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Circuit Zandvoort Track Insights 9 – Turn 9

At Circuit Zandvoort, Turn 9 is a technical challenge for the drivers. After all, they come out of the Masterbocht (Turn 8) at a challenging speed and it is then time to brake hard to get Turn 9 right. Thanks to a renewed gravel bed, FIA fences and renewed tyre stacks, this corner is also up to date again, just like the previous curves.

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▲ At the end of the 90’s the construction of the bend was started. After the fast part of the Scheivlak and the Mastersbocht, there was now a technical corner built in, where drivers could overtake in different ways, but in the meantime also had to learn how to “trail brake” and approach the corner optimally.  The flowing line at the exit of Turn 9, which for many years was known as the Renaultbocht, resulted in many duels in an extra attack chance towards Turn 10.

 

▼ Also in 2020, Turn 9 still has its interesting appearance. Close to the entry point, the new ‘Double Kerb’ of the Mastersbocht ends and after those kerbstones, the “escape road” returns to a safe location towards the track, without drivers having been able to take advantage of it. On the outside of the turn, new FIA fences have been placed and the gravel bed has been equipped with new gravel. In front of the crash barriers, new tire stacks have been placed on the outside. The corner offers many opportunities to overtake, while in this corner a nice tactical game often arises. After all, an “action” in Turn 9 can lead to a “reaction” in Turn 10.

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▲ Entering Turn 9 remains a technical challenge for drivers even after the upgrades.

▼ In the background, the exit lane of the run-off area (of the Mastersbocht) is reconnecting at Turn 9. In the foreground the new FIA gates and the renewed tire stacks.

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