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24H Series powered by Hankook reaches the halfway point at the Hockenheimring (Kopie 9)
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24H Series powered by Hankook reaches the halfway point at the Hockenheimring (Kopie 9)

  • Iconic circuit hosts the fourth of seven rounds in the endurance series
  • Hockenheim was the venue for the first 24H Series event in Germany in 2020
  • High-speed track places great demands on the Hankook race tyres

Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 12.05.2022 – The 24H Series powered by Hankook is coming to Germany. From 13th to 15th May, the prestigious endurance series will be at the Hockenheimring, where it reaches the halfway point in the season after three of seven races. With its fast straights and corners, the iconic circuit in the Hardtwald forest is one of the most challenging tracks on the calendar and really places great demands on the drivers, cars and the Ventus Race tyre supplied by title sponsor and exclusive tyre partner Hankook. The Hankook 12H Hockenheimring takes place over two days. The first part of the race is held from 13:55 to 20:00 (local time) on Saturday, followed by the second part from 14:05 to 20:00 on Sunday.

The first German race in the 24H Series powered by Hankook took place in Hockenheim in 2020. Since then, the circuit has been an integral part of the endurance series. The 4.574-kilometre strip of asphalt consists of high-speed sections like the Parabolica, and slow sections, in which maximum grip is required. “Due to the varied profile of the track, a set-up with a good balance between aerodynamic and mechanical grip offers the best chance of success,” says Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe.

One feature of the Hockenheimring are the high and sharp-edged kerbs, which the drivers often take at high speed. This causes the profile of the Hankook Ventus Race to deform, which in turn puts great strain on the running surface and construction. However, these challenges have not affected the strong performance of the race tyre in recent years.

Another characteristic of the circuit in Baden-Württemberg are the many bumps. In these sections, the cars have a tendency to “bounce” at high speeds, which sees the front of the car move up and down rapidly. Hankook Motorsport Director Europe: “The bouncing can be very uncomfortable for the drivers in braking zones, like the entry to turn two. If you miss the precise braking point, you lose a lot of time. In the past, a number of teams have tried to compensate for the unevenness of the track with low tyre pressures. However, that puts strain on the construction of the Ventus Race in other passages, such as the fast corners, which can then lead to slower lap times. As at many other racetracks, the overall package of flexible set-up and the right tyre pressures is key to success.”

 

Pictures: Petr Fryba

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, Austria, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, UK and Ukraine. Hankook products are sold directly through regional distributors in other local markets. Hankook Tire employs approximately 20,000 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 34 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.

For more information please visit www.hankooktire-mediacenter.com or www.hankooktire.com


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

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