Oliver Jarvis about Zandvoort

Back to Zandvoort with A1GP race victory on résumé Fast, demanding circuit for drivers and scenic for fans Exceptional atmosphere at Zandvoort

Oliver Jarvis has never competed in the DTM at Zandvoort. Nevertheless, a trophy he won only ten months ago at a race around the circuit in the dunes is displayed in his trophy cabinet. The Briton loves the circuit on the North Sea coast. The sixth round of the 2008 DTM season is broadcast live on "Das Erste" in German television on Sunday from 12:45 a.m. What memories do you have of Zandvoort?"I have great memories of Zandvoort because I won a round of the very popular international A1GP series there in September 2007. The circuit is absolutely fantastic."What are the specific challenges a driver faces on the track? "There are several very fast sections, much faster than on other circuits. For example the Scheivlak corner, but also the final corner before start and finish. It goes without saying that they are a big challenge for a race driver."Where are the best places to overtake? "It’s never that easy to gain places on a fast circuit, even though I saw plenty of overtaking manoeuvres in the A1GP race there. There are repeated attempts at the first corner, for example around the outside. The chicane in the final section of the circuit and the hairpin before provide good opportunities." Many drivers feel a special atmosphere at Zandvoort – you also? "Definitely! It starts with the factors outside the circuit. You look out over the North Sea from the hotel bedroom, which is a little bit like being on holiday. However, this feeling disappears quickly once you are at the track. The sand and the rapidly changing wind direction remind us repeatedly of exactly where we are. The enthusiastic fans at Zandvoort are always something very special – enthusiasm is exactly that what you want as a race driver."