Tänak Hopes Experience Will Help DMACK In Sardinia

Tänak Hopes Experience Will Help DMACK In Sardinia

Next week’s Rally Italia Sardegna, round six of the FIA World Rally Championship, is set to be another huge test for DMACK with the challenging road conditions and high temperatures promising to punish both tyres and cars.

While the event boasts a number of significant changes this year, the tough gravel roads across the north of the Mediterranean island remain and, together with long stage distances, will prove DMACK’s puncture resistance and durability.

Drive DMACK World Rally Team driver Ott Tänak is hoping for a strong result in Sardinia after retirement on the first day of Rally Argentina. He’s already proved his speed in the Autotek Ford Fiesta R5 this year, using DMACK’s DMG+2 tyre to win every single stage he completed at Rally Mexico in March. He’s also a fan of the tricky Sardinian stages after finishing on the podium with third overall in 2012 driving a Fiesta RS WRC.

Tänak will again use DMACK’s nominated hard compound S3 tyre in Sardinia. He will also have a maximum of 16 pieces of the soft S6 available should it be deemed to provide an advantage on the soft or damp stages. In total, WRC 2 crews will be allowed a maximum of 24 tyres for the event.

Alongside Tänak, DMACK will equip 10 drivers in the WRC 2 series including Quentin Gilbert, Nicolas Fuchs, Egon Kaur and Saleh Bin Eidan – all in Fiesta R5s.

Competitors are set to face a new-style event with a familiar feel when the rally kicks off next Thursday evening in Sardinia. The action starts with an all-new start ceremony and super special stage in Cagliari – the island’s capital on the southern coast. While the service park and Rally HQ moves across the island from Olbia to Alghero in the west, many of the stages remain the same.

Sardinia is renowned for its mix of conditions. Many of the narrow, forest roads have an initial soft, sandy base which kicks up huge dust clouds in the dry. But, on the second pass, these roads can become deeply rutted and expose piercing rocks. There are also a number of extremely abrasive sections which can scrub away rubber and really test tyre durability.

In addition to strength, durability and puncture resistance, DMACK’s runners also demand high levels of performance. The Sardinian roads are fast but quite narrow and a high degree of precision is needed to negotiate the rocks, water splashes and jumps which are familiar sights along the route.

Event Details

Teams head south to Cagliari to tackle the opening super special stage on Thursday evening – which they will recce in their competition cars. Then it’s back to the north of the island for a loop of four stages to the west of Alghero which is repeated in the afternoon after service.

Saturday features just four tests but is easily the toughest challenge of the week. Crews will contest the mammoth 59.13km Monte Lerno stage twice during the day. Featuring the famous Mickey’s Jump, which launches cars high into the air, the lengthy run in the Mediterranean sun will punish crews, cars and tyres. Sunday’s final four stages finish with a flourish taking drivers to Sassari following by a blast over the power stage along the coast to the north of Alghero.

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “Sardinia offers a really unique mix of abrasive roads and soft stages – both creating different challenges for our tyres. Some of the distances, especially on Saturday, will force drivers to think about how they manage their tyre allocation. Hopefully Ott can have some better luck on this event to take a solid finish and really boost his WRC 2 challenge.”

Ott Tänak said: “This is the only event where I’ve scored a WRC podium so it has good memories for me and I enjoy the stages. This year will be a little different with some new roads but the plan is still to have a problem-free run. We will drive at our own rhythm and pace as, after a poor result in Argentina, we need to have a good finish here to give our championship hopes a real boost.” 

2014-05-30

Tänak Hopes Experience Will Help DMACK In Sardinia
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