Double DMACK Asphalt Action With World And British Championship Challenges

Double DMACK Asphalt Action With World And British Challenges

The DMACK World Rally Team heads to the first all-asphalt round of the FIA World Rally Championship next week equipped with an upgraded range of Tarmac tyres for the tough challenge of ADAC Rallye Deutschland.

After demonstrating rally-winning pace on gravel this season, and narrowly missing out on a debut WRC victory, DMACK is hoping its all-new DMT-RC2 tyres will offer a similar boost in performance when round nine of the series tackles the arduous asphalt stages in Germany.

Estonians Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder will debut DMACK’s new asphalt rubber on their Ford Fiesta RS WRC. In addition to soft compound S5+ and the hard H5+ option, DMACK crews will also have access to a full wet pattern for the first time. The new W5+ features deep grooves to clear standing water and offers enhanced safety in adverse conditions.

The asphalt rallying rulebook is thrown out the window for Rallye Deutschland. Its unique challenge comes from three different types of special stages with three different road surfaces to test DMACK’s tyre to the limit.

Many of the German stages run through the technical vineyards high in the hills overlooking the Mosel river. Their narrow, cambered roads are lined with walls and vines, demanding precision and instant turn-in from tyres. The surfaces can become slippery with dirt and soil dragged out as drivers cut corners to find the quickest line.

However, the toughest conditions will be faced on the broken asphalt roads on the 40.8 km Panzerplatte stage, which runs twice on Saturday through the infamous Baumholder tank training ground. The third surface is experienced on the more traditional public roads through the Saarland countryside but these smooth stages become treacherously slippery when wet.

Rallye Deutschland is again based in Trier close to the Luxembourg border and sees crews tackle 306 km of action over 18 stages before finishing back at the Porta Nigra UNESCO world heritage site on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile the DMACK British Rally Team will have its own asphalt challenge in the MSA British Rally Championship as Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry aim to take their fourth win of the season at the Ulster Rally in Northern Ireland. Held next Friday and Saturday, the event features two days of difficult Tarmac roads in the mountains of Tyrone and Derry.

Driving their Autotek-run Fiesta R5, Evans and Parry have built up a 39-point championship lead. They’ve already shown leading pace on asphalt earlier this season with a string of fastest times on the Circuit of Ireland. It’s also a exciting event for team-mates Matt Edwards and Will Rogers who step up to the R5 class after having already secured the BRC2 championship title.

Next week’s Ulster Rally begins from Derry’s Guildhall on Friday lunchtime and features 133 miles of stages across the fast, dirty countryside lanes and mountain passes. It draws to a close on Saturday evening after 14 stages.

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “We are expecting to see an improvement in performance with the new Tarmac range – especially if the conditions work in our favour. We’ve used the same methodology as the gravel tyres and it’s all part of our progression ahead of the 2017 season. The conditions in Germany are always difficult but we should have a range to cover all eventualities.”

Ott Tänak, DMACK World Rally Team driver, said: “I like Tarmac and also enjoy the stages in Germany – you can have different weather on every stage in a loop so it’s always a compromise. We’ve shown how our pace can be on gravel this year and hopefully we will have the right conditions next week. Either way, I will be pushing as hard as possible for a solid result.”

Elfyn Evans, DMACK British Rally Team driver, said: “We’ve had a good run over the last few events and will be aiming to carry that speed and performance again in Ulster. Our pace on the Circuit of Ireland was good so we need to continue that without any problems to strengthen our championship challenge.”


Double DMACK Asphalt Action With World And British Championship Challenges
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