The bend where the heroes distinguish themselves from the regular drivers, better known as the Scheivlak, is one of the longest turns at Circuit Zandvoort. Although the unique shape remains unchanged, there are a lot of changes alongside the asphalt, including new FIA fences, tyre stacks and Tecpro barriers. In these Track Insights we see a bit more of the Scheivlak.
▲ The Scheivlak has been part of the track layout since the first race year. Whereas in the very first years there was hardly any form of track barrier in this part, it soon became clear that because of the high speeds some distance had to be built in between spectators and the racing cars. In 1967 this track barrier consisted mainly of wooden poles with gauze. Only photographers of the media were allowed to stand along the edge of the track to take pictures, while an officer kept an eye on things from a distance. In these years there was also no gravel bed. Especially in damp conditions this could lead to delays. After all, the wooden poles with gauze had to be repaired after a off-track slide. And because an error is easily lurking in the Scheivlak, repair work had to be carried out on a regular basis.
▼ In the year 2020 the Scheivlak is and remains one of the most fast and challenging bends of Circuit Zandvoort. The gravel bed has been provided with new gravel and at the end of the gravel bed new guardrails or walls have been placed, with a large number of tyre stacks in front of them. Part of the turn has also been fitted with new FIA fences. At the exit of the Scheivlak a “Double Kerb” has been placed and the kerbstones have been extended.
▲ In 1969 an error in the exit of the Scheivlak could also result in a trip to the wooden poles with gauze. The driver therefore preferred to focus all their focus on the continuation of the special ‘dune roller coaster’.
▼ Although drivers hope to keep their car on the asphalt, there is still a chance that they will lose control at a relatively high speed. Should the driver be unable to slow down sufficiently, then there are the special Tecpro barriers. Consisting of polyethylene blocks connected by an internal strap, Tecpro barriers progressively absorb energy in the event of an impact and provide continuous protection as effective as aesthetic. The Tecpro barriers do not change the unique and challenging character of the Scheivlak, but they do provide an extra safety element if a driver should lose control.
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