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Hankook kicks off 2019 season in Germany

Premium tyre maker Hankook and the DTM kicked off the 2019 season with some thrilling race action in Hockenheim.

Fans at the iconic circuit near Heidelberg were treated to spectacular motorsport and a successful first outing for the new DTM cars, which this year line up with a new four-cylinder turbo engine and over 100 hp more than last season.

The Hankook race tyre, on the other hand, has not changed. Despite this, it coped brilliantly with the extra strain resulting from the increase in power, demonstrating the excellent performance that DTM aficionados have become used to.

This weekend, Hankook and the DTM are in Zolder, Belgium, for the first foreign outing of the season.

Hankook engineer responsible for the DTM, Thomas Baltes said: “On the smooth asphalt, it is possible that the cars may skid at times, which in turn raises the temperature of the tyre’s running surface a little. However, that does not affect the performance of the Ventus Race tyre.”