WRC » WRC reveals authorised 2011 tyre-suppliers

Following Pirelli's decision to withdraw, two tyre manufacturers have been selected to officially supply rubber to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2011 - Michelin and DMACK

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September 15, 2010 7:16 PM

dmack?? never heard of them. normally, chinese tyres are a load of crud, but i see they have mark higgins testing for them. THAT was kept quiet! it will be interesting to see how they compare to the michelins.

Motodisiac - Unregistered

September 15, 2010 11:23 PM

Just looked DMACK Tyres on Google. Absolutely nothing comes up. If they are willing to step up to WRC competition, they could at least invest in small web site.

Who Cares - Unregistered

September 16, 2010 9:52 AM

Factory drivers on Michelins and privateers on DMACKs, I fail to see where the competition will be... Seems to me Michelin was willing to stick to its 'sour grapes' communication when losing all bids (WRC, F1, MotoGP...), so it could not accept to be sole provider after stating aloud Michelin was not interested where it had no competitor. FIA pleased them by accepting a 256th tier manufacturer as alleged competitor, and Michelin will get easy wins and two more WRC titles in 2011. Bad news for privateers anyway, but good news for Matt Wilson.

robsprocket - Unregistered

September 16, 2010 11:56 AM

Shandong Yongtai Chemical Group make Durun tyres which have been undergoing extensive testing for several years by groups of highly skilled teenagers at various car parks around the country, concentrating mainly on burnouts and handbrake turns.

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

September 16, 2010 12:57 PM

I think there is a link here

**** Cormack was the Performance and Motorsport Manager for Pirelli

This company is called DMack tyres, it has to be this Guys own company

Well at least he knows what hes doing

Also Mark is testing for them so they should end up with a decent tyre if they listen to Mark and spend enough money

Dafydd Larcombe - Unregistered

September 16, 2010 1:00 PM


Please do not replace the persons name above with stars.

It is his name. You have it in your very own story that I have commented about

Please rectify this problem so people can read and see the realavance

chris h - Unregistered

September 16, 2010 2:00 PM

Tyres play such a big part in rallying and any motorsport really. Look at the IRC this year. Andreas Mikkelson is in a fiesta on Hankock tyres. He can get no where near the front runners. I know the front guys are in factory cars or factory supported cars but the fiesta is brand new and it is a good car. Mikkelson is fast too but its the tyres that are slowing him down.

The comment above is probably right. with factory teams on mich's and privateers on dmacks, it wont lead to much competition. I persume if a privateer wants mich's and can afford them, then surely they can use them.

Mark Higgins is a good test driver and he will have done good work for dmack. Its hard to see them being on the pace straight away though.

By the way, speaking of privateers, any word on what petter is doign next year.

Slightly_Sideways - Unregistered

September 19, 2010 12:46 PM

Chris, I for one hope to see petter back next year. By setting up his own team and heading for bankruptcy because of it (each rally probably costs him over 150000 pounds) he has been an inspiration to many and defines what a true legend is made of. He said at the start of the year that this year may be his last, hence I hope he is snatched by a manufacturer pretty quickly or he will be history. Well done to chris for performing so well alongside him so quickly.


September 21, 2010 3:16 PM

Dafyyd, what could have happened with the name ia that if the crash site sees any combination of letters that makes a rude or swear word, it censors it automatically. If for instance, we mentioned a soccer team that plays in the Emirates Stadium, the first four letters would be censored, the same with Nicky, the ex Man U player that played with Newcastle. Not knowing the name of the geezer you are talking about, I am not sure why it removed it. On the DMack thing, China is fast starting to catch up in a lot of automotive stuff, and mark Higgins would have probably told them to go run and jump if it looked like the test tyres were duds. They talk about the gravel trye being available for test shortly, what about the asphalt tyre?

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