DMACK Makes The Grade With Performance Boost

DMACK Makes The Grade With Performance Boost

Tyre manufacturer DMACK has had an impressive start to a new chapter in its history after its range of British-built tyres for the FIA World Rally Championship delivered a significant step forward in performance at Vodafone Rally de Portugal this weekend.

Using the new range of DMG+2 gravel tyres, Estonians Ott Tänak and co-driver Raigo Mõlder delivered a string of leading stage times – demonstrating an inspiring improvement and perfect progression. And DMACK believes it now has the products available to compete with, and challenge, the championship’s other tyre manufacturers including Michelin and Pirelli.

Featuring the latest compound technology and upgraded construction, DMACK used both soft GS61 and hard GH21 compounds on the fifth round of the world series. Tänak was on the pace right from the start, setting fastest time over the opening pass of the pre-event shakedown on Thursday morning.

When the main event burst into action on Friday with a three stage loop north of host town Porto, the steps forward made by DMACK’s tyre technicians and development team over the first few months of this year were evident.

Tänak continued to demonstrate an improved pace on the new soft tyre. He was third quickest through stage three, just 1.4 seconds behind WRC champion Sebastien Ogier and less than a second off the winner of stage four. He was holding a strong fourth overall when on stage five, the second pass through Ponte de Lima, he hit a huge piece of bedrock in the road which fired him off the course – ripping the front right corner off his Ford Fiesta RS WRC.

Just moments earlier, Hayden Paddon had fallen foul of exactly the same rock and his car was heavily on fire among some bushes. Tänak landed beside him and, with the help of dozens of enthusiastic Portuguese rally fans, dragged his car from the flames into relative safety. However, the Fiesta was too badly damaged for him to continue.

Last year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy winners Marius Aasen and Veronica Engan from Norway had a strong event in a packed field of WRC 2 runners. In only their first gravel rally in the Fiesta R5, the pair put in a faultless drive to seal the final step of the podium – finishing third by just 0.2 seconds.

Estonian team-mates Sander Pärn and co-driver Martin Järveoja had a good first day but retired on Saturday after clouting a rock-face and damaging the suspension.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “It’s been an extremely positive event for DMACK. We didn’t obviously get the final results that we’d have liked but the performance improvement in our new gravel products, for both WRC and R5 cars, is very encouraging. I’m confident we can continue that pace throughout the remainder of the season.”

Ott Tänak said: “I’m disappointed to not have had the chance to really show what we were capable of with the new tyres but I think we did prove that things have really moved forward. Now we are working hard to prepare for Sardinia to show the potential and prove we are back on the pace to fight for podiums on future gravel events.”

Marius Aasen said: “It’s been a really great weekend for us and we are both very pleased with this result. I can feel things working better every stage and we’ve had a trouble-free rally. To secure a podium in WRC 2 on my first ever gravel rally with an R5 car is absolutely fantastic.”

Sander Pärn said: “It’s a pity that we weren’t able to make it to the finish. The rally was going ok for us and we had improved the pace a little yesterday, it was feeling fine inside the car. Unfortunately we just got caught out on a narrow corner and bounced into the rock face at the side of the road.”

2016-05-22

DMACK Makes The Grade With Performance Boost
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