WRC A FULL 2016
Corsican Competition Debut For DMACK.
The DMACK World Rally Team is set to tackle the daunting challenge of Tour de Corse next week when the arduous asphalt action on the Mediterranean island sees the team contest round 11 of the FIA World Rally Championship for the first time.
24 September 2016
Buoyed by a huge step forward in the performance of its newly-launched range of WRC asphalt tyres, DMACK will be aiming for a solid result on its competitive debut on the iconic island.
Ott Tänak and co-driver Raigo Mõlder will lead the team charge in their Ford Fiesta RS WRC. The pair set top-three stage times in Germany last month with a revised version of DMACK’s DMT-RC2 asphalt tyres. And they will be hoping to build on that success as the action takes in all corners of Corsica.
The scene is set for a unique challenge. Each day features an extra-long stage through scenic mountain landscapes and, with narrow roads often lined by rocks and steep drops, there’s absolutely no room for error.
It’s a demanding event for tyres. Drivers will face a number of surface changes during each stage with abrasive roads and a multitude of corners delivering a challenge for DMACK’s rubber.
Competitors will have the soft compound S5+ and hard H5+ available during the weekend and, should there be a huge deluge of rain similar to last year’s event, there’s also the option of the emergency wet pattern W5+ tyre to improve safety.
With the service park based in Bastia in the north-east corner of the island, the French round of the WRC starts from Ajaccio on Friday morning. It’s a baptism of fire with an opening 49.72km stage and two loops of two stages without any mid-day service.
Saturday’s action moves closer to Bastia but still features two passes over the 53.72km La Porta – Valle di Rostino test. Sunday sees a long drive south to the finish in Porto Vecchio taking in two stages along the way – including a 53.78 pass over Antisanti- Poggio di Nazza.
There are considerable changes to this year’s edition and with 20 per cent more mileage, the rally boasts 10 stages and 390.92km of timed action.
Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “It’s our first competitive outing in Corsica and we are expecting it to be a demanding event. However, we were pleased with the performance in Germany and are aiming to build on that. The event can throw up a real mix of conditions and surfaces so we are looking forward to the challenge.”
Ott Tänak, DMACK World Rally Team driver, said: “I’m really looking forward to the rally as I struggled here last year and I’m determined to go back, do things differently and improve. It’s a big challenge, a proper event and for sure we need a couple of rallies like this in the championship. It will be difficult and the long stages really will be a challenge.”
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