Press Release

  • Formula E

Da Costa triumphs at the Hankook Portland E-Prix in the USA

Da Costa triumphs at the Hankook Portland E-Prix in the USA

The title race is going down to the wire: no driver was able to get their hands on the title at the penultimate double-header of the 2024 Formula E World Championship. Spectators in the busy grandstands at Portland International Raceway in the US state of Oregon witnessed two exciting races, with the lead changing hands on numerous occasions and plenty of strategy in play. With temperatures around 25 degrees on both days, the field soon brought the Hankook iON Race into the optimal working window, allowing them to exploit the high grip level of the premium tyre. After an impressive performance, it was Mitch Evans from the Jaguar TCS Racing team who crossed the finish line first on Saturday. However, the New Zealander was handed a time penalty for his part in a collision early on in the race, which saw him relegated to eighth place. That left António Félix da Costa (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team) the beaming winner. “The tyres are very well suited to this track. We were able to push for several laps in a row, which was ideal. We did not experience any major wear in the race, so I was very happy with the performance of the tyre,” said the Portuguese, full of praise for the Hankook iON Race. He was followed home in second and third place by Dutchman Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) and Jean-Éric Vergne from France (DS Penske).

Also on Sunday, da Costa won and claimed his twelfth victory in the Formula E World Championship after 27 laps of the 3.190-kilometre circuit. The driver from the TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team benefitted again from good energy and tyre management. “The Hankook iON Race provided enough grip, even at the end of the race, and helped the drivers go to work out on the track,” said Hankook race engineer Ji Woong Choi. Second place went to Robin Frijns (Envision Racing) ahead of Mitch Evans (Jaguar TCS Racing).

As title sponsor of the race weekend in Portland, two Hankook officials also took their place on the podium: on Saturday, Sooil Lee (Vice Chairman & CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology) presented the trophy to the second-placed driver. On Sunday, race winner da Costa received his trophy from Rob Williams (President of Hankook Tire America).

14 races into the season, Nick Cassidy (Jaguar TCS Racing) currently tops the table with 167 points, ahead of Evans and Pascal Wehrlein (TAG Heuer Porsche Formula E Team), who both have 155 points. Final stop for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship 2024 is the Hankook London E-Prix in Great Britain on 20th and 21st July.

For decades, Hankook has been one of the first ports of call when it comes to international motorsport. Hankook supplies its race tyres to globally-renowned series, high-class junior formats and popular grassroot events. With new collaborations and partnerships, the company is constantly enhancing its status as a global player on the motorsport scene. Since the 2023 season, Hankook has been the new and exclusive technical partner and tyre supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. In close cooperation with Formula E, the iON Race was developed for the world championship. Roughly 30 percent of the high-performance tyre is made of sustainable materials. With this commitment, Hankook is taking another pioneering step towards energy efficiency and sustainability in motorsport. The premium tyre maker has also agreed a further collaboration with Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini Squadra Corse and has been official technical partner and exclusive tyre supplier of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo since 2023. Hankook’s portfolio covers a broad spectrum. This includes the 24H Series powered by Hankook, one of the most prestigious endurance series in the world, as well as the FIA ERC4 Junior Championship on the rally scene. Hankook also supports popular touring car championship TCR Italy, many high-class one-make cups for a wide range of renowned manufacturers, junior single-seater series, and assorted international racing events with race tyres and technical know-how.

You can find more information at https://www.hankook-motorsport-media.com

all press releases

Downloads

Da Costa triumphs at the Hankook Portland E-Prix in the USA

DA COSTA Antonio Felix (prt), TAG HEUER Porsche Formula E Team, Porsche 99X Electric, portrait VERGNE Jean-Eric (fra), DS Penske, DS E-Tense FE23, portrait FRIJNS Robin (nld), Envision Racing, Jaguar I-Type 6, portrait podium, portrait race 1 during the 2024 Portland ePrix, 9th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Portland International Raceway from June 28 to 30, 2024 in Portland, United States of America - Photo Grégory Lenormand / DPPIn

File size: 4 MB

Da Costa triumphs at the Hankook Portland E-Prix in the USA

DA COSTA Antonio Felix (prt), TAG HEUER Porsche Formula E Team, Porsche 99X Electric, celebrating his win during the 2024 Portland ePrix, 9th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Portland International Raceway from June 28 to 30, 2024 in Portland, United States of America - Photo Julien Delfosse / DPPI

File size: 5 MB

Da Costa triumphs at the Hankook Portland E-Prix in the USA

01 DENNIS Jake (gbr), Andretti Global, Porsche 99X Electric, action during the 2024 Portland ePrix, 9th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Portland International Raceway from June 28 to 30, 2024 in Portland, United States of America - Photo Frédéric Le Floc'h / DPPI

File size: 3 MB

Da Costa triumphs at the Hankook Portland E-Prix in the USA

Hankook representative during the 2024 Portland ePrix, Sooil Lee, Vice Chairman & CEO of Hankook Tire & Technology co., ltd., 9th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Portland International Raceway from June 28 to 30, 2024 in Portland, United States of America - Photo Julien Delfosse / DPPI

File size: 4 MB

Da Costa triumphs at the Hankook Portland E-Prix in the USA

DA COSTA Antonio Felix (prt), TAG HEUER Porsche Formula E Team, Porsche 99X Electric, portrait podium, portrait during the 2024 Portland ePrix, 9th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Portland International Raceway from June 28 to 30, 2024 in Portland, United States of America - Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

File size: 13 MB

Da Costa triumphs at the Hankook Portland E-Prix in the USA

Hankook during the 2024 Portland ePrix, 9th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Portland International Raceway from June 28 to 30, 2024 in Portland, United States of America - Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

File size: 7 MB

Da Costa triumphs at the Hankook Portland E-Prix in the USA

37 CASSIDY Nick (nzl), Jaguar TCS Racing, Jaguar I-Type 6, action during the 2024 Sao Paulo ePrix, 3rd meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Sao Paulo Street Circuit from March 24 to 26, 2024 in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Photo Paulo Maria / DPPI

File size: 4 MB

9pm media

Motorsports Communications

+49 (0) 40 65915300