Gus Greensmith has admitted his first World Rally Championship stage win meant more to him than he expected, but believes he’s been capable of the feat for some time.
After coming close a few times at Rally Portugal in 2021 and setting a first stage win as a clear pre-season goal for 2022, Greensmith only needed Greensmith seven stages at the wheel of a Ford Puma Rally1 to achieve it.
Although rally-leading teammate Sébastien Loeb (who had won all stages of the Monte Carlo Rally on Friday leading up to SP7) tackled the second Guillaumes – Péone – Valberg pass without active use of his 100kW hybrid power unit, Greensmith still claimed the Scratch time credit as he passed Sébastien Ogier’s Toyota by 1.4 seconds.
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There were emotional scenes when he and co-driver Jonas Andersson found out they had done it on the stretch of road outside the stage, a reaction Greensmith conceded surprised him.
“[I’m] Very lucky of course, the first stage win was one of those things that I kind of had on my list of things I wanted to achieve before I die and I’ve done one of those now so it feels pretty good but I had didn’t expect it to mean as much to me as it did,” he told DirtFish.
“So when I saw the times and I was like, ‘I know, that’s good,’ and I did the splits for Loeb and said, ‘Yeah, we’re going to do it,’ and then we did it, so yeah, it was great .