Tänak Powers To Dominant DMACK Victory

Tänak Powers To Dominant DMACK Victory

DMACK is celebrating its first-ever one-two finish after the Drive DMACK World Rally team claimed first and second in WRC 2 on the seventh round of the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Poland this weekend.

Estonians Ott Tänak and Raigo Molder stormed to a dominant win after taking victory on 17 of the 22 timed stages. They were followed home by Finns Jari Ketomaa and Kaj Lindstrom in a similar Autotek-run Ford Fiesta R5 as DMACK runners topped the timesheets on all but two competitive tests.

The event was always going to play to the strengths of DMACK’s rally-wining soft compound DMG+2 gravel tyre. It reveled on the soft, sandy stages delivering the speed needed to keep Tänak and Ketomaa comfortably ahead of their rivals along with the durability and puncture resistance to ensure all DMACK runners could confidently negotiate the challenging tracks.

The low-abrasion surfaces meant that tyre wear was never going to be an issue but the badly rutted roads exposed rocks which tested DMACK’s rubber. The ruts were so extreme that they caused the cancellation of two competitive stages when the event visited Lithuania for the day on Friday.

Tänak was on top right from the opening stage on Thursday evening. He went fastest and, together with Ketomaa, set the benchmark for the entire weekend. It was a welcome victory for the Estonian who has had a mixed season of highs and lows. Ketomaa was on his tail for the first half of the event as they blitzed the field but was slowed with a spin on stage 14 yesterday.

Norwegian Henning Solberg, who had switched to DMACK tyres for the first time, powered his Ford Fiesta RS WRC to ninth overall as he praised the tyre for its impressive grip and traction on the loose surfaces.

Another Estonian driver Sander Pärn, partnered by Britain’s James Morgan, took his second victory in the one-make Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy to move clear of the chasing pack after round two.

Rally Poland was a landmark event for DMACK as it equipped 30 competitors for the first time. The event was based in MikoÅ‚ajki – a small town set in the middle of the picturesque Masurian Lake District in the north-east of the country. Rally stages were saturated with spectators as fans flocked to the popular rally to catch their favourite WRC stars in action.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “With a DMACK one-two, it has been an extremely dominant performance from the entire team. We know Ott has incredible speed but on this rally it’s safe to say we had the most competitive package and both drivers really were head and shoulders above the rest. Our tyres excel on this type of surface and now we head to Finland where we won with Jari last year.”

Ott Tänak said: “It was a very enjoyable rally and we were able to control the pace from the front The tyres worked well and my experience of his type of high-speed road meant we could push hard. It feels great to eventually get the result we deserve and it helps with the confidence for the rest of the season.”

Jari Ketomaa said: “It’s a great result result for the DMACK team. Yes, I would have liked to have been ahead of Ott to help my championship but we are here. I’m looking forward to my home event in Finland next, after winning there last year, I’m confident we can push to repeat that.”


Tänak Powers To Dominant DMACK Victory
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