WRC A FULL 2016
DMACK’s British Tyres On Top At Home WRC Rally.
This weekend witnessed a great British success story when DMACK once again proved the world-class pace of its motorsport tyres after chasing overall victory and collecting 12 fastest stage times on its home round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Rally Wales GB – Final Day
31 oct 2016
On their way to a stunning second overall, Dayinsure Wales Rally GB was the sixth event this season where DMACK World Rally Team’s Ott Tänak and Raigo Mõlder topped the time sheets. The result demonstrated the huge step forward in performance DMACK has taken with its new British designed and built rally tyres.
At the wheel of their Ford Fiesta RS WRC, Tänak and Mõlder scored the most amount of fastest times in a single rally this season as they equalled their and DMACK’s best ever WRC finish. They finished just 10.2 seconds behind world champion Sebastien Ogier.
The penultimate round of the WRC was one of the toughest editions in recent history for tyre manufacturers, with extended competitive sections and lack of mid-leg servicing making it a bigger challenge than normal. The Welsh forest stages also provided demanding conditions with muddy tracks and slippery gravel littered with rocks creating an arduous test.
However, DMACK’s range of motorsport tyres mastered the conditions better than their competitors and, using this advantage, Tänak was the fastest driver on Saturday’s mammoth day of action. Drivers had to tackle 100km of tough competitive stages on the same set of tyres, around 25 per cent more than the normal maximum distance.
His soft compound DMACK GS61 tyres revelled in the conditions, especially on the difficult second pass through the stages. When other drivers were struggling for grip on the muddy and polished forest roads, Tänak cruised through to set a trio of fastest stage times.
Despite being slowed a little on Friday’s opening stages through the famous Myherin, Sweet Lamb and Hafren forests when he complained of something feeling loose in the rear suspension, Tänak blasted through today’s final six tests, setting fastest times on each one and winning the final power stage for the first time.
Alongside the DMACK World Rally Team, all previous winners of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy competed in a trio of Fiesta R5s. In WRC 2, Norwegians Marius Aasen and Veronica Engan were the top Fiesta runners in fifth after a solid and positive weekend in Wales. Local stars, and winners of the 2016 Trophy, Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss retired on the final day with a broken radiator, but only after setting a number of fast times over the weekend.
Meanwhile Estonian Sander Pärn and James Morgan from Wales were seventh in the class after a consistent and improved drive.
The event was once again based at Deeside in north Wales. After a Thursday evening ceremonial start in Colwyn Bay, crews headed south early on Friday morning to tackle a four-stage loop, including the Hafren test – the longest of the event at 35.14km.
Saturday hosted 99km of action across eight stages to the west including famous names like Gartheiniog and Dyfi before Sunday brought the event to a close with six stages and the finish podium celebrations in Llandudno.
Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “This result is extremely significant for DMACK, with our British tyres leading the world-class field on our home WRC rally. We targeted this event and the plan worked perfectly. We’ve demonstrated to manufacturers and competitors just how much we’ve progressed this season and it’s the result of a huge amount of work from our small but committed team, and of course a stunning performance from Ott and Raigo.”
Ott Tänak said: “It was a great weekend. After a few issues on Friday we had a very clean run through all the stages and I really enjoyed being back in the battle fighting for the lead. The stages yesterday afternoon and today were very slippery but I think that was the place where the DMACK tyres were working the best and we had the advantage. We didn’t have the best road position but obviously we benefited from having the best tyres.”
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