Full season WRC programme for DMACK World Rally Team and Ott Tanak
Unofficial rumour about Ott Tanak’s WRC future, published few days ago, becames official news: Estonian rally driver will be a part of DMACk World Rally Team in 2016 full season WRC programme. Tyre manufacturer DMACK is increasing its presence in the World Rally Championship from WRC2 and Fiesta Trophy to 14-event WRC programme. 28-year-old Tanak and his co-driver Raigo Molder will compete in the same car as in 2015 – Ford Fiesta RS WRC prepared by M-Sport.
Tänak are no stranger to DMACK having competed for the firm’s WRC 2 team during 2014, helping them seal the WRC 2 Teams World Championship title. Back in 2011, Tänak made his world rally car debut with DMACK, finishing sixth overall on Wales Rally GB.
n 2016 DMACK will be also represented in supporting WRC series. The 2015 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy winner Marius Aasen will take up his prize drive in WRC 2 at the wheel of a Ford Fiesta R5. He will be joined by Estonian Sander Parn in a two-car Drive DMACK team. The Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy will go further with young drivers in Fiesta R2 cars, at five WRC rounds.
“We’ve been working on this programme for around six months as part of our three-year development plan. 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. Today is yet another step towards achieving our goal of competing at the pinnacle of world rallying alongside Michelin and Pirelli, so I’m looking forward to a great season in 2016,” Dick Cormack, DMACK managing director, said.
“I’m very excited to be joining DMACK again and extremely motivated to carry on the hard work and get closer to the top. 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. I can’t wait to start the season in Monaco,” Ott Tanak added.