DMACK Celebrates 50 Events With Exciting GB Entry

DMACK Celebrates 50 Events With Exciting GB Entry

Next week’s conclusion to the 2014 FIA World Rally Championship will see an exciting celebration of number-related successes for British tyre firm DMACK. Building on a short but intense history at the highest level of the sport, DMACK will celebrate its 50th WRC event with a powerful line-up on its home round of the world series.

Since joining the WRC as an authorised tyre supplier in 2011, competitors using DMACK tyres will have competed on 50 world rally events when Wales Rally GB returns with its traditional mix of mud, rain and fast Welsh forest roads.

To celebrate the achievement, DMACK will field Estonians Ott Tänak and Raigo Molder in a Ford Fiesta RS WRC as they step up to the top ranks after a season in WRC 2. Tänak is the hottest property on the WRC scene and this is the second time he has tackled the UK event in a DMACK supported car. In 2011, on his debut drive in a WRC car, he set a third fastest stage time on his way to finishing sixth overall.

Alongside Tänak, DMACK will supply 10 Fiesta R5 cars – a record number for the firm. Heading the pack is the Drive DMACK crew of Jari Ketomaa and Kaj Lindstrom – one of only two competitors still in with a chance of lifting the WRC 2 title. They are joined by a trio of local stars including British Championship front-runner Osian Pryce, Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy runner-up Tom Cave and multiple Scottish Rally Champion David Bogie.

DMACK will supply crews primarily with its DMG+2 gravel tyre in the soft S6 compound. It’s a proven pace-setter, designed to provide traction in the damp, muddy forests, and helped competitors top the WRC 2 time sheets on last year’s event. A maximum of 24 are permitted.
Tänak, however, will race on DMACK’s new S6A tyre. Introduced as part of the joker regulations earlier this season, the new gravel tyre has been developed exclusively for use by world rally cars and features an upgraded construction.

Alongside the international runners, DMACK will also supply Ollie Marriage in the Top Gear Hyundai i20 – a special project which sees the popular motoring magazine editor tackle the national element of the event.

The final round of the 2014 championship is always a tough battle. 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. And the wicked Welsh weather can throw rain, fog and even snow into the mix to make the conditions even more demanding.

The classic event benefitted from a revival in 2013 with organisers refreshing the route and moving the event north to provide easier access for spectators. This year’s edition retains a similar feel. After a Thursday evening ceremonial start in Colwyn Bay, crews head south early on Friday morning to tackle a four-stage loop, including the famous Hafren Sweet Lamb test – the longest of the event at 23.55km.

After a remote service in Newtown, the loop is repeated before the trip north to the service park in Deeside outside Chester.

Saturday morning features five stages around Llangollen including two runs through the demanding Clocaenog forest and a sprint around Chirk Castle. Four of the stages are repeated in the afternoon. Sunday brings the event to a close with a compact loop of three stages tackled twice before the finish podium celebrations in Llandudno.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “It’s always special to compete on your home round of the WRC but the fact it’s our 50th WRC start makes it even more memorable. When Ott first competed here with DMACK it was our first season in the championship and we’ve progressed enormously since then. The conditions should favour our gravel tyre and we wish all DMACK crews the best of luck, especially Jari and Kaj, as they push for a strong finish in WRC 2.”

Ott Tänak said: “It’s great to be back in a WRC car again, we’ve had a good test this week and both the car and tyres feel really positive. Most of the stages are new for me so it will be a little difficult to know what to expect. Usually the first pass is quite nice with good grip but the surface in Wales can get polished and shiny for the second pass. But the plan is to go out and try to really enjoy the rally. Once we settle in then maybe we can push a little more and see how the times look.”

Jari Ketomaa said: “I like Rally GB a lot. We know our tyre is competitive from last year and I like the stages in the north – they are more technical and great driving stages. We have a small chance of the championship but my complete focus is on my performance. I know we have the pace to challenge in WRC 2 so hopefully things will go our way with no problems or technical issues.”

DMACK’s Wales Rally GB In Numbers
1000: The number of gravel rally tyres DMACK will transport to the event
305: Competitive kilometres of high-speed action 

50: FIA World Rally Championship events for DMACK 

24: The maximum number of DMACK gravel rally tyres permitted for the event 

23: The number of competitive special stages 

10: Ford Fiesta R5 cars running on DMACK tyres

8: DMACK team personnel at Rally GB 

2: Ott Tänak’s second drive in a DMACK-supported Fiesta RS WRC 

1: The first event for DMACK’s new S6A gravel tyre exclusively for WRC cars

2014-11-07

DMACK Celebrates 50 Events With Exciting GB Entry
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