Gus Greensmith will drop back to WRC2 for the 2023 World Rally Championship season, debuting on Rally México with a Toksport Škoda Fabia RS Rally2.
After several years competing for M-Sport Ford, Greensmith announced in December that his partnership with the team would be ending for 2023.
He had been linked to renting a fourth Toyota GR Yaris Rally1 this season, but has instead opted to join WRC2 champion Toksport to drive an all-new Fabia.
In doing so he becomes the third Rally1 driver from 2022 to drop down to the Rally2 class this season, along with former M-Sport Ford team-mate Adrien Fourmaux and new Toksport team-mate Oliver Solberg who previously drove for Hyundai.
“Finally after eight years with Ford, it’s time for something new and that’s the Škoda Fabia RS Rally2,” Greensmith said.
“This year’s WRC2 championship will be by far the most competitive has ever been and so I’m really happy with the program that’s been put together with Toksport and Škoda; I’ll be spending a lot of time in the seat this year, that’s for sure.
“For now, I’ll be focused with testing until we start out season at Rally México in March.”
Greensmith last competed in WRC2 back in 2019 with a Fiesta Rally2. He finished third in the WRC2 Pro category that year behind new World Rally champion Kalle Rovanperä and Mads Østberg.