DMACK Dominates With Clean Sweep Of British Victories

DMACK Dominates With Clean Sweep Of British Victories

Drivers using DMACK tyres took a clean sweep of wins on the opening round of the new-look MSA British Rally Championship (BRC) on the Mid Wales Stages today and now lead the various championship races.

Elfyn Evans and Craig Parry sealed the overall victory for the DMACK British Rally Team as they battled against tough winter conditions and some of the best drivers from across UK and Europe. In addition to the overall honours, DMACK drivers topped four classes, dominating the action against three other tyre manufacturers, and the DMACK squad also leads the teams’ championship.

Welshmen Evans and Parry were on home soil as they edged out Swedish driver Fredrik Ahlin in their Autotek-run Ford Fiesta R5 Evo. Despite being hampered by having to clear the frozen roads this morning, the pair took the top step of the podium by 17.1 seconds. Battling snow, ice and mud, they made an inspired tyre choice on the final loop of stages, using their DMACK tyres to seal the overall win.

In a double victory, Evans played his one-off joker on this opening round – giving him the opportunity to double his points tally to take a 35 point lead.

Max Vatanen, son of 1981 world rally champion Ari, was guided by co-driver Jacques-Julien Renucci as he made his four-wheel-drive debut. Despite his lack of experience and treacherous conditions, Vatanen was second fastest on stage three but dropped time today after spending around three minutes in a Welsh ditch and finished 17th.

Matt Edwards put in a giant-killing drive to win the BRC2 class and take seventh overall in his DMACK-shod Mitsubishi Evo. He also scored points for the DMACK team enabling the squad to take an initial lead in the team’s championship.

After a nip-and-tuck battle in the DMACK Junior BRC, Gus Greensmith in a Fiesta R2 emerged with a 11.9s lead ahead of Norway’s Sindre Furuseth with Swede Mattias Adielsson third in a Vauxhall Adam. They’re all chasing a funded scholarship for a step up to the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy in 2017.

Topping off the DMACK whitewash, Tony Simpson in a Fiesta ST leads the BRC4 class after a solid drive over the two days.

The Mid Wales Stages was based in Newtown with drivers tackling tricky tests through the iconic Sweet Lamb, Hafren and Myherin forests. The rally started with two night-time stages on Saturday evening over snow-covered roads before another four stages today completed the 68-mile competitive route.

Action switches to asphalt now as the DMACK team heads across the Irish Sea for the Circuit of Ireland Rally on 8-9 April.

MSA British Rally Championship for Drivers
1.Elfyn Evans / Craig Parry (DMACK): 50
2.Fredrik Ahlin / Morton Erik Abrahamsen (Pirelli): 15
3.Tom Cave / James Morgan (Michelin): 10

MSA British Rally Championship for Teams
1.DMACK British Rally Team (DMACK): 33
2.CA1 Sport (Pirelli): 25
3.Vauxhall Motorsport Junior Rally Team (DMACK): 11

BRC1 leader: Elfyn Evans (DMACK)
BRC2 leader: Matt Edwards (DMACK)
BRC3 leader: Chris Harris (Pirelli)
BRC4 leader: Tony Simpson (DMACK)
DMACK Junior BRC leader: Gus Greensmith (DMACK)

Elfyn Evans, DMACK British Rally Team driver, said: “It’s a fantastic feeling to win the first round of this exciting and very competitive British championship. Despite it being our home event, the wintery conditions and the fact we were first on the road for the entire event, made it extremely difficult and unpredictable. Playing the joker was certainly the right move so we’re in a fortunate position after the first event.”

Max Vatanen, DMACK British Rally Team driver, said: “This was a tough rally for my first time in four-wheel-drive but I’m happy with how we managed things. We had a good feeling with the car from the start and that helped us set some good times. Yes, we made a small mistake, but I completed all the stages and got some really great experience.”

Glenn Patterson, DMACK British Rally Team manager, said: “The first round of the BRC was highly anticipated with some serious competition from other teams and tyre manufacturers. But we managed the challenging conditions well, Elfyn delivered a supreme performance while Max exceeded our expectations with a series of strong times. DMACK drivers are leading all but one championship and class, demonstrating the flexibility and performance of our products.”


DMACK Dominates With Clean Sweep Of British Victories
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