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Maxime Martin wins spectacular Sunday DTM race at the Norisring

Maxime Martin won race two of the DTM’s visit to the Norisring. The BMW driver came home first after 66 laps on Sunday. Lucas Auer (Mercedes-Benz) trailed Martin over the finish line in second place, 2.903 seconds back. The race was suspended on lap 33 following a crash. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) span off into the crash barrier in the run-up to the Grundig hairpin, when his car lifted off the ground after hitting a bump. Paffett’s car then careered into Mike Rockenfeller’s Audi. Both Paffett and Rockenfeller were able to leave their damaged cars unassisted, but were subsequently taken to hospital for further check-ups as a precautionary measure. 32 minutes later, at 18:24, the race restarted behind the safety car with 25:04 minutes remaining.

Nuremberg/Deutschland, 2nd July 2017 – The fans witnessed a spectacular race at the Norisring on Sunday. Few DTM races have provided such excitement and action-packed racing from the first second to the very last. The pit lane was a hectic scene shortly after the start. Many drivers came in for their mandatory tyre change in the opening laps, as the tyre wear at the only street circuit in Germany was very low and the slick provided by exclusive DTM partner Hankook offered a high level of grip over a long distance.

The many pit stops at the start of the race resulted in the lead changing hands regularly, until a collision between René Rast (Audi) and Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz) resulted in the safety car making its first appearance on lap 24. Maxime Martin (BMW) took the lead at the restart, and led until the race was suspended following the big crash. Martin and Auer were embroiled in a thrilling battle after the next restart, with the Belgian eventually coming out on top to take the third win of his DTM career.

The battle for the final spot on the podium was a dramatic one. Mercedes-Benz driver Edoardo Mortara crossed the finish line third, just two thousandths of a second ahead of Mattias Ekström (Audi). Marco Wittmann (BMW) followed Ekström home just a few hundredths of a second back in fifth place. Ekström continues to lead the championship, followed by Auer and Martin.

Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe: “Rarely has there been such an exciting and spectacular DTM race as that in the recent past. It had a bit of everything that makes motorsport so unique. Exciting duels for the lead, a breath-taking conclusion to the battle for the final spot on the podium, and countless spectacular overtaking manoeuvres. The crash was a very big one, but it speaks volumes for the safety standards in the DTM that drivers came out of it relatively unscathed. After the early pit stops, the Hankook race tyre provided the drivers with a lot of grip for a very long distance. The high level of consistency shown by the tyre helped to make it a dramatic race right down to the finish.”

BMW Team RMR completed the fastest pit stop at the Norisring, in a time of 33.599 seconds. They are rewarded with 25 points towards the Hankook Best Pit Stop Award. The winning crew also receives three crates of beer at the next DTM race weekend at the Moscow Raceway.

 

Maxime Martin (BMW): “The Hankook race tyres were very good for me. Only at the beginning, when they were cold, did I have to take a little care. Lucas was also a little faster than me there. Once the tyres reached the optimal working temperature, I was able to push, overtake Lucas, and win the race. That was a really great win for me.”

Lucas Auer (Mercedes-Benz): “The set-up of our car was very good, which allowed me to bring the Hankook race tyre up to temperature very quickly and to go on the attack. Because the tyre wear is not so high at the Norisring, I was able to push right through to the finish, even despite the safety car phases and the red flag.”

Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes-Benz): “I am very happy with my third place, and came to terms very well with the Hankook race tyre. You had to manage the tyres correctly after the restart, but I was able to pass Mattias and Marco on them at the finish and clinch the final spot on the podium at the last second.”

Mattias Ekström (Audi): “The car and the Hankook tyres were good. Had Marco not tried that manoeuvre in the final corner, I would have finished third and been on the podium. At least I defended my lead in the overall standings.”

Hankook Tire is one of the global top 5 companies in the mass production of tyres and manufactures 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 seven 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 more than 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 Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Hungary, Czech Republic, Russia, Turkey, Sweden and Poland. Hankook products are sold directly through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs more than 22,000 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.

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