DDFT switches to the asphalt of Rallye Deutschland

With just two rounds to go, the 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy heads to Germany for the penultimate round of the season at Rallye Deutschland 2016.

As it’s the only asphalt event of the 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy season, there is a bonus of the final pair of 2017 WRC2 prize drives for the winner of Rallye Deutschland on the 18-21 August.

Britain’s Osian Pryce leads the Trophy Standings by five points, ahead of Finland’s Max Vatanen, who previously won in Finland last time out. Portugal’s Bernardo Souza is in third place, 21 points behind the leader Pryce.

Northern Ireland’s Jon Armstrong is fourth while Poland’s Jakub Brzeziński is fifth in the Trophy Standings after his podium in Finland last time out. Norway’s Oscar Solberg completes the top six in sixth place.

Trophy Leader Pryce said I’m looking forward to the switch to Tarmac and it’s a new challenge for everyone. Some of the stages in Germany are difficult and they require a good set of pace notes to be competitive. Our aim again is to score strong points for the third set of prize drives and maintain our championship lead. That’s got to be a realistic target for me to keep plans for next year alive.”

Credit: @World Photography/Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy
Credit: @World Photography/Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy

Vatanen is looking to build on his Rally Finland win and is coming on a high into Rallye Deutschland. We’ve been reviewing on-board videos from last year to try and understand the complex nature of the German stages. After three gravel rallies I’m very excited to move onto Tarmac – I enjoy the sensations inside the car. Panzerplatte is some stage and probably the biggest challenge of the whole rally.”

Armstrong added I’m quite confident about my pace on Tarmac so our target really is to go for the win in Germany. It’s always tricky to manage tyre wear on the longer stages while also considering the weather. We are aiming for the last two prize drives and have experience from Spain last year – but we need to be both quick and clever. We had some last-minute budget dramas after the accident in Finland and our sponsors and the fans have helped us a lot.”

Action will commence at the 2016 Rallye Deutschland in Trier, South West Germany on Thursday 18 August 2016 and finish on Sunday 21 August 2016.