Spotlight on… Zolder

PURE ETCR visits Circuit Zolder in central Belgium for Round Two of its inaugural season on July 2-4.

The four-kilometre circuit is one of the most popular in Europe, having staged virtually every kind of motor racing since its creation.

Opened in 1963, the track near Heusden-Zolder has changed little in its lifetime, three quick chicanes having been added in the years since.

Zolder’s most prominent motorsport event was Formula 1’s Belgian Grand Prix, which it held from 1973-82, while an annual 24-hour race (which will take place on the same weekend on which PURE ETCR visits this summer) has been going since 1983.

It has also hosted Moto GP, the European Formula 2 Championships, Masters of Formula 3, WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Championship, DTM and FIA European Truck Racing Championship.

In non-motorised sports, Zolder has also been the venue for several global cycling events, including the UCI World Championships of cyclo-cross, road racing and BMX.

Still an ultra-popular testing venue for touring car teams, Circuit Zolder surely has a lot more racing to go as it heads towards its 60th birthday.


Track Facts

First race: 1963

Length: 4.0km

Corners: 16 (11 right, 5 left)

Lap record: To be established



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