Tyres set to ignite title battle as four manufacturers fight it out in 2016
One key area to watch for in the BRC this year will be tyres. On gravel, the Michelins are thought to be the best, but the DMACK and Pirellis both operate well in the forests. Compounds will be the key factor to watch out for on the loose.
However, the fun and games will really start on sealed surfaces. At the moment, DMACK is working night and day to improve its asphalt tyre. But it’s still short of the market-leading Michelin on asphalt. Will Elfyn Evans be restricted by the DMACK asphalt, or has the Cumbrian firm developed enough to give him the covers necessary to challenge? It’s an intriguing battle that will only be resolved after the Manx Rally.
Leading the Michelin charge is likely to be Tom Cave, who ran Michelins on the recent Red Kite Stages on his Spencer Sport Ford Fiesta R5. Pirelli’s head men are Keith Cronin (Citroen) and David Bogie (Skoda), while DMACK will be relying on title favourite Evans and Max Vatanen.
Also entered are Kumho – which has had successes on the S12B Subaru of Gary Jennings in the Irish Tarmac series. They could also help throw a spanner in the works come the asphalt rounds.
It’s all up in the air, the only fact is that we’re on for an intense tyre battle.
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