Battle Of Britain Expected In DMACK Trophy

Battle Of Britain Expected In DMACK Trophy

A brilliant "Battle of Britain" will rage within this year's Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy championship. Ten crews representing a dozen different countries will line up for the third annual race to win the biggest prize in world rallying.

A season of WRC2 competition is the carrot being dangled in front of promising drivers and co-pilots in the acclaimed and cost-effective DMACK series. They will compete in identical M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta R2T cars powered by Ford's 1.0 EcoBoost turbo-charged engine.

But for three of the keen competitors, British pride will be at stake during five rounds across Europe, which start at Rally de Portugal next week.

English teenager Gus Greensmith is returning for a second season of competition. This follows a promising inaugural campaign, which ended with him being awarded the rookie prize.

"It was definitely a good idea that I did the learning year. I couldn't believe how much I learned," he said of his experiences during 2015.
The 19-year-old says he can't wait to pit his skills against Jon Armstrong, of Northern Ireland, and Welshman Osian Pryce, along with the seven other crews.

"It is going to be really good. I would like at some point this year to see a podium lock-out for the British - that would be something quite cool."

Pryce, from Machynlleth in Powys, comes into the Trophy championship after a strong season in Junior WRC. "I am after some great experience," said Pryce of the forthcoming Trophy season. "It is value for money, a great experience, and that is what I want - to put more WRC miles on my CV."

And, looking ahead to vying with Greensmith and Armstrong, the 23-year-old added: "It will be great to have a couple of Brits having a go at it. It is hard to tell what will happen. You can't say there is one easy winner, I think in the end it will be quite close."

Armstrong comes into the DMACK series having been crowned the 2015 Vatanen Touch winner. As a result the 21-year-old, who hails from Kesh in County Fermanagh, has a part-funded prize drive in this year's Trophy.
And he, too, is gearing up for the mini British battle against Greensmith and Pryce.

Armstrong said: "It should be good. It is always fun to be racing local drivers, especially good ones at international level. We have always raced good drivers here at home as well so it is just bringing that on to the world stage."

The opening rally over 19 gravel stages in Portugal gets under way on 19 May.


Battle Of Britain Expected In DMACK Trophy
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