DMACK Enters New Era With WRC Gravel Tyre In Spain

• First new DMACK WRC gravel tyre tread for five years. 
• New WRC tyre features upgraded compounds and construction. 
• Jon Armstrong takes up second WRC 2 prize drive. 
• Deciding final round of DMACK-backed FIA Junior WRC.

29 September 2017

For the first time in five years, DMACK will unveil a new gravel tread pattern for WRC cars in the FIA World Rally Championship. The DMG+2 has been used since 2012, helping DMACK to lead five WRC events and win 47 gravel stages, but it will make way for the new DMG+22 at Rally RACC – Rally de España next week.

It was on this event that DMACK scored its very first WRC stage win back in 2012 and the British tyre manufacturer is now set to enter a new era. The new DMG+22 tyre features the same tread pattern which has been used successfully in WRC 2 and WRC 3 this season and should be more suited to the final three events remaining this year.

The pattern is more open than its predecessor, providing enhanced performance in wet, muddy and loose conditions, and features a revised run-flat construction. Both permitted compounds, the soft GS84 and hard GH34, are softer than the original compounds used earlier in the season.

DMACK’s WRC stars Elfyn Evans and Dan Barritt will use the new gravel tyres for Friday’s opening day – they have a total of 16 tyres at their disposal. Then their Ford Fiesta WRC will get changed to Tarmac specification by the expert M-Sport World Rally Team technicians during a specially-extended service on Friday evening.

They swap to DMT-RC22 asphalt tyres and have S6+ soft and H6+BB hard options for two days of racing on Spain’s smooth, flowing Tarmac roads.

After a strong display on their WRC 2 debut in Germany, Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy prize-winners Jon Armstrong and Noel O’Sullivan have their second event in a M-Sport Fiesta R5 in Spain.

It’s also the final round of the DMACK-backed FIA Junior WRC with local-stars Nil Solans and Miki Ibanez aiming to shine on their home rally to lift the coveted title.

Rally de España starts from Salou on Thursday evening with six gravel tests on Friday in the hills to the west of the town. Then it’s two full days on Tarmac to the north of Salou before the final podium on Sunday afternoon.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “We’ve been working hard on development this season and the new WRC gravel tyres are the result of ongoing assessment and evaluation during events this year. We are confident that they will be more suited to the conditions on the final three rallies.”

Elfyn Evans, DMACK WRC driver, said: “We’re looking forward to trying the new specification gravel tyre in competition for the first time and it will be interesting to see how it performs in the range of conditions over the last three events. We’re pushing again for another strong drive in Spain and especially to help our M-Sport team in the manufacturer championship battle.”

Tyre Information: List 1 (WRC 2) 
Gravel tyre: DMACK 205/65R15 DMG+22 
Compounds: GS62B soft (10) and GH44 hard (14). Maximum 14. 
Tarmac tyre: DMACK 225/40R18 DMT-RC22 
Compounds: S6+ soft (12), H6+B hard (14) and W5+ wet (8). Maximum 14.

Tyre Information: List 2 (WRC) 
Gravel tyre: DMACK 205/65R15 DMG+22 
Compounds: GS84 soft (10) and GH34 hard (14). Maximum 16. 
Tarmac tyre: DMACK 225/40R18 DMT-RC22 
Compounds: S6+ soft (12), H6+BB hard (16) and W5+ wet (8). Maximum 16.

Tyre Information: Junior WRC 
Gravel tyre: DMACK 175/70R15 DMG+22 
Compounds: GH43. Maximum 12. 
Tarmac tyre: DMACK 195/50R16 DMT-RC2 
Compounds: S5 soft (8) and H5 hard (14). Maximum 14 
Total for event: 24

Event Information 
Based: Salou, Spain 
Start: Salou, 20.00 on Thursday 5 October 
Finish: Salou, 14.00 on Sunday 8 October 
Stages: 19 stages, 310.00km 
Longest stage: SS3+6 Terra Alta 38.95km













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