FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP (WRC2) 2015: DRIVE DMACK WORLD RALLY TEAM- DOUBLE DMACK PODIUM ON TOUGH RALLY MEXICO
WRC2 A FULL 2015
Double DMACK Podium On Tough Rally Mexico.
9 March 2015
DMACK mastered the tough conditions at Rally Guanajuato Mexico this weekend as its drivers scored a double WRC 2 podium on the first loose surface round of the 2015 FIA World Rally Championship.
Peruvian Nicolas Fuchs and Argentine co-driver Fernando Mussano powered their Ford Fiesta R5 to second after a strong performance over the four-day event to kick-start their 2015 campaign in style.
Finns Jari Ketomaa and Kaj Lindstrom in an Autotek-prepared Fiesta R5 finished just 21 seconds adrift in third after a broken driveshaft dropped them back from second place yesterday. However, the pair now open up a solid lead at the top of the drivers’ championship with the Drive DMACK team also topping the teams’ race.
The tough return to gravel combined with high altitude stages made the event a real challenge. DMACK had brought its recently upgraded DMG+2 gravel tyres to the third round of the world series. Its stiff tread blocks offered high-speed stability on the fast gravel roads which ran high in the Sierra de Lobos and Sierra de Guanajuato mountains above host city Leon.
The hard S3 compound was used by all DMACK runners for the majority of the event as it offered the durability needed to complete the long loops of stages. Resilient tyre construction and proven sidewall protection also meant the DMACK runners had the confidence to tackle the rough gravel roads even on the rock-strewn second pass through the stages.
However, with crews allowed to use a maximum of just 22 tyres over the entire weekend, there was an emphasis on clever management of the available rubber. DMACK’s on-event technical team worked closely with competitors to ensure they had a plan to best manage tyre resources.
Rally Mexico started in the stunningly colourful town of Guanajuato on Thursday evening before the true action switched to the tough mountain stages on Friday. Saturday boasted a huge 86km loop of special stages while today’s final action featured the huge 55.82km Guanajuatito test.
Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Both Nicolas and Jari have driven a very clever rally, carefully managing where they could push and where they needed to back off. Our tyres once again performed well in some tough conditions. Having two DMACK runners on the podium is extremely encouraging and demonstrates our strong gravel product offering performance and robust durability.”
Nicolas Fuchs said: “The rally was amazing for me. It’s very tricky and we tried to be as safe as possible and driving very neat. Today we broke the anti roll bar when we were in a big fight for second place so it was a great feeling to get back to the finish with this result. It’s a nice way to start my season and now I can push in Argentina.”
Jari Ketomaa said: “We knew before the rally that we wouldn’t be able to fight with the regional cars so we drove at our own speed. It’s a difficult rally with the high altitude draining power and the width of the road changing a lot to make it quite tricky. I was disappointed to drop to third with a broken driveshaft but it’s still good points on the board and now we lead the championship.”
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