Whereas he has began a brand new collaboration with Chris Patterson for 2 rallies, Gus Greensmith can be disadvantaged of his new companion for the following spherical of the WRC, on the Rally of Sardinia. This variation is short-term for the M-Sport pilot, the consequence of an absence linked to “private causes” for Patterson. The latter can be changed subsequent week by Stuart Loudon. The 33-year-old Scotsman is skilled and has labored a number of instances with Greensmith and his staff.
“Chris cannot be there for private causes, however I’ve ridden with Stuart prior to now in Germany. [en 2018]”, explains the 24-year-old pilot. “We had some scratch instances so clearly, we’re good collectively in a automotive.”
With this short-term change, Greensmith will know his third co-driver because the begin of the season, which he began alongside Elliott Edmondson earlier than the 2 went their separate methods because of disappointing outcomes. Seventh in Croatia and fifth in Portugal final weekend, Greensmith has raised the bar since he began working with Patterson.
“In Portugal, it was a query of discovering the place the place I will be, and I hope the identical factor in Sardinia”, he emphasizes. “Though it is extra technical, Sardinia is kind of much like Portugal and we’ll begin the rally with the set-up I had on the finish in Portugal, and which was working properly.”
“We would like the automotive to be pushed with the entrance axle, we do not wish to waste time sliding as a result of the phases are very slender, twisty and technical, and the extra you go straight forward, the quicker you go. that the automotive will be quick there, and Teemu [Suninen] and I can rely on a superb beginning place on the primary day. I have never had a lot success on this rally so I hope this third participation can be fortunate. “
Inside the M-Sport staff, the Sardinia Rally will mark the return of Teemu Suninen to the WRC, the Finn taking the wheel of the Ford Fiesta entrusted to Adrien Fourmaux over the last two conferences. The Frenchman can be at the beginning in WRC 2.