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

Contents

HistoryEdit

 
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 trackEdit

Results on the 14km trackEdit

 
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
  Noël 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 Stalle
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 trackEdit

 
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   Pierre Dieudonné
  Tom Walkinshaw
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   Hans Heyer
  Tom Walkinshaw
  Win Percy
3055,485 131,091 European Touring Car Championship
1985 BMW 635 CSi   Roberto Ravaglia
  Marc Surer
  Gerhard Berger
3470,000 144,344 European Touring Car Championship
1986 BMW 635 CSi   Dieter Quester
  Altfrid Heger
  Thierry Tassin
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 Evolution   Markus Oestreich
  Fabien Giroix
  Johnny Cecotto
3247,920 135,330
1991 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R   Anders Olofsson
  David Brabham
  Naoki Hattori
3587,980 149,456
1992 BMW M3 Evolution   Steve Soper
  Jean-Michel Martin
  Christian Danner
3560,220 148,947
1993 Porsche 911 RSR   Uwe Alzen
  Christian Fittipaldi
  Jean-Pierre Jarier
2154,904 144,667 Race stopped after 15 hours due to the death of King Baudouin[4]
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
  Alexander Burgstaller
  Thierry Tassin
3507,821 145,956
1997 BMW 320i   Didier de Radigues
  Marc Duez
  Éric Hélary
3372,680 140,252
1998 BMW 318i   Alain Cudini
  Marc Duez
  Eric van de Poele
3344,807 139,344
1999 Peugeot 306 GTI   Frédéric Bouvy
  Emmanuel Collard
  Anthony Beltoise
3428,427 142,588
2000 Peugeot 306 GTI   Didier Defourny
  Frédéric Bouvy
  Kurt Mollekens
3330,870 138,686 Last race for touring cars
2001 Chrysler Viper GTS-R   Marc Duez
  Christophe Bouchut
  Jean-Philippe Belloc
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   Romain Dumas
  Stéphane Ortelli
  Marc Lieb
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   Eric van de Poele
  Michael Bartels
  Andrea Bertolini
4092,961 171,034 FIA GT Championship
2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R   Fabrizio Gollin
  Mike Hezemans
  Jean-Denis Délétraz
  Marcel Fässler
3726,660 155,241 FIA GT Championship
2008 Maserati MC12   Michael Bartels
  Andrea Bertolini
  Stéphane Sarrazin
  Eric van de Poele
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   Timo Scheider
  Greg Franchi
  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   René Rast
  Markus Winkelhock
  Laurens Vanthoor
3691.108 153,732 Blancpain Endurance Series
Red flag (1 hour)[5]
2015 BMW Z4 GT3   Nick Catsburg
  Lucas Luhr
  Markus Palttala
3754.144 156.423 Blancpain Endurance Series
2016 BMW M6 GT3   Philipp Eng
  Maxime Martin
  Alexander Sims
3719.403 154.975 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup
2017 Audi R8 GT3   Jules Gounon
  Christopher Haase
  Markus Winkelhock
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  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

ReferencesEdit

  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. Retrieved 28 July 2014. 

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