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DTM and Hankook at round seven in Oschersleben: A challenging track with tight curves

On the smooth track surface of Oschersleben, the race tyre that the premium partner Hankook supplied to the DTM pilots over recent years has offered a good level of grip. The tread suffers very little stress on the smooth asphalt. However, the high kerbs, which drivers sometimes take at top speed, pose a real challenge for the Ventus Race rubber.

DTM 2. race Oschersleben (D)

DTM 2. race Oschersleben (D)

“In the past we’ve seen cuts in the tread area and sidewalls which were caused by radical kerb-hopping. The structure of the Ventus Race tyre also comes under lot of stress. Our race tyres have always handled these conditions well and showed no signs of wear,” said Hankook’s DTM race engineer Thomas Baltes.

With numerous curves, some of them a full 180 degrees, the setup of the DTM race cars should ideally allow the pilots to be early on the throttle out of the corners and carry as much momentum as possible into the often short straights. Thomas Baltes explains: “Particularly for the fiddly passages, teams must find a vehicle setup that is a compromise between high grip and low wear levels.”

On Germany’s northernmost circuit, the vehicle’s aerodynamic downforce is particularly high in order to increase the mechanical grip of the tyre and thus the speed in the corners. If the tyre pressure is too low, the structure of the Hankook slick could be compromised. “It’s important to work closely with the Hankook engineers here to achieve an optimal balance. The DTM race at Oschersleben is particularly tough on the structure of the Ventus Race rubber,” reveals Hankook’s DTM race engineer.

 

A good qualifying result is the key to success at Oschersleben. Whoever lines up at the front of the grid has the best chances to yield top results. Unlike other DTM circuits, overtaking on the track near Magdeburg proves extremely difficult. Thomas Baltes: “The left-right combination directly after the start offers one of very few chances to overtake, even though it’s really tight.”

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