Strong Tyre Performance For DMACK In Australia

Strong Tyre Performance For DMACK In Australia

The diverse gravel roads of Coates Hire Rally Australia, round 10 of the FIA World Rally Championship, proved to be difficult to master this weekend as DMACK tackled three days of challenging stages down under.

However, its DMG+2 gravel tyre was more than up for the test and both compounds, the nominated S3 and softer S6, performed as expected across the 311km of competitive action around Coffs Harbour on the News South Wales coast.

DMACK won its first-ever FIA World Rally Championship title here last year and the final long-haul event of the season was as tough as ever. Much of the action ran over fast, flowing shire roads, which are typically covered in loose stones – meaning traction is at a premium. With high ambient temperatures and roads becoming more abrasive on the second pass, the DMACK S3 was able to provide the high-speed precision and durability to cope with the conditions.

A smaller proportion of the rally took competitors through dense rainforest where tracks were much narrower, bumpy and had a softer clay-like surface. The tyre of choice then switched to the soft S6 compound, which was at home on the more humid and soft roads.

Top DMACK crew was the local pairing of Scott Pedder and Dale Moscatt at the wheel of their M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta R5. The highest seeded Australian team had hoped to use their local knowledge to chase a podium in WRC 2.

However, they slid off the road on the opening day, damaging their suspension and dropping time. Rejoining on Saturday, they set a series of strong times and managed to come home in sixth despite another technical issue today.

Rally Australia featured a tough but compact itinerary. Friday’s high-speed shire road action took in a loop of four tests repeated in the afternoon. Saturday only offered four stages but included two passes over the huge 50.80km Nambucca test around the town of Bowraville, the biggest challenge of the event.

The weekend concluded with five stages held to the north of Coffs Harbour today where the action finished with the 9.23km Wedding Bells stage.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Rally Australia always delivers a tough test and tyre choice is normally a mix of both compounds. We gained good information from the event last year and, as expected, both our tyre options delivered a strong performance across the varied conditions. With the recent appointment of our new technical director, we’ve got a solid base upon which to move even further forward.”

Scott Pedder said: “We came here with the focus on a podium so the result is a little disappointing. But when things were going well we did show a much improved pace and were on a level of speed in line with the WRC 2 challengers. The tyres worked really well and we’ve definitely shown the best speed and most promise of the season – there’s lots of positives I can take from the weekend.”

2015-09-14

Strong Tyre Performance For DMACK In Australia
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