DMACK BRINGS NEW TYRE FOR CARLISLE
Cumbrian outfit has tested new rubber extensively
The DMACK British Rally Team is hoping a new tyre for the Pirelli Carlisle will give it an edge on this weekend’s round of the British Rally Championship.
The team has developed tyres specifically for the R5 car as well as a new WRC tyre , which the team’s WRC driver Ott Tanak has tested extensively.
Welshman Elfyn Evans is hoping the new tyre will allow him to return to winning ways on the Pirelli Carlisle Rally. He won the BRC opener in Mid Wales, but had to push hard to fend off the charge of Swedish challenger Fredrik Ahlin – who took the lead on Saturday morning. The benefit of a new tyre could help Evans head the Pirelli-shod Ahlin.
“I’m looking forward to the Pirelli, it’s a fast rally where there’s not much margin for error,” said Evans. “Hopefully we can be at the front of the field again with the new gravel tyre that DMACK has introduced. I know they’ve done quite a bit of testing with Tanak so I’m looking forward to seeing the improvements for myself.”
Evans is only two rallies into his experience with DMACKS, having not run the rubber in his career before Mid Wales. But the Circuit of Ireland – round two of the BRC – proved the tyre isn’t as far behind its rivals as previously thought. Evans set six fastest times out of the seven stages he finished, but the alternator belt broke on his Ford Fiesta R5, ruling him out of the rally.
DMACK managing director Dick Cormack believes the improvement in Circuit of Ireland is down to the extensive testing the manufacturer has been doing with its covers.
“It was clear to see the progress with our Tarmac tyres on the Circuit of Ireland with Elfyn fastest on all but one of the stages he completed,” said Cormack. “I’m excited to see how the new gravel tyres perform this weekend. We have been extremely busy with development over the last few months and, with our new tyres now being manufactured in the UK [instead of China], it’s a new chapter in DMACK’S history.”
Cormack confirmed that the outfit has completed multiple tests with the tyres at various levels ready for its first introduction on Rally Argentina.
“We’ve completed three major gravel tests already this year,” added Cormack. “We have developed products specifically for R5 cars in both national and world events. There’s a definite improvement in performance and hopefully that will give us an edge.”
Evans won’t face an easy challenge though, with many of the BRC frontrunners happier on gravel than asphalt. Ahlin impressed early on the Circuit of Ireland, but a small shunt on Friday followed by a rally-ending off on Saturday ruled out good points. He had been the quickest BRC runner at points on the rally’s opening day.
Third seed David Bogie and fourth seed Tom Cave should also be more at home on the gravel of Kielder, while former WRC driver Matthew Wilson is the fifth seed on his first BRC rally in 11 years.
Tanak (far left) ran new tyre on test and in Argentina Evans is hoping for tyre boost in Carlisle