DMACK Seeking More Top WRC Times In Poland

DMACK Seeking More Top WRC Times In Poland

DMACK’s FIA World Rally Championship challenge moves to the high-speed, gravel roads of Rally Poland next week for round seven of the series. And the focus switches to soft, sandy conditions where both DMACK and its leading Estonian crew of Ott Tänak and co-driver Raigo Mõlder have performed well in the past.

DMACK drivers scored a stunning one-two victory in WRC 2 two years ago after its DMG+2 gravel tyres mastered the sandy roads through the Masurian lake district to the north of the country. With significant upgrades to those tyres since then, and a string of top times over the last few events, it’s hoped that Tänak will be on the pace once again.

After setting a fastest overall stage time, and equalling the DMACK World Rally Team’s best result in Sardinia a few weeks ago, Tänak and Mõlder will be pushing in Poland. The high-speed roads should feel a little more familiar to their home stages in Estonia while the soft, sandy surfaces mean tyre wear is not expected to be a major issue.

To cope with the soft surfaces, DMACK has nominated its DMG+2 soft compound GS61 tyre. Competitors in WRC cars can use a maximum of 28 tyres and also have the option of 16 alternative GH21 hard compound should the conditions change.

In WRC 2, DMACK will be chasing its third podium finish in as many events. Estonians Karl Kruuda and Martin Järveoja had an excellent debut for the team in Sardinia at the wheel of their Ford Fiesta R5 and will be aiming to lift their pace on the faster stages in Poland.

Team-mates Marius Aasen and Veronica Engan from Norway are also in a confident mood. They won the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy round in Poland last year and feel more at home on the fast roads. They will also use DMACK’s GS61 soft but have the GH42 hard as their second option.

The action is 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. However, a significant chunk of the event is new and that means a level playing field and pretty intense battles over the weekend – all watched by huge numbers of fans who flock from neighbouring countries.

After a short blast through the super special stage on Thursday night, it’s straight into Friday’s repeated four-stage loop. Saturday’s route heads north for six stages split with just a remote tyre fitting zone in Goldap. The event’s 21 stages complete with four tests closer to Rally HQ.

Rally Poland is also round two of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, which is led by UK driver Osian Pryce.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “DMACK tyres have traditionally performed well on softer surfaces so we are confident ahead of Rally Poland. Last year we saw high temperatures which in turn increased tyre wear – so it can still be a tricky event. However, we are optimistic of maintaining our run of improved performances this season.”

Ott Tänak said: “We had a good test earlier in the week and if the conditions work in our favour then I think we have a good chance to challenge again. The stages are very fast in Poland and I enjoy those conditions, it's a little more similar to roads in Estonia. Whatever happens we will continue to give it our best shot and push as hard as possible.

Karl Kruuda: I've competed here before and like the type of fast, flowing roads in Poland. However, we haven't driven at these speeds for a while so it might take a few stages to adapt, but I'm confident we can get up to the pace. Sardinia was a good rally for us but the aim is to try and improve on that pace next week."

Marius Aasen said: “Poland is one of my favourite rallies and I have good memories from winning my first DMACK Fiesta Trophy round there last year. I really enjoy these roads, they are more similar to back home in Norway, but you need to be really committed to go well in Poland. With the high speeds, there will be quite a big step up from the R2 to the R5 car but we are ready for the challenge.”

2016-06-24

DMACK Seeking More Top WRC Times In Poland
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