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Hankook race tyres help rookie Julian Hanses as he starts out in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship

The Hungaroring is hosting round two of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship as part of this weekend’s DTM event. The 4.381-kilometre track near the Hungarian capital Budapest is the venue for races four to six of what is probably the most demanding junior, single-seater series in the world. This season, the 24 young drivers from 15 countries will contest ten rounds in eight different countries. Since 2012, premium tyre maker Hankook has supplied the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with the Ventus Race tyre. With its impressive performance and high degree of consistency, Hankook’s race tyre offers the talented youngsters optimal support as they embark on their motorsport careers.

Budapest/Hungary, 3rd June 2018 – Julian Hanses from Hilden, Germany, is one of 13 newcomers in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. His father first sat him in a kart at the age of five, and Julian was immediately bitten by the motor racing bug. “At first, I used to go karting every holiday. Over the course of time, motorsport became increasingly important in my life. I could be found at a racetrack every weekend. Last year, I decided to become a professional racing driver,” says the 20-year-old.

The young driver won the ADAC Kart Masters in 2014, after which he joined the impressive field in the Formula 4 series, in which he lined up alongside Mick Schumacher – son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher. Julian Hanses: “That switch was a big change for me, but the step up from Formula 4 to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is far bigger and tougher. The aerodynamics are different, you brake later, the cornering speeds are far greater, and the opposition is really strong. As such, I am proud to have finished in the top ten in only the second race of my rookie season, when I finished seventh in Pau.”

Premium tyre maker Hankook’s race tyres are helping the rookie as he finds his feet in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. “The Hankook tyres allow me to focus fully on the race, as they are incredibly consistent and predictable. That is very important for me as a rookie. I can push hard and drive at the limit right up to the final lap. It is fun to drive on the Hankook race tyres, and is really making it easier for me as I start out in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship,” says the young German.

Unlike many of his colleagues, the 20-year-old is not necessarily aiming for a seat in a Formula 1 car. Hanses is realistic and knows that you not only need talent, but also a lot of hard work and a great deal of luck if you are to race in the pinnacle of motorsport. “You cannot focus too hard on one thing, otherwise other doors will close. If you don’t have the speed in one series, you just have to try elsewhere. I want to become a professional racing driver. That would be a dream come true for me.”

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 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. Hankook Tire has been represented in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World) since 2016.

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