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Hankook sponsors Nürburgring Endurance Series

Hankook is the new sponsor of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. The renowned Nordschleife championship, previously known as the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nürburgring, lines up with a new brand identity this season.

Hankook says it is aiming for a long-term partnership with the iconic motorsport series under its new title.

The Nürburgring Endurance Series is set to go ahead on March 21 with the 66th ADAC Westfalenfahrt, but due to the outbreak of Covid-19, event organisers say they “may independently take preventive measures for their events”.

Held on a combination of the Grand Prix Circuit and the infamous Nordschleife, the Hankook brand will appear on the Nordschleife ‘rollercoaster’, which features a total elevation change of 300 metres.

Hankook’s logo will also be displayed on the cars, grandstands, in the pit lane, the paddock, and along the side of the track, making it an integral part of the oldest endurance series in Germany.

The calendar for the Nürburgring Endurance Series consists of eight four-hour races and one six-hour race. Approximately 165 cars will race in the largest motorsport championship in the world.

Over the course of the season, 950 drivers from 40 countries will take their place in the cockpit of GT3 racers including the Audi R8, BMW M6 GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT3 and Porsche 911 GT3 R, or at the wheel of a Renault Clio, Honda Civic, Opel Astra, Calibra and Manta, as well as the VW Corrado and Jetta.

Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook motorsport director Europe says: “It is a pleasure for us to be involved in this iconic sporting event. Hankook’s history is closely associated with the Nürburgring. It is here that we took our first steps in the field of endurance racing, and we have enjoyed great success in recent years with the teams that we have supported.”