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Date 09/25/2014 Hits73,861

Category Motorsports

Hankook and high speed on the alpine rollercoaster

The DTM enters the second half of the season this weekend on Austria’s Red Bull Ring. BMW pilot Marco Wittmann travels to Spielberg as the overall leader of the series, but despite his 20-point advantage over Mattias Ekström (Audi), the fight for the driver’s title is still wide open. Seldom has the competition in the most popular international touring car series been this close, with spectators witnessing four different winners from the previous five races. The race tyres of the DTM’s exclusive tyre partner Hankook contribute greatly. With top performances, a high level of consistency and maximum safety, drivers and teams receive excellent support.

Spielberg/Austria, 01 August 2014 – With speeds averaging around 182 kilometres per hour, the Red Bull Ring is one of the fastest circuits on the DTM calendar. Featuring just nine corners, drivers cannot afford to make the slightest mistake, because the fierce competition and the many long straights make it impossible to regain lost ground. “Due to the high speed reached on the Red Bull Ring, braking and the car’s stability are critical. The Hankook race tyre provides good traction to enable the pilots to accelerate quickly out of the somewhat slower segments – particularly the first corner at the end of the finish straight. Here it’s essential to carry as much momentum as possible into the following long uphill straight,” states Hankook’s DTM race engineer Christophe Stucki.

The 4.326 kilometre circuit nestled amongst the alpine foothills of Spielberg very much resembles a rollercoaster. The track features large differences in altitude and many bumps, making a good car set-up crucial – especially at the braking points. Thanks to the smooth track surface, the tread of Hankook’s race tyres undergo very little wear and tear. But the circuit is very often covered with dirt at the beginning of the weekend. Christophe Stucki says, “At previous DTM races in Spielberg the wind had blown a lot of dust and dirt on to the track. The ideal line had to be cleared off during free practice. Only then did our race tyre really start to build up grip and lap times improved.”

With Hankook’s ultra-fast Ventus Race Plus option tyre, pilots last year turned laps 1.5 seconds quicker on average than with the baseline Ventus Race slick. “Because the option tyre may only be run over half the race distance minus one lap, drivers can take full advantage of the rubber’s strengths. I don’t anticipate a premature drop-off effect, even if the high speeds create a lot of structural stress,” said Hankook’s DTM race engineer.


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