Arduous Argentina Awaits For DMACK

Arduous Argentina Awaits For DMACK

Last year’s only South American round of the FIA World Rally Championship proved to be a challenging affair and DMACK is expecting another arduous test when it rocks up for next week’s Rally Argentina.

The fourth round of the world series not only welcomes teams with its famous Fiesta atmosphere but also delivers a range of tough gravel conditions to test DMACK’s DMG+2 gravel tyre. From flat-out tracks through open plains to rocky mountain roads above the clouds – this energetic event has it all.

DMACK arrives in the host town of Villa Carlos Paz in Cordoba province safe in the knowledge that its soft compound S6, which has been selected as the nominated tyre for the first time this season, has a strong record in Argentina. Martin Prokop scored DMACK’s best-ever WRC finish of fourth overall here in 2012 and the S6 feels at home in the generally soft, sandy conditions.

DMACK will supply half the WRC 2 field next week including championship leader Jari Ketomaa and Peruvian Nicolas Fuchs – both nominated to score points for the Drive DMACK squad which also tops the teams standings. Piloting Ford Fiesta R5 cars, they will be joined by another three Fiesta R5 crews in WRC 2 and a host of privateer South American stars who’ve opted to run with DMACK’s championship-winning rubber.

They will face a diverse mix of conditions and, with the event running a slightly earlier slot in the calendar, ambient temperatures are expected to be higher and road surfaces more compact. The technical stages are characterised by jumps and water splashes with the soft surfaces exposing rocks, especially on second pass.

But it’s also the long stages which drivers must contend with to manage their tyre allocation effectively. DMACK’s gravel tyre, however, is expected to perform well and WRC 2 crews have a total of 22 tyres to use over the weekend.

Thursday sees a trek south to San Luis for a 2.68km super special stage, which is set to attract thousands of energetic Argentine fans. Friday features the 51.99km Agua de Oro / Ascochinga test run twice to the north of Villa Carlos Paz while Saturday hosts a two-stage loop, including a 56.77km stage, run twice. Sunday finishes with two runs over the high-altitude El Condor test, which carves its way through a unique lunar-like landscape.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “This was a very difficult event last year with the stages much rougher than we expected. This year we will see a real mix of conditions but I’m happy that our DMG+2 tyres will be able to handle the tough conditions again. With long stages each day, there’s no doubting this is going to be another difficult event where tyre management is crucial.”

Jari Ketomaa said: “Argentina is one of the legendary rallies in WRC. The roads are always a challenge and it’s an event that carries a long history. Our aim here is to push for the win but, once again, we need to be clever and attack on the parts which suit the R5 car more. The risk of punctures is high because some of the stages are rocky but we know the DMACK tyre works well here so we have a good level of confidence.”

Nicolas Fuchs said: “The stages are really nice here and, for me, it certainly feels like my home round of the WRC. The energy from the fans makes it a very special rally and there’s everything in the stages, from high-speed jumps to water crossings and mountain roads, so it’s a very big challenge. My second place in Mexico has given me good confidence so we will be pushing in Argentina next week.”

2015-04-17

Arduous Argentina Awaits For DMACK
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