2014 track visits: Zandvoort

Zandvoort was a first for me in 2014 as I had never visited it before. We went for the ADAC GT Masters race in mid-may (just a week after the FIA WEC race at Spa). The weather was pretty atrocious, I don’t think I’ve ever been that wet in my life. Before that weekend I had considered by rain jacket as a pretty good one but I was so thoroughly wet I haven’t used it since. The combination of the hard rain with a hard wind from the sea was ruthless. But still, the stupid pride in me meant I had to walk around the track during the one-hour race.

The car that would eventually win the championship (Rast/van der Linde)

The dunes of Zandvoort are thoroughly beautiful, although I guess they’re more so on a more sunny day. Better than that though, they offer a great view of the track. Not entirely unlike Oschersleben, you’re a few meters above the track almost the whole way around the track. Most corners are quite great to watch, even the slightly artificial and awkward chicane.

It is a bit of a pity that no “big” series run the track. GT3 machinery – and I guess whatever you call the DTM cars these days – make for great watching there though. It’s a beautiful and very naturalistic track.