DMACK Rocks And Rolls At Tough Rally Portugal

DMACK Rocks And Rolls At Tough Rally Portugal

DMACK’s robust gravel tyres were able to master the seriously tough conditions thrown up by Rally de Portugal this weekend but it was a challenging start to Sander Pärn and James Morgan’s prize drive season. Last year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy winners had a difficult run behind the wheel of their Ford Fiesta R5 on round five of the FIA World Rally Championship.

The event’s move north to Porto presented drivers with a completely new route, which turned out to be hugely demanding on Friday. Damaged roads rutted quickly, creating harsh, hazardous conditions with rocks littering the gravel tracks.

The DMG+2 tyre proved its strength and provided drivers with the confidence to tackle the taxing roads. Tyre management also played an important part with drivers having to cleverly select between hard and soft compounds to deal effectively with the mix of conditions.

The focus for Estonian Pärn was always to complete the event and gain the maximum experience possible and, while there were a couple of mechanical issues which hindered his progress, he did complete the full mileage. The performance was a solid foundation for him to build on and improve on the next event.

However, for team-mates Jari Ketomaa and Kaj Lindstrom, it was a weekend to forget. Their sister Fiesta took a battering and was plagued with a number of time-consuming issues. But they ended up rolling spectacularly into retirement on the first stage this morning after edging off line on one of the Fafe’s tests iconic jumps.

DMACK also launched the 2015 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy in Portugal and Max Vatanen, son of former world rally champion Ari, took the spoils after an impressive and measured drive.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “I don’t think anyone expected the conditions to be as rough as we experienced and I’m proud to say our gravel tyres held up extremely well during the rocky stages on Friday. We didn’t get the result we were after in WRC 2 but Sander had a solid run on his first prize event.”

Jari Ketomaa said: “We had a nightmare event and didn’t have many clean stages. The pace was there when everything was fine but it was a very difficult weekend. We hadn’t been pushing on Fafe but just got offline and it all went wrong.”

Sander Pärn said: “It was a very difficult rally for me but we have to take the positives from this weekend. It was my first event with the R5 car on gravel and, while we had a few problems, I think we coped with things well to complete all the stages and get to the finish. From here it can only get better so I’m looking forward to the next round.”

2015-05-25

DMACK Rocks And Rolls At Tough Rally Portugal
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