50 Ans Circuit Zolder

50 Ans Circuit Zolder

11.01.2013: Circuit Zolder fête cette année son demi-siècle d'existence, un cap célébré par la publication

Circuit Zolder fête cette année son demi-siècle d'existence, un cap célébré par la publication (en français et en néerlandais) d'un livre exceptionnel, "50 Ans Circuit Zolder". Une véritable mine de 260 pages de récits, anecdotes et photos, la plupart inédits.


Cet ouvrage ne sera toutefois pas une énumération de chiffres et de faits. Au contraire, il évoquera cinq décennies de courses et la vie de ce parcours asphalté de 4 km, à partir des pilotes, collaborateurs et officiels ayant marqué ce site de leur empreinte.


Quelques journalistes de renom ont prêté leur concours à la mise en forme de tous ces témoignages. Ils furent souvent à la base des carrières de nombreux pilotes ou de l'organisation de meetings et de championnats belges, comme le Belcar. Grâce à leur contribution, le lecteur pourra enfin se projeter dans les coulisses.


Motos et voitures de course furent d'emblée les acteurs incontournables des débuts de Circuit Zolder. Elles furent rejointes dès 1963 par le cyclisme, avec le championnat de Belgique pour professionnels, le championnat du monde sur route en 1969 et le championnat du monde de cyclo-cross l'année suivante. En 1973 était disputé le tout premier des Grands Prix de Formule 1, une fête qui se termina par une désillusion .


La Formule 1 continua de marquer l'histoire de Circuit Zolder, avec une pénible halte en 1982, lorsque le Canadien Gilles Villeneuve perdit la vie, et le départ définitif de la catégorie reine deux ans plus tard. Mais même orphelin, Circuit Zolder demeura un incontournable rendez-vous du calendrier international, songeons par exemple aux années de gloire du championnat d'Europe de tourisme avec l'EG Trophy, le Supertruck européen et l'effervescence de la DTM allemande.


Circuit Zolder représenta également un vivier de talents, avec Thierry Boutsen comme principal porte-drapeau. De nombreux jeunes lui emboîtèrent le pas, après un relais à Circuit Zolder, pour briller en Formule 3 européenne, Formule 2 et Formule 3000.


La moto demeure une vitrine importante de l’anneau limbourgeois, mais respectueux des tendances économiques et écologiques ; Circuit Zolder s'oriente progressivement, depuis plusieurs années, vers des alternatives, comme l'École de cyclisme BMX et la Clean Week 2020.


Le livre "50 Ans Circuit Zolder" est édité par Simon Stevin pour le compte de l'asbl Terlamen et est vendu en ligne sur www.circuit-zolder.be ou directement à la boutique de Circuit Zolder.


Prix de vente : 49 € TVA comprise (+ 10 € de frais de port).



CALENDAR 2013  (subject to changes)


March 16-17 Belgian Open Races (BE Trophy - 95 db)
April 20-21 FIA GT World Series
April 27-28 New Race Festival
May 02-04 Clean Week 2020
May 05 Race Wars
May 11-12 IDM (Superbike)*
May 19 25 years BFOV (Belgian federation of Old Vehicules)
May 25 Fisherman’s Friend Strongmanrun
June 01-02 24 Hours Cycling of Zolder
June 22-23 Zolder Super Prix (Superstars)
June 27-28-29-30 Historic Grand Prix « Zolder 50 »
July 07 National Championship BMX
July 13-14 Battle of the Lowlands (motorbikes)
August 17-18 Zolder Race Festival
August 24-25 VAB Autohappening
August 31, September 01 24 Hours of Zolder
September 13 10 Miles
September 14-15 Summer Games BMX
September 21-22 FIA Truck Grand Prix
October 12-13 Belgian Masters (BRCC)
November 09 Race Promotion Night
November 16 Belgian VW Club & Belgian Audi Club
December 26 UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross

*Subject to confirmation



Thierry Deflandre, photo Circuit Zolder -

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