Spa Classic 2023

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Spa-Francorchamps circuit was the setting for the second event on the 2023 Peter Auto calendar, the epic Spa-Classic.  Once again it turned out that this great event attracted big crowds – more than 22,000 visitors admired the over 800 historic cars in the paddock in addition to a wide range of races.  Touring cars, Le Mans prototypes from the mid-fifties to 2010, GTs ascending from the ‘60s to the late  ‘90s, in short, a true petrolhead paradise.  The weather conditions in Spa were particularly erratic on Friday and Saturday, but what is a visit to this legendary circuit without uncertain weather and rain?  On Friday morning during the free practice sessions, a real downpour hit the track around eleven o’clock, and although Saturday started out hopeful and sunny, there was again more rain.  The Spa Classic is not only an annual favourite with the historic motorsport-loving public, the event is also high on the drivers’ list, as evidenced by the very well-filled grids.  

Photo Peter Heil

Marcel Hundscheid reports

The Heritage Touring Cup, which is effectively the main series at the event, was present with no fewer than 44 iconic cars from the 1970s.  Thirty-nine reported for qualifying on Saturday with a narrow pole position for the Ford Capri RS 3100 of Maxime Guenat.  Yves Scemama came up just 0.016 of a second short in his similar Capri.  The cars lined up for a first 60-minute race at 22:30 on Saturday night.  Ford certainly left its mark with the various Capris conquering the top three spots

Olivier Galant’s Panoz Esperante was the darling of the public Photos Eric Sawyer

Maxime Guenat and Armand Mille slugged it out in the first of two Heritage Touring Cup races, running from 10:30 to 11:30 at night


The event was characterised by the impressive size of the grids in all categories, including a giant CER 1 field, with the race-
winning Banks McLaren leading

E-types and Cobras populated the Sixties’ Endurance race Marcel Hundscheid/Speed-O-Graphica

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