DMACK has new tyre for gravel

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - Mid Wales Stages re­port, p30

DMACK is con­fi­dent a new gravel tyre will be enough for it to fur­ther close the gap to ri­val Miche­lin from Rally Por­tu­gal on­wards.

Drive DMACK man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Dick Cor­mack said the tyre, which in­cludes a new con­struc­tion and com­pound, was tested in Spain ear­lier this month with very pos­i­tive re­sults.

“The hard gravel tyre has al­ways been our weak­ness,” said Cor­mack. “This new tyre will rep­re­sent a big step for us. In test­ing we have seen bet­ter sta­bil­ity and longevity. The plan is to have it in Por­tu­gal and then we want Ott [Tanak, DMACK driver] to be push­ing for the top three in Poland. We’re go­ing to let him off the leash in Poland and see what he can do.”

Tanak fin­ished third in Miko­la­jki last sea­son.

Abu Dhabi To­tal World Rally Team driver Craig Breen could re­turn to the Cir­cuit of Ire­land Rally to de­fend his emo­tional win from last sea­son.

The Water­ford driver says his only pri­or­ity this year is his World Rally Cham­pi­onship pro­gramme in a Citroen DS 3 WRC, but he added that if the chance arose to drive the April 7-9 event, he would jump at it.

“You know how hard I’ve worked to get to the po­si­tion I’m in with the Abu Dhabi To­tal team now and that’s ev­ery­thing to me,” said Breen. “But at the same time, I just love ral­ly­ing, I live for it and I am talk­ing to a few peo­ple about the chances of get­ting out on the Cir­cuit. I would say it’s an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est more than any­thing right now.

“Like any­thing, there’s the fi­nan­cial an­gle to this, but if some­body’s will­ing to put some money up then that would cer­tainly make things eas­ier!”

Breen and co-driver Scott Martin won last year’s event in a Peu­geot 208T16, re­al­is­ing a long-held dream for the 26-year-old Ir­ish­man.

“It would be fan­tas­tic to go back for an­other go this year,” Breen added, “es­pe­cially with the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship guys go­ing there – and with the way the route’s look­ing. I know some of those stages pretty well and I know how im­por­tant it is to have ex­pe­ri­ence of those roads. I think I’d have a pretty fair chance as well. Put it this way, I wouldn’t be go­ing there to fight for se­cond place! Whether I’m com­pet­ing or not, I’ll be in Belfast like I’ll be in West Cork next week. Like I said, I live for this sport!”

Breen made Citroen de­but in Swe­den Breen would like to de­fend his 2015 Cir­cuit win

MARCH 9 2016

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