Poland Performance Sees DMACK Top On Five Events

Poland Performance Sees DMACK Top On Five Events

• DMACK leads third WRC round in 2017.
• Fastest times on five events this season.
• Nil Solans wins round three of Junior WRC and WRC 3.
• Quentin Gilbert nets podium in WRC 2.

DMACK celebrated scoring fastest times on five different rallies this season after Elfyn Evans and Dan Barritt were unbeaten on three stages of this weekend’s Orlen Rally Poland.

The Brits were early leaders at round eight of the FIA World Rally Championship after winning the opening super-special test on Thursday evening – making it the third rally this year that DMACK has led. Last year’s edition was the first WRC event where a DMACK car led overall.

For the second time this season, Evans scored manufacturer points for the M-Sport World Rally Team in his Ford Fiesta WRC and took more stage wins than both his team-mates.

DMACK’s DMG+2 GS62 soft compound tyre came out on top on all three Mikolajki Arena tests but when the torrential rain turned sandy roads into mud-baths on Friday morning, Evans’ running position further down the order meant he was disadvantaged with deteriorating road conditions.

The DMG+2 tread pattern is more suited to dry conditions and struggled to clear the thick mud on Friday, with all drivers reporting extreme conditions and severe lack of grip.

But Evans was able to improve his pace when the rain stopped on Saturday and roads dried a little. He set some better times and was still the driver to beat on the run through the super-special every day – eventually finishing the event eighth overall.

A huge thunderstorm cancelled the ceremonial start in Mikolajki on Thursday afternoon and, apart from a few hours on Saturday, the unrelenting rain created treacherous conditions. Standing water, mud and soft sandy roads delivered constantly changing grip on some of the fastest stages of the season.

Continuing their unbeaten run, Spain’s Nil Solans and Miki Ibanez made it three wins in a row in the FIA Junior WRC – they were also overall winners in WRC 3 to extend their lead in both championships.

In WRC 2, it was an event to forget for last year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy winners Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss after a huge accident saw them retire their Ford Fiesta R5 on the first main stage. However, Quentin Gilbert and Renaud Jamoul secured a podium in their Fabia R5 using DMACK’s DMG+22 tyres.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “The wet weather and extreme conditions didn’t suit our tyre strategy for the event but it was still positive to set more fastest times and lead again in Poland. We’ve got a busy few weeks ahead, working on options to play our joker, possibly for Rally Finland.”

Elfyn Evans, DMACK WRC driver, said: “We didn’t want extreme conditions this weekend, but that’s exactly what we got and we’ve just had to manage as best we can. It’s been really tricky out there and the inconsistent grip levels made it really difficult to judge. Now we focus on the next few events and our aim in Finland is certainly to be back at the front.”

Osian Pryce, DMACK WRC 2 driver, said: “I had this opportunity and it didn’t end the way I wanted it to, but we will move onwards and upwards from this. That doesn’t mean to say I’m not sorry, for DMACK and M-Sport and every single person who put their effort into making an amazing rally car for me. Thankfully for Dale and I, this fantastic team made a really strong car that saved us in the biggest crash of our lives.”

2017-07-03

Poland Performance Sees DMACK Top On Five Events
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