View article: Pole-winning Ferrari leads at Spa after opening hour
29 July 2017

Pole-winning Ferrari leads at Spa after opening hour

Once the thousands of guests who had enjoyed the pre-race festivities on the starting grid had found their way to the grandstands and the roof of the pit buildings, everything was set for the formation lap that preceded the rolling start of the 69th running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa.

  • View article: James Calado puts #55 Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari on pole 28 July 2017

    James Calado puts #55 Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari on pole

    For the first time since the Total 24 Hours of Spa have been part of the Blancpain GT Series, a Ferrari will start from pole position. James Calado clocked a superb 2’17.390, the fastest-ever lap of a GT3 car on the Spa track, at the wheel of the #55 Kaspersky Motorsport Ferrari. Mirko Bortolotti (#63 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini) will be next to him on the front row, with Belgian drivers Frédéric Vervisch (#2 Audi Sport Team WRT R8) and Laurens Vanthoor (#117 KÜS Team75 Bernhard Porsche) sharing the second row.

  • View article: SRO Motorsports Group unveils the future of GT racing 28 July 2017

    SRO Motorsports Group unveils the future of GT racing

    At his annual press conference during the Total 24 Hours of Spa, Founder and CEO Stephane Ratel unveiled the plans of the SRO Motorsports Group for the near future. Not only will all the existing SRO Series continue, with some minor tweaks, but there will also be some new initiatives.

  • View article: Pre-qualifying: Bortolotti quickest again 27 July 2017

    Pre-qualifying: Bortolotti quickest again

    After the hour long pre-qualifying session the timesheets were again topped by the #63 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini of Mirko Bortolotti. This time the Italian preceded the #333 Rinaldi Racing Ferrari of Norbert Siedler, which was also the fastest of the Pro-Am cars.

  • View article: Jean-François Chaumont (1950-2017) 27 July 2017

    Jean-François Chaumont (1950-2017)

    It is with great sadness that we have learned of the loss of Jean-François Chaumont. Jean-François was best known as the long-time promoter and organiser of the Spa 24 Hours. He started working for the Belgian endurance classic in 1978, and for three decades he headed the organisation committee.

  • View article: Mixed conditions during Free Practice, Lamborghini on top 27 July 2017

    Mixed conditions during Free Practice, Lamborghini on top

    The free practice session for the 2017 Total 24 Hours of Spa started on a wet track, but with conditions improving during the second half of the 90-minute session, lap times were dropping rapidly. Eventually it was the #63 Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini, driven by Mirko Bortolotti, who set the fastest time in 2’20.406. Daniel Juncadella put the #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP car in second, a mere two tenths of behind the leading Lamborghini. Franck Perera completed the top-3, at the wheel of the #84 Mercedes-AMG Team HTP Motorsport machine.

  • View article: 2016 Intercontinental GT Challenge champions handed unique trophies 26 July 2017

    2016 Intercontinental GT Challenge champions handed unique trophies

    During the drivers’ briefing for the Total 24 Hours of Spa Laurens Vanthoor, 2016 Intercontinental GT drivers’ champion, and Audi representative Chris Reinke, 2016 Intercontinental GT manufacturers’ champion, were handed their distinctive trophies.

  • View article: Total 24 Hours of Spa Parade a resounding success 26 July 2017

    Total 24 Hours of Spa Parade a resounding success

    A huge number of enthusiastic fans attended the traditional Total 24 Hours of Spa Parade, lining both the public roads that link the circuit to Spa and the town centre itself. The drivers of the 63 cars participating in the highlight of the Blancpain GT Series and Intercontinental GT Challenge showed their gratitude by signing thousands of autographs in front of the Spa Casino.