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DTM AND HANKOOK PARTNERSHIP EXTENSION


Hankook and DTM have officially prolonged their suc­cessful cooperation that has existed since 2011 for an­other three years. A corresponding contract was signed today following the international DTM press confer­ence for the opening of the season at the Hockenheim ring. As usual, Hankook will continue to deliver their finest performance racing tyres from the Ventus Race DTM range to the three car manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz.

“The trusting cooperation with Hankook, the perfor­mance capability of the company and its tyre technology has led to us extending our partnership with Hankook. With regard to further internationalization and future technical regulations, the professionalism which we have come to know and expect from our tyre partner Hankook is a major factor,” said Hans Werner Aufrecht, Chairman of DTM Promoter ITR e.V.

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Ho-Youl Pae, Hankook’s Head of Europe, said at the signing, “DTM is the most successful touring car series internationally. The direct involvement of the three pre­mium manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz means that there is no similar power density anywhere else in motor sport, particularly at the highest technical level possible. We are proud that DTM will enter a new era from 2017 with us as their exclusive tyre manufac­turer. We will continue to reinforce their trust in us.”

The team managers of the committed car manufactur­ers share their approval. Dieter Gass, Audi Sport, Head of DTM, praised their long-standing DTM tyre part­ner: “We are absolutely thrilled with Hankook’s per­formance. The quality of the racing tyres is always of a consistently high standard.”

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Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsport Director, said “con­tinuity and stability are important factors in high-class racing series such as DTM. We consider it a real positive that Hankook will continue to be our tyre partner. In a series where the best touring car drivers in the world are pushing themselves to the limit, round after round, the best possible tyres are essential. Therefore, it is worth finding the best possible compromise between perfor­mance and durability. In order to achieve this, it is nec­essary to establish a constant dialogue between the tyre partner and our engineers. This is true of the collabora­tion between us and Hankook.”

Head of the Mercedes-AMG DTM Ulrich Fritz is also enthusiastic about the tyres: “DTM is a technically chal­lenging racing series. Therefore, it is important to have a reliable tyre partner. We have successfully worked with Hankook for more than five years. We are pleased that the contract has been extended.”

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With regard to the extended contract, Manfred Sand­bichler, Hankook’s Motorsport Director Europe, said “DTM is one of the top class motor sport series from around the world. It attracts many hundreds of thou­sands of visitors to race tracks every year, and it is broadcast in more than 175 countries. DTM’s extension of the contract with Hankook is testament to our tech­nological know-how with tyres, which has been devel­oped over 20 years of racing sport experience.”

The 2016 DTM season, traditionally begins on the 4,574 kilometre long Hockenheim ring, where Hankook tyres’ success stories will by the end of the weekend have been shown at 60 DTM races: in the 58 DTM races so far, the Ventus Race DTM tyre has constantly showcased its best side. Hankook tyres offer outstanding performanc­es even under difficult conditions, with a consistency and safety which leaves a lasting impression.

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