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1000 Kilometres de Spa-Francorchamps
Spa-Francorchamps of Belgium.svg
Le Mans Series
Venue Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
First race 1953
First LMS race 2004
Distance 1,000 km (620 mi)
Duration 6 hours
Most wins (driver) Jacky Ickx (5)
Most wins (team) Team Peugeot Total (5)
Most wins (manufacturer) Ferrari (10)

The 1000 Kilometres of Spa-Francorchamps is an endurance race for sports cars held at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.

History[edit]

The Spa 24 Hours had been introduced in 1924, and other races followed. As on the Nürburgring, both a 24-hour race for touring cars and GTs is held, and an endurance race for sports cars and GTs. The sports car race began in 1953, and in 1963 joined the World Sportscar Championship and was extended to 500 km. Starting in 1966, it was run for 1000 km, following the 1000 km Nürburgring and 1000 km Monza. Due to safety problems on the traditional long and very fast 14 km track over public roads, the race was discontinued after 1975.

The 14km Spa used by sportscars up until 1975

The 1000 km race was resumed in 1982 after the track was made safer by shortening it to 7 km. In 1989 and 1990, the race distance was lowered to 480 km as a rule change required the use of Formula One-derived engines that lasted longer. Due to the decline of the WSC, the "1000km" was discontinued after 1990 even before the WSC closed.

The race was revived in 1999, as a part of the SportsRacing World Cup (the predecessor to the FIA Sportscar Championship), running to a 2 hour, 30 minute time limit. In 2003, the 1000 km race was resumed as a joint event of the FIA SCC with the British GT Championship. Since 2004, it has been part of the Le Mans Series (LMS). In 2011, the race was also part of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and from 2012 onwards will be part of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Jacky Ickx currently holds record of most wins, having won the race 5 times, in 1967, 1968, 1974, 1982, and 1983. He is also one of two drivers to win the 1000 km on both the original and current circuits, the other being Derek Bell.


Winners[edit]

Year Drivers Team Car Time Distance Championship
14.1 km (8.8 mi) circuit
1953 Belgium Olivier Gendebien Ferrari 166 MM Non-championship
1954 Netherlands Hans Davids Netherlands Hans Davids Jaguar C-Type 169 km (105 mi) Non-championship
1955 Belgium Paul Frère United Kingdom Aston Martin Aston Martin DB3S 1:37:33.900 282 km (175 mi) Non-championship
1956 United Kingdom Ninian Sanderson United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse Jaguar D-Type 0:57:34.800 169 km (105 mi) Non-championship
1957 United Kingdom Tony Brooks United Kingdom Aston Martin Aston Martin DBR1 1:15:56.000 211.8 km (131.6 mi) Non-championship
1958 United States Masten Gregory United Kingdom Ecurie Ecosse Lister-Jaguar 1:05:02.300 211.8 km (131.6 mi) Non-championship
1959 Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Netherlands Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche 718 RSK 1:11:10.100 211.8 km (131.6 mi) Non-championship
1960 Belgium Paul Frère Porsche 718 RSK 1:20:54.800 211.8 km (131.6 mi) Non-championship
1961 Belgium Willy Mairesse Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 GT SWB 1:05:33.800 211.8 km (131.6 mi) Non-championship
1962 Switzerland Edgar Berney Switzerland Edgar Berney Ferrari 250 GT SWB 1:12:32.100 211.8 km (131.6 mi) Non-championship
1963 Belgium Willy Mairesse Belgium Ecurie Nationale Belge Ferrari 250 GTO 2:38:40:800 500 km (310 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1964 United Kingdom Mike Parkes United Kingdom Maranello Concessionaires Ferrari 250 GTO 2:32:05.200 500 km (310 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1965 Belgium Willy Mairesse Belgium Ecurie Francorchamps Ferrari 250 LM 2:29:45.700 500 km (310 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1966 United Kingdom Mike Parkes
Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti
Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 330 P3 4:43:24.000 1,000 km (620 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1967 United States Dick Thompson
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Mirage M1-Ford 5:09:46.500 1,000 km (620 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1968 United Kingdom Brian Redman
Belgium Jacky Ickx
United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Ford GT40 Mk.I 5:05:19:300 1,000 km (620 mi) International Championship for Makes
1969 United Kingdom Brian Redman
Switzerland Jo Siffert
Germany Porsche System Engineering Porsche 908LH 4:24:19.600 1,000 km (620 mi) International Championship for Makes
1970 United Kingdom Brian Redman
Switzerland Jo Siffert
United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K 4:09:47.800 1,000 km (620 mi) International Championship for Makes
1971 United Kingdom Jackie Oliver
Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K 4:01:09.700 1,000 km (620 mi) International Championship for Makes
1972 United Kingdom Brian Redman
Italy Arturo Merzario
Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB 4:17:19.100 1,000 km (620 mi) World Championship for Makes
1973 United Kingdom Derek Bell
United Kingdom Mike Hailwood
United Kingdom Gulf Research Mirage M6-Ford 4:05:43.500 1,000 km (620 mi) World Championship for Makes
1974 Belgium Jacky Ickx
France Jean-Pierre Jarier
France Equipe Gitanes Matra-Simca MS670C 4:12:15.600 1,000 km (620 mi) World Championship for Makes
1975 France Henri Pescarolo
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Germany Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Alfa Romeo 33TT12 3:32:58.400 750 km (470 mi)A World Championship for Makes
1976
to
1981
No Races
7.0 km (4.3 mi) circuit
1982 Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Jochen Mass
Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 6:06:04.140 1,000 km (620 mi) World Endurance Championship
1983 Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Jochen Mass
Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956 5:44:33.520 1,000 km (620 mi) World Endurance Championship
1984 Germany Stefan Bellof
United Kingdom Derek Bell
Germany Rothmans Porsche Porsche 956B 5:53:17.190 1,000 km (620 mi) World Endurance Championship
1985 France Bob Wollek
Italy Mauro Baldi
Italy Martini Racing Lancia LC2 5:00:23.420 848 km (527 mi)B World Endurance Championship
1986 Belgium Thierry Boutsen
Germany Frank Jelinski
Switzerland Brun Motorsport Porsche 962C 5:35:54.540 1,000 km (620 mi) World Sports Prototype Championship
1987 United Kingdom Martin Brundle
United Kingdom Johnny Dumfries
Brazil Raul Boesel
United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar Jaguar XJR-8 6:00:16.180 1,000 km (620 mi) World Sports Prototype Championship
1988 Italy Mauro Baldi
Sweden Stefan Johansson
Switzerland Team Sauber Mercedes Sauber C9-Mercedes 6:01:34.230 1,000 km (620 mi) World Sports Prototype Championship
1989 Italy Mauro Baldi
United Kingdom Kenny Acheson
Germany Team Sauber Mercedes Sauber C9-Mercedes 2:39:16.453 480 km (300 mi) World Sports Prototype Championship
1990 Germany Jochen Mass
Austria Karl Wendlinger
Germany Team Sauber Mercedes Mercedes-Benz C11 2:42:54.880 480 km (300 mi) World Sports Prototype Championship
1991
to
1998
No Races
1999 Italy Mauro Baldi
France Laurent Rédon
France JB Giesse Team Ferrari Ferrari 333 SP 2:30:24.347 452.920 km (281.431 mi) SportsRacing World Cup
2000 Italy Filippo Francioni
Italy Salvatore Ronca
Italy Lucchini Engineering Lucchini SR2000-Alfa Romeo 2:31:17.377 355.368 km (220.815 mi) SportsRacing World Cup
2001 Italy Marco Zadra
France Jean-Marc Gounon
Italy BMS Scuderia Italia Ferrari 333 SP 2:31:27.898 445.952 km (277.102 mi) FIA Sportscar Championship
2002 France Sébastien Bourdais
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Pescarolo Sport Courage C60 EVO-Peugeot 2:03:16.089C 376.272 km (233.805 mi) FIA Sportscar Championship
2003 Denmark Tom Kristensen
Japan Seiji Ara
Japan Audi Sport Japan Audi R8 5:47:50.209 1,000 km (620 mi) FIA Sportscar Championship
British GT Championship
2004 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
United Kingdom Jamie Davies
United Kingdom Audi Sport UK Veloqx Audi R8 5:58:55.262 1,000 km (620 mi) Le Mans Endurance Series
2005 Denmark John Nielsen
Denmark Casper Elgaard
Japan Hayanari Shimoda
United Kingdom Zytek Motorsport Zytek 04S 6:00:48.389 1,000 km (620 mi) Le Mans Endurance Series
2006 France Emmanuel Collard
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Pescarolo Sport Pescarolo C60-Judd 6:01:06.782 1,000 km (620 mi) Le Mans Series
2007 France Stéphane Sarrazin
Portugal Pedro Lamy
France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
(Diesel)
5:47:47.313 1,000 km (620 mi) Le Mans Series
2008 France Nicolas Minassian
Spain Marc Gené
Canada Jacques Villeneuve
France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
(Diesel)
5:17:48.566 1,000 km (620 mi) Le Mans Series
2009 France Nicolas Minassian
France Simon Pagenaud
Austria Christian Klien
France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
(Diesel)
5:45:35.429 1,000 km (620 mi) Le Mans Series
2010 France Sébastien Bourdais
France Simon Pagenaud
Portugal Pedro Lamy
France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
(Diesel)
6:00:39.012 975 km (606 mi)D Le Mans Series
2011 Austria Alexander Wurz
Spain Marc Gené
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
France Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908
(Diesel)
6:02:03.799 1,127.633 km (700.679 mi) Le Mans Series
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
2012 France Romain Dumas
France Loïc Duval
Spain Marc Gené
Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 ultra
(Diesel)
6:00:22.708 1,120.62 km (696.32 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship
2013 Germany André Lotterer
France Benoît Tréluyer
Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro
(Diesel hybrid)
6:00:55.971 1,176.67 km (731.15 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship
2014 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
France Nicolas Lapierre
Japan Toyota Racing Toyota TS040 Hybrid 6:01:31.675 1,197.68 km (744.20 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship
^A The 1975 event was originally scheduled for 1000 km, but was shortened to 750 km the day of the race due to an approaching storm.
^B The 1985 event was originally scheduled for 1000 km, but was shortened to five hours (848 km) after the ensuing 40-minute caution caused by the collision of the Bellof/Boutsen Brun Motorsport Porsche 956 with the Ickx/Jochen Mass Rothmans Porsche 962 at Eau Rouge. Bellof died in the hospital afterwards, and officials ended the race at the five-hour mark, after 122 of 145 laps.
^C The 2002 event was stopped early due to heavy rain.
^D The 2010 event was red flagged during the race due to electrical outages. The race covered approximately 975 km when it on a six hour time limit.

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