Tyre manufacturer DMACK have stepped up their commitment to rallying by launching their own team to tackle the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship and have signed Ott Tanak as their driver. In close partnership with M-Sport the DMACK World Rally Team will field a Ford Fiesta WRC RS for a full assault on the 2016 series.
The tyre company have a rich history in the WRC recently supporting Tanak in 2014 when he clinched the WRC2 title and they also are heavily involved in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy,another support category for the WRC.
“We’ve been working on this programme for around six months as part of our three-year development plan.”, said DMACK managing director, Dick Cormack. “I genuinely believe the combination of M-Sport and Ott is the best platform to help us develop our WRC products and push for leading stage-times when the opportunity arises. DMACK has a clear strategy to challenge for the WRC title in the future and the only way to achieve this is to focus hard on product development and undertake a full WRC programme with the correct partners to prove our performance.”
Ott Tanak and co-driver Raigo Mõlder will be keen to put their experience of 2015 to good use for the new season. The Estonian crew had a mixed season but showed good speed which resulted in a podium finish in on Rally Poland earlier in the season. Tanak is confident that the experience with the team in 2014 will be very beneficial next season,
“I’m very excited to be joining DMACK again and extremely motivated to carry on the hard work and get closer to the top.”, said the Estonian “We have many good memories from 2014, the team is very hard-working and I know things have moved forward even more since then. We had a tough season but the speed was there and, now that we have much more WRC experience, we will only get better in the future. This is a perfect programme for me, a chance to help DMACK progress and an opportunity for me to demonstrate both my and DMACK’s pace.”
The opening round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship kicks off on January 22 with the Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo .