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The Audi Sport Seyffahrt R8 LMS Cup enters its second season with Rahel Frey and the Hankook race tyre

The Audi Sport Seyffahrt R8 LMS Cup kicked off its second season at last weekend’s DTM opener at the Hockenheimring. The one-make cup is held over seven race weekends. At five of these, the professionals, juniors and gentlemen drivers feature on the support programme for arguably the most popular international touring car series. As it did last year, premium tyre maker Hankook supplies the Audi Sport Seyffahrt R8 LMS Cup with the successful Ventus Race tyre and supports the teams with its technical expertise.

Hockenheim/Germany, 9th May 2019 – The most familiar face in the Audi Sport Seyffahrt R8 LMS Cup is that of Rahel Frey. In 2009, the Swiss driver became the first woman ever to win a race in the German Formula 3 Cup. She then switched to GT racing and spent two years competing in the DTM. For her, this season’s Audi Sport Seyffahrt R8 LMS Cup is about more than just race wins and podiums. As coach and mentor, Frey will also be on hand to offer advice to the young drivers as they take their first steps in motorsport.

“In the Audi Sport Seyffahrt R8 LMS Cup, I not only keep my eye on what is happening on the track, as a racing driver. For me, it is also exciting to see whether the young drivers stick to what we have discussed. I must not necessarily be crowned champion of this series, I can win races elsewhere. However, I will obviously fight hard in every race and will not be pulling any punches, as the youngsters must work hard to earn what they get – just as I do. Our goal is to put on a great show for the spectators in every race,” says Frey.

The 33-year-old’s main task will be to help her protégés find the right balance between tactics and aggression. “Many show too much caution in the races. You really have to persuade them to take full advantage of support systems like ABS. On the other hand, some drivers are too aggressive and wear the car and tyres down too quickly with their style of driving. In that case, I have to try to work with the drivers to find a reasonable compromise.”

The Swiss feels the race tyre provided by premium tyre maker Hankook is the ideal partner for the Audi Sport Seyffahrt R8 LMS Cup. “I know the Hankook race tyre and have always really enjoyed driving on it. You have a good peak in qualifying, then honest feedback in the race. The tyre lets you know when you are asking for too much, but also forgives mistakes. This allows newcomers to learn a lot about tyre management.”

Rahel Frey is one of a few women to have established herself in motorsport, but still sees great potential for more development in what is largely a male domain. “Not a lot has changed for us since I started out in motorsport 20 years ago. That is why it is so great to have the W Series, which is for women only. I would have been delighted to have had an opportunity like that when I was younger. They could obviously also have systematically invested the money in just one or two female drivers. However, this gives a lot of women the opportunity to show what they are capable of on a big stage.”

As well as the Audi Sport Seyffahrt R8 LMS Cup, the Audi works driver is also actively involved in GT racing and lines up in more than 20 races per season. In Switzerland, she and her sisters run a car dealership – it is all about four wheels for the 33-year-old. “I am happy with what I am doing. When I am at home at the weekend, I take my mountain bike and go for a ride into the mountains, in order to stay fit for my work. Work takes priority for us Swiss. We are a bit crazy in that regard.”

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Hankook investeert voortdurend in onderzoek en ontwikkeling om haar klanten steeds de hoogste kwaliteit in combinatie met uitstekende technologie te bieden. In vijf ontwikkelingscentra en acht grote fabrieken wereldwijd ontwikkelt en produceert Hankook bandoplossingen, die specifiek zijn afgestemd op de wensen en eisen van de regionale markten. In Europa vindt de bandontwikkeling voor de lokale markten en eerste montage plaats in overeenstemming met de toonaangevende Europese autofabrikanten in het regionale technisch centrum in Hannover/Duitsland. De banden worden onder andere geproduceerd in de ultra-moderne Europese fabriek in Rácalmás/ Hongarije, die in 2007 werd ingewijd en voortdurend uitgebreid wordt. Momenteel produceren ongeveer 3.000 medewerkers tot 19 miljoen banden per jaar voor personenauto's, SUV's en lichte vrachtwagens.

Het Europese hoofdkwartier van de bandenfabrikant is gevestigd in Neu-Isenburg, Duitsland in de buurt van Frankfurt am Main. In Europa heeft Hankook kantoren in Frankrijk, Hongarije, Italië, Nederland, Oekraine, Polen, Rusland, Spanje, Tsjechië, Turkije, Verenigd Koninkrijk en Zweden. Hankook banden worden rechtstreeks via regionale distributeurs in andere Europese landen verkocht. Wereldwijd biedt Hankook werk aan ongeveer 21.000 mensen en levert haar producten in meer dan 180 landen. Toonaangevende autofabrikanten vertrouwen bij de eerste montage op banden van Hankook. Ongeveer 30 procent van de wereldwijde omzet van de onderneming is afkomstig uit Europa en het Gemenebest van Onafhankelijke Staten. Hankook Tire is sinds 2016 opgenomen in de Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World).

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Rahel Frey, Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, Hockenheim 1, 03.-05. May 2019

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Rahel Frey, Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, Hockenheim 1, 03.-05. May 2019

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Podium, Matthias Kämpf, Jedrzej Szczesniak, Rahel Frey, Fabio Citignola, Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, Hockenheim 1, 03.-05. May 2019

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Start Race 2, Robin Rogalski, Rahel Frey, Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, Hockenheim 1, 03.-05. May 2019

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