|Spa 24 Hours|
|Blancpain Endurance Series|
|Venue||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps|
|Most wins (driver)||Eric van de Poele (5)|
|Most wins (manufacturer)||BMW (24)|
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, again in 1976 and from 1982 to 1988 (with the exception of 1987 when it was part of the inaugural World Touring Car Championship). 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 of 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. For example, Australian car manufacturer Holden won the Coupe du Roi in 1986 despite their cars finishing the race in 18th, 22nd and 23rd positions outright.
|1924||Bignan 2L|| Henri Springuel
|1925||Chenard-Walcker|| André Lagache
|1926||Peugeot 174S|| André Boillot
|1927||Excelsior|| Robert Sénéchal
|1928||Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 S|| Boris Ivanowski[NB 1]
|1929||Alfa Romeo 6C 1750SS|| Robert Benoist
|1930||Alfa Romeo 6C 1750GS|| Attilio Marinoni
|1931||Mercedes-Benz SSK|| Dimitri Djordjadze[NB 2]
|1932||Alfa Romeo 8C 2300LM|| Antonio Brivio
|1933||Alfa Romeo 8C 2300LM|| Louis Chiron
|1934||Bugatti Type 44|| Jean Desvignes
|Reduced to 10 hours|
|1935||No race held|
|1936||Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A|| Francesco Severi
|1937||No race held|
|1938||Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B|| Carlo Pintacuda
|No races held|
|1948||Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports|| St. John Horsfall
|1949||Ferrari 166 MM|| Luigi Chinetti
|No races held|
|1953||Ferrari 375 MM Pinin Farina|| Giuseppe Farina
|World Sportscar Championship|
|No races held|
|1964||Mercedes-Benz 300SE|| Robert Crevits
|1965||BMW 1800 Ti/SA|| Pascal Ickx
Gérard Langlois van Ophem
|1966||BMW 2000ti|| Hubert Hahne
|4048,368||168,681||European Touring Car Championship|
|1967||Porsche 911|| Jean-Pierre Gaban
Noël Van Assche
|4052,883||168,867||European Touring Car Championship|
|1968||Porsche 911|| Erwin Kremer
|4004,827||166,867||European Touring Car Championship|
|1969||Porsche 911|| Guy Chasseuil
|4272,231||187,006||European Touring Car Championship|
|1970||BMW 2800CS|| Günther Huber
|4252,407||177,183||European Touring Car Championship|
|1971||Ford Capri RS|| Dieter Glemser
|4385,100||182,690||European Touring Car Championship|
|1972||Ford Capri RS 2600|| Jochen Mass
|4498,436||187,431||European Touring Car Championship|
|1973||BMW 3.0 CSL|| Toine Hezemans
|4422,980||184,290||European Touring Car Championship|
|1974||BMW 3.0 CSi|| Jean Xhenceval
|4147,289||172,804||Trophée de l'Avenir|
|1975||BMW 3.0 CSi|| Pierre Dieudonné
Hughes de Fierlandt
|4249,270||177,053||Trophée de l'Avenir|
|1976||BMW 3.0 CSL|| Jean-Marie Detrin
Charles Van Stalle
|4087,904||170,329||European Touring Car Championship|
|1977||BMW 530i|| Eddy Joosen
|4083,835||170,159||Trophée de l'Avenir|
|1978||Ford Capri III 3.0S|| Gordon Spice
|4315,594||179,816||Trophée de l'Avenir|
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.
|1979||Ford Capri III 3.0S|| Jean-Michel Martin
|3083,632||128,485||Trophée de l'Avenir|
|1980||Ford Capri III 3.0S|| Jean-Michel Martin
|1981||Mazda RX-7|| Pierre Dieudonné
|3183,952||132,737||World Endurance Championship|
Trophée de l'Avenir
|1982||BMW 528i|| Hans Heyer
|3132,224||130,808||European Touring Car Championship|
|1983||BMW 635 CSi|| Thierry Tassin
|3333,726||130,808||European Touring Car Championship|
|1984||Jaguar XJS|| Hans Heyer
|3055,485||131,091||European Touring Car Championship|
|1985||BMW 635 CSi|| Roberto Ravaglia
|3470,000||144,344||European Touring Car Championship|
|1986||BMW 635 CSi|| Dieter Quester
|3463,060||144,232||European Touring Car Championship|
|1987||BMW M3|| Jean-Michel Martin
Eric van de Poele
|3338,140||139,908||World Touring Car Championship|
|1988||BMW M3|| Altfrid Heger
|3532,460||146,929||European Touring Car Championship|
|1989||Ford Sierra RS500|| Gianfranco Brancatelli
|1990||BMW M3 Evolution|| Markus Oestreich
|1991||Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R|| Anders Olofsson
|1992||BMW M3 Evolution|| Steve Soper
|1993||Porsche 911 RSR|| Uwe Alzen
|2154,904||144,667||Race stopped after 15 hours due to the death of King Baudouin|
|1994||BMW 318is|| Roberto Ravaglia
|1995||BMW 320i|| Joachim Winkelhock
|1996||BMW 320i|| Jörg Müller
|1997||BMW 320i|| Didier de Radigues
|1998||BMW 318i|| Alain Cudini
Eric van de Poele
|1999||Peugeot 306 GTI|| Frédéric Bouvy
|2000||Peugeot 306 GTI|| Didier Defourny
|3330,870||138,686||Last race for touring cars|
|2001||Chrysler Viper GTS-R|| Marc Duez
|3679.104||152.999||FIA GT Championship|
|2002||Chrysler Viper GTS-R|| Christophe Bouchut
|3654.059||152.019||FIA GT Championship|
|2003||Porsche 911 GT3-RS|| Romain Dumas
|3327.613||138.557||FIA GT Championship|
|2004||Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello|| Luca Cappellari
|3888.144||161.974||FIA GT Championship|
|2005||Maserati MC12|| Michael Bartels
Eric van de Poele
|4000.896||166.638||FIA GT Championship|
|2006||Maserati MC12|| Eric van de Poele
|4092.961||171.034||FIA GT Championship|
|2007||Chevrolet Corvette C6.R|| Fabrizio Gollin
|3726.660||155.241||FIA GT Championship|
|2008||Maserati MC12|| Michael Bartels
Eric van de Poele
|4041.885||168.096||FIA GT Championship|
|2009||Chevrolet Corvette C6.R|| Anthony Kumpen
|3915.236||163.128||FIA GT Championship|
|2010||Porsche 997 GT3-RSR|| Romain Dumas
|2011||Audi R8 LMS|| Timo Scheider
|3817.180||158.898||Blancpain Endurance Series|
|2012||Audi R8 LMS ultra|| Andrea Piccini
|3565.036||148.543||Blancpain Endurance Series|
|2013||Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3|| Bernd Schneider
|3950.256||164.594||Blancpain Endurance Series|
|2014||Audi R8 LMS ultra|| René Rast
|3691.108||153.732||Blancpain Endurance Series|
Red flag (1 hour)
|2015||BMW Z4 GT3|| Nick Catsburg
|3754.144||156.423||Blancpain Endurance Series|
|2016||BMW M6 GT3|| Philipp Eng
|3719.403||154.975||Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup|
|2017||Audi R8 GT3|| Jules Gounon
|3824.184||159.341||Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup|
|2018||BMW M6 GT3|| Tom Blomqvist
|3579.044||149.127||Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup|
The 1987 Spa 24 Hour was the fifth round of the inaugural World Touring Car Championship. The race was held for cars eligible for Group A touring car regulations. It was held from August 1–2, 1987 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, in Spa, Belgium.
The race was won by Eric van de Poele, Jean-Michel Martin and Didier Theys, driving a BMW M3. The leading car eligible for championship points was another M3, driven by Luis Pérez-Sala, Olivier Grouillard and Winfried Vogt, who finished in second place.2001 Spa 24 Hours
The 2001 Proximus 24 Spa World Championship GT was the 55th running of the Spa 24 Hours. It was also the seventh round the 2001 FIA GT Championship season, marking the first time that the FIA GT Championship had the Spa 24 Hours on their schedule. The addition of the FIA GT Championship turned the Spa 24 Hours from a touring car event into a sports car race.
This event combined the FIA GT's two classes (GT and N-GT) with cars from smaller national sports car series (designated Category 2) as well as cars from single-make series (designated Category 3). It took place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, over August 4–5, 2001.2002 Spa 24 Hours
The 2002 Proximus 24 Spa was the 56th running of the Spa 24 Hours and the seventh round the 2002 FIA GT Championship. This event combined the FIA GT's two classes (GT and N-GT) with cars from smaller national series designated GTN and single-make series designated SMM. An additional class was added for cars confirming to N-GT but with engines under 2000 cc. It took place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on August 3 and 4 2002.2003 Spa 24 Hours
The 2003 Proximus 24 Spa was the 56th running of the Spa 24 Hours and the sixth round the 2003 FIA GT Championship season. This event combined the FIA GT's two classes (GT and N-GT) with cars from national series and one-make series, designated G2 and G3. It took place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on July 25 and 26 2003.
This race marked the only time in the history of the FIA GT Championship that the slower of the two classes (N-GT in this case) managed to win a race overall.2004 Spa 24 Hours
The 2004 Proximus Spa 24 Hours was the 57th running of the Spa 24 Hours and the seventh round the 2004 FIA GT Championship season. This event combined the FIA GT's two classes (GT and N-GT) with cars from national series and one-make series, designated G2 and G3. It took place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, from July 31 to August 1, 2004.2005 Spa 24 Hours
The 2005 Proximus 24 Hours of Spa was the 58th running of the Spa 24 Hours and the sixth race for the 2005 FIA GT Championship season. It featured the combination of the FIA GT's two classes (GT1 and GT2) with cars from national and one-make series, designated G2 and G3. It took place on 30 and 31 July 2005 at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.2006 Spa 24 Hours
The 2006 Proximus Spa 24 Hours was the fourth race for the 2006 FIA GT Championship season. It took place on July 29 and 30 2006. It set a record for the farthest distance run since the event changed to the shorter 7 km track in 1979.
This race saw Porsche debut their new 997-generation GT3-RSR in the hands of Manthey Racing.2007 Spa 24 Hours
The 2007 Total Spa 24 Hours was the 60th running of the Spa 24 Hours as well as the fifth round of the 2007 FIA GT Championship season, was sponsored by Total S.A. The G3 class also included cars running in the GT3 specification seen in the FIA GT3 European Championship, although this event was not part of their scheduled season. It took place at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on July 28 and 29 2007.2008 24 Hours of Spa
The 2008 Total 24 Hours of Spa was the fifth round of the 2008 FIA GT Championship season. It took place at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on 2 – 3 August 2008.2009 24 Hours of Spa
The 2009 Total 24 Hours of Spa was the 62nd running of the Spa 24 Hours and the fourth round of the 2009 FIA GT Championship season. The race took place at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps between 25 and 26 July 2009. Joining the FIA GT Championship competitors were cars from numerous national GT series as well as competitors from the FIA GT3 European Championship. This was the last time GT1 machinery was eligible for the race, as well as the last Spa 24 Hours that was part of the FIA GT Championship.
PK Carsport's Anthony Kumpen, Mike Hezemans, Kurt Mollekens, and Jos Menten won the race for the second time for Corvette, leading a Vitaphone Racing Maserati and a Phoenix Racing Audi for the overall podium. The GT2 category was won by AF Corse Ferrari, while the Ford GT of Matech GT Racing won amongst G3 entries.2016 24 Hours of Spa
The 2016 Total Spa 24 Hours was the 68th running of the Spa 24 Hours. It was also the fourth round of the 2016 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and was held on 30 and 31 July at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
The race was won by ROWE Racing and drivers Philipp Eng, Maxime Martin and Alexander Sims. The trio's No. 99 BMW M6 GT3 finished just shy of two minutes clear of AKKA ASP and their No. 88 Mercedes-AMG GT3, driven by Felix Rosenqvist, Tristan Vautier and Renger van der Zande. Completing the podium in third place was the No. 28 Belgian Audi Club Team WRT Audi R8 LMS of Nico Müller, René Rast and Laurens Vanthoor, five seconds behind second place.2017 24 Hours of Spa
The 2017 Total Spa 24 Hours was the 69th running of the Spa 24 Hours. It was also the fourth round of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and was held on 29 and 30 July at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
The race was won by Audi Sport Team Saintéloc and drivers Christopher Haase, Jules Gounon and Markus Winkelhock.Eric van de Poele
Eric van de Poele (born 30 September 1961 in Verviers) is a Belgian racing driver and former Formula One driver. He participated in 29 Grands Prix, debuting on 10 March 1991. He scored no championship points and failed to make the grid 24 times.
After a difficult 1984 season in French Formula Three, van de Poele then won the Belgian and Benelux Formula Ford titles, also racing in the Belgian Touring Car Championship. He subsequently raced in German Touring Cars Championships, winning the 1987 championship despite not winning a race all season. He also won the 1987 Spa 24 Hours, sharing a car with Didier Theys and Jean-Michel Martin. He also dabbled in British Formula 3. For 1989, he moved up to Formula 3000, finishing fourth, and then runner-up in 1990.
After this, he signed for the Modena Formula One team for 1991, driving their Lamborghini cars thanks to backing from long-time sponsors Lease Plan. He was unsuccessful in the first two races, failing to pre-qualify, but made it onto the grid for the 1991 San Marino Grand Prix. There he impressed in the rain, running fifth in the last lap before the car ran out of fuel, dropping him to ninth. The team, in financial difficulties, failed to build on this success, and van de Poele would not race again that year.
He then signed for Brabham in 1992, but the team were low on money. The Belgian qualified for the opening South African Grand Prix, finishing 13th, but then failed to qualify the outdated car again. He frequently matched team-mate Damon Hill in the other Brabham, however. For the Hungarian Grand Prix he switched to the promising Fondmetal team. He qualified the car at the first attempt, only to spin out. He then started an excellent 15th for the Belgian Grand Prix, finishing 10th, and qualified again for the Italian Grand Prix, only for the clutch to break. After this, Fondmetal also hit money troubles and withdrew, leaving van de Poele without a drive.
Aside from a largely unused capacity as test driver for Tyrrell in 1993, van de Poele has since found considerable success in Touring Cars and sports cars, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1995 and 1996 and the Petit Le Mans in 1998. He has also added to his 1987 win in the Spa 24 Hours with four more wins in 1998, 2005, 2006 and 2008, giving him the record of five wins in the event.In 2008, van de Poele competed in the Rolex Sports Car Series.Fabrizio Gollin
Fabrizio Gollin (born 28 March 1975 in Camposampiero, Province of Padua) is an Italian racing driver who shared the FIA GT Championship with Luca Cappellari in 2004 while driving for BMS Scuderia Italia. He also is a winner of the Spa 24 Hours in 2004 & 2007. In 2008 he is racing for the Phoenix Carsport Team in a Chevrolet Corvette C6-R, and raced in the Daytona 24 Hours for Doran Racing in a Ford Daytona Prototype.Freisinger Motorsport
Freisinger Motorsport is a German company which has tuned, restored, and raced Porsches since 1967. Founded by Manfred Freisinger in Karlsruhe, the company now is run by his son Manfred Freisinger Jr.
Since 1992, the company has competed internationally, initially running in the Porsche Supercup, before moving into the BPR Global GT Series and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Freisinger's first international victory came at the 1998 Petit Le Mans, winning in the LMGT2 class with a Porsche 911 GT2. By 1999, they were running in the FIA GT Championship and earned third in the teams championship that year. 2000 saw them earn their first FIA GT win at EuroSpeedway Lausitz on way to a fourth place in the championship.
By 2002, Freisinger would move to the small N-GT class of FIA GT, where they would win the teams championship with seven class victories, including at the Spa 24 Hours. Although managing a mere three class wins, including an overall win at Spa 24 Hours, Freisinger would again take the N-GT championship in 2003.
With this success, Freisinger expanded to a three car team for 2004, allowing them to win a combined total of nine races out of the eleven races scheduled, including sweeping the podium in their class at the Spa 24 Hours. This not only earned Freisinger their third straight N-GT championship, but also earned them second place as well due to the teams being scored separately. During 2004, Freisinger also participated in the Le Mans Series, taking two class wins that season.
However, after the success of 2004 and the following loss of Russian sponsor Yukos, the team decided to withdraw from motorsports in order to concentrate on their tuning and restoration divisions.Helmut Kelleners
Helmut Kelleners (born 1939 in Moers) is a former race driver from Germany, winning the Spa 24 Hours (1968+1970) and the 24 Hours Nürburgring (1972).
His son Ralf Kelleners is also a race car driver.Luigi Chinetti
Luigi Chinetti (July 17, 1901 – August 17, 1994) was an Italian-born racecar driver, who emigrated to the United States during World War II and became an American citizen. He was a driver in 12 consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans races, winning 3 times, and also won the Spa 24 Hours race twice. He was the long-time American importer of Ferrari automobiles to the United States.Ralf Kelleners
Ralf Kelleners (born May 18, 1968 in Dinslaken) is a race driver from Germany.
His father Helmut Kelleners was also a race driver, winning the Spa 24 Hours and the 24 Hours Nürburgring.W Racing Team
W Racing Team (WRT) is a Belgian auto racing team founded in 2009 by engineer and former head of Volkswagen Motorsport René Verbist, racing driving Vincent Vosse, and entrepreneur Yves Weerts. The team campaigns Audi R8 LMSs in several national and international sports car series, as well as Volkswagen Scirocco GT24s in the Belgian Touring Car Series. Through their association with the two brands, the team receives major support from the Belgian Audi Club and Belgian Volkswagen Club. In 2010 the team won the Belcar Drivers' and Teams' Championships, while in 2011 they won the Spa 24 Hours. After winning multiple titles in various GT championships, WRT is considered to be one of the best teams worldwide in GT racing.
Automobile endurance races
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