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Rollercoaster at Brands Hatch challenging for DTM drivers and the Hankook racing tyres
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Rollercoaster at Brands Hatch challenging for DTM drivers and the Hankook racing tyres

Brands Hatch is set to host races eleven and twelve of the DTM this weekend. The legendary track in the English county of Kent returned to the tour calendar in 2018. Since then, the DTM races have been held on the 3.908-kilometre Grand Prix track and not on the 1.973-kilometre Indy version as in previous years. The final international stop of the 2019 DTM season, around 30 kilometres south east of London, is another endurance test for the racing tyres of premium maker Hankook, with similarly high levels of strain as in Assen, the Netherlands, three weeks ago.

Neu-Isenburg/Germany, 6th August 2019 – The 3.908-kilometre demanding track surrounded by nature at Brands Hatch leads through woodland, has six right turns and three left turns, as well as narrow, angular sections. The track surface has a medium level of grip. “Unlike on the smooth, closed asphalt in Assen, the tyres interlock with the track surface at Brands Hatch much better. This means that there is not as much strain on the tread. However, the powerful turbo engines mean that the tyres are put under great strain when accelerating out of the slower sections,” explained Hankook’s DTM race engineer Thomas Baltes.

Another feature of the iconic English track is the great differences in altitude. From the highest point on the start-finish straight, the cars go through the ultrafast Paddock Hill Bend turn into a dip. This is followed by an uphill section and the subsequent Druids hairpin bend, the slowest section of the track. Thomas Baltes: “Like on the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring, there are many uphill and downhill sections at Brands Hatch, which are driven through at great speed. The arising compression increases the strain, which already affects the construction of the Ventus Race through the aerodynamics. The turns that are very fast in places and the high kerbs, which are driven over at top speed, also increase the stress level for the Hankook racing tyres.”

When tuning the car, the asymmetric track layout at Brands Hatch needs to be considered and a compromise found that enables high top speed while maintaining maximum traction. “We have twice as many right-hand turns as left-hand turns, which puts more strain on the front left tyre. This one-sided strain can be reduced with the appropriate car set-up. The long straights mean that the tuning also needs to be aiming for top speed, while also enabling a lot of traction in the narrow sections. Which is why Brands Hatch will be a real challenge for teams, drivers and the Hankook racing tyres once again,” said the Hankook DTM race engineer.

As part of the supporting programme of the DTM, the season finale of the W Series will also be held at Brands Hatch, which is also supplied with racing tyres exclusively by premium maker Hankook.

Hankook, uno dei principali produttori mondiali di pneumatici, fornisce pneumatici radiali premium ad alte prestazioni per automobili, SUV, fuoristrada, trasporto leggero, camper, autocarri e autobus oltre che per competizioni motoristiche (su pista e rally).

Hankook investe costantemente in ricerca e sviluppo al fine di offrire ai propri clienti la massima qualità, abbinata all'eccellenza tecnologica. In cinque centri di sviluppo e in otto stabilimenti situati in tutto il mondo, l'impresa sviluppa e produce pneumatici atti a soddisfare pienamente le speciali esigenze e richieste dei diversi mercati. In Europa, presso il centro tecnologico Hankook di Hannover (Germania), avviene lo sviluppo degli pneumatici per i mercati locali e il primo equipaggiamento, nel rispetto delle indicazioni delle principali case automobilistiche europee. Gli pneumatici vengono prodotti, tra l'altro, nella modernissima fabbrica europea dell'impresa di Rácalmás (Ungheria), inaugurata nel 2007 ed in continua espansione. Attualmente, oltre 3.000 dipendenti vi producono ogni anno fino a 19 milioni di pneumatici.

La sede centrale europea e tedesca Hankook si trova a Neu-Isenburg, nei pressi di Francoforte sul Meno. In Europa Hankook conta ulteriori filiali in Austria, Francia, Germania, Gran Bretagna, Italia, Olanda, Polonia, Repubblica Ceca, Russia, Serbia, Spagna, Svezia, Turchia, Ucraina e Ungheria. L'impresa dà lavoro a 20.000 dipendenti in tutto il mondo e fornisce i propri prodotti in oltre 180 paesi. Gli pneumatici Hankook sono utilizzati in primo equipaggiamento dalle principali case automobilistiche internazionali. Circa il 34% del fatturato globale dell'impresa è generato all'interno dell'Europa e della CSI. Hankook Tire, dal 2016, è rappresentata nel rinomato Dow Jones Sustainability Index World (DJSI World).

Per ulteriori informazioni visitate il sito www.hankooktire-mediacenter.com o www.hankooktire.com


Hankook Tire Europe GmbH | Corporate Communications Europe/CIS | Siemensstr. 14, 63263 Neu-Isenburg | Germany

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Rollercoaster at Brands Hatch challenging for DTM drivers and the Hankook racing tyres

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