24 Hours: 5 intense Festival days… and a super pole!
We thought we'd never see the sun again. That it was only for people in the South. We, poor little Belgians, trying to hold onto the tan we managed to get in some far-off country and already plunged into a rotten autumnal scenario; It's necessary to know how to live our Belgitude! But, are we not ever-patient in the true Gallic sense? At Francorchamps, summer has taken its time but surely, the end of July is guaranteed to be "hot".
The "Total 24 Hours of Spa" of July 28 and 29 promises to be magical. There, the information is not about forecasting but it's serious and concrete! Proven five times over!
Track side: more realistic rules (far from the heavy investments that engender GT1 category, see GT2) which means that 70 teams have signed up. We're dreaming with eyes wide open. The 24 Hours like in its heyday! For details on the participants and likely victors, have a look at your favourite internet site.
A night of madness: when the spotlights light up the track, the festival "sunlamps" shine brightly and with the festival show stars, Faithless (All Star DJ Set) & MiLK iNC, sparkling.
Spa show for Wednesday, heads still shaken by the Francosfolies and Spa will welcome, as is usual each year, the big 24 Hours presentation parade. More than 70 cars on côté du Casino, so, arrange a rendezvous!
Thursday and its night qualifiers is the first day of trials where the first points will be gained, where pressure mounts every hour until the final qualifying session (8.20pm to 9.35 pm and 10.15 pm to 11.30 pm) will be thrilling to watch when Francorchamps is immersed in its nocturnal magic.
A Super Pole: for this 2012 edition ,SRO, the competition organiser, has succeeded in imposing a sensation with a super pole for the start of Friday afternoon. In the past, Friday was usually a bit of a rest day with competitors from other races on the track. Change of direction! The 20 best from Thursday's trials will find themselves competing for a super pole. Starting at 1pm, the twenty cars, with a driver designated the previous evening by the team, will be placed in the enclosed parking area at the end of the pit lane below the Raidillon. Starting at 3.35pm, each car will be unleashed every 20 seconds in decreasing order in regard to the last trial classes (20, 19, 18…). Each driver, benefiting from a new set of tyres, will have the right to two full-speed laps to gain the first place on the starting grid.
An innovation in the image of these 24 Hours all set to be absolutely sumptuous on all the cards of forecasters!