The circuit embedded in the Dutch North Sea dunes features both high-speed sections and slow, tricky ones. The racetrack at Zandvoort is something special in several areas. At the dune circuit, the drivers drive from bay to bay – nearly every corner of the Dutch circuit is called bocht what means bay. A truly appropriate appellation as the circuit is just a stone’s throw away from the North Sea. This means true beach feeling combined with spectacular motor-racing action for both the fans and the drivers. And while the 4.307-kilometre is extremely demanding for man and machine, the spectators on their seats in the dunes can witness the racing in a completely relaxed way.
Since 2001, Zandvoort has been an integral part of the DTM calendar. Today’s track layout differs a lot from the original circuit. From 1948 to ’88, the track was dominated by fast corners for courageous drivers, with changes of direction being rare. After the first redesign, in 1989, DTM preferred racing at Belgium’s Zolder instead of Zandvoort. The next – and to date the latest – modernisation was realised in 1999 and two years later, DTM made its debut on the new racetrack. Uwe Alzen won the race for Mercedes-Benz thanks to a spectacular final lap – and Christian Abt in the Abt Audi had to settle for finishing runner-up.
In the following years, however, the Ingolstadt based brand struck back several times. Zandvoort is one of the few DTM circuits where Mercedes-Benz isn’t the brand with more wins on their tally than everybody else. Eight races were won by Audi, five by Mercedes-Benz. In the 2015 season, however, BMW dominated the race meeting. In the Saturday race, the Bavarians secured the first seven places – a historic success – and on Sunday, they completed their triumph with a one-two-three-four-five. The races between the Tarzanbocht and the Kumhobocht always made for electrifying races – a true season highlight for both spectators and drivers.