DMACK Backs Pedder For Home Rally Run

DMACK Backs Pedder For Home Rally Run

DMACK heads down under next week for Coates Hire Rally Australia – the event where the Drive DMACK team sealed its first-ever FIA World Rally Championship title last year. The squad was crowned WRC 2 Teams Champions in 2014 and is aiming for continued success this time around with the top local driver joining its ranks.

Scott Pedder and Dale Moscatt, the top seeded Australian crew, are aiming for a strong performance on their home round of the world series and have targeted a podium finished in WRC 2.

The pair have clocked up some serious air miles this season as part of their WRC 2 campaign and are hoping for home advantage on the demanding gravel stages around Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales coast. They will drive an M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta R5 in their bid to chase a season-best finish.

As the third and final long-haul event of the season, the rally is both tough and complex. Operationally DMACK has shipped its bespoke fitting container, which is kitted out with the machines and equipment needed to supply gravel tyres for competitors. The latest DMG+2 tyres have flown direct from its factory ready for the challenge of next week.

The race is held over roads covered in loose stones and renowned for being ultra-slippery and dusty in the dry. But, if wet, the conditions change dramatically with muddy and treacherously slimy surfaces creating extreme conditions.

The varied character of the event’s stages also pose a complex challenge – one minute cars can be threading their way along tight and twisty tracks deep in the rainforest, the next they can be flat-out over fast and flowing roads in open countryside.

DMACK has nominated the hard compound S3 as first choice for the rally, with the softer S6 available should conditions turn wet or cold.

Rally Australia is once again based at Coffs Harbour, halfway between Sydney and Brisbane, and features a compact itinerary. Friday’s high-speed shire road stages are based to the south with a loop of four tests repeated.

Only four stages await teams on Saturday but the huge 50.80km Nambucca test around the town of Bowraville will be the biggest challenge of the weekend. Sunday finishes with five stages to the north of Coffs Harbour including the Wedding Bells power stage.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Rally Australia holds fond memories as the event where we celebrated our first world title. We return again next week with the top local driver and I’m sure Scott will put up a performance to please the home fans. Australia is a difficult event, with the weather at this time of year a little unknown, but I’m confident our tyres can cope well with all conditions.”

Scott Pedder said: “The motivation for your home rally is always higher than others and Coates Hire Rally Australia is a world class event with some fantastic roads, we have a lot of home town support. We can certainly be in with a chance for a podium in WRC 2 here and if we can get into a good rhythm and pace from the start, perhaps we can be challenging for the win. Our plan is to just drive our own race and hope that it is good enough against a strong field of regional rally cars.”


DMACK Backs Pedder For Home Rally Run
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