Hankook has become the exclusive tyre partner of the new DTM Trophy racing series having entered into a four-year contract with DTM umbrella organisation, ITR.
The tyre maker will supply the new DTM Trophy with the high-end Ventus Race tyre and provide on-site support as of the 2020 season.
The DTM trophy will make its debut from April 24-26 next year, when it will share the bill with the DTM in Zolder, Belgium. The final round will take place in Hockenheim from October 2-4. The new race series is open to professionals, amateurs and juniors. Permitted are any production-based GT cars with rear-wheel drive in the FIA groups E2-SH and E2-SC, which all the manufacturers involved in motorsport have at their disposal.
Manfred Sandbichler, motorsport director at Hankook Tire Europe and Gerhard Berger, chairman of ITR.
Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook motorsport director Europe said: “For us, as a long-term partner of the DTM, it was a logical step to continue our successful cooperation in the DTM Trophy. As a tyre partner for GT series around the world, we have the expertise required for this format. We also have a vast wealth of experience when it comes to junior series and can offer the teams and drivers in the DTM Trophy the best possible support. We are looking forward to exciting new challenges at the DTM weekends, when fans can expect even more spectacular motorsport.”
As in the DTM, the DTM Trophy schedule will include two free training sessions on the Friday. Both Saturday and Sunday will feature a 20-minute qualifying and 30-minute race. The top three in the overall standings at the end of the season will be rewarded with an attractive amount of prize money. The winner receives €75,000, the runner-up takes home €50,000, and the third-placed driver will receive a cheque for €25,000. The DTM Trophy not only offers drivers aged 22 and under the opportunity to showcase their talents on an international stage, in front of big-name manufacturers and teams, but the fastest junior will also receive a test drive in a DTM car after the season.