Elfyn Evans became the first Welsh driver ever to win Wales Rally GB | 27 October 2017
“It’s been a very special day today, to take my first ever WRC win on home soil is something I could only have dreamed of. To see everyone who has supported me over the years at the end of the final stage was incredible. We knew from the shakedown that we had a competitive package with the DMACK tyres and Fiesta so I just wanted to make the most of it.” says Elfyn.
After seven years and 88 events, DMACK has won its first FIA World Rally Championship event – on its home round at Dayinsure Wales Rally GB. Elfyn Evans became the first Welsh driver to win the UK’s round of the championship after he and co-driver Dan Barritt dominated the demanding event – leading from start to finish and winning by 37.3 seconds.
An overwhelming performance helped their M-Sport World Rally Team secure the 2017 WRC Manufacturer Championship while the DMACK victory brought Michelin’s run of 92 consecutive wins to a halt.
The event was a true British success story. DMACK’s British-made tyres were fitted to M-Sport’s British-built Ford Fiesta WRC for a British crew to win their home event – the first time in 17 years.
The secret to the rally-winning performance was DMACK’s new DMG+22 gravel tyres, which were introduced for the last three rounds of the 2017 season. Successfully gambling on cooler conditions in Wales, DMACK developed a more open tread pattern tyre and nominated two new evolution compounds, the soft GS84 and the medium GH34.
Building on a dominant performance in 2016, when Ott Tänak finished second overall and set 12 fastest times on Rally GB with DMACK, Evans was untouchable across the weekend.
DMACK’s gravel tyres were the class of the field, coping remarkably with the varying road conditions in the demanding mid Wales forests. They found rally-leading grip and traction in the muddy sections and slippery gravel to give Evans the advantage.
DMACK drivers were also on the podium in WRC 2 and WRC 3, using the GS62B compound tyre. Local star Tom Cave was third in WRC 2, beating many championship regulars, while David Bogie was fourth, and Enrico Brazzoli was second in WRC 3.
Rally GB was based in Deeside, outside Chester, and featured 21 competitive stages across mid and north Wales before finishing this afternoon in Llandudno.
Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said: “We’ve been working towards this result for seven years and to take a debut victory on our home round of the championship is a special feeling. DMACK is a small but hugely committed team and reaching this achievement has taken an enormous amount of effort. Elfyn and Dan have delivered a remarkable drive this weekend and it’s an honour to have played a part in M-Sport’s championship success.”