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ZOLDER
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Description  
Location Heusden-Zolder - Limburg / Limbourg - Vlaams / Flandre
Location Near Beringen, Hasselt and Diest; 35 km - 22 mi far from Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Latitude - Longitude + 50°59'23"     + 5°15'26"
50.989722     5.257222
UTM Coordinates X = 658414.88  -  Y = 5651107.197  -  Zone 31U
Aerial photo / Map (*)  Google Maps  -    Bing Maps  -    Flash Earth
Altitude AMSL 52 m - 171 ft
Inauguration 1965
Closing  
Designer Hugenholtz
Johannes Bernhardus Theodorus "Hans" Hugenholtz
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian (page 210)Author: Tommaso Tommasi - Published by: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - Published in: Italia - year: 1973
(2) English (page 190)Author: Peter Higham, Bruce Jones - Published by: Andre Deutsch - year: 1999 - ISBN: 0-233-99619-2
Description
(3) English www.racingcircuits.netMotor Racing Circuits Database
(4) English www.silhouet.com/motorsport/tracks/zolder.htmlThe GEL Motorsport - Tracks Around The World
(5) Italian Autosprint 21/1969 (page 21)Mappa e dati essenziali
(6) Italian Autosprint 23/1971 (page 17)Mappa
(7) Italian Autosprint 27/1971 (page 36)Chiuso provvisoriamente per motivi di sicurezza
(8) Italian Autosprint 19/1973 (page 9)A 3 settimane dal GP la posta è pronta?
(9) Italian Autosprint 21/1975 (page 21)
(10) Italian Autosprint 25/1975 (page 25)Novità 1975
(11) Italian Autosprint 20/1976
(12) Italian Autosprint 21/1981 (page 21)Giacomelli spiega come si guida
(13) Italian Rombo 29/1981 (page 61)In costruzione i nuovi box
(14) Italian Rombo 14/1982 (page 10)Pronti i nuovi box
(15) Italian Rombo 19/1982 (page 4)
(16) Italian Rombo 42/1985 (page 21)Modifiche al circuito in vista (con mappa)
(17) Italian Rombo 33/1986 (page 69)Fatte le modifiche al circuito in vista (senza mappa)
(18) Italian Rombo 26/1991 (page 44)Come si guida (con una Porsche 911 Carrera RS)
(19) English French Dutch www.circuit-zolder.beOfficial website
(20) English www.eyes-e-tools.com/customer/circuitZolder/Update/upload/plan2001_groot.gif2002 map

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Zolder
Description  
Years 1965÷1972
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1965
Closing 1972
Last update of this page June 3rd 2011
Info last update  
Designer Hugenholtz
Johannes Bernhardus Theodorus "Hans" Hugenholtz
Distinctive points  
length 4184  m 13727  ft 2.6  mi   (5)
length 4186  m 13734  ft 2.601  mi   (3)
length 4068  m 13346  ft 2.528  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*)  

Zolder
Description  
Years 1973÷1974
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1973
Closing 1974
Last update of this page June 3rd 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 4220  m 13845  ft 2.622  mi   (3)
length 4084  m 13400  ft 2.538  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*)  

Zolder
Description At beginning of 1975, CSI required to modify Rindt and Ickx corner, in order to increase safery and reduce speed. This layout was used probably until 1985 (probabbly with a little change maybe between 1982 and 1984, not drawn in my map), even if I don’t have more details. I don’t know if grey section on the map shows a shorter layout or a service road
This circuit become sadly famous bacause of Gilles Villeneuve fatal crash, occurred on May 8th 1982 in section before Terlamenbocht
Years 1975÷1985
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1975
Closing 1985
Last update of this page June 3rd 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Sterrewachtbocht - Kanaalbocht - Lucien Bianchi - Chicane - Terlamenbocht - Bolderbergbocht - Jochen Rindt - Jacky Ickx
length 4261  m 13980  ft 2.648  mi   (3)
length 4262  m 13983  ft 2.648  mi   (11)
length 4116  m 13505  ft 2.558  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*)  

Zolder
Description At the end of 1985 some changes were proposed in order to improve safety of the circuit and to have Belgium F.1 GP, not before 1987. Proposed changes include an improvement of safety run off areas at Sterrewachtbocht, second Kanaalbocht, Lucien Bianchi, chicane, Bolderbergbocht and Jochen Rindt. The old Sterrewachtbocht should have been used as pit lane exit, while the new corner should have been built inside the old one. Terlamenbocht, sadly famous for Gilles Villeneuve’s fatal accident occurred in 1982, should have been transformed into a chicane because it was too fast and it was not possible to increase run off areas. Finally, chicane Ickx (more marked) and pit entry should have been changed too.
Years 1985
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal Proposal  YES
Proposal not developed YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration  
Closing  
Last update of this page March 9th 2007
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Zolder
Description In 1986 the circuit was really modified: chicane (named after Villeneuve) had a layout slighly different from what shown on my map of 1985 proposal, while I have no info about remaining corners. The track was repaved and run off areas were widened. New curbs, similar to ones at Le Castellet - Paul Ricard, were criticized because they could have damaged the bottom of the cars.
Years 1986÷2001
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 1986
Closing 2001
Last update of this page June 3rd 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points Sterrewachtbocht - Kanaalbocht - Lucien Bianchi - Chicane - Terlamenbocht - Bolderbergbocht - Jochen Rindt - Jacky Ickx
length 4184  m 13727  ft 2.6  mi   (3)
length 4194  m 13760  ft 2.606  mi   (19)
length 4119  m 13513  ft 2.559  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*)  

Zolder
Description Works for the new configuration were made in 2001. I don’t know if the new layout was opened in 2001 or 2002
Years 2002÷2005
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 2001
Closing 2005
Last update of this page July 22nd 2002
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 3977  m 13048  ft 2.471  mi   (20)
length 3977  m 13048  ft 2.471  mi   (19)
length 3977  m 13048  ft 2.471  mi   (3)
length 4009  m 13153  ft 2.491  mi Calculated from aerial photo (*)  

Zolder
Description Chicanes were reprofiled during the winter of 2005/06
Years 2006÷2009?
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 2006
Closing 2009
Last update of this page June 3rd 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Zolder
Description In 2009 the loop by Kanaalbocht had been changed
Years 2009÷...
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Permanent
Inauguration 2009
Closing  
Last update of this page June 3rd 2011
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  

Zolder: all layouts

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Zolder 1965÷1972

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Zolder 1973÷1974

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Zolder 1975÷1985

Zolder 1975÷1985

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Zolder: 1985 proposal

Zolder: 1985 proposal


Zolder 1986÷2001

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Zolder 2002÷...

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Latitude - Longitude: + 50°59'23", + 5°15'26"
If the aerial photo is not visible, you have to zoom out by clicking (maybe more then once) button ’-’ in top left corner

Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
June 3rd 2011     Guido de Carli Roelard Smit Roelard Smit Update Description with map
March 9th 2007     Guido de Carli     Update Description
December 10th 2005   1986÷2001 Guido de Carli     Update Description
October 27th 2005   1985 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
September 21st 2005     Guido de Carli     Update Description
June 12th 2005   1975÷1985 Guido de Carli     Update Description
November 6th 2004   1975÷1985 Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
Not all eventual updates issued in last years are already visible in this list

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