Green blacksmith flying blind for safari voyage of discovery

WRC regulations prohibit pre-event testing for manufacturer teams in Africa and the crews have no meaningful onboard competition videos to study as the legendary safari returns to the FIA ​​World Rally Championship for the first time since 2002.

Greensmith is one of the drivers using the WRC + All Live On Demand service which includes footage of every stage of each rally for each factory driver as part of their preparation for each run of the series.

“It’s going to be tough,” said Greensmith. “We have the organizer’s videos that we can use, but it’s difficult. You get an idea of ​​the flow, but it’s hard to see what the stages are really like.

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“I’ll watch the videos as often as possible to get as much information, but these are the kind that need to be watched a little quicker.

“To be fair, everyone is in the same boat here. And it’s the same with testing – none of us can test there. “

At the event in Naivasha, the Brit will meet co-driver Chris Patterson, who missed the last lap in Italy for personal reasons, where he wants to improve his pace further after a promising start to the year on board a factory in the Fiesta World rally car.

“We weren’t that close [to the leaders] in Sardinia as in Portugal, “said Greensmith,” but we didn’t test before the event.

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“The times didn’t look that good, but for me my driving style felt good. In terms of what the data shows, I’m happy with what I’ve done. “

• Full coverage of the Safari Rally Kenya will be available on WRC + All Live Here, including every stage broadcast as well as important interviews, features and expert analyzes from the service park.

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