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DMACK Scores Double Podium Success In Sweden
Posted by: newsla on Feb 08, 2014 - 05:19 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
DMACK Scores Double Podium Success In Sweden


The Drive DMACK World Rally Team got off to a flying start in WRC 2 with a double podium finish today at the second round of the FIA World Rally Championship at Rally Sweden. Jari Ketomaa powered to runner-up place in the category after a final stage thriller, while Fredrik Ahlin followed him home in third to give DMACK two cars on the WRC 2 podium.

 

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The pair used DMACK’s DMG-ICE winter tyre, equipped with 384 metal pins, to master the high-speed roads of Rally Sweden and take seven stage wins over the weekend. Its open V tread pattern makes it the ideal choice for loose snow and the studs help find the maximum grip by biting into the frozen roads typically found in Sweden.

But the conditions, which saw temperatures remain above freezing for most of the event, went against tradition, turning snow and ice into slush and exposing the loose gravel roads underneath.

DMACK’s studded tyre was tested to the limit with the extreme conditions on the second pass of some roads slowing drivers as they struggled to find grip. However, the opening day’s stages, which took place further north around the Norwegian border, were covered in snow and Finn Ketomaa set the early pace.

He powered the Autotek-run Ford Fiesta R5 through the opening super special test on Thursday evening in Karlstad to top the time-sheets and edge into an early lead. Despite being slowed by the exposed gravel on day two, he and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom settled into a solid second position and controlled the pace throughout the event. They were locked in a thrilling final day battle and lost out in the race to victory by just 2.3 seconds.

Local hero Swede Fredrik Ahlin also had a super drive to third in WRC 2. On his first outing on DMACK tyres, he quickly adapted to his CA1 Sport-prepared Fiesta R5 and set a trio of stunning fastest times on the opening loop of stages this morning. Ahlin belied is lack of experience to steadily increase his pace and fill the final podium spot.

Rally Sweden was once again based from Karlstad with most of the competitive action taking place around the service park at Hagfors. Thursday’s opening action reached north-east and crossed into Norway. The battles continued throughout the weekend closer to Hagfors with today’s final action covering 130km, including two runs over the Vargasen stage and the famous Colin’s Crest jump.

The Drive DMACK team now heads to Mexico where its second driver Estonian Ott Tänak will launch his WRC 2 campaign. In a separate programme this weekend, he set a series of stunning times at Rally Sweden to finish a fine fifth overall.

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “We know our winter tyre performs well in snow and ice but the extreme conditions this weekend were extraordinary and really tested it. But despite the challenge it was a great result to have two cars on the podium and I have to say both crews did a remarkable job on the event. We switch to gravel now for the next few rounds and that’s certainly our strongest surface.”

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