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The Netherlands is the country that will host the penultimate race weekend for the W Series challengers.
Rather like Misano, which was the venue for the third race of the 2019 W Series season, Assen is best known for motorcycle racing.
|Where||TT Circuit Assen, The Netherlands|
|When||19th-20th July 2019|
|Race start||16:10 local, 15:10 BST|
|Where to watch||UK audiences can watch LIVE on Channel 4 from 14:45 local time Saturday 20th July|
Not based in the UK? Check out our where to watch page here
|Key fact||Its one-off 2007 Champ Car race was won by the late Justin Wilson|
|Where can I buy tickets?||Head to the DTM website here|
The original circuit, all 28.5 kilometres (17.75 miles) of it, opened in 1925 and was made up of country roads. Various revisions over the years have shortened the lap but Assen has retained its reputation as ‘the cathedral’ of motorcycle racing. The current layout is just 4.5 kilometres but the modifications have made the track far more friendly for four wheels, as well as two. Assen only really has one ‘slow’ corner (Turn 4), the rest of the circuit made up of fast, flowing sweeps and long, flat-out straights. The preferred overtaking opportunity is into the chicane at the end of lap , but it is a circuit that rewards precision and a small mistake can mean a huge loss of momentum and track position.
Local hero Beitske Visser, who is second in the W Series standings, will relish the opportunity of two bites at glory at her home race weekend. There will be the traditional championship race on the Saturday but, for the first time, there will a non-championship race the next day. There will be no points on offer, but the reverse-grid format should serve up yet another exciting race. Expect championship leader Jamie Chadwick, Visser and Norisring winner Marta Garcia to be the frontrunners on Saturday, but Sunday is impossible to predict and a chance to shine for the entire W Series grid.
|10:40||11:15||W Series||Free Practice 1|
|13:00||13:45||DTM||Free Practice 1|
|16:25||16:55||DTM||Free Practice 2|
|17:15||18:00||W Series||Free Practice 2|
|10:15||10:35||DTM||Qualifying for Race 1|
|16:10||30 mins+ 1 lap||W Series||Race|
|09:00||30 mins+ 1 lap||W Series||Reverse-grid race|
Catherine Bond Muir, W Series CEO
“At W Series we continue to innovate and I’m really excited about the reverse-grid race on Sunday at Assen. This will be a chance for drivers who might not have had a lot of luck so far to show what they can do at the front. It will provide a great opportunity and is a wonderful addition to the schedule. There is also a championship to focus on and it’s getting tight at the top. Marta Garcia showed what an exciting talent she is at the Norisring and Beitske Visser and Jamie Chadwick won’t have things all their own way. I’m delighted with how W Series has developed during the season and Assen looks set to be another thrilling weekend of racing.”
Dave Ryan, W Series Racing Director
“Naturally, much of the focus at Assen will on the battle for the inaugural W Series championship, but there will be so much more to look out for. I’ve been really impressed with how many of the drivers have developed throughout the season but not all have got the results they have deserved. This is why the reverse-grid race on Sunday is so important. There will be no championship points on offer but we’re very likely to see some new faces fighting for a win and it will be interesting to see how they cope.”
Friday, July 19th. 24 degrees with a 15% chance of rain. The weather can be fickle in this part of The Netherlands, but there should be plenty of opportunity to chase the optimum set-up.
Saturday, July 20th. 23 degrees with a 36% chance of rain. A little cooler with a light south-westerly breeze. The threat of rain will be a concern.
Sunday, July 21st. 21 degrees with an 11% chance of rain. The reverse-grid race is early in the morning so there should be plenty of grip in the cooler temperatures.
The TT Circuit Assen is located in the north of The Netherlands just south of the town from which it takes its name. The nearest international airport is at Groningen, just 15 kilometres away, and Amsterdam is less than two hours drive. Assen is right in the heart of the Drenthe region, which is prime Dutch cycling country, so you can’t escape the two-wheeled connection with the area. Groningen, known as ‘the metropolis of the north’, is famed for its lively nightlife as well museums and theatres.
TV broadcast deals with a variety of suppliers will provide high-quality coverage in almost 60 different territories worldwide. In the UK, Channel 4’s live coverage of the build-up and race will start at 14:45 BST.
|Saturday 20th May|
|Race||14:45 – 16:00 BST|
Sunday’s reverse-grid race will be streamed live without geo-restrictions on W Series’ official social media channels. Full details to follow.
Check out our Where to Watch page to find out how you can watch W Series in your region.
UK audiences can re-watch all races on catch-up here.
As it name suggests the TT Circuit Assen is closely associated with two-wheeled motorsport, but the Dutch venue has also hosted car racing over the decades, including most famously Champ Car in 2007. The track also has ambitions to host an F1 race in the future, and is currently vying with Zandvoort for the right to revive the Dutch GP.
Bike racing was first held on a 28km course laid out over public roads between local villages around Assen in the 1920s. A much shorter road course was constructed in 1955, which was shortened and rebuilt in 2006.
The original road course was still in use when the Dutch TT was included in the inaugural two-wheeled World Championship in 1949, and the event has remained at the heart of the schedule ever since. All the big names have raced and won there, with Valentino Rossi logging eight victories in the headline race.
The one-off 2007 Champ Car race, won by the late Justin Wilson, was the biggest car event that the circuit has hosted to date. The Super League series, which featured cars similar in performance to Indy machines, ran at Assen in both 2010 and 2011. Many German-based series have visited in recent years, and in 2019 the DTM will hold its Dutch round at the
Although high profile single-seater series have been rare at Assen several current F1 drivers have sampled the track in Formula Renault, including Valtteri Bottas, Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz, Danill Kvyat and Lando Norris.
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