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WEC - Fact and Figures 2019 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

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23.04.19

The 2018 Total 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps was the opening round of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship Super Season. 

2019 will be the eighth edition of the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and the first time the same circuit has been featured twice in the same season.  The 7km circuit has produced some great on track action since that first race in 2012 and here are some facts and figures

  • In 2018 all four class lap records were broken, with the official lap record now standing at 1m57.442 set by Mike Conway in the no7 Toyota Gazoo Racing Toyota TS050-Hybrid.
  • The fastest ever lap recorded by a WEC car at Spa-Francorchamps is 1m53.658 (221.8kph) set by Stephane Sarrazin (no9 Toyota TS050-Hybrid) during qualifying in 2017
  • Overall the top speed recorded in 2018 was 328.4kph, set by the no17 SMP Racing BR1-AER of Egor Orudzhev.In 2017 the top speed was 320.6kph, set by the no4 Bykolles Racing Team Enso CLM-Nismo of Oliver Webb.In 2016 it was 318.4kph compared to 319.5kph in 2015, 311.2 kph in 2014, 308.6kph in 2013 and 302kph in 2012.
  • Toyota won in 2018 with the no8 TS050-Hybrid of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso taking the first win of the season.
  • Fernando Alonso never took a win at Spa in Formula 1.
  • Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda have won the LMGTE Am class at Spa for four years in a row - 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.With the same driver line up in 2019 the no98 Aston Martin is on course to do make it five in a row.
  • Race Distance:

The winner completed 156 laps in 2018; the race distance was 1092.61km.

The longest race distance was in 2015 - 1232.69km / 176 laps

  • Endurance racing at Spa-Francorchamps can be traced back to the mid 1920s when the Spa 24 Hours race was first run.In 1966, Spa formed a round of the World Sportscar Championship as a 1000km race but was discontinued in 1975.The circuit was shortened to alleviate safety concerns and the 1000km race returned in 1982.Since 2012, Spa has been a regular stop on the WEC calendar.
  • At 7,004km in length, Spa is the second longest circuit on the WEC calendar after Le Mans.It is comprised of 19 corners and has the highest elevation of any race track of the season, with over 100 metres between the lowest and highest sections.
  • Aston Martin Racing’s Maxime Martin and SMP Racing's Stoffel Vandoorne are the only two home drivers entered for this year’s event, but André Lotterer is also considered as one of Belgium's own – competing under a Belgian licence having spent much of his childhood in the country.