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Two night races in Misano, Italy: A first for premium tyre maker Hankook and the DTM

This weekend, the DTM and exclusive tyre partner Hankook will celebrate not one first, but two. Not only will the DTM make its debut in Misano, Italy, but the 4.226-kilometre circuit will also host two night races for the first time in the 24-year history of what is arguably the most popular international touring car series. Races 13 and 14 of the 2018 season will get underway at 22:30 on both Saturday and Sunday at the Misano World Circuit, which can be floodlit in its entirety.

Misano/Italy, 21st August 2018 – The racetrack in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna was opened in 1972 and was the subject of modifications from autumn 2006 to spring 2007. These measures were primarily in the interest of safety, in order to meet the requirements of the MotoGP series. This is because the Misano World Circuit is first and foremost a winding motorcycle track, with ten right-hand corners and six left-handers.

Hankook DTM race engineer Thomas Baltes: “From a tyre perspective, it makes no difference that the Misano World Circuit is usually used for motorcycle races. However, the track surface has been re-laid and is now far more aggressive. This will lead to an increase in the temperature of the running surface on the Ventus Race. However, this will not restrict the performance of the tyre, particularly as the asphalt will cool down in the night.”

The many changes in direction mean that the tyres will be put under a lot of strain in Misano. The Hankook race tyre must provide a lot of traction at the winding circuit, in order to allow the drivers to accelerate quickly out of the slower sections. As the longest straight is just 565 metres, the racetrack in the Italian seaside resort of Misano is one of the slowest on the DTM calendar.

Thomas Baltes: “In order to cope with the features of this track, the teams will need a balanced car set-up. It is important that the tyres are able to cool down a little after the narrow, winding sections. That is possible on the few short straights. Misano is new territory for the DTM and the Hankook race tyre. We are assuming that the running surface will take most of the strain, rather than the construction of the tyre. However, that will in no way affect the high performance of the Ventus Race.”

Hankook Tire manufactures globally innovative, award winning radial tyres of proven superior quality for passenger cars, light trucks, SUVs, RVs, trucks, and buses as well as motorsports (circuit racing/rallies).

Aspiring to bring consumers the utmost excellence in product quality, technological excellence and driving satisfaction, Hankook Tire continuously invests in research and development maintaining five R&D centres and eight production facilities around the world. Bespoke tyre solutions for the European markets as well as European Original Equipment according to the requirements of leading premium car manufacturers, are developed in the company’s regional Technical Centre in Hanover/Germany. Production for the European region is taking place in the state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Rácalmás/Hungary which was inaugurated in June 2007 and is continuously being expanded. Currently around 3,000 employees produce up to 19 million tyres a year for passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks.

Hankook Tire’s European headquarters are located in Neu-Isenburg near Frankfurt am Main in Germany. The manufacturer operates further branches in Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Ukraine. Hankook products are sold directly through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs approximately 21,000 people worldwide and are selling their products in over 180 countries. Internationally leading car manufacturers rely on tyres made by Hankook for their original equipment. Approximately 30 percent of the company's global sales are generated within the European and CIS-Region. Hankook Tire has been represented in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World) since 2016.

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