1. The 24 hours of Spa is 1 year younger than the 24 hours of Le Mans. Dating from 1924, it was designed to show the French that anything they can do, Belgians can do it better.
2. The first 24 hour challenge was, ironically, won by two French drivers. Henri Springuel and Maurice Becquet, in an obscure Bignan 2L at an average speed of 78.33kph.
3. In 1953 the 24 hour competition was included in the World Sportscar Championship and that saw F1 drivers Nino Farina and Mike Hawthorn team up to seize the podium with Ferrari 375 MM Pinin.
4. The 1993 race was stopped 15 hours into the competition due to the death of the Belgium’s King Baudouin.
5. The 2003 race marked the only time the winning crew had been made up entirely of Le Mans winners: Romain Dumas, Stephane Ortelli and Marc Lieb.
6. And in 2004, a woman – namely Swiss racer Lilian Bryner – was among the winning line-up for the first time.
7. This year marks the 69th edition of the 24 hours of Spa. The race wasn’t held in 1935, ’37, from ‘39 to ‘47, from ‘50 to ‘52 and again from ’54 to ‘63.
8. This year 64 GT3 cars and over 34 teams made up of 3 or 4 drivers.