Hankook Named Official Tyre Supplier To W Series
The new all female W Series announced on Monday off the back of an ultra successful public debut at Autosport International Show over the weekend that Hankook Tyre have been named official tyre supplier to the series.
The weekend saw many of the qualifiers for the series visit the W Series stand at Autosport International including Caitlin Wood who we spoke to on Sunday.
Speaking about the announcement, W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir said:
Hankook is an exciting and innovative company, which, like the W Series, is always prepared to strike out in a new direction. For this reason, we are happy to have a partner like this on our side. We received a lot of interesting offers, but Hankook had by far the best overall package and will be fully committed to helping us offer women better opportunities in motorsport.
W Series Race Director Dave Ryan said:
Hankook has an impressive global presence in motorsport and is the tyre partner of many racing series around the world, whether in touring cars, single-seaters, endurance racing or rallying. Furthermore, Hankook has been exclusive partner of the DTM, with which the W Series will share the bill, since 2011. Its high-tech products, know-how and global involvement in motorsport make Hankook the perfect partner for us. It will provide optimal support for the W Series, not only with its race tyres, but also its engineers and mechanics.
Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director, Europe said:
“We are very enthusiastic about this new partnership with W Series and are looking forward to supporting this fascinating new race format to the best of our ability with the Ventus Race [tyre] and our know-how. One major reason for our involvement is the fact that W Series is exclusively for women. This is great, as it allows female drivers to develop in a professional environment within the motorsport scene, which is still male-dominated. However, we are not just thinking about the women in the cockpit, but also want to ensure that female mechanics, engineers and team managers get more opportunities in motorsport too.