DMACK Aims For Pole Position In Flat-Out Race

DMACK Aims For Pole Position In Flat-Out Race

• Rally Poland was the first WRC event led by DMACK.
• Soft compound tyres are main choice.
• WRC 2 prize drive for DMACK Trophy winner Osian Pryce.
• Round three of DMACK-backed FIA Junior WRC.

DMACK returns to Orlen Rally Poland with fond memories from last season when Ott Tänak scored nine fastest stage times and became the first driver on DMACK tyres to lead a FIA World Rally Championship event.

Since then, the company’s gravel tyres have been upgraded even further and it’s hoped that same leading performance will be present when Brits Elfyn Evans and Dan Barritt line up in their Ford Fiesta WRC next week.

WRC drivers will use the DMACK DMG+2 in GS62 compound and have a maximum amount of 28 at their disposal next week. Those tyres were the perfect choice at last year’s event – mastering the ultra high-speed Polish roads.

The traditionally soft, sandy stages have become a little more abrasive in recent years but are still expected to create significant ruts on the second pass. That means raising the ride height and making a number of suspension adjustments for the M-Sport team mechanics.

It’s always a flat-out race in Poland. The roads are some of the fastest in the championship and tall grass lines many of the roads, impacting on visibility on the approach to corners.

The event is the first of two WRC 2 prize drives for last year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy champions Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss. They take to the wheel of a M-Sport-prepared Fiesta R5 and will use DMACK DMG+22 tyres – having 26 available.

It’s also round three of the DMACK-backed FIA Junior WRC championship where Spain’s Nil Solans has a 20-point lead.

Rally Poland starts on Thursday evening with the Mikolajki Super Special. Friday sees crews tackle a four-stage loop twice with the longest day of action on Saturday featuring over 150km of stages. Sunday finishes with four short tests closer to host town Mikolajki.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Rally Poland has always been a strong event for DMACK and obviously it was a landmark rally for us last season. Our tyres are suited to these stages and we know the performance is there so hopefully we can have another strong result.”

Elfyn Evans, DMACK WRC driver, said: “Rally Poland’s high speeds make it an enjoyable rally and we are looking forward to next week. It’s important to be on the pace from the start as it’s not easy to try and make up time on those stages.”

Osian Pryce, DMACK WRC 2 driver, said: “I’m really looking forward to the opportunity of tackling Rally Poland in a Fiesta R5 and am aiming to make the most of it. Poland is a fantastic rally, we like it and know it a little already – the high speeds make it a real challenge.”

Tyre Information: List 1 for R5 and WRC 2
DMACK Grippa 205/65R15 DMG+22
First choice: GS62 soft compound (26)
Second choice: GH23 hard compound (16)
Maximum allowed: 26

Tyre Information: List 2 for WRC
DMACK Grippa 215/65R15 DMG+2
First choice: GS62 soft compound (28)
Second choice: GH23 hard compound (16)
Maximum allowed: 28

Tyre Information: Junior WRC
Tyre: DMACK Grippa 175/70R15 DMG+22
Compound: GH43 medium (22)
Maximum allocation: 22

Event Information
Based: Mikolajki, Poland
Start: Mikolajki, 16.00 on Thursday 29 June
Finish: Mikolajki, 14.30 on Sunday 2 July
Stages: 23 stages, 326.64km
Longest stage: SS12+16 Pozezdrze 24.28km

 

 

 

 

2017-06-23

DMACK Aims For Pole Position In Flat-Out Race
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