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Rookies benefit from the high grip level of the Hankook iON Race in Italy

Rookies benefit from the high grip level of the Hankook iON Race in Italy

For the first time this season, rookies were able to take their place in the Gen3 cars used in the Formula E World Championship, and to gain experience on the premium Hankook iON Race tyre. During Friday’s “0. Free Practice”, the focus of teams, media and spectators was on those drivers who have not yet contested an E-Prix. The fastest lap of the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli came courtesy of Taylor Barnard from the NEOM McLaren Formula E Team. The Brit went faster than Robert Shwartzman (DS Penske) and Zane Maloney (Andretti). Rounding out the top five were Tim Tramnitz (ABT Cupra) and Porsche driver Matt Campbell.

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.

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Rookies benefit from the high grip level of the Hankook iON Race in Italy

05 BARNARD Taylor (gbr), NEOM McLaren Formula E Team, Nissan e-4ORCE 04, action during the 2024 Misano ePrix, 5th meeting of the 2023-24 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli from April 11 to 14, 2024 in Misano Adriatico, Italy - Photo Joao Filipe / DPPI

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