02-01-2012

SUPERSTARS SERIES exclusively on Hankook racing tyres


  • Hankook to extend its commitment to top European motor racing even further in 2012

  • Exclusive tyre partnership with the International touring car racing series SUPERSTARS and GTSPRINT

  • Fast V8 cars now equipped with Hankook Ventus racing tyres

Neu-Isenburg/Germany, February 1, 2012 - From the 2012 season, Hankook Tire is the exclusive tyre supplier to the circuit racing series SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL SERIES and GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES organized by the FG GROUP. With Hankook as the exclusive supplier, Ventus tyres will be used on ultimate sports cars in Italy and abroad within the framework of a long-term partnership. The racing tracks visited by the Italian partner racing series include such classic circuits as Monza and Spa. The international highlight will be the final race of the season in Sentul, Indonesia.

The exclusive partnership with the Italian born and bred international racing series is a further endorsement of Hankook’s passionate commitment to motor racing. Hankook proved it has the technical skill necessary to equip all the competitors of a racing series with high-quality standard tyres of the same high performance class in 2011, during its extremely successful first DTM season as the exclusive tyre partner to the premium manufacturers Audi and Mercedes.

“The extension of our motor racing commitment to Italy is a logical step for us, following our successful start to the DTM last year. Italy is a country that lives and breathes motor racing, which perfectly matches our motto 'Driving Emotion',” Hee-Se Ahn, Vice President Marketing Hankook Tire Europe, explains. “We are very pleased to be a partner to the FG Group and exclusive tyre supplier to the two internationally successful racing series SUPERSTARS INTERNATIONAL and GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL from 2012 onwards. I am absolutely certain that we will see lots of exciting races in 2012 during which we can demonstrate the high quality of our products, and we wish all teams and drivers a successful season.”

In the two series, Hankook’s successful racing tyres Ventus F200 will be used as slicks and Z207 as rain tyres; two extremely high-capacity tyres that combine perfect handling and a long service life into optimum performance on any racing track.

“Being able to trust the tyres is a key factor in motor racing, particularly on challenging tracks like the ones used in the SUPERSTARS and GTSPRINT SERIES. In addition, extremely powerful and heavy super sports cars are on the grid here. The weight of these fast cars combined with very powerful V8 engines is particularly challenging for the tyres,” Manfred Sandbichler, Motor Racing Director at Hankook Tire Europe, explains. “Our long years of involvement in different European racing series have proved that our racing tyres are more than able to cope with these loads, and we are greatly looking forward to our first joint racing season with the FG Group. In a motor racing-mad country like Italy we are sure to experience lots of impressive racing moments.”

The SUPERSTARS and GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES will be shown on free and pay TV in 175 countries worldwide, with live coverage in 36 major markets.


SUPERSTARS and GTSPRINT INTERNATIONAL SERIES 2012

In 2012 the touring car racing series organized by the Italian FG Group are going into their eighth (Superstars) or second (GTSprint) season respectively. The fans can expect an exciting season on classic circuits such as Monza, Imola or Spa. One special highlight of the season will be the final race, which will be held in Sentul/Indonesia for the first time in the history of the racing series.

With their high-class teams and fascinating super sports cars, both racing series capture the imagination. In the Superstars International Series vehicles made by Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Jaguar, Lexus, Maserati, Mercedes and Porsche will be lining up at the start. The GTSprint International series also promises top-quality motor racing with fast cars made by Ferrari, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche and Corvette in the running. Hankook racing tyres of the type Ventus F200 and Z207, each available in seven sizes, will be guaranteeing all the cars get a good grip on the road.


Racing calendar 2012


April 1

Race 1

Italy

Monza

April 22

Race 2

Italy

Imola


May 20

Race 3

UK

Donington Park

June 3

Race 4

Italy

Mugello

July 1

Race 5

Hungary

Hungaroring

July 15

Race 6

Belgium

Spa

September 16

Race 7

Portugal

Portimao

October 7

Race 8

Italy

Vallelunga

November 11

Race 9

Indonesia

Sentul