rFactor 2 Round 3 Zolder 1979 / Fri Sept 13, 2019

Discussion in 'Historic Touring Car Series - Bluebird 510 Closed' started by John vd Geest, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. John vd Geest

    John vd Geest Administrator Staff Member Donator

    History

    Built in 1963, Zolder hosted the Formula One Belgian Grand Prix on 10 separate occasions in the 1970s and 1980s, as well as the 1980 Belgian motorcycle Grand Prix. F1 moved to Zolder in 1973 and with the exception of a race at Nivelles-Baulers in 1974, Zolder was the location of the Belgian Grand Prix until 1982. That year popular Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve was killed during qualifying at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix. Villeneuve's Ferrari 126C2 collided at speed with the March of Jochen Mass. The Ferrari was torn up in the accident and when rolling, Villeneuve was thrown from the car.

    After Villeneuve's death, the Belgian Grand Prix was held at Spa-Francorchamps in 1983, before returning to Zolder one final time in 1984. Fittingly, Ferrari driver Michele Alboreto won the race carrying Villeneuve's #27 on his car. Since 1985, the Belgian Grand Prix has permanently moved to Spa.

    Zolder has also been used for cycling events including the UCI Road World Championships twice in 1969 and 2002 and the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in 1970, 2002 and 2016, the latter infamously saw the first confirmed use of mechanical doping when Femke Van den Driessche was found to have a secret motor inside her bike. Since 2009, Circuit Zolder has hosted a cyclo-cross race in December for the World Cup. The circuit hosted the UCI BMX World Championships in 2015.[2] In 2019 and for the first time ever the UCI BMX World Championships will return to Circuit Zolder.

    In the beginning of 2006, the track underwent safety adaptations. In 2007, the track hosted a Champ Car World Series Grand Prix, and a round of the FIA GT Championship. The track was venue of a round of the World Series by Renault championship from 2003 to 2006, and replaced Zandvoort as site for the Masters of Formula 3 in 2007 and 2008. Zolder was featured on the car programme Top Gear in 2008. In the episode, the show's British hosts competed against their German counterparts from D MOTOR. Zolder hosted also the FIA WTCC Race of Belgium in 2010 and 2011. The last race they drove in 2011 was won by Rob Huff in a Chevrolet and Gabriele Tarquini in a SEAT. The WTCC then disappeared from the Belgian circuits until in 2014 the circus returned to Spa.

    At this time, mainly the Blancpain Sprint Series and the BRCC national championship come by in Zolder. And also the 24 Hours of Zolder passes as a stand-alone event around the end of August or the beginning of September.

    In the weekend of 17,18 and 19 May and for the first time in 17 years, the DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen-Masters) returned to Circuit Zolder.

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    DTM Zolder 2019 - René Rast (Audi RS 5 DTM) - RE-LIVE Onboard (Race 2)

     
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  2. Mauro Mariani

    Mauro Mariani Pro Driver

  3. John vd Geest

    John vd Geest Administrator Staff Member Donator

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  4. John vd Geest

    John vd Geest Administrator Staff Member Donator

    Zolder has been updated to Zolder 79 DX11 V0.82.
    Thanks to Mauro Mariani for the tip.
     
  5. Flaviu Bozga

    Flaviu Bozga Pro Driver

    Hmm, for me this track is completely undrivable in WMR. All over the place are 3D object I can see through. No problem, just curious it is just me?
     
  6. John vd Geest

    John vd Geest Administrator Staff Member Donator

    Yes, sorry about that Flaviu. The wrong track version V0.2 was loaded on the server.
    It should have been V0.82 which is also DX11. It is being fixed now.

    Meanwhile you can download the correct track from the download section:
    https://www.simracingonline.co.uk/resources/zolder-79.270/
     
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  7. John vd Geest

    John vd Geest Administrator Staff Member Donator

    Oke, the correct track version is now on the server.
     
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  8. Rob Milliken

    Rob Milliken Administrator Staff Member Donator

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  9. Paul Anstey

    Paul Anstey Pro Driver Donator

    May not be able to race tonight :(. My internet connection keeps dropping out. Getting it fixed but not until Thursday. It does become stable for a while so if this corresponds with the race I'll be there. I will unregister just in case :(
     
  10. John vd Geest

    John vd Geest Administrator Staff Member Donator

    Understood.
     

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