Masters of Formula Three Return to Zandvoort
Having spent the last two years just over the Belgian border at the Zolder racing circuit, the Masters of Formula Three will be returning to Circuit Park, Zandvoort this year. The prestigious event, in which the strongest racers from the British Formula Three Championship and the Formula Three Euro Series compete, was held for the first time at the Zandvoort circuit in 1991. Following a decision by the Dutch Supreme Court in 2007, the race had to be held at Zolder due to noise levels affecting local residences. However, with new measures in place, the 19th running of the Masters of Formula 3 will be back at its spiritual home on 13 and 14 June, 2009.
The international meeting is closely watched by teams from the GP2 series, the World Series by Renault, A1GP and Formula One. Among others, David Coulthard, Lewis Hamilton and Jos Verstappen all made it into Formula One, boosted by their victories in the Masters of Formula 3.
Erik Weijers, COO of Circuit Park, Zandvoort, is delighted with the return of the Masters of Formula 3: “We have been working hard to get the Masters of Formula 3 back to Circuit Park Zandvoort. The event was founded at Zandvoort back in 1991 and has established a strong heritage. Because of the noise restrictions in The Netherlands, we had to run the previous two events at Zolder in Belgium. This turned out to be a good alternative, but all teams and fans agreed: the Masters of Formula Three belongs at Zandvoort.”
Meanwhile, the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport will not be coming to the circuit in the dunes in 2009. The organisation of the world-famous nations’ cup has decided to re-shuffle its global calendar and now arrives in Europe in Spring 2010 to round off the season. Therefore, Zandvoort, which traditionally hosted the A1GP season opener, will feature on the calendar again next year.