No place like home: Dutch WTCR trio on racing at Zandvoort
The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO makes its second visit to Zandvoort this week. This is what Dutch drivers Nicky Catsburg, Tom Coronel and Niels Langeveld have said about the 5.922-kilometre track and the Jumbo Racedagen.
Nicky Catsburg (BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team): “The Jumbo Racedagen is a very cool event. There will be Formula One demos and a lot of people coming for Max, more than 100,000 people are expected. I first drove at Zandvoort when I was 15, but I came to watch even earlier and I remember being there as a kid sitting in the dunes for the Masters of Formula 3 event. Of course I’m one of three Dutch drivers in the WTCR. I have a lot of respect for Niels. He’s worked really hard to get where he is and it was super-nice for him that he got his deal with Audi. I’ve known Tom for a long time, we often travel to the races together and he’s much more known in The Netherlands than I am. When you go to the supermarket and you say ‘do you know Tom Coronel?’ people say ‘yes, I know Tom Coronel’. When you say ‘do you know Nicky Catsburg?’ they have no idea, but I wouldn’t mind to keep it like that!”
Tom Coronel (Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing):“It’s been a heavy month with three races in four weeks but of course my focus is on my home round for a few reasons. First, because of the fans, and second, I know the track very well having raced for nearly 30 years. It can also be a bit ‘stressy’ because a lot of people are pulling me apart with lots of questions and lots of PR and promotional things going on. I feel confident and it’s always nice to race in Holland where the WTCR is very famous because it’s been on TV since the beginning. Although Max is the main thing, for the racing WTCR is the main thing. The racing is so close, you could be P10 or you could be first. You never know what’s going to happen and this makes it exciting.”
Niels Langeveld (Comtoyou Team Audi Sport):“Of course it’s really exciting to be doing my home race in WTCR and I do think about how cool it would be to win my home race. But I need to stop thinking like that and instead make sure everything is 100 per cent with the preparations, and that I am in a good way of driving and capable of getting the result. Zandvoort is a track I know very well but for my best corner I would have to pick Scheivlak, which was the only corner with its own website when I started racing! It’s the corner where the most crashes have been, it’s the corner with the highest speeds and it’s the corner where you have the biggest rollercoaster feeling. You come over the top and then you fall down but you need to go to the right, keep the speed, be on the line and carry as much speed as possible. It’s easy to get oversteer in this corner and lose the rear, and I had many big moments in the Swift Cup and Clio Cup. It’s an amazing corner but you need to be perfect.”