The fourth round of the ENEOS Super Taikyu Series 2022 powered by Hankook held from July 30 to 31.
Hankook as Official Tyre Supplier for Super Taikyu Series
The Autopolis International Racing Course was hosted the five-hour race. Autopolis is a 4.674km international racing circuit located in Oita Prefecture, Japan, on the northern part of Mount Aso’s outer ring. The 18 medium-speed and high-speed corners presented the possibility for powerful, challenging race action. Because of the high altitude, the circuit often posed challenges such as thick fog. In addition, the location made the circuit susceptible to heavy rain.
The five-hour race at Autopolis International Racing Course had a 46 car entry list from 8 classes. It featured a total of 9 cars in the ST-X class and the ST-Z class, 2 cars in the ST-TCR class, 6 cars in the ST-Q class, 3 cars in the ST-1 class, 7 cars in the ST-2 class, 6 cars in the ST-3 class, and 4 cars in the ST-4 class. In order to adjust the number of participants, cars in the ST-5 class didn't take part. Compared to the third round of the Super Taikyu Series, SUGO 3H, 2 more powerful cars from the ST-X class competed in the fourth round.
Therefore, viewers anticipated an even more thrilling and challenging race. In particular, many paid close attention to how the Grid Motorsport AMG GT3, winner of SUGO 3H and ranked No. 1 in the ST-X class, performed in Autopolis. Super Taikyu Autopolis will not only provide viewers with exciting races, but also provide a wide variety of entertainment, including Autopolis specialty food booths, driver talk shows, a race queen stage and space for children. The Super Taikyu Series was launched in Japan in 1991, and is now the largest Endurance Grand Touring (GT) Series in Asia.
The 2022 season will host 7 rounds on a span of 9 months from March 20 to November 27. The three rounds following the race at Autopolis will be held in Mobility Resort Motegi located at Tochigi prefecture, Okayama International Circuit located at Okayama Prefecture, and the Suzuka Circuit located at Mie Prefecture, Japan. Hankook has been taking part as a title sponsor and an exclusive tyre supplier of the Super Taikyu Series since the last season. Hankook supplies two sets of its race tyres to all participants that offer optimal support with impressive performance.
As a dry tyre and a high-tech slick tyre, the Ventus F200 offers optimised driving performance including excellent durability and grip. For wet surface use, the Ventus Z207 effectively prevents hydroplaning for steering stability and maximised drainage performance. Hankook Tire currently supplied racing tyres to over 70 global motorsports competitions or teams around the world in dedication of expanding motorsports culture. As part, Hankook was designated as the official exclusive supplier and technology partner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Series, the world’s most prestigious electric vehicle racing competition, from the 2022/23 season when the Gen3 racing cars are introduced.