The history of the legendary circuit of Spa Francorchamps starts at the end of the First World War. Then the owner showing in Liege newspaper La Meuse, Jules de Thier gets the idea to create in this place racecourse. With the merger of three urban roads 32,33 and 440 connecting the Spa-Francorchamps from Malmedy and Stavelot formed the perfect race track, still exists today.
Originally, the track had more than 15 kilometers long. Already in the 1922 was held here for the race riders, two years later launched the race 24-hour. But what invariably attracts the biggest crowds, is held here for years Formula One race 1. Over the years the track was rebuilt several times. The 1939 was built spectacular steep turn, which is a showcase of the track Spa. The difference in altitude is here until 17%. This place was christened name Raidillon, but in the minds of fans took the name of Eau Rouge. After this change the Spa Francorchamps has become the fastest next to the Monza race track in Europe.
Technical development of competing cars on the track and above all the speed increase, which reached not go hand in hand with the improvement of security, the provision on the constructed road, often running very close to the buildings, was virtually impossible. During the race in 1960 was killed two British drivers Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey. In the 1970 was discontinued Formula One race 1 on this track until 1983 year. During this time racing for the Grand Prix of Belgium held on tracks in Nivelles and Zolder.
After all the alterations, aimed at raising the level of security, this one of the fastest and most beautiful racecourses in Europe eventually reached 7004 meters. It is here, in the 1973 year, on the old track, the French driver Henri Pescarolo, with the result 262.461 km / h, set a record average speed lap, unbeaten to this day. Most victories in the Grand Prix of Belgium won the legendary Michael Schumacher, who won here six times. At Spa Francorchamps racing also Robert Kubica, years ago in Formula 1 and most recently, successfully, in a series of Endurance in the Renault Sport Trophy, where he finished third. Robert fans probably appreciate the fact that again this year will come at the Spa Francorchamp, this time in the series, 6-hour Racing World Endurance Championship.
The race schedule on the track is extremely tight. There are races of different series taking place here, from the Endurance World Championship, through the race 6-hours, to what warms the fans the most, that is the Belgian Grand Prix in Formula 1. Also many minor races are held on this track. Interestingly, also amateurs can test their abilities here. Several times a year, everyone can attend an open day. Of course, this involves high costs, but you can realize your dream and drive your own car on this legendary track. Several times a year, the tour is organized on this legendary track. The whole trip, with a guide, takes about 1,5 hours.
CIR CUIT DE SPA FRANCORCHAMPS
Route du Circuit 55, 4970 Stavelot, Belgium