Carlisle-based tyre sales operation Technology Sinon UK Limited, the name of D Mack Global Limited since 19 December 2018, has entered administration with debts totalling more than £14 million pounds, according to its administrator Leonard Curtis. The company, which operated within the DMACK group of companies, was a supplier of tyres to the World Rally Championship from 2011, running its own team in the championship in association with M-Sport, until 2017. Shares in Technology Sinon UK are split between director Dick Cormack (70 per cent), a former Pirelli manager who set up the business in 2011, MEMW Management Limited (25 per cent), and Glenn Paterson (5 per cent), who has left the company after holding a variety of roles within the firm. The administrator reports that, as of 14 May, Technology Sinon UK owed just over £13 million to its list of creditors. Dmack brand rally tyres continue to be manufactured by DMack Srl, formed by Dick Cormack in 2018 when a deal was struck with Marangoni for operations to begin at the Italian tyre manufacturer’s plant in Rovereto.
The Vipal agreement, the Dmack project, the political storms, the ever-changing retreading market. Vittorio and Giuseppe Marangoni, president and vice president of the Italian Marangoni Group, talk about these industry-related topics and more in an interview with Tyres & Accessories.
Dmack is celebrating its eighth year as tyre partner to the FIA CODASUR South American Rally Championship. The tyre supplier states that the championship is one of the world’s most diverse regional championships. It has provided competitors with gravel tyres for a wide range of surfaces – from rocky gravel roads to clay and mud.
Global motorsport tyre brand Dmack has announced that it will “open its own tyre manufacturing facility” in Italy, following a deal to use part of Marangoni’s Rovereto plant in northern Italy. The Carlisle-based brand said it would be “capable of producing up to 250,000 tyres per year” at Rovereto, with the “flexibility to tailor short production runs for very specific applications and to meet demands for control tyre championships.” The company adds that it wants to transfer its technical capability into racing by producing world-class products for the circuit racing and track markets. Most famous for supplying tyres to the FIA World Rally Championship since 2011, Dmack tyres were previously produced by Chinese manufacturer, Shandong Yongtai, which recently went into administration, before shifting to Cooper Tires’ UK factory in Melksham, which itself is set to reduce production by a half when it halts production of road-going light vehicle tyres next year.
Motorsport tyre firm Dmack has become ‘Official Tyre Partner’ to the Tour European Rally (TER). Having downsized its World Rally Championship participation this season to concentrate on both product development and core sales, Dmack says this partnership with TER will “allow it to connect with rally competitors across a broad range of abilities and vehicle classes.”
Building on its most successful season to date, Dmack will return to the FIA World Rally Championship for its eighth successive season in 2018 with a completely revised range of tyres for all championship competitors. Dmack says the products include a “a number of important enhanced features to optimise performance on all conditions.”
This year has been the most successful FIA World Rally Champion season so far for Dmack, and it has rounded off 2017 with a best-ever performance on the final round at Kennards Hire Rally Australia – topping the timesheets on the eighth event this season. Elfyn Evans and Dan Barritt powered their M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta WRC to a stage victory on the final day, securing their highest championship finish of fifth and becoming the third highest scorers of stage wins this season.
In 2017, Dmack again ran a WRC car programme to generate brand exposure and demonstrate the performance of its products. Following what it calls its “most successful” season in the FIA World Rally Championship to date – a year that included highlights such as Dmack-shod drivers leading four events and a maiden overall victory in the Wales Rally GB – the company has decided to take a break from fielding its own WRC car. Next year, the focus – and funds – will instead shift to product development. Dmack also intends to take advantage of the many commercial opportunities it sees by expanding its customer base in WRC2, ERC and other regional and national championships.
Dmack is preparing for the final round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship still basking in the afterglow of its debut FIA World Rally Championship event victory at Wales Rally GB. The Kennards Hire Rally Australia, based around Coffs Harbour between Brisbane and Sidney, will bring the tyre supplier’s most successful season to a close. Dmack describes Rally Australia as a demanding way to round off the championship, with a varied mix of high-speed gravel roads on offer.
Dmack has unveiled its first new gravel tread pattern for WRC cars in the FIA World Rally Championship in five years. The DMG+2 has been used since 2012, helping it into the lead in five WRC events and to win 47 gravel stages. It makes way for the new DMG+22 at Rally RACC – Rally de España, where Dmack tyres won their first WRC stage in 2012. The new DMG+22 tyre features the same tread pattern which has been used successfully in WRC 2 and WRC 3 this season. Dmack states the tyre should be more suited to the final three events remaining this year.
FIA World Rally Championship tyre manufacturer Dmack has launched a new gravel tyre, available to competitors at the final three rounds of the 2017 championship. Aimed specifically at WRC cars and competitors, the new DMG+22 gravel tyre will first see action at RACC Rally de Espana next month – equipping Elfyn Evans’ M-Sport World Rally Team Ford Fiesta WRC. The brand hopes to build upon its success this season, having missed victory in Argentina by 0.7 seconds, and setting fastest times on five of the six gravel rallies this season.
Dmack competitors have taken both the overall and team’s British Rally Championships, after every single round in 2017 was won using the brand’s tyres. Keith Cronin and Mikie Galvin were crowned overall champions on the final two rounds at Rally Isle of Man, with a 0.1 second victory. Competitors using Dmack products won 78 out of the 100 stages. Unbeaten overall since May 2016, Dmack tyres have been used by the winners of 12 consecutive BRC events.
Dmack’s Fredrik Ahlin and co-driver Torstein Eriksen won a sixth consecutive MSA British Rally Championship victory at Carlisle’s Pirelli International Rally. The team maintained their winning run in 2017 by taking a 39.4-second victory over Osian Pryce and Dale Furniss, who made it a Dmack one-two. The result was a debut success for Dmack’s new medium GH43 compound DMG+22 gravel tyre. Four different drivers registered stage wins through the tough Kielder forest complex, all using Dmack tyres. Pirelli runners were successful in the Cadet class for young drivers, taking the top two places.
Dmack will roll out its final new tyre for the World Rally Championship season at next week’s Tour de Corse, the first all-asphalt round of the 2017 series. The hard compound H6+ version of its Dmack Grippa DMT-RC22 will be supplied to drivers competing in WRC and WRC 2. The event will also host the first round of the FIA Junior World Rally Championship, for which Dmack is official partner and tyre supplier.
Three drivers from the 2016 Drive Dmack Fiesta Trophy will tackle at least two rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship WRC 2 series this year. The one-make Dmack championship has offered prize drives for three years – what Dmack says is the biggest prize in world rallying. The brand adds that the Trophy has “effectively become the Junior WRC for 2017”.