Length: 4.307km / 2.676 mi
First Built: 1948
Lap Record: 1:22.849s (Klaas Zwart, Jaguar R5 F1, 2014)
A brand new Formula Renault Northern European Cup season gets underway on the shores of the North Sea as the championship heads to Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands for Rounds 1 and 2.
The former Dutch Grand Prix venue underwent rennovations in 1995 to form the 2.6 mile Grand Prix circuit currently in use today. It last hosted the NEC in 2013, when Oliver Rowland, now Development Driver for the Renault Sport Formula One Team, claimed a brace of victories at the season finale.
Technical Insight – Edwin van den Heuvel
“Zandvoort is a very technical circuit, with a number of height changes across the lap coupled with several sequences of corners that feed into one another. The best overtaking opportunities are into Tarzan at the first corner, along with the Audi S chicane towards the end of the lap.
“It’s prominent position in Dutch motorsport means those counting this as their home event are likely to have a slight experience advantage, but with recently renewed tarmac the circuit has a certain unknown quantity this season.”