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Feb 20, 2013

HANKOOK PARTNERS WITH AMCHAMPS IN 2013

HANKOOK AUSTRALIA will become the sole tyre supplier and a major sponsor of the Australian Manufacturers Championship (AMChamps) for the next three years.

It is the first time that the AMChamps have had a control tyre supplier, with the move designed to lower competing costs and inject valuable funding back into the sport to grow the series.

A major part of their brand, Hankook have been involved in motorsport since 1992 and has since competed in many of the world’s premier racing series or events, including the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, Germany’s VLN endurance series and the LeMans series.

Hankook also has a significant involvement in global Formula 3 racing, the DTM (German Touring Cars) and now, the New Zealand BNT V8 Super Tourer series.

“We are very excited to be a part of the Australian Manufacturers Championship. We see this as not only a supply agreement, but as a partnership,” said William Ng, Marketing Executive – Hankook Tyres.

“The teams will be offered a world class tyre incorporating DTM technology. The AMChamps endurance series will highlight the scope of Hankook tyres – be it four hour races at Phillip Island or sprint conditions at time attack.”

In a true partnership with the revitalised AMChamps this year, Hankook will supply their diverse range of tyres to competitors across the range of classes that make up the Production Car series.

“This is a major vote of confidence in the platform the AMChamps offers moving forward and it’s opportunity to showcase key brands in a production-based, racing environment,” said AMChamps commercial director Rob Curkpatrick.

“Hankook have already proven to be extremely enthusiastic about their involvement in the series. This is more than just a tyre deal – it’s a true partnership in every sense of the word and they intend to use their involvement with the series to grow their brand.”

The news comes at an exciting juncture for the series that is entering a bold new era in 2013, and is a key component of the series moving forward.

The addition of new outright vehicles like the BMW 1M to take on the ever-competitive Mitsubishi Lancer Evolutions opens up the series to exciting new brands at the front of the field.

Exciting new vehicles are currently under construction or planned for competition this season as the series sets to grow and develop under new management this year.

A five-round calendar has been secured with the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals in 2013, embracing the endurance event format that has become synonymous with the production-based category.

The series will commence at Phillip Island in May, before heading to Sydney Motorsport Park, Queensland Raceway, Wakefield Park and Sandown.

Varying formats, including a four-hour enduro, two rounds featuring three-hour endurances races and two with twin, 200-km races, will ensure the on-track product is exciting and diverse.

More news about the 2013 Australian Manufacturers Championship will be released in due course.

For more information about the 2013 AMChamps and the Shannons Australian Motor Racing Nationals, head to www.thenationals.com.au