryce

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