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Zolder

Zolder will always be remembered as the circuit at which Gilles Villeneuve died during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.

Country
Belgium
Location
Heusden-Zolder, Limburg
Co-ordinates
50.989040, 5.255725
Latest Race
First Race

Zolder will always be remembered as the circuit at which Gilles Villeneuve died during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. A memorial stands above the pits as a constant reminder. Even before 1982 it was an unloved venue – narrow, rough, hard on brakes, and littered with chicanes. Zolder was renovated in 1986, adding another chicane at the point where Villeneuve crashed. The FIA GT Championship and Champ Car World Series have both visited and Zolder held the Formula 3 Masters in 2007 and 2008 while Zandvoort had too many races on its calendar due to its noise restrictions. A 24-hour race was introduced in 1983 and that has developed into an annual highlight.

Circuit

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.492 (Miles)

Change

First corner and chicane behind the pits reprofiled

Fastest Race Lap

Sebastien Bourdais (Panoz DP01-Cosworth), 1m14.089, 121.087 mph, Champ Cars, 2007

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Sebastien Bourdais (Panoz DP01-Cosworth), 1m12.821, 123.196 mph, Champ Cars, 2007

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.606 (Miles)

Change

Chicane, Villeneuve and Ickx corners reprofiled

Fastest Race Lap

Markus Winkelhock (Dallara T02-Renault), 1m20.530, 116.498 mph, F.Renault V6, 2005

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Tiago Monteiro (Dallara SN01-Nissan), 1m21.674, 114.867 mph, WS by Nissan, 2004

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.606 (Miles)

Change

Villeneuve chicane built at Terlamenbocht

Fastest Race Lap

Olivier Grouillard (Lola T88/50-Cosworth), 1m28.27, 106.283 mph, F3000, 1988

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Martin Donnelly (Reynard 88D-Cosworth), 1m27.75, 106.913 mph, F3000, 1988

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.648 (Miles)

Change

Jacky Ickx-bocht tightened

Fastest Race Lap

Rene Arnoux (Ferrari 126C4), 1m19.294, 120.221 mph, F1, 1984

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Michele Alboreto (Ferrari 126C4), 1m14.846, 127.366 mph, F1, 1984

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.622 (Miles)

Change

Chicane built behind the pits

Fastest Race Lap

Francois Cevert (Tyrrell 006-Ford), 1m25.42, 110.504 mph, F1, 1973

Fastest Qualifying Lap

Ronnie Peterson (Lotus 72D-Ford), 1m22.46, 114.470 mph, F1, 1973

Type

Permanent road course

Length

2.601 (Miles)

Change

Original circuit

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