Ott Tanak says if he and the new DMACK World Rally Team can click with the M-Sport run Ford Fiesta RS WRC machine then he can upset the larger manufacturer squads at the season-opening Rallye Monte Carlo.
Having been dropped from M-Sport's manufacturer squad after a difficult 2015, Tanak is gearing up for a 14-round attack on the 2016 World Rally Championhip with DMACK WRT, a team he drove for at selected events in 2014.
The Estonian has the arduous challenge of getting to grips with a new team and new tyres, the DMACK tyres who are taking on the likes of Pirelli and Michelin, at the uniquely tricky Rallye Monte Carlo.
12 months ago, Tanak almost pulled off an almighty shock after fighting his way up to second place in the WRC running until he slid of the road and tumbled down the order to eventually finish 18th. Tanak says if he can unlock a similar pace this year with DMACK WRT then he's confident he can be competitive.
“Monte Carlo is a special rally to start off the season and you always have to expect the unexpected,” Tanak said. “We have competed on the rally twice before and have good experience but have a new team and new tyres this year. If everything comes together for us and works well then I'm sure we can be competitive.”
Dick Cormack, DMACK motorsport director, added: “Monte Carlo is renowned for its classic format and hugely demanding conditions where there is a real focus on tyre choice and performance. We've been working hard on asphalt development and have made some significant steps in performance. The progress has really motivated everyone in DMACK and we're all excited to get the new season underway.”