Top Aussie Finish Secures Best WRC Season For DMACK

Top Aussie Finish Secures Best WRC Season For DMACK

DMACK rounded off a sizzling season in the FIA World Rally Championship with its finest result at this weekend’s sun-drenched Rally Australia. Seventh place on the final round capped off an amazing debut season for the DMACK World Rally Team, competing at the very pinnacle of the series alongside teams from manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Hyundai, Citroen and Ford.

The top Australian result saw DMACK’s hard compound gravel tyres compete on some of the toughest conditions of the season – with the 51km Nambucca stage running with ground temperatures over 45 degrees.

But the new British-built gravel tyre range, introduced back in May, was more than fit for the challenge offered by the toughest gravel and dirt roads in the world. Cruelly denied a debut victory after final day dramas in Poland, the DMACK team led three WRC rallies and scored two second overall finishes thanks to Estonians Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder.

Tänak went on to set a string of fastest stage times across the remainder of the season’s gravel events – that number topped only by championship winner Sebastien Ogier.

It could have easily been another podium down under this weekend. Piloting his 2016 specification Ford Fiesta RS WRC for the final time, Tänak was in a cool third place after Friday’s opening three stages.

But a spin in stage four cost 30 seconds and dropped him back to eighth after losing time in the thick dust. Later in the day he picked up a 40 second penalty for arriving late at a time control – both mistakes ensuring a chase for the podium was well out of touch.

Rally Australia’s three days of action, based around the coastal resort of Coffs Harbour in New South Wales, was another tough way to round off the season. The area’s fast, flowing gravel roads run through both open countryside and dense jungle forests.

The high temperatures and unrelenting sunshine made conditions tough for drivers and tyres but DMACK’s hard compound GH21 was more than a match for them. Combatting loose gravel and the mix of abrasive and softer clay roads, Tänak used both hard and soft compound options over the weekend to secure DMACK’s best performance in Australia.

The action began on Friday with a double loop of four stages around Macksville to the south of Coffs Harbour. Saturday was the toughest day with two passes over the 50.8km Nambucca stage close to Bowraville before the action finished today with five stages to the north.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “We’ve finished off a successful and significant season in WRC with a strong performance in Australia. At the start of the year we targetted a podium, but we’ve achieved so much more with some superb battles against our great competitors Michelin. Competing on all 13 events this year with our own team fighting at the top has been an amazing experience and provided us with the technical development we need for 2017. I’d like to thank Ott, Raigo and all the team at DMACK and M-Sport.”

Ott Tänak said: “Apart from the problems on Friday, it was a really enjoyable rally. The stages here are great fun to drive, with some nice, flowing sections. Overall it’s been a positive season and we’ve worked really hard with the DMACK technicians to move things forward. There have been highs and lows but the progress this year has been impressive.”

2016-11-20

Top Aussie Finish Secures Best WRC Season For DMACK
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