The famous Zandvoort circuit in the Netherlands has not seen top level motorsport action since 1985 but home fans will have double reason to cheer as Beitske Visser and Max Verstappen race in the W Series and Formula One respectively.
Jamie Chadwick may be leading the championship, but the Englishwoman will have her work cut out winning over the majority of fans, as will her male compatriot Lewis Hamilton.
Following a frightening multiple car incident during qualifying for the Belgian W Series event, Visser was taken to the medical centre for check ups before giving her fans the thumbs up on Twitter.
Thank you all for your messages❤️ that was a very scary one but I think I had an angel on my shoulder, I’m very sore but luckily I have no fractures🙏 pic.twitter.com/j2AyJzav80
— Beitske Visser (@beitskevisser) August 27, 2021
“After what happened at Spa last weekend, it would be perfect to be back in the car at Zandvoort,” commented Visser. “I was sore after getting back from hospital, but so relieved not to be badly injured and I’m feeling better now. After coming through such a serious crash, you just want to get back in the car as soon as possible. I don’t foresee any problems.”
When Beitske met Sir Jackie. 😁
— W Series (@WSeriesRacing) September 1, 2021
Few W Series drivers have any experience of racing at Zandvoort but Visser is one of them, the 26-year-old having remarkably won her first race in the ADAC Formel Masters series in 2012 despite breaking her back the day before the race.
“I crashed hard at Zandvoort in 2012 when I broke my back and came back the next day to win the race, so I’m hoping that’s a good omen! I was already determined to have a good weekend and perform well at my home race, but what happened in Belgium has made me even more determined.
“Sharing the stage with Max Verstappen will be as thrilling as driving the track, and I know the orange army of fans will give me plenty of support as the W Series drivers pile into the first corner, Tarzan, at full throttle. I want to give them lots to shout about.”
There will also be extra motivation for the W Series drivers to make the podium this weekend as the top three will be presented with the first-ever trophies to be made exclusively from recycled materials in a collaboration between Heineken® and Dutch design studio Piet Boon.
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