Spa Francochamps 2024 Season

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Spa is one of the drivers’ favourite tracks, and in 2024 there are a number of opportunities  for almost anyone with a racing car to compete there this (and each) year.  Besides the club meetings and National Championships, three very international race meetings stand out…..

Created in 2011, Peter Auto’s Spa-Classic has gradually grown to be one of Europe’s major historic racing events.  In 2023, the Belgian meeting attracted more than 22,000 spectators, making it one of the most popular events of the season at the track.

This year, new additions to the Peter Auto series will be two new grids.  The Gentlemen Challenge brings together cars from The Greatest’s Trophy and Fifties’ Legends grids, and the new Classic Touring Challenge series will expand the diversity on the track.

From the start the Spa Classic has celebrated touring cars, with the Heritage Touring Cup (HTC) reviving the era of the 24 Hours of Spa and the 1000km of Spa with both day and night races for cars that competed between 1966 and 1984.  The new Classic Touring Challenge will pay tribute to the cars of the Spa 500km.  This field recreates the diversity and intensity of the pre-1966 era.

The line-up of races this year is therefore:

2.0L Cup – Porsche 911 2-litre short chassis pre-1966 

Classic Endurance Racing 1 – GT 1966-1975 & Prototypes 1966-1971

Classic Endurance Racing 2 – GT 1975-1981 & Prototypes 1972-1981 

Classic Touring Challenge – Pre-66 Touring Cars

Endurance Racing Legends – GT & Prototypes 1990-2000

Group C Racing – Prototypes from 1982-1993

Heritage Touring Cup – Touring Cars from 1966-1984

Sixties’ Endurance – Pre-63 & Pre-66 GT Sports Cars 

The Gentlemen Challenge – GT & Prototypes 1950-1960

Offering a race to almost any car of any era.

Peter Auto always brings innovation off track too, and this year the event will host a never-before-seen Porsche 917 display.  Among the gems on display is the long-tailed 917-043, sporting a psychedelic green and purple paint, the legendary 917-023, famous for its victory at Le Mans in 1970 with its red and white livery, as well as the 917-021/12, and the 917-025, 917/10-002, a red Can-Am Spyder, and a white 917 Spyder Interserie.  The exhibition will also host renowned drivers, such as Brian Redman, Gérard Larrousse, Richard Attwood, Jürgen Barth, Rainhold Joest, Mario Casoni and Philippe Siffert Jr.  These seasoned drivers will bring their fascinating anecdotes, offering visitors a total immersion in the vibrant history of the Porsche 917.  Dates are 17-19 May.

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