Super Sardinia Saturday Provides Challenge For DMACK

Super Sardinia Saturday Provides Challenge For DMACK

Next week’s Rally Italia Sardegna, round six of the FIA World Rally Championship, is set to be another demanding test for DMACK with the challenging road conditions and high temperatures promising to punish both tyres and cars. And the biggest challenge will come from Saturday’s huge route, which sees competitors tackle over 200km of stages – the longest day in WRC since 2012.

While the event boasts a number of significant changes this year, the sundrenched gravel roads across the Mediterranean island of Sardinia remain and, together with long stage distances, will provide a stern test of DMACK’s durability.

Known for its harsh surfaces, boasting some of the championship’s most abrasive roads, the rally is both fast and furious. The stages are traditionally narrow and lined with bushes, trees and rocks – but also pretty high speed.

In addition to precise handling, DMACK’s DMG+2 gravel tyre must also provide excellent durability and puncture resistance to cope with the rough second pass during the hot Sardinian summer.

DMACK has nominated its hard compound S3 tyre which handled the situation well last year – drivers have a maximum allocation of 30 tyres across the four-day, 24-stage event.

Based in the resort of Alghero on the north-west coast, competitors will head to Cagliari on the southern coast for Thursday night’s ceremonial start and the popular opening street stage through the town. Friday takes in nine stages on the way north to Alghero but it’s Saturday which is likely to be the toughest day, requiring a degree of clever tyre management.

Drivers will tackle two identical loops to the east of Alghero, each with four demanding speed tests totaling 101km. Two of those tests are 37.5km long and include the Monte Lerno stage, famous for Mickey’s Jump which launches cars high into the air. Saturday also includes two remote tyre fitting zones where DMACK will transport tyres for crews to choose and fit themselves in a controlled zone.

Sunday finishes with four stages north of Alghero. Overall there are 24 timed sections covering 400 competitive kilometres – with less than a third carried over from 2014.

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “Sardinia offers a really unique mix of abrasive roads and soft stages – both creating different challenges for our tyres. Some of the distances, especially on Saturday, will force drivers to think about how they manage their tyre allocation. It’s a difficult rally and I believe and even greater challenge this year.”


Super Sardinia Saturday Provides Challenge For DMACK
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