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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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Old 11 Apr 2018, 06:09 (Ref:3814797)   #5
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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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Old 11 Apr 2018, 07:48 (Ref:3814809)   #6
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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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Stellar looking Castrol NSX entered for Spa. No word on drivers yet, but this livery has to make it a fan favorite.

http://www.dailysportscar.com/2018/0...h-nsx-gt3.html

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Getting to your car during the race is no problem. To be honest, you can park for free in Francorchamps about five minutes up the hill from the circuit if you get there early enough.

Great event, it's a lot of fun and far less hectic and crammed than Le Mans or Nurburgring.
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Stellar looking Castrol NSX entered for Spa. No word on drivers yet, but this livery has to make it a fan favorite.
Being a fan favorite is not enough to perform.
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Old 20 May 2018, 09:28 (Ref:3823516)   #11
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I would definitely recommend a trip. I would recommend the paddock ticket over a normal one, as much as anything because it gives you useful shortcuts and some extra viewing spots. I've only known them check on Saturday / Sunday.

Specifically you can access above the pits, both F1 and old. They are both great views, and the former a useful spot when it rains. Personally I always like to make a visit to the restaurant overlooking the final chicane, its not the cheapest (e18 or so for a buffet) but its a stunning view and I must admit, the comfy seats and drinkable coffee was just what I needed at 7am on Sunday last year.

I would echo poster 2, basically no where at Spa is flat, everywhere is up and down and you'll end up walking miles. All the grandstands are free, and apart from the start of the race, you wont have any trouble getting in them. Equally keep an eye for the fireworks about 11pm on Saturday.

Compared to somewhere like Silverstone, its light years better as circuit experience. Its easy to walk round, albeit long, and there are loads of proper photo gaps in the fence to watch from.

The only place you cant watch from, unless I'm missing something, is Campus and Stavelot, the path goes from Fagnes, under the circuit to the outside of Courbe Paul Frere
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Old 20 May 2018, 09:33 (Ref:3823517)   #12
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You can watch Campus and Stavelot from the outside of the track. Campus also from the inside.
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You can watch Campus and Stavelot from the outside of the track. Campus also from the inside.
Where from?

Whenever I've been, I've got the gravel car park at Fagnes, gone along, but its fenced and the path leads down to the path past the karting under the track.

On the outside, isnt it just an entrance? Can the public to get the outside the circuit for viewing?
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I recently went to Spa for the first time for WEC. One thing that slightly surprised me was the almost total lack of toilets. OK, there's a lot of woods, which seem to be used as a replacement. But does the circuit install any additional facilities for the 24 hours ?
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The manufacturer diversity will probably the best ever in the GT3 era at the 24 hours of spa in 2018. All of the makes from the past couple years will still be there. This year you extend that by entries from Lexus and Acura.
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