Circuit Zolder, 6 November 2008

The Circuit Zolder, also known as Circuit Terlamen,[citation needed] is an undulating 4.011 km (2.492 mi) motorsport race track in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

History

Built in 1963, Zolder hosted the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix on 10 separate occasions in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the 1980 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix. F1 moved to Zolder in 1973 and with the exception of a race at Nivelles-Baulers in 1974, Zolder was the location of the Belgian Grand Prix until 1982. That year, Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve was killed during qualifying at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. Villeneuve's Ferrari 126C2 collided at speed with the March of Jochen Mass. The Ferrari was torn up in the accident and when rolling, Villeneuve was thrown from the car.

After Villeneuve's death, the Belgian Grand Prix was held at Spa-Francorchamps in 1983, before returning to Zolder one final time in 1984. Fittingly, Ferrari driver Michele Alboreto won the race carrying Villeneuve's #27 on his car. Since 1985, the Belgian Grand Prix has permanently moved to Spa.

Zolder has also been used for cycling events including the UCI Road World Championships twice in 1969 and 2002 and the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in 1970, 2002 and 2016. The latter saw the first confirmed use of mechanical doping when Femke Van den Driessche was found to have a secret motor inside her bike.[1] Since 2009, Circuit Zolder has hosted a cyclo-cross race in December for the World Cup. The circuit hosted the UCI BMX World Championships in 2015.[2] In 2019 and for the first time ever the UCI BMX World Championships will return to Circuit Zolder.

In the beginning of 2006, the track underwent safety adaptations. In 2007, the track hosted a Champ Car World Series Grand Prix, and a round of the FIA GT Championship. The track was venue of a round of the World Series by Renault championship from 2003 to 2006, and replaced Zandvoort as site for the Masters of Formula 3 in 2007 and 2008. Zolder was featured on the car programme Top Gear in 2008. In the episode, the show's British hosts competed against their German counterparts from D MOTOR. Zolder hosted also the FIA WTCC Race of Belgium in 2010, 2011, and 2020. The last race they drove in 2011 was won by Rob Huff in a Chevrolet and Gabriele Tarquini in a SEAT. The WTCC then disappeared from the Belgian circuits until in 2014 the circus returned to Spa.

At this time, mainly the Blancpain Sprint Series and the BRCC national championship hosted a race in Zolder. The 24 Hours of Zolder endurance event is also held as a stand-alone event around the end of August or the beginning of September. NASCAR Whelen Euro Series have hosted their final race of the season in Zolder since 2015.[3]

In 2019, for the first time in 17 years, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters returned to Circuit Zolder.[4] But the circuit lost its place in the DTM calendar to Spa-Francorchamps in 2022.

Lap records

The official fastest race lap records at the Circuit Zolder are listed as:

Category Time Driver Vehicle Event Circuit Map
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.010 km (2002–present)
Champ Car 1:14.089 Sébastien Bourdais Panoz DP01 2007 Belgian Champ Car Grand Prix Circuit Zolder-2002.svg
F1 1:16.002[5] Klass Zwart Jaguar R5 2017 Zolder BOSS GP round
Formula Renault 3.5 1:17.781[6] Pastor Maldonado Dallara T05 2006 Zolder Formula Renault 3.5 Series round
Superleague Formula 1:18.806 Davide Rigon Panoz DP09 2010 Zolder Superleague Formula round
Class 1 Touring Cars 1:20.140[7] René Rast Audi RS5 Turbo DTM 2020 2020 2nd Zolder DTM round
FTwo (2009–2012) 1.24.038 Sergey Afanasyev Williams JPH1 2010 Zolder Formula Two round
Formula 3 1.25.680 James Jakes Dallara F305 2007 Masters of Formula 3
GT1 (GTS) 1:26.220[8] Andrea Bertolini Maserati MC12 GT1 2009 FIA GT Zolder 2 Hours
GT3 1:27.257[9] Nico Müller Audi R8 LMS Evo 2021 Zolder DTM round
Formula Renault 2.0 1:28.094[10] Xavier Maassen Tatuus FR2000 2006 Zolder Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 round
W Series 1:29.629 Beitske Visser Tatuus F.3 T-318 2019 Zolder W Series round
GT2 1:31.449[11] Gianmaria Bruni Ferrari F430 GT2 2008 FIA GT Zolder 2 Hours
Eurocup Mégane Trophy 1:33.107[12] Jaap van Lagen Renault Mégane Renault Sport 2006 Zolder Eurocup Mégane Trophy round
GT4 1:36.506[13] Lucas Mauron Audi R8 LMS GT4 Evo 2020 Zolder DTM Trophy round
TCR Touring Car 1:36.724 Nathanaël Berthon Audi RS 3 LMS TCR 2020 FIA WTCR Race of Belgium
Stock car racing 1:36.901[14] Alon Day Chevrolet Camaro NASCAR 2020 Zolder NASCAR Whelen Euro Series round
WTCC 1:39.517 Robert Huff Chevrolet Cruze 1.6T 2011 FIA WTCC Race of Belgium
Truck racing 1:59.024[15] Jochen Hahn MAN TGS 2016 Zolder ETRC round
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.184 km (1986–2001)
F3000 1:28.270[16] Olivier Grouillard Lola T88/50 1988 Zolder F3000 round Circuit Zolder-1986-2001.svg
GT1 (GTS) 1:31.348[17] Mike Hezemans Chrysler Viper GTS-R 2001 FIA GT Zolder 500km
WSC 1:31.552[18] Didier Theys Ferrari 333 SP 1997 International Sports Racing Series Zolder
N-GT 1:35.136[17] Christian Pescatori Ferrari 360 Modena N-GT 2001 FIA GT Zolder 500km
Super Touring 1:35.432[19] Gabriele Tarquini Honda Accord 2001 Zolder ESTC round
Class 1 Touring Cars 1:38.050[20] Nicola Larini Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI 1994 Zolder DTM round
Group A 1:42.110[21] Klaus Ludwig Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 1992 Zolder DTM round
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.262 km (1975–1985)
F1 1:19.294 René Arnoux Ferrari 126C4 1984 Belgian Grand Prix Circuit Zolder-1975-1985.svg
Formula Two 1:25.090[22] Jonathan Palmer Ralt RH6/83 1983 Zolder F2 round
Formula 3 1:30.800[23] John Nielsen Ralt RT3 1984 Zolder European F3 round
Formula 5000 1:30.900[24] Ian Ashley Lola T400 1975 Zolder F5000 round
BMW M1 Procar 1:39.140[25] Elio de Angelis BMW M1 Procar 1979 Zolder BMW M1 Procar round
500cc 1:40.820 Marco Lucchinelli Suzuki RGB500 1980 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix
Group 2 1:45.200[26] Dieter Quester BMW 3.0 CSL 1977 Zolder ETCC round
Group A 1:46.530[27] Gianfranco Brancatelli Volvo 240 Turbo 1985 Zolder ETCC round
Grand Prix Circuit: 4.220 km (1973–1974)
Formula 5000 1:23.850[28] Teddy Pilette Chevron B28 1974 Zolder F5000 round Circuit Zolder-1973-1974.svg
F1 1:25.420 François Cevert Tyrrell 006 1973 Belgian Grand Prix
Original Grand Prix Circuit: 4.186 km (1963–1972)
Formula Two 1:26.400[29] Jochen Rindt Lotus 69 1970 Zolder F2 round Circuit Zolder-1963-1972.svg
Group 5 1:48.400[30] Frank Gardner Ford Escort Mk.I Twin Cam 1968 Zolder ETCC round
Group 2 1:50.006[31] Jacques Demoulin Alfa Romeo 1600 GTA 1967 Zolder ETCC round

Noise limits

In general Circuit Zolder has a noise limit of 96dbA, which is measured at 2 points along the track. One is just after turn 4 (Bianchi) and the second one is between turn 7 and 8. These can be recognised by blue poles. During international testdays and most racing weekends, the noise limits are removed.

Events

Current
Former
Cycling

References

  1. ^ Vinton, Nathaniel (1 February 2016). "Cyclist Femke Van den Driessche caught with hidden motor inside bike during race". New York Daily News. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
  2. ^ "UCI BMX World Championships". Circuit Zolder. Archived from the original on 23 September 2015. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  3. ^ "NASCAR Whelen Euro Series: What's New In 2015". whelen.com. Whelen. 20 April 2015. Archived from the original on 5 August 2019. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ Khorounzhiy, Valentin (12 January 2019). "DTM abandons night-race format at Misano round for 2019". autosport.com. Autosport. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Superprix Zolder 2017 BOSS GP Result of Race 1" (PDF). Retrieved 17 April 2022.
  6. ^ "2006 Formula Renault 3.5 Zolder Statistics". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  7. ^ "2020 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Zolder 2 Statistics". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  8. ^ "FIA GT Championship Zolder 2009". Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  9. ^ "2021 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Zolder Statistics". Retrieved 8 August 2021.
  10. ^ "2006 Formula Renault 2.0 Euro Zolder Statistics". Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  11. ^ "FIA GT Championship Zolder 2008". Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Round 1: Zolder Eurocup Megane Trophy Results Booklet" (PDF). Retrieved 26 June 2022.
  13. ^ "DTM Trophy Zolder 2020". Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  14. ^ "2020 NASCAR GP Belgium Round 2 Results". Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  15. ^ "2016 RESULTS: Zolder, Belgium - Race 1". Retrieved 1 May 2022.
  16. ^ "1988 F3000 Zolder Statistics". Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  17. ^ a b "FIA GT Championship Zolder 2001". Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  18. ^ "International Sports Racing Series Zolder 1997". Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  19. ^ "European Super Touring Championship 2001 » Zolder Round 9 Results". Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  20. ^ "1994 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft Zolder Statistics". Retrieved 5 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft 1992 » Zolder Round 1 Results". Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  22. ^ "1983 Zolder F2". Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  23. ^ "1984 Zolder European F3". Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  24. ^ "1975 Zolder F5000". Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  25. ^ "1979 Zolder BMW Procar". Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  26. ^ "ETCC Zolder 1977". Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  27. ^ "1985 Zolder ETCC". Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  28. ^ "1974 Zolder F5000". Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  29. ^ "1970 Zolder F2". Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  30. ^ "Zolder 1 Hour - Division 2 1968". Retrieved 4 May 2022.
  31. ^ "European Touring Car Cup Zolder - Division 2 1967". Retrieved 16 May 2022.

External links

Coordinates: 50°59′20″N 5°15′20″E / 50.98889°N 5.25556°E / 50.98889; 5.25556