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SPA 24 Hours

The Spa 24 Hours is an endurance racing event held annually in Belgium at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Conceived by Jules de Their and Henri Langlois Van Ophem just one year after the first 24 Hours of Le Mans, the race was run under the auspices of the Royal Automobile Club Belgium (RACB).

It was held for the first time in 1924 over a 9.3km circuit on public roads between the towns of Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot. The present 6.9760 km circuit was inaugurated in 1979.

The Spa 24 Hours were part of the European Touring Car Championship from 1966 to 1973. The event also counted towards the World Sportscar Championship in 1953 and 1981. As on the Nürburgring, both a 24h and a 1000km race is held at Spa, as the 1000km Spa for sports car racing were introduced in 1966.

Cars entered included Russian Moskvitch and engine sizes ranged from 996 cc NSU Prinz TT to the luxurious V8-powered Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3, tuned by Mercedes-AMG to the so-called "Red pig" . This heavy and fast vehicle with 6834 cc and 420hp finished only 2nd in 1971, as frequent refuelling was necessary, and tyre wear was also high.

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 has won a 24 hour endurance race in a Gran Turismo with more than 500hp.

Results on 14km track

Year Car Pilots Distance Average Notes
1924 Bignan 2L 22px-Flag of France.png Henri Springuel
22px-Flag of France.png Maurice Becquet
1925 Chenard-Walcker 22px-Flag of France.png André Lagache
22px-Flag of France.png René Léonard
1926 Peugeot 174S 22px-Flag of France.png André Boillot
22px-Flag of France.png Louis Rigal
1927 Excelsior 22px-Flag of France.png Robert Sénéchal
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Nicolas Caerels
1928 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 S 22px-Flag of Russia.svg.pngBoris Ivanowski
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Attilio Marinoni
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750SS 22px-Flag of France.png Robert Benoist
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Attilio Marinoni
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750GS 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Attilio Marinoni
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Pietro Ghersi
1931 Mercedes-Benz SSK 22px-Flag of Russia.svg.png Dimitri Djordjadze
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Goffredo Zehender
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300LM 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Antonio Brivio
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Eugenio Siena
1933 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300LM 22px-Flag of Monaco.svg.png Louis Chiron
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luigi Chinetti
1934 Bugatti Type 44 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Desvignes
22px-Flag of France.png Norbert Mahé
1935 No race held
1936 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Francesco Severi
22px-Flag of France.png Raymond Sommer
1937 No race held
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Carlo Pintacuda
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Francesco Severi
1939
1947
No races held
1948 Aston Martin 2-Litre Sports 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png St John Horsfall
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Leslie Johnson
1949 Ferrari 166MM 22px-Flag of the United States.png Luigi Chinetti
22px-Flag of France.png Jean Lucas
1950
1952
No races held
1953 Ferrari 375MM Pinin 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giuseppe Farina
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn
World Sportscar Championship
1954
1963
No races held
1964 Mercedes-Benz 300SE 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Robert Crevits
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Gustave Gosselin
3962,100 164,825
1965 BMW 1800 Ti/SA 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Pascal Ickx
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Gérard Langlois van Ophem
3812,591 158,855
1966 BMW 2000ti 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hubert Hahne
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx
4048,368 168,681
1967 Porsche 911 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jean-Pierre Gaban
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Norbert Van Assche
4052,883 168,867
1968 Porsche 911 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Erwin Kremer
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Willi Kauhsen
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Helmut Kelleners
4004,827 166,867
1969 Porsche 911 22px-Flag of France.png Guy Chasseuil
22px-Flag of France.png Claude Ballot-Lena
4272,231 187,006
1970 BMW 2800CS 22px-Flag of Austria.png Günther Huber
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Helmut Kelleners
4252,407 177,183
1971 Ford Capri RS 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Dieter Glemser
22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png Alex Soler-Roig
4385,100 182,690
1972 Ford Capri RS 2600 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Jochen Mass
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hans-Joachim Stuck
4498,436 187,431
1973 BMW 3.0 CSL 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Toine Hezemans
22px-Flag of Austria.png Dieter Quester
4422,980 184,290
1974 BMW 3.0 CSi 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jean Xhenceval
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Alain Peltier
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Pierre Dieudonné
4147,289 172,804
1975 BMW 3.0 CSi 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Pierre Dieudonné
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jean Xhenceval
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Hughes de Fierlandt
4249,270 177,053
1976 BMW 3.0 CSL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jean-Marie Detrin
22px-Flag of Luxembourg.svg.png Nico Demuth
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Charles Van Stolle
4087,904 170,329
1977 BMW 530i 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Eddy Joosen
22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Claude Andruet
4083,835 170,159
1978 Ford Capri III 3.0S 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Gordon Spice
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Teddy Pilette
4315,594 179,816

Results on 7km track

The current version of the Spa 24 Hours is an event under the FIA GT Championship calendar, although it was previously run as part of various touring car series. Currently, the cars run fall under the GT1 and GT2 FIA classifications as well as the G2 and G3 classifications used for non-homologated racing cars of lower classes.

Year Car Pilots Distance Average Notes
1979 Ford Capri III 3.0S 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jean-Michel Martin
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Philippe Martin
3083,632 128,485
1980 Ford Capri III 3.0S 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jean-Michel Martin
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Philippe Martin
2952,318 123,013
1981 Mazda RX-7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Walkinshaw
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Pierre Dieudonné
3183,952 132,737 World Sportscar Championship
1982 BMW 528i 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hans Heyer
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Armin Hahne
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Eddy Joosen
3132,224 130,808 European Touring Car Championship
1983 BMW 635 CSi 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Tassin
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hans Heyer
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Armin Hahne
3333,726 130,808 European Touring Car Championship
1984 Jaguar XJS 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tom Walkinshaw
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hans Heyer
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Win Percy
3055,485 131,091 European Touring Car Championship
1985 BMW 635 CSI 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Roberto Ravaglia
22px-Flag of Austria.png Gerhard Berger
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Marc Surer
3470,000 144,344 European Touring Car Championship
1986 BMW 635 CSI 22px-Flag of Austria.png Dieter Quester
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Tassin
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Altfrid Heger
3463,060 144,232 European Touring Car Championship
1987 BMW M3 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jean-Michel Martin
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Didier Theys
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Eric van de Poele
3338,140 139,908 World Touring Car Championship
1988 BMW M3 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Altfrid Heger
22px-Flag of Austria.png Dieter Quester
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Roberto Ravaglia
3532,460 146,929 European Touring Car Championship
1989 Ford Sierra Cosworth 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Gianfranco Brancatelli
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Win Percy
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Bernd Schneider
3338,140 139,130
1990 BMW M3 22px-Flag of France.png Fabien Giroix
22px-Flag of Venezuela.svg.png Johnny Cecotto
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Markus Oestreich
3247,920 135,330
1991 Nissan Skyline GT-R 22px-Flag of Sweden.svg.png Anders Olofsson
22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png David Brabham
22px-Flag of Japan.png Naoki Hattori
3587,980 149,456
1992 BMW M3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Steve Soper
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jean-Michel Martin
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Christian Danner
3560,220 148,947
1993 Porsche 911 RSR 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Christian Fittipaldi
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Uwe Alzen
22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Pierre Jarier
2154,904 144,667
1994 BMW 318is 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Roberto Ravaglia
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Tassin
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Alexander Burgstaller
3625,960 151,047
1995 BMW 320i 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Joachim Winkelhock
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Steve Soper
22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Peter Kox
3612,532 150,531
1996 BMW 320i 22px-Flag of Germany.png Jörg Müller
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Thierry Tassin
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Alexander Burgstaller
3507,821 145,956
1997 BMW 320i 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Didier de Radigues
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Marc Duez
22px-Flag of France.png Eric Hélary
3372,680 140,252
1998 BMW 318i 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Marc Duez
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Eric van de Poele
22px-Flag of France.png Alain Cudini
3344,807 139,344
1999 Peugeot 306 GTI 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Frédéric Bouvy
22px-Flag of France.png Emmanuel Collard
22px-Flag of France.png Anthony Beltoise
3428,427 142,588
2000 Peugeot 306 GTI 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Frédéric Bouvy
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Kurt Mollekens
22px-Flag of France.png Didier Defourny
3330,870 138,686 Last race for touring cars
2001 Chrysler Viper GTS-R 22px-Flag of France.png Christophe Bouchut
22px-Flag of France.png Jean-Philippe Belloc
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Marc Duez
3679,104 152,999 FIA GT Championship
2002 Chrysler Viper GTS-R 22px-Flag of France.png Christophe Bouchut
22px-Flag of France.png Sébastien Bourdais
22px-Flag of France.png David Terrien
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Vincent Vosse
3654,059 152,019 FIA GT Championship
2003 Porsche 911 GT3-RS 22px-Flag of France.png Stéphane Ortelli
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Marc Lieb
22px-Flag of France.png Romain Dumas
3327,613 138,557 FIA GT Championship
2004 Ferrari 550 Maranello 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Cappellari
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Fabrizio Gollin
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Lilian Bryner
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Enzo Calderari
3888,144 161,974 FIA GT Championship
2005 Maserati MC12 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Michael Bartels
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Timo Scheider
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Eric van de Poele
4000,896 166,638 FIA GT Championship
2006 Maserati MC12 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Michael Bartels
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Andrea Bertolini
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Eric van de Poele
4092,961 171,034 FIA GT Championship
2007 Chevrolet Corvette C6.R 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Mike Hezemans
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Fabrizio Gollin
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Jean-Denis Deletraz
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Marcel Fässler
3726,660 155,241 FIA GT Championship


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