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Sungkar Takes Victory For DMACK In France
Posted by: newsla on Oct 07, 2012 - 05:11 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Sungkar Takes Victory For DMACK In France


Indonesian driver Rifat Sungkar put in a solid drive to take victory in the production-based Group N category and the one-make Rally Class series on this weekend’s tough Rallye de France. Round 11 of the FIA World Rally Championship proved a stern test with difficult road and weather conditions, but Sungkar used DMACK’s DMT-RC asphalt tyre to rise above the opposition.

 

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The event was based in Strasbourg but took competitors into the Vosges mountains in the Alsace region where they were greeted by a real mix of roads and conditions. Some of the asphalt stages wound their way through the hilly region while other narrower, bumpy tests threaded their way through forests. And it was this mix of conditions, and the changing weather, which dominated the event.

Sungkar, along with DMACK’s other competitors, used a mix of hard and soft compound DMT-RC tyres to gain maximum grip and traction across the weekend. Although the event started off dry on Friday and Saturday, heavy rain showers left today’s roads with standing water and extremely slippery muddy sections. While crews are not permitted to cut tyres, the soft compound was the best option in these treacherous conditions.

DMACK provided control tyres to the one-make Rally Class series, which uses identical production-based Subaru Impreza rally cars, and Sungkar delivered a controlled drive over the weekend to win Rally Class and finish top Group N competitor.

However, the event also delivered some useful technical information for the DMACK development team. With a focus on ongoing evolution and raising performance, DMACK is working hard to deliver improvements across the range. The performance data from world rally events is already starting to filter down to national championships with DMACK driver Darren Gass today crowned Irish Tarmac Champion.

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “The world championship throws up extremes in terms of weather, conditions and road surfaces, and it’s the perfect platform to prove our products. We are gathering information from every event and this will ensure even more performance improvements for next season – we’ve still got significant testing and development plans for the remainder of this year.”

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