For many drivers the Kumhobocht at Circuit Zandvoort will be an important element of the race lap. After all, the speed at the exit of this corner is very important for the final top speed in the Arie Luyendykbocht and the chance of a slipstream. The Kumhobocht is fitted with new asphalt and new safety measures.
▲ The construction of the bend was celebrated in 1989 with the official unveiling of the name: the Vendorado Bocht. The turn was named after the new Vendorado vacation resort, which was built on the site of the former Panoramabocht and Bos Uit. In the 90’s this corner formed the penultimate turn of the “Interim-circuit”. In the later years the turn would carry names like Gran Doradobocht, Mitsubishi Bocht and finally Kumhobocht. Since the construction of the bend in 1989, it has been shown that the turn offers interesting opportunities for overtaking. However, not every opportunity is seized as drivers focus on reaching a high speed at the exit of the Kumhobocht, creating a greater chance for a slipstream and overtaking on the straight.
▼ In the year 2020, the Kumho curve is still important for drivers, with the exit of the curve determining both speed and lap time. In February, the turn was equipped with the new FlyingDutch asphalt. The gravel bed has been renewed, while new FIA fences have been installed on both sides of the curve. Tyre stacks are placed on the outside of the bend and Tecpro barriers are placed at the location where a high-speed incident can take place. New kerbstones have been placed both on the inside and at the exit of the bend. In the case of the “exit” of the turn, it concerns “Double Kerbs”, where exceeding the “Track Limits” is not attractive.
▲ The exit of the Kumhobocht, with on the left side of the asphalt the new “Double Kerbs”.
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