Hankook Tire will remain the exclusive supplier of the DTM for the next four years, the company said. The tyre maker and DTM marketer ITR have agreed on an early extension to the partnership contract, which now runs through to 2023. The new contract sees Hankook Tire become the longest-standing tyre supplier in the history of the international racing series.
The current DTM season features racing cars based on production models from three of the world’s premium automobile manufacturers. Audi and BMW have this year been joined by luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin. The 2019 season has also seen the introduction of new technical regulations, in accordance with the international Class 1 regulations, which have resulted in far more powerful DTM cars. They are more spectacular and capable of considerably quicker lap times. As well as the drivers and teams, the tyre aspect is also becoming ever more important. In the future, the Hankook Ventus race tyre will continue to take care of this element of racing at the iconic DTM circuits, as it has done so successfully in the past.
ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger said “In terms of technology and quality, the DTM requires the very highest standards from its partner-manufacturers. This season, in particular, the demand on the tyres has significantly increased as a result of the new 600+hp turbo engines. Hankook’s competition tyres have continually met all our requirements, and have more than proven their huge performance potential. The early extension of our established partnership reflects the trusted and professional co-operation that exists between the two parties.”
“We are pleased to have once again been selected as the official, exclusive supplier to arguably the most
popular international touring car series in the world,” says Hyun Bum Cho, President&CEO of Hankook
Tire. “With its international platform, the DTM offers us the opportunity to continuously demonstrate our
established technological know-how and to strengthen our global presence on the motorsport scene.”
Achim Kostron, Managing Director ITR GmbH, “We are delighted that Hankook wants to continue to work
alongside us promote the proposed internationalisation and growth of the DTM. As an internationally
renowned brand and OEM to premium automobile manufacturers, Hankook’s long-term involvement in
our race series further underlines the status of the DTM as a renowned technology and marketing