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DMACK Shows Strength At Tough Rally Portugal
Posted by: newsla on Apr 07, 2014 - 06:24 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
DMACK Shows Strength At Tough Rally Portugal


DMACK continued its stunning form on one of the FIA World Rally Championship’s toughest events this weekend as Jari Ketomaa finished runner-up in the fiercely competitive WRC 2 series. Rally de Portugal lived up to its reputation of being technically and physically demanding as DMACK’s range of gravel tyres provided Ketomaa with the strength and speed needed to top the times.

 

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DMACK runners used a mix of its soft S6 and hard S3 compound DMG+2 gravel tyres to master the conditions. Portugal is famous for its demanding abrasive gravel roads which traditionally increase tyre wear. However, torrential rain early in the week made the pre-event recce a real challenge and left roads initially damp for Friday’s opening action.

Ketomaa and co-driver Kaj Lindstrom started well after a strong run on a promotional event at Fafe Rally Sprint last weekend. They set a string of fastest stage times in their Autotek-run Fiesta R5 and held the lead of the WRC 2 category by the end of day one.

As the battle for victory intensified, Finn Ketomaa dropped time after being held up by a slower competitor and, despite pushing on the final day, was unable to claw back the time and settled for second.

Sweden’s Fredrik Ahlin and Peruvian Nicolas Fuchs also shone for DMACK with a series of competitive times but had a number of problems over the weekend which stalled their progress.

For DMACK it was the firm’s best ever result in Portugal. Its gravel roads high in the mountains serve up a mix of fast, open roads and narrow tracks. With hard bedrock, sandy sections and lots of rocks, the constantly changing surfaces deliver a real test for tyres.

With cool, damp conditions for the early part of the rally, DMACK’s S6 was the tyre of choice as it delivered impressive traction and grip. As conditions got warmer and the roads dried out, competitors switched to the hard compound which offered impressive durability and puncture resistance.

The event was based at Faro in the southern Algarve region with crews tackling 16 competitive stages.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “We’ve lifted things up a level with our gravel tyres and we knew our selection would be strong here. Jari has driven well and we’ve once again given him a high performance tyre to chase for victory. The results have been extremely encouraging and it sets things up well for the rest of the season.”

Jari Ketomaa said: “The aim was to come here and push for a strong result and second gives us some really good points for the championship. The whole package of car and tyres worked extremely well and we were able to push hard right from the start. It’s just a shame we were slowed by a couple of little problems but now we have good confidence with it all.”


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