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Date 03/17/2021 Hits 22,801

Category Motorsports

Super Taikyu Series 2021 Powered by Hankook starts its season

  • The opening match takes place at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan from March 20 to 21, 2021
  • Hankook Tire will serve as the exclusive supplier of racing tires, demonstrating its performance throughout the 2021 season

Seoul, Korea, March 17, 2021 – Japan’s endurance race, Super Taikyu Series, will begin its 2021 season with the opening race held on March 20 with global leading tire company Hankook Tire as the exclusive tire supplier.

The Super Taikyu Series is Japan’s longest-running endurance racing series. It was launched in 1991 and now is the largest Endurance Grand Touring (GT) Series in Asia. The Series allows not only race cars but also production cars that are modified into racing cars, adding extra enjoyment for spectators and fans. The Series is also notable for featuring a multi-class structure in order to accommodate a variety of car models. There are nine classes, featuring various models from global premium car brands such as Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, McLaren, Aston Martin and Toyota.

Its 2021 season starts with the opening match at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan from March 20 to 21. The season will be held in a total of six rounds until November in different circuits including Sportsland SUGO, Fuji Speedway, Autopolis, Suzuka Circuit and Okayama International Circuit.

The first official test race was held at Fuji Speedway on February 27, ahead of the opening match. Hankook Tire was commented highly for its excellent durability and grip, further raising expectations for the upcoming nine-month championship.

Hankook Tire, which became a title sponsor and an exclusive tire supplier for the 2021 season in which the Series marks its 30th anniversary, will supply race tires to approximately 60 participating cars. Furthermore, the official title "Super Taikyu Series 2021 Powered by Hankook" will be used and exposed in every game throughout the 2021 season.

“We are thrilled to be part of the Super Taikyu Series 2021, as many global motorsports fans are excited by this Asia’s most renowned pro-am endurance race which invites both professional and amateur drivers to participate and exhibit their performances,” says Sooil Lee, President and COO of Hankook Tire & Technology. “We will once again prove our top-notch technology capabilities and premium performance as well as deliver our passion for the global motorsports and innovative spirit to the world.”

Supplying racing tires to over 60 global motorsports competitions or teams around the world, Hankook is leading the development of the global motorsports culture. Recently, Hankook has signed a partnership with the world-class FFF Racing Team to support their race in Nürburgring Endurance Series, one of the biggest motorsport events in the world, with Hankook’s high-end Ventus Race products and the expertise of its engineers. In addition, Hankook was selected as the exclusive supplier to the ABB FIA Formula E World Series, the world’s most prestigious electric vehicle racing competition, from the 2022/23 season when the Gen3 racing cars will be introduced, through which Hankook intends to take the lead in the future of motorsports.

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