TOTAL Spa 24H: Part One

31 July 2013

Spa-Francorchamps managed to impress me from start to finish

The Blancpain Endurance Series took on Round 4 of their championship last weekend at the 65th TOTAL 24 Hours of Spa – the blue riband event of the series. With over 60 cars entered for the weekend it was going to be a great race full of some serious driving talent. It was also my first visit to the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit. In this first, brief, blog I’ll touch on a few of my favourite bits of the track.

Having visited the ADAC Zurich 24H Rennen at the Nürburgring earlier this year the TOTAL 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps had a lot to live up too. The Nürburgring had exceeded my expectations and I was worried that Spa, no matter how good, would never match the Nürburgring for sheer photogenic-ness.

How wrong could I be? Well, in this case very. Spa-Francorchamps managed to impress me from start to finish. The first corner I visited was the incredible Eau Rouge. Everyone says this but it’s true – the photos don’t do this corner (or technically corners – plural) justice. The fast sweeping left-right-left combination is probably one of the scariest places I’ve ever stood – the cars must be hitting at least 150mph on entry. You can literally feel them passing by.

That’s before they even become to really push through Eau Rouge, on the entry point they aim at you before turning onto the rumble strip – however some decide to use a bit more than the curb which certainly caused a few moments of panic. The most dangerous bit of Eau Rouge is luckily a red zone and for good reason, during the race some mighty accidents took place here emphasising the danger element to this brutal sequence of corners.
During the weekend I tried to get to as many corners as possible and was just stunned at each corner’s photo opportunities, the background (atleast to me) were superb and helped to give the impression of this race track absorbed by a forest.

The next round of the Blancpain Endurance Series takes place at the Nürburgring on September the 21/22 for the final round of the championship. My next motorsport event is at Brands Hatch for the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

Here’s a selection of my favourite shots, part two will be coming soon – but first I need to catch up on sleep!

Coming Soon TOTAL Spa 24H: Part Two