Greensmith stays focused after impressive opening

The M-Sport Ford driver heads into Rally Croatia (April 21-24) as the team’s best-placed full-time driver. After two top-five finishes at the Monte Carlo Rally and the Sweden Rally, he is fourth overall.

Despite this strong start, the Brit is sticking to the goals he set at the start of the season.

“The goals remain the same,” he said. “I wanted a stage win and a podium. The stage win was clinched in Monte, but there is still a stage win on loose ground.

“This year I want to race where I try to put myself in position for podiums all the time, but that doesn’t mean doing something stupid or trying too hard to achieve it.”

Greensmith’s effort in Sweden was unhelped by an early overshoot and a transmission error aboard his Ford Puma. He offered an honest assessment of the Umeå event.

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“I take the blame for Sweden,” he said. “The first stage wasn’t good enough. OK there were some things with the car but I don’t think I got it right. I went into this event with good confidence after completing the event in Norway last weekend, but I just couldn’t pull it off.

“If you had offered me fifth place after a difficult Friday, I would definitely have accepted it.

“We took two fifth places and a de facto third place in the championship in the first two rallies (de facto because Greensmith’s part-time M Sport Ford teammate Sébastien Loeb is actually third).

“I just have to keep my head up and push the progress. Consistency has been one of my strengths over the last 12 months, but I also want that podium. That has definitely not changed.”

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