Spa treatment: our guide to the 24 Hours of Spa.

This weekend, an absolute classic of endurance motorsport is coming up: the 24 Hours of Spa. We take a closer look at the Belgian kin of the Nürburgring Nordschleife with facts about the race - and get in the mood with pictures from the race at the Nürburgring taken by our photographer Marko Knab.
Text Alfred Rzyski
Photo Marko Knab ·

Countless twists and turns

The 20 corners of the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, spread over 7.004 kilometers, provide a unique driving experience for the drivers - but also just as many twists and turns in the race. It can happen that on one side of the racetrack the sun is still shining, while on the other side it is already raining. And due to the location in the low mountain range called »Ardennes«, the rain is a frequent guest here … just like at the Nürburgring.

Overnight through Europe

The 24-hour classics at the Nürburgring and in Spa not only guarantee real entertainment, but also often unbelievable facts and figures: In Ferrari's victory at Spa last year, for example, Nicklas Nielsen, Côme Ledogar and Alessandro Pier Guidi covered 556 laps of the Ardennes roller coaster. That equates to a good 3894.224 kilometers in 24 hours - and that's further than the distance from the southernmost tip of the Italian boot at Palizzi Marina to Trondheim in Norway!

The great who is who from Munich

BMW is the most successful brand at the 24-hour race in Spa with a total of 24 victories. In second place on the leaderboard with »only« eight triumphs is Porsche - ahead of Alfa Romeo in third place. This means that the two German manufacturers with their numerous customer teams are automatically among the hot picks for victory - just like Audi, Ferrari and Lamborghini. Whereas in endurance races there is no classic favorite anyway - if only because of the length of the race.

The fans & the atmosphere

Boundless enthusiasm and incredible atmosphere: that's endurance racing. And in Spa, that includes the traditional parade through the nearby town, where the cars are driven on public roads. And yes, the circuit is somewhat smaller than the Nordschleife, but not the enthusiasm of the fans. Which then translates into long nights around the track like we know them from the Nordschleife, too.

The race on TV:

Sky Sport Germany will broadcast the entire race and Superpole on Friday live in its own stream. The race starts at 4:45 p.m. on Saturday and ends one day later at the same time. More information can be found on the broadcaster's website.

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