Perfect Progress As DMACK Ramps Up Tarmac Pace

Perfect Progress As DMACK Ramps Up Tarmac Pace

DMACK celebrated a huge step forward in the performance of its Tarmac tyres on some of the FIA World Rally Championship’s most difficult sealed surface stages. Despite a fierce battle for the lead of ADAC Rallye Deutschland, DMACK’s Ott Tänak set top-three stage times and ran consistently inside the top-five for much of the tough event.

DMACK played its joker before the rally to introduce an all-new specification of the DMT-RC2 Tarmac tyre. After an intense period of testing and technical development, the soft compound S5+ and hard H5+ were nominated for the rest of the season alongside a new wet tread W5+ tyre to improve safety in the rain.

Estonians Tänak and co-driver Raigo Mõlder were confident right from the start of the Trier-based event. The opening day’s tests were held in narrow, technical vineyard roads overlooking the Mosel river and they were on pace immediately – settling into fifth place overall.

They continued that form on day two as the event headed towards the infamous Baumholder military ranges and set times inside the top-three – demonstrating a giant leap forward in performance of the new rubber.

The pace was maintained throughout mixed conditions and when rain turned roads slippery and made grip levels inconsistent. Tänak looked set to improve even further but an alternator problem in his Ford Fiesta RS WRC sidelined the charging driver after the arduous run through Panzerplatte – a stage which featured almost 100 junctions in 40.8km.

Rejoining for the final four stages today, Tänak confirmed the perfect progress and was impressed at the leap forward in competitiveness of the tyre. He’s hoping to be on the pace once again as the championship sticks to asphalt for the Rallye de France at the end of September.

Rallye Deutschland was again based in Trier close to the Luxembourg border and saw crews tackle 306 km of action over 18 stages before finishing back at the Porta Nigra UNESCO world heritage site.

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “Our technical and development team has been working hard to improve the asphalt tyre range and, as we’ve seen with our gravel products, it’s really starting to pay off. The performance gains mark a major milestone for DMACK and really gives us a major boost in our quest to supply a manufacturer next season.”

Ott Tänak, DMACK World Rally Team driver, said: “I’m quite impressed with the new tyres and it’s a big step forward with performance. We had a good feeling right from the beginning and decided to have a push. On the dry stages everything was good, working well and that allowed us to set some very good times. It’s certainly a positive step for the future.”

2016-08-23

Perfect Progress As DMACK Ramps Up Tarmac Pace
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