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Spa 24 Hours

Spa 24 Hours
Blancpain Endurance Series
Venue Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
First race 1924
Duration 24 Hours
Most wins (driver) Eric van de Poele (5)
Most wins (manufacturer) BMW (22)

The Total 24 Hours of Spa is an endurance racing event held annually in Belgium since 1923 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. It is currently sponsored by Total S.A..

Contents

  • History 1
  • Results on the 15km track 2
  • Results on the 14km track 3
  • Results on 7km track 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Alfa Romeos after triple win in 1930

The Spa 24 Hours was conceived by Jules de Their and Henri Langlois Van Ophem just one year after the inaugural 24 Hours of Le Mans was run. It debuted in 1924 over a 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) circuit on public roads between the towns of Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot, under the auspices of the Royal Automobile Club Belgium (RACB). The present 7.004 kilometres (4.352 mi) circuit was inaugurated in 1979.

The Spa 24 Hours was part of the European Touring Car Championship from 1966 to 1973. The event also counted towards the World Sportscar Championship in 1953 and the World Endurance Championship in 1981. As on the Nürburgring, both a 24h and a 1000 km race is held at Spa, as the 1000 km Spa for sports car racing were introduced in 1966.

Cars entered have spanned from the Russian Moskvitch and models with sub-1 liter engines such as the NSU Prinz TT to the luxurious V8-powered Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3. Tuned by Mercedes-AMG, the 6834 cc and 420 hp (313 kW) so-called "Red pig" finished as high as second in 1971.

With the participation of Swiss Lilian Bryner on the victorious Ferrari 550 of the BMS Scuderia Italia team, the 2004 race marked the first time in history that a female driver was part the winning team of a 24-hour endurance race in a Gran Turismo with more than 500 hp (370 kW).

The best manufacturer wins the Coupe du Roi (King's Cup), which is not necessarily the race winners. The cup is won by the manufacturer with the most points, accrued by cars that are made by the same manufacturer.[1]

Results on the 15km track

The original 15 km track layout
Year Car Pilots Distance Average Notes
1924 Bignan 2L Henri Springuel
Maurice Becquet
1925 Chenard-Walcker André Lagache
René Léonard
1926 Peugeot 174S André Boillot
Louis Rigal
1927 Excelsior Robert Sénéchal
Nicolas Caerels
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 S Boris Ivanowski[NB 1]
Attilio Marinoni
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750SS Robert Benoist
Attilio Marinoni
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750GS Attilio Marinoni
Pietro Ghersi
1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK Dimitri Djordjadze[NB 2]
Goffredo Zehender
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300LM Antonio Brivio
Eugenio Siena
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300LM Louis Chiron
Luigi Chinetti
1934 Bugatti Type 44 Jean Desvignes
Norbert Mahé
1935 No race held
1936 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A Francesco Severi
Raymond Sommer
1937 No race held
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Carlo Pintacuda
Francesco Severi
1939
1947
No races held
1948 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports St. John Horsfall
Leslie Johnson
1949 Ferrari 166MM Luigi Chinetti
Jean Lucas

Results on the 14km track

The quicker 14 km track layout
Year Car Pilots Distance Average Notes
1950
1952
No races held
1953 Ferrari 375MM Pinin Giuseppe Farina
Mike Hawthorn
World Sportscar Championship
1954
1963
No races held
1964 Mercedes-Benz 300SE Robert Crevits
Gustave Gosselin
3962,100 164,825
1965 BMW 1800 Ti/SA Pascal Ickx
Gérard Langlois van Ophem
3812,591 158,855
1966 BMW 2000ti Hubert Hahne
Jacky Ickx
4048,368 168,681 European Touring Car Championship
1967 Porsche 911 Jean-Pierre Gaban
Norbert Van Assche
4052,883 168,867 European Touring Car Championship
1968 Porsche 911 Erwin Kremer
Willi Kauhsen
Helmut Kelleners
4004,827 166,867 European Touring Car Championship
1969 Porsche 911 Guy Chasseuil
Claude Ballot-Lena
4272,231 187,006 European Touring Car Championship
1970 BMW 2800CS Günther Huber
Helmut Kelleners
4252,407 177,183 European Touring Car Championship
1971 Ford Capri RS Dieter Glemser
Alex Soler-Roig
4385,100 182,690 European Touring Car Championship
1972 Ford Capri RS 2600 Jochen Mass
Hans-Joachim Stuck
4498,436 187,431 European Touring Car Championship
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL Toine Hezemans
Dieter Quester
4422,980 184,290 European Touring Car Championship
1974 BMW 3.0 CSi Jean Xhenceval
Alain Peltier
Pierre Dieudonné
4147,289 172,804 Trophée de l'Avenir
1975 BMW 3.0 CSi Pierre Dieudonné
Jean Xhenceval
Hughes de Fierlandt
4249,270 177,053 Trophée de l'Avenir
1976 BMW 3.0 CSL Jean-Marie Detrin
Nico Demuth
Charles Van Stolle
4087,904 170,329 European Touring Car Championship
1977 BMW 530i Eddy Joosen
Jean-Claude Andruet
4083,835 170,159 Trophée de l'Avenir
1978 Ford Capri III 3.0S Gordon Spice
Teddy Pilette
4315,594 179,816 Trophée de l'Avenir

Results on 7km track

7km modern track

The current version of the Spa 24 Hours is an event under the Blancpain Endurance Series calendar, although it was previously run as part of the FIA GT Championship featuring GT1 and GT2 machinery, and by various touring car series. Currently, the cars run fall under the FIA GT3 and GT3 Cup classifications.

Year Car Pilots Distance Average Notes
1979 Ford Capri III 3.0S Jean-Michel Martin
Philippe Martin
3083,632 128,485 Trophée de l'Avenir
1980 Ford Capri III 3.0S Jean-Michel Martin
Philippe Martin
2952,318 123,013
1981 Mazda RX-7 Tom Walkinshaw
Pierre Dieudonné
3183,952 132,737 World Endurance Championship
Trophée de l'Avenir
1982 BMW 528i Hans Heyer
Armin Hahne
Eddy Joosen
3132,224 130,808 European Touring Car Championship
1983 BMW 635 CSi Thierry Tassin
Hans Heyer
Armin Hahne
3333,726 130,808 European Touring Car Championship
1984 Jaguar XJS Tom Walkinshaw
Hans Heyer
Win Percy
3055,485 131,091 European Touring Car Championship
1985 BMW 635 CSi Roberto Ravaglia
Gerhard Berger
Marc Surer
3470,000 144,344 European Touring Car Championship
1986 BMW 635 CSi Dieter Quester
Thierry Tassin
Altfrid Heger
3463,060 144,232 European Touring Car Championship
1987 BMW M3 Jean-Michel Martin
Didier Theys
Eric van de Poele
3338,140 139,908 World Touring Car Championship
1988 BMW M3 Altfrid Heger
Dieter Quester
Roberto Ravaglia
3532,460 146,929 European Touring Car Championship
1989 Ford Sierra RS500 Gianfranco Brancatelli
Win Percy
Bernd Schneider
3338,140 139,130
1990 BMW M3 Fabien Giroix
Johnny Cecotto
Markus Oestreich
3247,920 135,330
1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R Anders Olofsson
David Brabham
Naoki Hattori
3587,980 149,456
1992 BMW M3 Steve Soper
Jean-Michel Martin
Christian Danner
3560,220 148,947
1993 Porsche 911 RSR Christian Fittipaldi
Uwe Alzen
Jean-Pierre Jarier
2154,904 144,667
1994 BMW 318is Roberto Ravaglia
Thierry Tassin
Alexander Burgstaller
3625,960 151,047
1995 BMW 320i Joachim Winkelhock
Steve Soper
Peter Kox
3612,532 150,531
1996 BMW 320i Jörg Müller
Thierry Tassin
Alexander Burgstaller
3507,821 145,956
1997 BMW 320i Didier de Radigues
Marc Duez
Eric Hélary
3372,680 140,252
1998 BMW 318i Marc Duez
Eric van de Poele
Alain Cudini
3344,807 139,344
1999 Peugeot 306 GTI Frédéric Bouvy
Emmanuel Collard
Anthony Beltoise
3428,427 142,588
2000 Peugeot 306 GTI Frédéric Bouvy
Kurt Mollekens
Didier Defourny
3330,870 138,686 Last race for touring cars
2001 Chrysler Viper GTS-R Christophe Bouchut
Jean-Philippe Belloc
Marc Duez
3679,104 152,999 FIA GT Championship
2002 Chrysler Viper GTS-R Christophe Bouchut
Sébastien Bourdais
David Terrien
Vincent Vosse
3654,059 152,019 FIA GT Championship
2003 Porsche 911 GT3-RS Stéphane Ortelli
Marc Lieb
Romain Dumas
3327,613 138,557 FIA GT Championship
2004 Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello Luca Cappellari
Fabrizio Gollin
Lilian Bryner
Enzo Calderari
3888,144 161,974 FIA GT Championship
2005 Maserati MC12 Michael Bartels
Timo Scheider
Eric van de Poele
4000,896 166,638 FIA GT Championship
2006 Maserati MC12 Michael Bartels
Andrea Bertolini
Eric van de Poele
4092,961 171,034 FIA GT Championship
2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Mike Hezemans
Fabrizio Gollin
Jean-Denis Délétraz
Marcel Fässler
3726,660 155,241 FIA GT Championship
2008 Maserati MC12 Michael Bartels
Andrea Bertolini
Eric van de Poele
Stéphane Sarrazin
4041,885 168,096 FIA GT Championship
2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Anthony Kumpen
Kurt Mollekens
Mike Hezemans
Jos Menten
3915.236 163.128 FIA GT Championship
2010 Porsche 997 GT3-RSR Romain Dumas
Martin Ragginger
Jörg Bergmeister
Wolf Henzler
3789.164 157.832 FIA GT2 European Cup
2011 Audi R8 LMS Greg Franchi
Timo Scheider
Mattias Ekström
3817.180 158.898 Blancpain Endurance Series
2012 Audi R8 LMS ultra Andrea Piccini
René Rast
Frank Stippler
3565.036 148,543 Blancpain Endurance Series
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Bernd Schneider
Maximilian Götz
Maximilian Buhk
3950.256 164,594 Blancpain Endurance Series
2014 Audi R8 LMS ultra Laurens Vanthoor
René Rast
Markus Winkelhock
3691.108 153,732 Blancpain Endurance Series
Red flag (1 hour)[2]
2015 BMW Z4 GT3 Nick Catsburg
Lucas Luhr
Markus Palttala
3754.144 156.423 Blancpain Endurance Series

Notes

  1. ^ Ivanowski was a Russian national, but in exile since the Russian Revolution
  2. ^ Djordjadze was a Russian national, but in exile since the Russian Revolution

References

  1. ^ Vincent Wouters (27 July 2015), Spa Post-Race Notebook, SportsCar360 
  2. ^ "28 Jul 2014 - Belgian Audi Club Team WRT takes home win after nail-biting finish". total24hours.com. 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

External links

  • Total Spa 24 Hours website: Available in English, French and Dutch
  • 1971 results
  • 1972 results
  • 1981 results
  • FIA GT Website
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