DMACK Equals Best Result And Wins Historic Rally

DMACK Equals Best Result And Wins Historic Rally

DMACK equalled its best result of the season at Rally Italia Sardegna today after Estonians Ott Tänak and co-driver Raigo Mõlder finished fifth overall, with Karl Kruuda sealing the firm’s second WRC 2 podium in two events. Meanwhile, double world rally champion Miki Biasion took a dominant overall victory in the Historic rally at the wheel of a DMACK-shod Lancia Delta.

The event also demonstrated the speed of DMACK’s recently upgraded gravel tyres after they helped Tänak blitz the opposition to seal another fastest stage time yesterday.

DMACK’s new British-built tyres successfully tackled the arduous island gravel roads, some of the most challenging in the entire FIA World Rally Championship. Battling for the early rally lead, Tänak showed their improved pace right from the opening stage when he set second fastest time, just 0.3 seconds adrift of the lead.

When Friday’s action headed east of rally base in Alghero, he struggled a little with durability on the ultra-abrasive roads but still managed to finish the day safely inside the top-10.

However, he resumed the charge during the longest day of the rally on Saturday. Setting leading times throughout the morning loop, Tänak scored DMACK’s second fastest stage time of the season as he blasted through the 22.39km stage to finish 1.3 seconds faster than his nearest rival. By the end of the day he’d moved up four places into the top-five.

He maintained that throughout Sunday’s final four stages to finish fifth overall and consolidate both his and DMACK World Rally Team’s positions in the overall WRC championships.

In WRC 2 Karl Kruuda and Martin Järveoja had an excellent debut for the DMACK team after finishing an impressive third – the second DMACK podium in two rallies. The pair progressed well in their Ford Fiesta R5, improving throughout the weekend, and are confident ahead of their next outing at Rally Poland.

Team-mates Marius Aasen and Veronica Engan also built on their fine R5 gravel debut in Portugal. They had set improved times and were also building experience before a heavy impact damaged their gearbox on Saturday’s stage 13. They rejoined today to show a strong pace and finished seventh.

DMACK had a dominant win on the Rally Sardegna Historic rally when double world champion and rally legend Miki Biasion scored fastest times on every single stage to win by over six minutes. Driving a stunning Lancia Delta Integrale local hero Biasion stole the show while team-mate Ugo Canavese finished sixth.

Offering some of the championship’s most abrasive roads, the rally was both fast and furious. The narrow stages are high speed and lined with bushes, trees and rocks – making them very technical and tricky. Once again based on the west coastal resort of Alghero, the sundrenched gravel roads across Sardinia became rutted and exposed sharp rocks on the second pass.

After the short Ittiri Arena stage on Thursday evening, competitors were treated to three full days of rough gravel roads before finishing back in Alghero this afternoon.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Once again we’ve seen the performance improvements in our gravel products with another fastest stage time. We’ve had a few challenges on this event but we are learning on the toughest stages and with the fastest rally cars in the world. But it’s the competition between the other tyre manufacturers which we welcome, and that’s what we love about the WRC. I’m confident that we can perform well in Poland and Finland where our tyres have been strong before.”

Ott Tänak said: “It was a difficult weekend but in the end quite a good result. We pushed as hard as we could on every stage and it was great to be able to show the pace again with another fastest time. This was a very tricky and tough rally but we are more confident for the next event in Poland where we’ve had success before.”

Karl Kruuda said: “It’s been a really great weekend. I haven’t competed since last summer so to come here and get on the podium is fantastic. I was worried as it’s always difficult to come in mid-season when the others are up to speed. But the car and tyres both worked really well and now the confidence is pretty good going into Poland.”

Marius Aasen said: “The rally started very well for us and generally over the whole weekend we had a really great feeing with the car and tyres. Unfortunately we had to retire but these things happen, this was a difficult rally and I was pleased with my performance on my first time here. I’m looking forward to the next rally in Poland – I’m much more familiar with the roads.”

Miki Biasion said: “We had a very nice rally and I really enjoyed to drive the car with these tyres. They worked really well in the rough conditions, even when the roads were badly damaged, and it will be interesting to develop them even further for historic cars. The rally itself was great, fantastic to see so many spectators waiting for the historic cars and the stages were very challenging.”


DMACK Equals Best Result And Wins Historic Rally
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