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DMACK Hits Record Ahead Of Popular Poland
Posted by: newsla on Jun 20, 2014 - 05:24 PM
WRC Rally News 2010
DMACK Hits Record Ahead Of Popular Poland


DMACK is on track for an historic Rally Poland as it’s set to break the company record for supplying competitors on an FIA World Rally Championship event. For the first time in the firm’s history, over 30 of the 71 crews entered for the seventh round of the world series will run on DMACK tyres at Lotos Rally Poland next week.

 

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In addition to equipping nearly half of the WRC 2 competitors and nine of the 14 R5 specification cars tackling the event, the rally is also round two of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy – which sees competitors from 11 different countries battling for victory.

Heading the challenge is Drive DMACK World Rally Team’s Ott Tänak and Jari Ketomaa. The pair have had mixed results this season but both are hoping to capitalise on the ultra-fast, smooth gravel roads – conditions which should suit their skills and experience.

The conditions in Poland should also suit DMACK’s rubber. The soft, sandy surfaces mean tyre wear is not expected to be an issue but the roads are likely to rut significantly and expose rocks for the second pass. The high-speed stages through the Polish countryside will demand high levels of performance and precision, allowing drivers to confidently cruise through the corners.

To cope with the soft surfaces, DMACK has nominated its DMG+2 soft compound S6 tyre which has already proven its speed in Portugal and Argentina earlier this season. Competitors can use a maximum of 28 tyres and also have the option to use a limited number of the alternative S3 hard compound should the conditions change.

Rally Poland last featured on the WRC calendar in 2009 so few of the current competitors will have experience of the roads. Only one stage remains from then and the level playing field resulting from this ‘new’ event means competition will be fierce and the pre-event recce vital.

The action is once again based in Mikołajki – a small town set in the middle of the picturesque Masurian Lake District in the north-east of the country.

Event Details

The action kicks off with three stages on Thursday evening including a run through the Mikołajki Arena super-special located beside the service park. Friday takes crews across the border to tackle two loops of two stages in Lithuania with just a remote service to split up the long day – putting even more emphasis on having a problem-free run.

Saturday is the biggest day of the weekend with a loop of five stages, including the longest of the rally, covering a huge 87km of timed competition. Four of the stages are repeated in the afternoon, with the day’s 161.58km topped off with another blast through the super-special. Sunday brings Rally Poland to a close with four more timed tests to the north-east of Mikołajki.

Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Rally Poland is a milestone event for us and supplying nearly half the field demonstrates just how far DMACK has come in only four years. We expect our soft tyre to be well suited to the conditions in Poland but the stages could be pretty demanding on the second pass. Ott and Jari both need a strong finish to help their WRC 2 championship bid so we are hoping the high speeds will help their challenge.”

Jari Ketomaa said: “It will be interesting to go to a new country where not many people have experience of the event and roads. I’m confident that our tyres will be ideal for these soft roads so we expect a good performance from DMACK. The fast stages could be a little similar to some stages in Finland and Latvia where we have had wins before.”

Ott Tänak said: “The plan is to go fast but not too fast and really to drive our own rally. It’s my first time in Poland so it’s a new event, new pace-notes and fast stages – it will be a big challenge. I’m looking forward to the fast roads, however, maybe a little like home in Estonia so I think it will be an enjoyable event.”

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