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Three racing series, three circuits, three countries – one tyre partner. Hankook in international action this weekend

The race for the DTM title is coming to a head. The double-header this weekend and next in Zolder could decide which driver is crowned champion of the prestigious international touring car series on Hankook race tyres. Going into the final third of the season, the only men still with a realistic chance of lifting the coveted trophy are championship leader Nico Müller (Audi) and his fellow Audi drivers Robin Frijns and René Rast, who are currently second and third in the overall standings. As reigning DTM champion, Rast is under pressure to perform and close the gap to Müller at the former Grand Prix circuit in Belgium if he is to have any chance of retaining the title at the season finale in Hockenheim (6th to 8th November). The Formula Renault Eurocup enters the second half of its season on the Hankook race tyre at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The title race in the junior competition is still wide open with ten races remaining. Within the 24H Series powered by Hankook, the Coppa Florio – one of the oldest circuit races in the world – will take place this weekend for the first time for 39 years.

Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 8th October 2020 – The first section of the four-kilometre Circuit Zolder is fast and flowing. This is followed in the second section by many changes of direction, tight corners and chicanes. This will place great strain on the brakes of the DTM cars. At the same time, the Hankook race tyre must also provide plenty of traction, in order to allow fast acceleration out of these slower passages. “The asphalt in Zolder is very smooth. To get the Hankook Ventus Race working quickly and get heat into the tyre, the teams should increase the start/finish tyre pressure and the camber values,” explains Thomas Baltes, the Hankook race engineer responsible for the DTM.

The key to success in Zolder is a balanced set-up. When setting up the DTM cars, it is necessary to find a compromise that takes into account both the fast passages and the slow, winding sections. Driving style is still important when it comes to tyre management. Thomas Baltes: “The low grip level of the asphalt in Zolder is a stress factor for the running surface of the Hankook race tyre – albeit a minor one. In contrast, the high kerbs pose a challenge for the construction of the Ventus Race. As such, the drivers should avoid taking the kerbs at speed where possible. On the whole, the racetrack in Belgium represents an average burden for the Hankook race tyre.”

While the DTM enters the final third of its season in Zolder, Barcelona marks the start of the second half of this year’s Formula Renault Eurocup. The young drivers who make up the strong field in this junior Formula series have completed ten of 20 races. The most recent rounds were dominated by the battle between championship leader Victor Martins of France and his closest rival, Brazil’s Caio Collet. The Frenchman has won four of the past six races, with the Brazilian taking victory in the other two races. The two high-flyers, who are separated by just two points, have benefitted from the consistently high performance of Hankook’s Ventus Race, and travel to Barcelona with good prospects of winning again. In third place, within striking distance of the leading pair, is newcomer David Vidales. The Spaniard will be looking to launch a fightback at the 4.655-kilometre circuit in his home country.

This weekend features an absolute highlight on the tour calendar of the 24H Series powered by Hankook – the Coppa Florio 12H Sicily 2020. The Coppa Florio will be held within the endurance series in Sicily for the first time for 39 years. The 24H Series powered by Hankook is thus putting one of the oldest circuit races in the world, which was first held under this name back in 1905, back on the international motorsport stage. The venue is Autodromo Pergusa, which is hosting an international racing event for the first time since 2012. The 4.950-kilometre strip of asphalt winds its way around the Lago di Pergusa, the only natural lake on Sicily.

The Coppa Florio 12H Sicily 2020 is the penultimate round of the 24H Series Europe. Roughly 30 cars, from GT to TCR, are registered in this series. The first part of the 12-hour race will take place on Saturday 10th October, from 11:00 to 17:00. The second half of the race follows on Sunday 11th October, also from 11:00 to 17:00.

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.

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