Spa 24 Hours

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

Spa 24 Hours
Spa24Hours logo
Blancpain Endurance Series
VenueCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps
First race1924
Duration24 Hours
Most wins (driver)Eric van de Poele (5)
Most wins (manufacturer)BMW (24)

History

Alfa Romeos at the 1930 24 Hours of Spa
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, 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.[1] 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.[2]

Results on the 15km track

Spa-Francorchamps original layout (1922)
The original 15 km track layout
Year Car Pilots Distance Average Notes
1924 Bignan 2L France Henri Springuel
France Maurice Becquet
1925 Chenard-Walcker France André Lagache
France René Léonard
1926 Peugeot 174S France André Boillot
France Louis Rigal
1927 Excelsior France Robert Sénéchal
Belgium Nicolas Caerels
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 S Russia Boris Ivanowski[NB 1]
Italy Attilio Marinoni
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750SS France Robert Benoist
Italy Attilio Marinoni
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750GS Italy Attilio Marinoni
Italy Pietro Ghersi
1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK Georgia (country) Dimitri Djordjadze[NB 2]
Italy Goffredo Zehender
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300LM Italy Antonio Brivio
Italy Eugenio Siena
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300LM Monaco Louis Chiron
Italy Luigi Chinetti
1934 Bugatti Type 44 France Jean Desvignes
France Norbert Mahé
Reduced to 10 hours[3]
1935 No race held
1936 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A Italy Francesco Severi
France Raymond Sommer
1937 No race held
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Italy Carlo Pintacuda
Italy Francesco Severi
1939
1947
No races held
1948 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports United Kingdom St. John Horsfall
United Kingdom Leslie Johnson
1949 Ferrari 166 MM United States Luigi Chinetti
France Jean Lucas

Results on the 14km track

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

Results on 7km track

Spa-Francorchamps of Belgium
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 Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
Belgium Philippe Martin
3083,632 128,485 Trophée de l'Avenir
1980 Ford Capri III 3.0S Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
Belgium Philippe Martin
2952,318 123,013
1981 Mazda RX-7 Belgium Pierre Dieudonné
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
3183,952 132,737 World Endurance Championship
Trophée de l'Avenir
1982 BMW 528i Germany Hans Heyer
Germany Armin Hahne
Belgium Eddy Joosen
3132,224 130,808 European Touring Car Championship
1983 BMW 635 CSi Belgium Thierry Tassin
Germany Hans Heyer
Germany Armin Hahne
3333,726 130,808 European Touring Car Championship
1984 Jaguar XJS Germany Hans Heyer
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw
United Kingdom Win Percy
3055,485 131,091 European Touring Car Championship
1985 BMW 635 CSi Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Switzerland Marc Surer
Austria Gerhard Berger
3470,000 144,344 European Touring Car Championship
1986 BMW 635 CSi Austria Dieter Quester
Germany Altfrid Heger
Belgium Thierry Tassin
3463,060 144,232 European Touring Car Championship
1987 BMW M3 Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
Belgium Didier Theys
Belgium Eric van de Poele
3338,140 139,908 World Touring Car Championship
1988 BMW M3 Germany Altfrid Heger
Austria Dieter Quester
Italy Roberto Ravaglia
3532,460 146,929 European Touring Car Championship
1989 Ford Sierra RS500 Italy Gianfranco Brancatelli
United Kingdom Win Percy
Germany Bernd Schneider
3338,140 139,130
1990 BMW M3 Evolution Germany Markus Oestreich
France Fabien Giroix
Venezuela Johnny Cecotto
3247,920 135,330
1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R Sweden Anders Olofsson
Australia David Brabham
Japan Naoki Hattori
3587,980 149,456
1992 BMW M3 Evolution United Kingdom Steve Soper
Belgium Jean-Michel Martin
Germany Christian Danner
3560,220 148,947
1993 Porsche 911 RSR Germany Uwe Alzen
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
2154,904 144,667 Race stopped after 15 hours due to the death of King Baudouin[4]
1994 BMW 318is Italy Roberto Ravaglia
Belgium Thierry Tassin
Germany Alexander Burgstaller
3625,960 151,047
1995 BMW 320i Germany Joachim Winkelhock
United Kingdom Steve Soper
Netherlands Peter Kox
3612,532 150,531
1996 BMW 320i Germany Jörg Müller
Germany Alexander Burgstaller
Belgium Thierry Tassin
3507,821 145,956
1997 BMW 320i Belgium Didier de Radigues
Belgium Marc Duez
France Éric Hélary
3372,680 140,252
1998 BMW 318i France Alain Cudini
Belgium Marc Duez
Belgium Eric van de Poele
3344,807 139,344
1999 Peugeot 306 GTI Belgium Frédéric Bouvy
France Emmanuel Collard
France Anthony Beltoise
3428,427 142,588
2000 Peugeot 306 GTI France Didier Defourny
Belgium Frédéric Bouvy
Belgium Kurt Mollekens
3330,870 138,686 Last race for touring cars
2001 Chrysler Viper GTS-R Belgium Marc Duez
France Christophe Bouchut
France Jean-Philippe Belloc
3679.104 152.999 FIA GT Championship
2002 Chrysler Viper GTS-R France Christophe Bouchut
France Sébastien Bourdais
France David Terrien
Belgium Vincent Vosse
3654.059 152.019 FIA GT Championship
2003 Porsche 911 GT3-RS France Romain Dumas
Monaco Stéphane Ortelli
Germany Marc Lieb
3327.613 138.557 FIA GT Championship
2004 Ferrari 550-GTS Maranello Italy Luca Cappellari
Italy Fabrizio Gollin
Switzerland Lilian Bryner
Switzerland Enzo Calderari
3888.144 161.974 FIA GT Championship
2005 Maserati MC12 Germany Michael Bartels
Germany Timo Scheider
Belgium Eric van de Poele
4000.896 166.638 FIA GT Championship
2006 Maserati MC12 Belgium Eric van de Poele
Germany Michael Bartels
Italy Andrea Bertolini
4092.961 171.034 FIA GT Championship
2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Italy Fabrizio Gollin
Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Switzerland Jean-Denis Délétraz
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
3726.660 155.241 FIA GT Championship
2008 Maserati MC12 Germany Michael Bartels
Italy Andrea Bertolini
France Stéphane Sarrazin
Belgium Eric van de Poele
4041.885 168.096 FIA GT Championship
2009 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R Belgium Anthony Kumpen
Belgium Kurt Mollekens
Netherlands Mike Hezemans
Netherlands Jos Menten
3915.236 163.128 FIA GT Championship
2010 Porsche 997 GT3-RSR France Romain Dumas
Austria Martin Ragginger
Germany Jörg Bergmeister
Germany Wolf Henzler
3789.164 157.832
2011 Audi R8 LMS Germany Timo Scheider
Belgium Greg Franchi
Sweden Mattias Ekström
3817.180 158.898 Blancpain Endurance Series
2012 Audi R8 LMS ultra Italy Andrea Piccini
Germany René Rast
Germany Frank Stippler
3565.036 148.543 Blancpain Endurance Series
2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 Germany Bernd Schneider
Germany Maximilian Götz
Germany Maximilian Buhk
3950.256 164.594 Blancpain Endurance Series
2014 Audi R8 LMS ultra Germany René Rast
Germany Markus Winkelhock
Belgium Laurens Vanthoor
3691.108 153.732 Blancpain Endurance Series
Red flag (1 hour)[5]
2015 BMW Z4 GT3 Netherlands Nick Catsburg
Germany Lucas Luhr
Finland Markus Palttala
3754.144 156.423 Blancpain Endurance Series
2016 BMW M6 GT3 Austria Philipp Eng
Belgium Maxime Martin
United Kingdom Alexander Sims
3719.403 154.975 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
2017 Audi R8 GT3 France Jules Gounon
Germany Christopher Haase
Germany Markus Winkelhock
3824.184 159.341 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
2018 BMW M6 GT3 United Kingdom Tom Blomqvist
Austria Philipp Eng
Norway Christian Krognes
3579.044 149.127 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup

See also

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. ^ Gricey's King's Cup Story (Spa 1986)
  3. ^ "SPORTS CAR RACING". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  4. ^ "1993 Spa 24 Hours". touringcarracing.net. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  5. ^ "28 Jul 2014 - Belgian Audi Club Team WRT takes home win after nail-biting finish". total24hours.com. 28 July 2014. Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 28 July 2014.

External links

1987 Spa 24 Hour

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.

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