• DMACK’s fifth consecutive British Rally Championship victory.
• Top-four overall drivers use new DMACK gravel tyres.
• Third UK rally win in five weeks.
• DMACK drivers lead seven of the nine championship battles.
Reigning British champion DMACK continued to stamp its authority on UK rallying as the top-four drivers on the opening round of the 2017 MSA British Rally Championship all used the firm’s new gravel tyres. The historic victory from Swede Fredrik Ahlin and co-driver Torstein Eriksen was DMACK’s fifth consecutive overall win in the UK’s top rally series.
The Border Counties Rally was an extremely challenging but competitive event. After the four opening special stages through the slippery southern Scotland forests, four different drivers had topped the time-sheets – each one using DMACK’s new 2017 specification DMG+22 rally tyre.
It was the third UK victory in five weeks for DMACK drivers as the company’s new British-built products showed just how competitive they were in the tricky UK forest stages.
The British national series is one of the most competitive with DMACK up against four other tyre manufacturers – Hankook, Kumho, Michelin and Pirelli. But Ahlin, driving his CA1 Sport-prepared Skoda Fabia R5, was a class act and opened up a winning margin of 38 seconds at the end of the 55-mile event.
Second and third were Welsh drivers Tom Cave and Osian Pryce, with Irishman Keith Cronin fourth – all three driving DMACK-equipped Ford Fiesta R5 cars.
DMACK continued its success across the classes. In the newly-formed Cadet Cup, drivers using DMACK’s new 175/70R15 tyre locked out the podium while world mountain-bike star Gee Atherton won BRC4. Donnie MacDonald was the overall winner of the National Rally Cup and Nabila Tejpar took the Ladies Trophy, making it DMACK drivers leading seven of the nine championship classes.
Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Our new range of tyres for national rallying has been successful straight away and to take three overall rally victories in five weeks in the UK shows that we’ve got an unbeatable product. It’s encouraging that we are continuing to win at all levels across the British championship and we have even more to come as product development continues.”
Fredrik Ahlin, Border Counties Rally winner, said: “It’s been a very good weekend for us. We took it steady to begin with as I had a new car and new co-driver, but I am really happy with how today went. After taking a big chunk of time in the middle of the day, we just kept that gap and made sure we got to the finish. We will continue going forward with a smart approach, being neat and consistent and thinking about the championship. We couldn’t have asked for a better start – it’s going to be a good year.”