Spa 24: Round six preview

Getting ready for the Total 24 Hours of Spa ! On Saturday July 28th, at 16:00, the FIA GT Championship competitors will set off for their longest race of the season : the Total 24 Hours of Spa. A full day of racing around one of the most ...

Getting ready for the Total 24 Hours of Spa !

On Saturday July 28th, at 16:00, the FIA GT Championship competitors will set off for their longest race of the season : the Total 24 Hours of Spa. A full day of racing around one of the most beautiful and challenging circuits in the world, with the prize not only the honour of winning one of the major endurance races -- the leading event reserved for GT cars only -- but up to 20 points towards the 2007 FIA GT Championship.

This will be the seventh time that this prestigious event has been part of the Championship, and a lot is at stake, as the winning team has almost always gone on to win the title. Last year's event proved that a 24-hour race could be as close and as thrilling as a sprint, with the battle between the Phoenix Racing Aston Martin and the Vitaphone Maserati only being resolved during the last few minutes. Can 2007 repeat that level of excitement ? Considering the close competition we have seen this season, it would look very likely. With around 45 cars due to take part, divided between four categories, as well as two teams competing in an innovative relay race for the Coupe du Roi, it promises to be a really epic event.

As if 24 hours of racing were not enough, the event, which starts on Wednesday with the parade and autograph session in the centre of Spa, includes numerous other exciting series. The Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series, the GT4 European Cup, the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli and the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli Coppa Shell will each have two exciting races in the build-up to the Total 24 Hours of Spa. And there will be plenty of entertainment off the track too, with concerts, fireworks, hot-air balloons and plenty of other attractions !

So all eyes will be on Spa at 16:00 on Sunday July 29th. Will we see the future 2007 Champions cross the line ?

-credit: fia

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Teams Phoenix Racing