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Edoardo Mortara on Hankook race tyres: Win number 10 in his 100th DTM race

Edoardo Mortara’s 100th appearance in the DTM turned out to be a happy one. The Mercedes-Benz driver won Saturday’s race at the Norisring to claim his tenth victory in what is probably the most popular international touring car series. Fellow Mercedes-Benz man Gary Paffett came home behind him in second place to take the lead in the championship. The race tyre provided by premium tyre maker Hankook once again impressed with a high degree of consistency, giving all the drivers licence to push hard right down to the final lap.

Nuremberg/Germany, 23rd June 2018 – Edoardo Mortara started Saturday’s opening race at the Norisring from pole position and took full advantage to lead from the word go, courtesy of a good start. The 31-year-old came in for his mandatory pit stop and a fresh set of Hankook race tyres on lap nine. He then fended off the BMW of Marco Wittmann, who had come in for his new Hankook slicks two laps earlier, on lap seven. After 68 laps of competitive racing, Mortara crossed the line first in his 100th DTM race, closely followed by fellow Mercedes-Benz driver Gary Paffett, who just edged out two-time DTM champion Wittmann to take second place. The best of the Audi drivers in eleventh place was Jamie Green, who has four wins to his name at the only street circuit in Germany.

Second place was enough for Britain’s Gary Paffett to take the championship lead, ahead of Timo Glock (BMW), who had to settle for tenth place in the “German Monaco”. Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe: “Saturday’s race at the Norisring once again showed just how evenly matched the DTM is. It is impossible to predict. Every race is wide open. That is largely down to the Hankook race tyres, which offer all the drivers optimal support and allow them to employ their own different tactics on any DTM track.”

Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes-Benz): “We stopped early and then did 59 laps on the same set of Hankook race tyres. That meant that I had to be a bit careful not to ask too much of the slicks. However, it all worked perfectly and I am really happy to have taken my tenth win in my 100th DTM race.”

Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz): “The Hankook race tyres worked well. I had good grip really quickly, especially after my pit stop, when Philipp Eng was hot on my heels. I was able to hold him off and then to overtake Marco. I hope Sunday is just as good.”

Marco Wittmann (BMW): “I had a good start and was able to put Edoardo under a lot of pressure. However, with only four corners, it is extremely difficult to get the Hankook race tyres up to the ideal temperature at the Norisring. I managed that well, but unfortunately the Mercedes-Benz were a little quicker than me towards the end of the race. Despite this, it feels cool to be on the podium for the first time at my home 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 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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