Hankook Tires and CREVENTIC have successfully completed four endurance events together so far in 2023, with five more to follow.
Ahead of the third European round of this year’s 24H SERIES, CREVENTIC partner Hankook Tires has praised a “successful season so far.”
Hankook Tires and CREVENTIC have collaborated on four events so far in 2023, including the 19th annual Hankook 24H DUBAI in January and the non-championship Hankook 6H ABU DHABI the following week. The UAE events combined with the inaugural Hankook 12H KUWAIT last December to form CREVENTIC’s inaugural Middle East Trophy. The former in particular grabbed a lot of headlines: not only did Team WRT secure its third overall win at the Hankook 24H DUBAI, and its first as an official BMW M factory driver, the 2023 race also marked the 24-hour endurance racing debut of MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi.
So far in 2023, the 24H SERIES powered by Hankook has successfully hosted the Hankook 12H MUGELLO (25-26 March) and the Hankook 12H SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS (6-7 May), with series newcomer Haas RT and the Saintéloc Junior Team taking their first outright wins respectively. The calendar takes competitors and fans to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the second Hankook 12H MONZA (10-11 June), and on to Portugal in July for CREVENTIC’s first-ever event at the Autódromo do Estoril (7-8 July) and the Dutch promoter’s first endurance race on a street circuit at Vila Real (15-16 July).
Hankook Tires, a series partner since their first race together at Circuit Zandvoort in 2014, and “cop[ing] brilliantly with the major logistical challenges on all circuits and continents,” will continue to provide its extensive support as well as the Ventus Race slick compound, to teams on the ground at the races to come.
“Communication and cooperation with the racing teams is key to ensuring that everything runs smoothly, even during the preparatory phase,” Hankook Motorsport Director Europe Manfred Sandbichler explains. “Before each stop on the tour, the teams apply their past experience to put together a tyre package for a range of weather conditions. This is the only way to guarantee the best possible tyre equipment for all circuits and all sorts of conditions.
“As a tyre provider, Hankook relies on this information and is not in a position to make predictions for the teams. This level of cooperation has worked very well so far, and will continue to do so in the future. It is critical for the drivers to be able to rely on all aspects of the performance of our Ventus Race and concentrate fully on the races. That has been the case in the past, meaning that we have always enjoyed outstanding motor racing in the 24H SERIES.”