WRC A FULL 2017
DMACK UNVEILS NEW TYRES, NEW CAR, NEW DRIVER FOR WRC.
16 January 2017
DMACK Unveils New Tyres, New Car, New Driver For WRC
• DMACK competes in WRC for seventh consecutive season.
• Completely new range of products for WRC and WRC 2 competitors.
• Elfyn Evans kicks off campaign in Ford Fiesta WRC on DMACK tyres.
• Iconic Rallye Monte Carlo gets 2017 season underway.
British tyre manufacturer DMACK is set to compete in the FIA World Rally Championship as an authorised tyre supplier for the seventh consecutive season this week. The iconic Rallye Monte Carlo gets the championship underway, where the UK’s Elfyn Evans will line up in an all-new 2017-spec Ford Fiesta WRC on DMACK tyres.
Reunited with co-driver Daniel Barritt, 28-year-old Welshman Evans won the British Rally Championship last season with DMACK and he steps back up to the world’s top level in 2017. Nominated as their third points scoring driver, Evans will pilot M-Sport’s spectacular, new generation Fiesta world rally car.
It will be equipped with a range of new DMACK Grippa products – each one packed with performance upgrades after over 15 months of technical development. Two types of dry weather asphalt tyre are permitted next week and DMACK brings its DMT-RC22 with a new tread pattern, wider profile and performance compounds. It will be available in XS6+ (extra soft) and S6+ (soft) compounds.
To deal with the expected winter weather in the mountainous special stages around the French alps, competitors will also have access to the all-new DMT-ICE2 winter tyre. With a new directional tread pattern and improved compound, it’s available with either 200 metal studs or in unstudded form.
Evans used various configurations of all tyre options during his pre-event test on Friday and comes to event having taken overall victory in WRC 2 in Monte last year.
Rallye Monte Carlo is the traditional season-opener and will see crews flagged off from a glitzy opening ceremony in Casino Square on Thursday evening. Competitors make their way to the rally base in Gap via two special stages. After two full days of racing around Gap, it’s back to Monte Carlo for Saturday night and four final day stages on Sunday.
The event is renowned for its unpredictable mountain weather, which can see cars having to tackle snow, ice and dry asphalt – sometimes all in the same stage. Tyre choice is a careful decision based on many streams of information and is often a compromise for the changing conditions.
Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “Monte Carlo is a challenging event and one where tyres and tyre choices play an integral part. Working alongside our technical partners, we come to the rally with a full range of new products – all developed with a focus on performance.”
Elfyn Evans, DMACK WRC driver, said: “It’s a great feeling to be back at the top level of the world championship again and Monte Carlo is certainly a tough way to start the series. It’s unpredictable, a huge challenge but I’m very focused and motivated so really looking forward to getting the action underway.”
Tyre Information: List 1 and List 2
Asphalt: DMACK Grippa 225/40R18 DMT-RC22, XS6+ and S6+
Winter: DMACK Grippa 225/40R18 DMT-ICE2, studded and unstudded
Maximum for list 1 (WRC 2): 41
Maximum for list 2 (WRC): 43
Based: Gap, France
Start: Monte Carlo, 18.11 on Thursday 19 January
Finish: Monte Carlo, 14.00 on Sunday 22 January
Stages: 17 stages, 382.65km
Longest stage: SS9/11 Lardier et Valenca – Oze 31.17km
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