New DMACK Tyre Seals Top Tarmac Finish In Germany

New DMACK Tyre Seals Top Tarmac Finish In Germany

• Best-ever Tarmac result in WRC.
• Much-improved performance from new Tarmac tyres.
• Local star Tannert wins Junior WRC and WRC 3.
• Solans crowned WRC 3 world champion with DMACK*.

DMACK took its best-ever result on a Tarmac round of the FIA World Rally Championship after introducing new hard compound tyres for ADAC Rallye Deutschland. Elfyn Evans and Dan Barritt finished sixth in their M-Sport-run Ford Fiesta WRC demonstrating a much-improved performance from the new rubber.

DMACK played its asphalt joker before the event to introduce a new H6+BB hard compound of its DMT-RC22 tyre for WRC competitors and H6+B for WRC 2. The performance was a significant step forward from the previous asphalt round in Corsica, allowing Evans to push harder than before.

He had delivered a strong drive over the weekend’s tricky conditions. Heavy rain on Friday turned the vineyard stages into slippery, water-soaked tracks and Evans used the wet pattern DMT-WET tyre to master the conditions. As the roads dried during Saturday, he used a mix of the soft S6+ and new hard tyre to climb up to fourth overall.

But a minor overshoot and a stall on the first stage this morning saw him drop around seven seconds and, struggling for grip over the final stages, he slipped back to sixth.

It was a positive WRC 2 debut for Jon Armstrong and Noel O’Sullivan on the first of two prize drives from last year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. They increased their pace over the weekend and eventually set a fastest time on the penultimate stage today – on just their third-ever day at the wheel of the Fiesta R5.

In the same category Quentin Gilbert and Renaul Jamoul took their Skoda Fabia to a fine fourth place overall after an impressive weekend.

DMACK drivers Nil Solans and Miki Ibanez secured the FIA WRC 3 world championship title* using DMACK’s 16” asphalt tyres. They finished second behind Junior WRC winner Julius Tannert, also on DMACK tyres, to collect enough points to become world champions.

Rallye Deutschland was a tough, Tarmac challenge after torrential rain on Friday turned the tricky vineyard stages into water-logged tracks. The event offered three different stage types, from narrow vineyard tracks to open country roads and the abrasive tests through the infamous Baumholder military range.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Overall it was a good performance and a solid improvement, especially in Panzerplatte, with the new hard compound tyre. It’s a little bit disappointing to lose fourth place as we had a positive test before the rally which showed we could be on the pace. Although we have made significant improvement we still need to continue the development to match Michelin, whose performance here in the wet was a surprise.”

Elfyn Evans, DMACK WRC driver, said: “It wasn’t the perfect weekend but we pushed as hard as possible through every single stage. There were times when things were working really well and it felt very good, but the stages had many surface changes and we struggled on some of them. We’ve made good progress since Corsica and that’s something positive to build on.”

*subject to official confirmation of the final results by the FIA.

2017-08-20

New DMACK Tyre Seals Top Tarmac Finish In Germany
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