DMACK Continue On Top After Strong Show In Poland

DMACK Continue On Top After Strong Show In Poland

The Drive DMACK World Rally Team came away from Rally Poland with a pair of solid performances after Jari Ketomaa and Sander Pärn finished fourth and ninth respectively in WRC 2. The result keeps the Drive DMACK team at the top of the championship table and on track to retain its team world title.

Both crews used DMACK’s soft compound gravel tyres throughout the entire weekend as they mastered the demanding high-speed gravel stages making up round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship.

The team built on the experience of 2014 when it scored its first-ever WRC 2 one-two victory after Ott Tänak and Jari Ketomaa dominated the class. Ketomaa and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom showed a solid pace again this weekend but were hampered by a number of niggling technical issues in their Ford Fiesta R5.

After dropping time on the opening stages on Friday, which took place close to the Russian border in the north of Poland, they put in a strong drive during Saturday to move up from sixth to fourth.

Estonian Pärn and British co-driver James Morgan were intent on improving their pace this weekend after a slow start in Portugal last month. They too were slowed with some technical issues on the opening day but upped their game yesterday and today to set a string of competitive times.

They rounded off a much-improved weekend with third fastest time on the final high-speed blast through the 14.6km Baranowo stage today.

The conditions in Poland suited DMACK’s popular DMG+2 gravel tyre, which dealt with the high speeds and soft, rutted surfaces remarkably well. It’s open tread pattern helped clear loose gravel from the track, giving drivers the traction required to push confidently.

The action was once again based in MikoĊ‚ajki – a small town set in the middle of the picturesque Masurian Lake District in the north-east of the country.

Rally Poland was also round two of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy and the Norwegian crew of Marius Aasen and Veronica Engan took their first ever victory in the series.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Despite a few technical issues with both cars, we managed to set a string of solid times. Once again our tyres worked exceptionally well in these conditions and delivered the performance required on what was an extremely high-speed and challenging event.”

Jari Ketomaa said: “The stages suited our tyres very well and, when we didn’t have any problems, the feeling was good and I was really enjoying the stages. We lost time on the first day but managed to climb back up to fourth today. I was driving hard but not taking any risks and the atmosphere here with the high-speeds and energy from the fans was really crazy.”

Sander Pärn said: “I’m very happy as we made some good improvements this weekend. We had a few problems on the first day but after that the confidence was good and the speed was there. This was important for me as we needed to improve from Portugal and we knew these stages suited us more.”

2015-07-05

DMACK Continue On Top After Strong Show In Poland
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