DMACK delight for MacCrone on WRC comeback
(24th August 2015)

John MacCrone made such an excellent return to international rallying at last weekend’s ADAC Rallye Deutschland, that the talented young Scottish driver won the Vatanen Touch nomination – and has received an invitation to an end of season DMACK shootout, where the prize is a drive in an M-Sport Fiesta R5 car on a round of the 2016 FIA World Rally Championship!

The 25-year old Mull driver brought home the first-placed 1.6-litre R2 car on the ADAC Rallye Deutschland, finishing 38th overall in his Watermans Accident Claims and Care Ford Fiesta.

ADAC Rallye Deutschland was MacCrone’s first rally since last October’s Tour of Mull (10 months ago) and the first time he had made pace notes since the Manx National Rally in May 2014. Yet, together with his Welsh co-driver Dai Roberts, MacCrone made a great start – despite running near the back of the field in car number 130, and immediately having to cope with lots of gravel and debris on the narrow Tarmac stages and overtaking several cars running ahead of him.

A highly professional and inch-perfect performance saw MacCrone bring his hired Polish PZ Services team Fiesta to a magnificent fifth in class – and the first of the old-style normally-aspirated R2 cars.

John MacCrone said: “It was a great feeling being back in the World Rally Championship, and we’re delighted to come away with such a good result. The old-style normally-aspirated Fiesta wasn’t as powerful as the newer R2 cars, and it didn’t have the new brakes and suspension either, so we concentrated on trying to bring the car home in the best possible position we possibly could. And thanks to the performance of the DMACK tyres, we were able to achieve exactly what we set out to do.

“The icing on the cake was winning the Vatanen Touch nomination, and I really must thank DMACK for giving me this incredible opportunity at the end of the year.”


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