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Hankook Tire becomes official tire supplier for Sepang 12 Hours

2022. 11. 09

■ Sepang 12 Hours, Malaysian endurance race formerly known as MME, is returning in 2023

■ Hankook Tire will supply its high-performance Ventus race tires for each category of the race

Seoul, Korea, November 1, 2022 - Global leading tire company Hankook Tire is appointed as the sole and official tire supplier for Sepang 12 Hours, an endurance racing event held in Malaysia.

Sepang 12 Hours is set to return in 2023, between March 3 and 5. A partnership between Top Speed and Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is bringing the much-loved motorsports event back to South East Asia. Formerly known as the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race and Merdeka Millennium Endurance Race, it’s being held for the first time since 2016. The initial return of the race will be run on a reduced format of 8 hours

Hankook Tire, with its abundant experience and recognition in motorsports arena, will supply tires for each category taking part in the race. All participating cars will be fitted with Hankook Tire’s high-performing Ventus racing tires that will help maximize potential that suits Sepang’s first-class facility.

As a supplier of tires for various motorsport competitions around the world as well as a sponsor for promising racing teams and drivers, Hankook Tire delivers feverish moments that resonate with fans. With its long dedication to nurturing global motorsports culture, Hankook Tire is currently supplying racing tires to over 70 global motorsports competitions or teams.

In particular, Hankook has a wealth of knowledge and experience in endurance racing. Endurance races require tires with extra durability and reliability so that it can deliver consistent performance all the way to the finish line. The Ventus race tires, with its high degree of consistency and predictability, is a proven partner for the drivers.

Youngsoo Kim, Vice President of Motorsports & Motor Culture Department at Hankook Tire, says “We are extremely happy to be the official tire supplier in the 2023 Sepang 12 Hours. Now is the time for us to contribute into Asian motorsport which is waking up for the Renaissance after suffered by the pandemic. We are confident that the teams and the drivers will enjoy our tires and the service provided by HK Motorsport. Moving forward, we will expand our contribution in Asian motorsport from this opportunity. I'd also like to express my appreciation to everyone who made this possible including Top Speed, SIC and HK Motorsport.”

Hongsik Jeon, Managing Director of HK Motorsports, commented "Sepang 12 Hours has been one of the jewels in Asian motorsport. I am very happy to see the race is back since its last event in 2016. For this reason, we are honored to be appointed as the official tire supplier. With this great opportunity, we will try our best to support and satisfy the teams and drivers in every field. We also greatly appreciate for the organizer, Top Speed and SIC’s trust in us. We will make sure everyone related to this are satisfied after arguably the world’s hottest endurance race event."

Davide de Gobbi, Owner and General Manager of Top Speed, adds “We are very happy to have Hankook Tire be part of the return of the Sepang 12 Hours. They are a very well respected and resolute company who know exactly what our teams will require upon their return to endurance racing in South East Asia.”