Andy Priaulx is now getting ready for his fourth consecutive race meeting in as many weekends and this time he is heading to The Netherlands for round four of the FIA World Touring Car Cup. Circuit Zandvoort, a race track in the sand dunes on the North Sea coast, is his destination in his number 111 Cyan Racing-prepared Lynk & Co 03 TCR and is one he knows very well as he explained: “I have been there for testing and racing an awful lot and some of the most exciting races I have been involved in and seen have happened there. This place can throw anything at you weather wise with the North Sea being so close. Also the wind blows the sand onto the track from the dunes, so this is an added problem as tyre degradation is high.” The 4.307 kilometre (2.676 mile) is to the west of Amsterdam and is very popular with the enthusiastic Dutch motorsport fans, with 110,000 of them turning up last year. The circuit was the home of the Dutch Grand Prix and 30 of these races were held there between 1952 and 1985. Andy last raced there in the DTM in 2013. The timetable for the WTCR Race of Netherlands starts on Friday with free practice 1 from 12.45 to 13.30, free practice 2 from 15.20 to 15.50. Qualifying on Saturday for race 1 is from 08.05 to 08.35 with the 12-lap race starting at 14.35. On Sunday qualifying is from 08.00 to 08.20 (Q1), 08.25 to 08.35 (Q2) with the first car going at 08.40 for Q3. The first 12-lap race on that day is at 13.15. The third and final race of the weekend is run over 15 laps and starts at 16.35. All these times are local and an hour ahead of BST.
Image from FIA WTCR.