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. 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.
The technical development of the cars competing on the track and, above all, the increase in speed they achieved, did not go hand in hand with the improvement of safety, which it was virtually impossible to ensure on such a constructed route, sometimes running very close to the buildings. During the race in 1960 year, two British drivers were killed: Chris Bristow and Alan Stacey. In 1970 the Formula One race was stopped on this track until 1983. At that time, the Belgian Grand Prix race took place on the tracks in Nivelles and Zolder.
After all the reconstructions to improve the level of safety, this one of the fastest and most beautiful racetracks in Europe finally reached 7004 meters in length. It was here, in the 1973 year, on the old track, the French driver Henri Pescarolo, with the result of 262.461 km/h, set the record for the average lap speed, unbeaten to this day. Legendary Michael Schumacher won the most victories in the Belgian Grand Prix race, winning six times. At the Spa Francorchamps raced also Robert Kubica, years ago in Formula 1 and recently, with success, in the Endurance series in the Renault Sport Trophy, where he won the third place. Robert's fans are happy that after a spectacular return to F1 he will come back to Spa Francorchamp.
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.
Rekordy toru Spa-Francorchamps
CIR CUIT DE SPA FRANCORCHAMPS
Route du Circuit 55, 4970 Stavelot, Belgium