After 35 years, Formula 1 returns to Circuit Zandvoort for the F1 Dutch Grand Prix.
Before the first training sessions start in early May, the circuit must be thoroughly renovated. In November last year, a start was made on replacing and widening the current circuit. In addition, a new paddock area and medical center will be released. The infrastructure is also being adjusted to steer the visit of 200,000 fans in the right direction.
To make the 4.3 kilometer circuit challenging, various new curves are being laid. Schuurman Bestrating BV uses two GIANT’s; a V452T X-TRA HD and D332SWT X-TRA for the installation of line gutters and curb stones. For owner Michael Schuurman, this is a special assignment as he is regularly found with his own racing car at Circuit Zandvoort.
Working with confidence
Schuurman Bestrating BV has been around for 16 years and provides all types of paving and small sewerage work. The 20-man team mainly works for main contractors and installs pavements in backyards as well as pavements for a complete residential area.
“Because we work with a fixed group of subcontractors, we have built up a lot of trust with main contractors and municipalities. A main contractor or municipality like to know who they are working with so that they can be sure that the work will be carried out properly.”
“In 2010 we decided to switch to GIANT and the first D332SWT X-TRA was purchased from Den Hartog Bouwmachines. This choice was made because we had previously rented a GIANT and it was excellent. In particular, the powerful engine and more lifting power were important to us. Our machinery now comprises 6 GIANTs between 1,100 and 3,800 kg (D254SW, 2x D332SWT X-TRA, 2x V452T X-TRA HD and V6004T X-TRA). We are also expecting our third V452T X-TRA HD this month as an extension of our equipment.”
Special and accurate project
“When we received the application from VolkerWessels, we registered for this project. For me as a racing driver in the Dutch National Racing Team competition, very special to hear that we had accepted the work and to be able to mean something when building up the new circuit. The work on Circuit Zandvoort consists of installing the line gutter along and behind the curb stones at various bends such as the Tarzan bend and Hugenholtz bend. We also install the mortar and reinforcement and of course the curb stones. All this must be done to the millimeter.”
“We use the V452 X-TRA HD for supplying the spoil and curb stones, and both D332SWT X-TRA and V452T X-TRA HD are used for positioning. In total, we put in 2 shifts of 2 men about 1000 meters of new curb stones which are placed in a slope and 150 meters in line gutter. When we are finished, the new layer of asphalt can be applied and after the renovation, the curb stones will get a striking color.”
The renovation of Circuit Zandvoort will be finished at the end of February and the circuit can be put back into use. Until that time there are mainly asphalt machines and wheel loaders on the track.