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The Story of Aug, 2023

31 Aug 2023

Flawless statistics thanks to perfect grip

The Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America was in action twice in August. Kyle Marcelli and Danny Formal dominated proceedings at both the Road America circuit and the Virginia International Speedway. As at the previous events, the drivers from the Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport team took full advantage of the high grip level provided by the Hankook Ventus Race, and once again emerged victorious. The duo from Canada and Costa Rica continued their winning run and are now undefeated in all eight of this season’s races so far. The championship leaders now travel to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the venue for the next round of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America from 15th to 17th September, with this flawless statistic and a 44-point lead.

Road America
Race 1 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTx1c3fr4g0
Race 2 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQ8rFRfRbhE

Virginia International Speedway
Race 2 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw0bR9ZDQxI

Title wrapped up at Hankook’s home event

The race weekend at Inje Speedium in the South Korean province of Gangwon-do from 18th to 20th August was a home event for Hankook, the official tyre partner of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia. The Hankook Ventus Race felt particularly good on its home asphalt and provided Chris van der Drift and Marco Giltrap with perfect grip. The New Zealanders won both races at the 3.91-kilometre circuit. Van der Drift and Giltrap were not only able to celebrate their brace of race wins, but also wrapped up the title with races still to come.

Race 1 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVAMvPO5R-c
Race 2 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct0daKbqTdE

Thrilling title race: close battle for the lead in the Stock Car Pro Series

In the Brazilian Stock Car Pro Series, the Hankook Ventus Race impressed with its high level of performance on two weekends in August. At the start of the month, the 31 protagonists assembled at the 3.493-kilometre Autódromo Velocitta. Brazilians Ricardo Zonta and Matías Rossi won two action-packed races. Round seven of the season in this high-class touring car series took place from 25th to 27th August at Autódromo de Goiânia, roughly 200 kilometres from the Brazilian capital Brasília. The opening race saw Cesar Ramos emerge victorious from a lengthy battle with Nelson Piquet Junior, which went right down to the final corner. Átila Abreu (Brazil) kept a cool head in an eventful second race in Goiânia, leading the opposition home to take his first win of the year. Daniel Serra now leads the championship with 179 points.

Autódromo Velocitta
Race 1 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFm9cOW1GN4
Race 2 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqCPf8DFlPU

Autódromo de Goiânia
Race 1 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeoX9V_QZ9Y
Race 2 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsBaYt7QQhs

Tessaro tops table after five wins

In Fórmula 4 Brasil, in which all of the starters line up on Hankook race tyres, Brazilian Matheus Comparatto enjoyed a successful weekend at Autódromo Velocitta, which hosted the young drivers from 4th to 6th August. The youngster won races one and three. Championship leader Vinícius Tessaro from Brazil took the chequered flag for the fourth time this year in race two. Three weeks later at Autódromo de Goiânia, Brazil’s Álvaro Cho claimed his maiden victory in the Brazilian talent factory, having previously finished on the podium on four occasions. Comparatto was again first across the finish line in race two. Tessaro added his fifth win of the season in race three, and now leads the championship by 23 points.

Autódromo Velocitta
Race 1 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkCtHX8vFko
Race 2 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hU6YtvS8WM
Race 3 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go498eU-WO0

Autódromo de Goiânia
Race 1 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkCtHX8vFko&t=2s
Race 2 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hU6YtvS8WM&t=1s
Race 3 highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Go498eU-WO0

German duo dominates in the Czech Republic: Maiden victory for Schulz and Wenzel

From 18th to 20th August, German rally aces Timo Schulz and Michael Wenzel stormed to their first win in this season’s FIA Junior ERC. From the second stage on, they dominated proceedings around the Czech city of Zlín and left their opposition no chance. They were aided by the Hankook tyre, which performed at a high level throughout the entire rally. Romanian siblings Norbert and Francesca Maior, who finished the rally in sixth place, now lead the championship.

Highlights of the event in the Czech Republic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VTyLvhYbkM

Three wins in August: Linus Granfors moves to the top of the table in the NXT Gen Cup

Sweden’s Linus Granfors enjoyed a successful August, with three race wins in the fully-electric NXT Gen Cup. He produced an eye-catching, flawless drive on the impressive Hankook tyre at the Nürburgring, claiming pole position, two victories and the fastest lap in race six of the season. After the event in Germany, the youngsters travelled to Gelleråsen, where they contested races seven and eight. The opening race was won by Swede Elias Adestam. Granfors was fourth and set the fastest lap of the race. He then secured his third victory in the junior series in race two, replacing American Ellis Spiezia at the top of the table in the process.

Race 1 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z-8nzX7WakQ
Race 2 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NR9FV41bhmk

Race 1 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9mJNwpnpc4
Race 2 replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HW5QdvhiDU

Two-way battle at the top: Alan Czyz and Tomas de Backer win in Assen

Poland’s Alan Czyz and Belgian Tomas de Backer are the key protagonists in this year’s Ford Fiesta Sprint Cup. They again made the best use of the impressive Hankook Ventus Race at the fourth event in Assen, Netherlands, each winning one of the two races. Following the race weekend at TT Circuit Assen, which was attended by roughly 90,000 spectators from 11th to 13th August, championship leader Czyz leads his closest rival de Backer by just seven points. The battle at the top will continue from 14th to 17th September at Circuit Zandvoort on the Dutch coast.

Highlights of the event in the Assen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ4HMsUVvZQ