DMACK Determined For Home Event WRC Success

DMACK Determined For Home Event WRC Success

DMACK will tackle next week’s conclusion to the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship with the target of repeating last year’s overall WRC 2 victory on its home round of the world series at Wales Rally GB.

The UK’s round of the WRC in Wales is a tough affair, however, with traditional winter weather and high-speed forest roads resulting in a challenging end to the season.

Last year DMACK celebrated its WRC 2 Teams Championship title with a home win as Finns Jari Ketomaa and Kaj Lindstrom led from start to finish on DMACK’s 50th world rally event.

This year competitors will benefit from an upgraded version of the tyre which took Ketomaa to the top step of the podium. The DMG+2 S6A will be used next week and is set to build on its reputation as a tyre which is well-suited to the Welsh stages.

The open pattern has been designed to specifically find traction in the slippery conditions while extra sidewall protection provides puncture resistance when the conditions become more rocky on the second pass. Crews are allowed a maximum of 22 tyres over the three-day event.

In addition to equipping WRC 2 front-runners Nicolas Fuchs and local star Tom Cave, DMACK is also supplying seven-time American champion and Subaru USA star David Higgins. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Colin McRae’s WRC title in 1995, Higgins will drive a Subaru Impreza with a replica livery.

No less than 10 Ford Fiesta R2 and ST cars will also race with DMACK’s smaller DMG2 tyre as used on the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. Max Vatanen leads the two-wheel-drive chargers and four drivers will also take part in the Copart Fiesta Trophy using DMACK tyres.

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. And the wicked Welsh weather can throw rain, fog and even snow into the mix to make the conditions even more challenging.

The classic event benefitted from a revival in 2013 and is again based at Deeside in north Wales. After a Thursday evening ceremonial start in Llandudno, crews head south early on Friday morning to tackle a three-stage loop, including the Hafren test – the longest of the event at 32.14km. With only a remote tyre fitting zone in Newtown, the loop is repeated without any mid-day service.

Saturday hosts over 142km across nine stages to the west including famous names like Gartheiniog and Dyfi. Sunday brings the event to a close with a loop of four stages, including the asphalt blast around Great Orme, before the finish podium celebrations back in Deeside.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Wales Rally GB always throws up a huge challenge and we can expect some extremely slippery and muddy conditions. However, our products have traditionally performed well in the cold British forests and we’re looking forward to another successful event next week. We’ve got a fantastic group of competitors with a diverse range of ambitions, everyone from multiple rally champions to clubman competitors ambitiously taking on their home WRC event.”

2015-11-06

DMACK Determined For Home Event WRC Success
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