Press Release 27.08.15
The tight and twisty Moscow Raceway on the outskirts of the Russian capital hosts the most popular international touring car series for the third time. Over the last two years here, the race tyres from the exclusive DTM partner Hankook once again demonstrated their usual high consistency and impressive performance. This coming race weekend marks the last DTM round outside Germany this season. The state-of-the-art race track was built following the plans of the German architect Hermann Tilke and was opened in 2012. The circuit is located about 80 kilometres northwest of Moscow and runs in an anti-clockwise direction.
Moscow/Russia, 27 August 2015 – With its many corners, the 3.931-kilometre Moscow Raceway is one of the slower tracks on the DTM calendar. The fastest passage is the almost 900-metre finish straight, where race cars reach a top speed of just on 250 kilometres per hour. On the counter-clockwise track, the race tyres of the premium manufacturer Hankook come under a heavy load on the cars’ right side, but this has no impact on the performance of the tyre. “The team engineers correct this, for instance, by making different adjustments to the air pressure on the left and right sides depending on the load. The highest tyre wear occurs on the right front, but our Ventus Race withstood this impressively over the last years,” explains Hankook’s DTM race engineer Thomas Baltes.
The smooth and compact track surface requires an ideal interaction between tyre pressure, vehicle setup and aerodynamics to get the Hankook race tyre quickly up to an optimal working temperature and to fully utilise the high grip level. However, the many corners and often twisty track layout also pose a special challenge to the Hankook Ventus Race rubber.
Thomas Baltes: “Generally, the tight middle sector of the track places the greatest stress on the tread and structure of Hankook’s race tyre. Still, compared to other DTM circuits, the demands are no more than usual.”
According to the Hankook DTM race engineer, this particular segment of the Moscow Raceway also proves critical. “The approach to and accelerating out of the middle sector on to the long finish straight are extremely important. The best chance to overtake is at the end of the straight using DRS in the braking zone. At the end of the day, those who best manage this passage will ultimately come out ahead.”