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Circuit Zolder
Zolder.svg
Location Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
Time zone GMT +1
Major events Superleague Formula, F1, DTM, Champ Car
Length 4.011 km (2.492 mi)
Turns 10
Lap record 1:12 (Sebastian Bourdais, Newman-Haas Racing, 2007)

The Circuit Zolder, also known as Circuit Terlaemen, is an undulating 4.011 km (2.492-mile) motorsport race track in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.

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. Unfortunately, Zolder is probably best remembered as the place Gilles Villeneuve lost his life during qualifying at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, an event that signified the beginning of the end for the Flemish circuit as a Formula One venue (although the accident was not caused by problems with the track). The Belgian Grand Prix was held here only once more before switching to Spa-Francorchamps which has hosted the Belgian Grand Prix nearly every year since.

On two occasions Zolder has hosted the World Championship Road Cycling; 1969 and 2002 and the World Championship Cyclo Cross in 1970 and 2002.

In the beginning of 2006, the track underwent some adaptations to increase safety. 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. Now, Zolder hosts the FIA WTCC Race of Belgium and the GT Belcar championship, including the 24 Hours of Zolder.

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Coordinates: 50°59′20″N 5°15′20″E / 50.98889°N 5.25556°E / 50.98889; 5.25556

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