Loudon to co-drive for Greensmith

Loudon to co-drive for GreensmithFrom Tunnocks (Stuart Loudon) [ 14/08/2018 ].
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Glasgow co-driver Stuart Loudon will join world champion squad M-Sport Ford World Rally Team to compete at this week's ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Stuart was called in by highly-rated British driver Gus Greensmith after his regular co-driver Craig Parry was injured in a testing crash on Friday. The pair will tackle the event, based close to the Luxembourg border, in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta R5. Greensmith, 21, is running third in WRC2 - the feeder series for the main World Rally Championship - having taken podium finishes (including a brace of second places in Mexico and Argentina) from three of his first four starts this season.

Stuart said: "The first thing to say is that I wish Craig a complete and very speedy recovery from his injuries.

"Rallye Deutschland's an event I've done three times before, so I've got a pretty good idea what it's about. And I know the M-Sport Ford team quite well, I worked as a co-ordinator with them last season.

"On paper, Germany can look like a fairly straightforward event, using three different styles of road in the vineyards, country lanes and military testing tanks; it's anything but straightforward. The grip level is changing all the time and the rhythm and pace of the roads can vary from corner to corner.

As well as working on M-Sport's world championship-winning season in 2017 (when the Cumbrian firm dominated the WRC, taking the drivers' (Sébastien Ogier), co-drivers' (Julien Ingrassia) and manufacturers' titles, Stuart has competed for the squad with Matthew Wilson.

"Co-driving at this level is something really special," said Stuart, "and working with world champions is a fantastic privilege. I'm looking forward to co-driving Gus and being back with some familiar faces again."

Stuart is currently in the middle of a pre-event recce with Gus. The recce involves driving each of the stages twice in a near-standard road car with speeds limited to 50mph. As they travel the rally roads, Gus will dictate a set of notes to Stuart describing the road including details on the length of straights and severity of corners. During the rally, Stuart reads those notes back to Gus, usually travelling at twice the speed they were doing during the recce.

Gus Greensmith's statement on his accident:
"On Friday 10 August, Gus Greensmith and Craig Parry were completing their pre-event rest in the Baumholder military range when their car left the road during the morning. Subsequently, the crew had to be hospitalised. Gus has recently been discharged, whilst Craig remains in Trier hospital."

Stuart's ADAC Rallye Deutschland record… three starts, one finish

2011 with John MacCrone (Ford Fiesta R2)
"That event was me jumping in at the deep end: not only was it my first ever round of the World Rally Championship, it was my first ever overseas event. We were going well before we had a mechanical problem late in the second morning."

2012 with John MacCrone (Ford Fiesta R2)
"Twelve months on from that WRC debut, I was back in Germany for a great memory - John and scored our first ever Junior World Rally Championship podium result with third place."

2013 with Robert Barrable (Ford Fiesta R5)
"Really frustrating event for Rob and I this one. We retired with a mechanical problem on the first stage in the vineyards on the Friday morning."