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Studs And Snow As Drive DMACK Launches Challenge
Posted by: newsla on Jan 31, 2014 - 04:56 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
Studs And Snow As Drive DMACK Launches Challenge

DMACK will kick off its official WRC 2 campaign next week with one of the most technically demanding events on the calendar. Jari Ketomaa will head the Drive DMACK World Rally Team on its challenge for WRC 2 victory when Rally Sweden, the only full snow event of the season, blasts into action on Wednesday in Karlstad.


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The two-car Drive DMACK team will field Finn Ketomaa and Estonian Ott Tänak in a pair of Autotek-run Ford Fiesta R5s. While Ketomaa lines up in Sweden beside co-driver Kaj Lindstrom, Tänak will begin his WRC 2 season in Mexico.

Rally Sweden’s high-speed, snow-covered frozen roads deliver a real challenge for tyre manufacturers. DMACK tyres are equipped with 384 metal pins to extract every ounce of grip from the ice and frozen gravel – but are also designed to cope with harsh, loose gravel when the stages traditionally rut on second pass.

DMACK has upgraded its 2014 snow tyre, building on the success and experience from sealing overall victory on last season’s Rally Liepaja-Ventspils – a round of the FIA European Rally Championship. It hopes the improved construction and an all-new hardened metal pin stud will lift performance and aid stud retention.

The DMG-ICE tyre still features the unique open V tread pattern and retains DMACK’s own in-house T-bar studding system which has transformed stud performance. Each metal pin is 20mm long and protrudes 6.8mm to bite into the frozen forest roads and deliver astonishing levels of grip in the winter wilderness.

Competitors are allowed to use a maximum of 28 tyres during the three-day event which takes them across the border into Norway.

DMACK will equip a trio of Scandinavian drivers in Fiesta R5 cars. Alongside Ketomaa is fellow Finn Kristian Sohlberg and Swedish star Fredrik Ahlin.

Rally Sweden has been kind to DMACK in the past. In 2011, on its very first WRC event, DMACK took victory in the Production WRC category with Martin Semerad.

Event Details

With Rally HQ at its traditional base in Karlstad, most of the rally takes place around the central service area at Hagfors airfield taking in similar stages to last year. After Wednesday evening’s start in Karlstad, crews contest the familiar super special stage around the town’s trotting track.

Thursday’s real action takes in the cross-border stages into Norway but caution is needed as the full loop of six stages is tackled without service. Friday features famous tests to the east of Hagfors with a loop of four stages, including Fredriksberg and the popular Hagfors Sprint, completed twice.

Saturday’s final action is a tough way to end the rally with over 140km of snowy speed including two runs over the Vargasen stage – the longest of the event at 24.63km. It boasts the famous Colin’s Crest where there’s a trophy for the longest jump.

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “For a tyre manufacturer, Sweden is one of the most technical events with tyre pattern, compound, construction, stud composition and length all playing a role in the overall performance. We’ve always scored strong results on snow and have continued to evolve and build on that success. I’m also excited to debut the Drive DMACK team and the focus really is to win WRC 2 this year with our strong driver line-up.”

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