Tough Argentina Event Expected For DMACK

Tough Argentina Event Expected For DMACK

The fourth round of the FIA World Rally Championship takes the DMACK World Rally Team to the only South American round of the series for next week’s Rally Argentina. And it’s set to be another arduous test for the firm’s gravel tyres with contrasting surfaces, rocky roads and a mix of weather all combining to make this energetic event a real classic.

After three strong points finishes so far this season, Estonians Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder will be keen to continue that fine form with a focus on moving up the championship standings. DMACK has a strong record in Argentina, scoring its best ever WRC finish of fourth overall here in 2012, and its DMG+2 gravel tyres feel at home in the generally soft, sandy conditions.

Tänak has helped DMACK to its top finishes on the first three rallies of the year and is keen to get to grips with the tricky stages next week. Based in the holiday resort of Villa Carlos Paz near Cordoba, the special stages feature both soft, sandy surfaces alongside rough, rocky sections.

The roads are known to become rutted on the second pass with jumps and river crossings commonplace and adding to the hazards drivers face. From flat-out tracks through open plains to rocky mountain roads above the clouds – this lively event has it all.

The weather can also play a major role over the rally weekend. Cold temperatures, heavy rain and fog are usual for this time of year.

WRC crews have a total of 24 DMACK DMG+2 tyres to use over the weekend with the nominated soft compound S6A expected to be run the most. Its well proven construction helps guard against punctures from the sharp rocks while the compound delivers the performance demanded.

The event kicks off with a short super-special stage in Cordoba on Thursday evening before crews trek south to the popular Santa Rosa de Calamuchita Valley to roads that haven’t been used for four years. There’s a loop of three stages and a short test near Carlos Paz which is repeated in the afternoon.

Saturday hosts a three-stage loop to the north-west of Carlos Paz, including two passes over the Los Gigantes – Cantera el Condor test, the longest of the weekend at 38.68km.

Sunday finishes with the high-altitude El Condor and Mina Clavero stages, carving their way through a unique lunar-like landscape high in the mountains.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “The roads in Argentina have become pretty rough over the last couple of years, demanding even more from our gravel tyres. We have a good record in these conditions, however, and once again will be supplying a number of local drivers via our partnership with the South American Rally Championship.”

Ott Tänak said: “I’ve never really had a clean rally in Argentina so this year I’m hoping for a change of fortune. The stages are different to last year, maybe a little more high speed, that would be good for me as I like the faster roads. I’m also hoping the stages are not as rough as last year, the second pass was pretty tough, but a lot also depends on the weather next week. Either way it will be a tough challenge again.”


Tough Argentina Event Expected For DMACK
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