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2020 . 08 . 04

All You Need to Know About the Spa Round

JEP/ LMC

After the thrills and spills of the opening round of the season at Le Castellet, the Michelin Le Mans Cup now heads to Belgium to take on the challenge of the 7km Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

Here is your quick guide to the second event of the 2020 season.

WHAT’S RACING AT SPA?

  1. European Le Mans Series
  2. Michelin Le Mans Cup
  3. Ligier European Series
  4. Ferdinand Cup

SCHEDULE

From Wednesday with the private testing to Sunday, racing on track everyday!

CLICK HERE for the full schedule

ENTRY LIST

CLICK HERE to see the entry list for the Spa round.

WHERE TO WATCH THE SPA ROUND

The second race of the 2020 season will be held behind closed doors but fans of the Michelin Le Mans Cup around the world can watch qualifying and the race for free on the official website.

The MLMC is also available to watch online and on your TV around the world either live or highlights of the race.

RACE LAP RECORDS

LMP3: Duncan Tappy - 2m14.636 - Norma M30-Nissan - 21/09/2019

GT3: Ross Gunn - 2m18.672 – Aston Martin Vantage GT3 - 21/09/2019

A WORD FROM THE RACE DIRECTOR

Eduardo Freitas will be the man in charge when the cars head out to contest the Spa round.We asked him what racing at Spa means to him.

“Spa is one of the oldest circuits we have on the calendar and it has undergone several changes over the years. It is one of the most challenging circuits in the world, it’s one of my favourites and Spa is where you see the difference between the kids and the men driving because to do a good lap at Spa, talent needs to be there. The circuit is a big challenge for all the drivers with the different classes we have on track. It should be an interesting show so it is a pity that spectators can’t attend.

“Spa remains a nice challenge for us in Race Control, for the marshals around the track and for, of course, the teams and drivers. It’s a circuit where the setup is very, very important because the circuit is a compromise as it has some very fast and some very slow corners where the difference can be made. I am always looking forward to going back to Spa-Francorchamps.”

FACTS AND FIGURES

  1. Endurance racing at Spa-Francorchamps can be traced back to the mid 1920s when the Spa 24 Hours race was first run. In 1966, Spa formed a round of the World Sportscar Championship as a 1000km race but was discontinued in 1975. The circuit was shortened to alleviate safety concerns and the 1000km race returned in 1982.Since 2016, Spa has been a regular stop on the MLMC calendar.
  2. At 7,004km in length, Spa is the second longest circuit on the calendar. It is comprised of 19 corners and has the highest elevation of any race track of the season, with over 100 metres between the lowest and highest sections.
  3. Since 2016, the winners of the Spa round were all different: SMP Racing in 2016 (GT3 only), DKR Engineering in 2017, Ecurie Ecosse/ Nielsen in 2018 and Lanan Racing in 2019.
  4. Ferrari has won the GT3 category since 2016 and the first race of the Michelin Le Mans Cup in Spa with SMP Racing in 2016 and Kessel Racing in 2017, 2018 and 2019.