DMACK’s Fab Fifth Season Kicks Off With Monte

DMACK’s Fab Fifth Season Kicks Off With Monte

DMACK will begin its fifth season as an authorised tyre supplier to the FIA World Rally Championship next week with the traditional season-opener on the iconic Rallye Monte Carlo.

After winning the WRC 2 Teams World Championship last year and proving the performance of its tyres across the season, DMACK has its sights set firmly on further developing those products during the first half of 2015. The company plans to undertake an ambitious asphalt testing programme and introduce a new range of sealed-surface tyres – with the aim of significantly boosting asphalt performance.

In the meantime, the focus is firmly on Monte – one of the most famous, well-known and respected rally events, it provides a unique challenge for both competitors and tyre manufacturers.

The traditional asphalt speed tests ribbon their way through the high-altitude mountain passes and it’s that terrain, mixed with the traditional tough winter conditions, which make the event a classic.

Experience of the conditions, predicting the weather and making compromising decisions around tyre choice can make a winning difference. Drivers can expect to face snow, ice, dry and wet asphalt – often all in the same special stage. And to cope with the diverse conditions experienced on the event, DMACK will provide five different asphalt tyres.

For snow and ice-covered roads, competitors will use DMACK’s DMT-ICE in either studded or un-studded form – both tyres featuring upgraded construction and compound changes to maximise performance. The studded tyre is equipped with nearly 200 metal pins – each protruding 2mm to help bite into the frozen ice and extract as much grip as possible from the cold conditions.

For dry, wet and mixed asphalt roads, crews will turn to the proven DMT-RC asphalt tyre which DMACK retains from last year. It is available in three compounds – the hard H3, soft S3 and the extra soft XS3. Competitors in WRC 2 are allowed to use a maximum of 30 tyres for the event from a complex allocation of 74 tyres.

Event Details

One again based in the town of Gap in the Hautes Alpes region of France, Rallye Monte Carlo will kick off with a glitzy start outside the Casino in Monaco on Thursday evening before crews tackle two night-time stages on the way north to Gap.

Friday’s action is held further north and sees two passes over a new three-stage loop in the Hautes Alpes and Isère regions. Competitors return to Monaco on Saturday via the classic Sisteron test and the huge 51.70km run through Lardier et Valença - Faye. Sunday sees more familiar territory with three stages taking in the legendary Col de Turini where thousands of fans line the mountain pass to catch some of the most exciting action the event has to offer.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Monte Carlo is renowned for its classic format and hugely demanding conditions where there is a real focus on tyre choice and performance. DMACK brings five different tyres to help competitors master the conditions and once again we continue to evolve our range, offering competitors a range of tyres that build on our championship-winning success in 2014.”

2015-01-16

DMACK’s Fab Fifth Season Kicks Off With Monte
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