01 Mar Greensall swaps racing cars for rally dream
Experienced racer Nigel Greensall made his name in sportscars, but he is now enjoying a switch to rallying with a new Toyota project in the Motorsport News Circuit Rally Championship.
The 54-year-old made his series debut in the Snetterton Stages most recently, ragging a rally-prepared Toyota GT86 to seventh in his class with navigator James Proudfoot.
It proved a reliable and enjoyable maiden event for Greensall, who intends to compete in more rallies this season with the addition of a second customer Toyota from Donington next month.
The former British GT and Le Mans 24 Hours competitor has 12 National and European Championships under his belt, but admitted to a dream to compete in rallying which was previously put on hold in the past.
“I’d always wanted to do a rally, but never really got round to it”, said Greensall. “Back when I first tried, the foot and mouth crisis actually put a stop to that.
“Now, I feel I still have the chance to have another crack – so here we are.”
Greensall organises driving experiences in the GT86 and has acted as a driver coach, and now owns the family-run Greensall Motorsport programme which continues to expand.
“This particular car has done over 90,000 miles now”, he added. “We decided that we would set up a race team. With the car, I said ‘let’s turn it into a rally car’; now it’s about learning what we can get out of it and how I can learn more [from the rallying side].
“We’re looking at having two cars out at Donington Park. The second car will be a customer Toyota, which will be driven by David Huxley.”
You can see how Greensall got on in his maiden foray in the MN Rally Championship by watching highlights of the latest round from Snetterton on Amazon Prime or on the Championship YouTube Channel.