Long Stages To Deliver Tough Test In Mexico

Long Stages To Deliver Tough Test In Mexico

DMACK is predicting a tough return to gravel next week when the FIA World Rally Championship hosts the first loose surface action of the season at Rally Guanajuato Mexico. The high altitude stages, high ambient temperatures and reduced tyre allocations will force drivers to work closely with manufacturers to manage their tyre package effectively.

The stages around Leon are literally the pinnacle of the championship – reaching the highest point of the season. It’s a compact route, with 40% of the entire distance comprising competitive stages, but the mix of loose and abrasive surfaces together with high speeds delivers a real test for tyres.

DMACK has nominated its DMG+2, which features a number of construction tweaks for 2015, in the hard S3 compound to provide a mix of performance and durability. The hard compound means tread blocks are stiffer to offer greater high-speed stability and improved durability in the energy-soaking temperatures and rough gravel roads.

Generally punctures are not a huge issue in Mexico and DMACK’s gravel tyres must offer enough protection to give drivers the confidence to carry just one spare and keep weight to a minimum.

With maximum tyre allowances reduced for 2015, competitors need an even greater focus on management. In Mexico that means checking and adjusting tyre pressures, which can rise and fall with altitude changes, and complex tyres changes during each loop of stages to ensure the best possible performance on the long speed tests.

DMACK’s on-event technical team will work closely with competitors to ensure they have a plan to best manage tyre resources. In addition to the S3, crews will also have access to the soft compound S6 as an alternative for wet weather.

After a stunning WRC 2 victory in Sweden two weeks ago, championship leaders Jari Ketomaa and Kaj Lindstrom will take to the stages in their Drive DMACK World Rally Team Ford Fiesta R5. DMACK will also support Peruvian Nicolas Fuchs as he kicks off his 2015 campaign in a M-Sport Fiesta R5 and local star Ricardo Trivino.

Rally Mexico is one of the fun events of the season. It’s renowned for the energetic ceremonial start in the stunningly colourful town of Guanajuato – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Crowds flock from afar to watch the opening street stage running through tunnels under the town on Thursday evening.

The high-action route then switches to the dirt roads traversing the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanjuato mountains. Friday features two passes over the 44.13km El Chocolate test while. Saturday boasts a huge 86km loop of special stages while the final action on Sunday is capped off with the huge 55.82km Guanajuatito stage.

Crews will finish back at the Leon Poliforum on Sunday afternoon after 21 stages covering 395.21km.

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “Tyre management will be critical in Mexico and I think drivers need to think carefully around how they best deal with some of the long distances. Tyre allocations have dropped again this year creating more of a focus on clever management and ensuring drivers and tyre manufacturers work together seamlessly. Mexico is a fast event where high speed stability and confident precision is critical.”

Jari Ketomaa said: “I'm really looking forward to Mexico, I really enjoy the fast gravel roads. We need to have a good package with car, crew and tyres all working well together to stay ahead of the regional cars. I had a good felling with the car in GB and Sweden so I’m hoping we can be competitive again next week.”

2015-02-27

Long Stages To Deliver Tough Test In Mexico
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