Having contested the Monte Carlo Rally in a Fiesta R2T, Gus Greensmith will contest this weekend’s Rally Mexico in his M-Sport team Crown Oil Fiesta R5 – the first of eight WRC2 events he’s planning to do this year.

Co-driven by Craig Parry, a mechanical issue forced Gus to retire after SS9 in Monte Carlo – ironically, having just set the fastest stage time in class. Needless to say, he’s looking forward to the challenge of WRC2 in Mexico, with the added test of heat, dust, rocks and high altitude all thrown into the mix!

“The only thing I am feeling ahead Rally Mexico is pure excitement,” says Gus. “It feels like an incredibly long time since I have been behind the wheel and I am looking forward to kick-starting my 2018 WRC2 campaign with a good result next week.

“We completed an extensive 200 kilometre test in Greystoke which proved incredibly valuable in terms of regaining the same level of confidence I had in the middle of last year. We have another test in Mexico prior to the event, and this will be important when it comes to adapting my driving style at high altitude.

“Despite a lot of the other competitors having a lot more seat time, I feel that a podium is a realistic target – and a positive target to ensure we finish the rally and collect a good haul of points to use as momentum going forwards.”

“It’s great to have Gus back with the team in 2018,” says M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson. “He has the speed and the potential to go very far indeed. He’s still very young at only 21-years old, but he is also very determined to succeed. This could well be a breakthrough season for Gus and I’ll certainly be watching his progress with interest throughout the year.”

Gus wears a Stilo WRC 8860.