DMACK Improves As Sardinia Lays Down Tough Test

DMACK Improves As Sardinia Lays Down Tough Test

• Hard compound tyres much improved since last season.
• DMACK drivers win both Junior WRC and WRC 3.
• Sardinia roads provide stern hard gravel test.

DMACK overcame the demanding conditions of Rally Italia Sardegna in style this weekend with a huge improvement in performance since last year’s event. Round seven of the FIA World Rally Championship saw some of the toughest gravel conditions of the season but the DMG+2 tyres mastered the rough, rocky tracks and abrasive roads with ease.

Brits Elfyn Evans and Daniel Barritt put in a strong performance but were forced to retire on Friday after a severe compression pitched them off the road and into a tree.

The M-Sport mechanics did a fantastic job of repairing the stricken Ford Fiesta WRC and Evans was able to rejoin and complete the remaining stages over the weekend.

He used both hard GH23 and soft compound GS62 tyres to set solid stage times on the island’s formidable mountain tracks. The baking Mediterranean sun provided temperatures which were a real test for both drivers and tyres – but DMACK’s much-improved rubber was a match for everything the rally offered.

The event was also round two of the FIA Junior World Rally Championship – where DMACK is the series partner and tyre supplier. Winners of round one Nil Solans and Miki Ibanez repeated their victory to extend their lead at the top of the championship and win the first two WRC 2 prize drives.

Drivers using DMACK tyres filled all nine places in the WRC 3 championship as well.

The event started from its base in Alghero on Thursday before a remote tyre fitting zone on Friday kicked off the real action. Friday and Saturday stages were based in the hills close to Olbia and the event finished off with four tests near Alghero today.

Former DMACK driver Ott Tanak took his debut WRC victory after an unbeatable performance all weekend.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Sardinia is one of the toughest rallies of the year with some of the most abrasive surfaces and it’s clear to see we’ve made significant progress from last year. Huge congratulations to Ott, it’s fantastic to see him take his first WRC win after working so hard with us last year.”

Elfyn Evans, DMACK WRC driver, said: “It’s not been the result we wanted but it was good to get more feedback on the set-up and technical information on the tyres. It’s fair to say we made some good progress. Now the focus is definitely on Poland and Finland were we can be more confident.”

2017-06-11

DMACK Improves As Sardinia Lays Down Tough Test
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