Fuchs, Dmack score first 2012 PWRC win in Sardinia
Dmack driver Nicolas Fuchs raced to a commanding victory in the Production World Rally Championship (PWRC) category at Rally Italia Sardegna. The result marked the Peruvian’s first ever win in the feeder series and Dmack’s first PWRC victory this year on what was the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship.
Using Dmack tyres across a range of surfaces, Fuchs has been one of the fastest drivers all year, having led in Argentina and Greece, though mechanical issues robbed him of potential victories. In Italy he controlled the action from start to finish is his Subaru Impreza. Dmack tyres also helped second-placed Ukraine driver, Yury Protasov take second place in Group N. Czech Martin Prokop’s Ford Fiesta RS WRC was Dmack’s top overall finisher in eighth.
The rally was based in Olbia, in the north-east corner of Sardinia, and took competitors across a series of demanding mountain roads with stages characterised by a mix of sandy tracks and abrasive bedrock. The second pass over each test was particularly challenging with exposed rocks and sharp stones demanding the ultimate performance and durability from Dmack’s DMG+2 gravel tyre. This latest evolution exhibits an upgraded construction and possesses Kevlar reinforced sidewalls to deliver improved puncture resistance.
The difficult conditions caught out many of the top drivers but Dmack says its crews came through relatively unscathed to notch up a string of solid finishes. The Costa Smeralda-based event saw competitors race across 306km of special stages with a glitzy podium finish at the exclusive holiday destination of Porto Cervo.
Dick Cormack, Dmack motorsport director, said: “The challenging nature of this event caught out the best drivers in the world and really demanded serious levels of durability from our tyres. They stood up well to the tough abrasive road surfaces and gave our crews the edge needed to score some significant results. Nicolas has been extremely quick all year and I’m pleased we could help him win his first PWRC round.”