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Double DMACK Podium At Arduous Argentina
Posted by: newsla on May 12, 2014 - 06:12 AM
WRC Rally News 2010
Double DMACK Podium At Arduous Argentina


DMACK mastered some of the toughest conditions seen on this year’s FIA World Rally Championship to score a double podium in WRC 2 at Rally Argentina today. Peruvian Nicolas Fuchs was runner-up with Diego Dominguez from Paraguay third as DMACK’s gravel tyre coped with a mix of extreme mud and tough, rock-strewn roads.

 

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Backing up the result, DMACK drivers locked out the WRC 2 Production Cup podium with home-driver Juan Carlos Alonso setting a stunning drive to seal victory and DMACK-equipped drivers accounting for 10 of the 23 finishers.

The majority of the WRC 2 field used DMACK’s DMG+2 tyre for the arduous Argentine action on round five of the world series. However, the extreme conditions took their toll on the two-car Drive DMACK World Rally Team with both Ott Tänak and Jari Ketomaa side-lined with problems.

They had the perfect start on Thursday’s super-special stage in the host town of Villa Carlos Paz outside Cordoba, with DMACK drivers sealing the first four places on the six kilometre blast. But when the action started for real on Friday’s loop of stages around Ascochinga, Tänak crashed heavily on a tricky jump and Ketomaa dropped down the time-sheets when a fault saw him struggle to start his car.

The Autotek team repaired Tänak’s Ford Fiesta R5 allowing him to re-start and eventually finish eighth with Ketomaa in 11th. But it was the local drivers who upheld DMACK honours. Fuchs mastered the demanding conditions to climb from sixth to second after a sterling drive through the final stages and DMACK drivers dominated the WRC 2 series with a string of fastest times through the 405km of rough stages over four days.

Rally Argentina is renowned for its unique challenges but this weekend’s harsh conditions placed an even greater emphasis on endurance and durability. The gravel roads featured a number of severe dips and compressions punishing both cars and tyres. They were matched by huge rocks which littered the stages and really tested the durability and puncture resistance of DMACK’s gravel tyres.

However, the final day’s action over the famous Mina Clavero and high-altitude El Condor stages was noted for the thick mud and fog which blanketed the boulder-lined route comprising the closing 77 kilometres of action.

Argentina is also famed for its exuberant atmosphere with hoards of enthusiastic fans flooding the stages and helping to make it a favourite with competitors and teams.

Running alongside the WRC event, DMACK also saw success in the FIA Codasur South American Rally Championship round with cars filling the top four overall places.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “The rally was much tougher than everyone expected with the road conditions really punishing tyres. However, DMACK had an extremely successful event with our products standing up well to the test and delivering the performance needed for success across a number of levels. This has been a strong rally and proved how well DMACK is suited to the stages in South America.”

Ott Tänak said: “We knew it was going to be an endurance event and it was not so easy. I’m disappointed with the overall result but it was good to get back out today and set some good times in the hard conditions. Next time we need some more luck and hope things go our way as we have to think about the championship and picking up more points.”

Jari Ketomaa said: “We proved we had a fast package for the rally with the car and tyres but things just didn’t go our way with the various problems. This result isn’t what we were expecting but we know the performance is there and next rally we can be confident about that.”


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