The season continues
W Series heads to Zolder in Belgium for its second race weekend on the calendar.
|Where||Circuit Zolder, Belgium|
|When||17th-18th May 2019|
|Race start||16:15 local, 15:15 BST|
|Key fact||DTM returns to Zolder for the first time since 2012|
|Where can I buy tickets?||Head to the DTM website here|
The second of three 2019 W Series venues that have hosted F1 races, Zolder has always been somewhat overshadowed by the majestic Spa-Francorchamps. However, Belgium’s second-best known venue has always been popular with fans and drivers and has a history that stretches back over five decades.
Located in a wooded area close to the historic city of Hasselt, Zolder opened in 1965. From its early days it attracted F2 and F3 action, with many of the F1 stars of the day competing in the former. It first hosted the Belgian GP in 1973, when famously the track surface broke up and Jackie Stewart survived to won.
Victory to tragedy
Zolder became the race’s permanent home through the late seventies and early eighties, with Niki Lauda, Mario Andretti and Jody Scheckter among those to log victories, while sadly in 1982 Gilles Villeneuve lost his life in a crash in qualifying in 1982. The rebuilt and shortened Spa then came back in favour, and Zolder hosted 10th and final Grand Prix in 1984.
Despite losing F1 the track has continued to thrive as one of the two main homes of Belgian motorsport, with 24-hour race and a historic festival among the calendar highlights. The track has also hosted FIA F3000 (in 1988) and Champ Car (in 2007), as well as FIA GT events.
This year DTM returns to Zolder for the first time since 2012. Apart from some corner re-profiling the layout is essentially the same as when it first opened, with the hilly surroundings providing spectators with good views.
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