Hankook has been named as the official tyre supplier for the 2013 Junior World Rally Championship, which gets underway next month.
Hankook will provide tyres from its Ventus Z range for tarmac rallies and Ventus R range for gravel events., while Junior WRC crews will benefit from specialist tyre training sessions with Hankook engineers.
That training will allow them to learning about the tyres' differing performances and handling characteristics, as well the general importance of tyre management both in competition and under normal road conditions.
“Hankook Tire, with its history of supporting motor sport at all levels, will help the next generation of rally drivers to develop and progress through rallying's 'ladder of opportunity',” Jarmo Mahonen, FIA Rally Director, said. “We look forward to working closely as we seek to further improve this already successful series.”
The JWRC starts with Rally de Portugal, and will be contested over six of the European events on the WRC calendar.