DMACK will bring British produced covers to WRC
DMACK will bring two new tyres to this week’s Rally of Portugal – marking the first event where all of its products are made in Britain.
The Cumbrian-based company has previously produced its Uk-designed tyres in China, a process that has been streamlined in time for the first European gravel WRC round.
Managing director Dick Cormack said: “Producing tyres here makes everything flexible. Before, after we’d finished testing, the tyres would be produced in China, flown back over here, tested, then if we wanted to make some small adjustments we had to go through that whole process again.”
The new gravel product represents DMACK’S single permitted change to its homologated tyre for loose surfaces this season and Cormack is confident in the potential for the new compound.
“We know what these compounds can do,” said Cormack. “We’re confident we’ve got it right.”
Tyres will prove crucial on this week’s Rally of Portugal, with a limited supply of hard covers.
European Rally Championship junior leader Lukasz Pieniazek will dovetail his campaign with a Junior World Rally Championship bid.
In only his third year of rallying, the Pole opened the season with class victory on the Circuit of Ireland Rally. He beat the Opel team in his privateer Adam R2, impressing onlookers at the event with his pace.
“We plan to do the ERC Junior and JWRC series, and a few ERC3 rounds,” explained Pieniazek. “WRC is amazing for us.”
Having run a Peugeot 208 R2 last year in his first ERC junior year, he now has two new cars to get accustumed to, with the Adam and the Citroen DS 3 R3 MAX he’ll campaign in Portugal this weekend where this year’s JWRC gets underway.
Tanak will use the new WRC tyre
Pieniazek impressing in Adam