Dmack seeking repeat of home event WRC success

Friday 6th November 2015 | 0 Comments

Jari Ketomaa and Kaj Lindstrom take WRC2 victory at Wales Rally GB 2014
Jari Ketomaa and Kaj Lindstrom take WRC2 victory at Wales Rally GB 2014

Dmack will aim to repeat its 2014 WRC2 victory when its drivers take on the tyre supplier’s home round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship at Wales Rally GB. The company said that winter weather and high-speed forest roads would result in a challenging end to the season.

Dmack completed a WRC2 Teams Championship title winning season with Welsh victory as Finns Jari Ketomaa and Kaj Lindstrom led from start to finish on Dmack’s 50th WRC event. This year competitors will benefit from an upgraded version of the tyre that took Ketomaa to the top step of the podium. The DMG+2 S6A will be used next week and is set to build on its reputation as a tyre which is well-suited to the Welsh stages.

The open pattern has been designed to specifically find traction in the slippery conditions while extra sidewall protection provides puncture resistance when the conditions become increasingly rocky on the second pass. Crews are allowed a maximum of 22 tyres over the three-day event.

In addition to equipping WRC 2 front-runners Nicolas Fuchs and local star Tom Cave, Dmack is also supplying seven-time American champion and Subaru USA star David Higgins. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Colin McRae’s WRC title in 1995, Higgins will drive a Subaru Impreza with a replica livery.

David Higgins and Craig Drew will drive a McRae liveried Subaru Impreza

David Higgins and Craig Drew will drive a McRae liveried Subaru Impreza

No less than 10 Ford Fiesta R2 and ST cars will also race with Dmack’s smaller DMG2 tyre as used on the Drive Dmack Fiesta Trophy. Max Vatanen leads the two-wheel-drive chargers and four drivers will also take part in the Copart Fiesta Trophy using Dmack tyres.

The event was revived in 2013 and is again based at Deeside in north Wales. After a Thursday evening ceremonial start in Llandudno, crews head south early on Friday morning to tackle a three-stage loop, including the Hafren test – the longest of the event at 32.14km. With only a remote tyre fitting zone in Newtown, the loop is repeated without any mid-day service.

Saturday hosts over 142km across nine stages to the west including famous names like Gartheiniog and Dyfi. Sunday brings the event to a close with a loop of four stages, including the asphalt blast around Great Orme, before the finish podium celebrations back in Deeside.

Dick Cormack, Dmack managing director, said: “Wales Rally GB always throws up a huge challenge and we can expect some extremely slippery and muddy conditions. However, our products have traditionally performed well in the cold British forests and we’re looking forward to another successful event next week. We’ve got a fantastic group of competitors with a diverse range of ambitions, everyone from multiple rally champions to clubman competitors ambitiously taking on their home WRC event.”

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