DTM is going to contest its races on Hankook tires up to and including 2016 at least.
DTM rights holder and promoter ITR e.V. and the South Korean company extended their exclusive deal regarding the supply of tires for the most popular international touring-car series by another three years—up to the end of 2016—as early as prior to the beginning of the 2013 season.
In addition, they agreed upon an option for another extension of the agreement.
Since 2011, the DTM cars have been racing on Hankook’s ’Ventus Race’ tires. Furthermore, the forthcoming season will bring an innovation, as it will be the first time since the series’ revival in 2000 that two tire compounds will be used in the races.
In addition to the standard tire in the dimensions 300/680 R 18 for the front axle and 320/710 R 18 for the rear wheels, the new ’Ventus Race Plus’ slick in the same dimensions—that can be identified easily due to an individual sidewall design—allows for clearly faster lap times for a defined period of time.
“The first two years of our partnership with Hankook absolutely convinced us of the competitiveness of this company,” says ITR e. V. Chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht. “Therefore, it was absolutely clear for us that we want to continue this successful partnership beyond 2013. The early extension of the deal is the logical consequence. We all are keen on finding out how the new option tire will prove of value, this year.”
The new option tires will make their first outing in anger in the season opener, held this Sunday at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. According to the regulations, every driver has to use the option tires once in a race, with making one of the compulsory pit stops during the first and final three laps of the race being prohibited.