Ott Tanak to give DMACK tyres their World Rally Car debut in Britain
|By David Evans||Thursday, November 3rd 2011, 23:25 GMT|
Chinese firm DMACK will run its tyres on a World Rally Car for the first time on next week's Rally GB, when Ott Tanak's Ford Fiesta RS WRC is fitted with the company's all-new gravel cover.
DMACK has nominated a new tyre specifically designed for the wet and muddy conditions on Britain's round of the World Rally Championship. Tanak tested the tyre yesterday and admitted he was happy with the feeling from the more open tread pattern from the DMG Plus.
"The test has been quite good," he said. "It was my first test in a WRC car on gravel and it's all really new but we have tried a few different tyres and the feeling just gets better and better all the time.
"Everything is new for me on this rally - the tyres, the car and the team - so it will be hard. If I'm comfortable and the feeling is good then let's see what we can do."
Dick Cormack, DMACK Tyres motorsport director admitted he was delighted to see his tyres on a car at the front of the field: "Ott is one of the world's brightest young stars and it's really exciting to have him running on our tyres for Rally GB.
It's a thrilling end to the season for us and to see DMACK on a world rally car for the first time is a great achievement. Hopefully Ott and the Ford Fiesta will help us demonstrate the performance and potential of our tyres."
All of the other World Rally Cars will be fitted with Michelin's gravel tyre for the event, which starts from Llandudno next Thursday.