Tänak Podium Confirms Top DMACK Asphalt Result

Tänak Podium Confirms Top DMACK Asphalt Result

After being locked in a dramatic final-stage battle for victory in the FIA WRC 2 Championship, Drive DMACK World Rally Team’s Ott Tänak finished runner-up to score a perfect podium during the team’s best-ever asphalt result at Rallye Deutschland today.

The Estonian delivered a controlled, mature and error-free drive to overcome some treacherous conditions over the three-day event. He benefitted from DMACK’s well-constructed asphalt tyre to hold firm and challenge for victory while other drivers struggled with the tough conditions.

Consistently climbing up the leaderboard, Tänak led the WRC 2 series going into today’s final stage but was edged out into second by a mere 1.8sec.

The result marks an encouraging milestone for DMACK. In conjunction with Shandong Yongtai Group, its manufacturing partner in China, the firm has been working hard this season to improve its range of asphalt tyres. This weekend’s action confirms the DMT-RC tyre can take the challenge to the other three tyre manufacturers in the FIA World Rally Championship and further improvements are planned to ensure it matches DMACK’s rally-winning gravel tyre.

Tänak used the soft S3 compound for the majority of the changeable event. It was able to provide him and co-driver Raigo Molder with the performance to chase WRC 2 victory and the strength and puncture resistance to confidently take the huge cuts through the tough German special stages.

Rally Deutschland is traditionally one of the toughest asphalt events of the season. Its mix of unpredictable weather conditions, surface changes and technical stages saw even the world’s top drivers succumb to the challenge.

Many of the timed stages run through the technical vineyards high in the hills overlooking the Mosel river. Their narrow, cambered roads are lined with walls and vines, with bumps, cuts and blind corners adding to the challenge. Low temperatures and overnight rain ensured the roads were extra-slippery.

However the toughest conditions Tänak faced were the broken asphalt roads on the Panzerplatte stage through the infamous Baumholder tank training ground. But Tänak stole the show to set the fastest time through the 42.51km test in his Autotek Ford Fiesta R5.

Rallye Deutschland also marked round four of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy where 17 crews in M-Sport-built Ford Fiesta R2 cars lined-up in both the main series and the Shoot-Out for private teams. Britons Tom Cave and Craig Parry took a decisive win to set up a final round battle for the title with series leader Sander Parn from Estonia.

The DMACK development team now heads to the Czech Rally Zlin next week to assess four new evolutions of its asphalt tyre. Tänak will compete on the European Championship event in a Fiesta R5.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “The mixed weather and surface conditions make this event one of the toughest asphalt rounds. However, Ott and Raigo have done an exceptional job and, as a team, everyone within DMACK has been working together and alongside our partners Yongtai in China. We have the confidence to move forward with competitive products for both gravel and asphalt.”

Ott Tänak said: “It was a difficult rally and one where we had to manage the situation and push hard when we could. It’s not easy with these conditions but we had the right strategy. I’m looking forward to next week where we will try some improved tyres. The progress with DMACK this year has been really impressive."

2014-08-24

Tänak Podium Confirms Top DMACK Asphalt Result
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