Dmack hails Deutschland development
World Rally Championship tyre supplier Dmack pronounced itself pleased by the performance of its new S3 version of the DMT-RC asphalt race tyre, introduced on the challenging Rallye Deutschland. The German round of the FIA championship has three distinct asphalt surfaces, which allowed Dmack to supply the DMT-RC for the first time since the mixed winter conditions at Rallye Monte Carlo in January. Dick Cormack, Dmack motorsport director, said: “It’s important that we constantly progress.”
While the rally started in Cologne on Thursday evening, the majority of the asphalt action took place much further south around the historic town of Trier – close to the border with Luxembourg. Friday’s competitive stages were played out in the Mosel valley vineyards where the dusty, broken asphalt surfaces require tyre durability, but also precision to safely navigate the short, sharp junctions through the vines.
Worse was to come on Saturday when the action moved to the infamous Baumholder tank training ranges – home of the 41km Panzerplatte stage with its 100 junctions. And even when the heavens opened in the afternoon, making the smooth roads treacherously slippery, the DMT-RC, with its tread pattern suited to the mixed conditions, coped remarkably well.
Dmack had equipped two Autotek-run Fiesta R5 cars, making their world rally debut on asphalt. Norwegian Eyvind Brynildsen suffered from technical problems throughout the event but praised the new tyre when he was able to set some strong times.
After the recent victory in WRC2 at Rally Finland, where Dmack demonstrated the enhanced performance of its gravel tyre, Dmack says the improvements in the asphalt DMT-RC has helped to strengthen range for world rally crews.
“Now that DMACK is well established in the WRC, we’ve stepped things up and this season has been important in terms of evolving and raising the performance of our products,” Cormack said. “This weekend has again proved we’ve made a big step forward with our asphalt tyre and we plan to make more improvements to ensure we offer competitors the best products possible.”
The latest technical developments are lifted from Dmack’s WRC tyres and integrated into its range of products for national and regional rally competitors.