FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP 2015: DRIVE DMACK WORLD RALLY TEAM-DEFENDS WORLD TITLE WITH TWO-CAR TEAM
WRC2 A FULL 2015
DMACK Defends World Title With Two-Car Team.
4 February 2015
Current WRC 2 Teams World Champion, and authorised tyre supplier to the FIA World Rally Championship, DMACK will return this season to defend its title in WRC 2. The tyre manufacturer will field a two-car Ford Fiesta R5 team under its familiar Drive DMACK moniker, with Jari Ketomaa kick-starting the action at Rally Sweden next week.
After finishing runner-up in Sweden last year, he and fellow Finn Kaj Lindstrom will be hoping to go one better to open their title defence in style. Ketomaa’s Fiesta R5 will be prepared and maintained by Autotek and he’s set to take on Rally Mexico and Rally Argentina straight after Sweden.
While Ketomaa brings a wealth of experience to the team, it will be the first season in WRC 2 for Estonia’s Sander Pärn and Welsh co-driver James Morgan. The 2014 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy winners jump into the seat of their M-Sport-run Fiesta R5 as their prize drive reward for winning the young driver series. The seven-round WRC 2 programme awarded by DMACK is currently the biggest prize on offer in world rallying.
Pärn’s campaign will begin with Rally Portugal in May – the rally where his three-event winning streak in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy began last season.
DMACK will provide a complete range of upgraded tyres this season featuring evolved construction and compound specifications to boost performance across all surfaces.
As the only series within the FIA World Rally Championship where all four tyre manufacturers – DMACK, Hankook, Michelin and Pirelli – consistently do battle, this year’s WRC 2 is set to be one of the highlights of the season. Last season’s championship attracted 40 competitors, seven different car suppliers with the drivers’ title being decided on the very last event.
Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “The WRC is the ultimate platform for DMACK to prove its motorsport products to a world audience and we welcome the fierce competition from the three other tyre manufacturers. After the success of our WRC 2 campaign in 2014 and the hugely-popular launch of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, we are all thrilled to field both Jari and Sander this season and wish them all the best.”
Jari Ketomaa said: “I’m excited to return to the Drive DMACK team again and we have a strong base to work from with the success off last year. DMACK has been working hard on testing and, from a driver’s perspective, it will be a boost to have some newly developed tyres this year. Personally, I’ve been working hard over the winter to improve the Sweden winter tyre and it feels really good.”
Sander Pärn said: “I’m really looking forward to the step up from the Ford Fiesta R2 to the Fiesta R5 this year and winning the DMACK Fiesta Trophy prize was such as huge step in my career. I’ve already been testing and I was surprised how easy the car was to drive but obviously we need more experience to be able to drive it near the limit. Moving into WRC 2 and working with M-Sport and DMACK will make it a fantastic year for me.”
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