Why Greensmith chose not to score points in Sardinia

After three WRC2 events in a row, Rally Portugal winner Gus Greensmith will be competing without pressure in Italy

Gus Greensmith

Gus Greensmith has a few important decisions to make over the next few weeks when it comes to deciding what events he plans on contesting through the remainder of the 2023 World Rally Championship.

Knowing that he is in with a real shout of winning the WRC2 title, he needs to make sure that he’s scoring points on the right rallies.

But this weekend’s Rally Italy Sardinia provides a small dose of respite, as he’ll be tackling the event as a non-points scoring competitor.

“I’m not scoring points in Sardinia,” Greensmith explained to DirtFish.

“The plan was always to do three in a row and then have a rally off and then basically assess what we would like to do for the rest of the year.”

Gus Greensmith

In many ways, Greensmith’s plan to use Sardinia as a non-points scoring round is a smart move.

It not only allows him to relieve some pressure and simply enjoy the event, but it also gives him the freedom to push his Fabia RS Rally2 car right to the limit with the knowledge that there’s no championship consequences if finding that limit was to end in retirement.

Obviously, that won’t be the target, but Greensmith is aware that by pushing his car as hard as possible in Sardinia will help identify further development potential in the car.

And in addition to that, it will also enable him to make a more informed decision about what future events could end up working in his favor in his push for the championship.

“I think there’s a lot I can still work on for developing myself as a driver,” he explained.

“[It’s] one of them weekends where I can just be on the door handles all the time and if something does go wrong it doesn’t matter for my championship.

“So there’s lots of things we can use that weekend for to improve on.”