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The 100th season of the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps starts on 16 March

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The season opening is always a very special moment and this year even more so because the Circuit of Spa-Francorchamps is celebrating its centenary!

In fact it was in August 1921 that the first race was held on what some call the “most beautiful circuit in the world”. It was a bike race, like a nod to the return of the motorbike endurance on the track next year with the 24H SPA Motorbikes from the FIM EWC world championship.  The centenary will be celebrated over a year, from summer, by means of various activities which will be revealed later on, in view of the changing health situation.

At the end of the winter break, this 16 March, race cars will once again take to the track. For obvious reasons linked to the Covid-19 pandemic, Circuit activities will begin behind closed doors and under strict health rules, fully in line with the recommendations of the Coordination Committee of the Belgian Government. In addition to  competitions, days of free driving will allow drivers to take to the track and practise their favourite sport individually.

Respect for these rules is vital. Last season, these rules allowed us ensure the majority of our competitions with no virus cluster being detected on the Circuit. We are committed to participating in the fight against the pandemic but also want to ensure the safety and health of all participants directly present on the Circuit and indirectly outside it.

Let us hope that the next weeks will open new prospects for us and will allow us host our spectators once again. In the meantime, our webcam will allow everyone follow our trackdays and our organisers will not fail to offer “live” broadcasts of competitions.

Nathalie Maillet: “Our Circuit has placed innovation at its heart but while retaining its soul, well anchored in its history. History that people will be able to discover or re-discover throughout the season as we are ready to welcome back our public, with numerous innovations,  as soon as the situation allows for that. These innovations will be revealed over the course of the year. Today, the day we open the season, we’d like to present our centenary logo. I can only rejoice at the wealth of our activities on track, at the loyalty of our historic organisers and at the arrival of new championships. We remain without any doubt a Circuit that’s a benchmark in the world on the sports front but we are also an economic engine for the region.”


In terms of sport, the Circuit calendar is once again this year overflowing with wonderful promise. The Prologue and 6 Hours of the Spa-Francorchamps-WEC, The Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, 24 Hours of Spa Francorchamps, ELMS, and traditions remain valid. The Spa World Rallycross of Benelux will also be returning after a year-long break due to the pandemic. The WRC will also be making its appearance on the Spa-Francorchamps track.

Those aficionados of fine pieces of machinery will see themselves reflected in our weekend reserved for oldtimers.  The GT Open, and Spa Italia will also be at the meeting and in endurance, we’ll see the 25H Fun Cup, the 24H2CV and, of course, the 6H Motorbikes.

In summary, there will be something for all tastes this year with a diverse calendar. But also some new projects that will allow people discover “off-road” another facet of our Circuit.  

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