DMACK WON’T RUN R5 TEAM IN 2017 BRC

Reign­ing man­u­fac­turer cham­pion feels it has achieved its goals

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon Photos: Jakob Ebrey

Reign­ing Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship man­u­fac­turer cham­pion DMACK Bri­tish Rally Team won’t en­ter any cars in the BRC 1 cat­e­gory next year, but has con­firmed a will­ing­ness to back the Ju­nior cham­pi­onship again in 2017.

DMACK won the man­u­fac­tur­ers’ tro­phy with driv­ers El­fyn Evans and Max Vata­nen. Evans took the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship a round early on the Ul­ster while Vata­nen didn’t re­turn af­ter April’s Pirelli Carlisle Rally.

DMACK boss Dick Cor­mack con­firmed to MN that last year was suc­cess­ful for the tyre firm in terms of rais­ing its pro­file.

“We’re not go­ing to en­ter a ded­i­cated team in the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship next sea­son,” said Cor­mack. “When we went into 2016, we went with one aim and that was to win the ti­tle. We have achieved that and sup­ported the se­ries in its re­turn­ing year, but now it’s time to move on. This doesn’t mean we won’t have a pres­ence in the cham­pi­onship. We want to stay there and prob­a­bly the best way to do this is by sup­port­ing one of the teams who are com­pet­ing at the front of the field.

“Do­ing the BRC has def­i­nitely im­proved the pro­file and sales of the tyres in the UK – there’s a big de­mand for the new prod­uct that we’re mak­ing in the UK and that’s com­ing off the back of what El­fyn’s been do­ing in the BRC and, of course, what Ott was achiev­ing in the world cham­pi­onship.”

Po­ten­tial driv­ers DMACK could back in 2017 in­clude Matt Edwards, who has driven on the firm’s tyres since the early 2000s. He makes a step up to a Ford Fi­esta R5 full-time in 2017 hav­ing won last year’s BRC 2 cat­e­gory for Group N cars. He drove the R5 to top 10s on the Ul­ster and Manx.

Cor­mack also con­firmed that DMACK would again sup­port the Ju­nior BRC, but a fi­nal de­ci­sion on the ex­act deal isn’t ex­pected to emerge un­til this week.

“We will con­tinue to sup­port the DMACK Ju­nior BRC – that’s been great this year and the speed Rob Duggan has shown to win it has been very im­pres­sive,” added Cor­mack.

MN un­der­stands that DMACK is push­ing for the same deal as last year, where the cat­e­gory ran to a con­trol tyre for­mat but with any R2 spec­i­fi­ca­tion al­lowed. But sources in­side the BRC have con­firmed that other of­fers are on the ta­ble from other tyre man­u­fac­tur­ers. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by David Evans.

ROAD RALLY ROUND-UP

Once again a North Wales rally was won by the rapid Ford Es­cort of Ar­wel ‘Sbidi’ Hughes-jones and Huw Rhys Man­ion, as they took vic­tory on the JJ Brown Me­mo­rial Rally on Satur­day night.

Car­wyn Evans/dylan John Wil­liams put up a strong chal­lenge, hav­ing got to within one sec­ond of the win­ners at one point, but fell away and fin­ished 18 sec­onds down at the end. Kevin Kerr/ Dale Bowen had also been in the hunt ini­tially but faded in the sec­ond half. Paul Mor­ris/ Merfyn Wil­liams re­tired with a fail­ing clutch in the first half.

Mark Broth­er­hood/james Dow­ley took top spot on the Roamer­lite Novice Rally. They were the quick­est crew of the night, even beat­ing all the Semi-ex­pert en­tries, who weren’t el­i­gi­ble for over­all awards.

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