Champion Higgins Tops Class With DMACK In Wales

Champion Higgins Tops Class With DMACK In Wales

Twenty years after Colin McRae sealed the FIA World Rally Championship title, a Subaru Impreza emblazoned with the Scot’s iconic livery and equipped with DMACK tyres finished as the top production class car on Wales Rally GB.

David Higgins and Craig Drew romped home on their home round of the WRC as part of the anniversary celebrating McRae’s achievement. Seven-time Rally America champion Higgins has won two titles on DMACK tyres with his Subaru USA team and topped the class using DMACK’s DMG+2 gravel tyre.

Demonstrating the versatility of the company’s product range across all levels of competition, drivers using DMACK tyres filled 10 of the top-11 places in the RC4 class for two-wheel-drive cars. Finland’s Max Vatanen, son of 1981 world rally champion Ari Vatanen, finished second in a Ford Fiesta R2, while Tim Rodgers won the Copart Fiesta Challenge as the WRC drew to a conclusion on this final round.

Nicolas Fuchs from Peru finished sixth in WRC 2 after brushing aside a number of problems and setting some strong times.

As expected, DMACK’s gravel tyres were perfectly suited to the challenging conditions over the weekend. The high-speed Welsh stages and horrendous weather combined to provide an ultra-tough event. Drivers reported that grip levels were changing constantly while heavy rain turned sections muddy and led to standing water in the ruts on the second pass.

The open pattern DMG+2 tyre has been designed to specifically find traction in the slippery conditions while extra sidewall protection provided puncture resistance when the conditions became more rocky on the second pass.

The final round of the season is always demanding. The classic forests of north and mid-Wales boast some fast, flowing and unforgiving gravel roads, making the event a favourite with both drivers and fans.

Based at Deeside in north Wales, the rally's ceremonial start on Thursday night was held in Llandudno before crews headed south on Friday for six stages – including two passes over Hafren, the longest of the event at 32.14km. Saturday was a mammoth test with a 5am morning start and stages running into darkness on Saturday evening.

It became even more challenging with a loop totalling 109 competitive kilometres – one of the longest of the entire season and really testing tyre durability to the limit. The event finished today as stages were battered by torrential rain and strong gales.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “The conditions on our home WRC round in GB are always tough – we expect nothing less. Once again our products have demonstrated their suitability and superior performance on cool and wet gravel roads. David Higgins was a real favourite with the fans in his McRae-inspired car while we also saw success right down the field with our clubman competitors using DMACK to tackle the demanding event in a range of two-wheel-drive machines.”

2015-11-16

Champion Higgins Tops Class With DMACK In Wales
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