Top Results Continue As DMACK Masters Mexico

Top Results Continue As DMACK Masters Mexico

The DMACK World Rally Team continued its impressive start to the season with another strong result on the first gravel event of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship. Rally Guanajuato Mexico was a tough endurance event but a super sixth from Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder helped DMACK maintain its fine fifth position in the race for the manufacturer championship.

While the arduous gravel roads claimed a number of the leading drivers, Tänak held firm with another mistake-free drive to strengthen his position in the championship battle and ensuring DMACK finished second only to Michelin in the tyre manufacturers’ tussle. For the third event in a row, DMACK scored its best-ever overall finish on the event.

After asphalt, snow and ice on the opening two rounds, the DMACK World Rally Team headed to Mexico with its DMG+2 gravel tyre. It featured some minor revisions from last season to deal with the long stage distances and rocky roads. And that challenge peaked on the final day when competitors tackled a huge 80km stage – the longest test in WRC for over 30 years.

Despite the demanding conditions, Tänak proved the performance of DMACK’s WRC tyre. He was second fastest on stage nine, beaten by just 0.1 seconds by the eventual rally winner, in what was his best stage result on DMACK tyres.

The hard S3A compound also demonstrated impressive durability on the altitude stages. The hard compound offers stiffer tread blocks, greater high-speed stability and improved durability in the energy-soaking temperatures and rough gravel roads.

Rally Mexico burst into life with the traditional energetic ceremonial start in the stunningly colourful town of Guanajuato – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After the opening street stage, which ran through tunnels under the town on Thursday evening, the action switched to the dirt roads traversing the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanjuato mountains.

Friday featured two passes over the 54.21km El Chocolate test while Saturday boasted two runs through Otates at 42.62km. However, both days were eclipsed by the mammoth 80km Guanajuato stage on Sunday, testing drivers’ stamina and physical endurance.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Rally Mexico provided another challenging and tough event with ideal conditions for us to continue to evolve our gravel products. We’ve displayed both speed and endurance once again with Ott scoring another solid result against the factory teams. Development will continue ahead of the traditional European gravel events.”

Ott Tänak said: “The atmosphere and passionate fans really make Rally Mexico a special event and I always enjoy this rally. We continued to drive as fast as possible over the weekend, pushing when the conditions allowed and suited our team. It was a positive result as we continue our run of strong finishes and DMACK has taken some useful information from the weekend to make things even better for future gravel rallies.”

2016-03-07

Top Results Continue As DMACK Masters Mexico
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