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Old 26 Mar 2018, 09:07 (Ref:3810844)   #1
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Spa 24 Hours 2018

I'm considering attending this event. It would be as a starter to my wife and I's summer holiday. We'd be in our campervan and would probably aim to get to the circuit Friday night or Saturday morning. I'd be grateful for any information previous attendees could pass on.
Can you return to your vehicle during the race? We are self contained in our van so would be happy in a car park if it was handy to the track.
I've heard that paddock tickets are handy to have as well?

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Old 27 Mar 2018, 09:23 (Ref:3811182)   #2
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Went for the first time 2 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the event - hotel booked again for this year.

Great atmosphere, easy access to all parts of the track and it appeared that you could pretty much come and go as you wanted to. Very relaxed security once in the circuit even spent a fair bit of time in the pit lane on the Tuesday before the race.

There is also a bar/café with excellent food above the pits looking down onto the Bus Stop chicane and pit entry that is well worth spending time at - gives a great view of the circuit - bit crowded on Saturday evening but appeared easy to get into any other time. Plenty of other food outlets, bars and shopping opportunities.

Paddock access is free, I believe, with every full entry ticket and definitely worth taking the time to explore. Grandstands are also free and very easy to move around once the race has been running for an hour or so. If you want to see the start for the stands or from the top of Eau Rouge then you will need to be there pretty early but after that we found it very easy to move around.

Be prepared for some long walks though - the walk from the paddock area past Eau Rouge and up to Les Combes is a long constant up hill stretch and not to be done too often!

It is also possible to park up on the outside of Les Combes and gain access to the top of circuit - great view at night of the run back down the hill if you cross under the track and walk a little further into the forest.

The fans that stay for the whole of the 24 Hours are also there for a party so be prepared for some fairly boisterous evenings and nights, especially the Saturday after the music entertainment. Despite this we saw absolutely no issues at all and everybody appeared really friendly with very relaxed security inside the circuit that made for a very pleasant event.
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Old 27 Mar 2018, 09:47 (Ref:3811186)   #3
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This year's event is going to be a corker!

The event starts the SRO Speed Week during the weekend before (21/22 July) with British GT; GT Sports Club and other events.

On the Wednesday afternoon (25 July) is the not-to-be-missed parade of cars and drivers from the circuit to Spa town. Get up close and personal with all the cars and drivers.

The 24 Hours starts on Saturday afternoon (28 July) with loads of off-piste attractions too eg a rock concert.
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Old 27 Mar 2018, 17:22 (Ref:3811301)   #4
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Thanks for the info. It looks well worth the trip as we're planning on going onto Germany and perhaps down through Switzerland to Italy. We won't be able to cross until a day or two before race due to my wife's work, but still should be good weekend.
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there are dedicated spots for campers at the P1 (see pdf in link below)
close to the main gate/paddock/and eau rouge!

http://www.spa-francorchamps.be/site...ting-point.pdf
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The event starts the SRO Speed Week during the weekend before (21/22 July) with British GT; GT Sports Club and other events.
The GT4 European Series ;-)
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The GT4 European Series ;-)
Yes, that too!

(and a cracking gridful of cars it was at Zolder!!)

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