DMACK Partners Junior British Rally Championship To Create Young Driver Pathway To WRC

DMACK Partners Junior British Rally Championship To Create Young Driver Pathway To WRC

DMACK continues to support the new-look MSA British Rally Championship with the creation of the DMACK Junior BRC category and the offer of a subsidised prize drive in the 2017 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, worth £60,000, for the winning driver.

The new series will see DMACK create a career ladder to help bring young drivers from a club rallying level in the UK, right to the top of the FIA World Rally Championship. As part of the package, the Junior BRC category will be supplied by DMACK tyres throughout the 2016 season.

DMACK is synonymous with encouraging young driver development and this commitment will see the BRC Junior Champion step up to the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy and tackle five rounds of the world championship at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R2.

The DMACK-backed Fiesta ST Trophy in the BTRDA Rally Series will help feed young drivers from a club level into the Junior BRC where they can then progress to the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. From there, the winner is rewarded with a full season in R5 machinery in WRC 2, currently the biggest prize in rallying, with the opportunity to move into the newly-launched DMACK World Rally Team.

Open to drivers under the age of 26, the DMACK Junior BRC will be a competitive proving ground for crews as they get the chance to tackle some of the best forest stages and Tarmac tests across the British Isles in FIA-homologated R2 cars.

It’s one of the most competitive categories and will see drivers battle it out in a selection of vehicles from manufacturers including Citroen, Ford, Peugeot, Renault and Vauxhall.

They will use DMACK’s range of DMG2 gravel and DMT-RC asphalt tyres, which have already proven their performance on some of the toughest world championship stages. During Wales Rally GB this year, the UK’s round of the WRC, drivers using DMACK tyres filled 10 of the top-11 places in the RC4 class for two-wheel-drive cars.

Alongside the Junior BRC, DMACK will also field a two-car Fiesta R5 team in the main BRC championship with Max Vatanen, son of 1981 world champion Ari, already confirmed as one of the drivers.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “In addition to supplying performance tyre products, the DMACK ethos is built around helping career-focused drivers through the ranks of the sport. The Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy has been hugely competitive and successful – proving the performance of our products on two-wheel-drive cars on the world’s toughest stages – and we are delighted to be able to link into that from our home rally championship. It’s a huge prize and one which we are sure will create some excellent competition.”

Iain Campbell, BRC championship manager, said: “DMACK was one of the first to signal their intentions by announcing that they would run Max Vatanen next year in the BRC1 category and to have them support the Junior BRC is fantastic.

“The DMACK Junior BRC philosophy will be to create a launch pad for drivers to further their rallying education and careers to then graduate into the BRC1 category or onto the European or World stage. By offering a superb prize incentive, this will hopefully attract the best young drivers in the country and even the world to compete on our events next year.”

2015-12-18

DMACK Partners Junior British Rally Championship To Create Young Driver Pathway To WRC
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