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Classic Ferraris Race at Spa… List of Entrants

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015

Report from Hugo Garritsen: The 5th edition of Spa Classic, held from May 22-24 at Spa-Francorchamps and organized by Peter Auto (who gives us also the Tour Auto and the Le Mans Classic), attracted 20,000 spectators over three days. The good weather gave the whole event an extra atmosphere, and besides the six competition classes on track there was a lot to see in the paddock. A shopping mall was created where you could buy anything related to racing from books, artwork, clothes to racing suits, etc, and many car clubs chose the Spa Classic for a gathering. Belgian Ferrari specialist Gipi Motor had a great display of classic Ferrari’s (275 GTBs, 250 GTE, Daytona, 512 BB, 288 GTO) and as their customers came in with the latest from Maranello, one could see different color schemes on the 458 Speciales. On...

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The Grandeur of Spa

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015

Spa-Francorchamps is still one of the most exciting and challenging of all Grand Prix circuits. This image was taken from the old pits which were located in a slight widening of the road itself along the downhill section after the La Source hairpin and where the start/finish was then located. In the distance you can see the famous sweeping ascent to Raidillon from Eau Rouge. Picturesque, challenging and incredibly dangerous was certainly the descriptive of Spa in its classic superfast layout of 15 km of public roads bordered by trees, stone walls and farmhouses. This is an afternoon practice session before the Belgian Grand Prix which would take place on June 20, 1954. Car n. 6 is a Ferrari 553 “Squalo” to be driven by Froilán González while in front of it is n. 8,   a somewhat older design, a Ferrari 625/F1 to...

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Belgian GP: Photo Gallery

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014

Relive all that the Belgian GP had to offer through this intensive photo gallery packed with stunning images from Ferrari themselves.   Source: Ferrari Media...

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Belgian GP: Back to Work

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014

Eight races in fourteen weeks; that’s the schedule now facing the F1 circus as battle is joined again and it gets back to work for the second half of the season, after the official summer break. It leaves hardly any time to pause for breath as the teams crisscross the globe from east to west. However, before the final six “flyaways” we come to two of the most evocative and historic events on the calendar, starting with this weekend’s race at Spa-Francorchamps. The objectives. For Scuderia Ferrari, the objectives for the hectic dash to the 2014 finish line are clear: to finish as high up the order as possible in the Constructors’ classification in which it is currently third and, given that the technical regulations are more or less unchanged for 2015, to use development of the F14 T...

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Championship Resumes at Spa

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014

After the summer break, Formula 1 action resumes at one of the most historic venues on the calendar, Spa-Francorchamps, home to the Belgian Grand Prix. Sunday’s race will be the 59th and Scuderia Ferrari has won 16 times, making a hit rate of 27.5%. Over the years, the race has been held at three venues: Spa (46 times,) Zolder, in the Flemish part of Belgium (10 times) and twice at Nivelles-Baulers on the outskirts of Brussels. The Fifties. The first ever Belgian Grand Prix was held in 1950 and was won by Juan Manuel Fangio in an Alfa Romeo. Ferrari then won in 1952 and 1953 with Alberto Ascari at the wheel of the legendary 500. The Italian had a special feeling for this track and reckoned that Eau Rouge, the uphill esses which are still a challenge today,...

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Blancpain Endurance Series: A Host of Ferraris

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014

This weekend’s round of the Blancpain Endurance Series is one of the most prestigious races in motor sport, the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours. The race was first held in 1924, which was held on the old 14 kilometre track and won by Frenchmen Henri Springuel and Maurice Becquet, at the wheel of a Bignan 2l at an average speed of 78.3 km/h. This year, no less than 19 Ferraris will take part in two of three Blancpain series categories, the Pro-Am Cup and the Gentlemen Trophy. As a team owner. Ferrari boasts no less than 15 wins in the Belgian classic, although strangely enough not all these wins came in…Ferraris! But that’s easy to explain as Enzo Ferrari twice won with his eponymous team before the actual Ferrari company existed and he raced Alfa Romeos. The first of the wins...

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Spa: FIA WEC Results (Spoilers)

Posted by on May 4, 2014

It didn’t take long for Ferrari to make up for the disappointment of the opening round at Silverstone of the FIA WEC (World Endurance Championship) today at Spa-Francorchamps. This time, world champion, the Italian “Gimmi” Bruni and Finland’s Toni Vilander left their rivals in no doubt in the battle for LMGTE Pro honours from start to finish. They crossed the line to give Ferrari its eleventh endurance win in the Ardennes. Only once did car 51 lose the lead, but it was all part of the strategy and down to pitting at a different time to its main rivals. In fact, Bruni had no problem keeping his pursuers at bay, led for a long time by the other AF Corse 458 Italia GT2, in the hands of the young crew of James Calado and Davide Rigon. In the last...

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Ram Racing Withdraw From 6 Hours of Spa

Posted by on May 1, 2014

It is with great regret that Ram Racing announces that it will not be participating in the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team’s two Ferrari 458 Italias – No.52 (Parente/Griffin) in the LMGTE Pro category and No.53 (Mowlem/Collins/Patterson) in LMGTE Am will not make the trip to Belgium for next weekend’s race due to an unforeseen budget shortfall. Team Principal Dan Shufflebottom commented: “This decision has been taken after much soul-searching and a massive amount of number-crunching, and has come as a bit of a body blow to us at Ram Racing. We knew when we stepped up to the FIA WEC from the European Le Mans Series that the budgets required would be greatly increased, and we were fully confident that we’d meet our financial targets. “However, we’re...

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