SEASON 2, ROUND THREE Preview -- September 21st @ Zandvoort

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    SEASON 2, ROUND THREE Preview -- September 21st @ Zandvoort

    Post by John Bacho on Fri 20 Sep - 4:48

    SIM RACE ONLINE GT3
    SEASON 2 - ROUND 3
    September 21st @ Zandvoort

    INTRO

    Here's my knowledge of the Netherlands: Wooden shoes, Jos "the Boss" Verstappen, windmills, Ruud van Nistelrooy, dutch ovens, fingers in dikes, the HNLMS Willem van Ewijck reportedly running into its own mine at the beginning of WW2, that one dude that cut off his ear (when trivia games ask 'how did van Gogh die?' I assume he cut off the remaining ear), bicycles, hash & red light districts (I hope the last two are on the same block).

    The championship is tied between Stephen Bailey and Nick Woodbury! It's fun to watch the Brit treat every lap like a qualifier. while the chowder-head calmly goes about his business without drama. -- though he was probably his most aggressive at Barbagallo by forcing a winning pass against Schuman.

    As for the track, there won't be any special cutting pictures, it's the usual rules. Also, try not to die on the extremely high-speed sections. Practise your lines for the blind apex exit corners to carry speed (especially the one that leads towards the chicane), they take forever to unwind and are generally a bastard.




    HISTORY

    The circuit was inaugurated on August 7, 1948. The following year the race was called the Zandvoort Grand Prix and in 1950 it became the "Grote Prijs van Nederland" or Dutch Grand Prix. The 1952 Dutch Grand Prix was a round of the World Drivers Championship for the first time [but not a Formula One race, as the World Championship was for Formula Two cars that year and in 1953]. There was no GP at Zandvoort in 1954 (a sportscar-event replaced it), but 1955 saw the first proper Formula One race counting for the World Championship. After 2 more years without a race the Dutch Grand Prix was back on the World Championship(s) calendar in 1958 and from then on remained a permanent fixture (with the exception of 1972) until 1985, when it was held for the last time.

    To solve a number of problems that had made it impossible to develop and upgrade the track, the most important one being noise pollution for the inhabitants of the part of Zandvoort closest to the track, the track management adopted and developed a plan to move the most southern part of the track away from the housing estate and rebuild a more compact track in the remaining former 'infield'. In January 1987 this plan got the necessary 'green light' when it was formally approved by the Noord-Holland Provincial Council. However, only a couple of months later a new problem arose: the company that commercially ran the circuit (CENAV), called in the receiver and went out of business, marking the end of "Circuit van Zandvoort". Again the track, owned by the municipality of Zandvoort, was in danger of being permanently lost for motorsports. However, a new operating company, the Stichting Exploitatie Circuit Park, was formed and started work at the realization of the track's reconstruction plans. Circuit Park Zandvoort was born and in the summer of 1989 the track was remodeled to an interim Club Circuit of 2.6 kilometers (1.6 mi), while the disposed southern part of the track was used to build a Vendorado Bungalow Park and new premises for the local soccer and hockey clubs.

    In 1995, CPZ (Circuit Park Zandvoort) got the "A Status" of the Dutch government and began building an international Grand Prix Circuit. This project was finished in 2001 when, after the track was redesigned to a 4.3 kilometers (2.7 mi) long circuit and a new pits building was realized (by HPG, the development company of John Hugenholtz jr, son of the former director), a new grandstand was situated along the long straight. One of the major events that is held at the circuit, along with DTM and A1GP, is the RTL Masters of Formula 3, where Formula Three cars of several national racing series compete with each other (originally called Marlboro Masters, before tobacco advertising ban). A noise restriction order was responsible for this event moving to the Belgian Circuit Zolder for 2007 and 2008. However, the race returned to its historical home in 2009.

    Circuit Park Zandvoort played host to the first race in the 2006/07 season of A1 Grand Prix from 29 September-1 October 2006. On 21 August 2008, the official A1GP site reported that the 2008/09 season's first race has moved from the Mugello Circuit, Italy to Zandvoort on the 4–5 October 2008 due to the delay in the building the new chassis for the new race cars. The Dutch round moved to TT Circuit Assen in 2010. A1GP bankrupted before its fifth season and the Dutch round was replaced with Superleague Formula
    The circuit

    The circuit gained popularity because of its fast, sweeping corners such as Scheivlak as well as the "Tarzanbocht" (Tarzan corner) hairpin at the end of the start/finish straight. Tarzanbocht is the most famous corner in the circuit. Since there is a camber in the corner, it provides excellent overtaking opportunities. It is possible to pass around the outside as well as the easier inside lane. This corner is reportedly named after a local character who had earned the nickname of Tarzan and only wanted to give up his vegetable garden in the dunes if the track's designers named a nearby corner after him. On the other hand, many different stories about Tarzan Corner are known.





    NOTES


    • Standing start w/ a Formation lap.

    • Standard cutting rules apply.

    • A decent lap time is somewhere in the 1:39 to 1:40 range. Those are from early testing, it's bound to get quicker.

    • The server allows Low Anti-Lock Brakes by pressing F9 on your keyboard. The reasoning behind this is that the brake pressure in v1.2 is locked at 100% -- an issue that has been bothering a few drivers with completely different wheels. If it makes any purists feel better, the real Blancpain GT3 cars have it (and traction control, which isn't necessary in this mod) as well.

      I highly recommend enabling this aid.


    • Jon Backof (Road Atlanta) & Anders Nilsson (Barbagallo) have yet to serve their 5-grid place penalties.


    TIMES

    17:00 GMT -- Official Practise begins
    19:00 GMT -- Qualifying (12:00 Pacific / 15:00 Eastern)
    19:15 GMT -- Warmup
    19:25 GMT -- Feature Race -- 27 laps
    20:10 GMT -- Warmup*
    20:20 GMT -- Sprint Race* -- 13 laps

    * Times are approximate & subject to change depending on technical issues, drivers finishing and small differences in race length.


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