The motor racing circuit, located in Spa-Francorchamps, is not only home to the SPA 24hours and 1000km SPA endurance races, but also to the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix. Designed in 1920, the original track ran on public roads, between three towns: Francorchamps, Malmedy, and Stave. The Spa -Francochamps course was born!
The course closed during the second world war due to the heavy fighting in the region. It re-opened in 1947 and saw continuous racing until the 1970s. The track was still in daily use and it was suffering from wear and tear. Failing to meet Formula 1’s safety standards in 1978, the course was closed. In 1983 Formula 1 returned to Spa and the track we know and love today.
Based in the middle of the Ardennes Forest, the Grand Prix is known for its unpredictable weather on the track, making Spa-Francorchamps one of the trickiest races of the season. Combined with the greatest elevations and highest speeds, it’s little wonder racing enthusiasts love a visit to Spa.
Thomas Cook Sport can take you to experience the Spa Grand Prix in all its historical glory. The packages that we offer are selling out fast as the Belgian Grand Prix has the smallest seating allowance of all with only a 70,000 person capacity.
So, don’t let this event pass you by.
You can fly from various UK airports or take the Eurostar to Brussels, choose hotels with breakfast included, grab your race tickets, and get transfers to and from the racetrack.
Perhaps you fancy driving and catching the ferry to Calais, then staying in a hotel closer to the action? As an alternative, you can book your own hotel in Liege, which is about 35 minutes away from the racetrack.
The town of Liege is a mixture of the medieval and the modern. Sitting on top of the Meuse river in the East of Belgium and near the borders of both the Netherlands and Germany.
In the old town, medieval buildings still stand, including the church of Saint Bartholomew; striking in its red and white decoration and standing since the 11th century. There are plenty of sites to see in Liege as its history is long and varied. And, if art is your thing, then a trip to La Boverie needs to be on your to-do list. Filled with art created by Ingres, Monet, Pissarro, Picasso, Chagall, Arp, Magnelli, Debré, Hantai, Monory and many others.
The Belgium Grand Prix is an awesome racetrack in a wonderful setting deep in the heart of Europe; it’s surely not one to forget on your F1 calendar.
Thomas Cook Sport has a variety of packages and deals to suit every pocket, they can all be found here and they are selling out.