I’ve always wanted to volunteer a DTM race, so this July I took advantage of an opportunity to do just that in the Netherlands. Plenty of Dutch marshals told me it’d be boring, and that there are much better events to volunteer at Circuit Park Zandvoort but I didn’t listen, and I’m glad I didn’t because DTM at Zandvoort was fantastic!
The marshal club OCA was super welcoming. I relied on my Belgian/Flemish marshal friends to help me organize my application, and they did a great job. Every day during the event we went out to eat right on the beach in Zandvoort town, just a short walk from the track. It was amazing.
And of course the machinery was fascinating!
Special thanks to OCA for letting me work the last corner of the circuit, which meant I could take a walk down to grid and take some pictures of the cars up close.
I’d love to come back to Zandvoort again for another awesome marshaling opportunity.
Greetings from the beautiful northern beaches of Holland.
Just hours left of my stay in Amsterdam before continuing onto Germany, and thanks to the nice Dutch people at the library I could share a few shots from the DTM weekend at Zandvoort.
What an amazing opportunity it was!
As I’m filling out my calendar with most international series having released their 2013 schedules… nothing but frustration comes to mind to see so many good events overlap.
Having lived in Australia and New Zealand, the Ozzie V8 Supercars is one of my favorite touring car racing series to participate in. Unfortunately, many of the V8 events on the calendar fall on the same weekends as the Grand Am or American Le Mans events in USA.
Similarly, the Japanese Super GT series is something that I have come so close to “almost” experiencing living in Southeast Asia. Unfortunately, the weekend Super GT visits Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia is the same weekend of the 24 hours of Le Mans.
And finally, on the subject of Europe… besides the original Le Mans series there’s one popular race I’ve always wanted to marshal and that is the German DTM series. With Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz all making a comeback this year, the series is probably better than ever and yet all the dates fall on weekends that are already booked. Shame!
So what can I do? I guess the most logical solution is to wait until next year to see where I end up once I finally find a job. The goal is to stay stateside and attend most local races in the process… but it doesn’t hurt to plan some alternatives!