Double Winners As DMACK Performs In Portugal

Double Winners As DMACK Performs In Portugal

• Evans and Ostberg finish sixth and eighth.
• Evans best Portugal result, scores power-stage points on last two events.
• Ostberg sets two fastest stage times.
• DMACK drivers win WRC Trophy and WRC 3.

DMACK celebrated a number of strong class performances at Vodafone Rally Portugal this weekend, resulting in overall victory in the WRC Trophy and WRC 3 support championships.

Out to again prove their speed after coming close to a debut FIA World Rally Championship win in Argentina, Elfyn Evans and Dan Barritt’s sixth place finish was their best result in Portugal. Their M-Sport-prepared Ford Fiesta WRC performed faultlessly over the weekend, allowing the Brits to score crucial power-stage points for the second rally in a row.

After a last-minute switch to DMACK’s gravel tyres, Norwegians Mads Ostberg and Ola Floene set two fastest stage times over the weekend on their way to eighth place – still experimenting with the ideal settings for the new rubber.

In last year’s specification Fiesta RS WRC, Czech driver Martin Prokop took a dominant 11-minute victory with JM Raoux third in his DMACK-shod DS3 WRC.

And it was a clean-sweep as DMACK runners clinched the top-four places in WRC 3 with Francisco Name coming out on top ahead of Junior WRC regulars Nil Solans and Nicolas Ciamin. In WRC 2, Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy graduate Max Vatanen finished 13th after retiring on Saturday.

Rally Portugal, based in Matosinhos near Porto, lived up to its challenging reputation. The technical gravel stages to the north of the city cut up badly on the second pass with drivers forced to negotiate rutted roads littered with rocks.

WRC drivers used DMACK’s DMG+2 tyre in GS62 and GH23 compounds to good effect, with Ostberg and Evans setting a string of top-three stage times. WRC 2 and WRC 3 cars were equipped with the DMG+22 pattern which once again proved its competitiveness and adaptability across the different classes.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “This weekend has really highlighted our range of products for all categories of rally cars – from the elite 2017 WRC cars to the smaller two-wheel-drive machines. We’ve worked hard to develop and expand our range and, while this weekend has been a tough challenge, we’ve demonstrated a new level of competitiveness.”

Elfyn Evans said: “It’s not been the overall result we hoped for but we pushed as hard as possible and would have been higher had we not encountered a few problems and mistakes. When everything was working well we proved the pace was once again at the front so there are a few positives to take from the event.”

2017-05-21

Double Winners As DMACK Performs In Portugal
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