Starting immediately, Hankook Tire has become exclusive tyre supplier to a Dutch racing Series. The company says its supply to the ‘Supercar Challenge powered by Hankook’, as it is known, is a long-term arrangement. The 2017 season of the Supercar Challenge begins on 14 April at Zandvoort. Races will be held on eight weekends at venues in Germany, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Belgium and Austria.
“This year Hankook has clearly demonstrated its global success in the motorsport field,” comments Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook’s motorsport director Europe. “And, as the year draws to a close, we are showing how we are continuing to grow. Our new venture is a very special racing series with more than 40 participants, including both touring cars and also GT racing cars. We look forward to this promising partnership.”
The agenda for a racing weekend during the Supercar Challenge powered by Hankook is as follows: Two 40 minute training sessions take place on the Friday. The qualifying and the first race are held on the Saturday and the second race is on the Sunday. The races each last 60 minutes plus an additional lap, with a pit stop having to be included. The vehicles are divided into four classes: GT, Supersport 1, Supersport 2 and Sport – in each case dependent on engine performance and vehicle type.
Both front and rear wheel drive race cars, such the BMW M4 Silhouette, BMW235I RACING, Renault Clio RS, Porsche 991 GT3, Porsche 997 GT3 or the Porsche Cayman GT4 take part in the races. All vehicles will start with the tried-and-tested Hankook premium racing tyres Ventus Race as F200 (slick) and Z 207 (rain).
Race series head, Dick van Elk, states: “We firmly believe that Hankook is the right tyre partner for us. Hankook is one of the most committed tyre makers in the motorsport world and has excellent contacts to the vehicle manufacturers. We know that the drivers can count on excellent performance with the premium tyres from Hankook.”