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1000km Spa

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The 1000km Spa is an endurance race for sports cars held at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

History

The Spa 24 Hours had been introduced in 1924, and other races followed. As on the Nürburgring, both a 24h race for touring cars and GTs is held, and an endurance race for sports cars and GTs. The 500km race at Spa counted towards the World Sportscar Championship from 1963 onwards. Since 1966, it is run for 1000km, following the 1000km Nürburgring and 1000km Monza. Due to safety problems on the traditional long and very fast 14km track over public roads, the race was shortened to 762km in 1974 and discontinued after 1975.

The 1000km race was resumed in 1982 after the track was made safer by shortening it to 7km. In 1989 and 1990, the race distance was lowered to 480km as a rule change required the use of Formula One-derived engines that last no longer. Due to the decline of the WSC, the "1000km" was discontinued after 1990 even before the WSC closed.

In 2003, the 1000km race was resumed. Since 2004 it is part of the Le Mans Endurance Series (LMES), the Euro version of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).

Winners

Year Drivers Team Car Time Championship
500km distance, 14.1km circuit
1963 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Willy Mairesse 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Ecurie Nationale Belge Ferrari 250 GTO 2:38:40:800 World Sportscar Championship
1964 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Parkes 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 250 GTO 2:32:05.200 World Sportscar Championship
1965 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Willy Mairesse 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 250LM 2:29:45.700 World Sportscar Championship
1000km distance, 14.1km circuit
1966 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Parkes
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ludovico Scarfiotti
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 330P3 4:43:24.000 World Sportscar Championship
1967 22px-Flag of the United States.png Dick Thompson
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png J.W. Automotive Engineering Mirage M1-Ford 5:09:46.500 World Sportscar Championship
1968 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brian Redman
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png J.W. Automotive Engineering Ford GT40 Mk.I 5:05:19:300 World Sportscar Championship
1969 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brian Redman
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Jo Siffert
22px-Flag of Germany.png Porsche System Engineering Porsche 908LH 4:24:19.600 World Sportscar Championship
1970 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brian Redman
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Jo Siffert
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png J.W. Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K 4:09:47.800 World Sportscar Championship
1971 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jackie Oliver
22px-Flag of Mexico.png Pedro Rodríguez
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png J.W. Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K 4:01:09.700 World Sportscar Championship
1972 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brian Redman
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Arturo Merzario
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB 4:17:19.100 World Sportscar Championship
1973 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Derek Bell
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hailwood
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Gulf Research Mirage M6-Ford 4:05:43.500 World Sportscar Championship
1974 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx
22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Pierre Jarier
22px-Flag of France.png Equipe Gitanes Matra-Simca MS670C 4:12:15.600 World Sportscar Championship
1975 22px-Flag of France.png Henri Pescarolo
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Derek Bell
22px-Flag of Germany.png Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Alfa Romeo 33TT12 3:32:58.400 World Sportscar Championship
1976
to
1981
No Races
1000km distance, 7.0km circuit
1982 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx
22px-Flag of Germany.png Jochen Mass
22px-Flag of Germany.png Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 6:06:04.140 World Sportscar Championship
1983 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx
22px-Flag of Germany.png Jochen Mass
22px-Flag of Germany.png Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 5:44:33.520 World Sportscar Championship
1984 22px-Flag of Germany.png Stefan Bellof
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Derek Bell
22px-Flag of Germany.png Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956B 5:53:17.190 World Sportscar Championship
1985 22px-Flag of France.png Bob Wollek
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mauro Baldi
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Martini Racing Lancia LC2 5:00:23.420 World Sportscar Championship
1986 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Boutsen
22px-Flag of Germany.png Frank Jelinski
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Brun Motorsport Porsche 962C 5:35:54.540 World Sportscar Championship
1987 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Martin Brundle
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Johnny Dumfries
22px-Flag of Brazil.png Raul Boesel
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR-8 6:00:16.180 World Sportscar Championship
1988 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mauro Baldi
22px-Flag of Sweden.png Stefan Johansson
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Team Sauber Mercedes Sauber C9-Mercedes 6:01:34.230 World Sportscar Championship
480km distance, 7.0km circuit
1989 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mauro Baldi
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Kenny Acheson
22px-Flag of Germany.png Team Sauber Mercedes Sauber C9-Mercedes 2:39:16.453 World Sportscar Championship
1990 22px-Flag of Germany.png Jochen Mass
22px-Flag of Austria.png Karl Wendlinger
22px-Flag of Germany.png Team Sauber Mercedes Mercedes-Benz C11 2:42:54.880 World Sportscar Championship
1991
to
2002
No Races
1000km distance, 7.0km circuit
2003 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of Japan.png Seiji Ara
22px-Flag of Japan.png Audi Sport Japan Audi R8 5:47:50.209 FIA Sportscar Championship
British GT Championship
2004 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Johnny Herbert
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jamie Davies
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Audi Sport UK Veloqx Audi R8 5:58:55.262 Le Mans Series
2005 22px-Flag of Denmark.png John Nielsen
22px-Flag of Denmark.png Casper Elgaard
22px-Flag of Japan.png Hayanari Shimoda
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Zytek Motorsport Zytek 04S 6:00:48.389 Le Mans Series
2006 22px-Flag of France.png Emmanuel Collard
22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Christophe Boullion
22px-Flag of France.png Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo C60-Judd 6:01:06.782 Le Mans Series
2007 22px-Flag of France.png Stéphane Sarrazin
22px-Flag of Portugal.png Pedro Lamy
22px-Flag of France.png Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908
(Diesel)
5:47:47.313 Le Mans Series

† - The 1975 event was originally scheduled for 1000km, but was shortened to 750km the day of the race due to an approaching storm.

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