Zandvoort

Map o' th' course Course numb'rs
Homeport: Netherlands Wind Strength: 9
W'en t' battle: Nay thi' Challenge Wave Patt'rn: 13
Tot'l race distance: 301.8kms Wind Gusts: 9
'ow many Loops: 71 Ram Strength need'd: Giv' it a knock
Loop distance: 4.251 kms Passin' by: Yer be car'ful
A'erage knots: 235.49 km/h Ballast security: Tie all th' stuff 'n place
'ow many previous races: 19 Food eat'n: Just a snackin'
Turnin' mark'rs: 14 Sail Wear: Normal usage
'ow long in 'n out o' dock: 22.5s Grip level: High
Course type: ex F1
Previous Bests
View best qualifying laps of all managers
Challenge Fastest Tack Loop
S51, R10
Feb 5, 2016
Jukka Sireni 1:04.807s
Challenge Master
S68, R9
Jan 17, 2019
David Jones-Winkley 1:06.374s
Challenge Pro
S63, R6
Feb 20, 2018
Mihail Golovanov 1:07.194s
Challenge Amateur
S44, R15
Dec 5, 2014
Branislav Hrnjak 1:08.263s
Challenge Rookie
S44, R15
Dec 5, 2014
David Bittermann 1:10.868s
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Challenge Fastest Race Loop E'er
S63, R6
Feb 20, 2018
Miel Soeterbroek 1:04.982s
Challenge Master
S63, R6
Feb 20, 2018
Rui Silva 1:06.053s
Challenge Pro
S63, R6
Feb 20, 2018
Kris Kilsby 1:06.877s
Challenge Amateur
S44, R15
Dec 5, 2014
Maxim Egorov 1:08.121s
Challenge Rookie
S44, R15
Dec 5, 2014
Bane Skakavac 1:09.789s
Course legend

Zandvoort itself is one of the most popular beach resorts in Holland, partially due to its proximity to Amsterdam. There are numerous beach hotels catering to many varied tastes. The terrain is sand dune, with few trees. This characteristic made it one of the best viewing facilities in Formula One. Being in dune country, Zandvoort was slightly undulating and featured several elevation changes, particularly the famous Scheivlak corner, which went down and to the right. The corners were of many different cambers and angles. The Tarzan hairpin at the end of the pit-straight, was one of most famous corners in racing. Until Formula One went chicane-happy and installed one at Zandvoort, there was a very fast backstretch. When the winds blew, sand would be an additional hazard.

Zandvoort was opened in 1948 and hosted some non-championship events until 1952 when it hosted the Dutch Grand Prix. For the first ten years, Grand Prix scheduling was sporadic. From 1970 till 1985, nearly every year a grand prix was hosted at Zandvoort.

The races at Zandvoort saw some memorable battles. The British drivers and constructers dominated largely the 60s. In the 1970 race, Piers Courage, an heir to the British brewing giant, Courage, crashed, turned over and burned. Courage did not survive. The vastly under-rated and largely forgotten Jackie Ickx returned Ferrari to victory in 1971 after a truly magnificent, prolonged duel in the rain with Pedro Rodriguez.
Jackie Stewart was then head of the Grand Prix Drivers Association (GPDA). Among other safety considerations, this group campaigned for circuit improvements. After missing 1972 because the track was deemed unsafe, racing returned to Zandvoort in 1973 after a million dollars worth of improvements were made. Roger Williamson had the misfortune of testing one of the new Armco barriers. It partially collapsed and acted as a launcher, sending Williamson's car into the air. It landed on the track, upside down and in flames. In a scenario eerily reminiscent of Indy 1955, David Purley, Williamson's close friend, stopped his car and vainly tried to free the trapped Williamson while track marshals looked on, offering no assistance. When the fire truck finally arrived, it was too late.

1974 saw Ferrari return to glory with Niki Lauda leading Clay Regazzoni to a one-two sweep. In 1975 James Hunt and the Hesketh team won their first race by first outsmarting the field on a wet-to-dry tire change and then capably holding off Lauda's more powerful Ferrari in the closing laps.

Australia's Alan Jones won in 1979, completing a hat-trick that had started at Hockenheim and continued at the Osterreicchring.

Ferrari was back in the winner's circle in 1982 as Didier Pironi, less than two months after the tragic death of teammate Villeneuve at Zolder, Belgium and a month away from suffering catastrophic injuries himself at Hockenheim, beat Nelson Piquet.

Rene Arnoux and Patrick Tambay led a Ferrari one-two in 1983. That feat was duplicated by Alain Prost and Niki Lauda in 1984 in McLaren-Porsches.
For the Zandvoort finale a year later, Prost and Lauda would reverse things, with Lauda superbly winning the race. Like the Zandvoort track, it was Lauda's last year as a driver.

The respected British writer, Nigel Roebuck, called Zandvoort 'the greatest circuit for racing that F1 has ever known'. Despite this attribute, Zandvoort disappeared from the Formula One calendar in 1986 and has never returned. It was lacking in the things that really mattered, like suites and adequate facilities for the corporate elite. Never mind that just about everyone considered it a great circuit for racing.
Maybe there's some hope, however, that Zandvoort would be re-instated instead of F1 going to another chicane-filled atrocity. The circuit has undergone major changes and improvements, making it up-to-modern standards.


(Adapted from Formula 1 History by Jerry Dorich; www.circuit-zandvoort.nl)

Races fro' previous challenges
Challenge Boat race Victor Afore place Fastest Race Loop
1 2 Vladimir Islentiev
1h43:11.889s
Manuel Gonzalez
2:25.936s
Chris Whiting
1:13.005s
Afore Tack Standin's
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2 15 Marcos Malfatti
1h36:01.827s
Giedrius Butkus
2:35.694s
Cristian Iorga
1:11.303s
Afore Tack Standin's
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5 4 Petar Totev2
1h23:47.882s
Petar Totev2
2:14.343s
Maxim Kotov
1:08.728s
Afore Tack Standin's
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6 17 Peter Helcmanovsky
1h23:39.993s
Peter Helcmanovsky
2:13.705s
Vladimir Islentiev
1:08.356s
Afore Tack Standin's
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7 7 Maxim Kotov
1h22:04.313s
Maxim Kotov
2:12.066s
Harri Pakosta
1:07.311s
Afore Tack Standin's
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9 17 Maxim Kotov2
1h31:20.517s
Gatis Laugalis1
2:27.425s
Gatis Laugalis1
1:06.945s
Afore Tack Standin's
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12 4 Edijs Putniņš
1h22:08.285s
Edijs Putniņš
2:14.793s
Jari Aareskoski
1:07.692s
Afore Tack Standin's
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15 11 Vladimir Islentiev2
1h21:29.646s
Vladimir Islentiev2
2:12.559s
Vladimir Islentiev2
1:06.555s
Afore Tack Standin's
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18 8 Vladimir Islentiev2
1h21:05.095s
Vladimir Islentiev2
2:14.237s
Vladimir Islentiev2
1:06.389s
Afore Tack Standin's
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25 7 Zdenek Hladik2
1h26:50.646s
Zdenek Hladik2
2:30.549s
Zdenek Hladik2
1:06.877s
Afore Tack Standin's
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30 14 Justinas Smyšliajevas4
1h21:10.931s
Toygun Senler3
2:14.166s
Justinas Smyšliajevas4
1:06.552s
Afore Tack Standin's
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33 4 João Monteiro
1h21:49.109s
Atis Praudins
2:14.384s
Jan Pavlicek
1:07.300s
Afore Tack Standin's
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36 1 Toygun Senler4
1h23:22.261s
Toygun Senler4
2:32.518s
Wojciech Uzikowski
1:06.417s
Afore Tack Standin's
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41 8 Toygun Senler5
1h25:31.259s
Rimantas Sagatas2
2:12.238s
Toygun Senler5
1:06.597s
Afore Tack Standin's
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44 15 Maja Soren
1h20:54.907s
Roland Postle
2:13.061s
Maja Soren
1:06.517s
Afore Tack Standin's
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51 10 Jan Pavlicek
1h20:23.106s
Jukka Sireni
2:10.709s
Jukka Sireni
1:06.182s
Afore Tack Standin's
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57 3 Christos Bobolis3
1h20:40.443s
Christos Bobolis3
2:10.761s
Justinas Smyšliajevas4
1:05.098s
Afore Tack Standin's
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63 6 Radek Sus
1h20:20.268s
Radek Sus
2:10.890s
Miel Soeterbroek
1:04.982s
Afore Tack Standin's
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68 9 Ioannis Dimitroglou4
1h20:41.778s
Ioannis Dimitroglou4
2:11.796s
Christos Bobolis4
1:05.582s
Afore Tack Standin's
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