ERJ staff report (TP)
Cumbria, UK – British independent tire manufacturer DMACK will demonstrate its gravel tires in this week’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC 2) stage in Argentina.
Ten of the 17 WRC 2 runners will use the DMG+2 gravel tire and the entire field of new-era R5 specification machines will run on DMACK. It’s also the first rally this season where both Drive DMACK World Rally Team drivers will be competing together. The Argentina stage runs 8-11 May.
Estonia’s Ott Tänak continues his assault on the series after dominating Rally Mexico in March. He set fastest times on every stage he completed but lost time after sliding off the road. Jari Ketomaa comes to Argentina after finishing second in Portugal and both drivers will be keen to secure a strong haul of points in Cordoba next weekend.
Competitors will tackle the 51.88 km Ascochinga test twice on Friday (9 May) and the high distances force drivers and teams to cleverly manage their tire allocation to maximise tire durability.
The British firm is also the sole tire supplier to the FIA Codasur South American Rally Championship of which Rally Argentina is the second round.
Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, said: “Rally Argentina holds fond memories for the DMACK team and it’s the first time we come here with our new soft compound S6 tire. It should be well suited to the conditions and stage surfaces but, once again, this year’s event will be pretty demanding. It’s an important event for the Drive DMACK team and we have a strong field of competitors opting for DMACK rubber.”
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Press release from DMACK