Green­smith gets an R5 for Rally GB

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Gus Green­smith has con­firmed he will make his WRC2 de­but in a Ford Fi­esta R5 on next month’s Dayin­sure Wales Rally GB.

The 19-year-old will com­plete his Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy com­mit­ment in Catalunya be­fore step­ping up from an R2 car on Dee­side.

The Manch­ester-based driver tested an M-sport Fi­esta R5 in Greystoke ear­lier this month and will get a fur­ther day of prepa­ra­tion ahead of his four-wheel-drive de­but on his home WRC round.

“I feel ready for the step up,” for­mer Bri­tish Ju­nior and DDFT Rookie ti­tle win­ner Green­smith said. “I think we’ve proved our speed in an R2 car and now’s a good time to move up.

“The R5 car was fan­tas­tic when I tested it, I couldn’t be­lieve how deep you could go into the corner be­fore get­ting on the brakes. And ob­vi­ously the speed’s much higher. It’s re­ally bril­liant.

“Wales is an event I’m a bit more fa­mil­iar with, this will be the third time I’ve done it, which makes it a good place to make the step to R5. Be­fore that though, I want to have a real go in Spain. My dad’s told me I can go as fast as I want with­out crash­ing!”

Green­smith will be co-driven by Ka­trin Becker for the first time in Salou.

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