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DMACK And Tanak Show Stunning Speed In Mexico
Posted by: newsla on Mar 10, 2014 - 05:55 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
DMACK And Tanak Show Stunning Speed In Mexico


DMACK’s gravel rally tyre shone in the Mexican sunshine this weekend as drivers used its superior performance to dominate the WRC 2 time-sheets at Rally Guanajuato Mexico. Estonian Ott Tänak set fastest times on every stage he completed at round three of the FIA World Rally Championship, but was robbed of victory after an early accident.

 

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Tänak headed the Drive DMACK World Rally Team challenge, kick-starting his WRC 2 campaign in style in Mexico. He was blisteringly fast from the start and set an incredible second fastest overall time on the opening blast through the Monster Street Stage in front of tens of thousands of spectators on Thursday evening.

Beaten only by current world rally champion Sebastien Ogier, by a mere 0.3 seconds, the result gave DMACK its best-ever position in the overnight classification.

But a pacenote error on Friday saw Tänak go off the road, causing significant damage after colliding heavily with a tree. The Autotek team pulled out all the stops to get him and co-driver Raigo Molder back out on Saturday and Tänak repaid their efforts by setting fastest WRC 2 times on every remaining stage.

He dominated WRC 2 for the remainder of the challenging event, setting a raft of stunningly quick times to seal an unbeatable performance and battle back to fourth place.

Current Production Cup champion Nicolas Fuchs also fell foul of the tough day one conditions and was sidelined with broken suspension. Rejoining the arduous action he delivered a perfect Peruvian performance to come home in sixth.

French ace Quentin Gilbert endured a tough DMACK debut with the Fiesta R5 in WRC 2. He also retired on Friday after going off the road and damaging the rear suspension, but set strong times on Saturday as he focused on maximising his experience of the conditions. However, his rally came to an abrupt end this morning after radiator damage on the super special stage parked his challenge.

Gilbert will be searching for better luck at Rally Portugal when he switches to a Fiesta R2 for the opening round of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy.

Top DMACK runner was Rodrigo Salgado who steered his Autotek Fiesta R5 to 11th overall and second of the local Mexican drivers.

The first gravel rally of the season was a tough event. The high altitude stages around Leon and Guanajuato are renowned for their thin air which chokes engines and quashes power output. However, the biggest challenge were the long competitive stages which characterised each day.

All three main days boasted stages in excess of 44km and today’s final action featured the mammoth 55.92km Guanajuatito test – with some sections used for the third time this weekend.

DMACK’s gravel tyre, the DMG+2, handled the conditions impeccably. DMACK runners dominated the WRC 2 time sheets setting fastest and second fastest times on all seven of Saturday’s timed tests. Competitors used the nominated hard S3 compound throughout the event, with a maximum permitted 24 tyres, to safely negotiate the rocky roads.

The compact route saw action take place across the dirt roads traversing the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanjuato mountains. After the traditional energetic ceremonial start in the stunningly colourful town of Guanajuato, the rally featured long competitive loops and dusty, hot conditions. Competitors were faced with nearly 400km of timed action split across 22 stages.

Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “In terms of performance, our tyres have excelled here in Mexico amidst some challenging conditions. Ott dominated the WRC 2 stage times and almost certainly would’ve taken victory here without his accident, but he’s proved just how competitive DMACK has become on gravel events. We’ve already had wins for our soft gravel tyre but the performances this weekend from both Ott and Nicolas have been extremely encouraging for the hard compound. It gives us confidence for the rest of the season and for the WRC 2 championship.”

Ott Tänak said: “Apart from our problem on Friday it was a strong rally for us. We pushed when we could and the feeling with both the car and the tyres was good – the DMACK tyres have improved so much since I last used them in 2011. I was happy with our pace and we know we have the speed but obviously it was unfortunate that we made the mistake on Friday.”


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