The Spa Classic 2015 was staged 22-24 May on the 4.352 mile, 20-turn Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium. All three days of the fifth annual Spa Classic in the valley of the Ardennes were bathed in sunshine, allowing the record 20,000 spectators to fully enjoy the many attractions at the famed circuit.
The 2015 running of the Spa Classic featured seven grids with more than 250 cars. The eagerly-awaited saloons and coupes in the Heritage Touring Cup reminded the crowd of the halcyon days of the Spa 24 Hours, when, not so long ago, the Belgian endurance classic was reserved for series production cars. In the 24-Hour event drivers in BMW 3.0 CSLs, Rover Vitesses, Ford Capris, etc. did battle both in daytime and during the night as one of the heats took place late on Saturday evening creating a magic ambiance.
The crowd enjoyed more endurance racing with the CER 1 and CER 2 grids as well as the Sixties’ Endurance and the Trofeo Nastro Rosso events, four Peter Auto grids consisting of prototypes and grand touring cars that raced in the Spa 1000 km in days of yore – Ford GT40s, E-Type Jaguars, Shelby Cobras and Ferrari 250 GTs. Extra endurance thrills were provided by two grids invited by Peter Auto. The U2TC brought together cars of under 2-litres built before 1966 similar to those that competed in the early touring car Spa 24 Hours. And finally, the cherry on the cake was the field of Group C prototypes including a remarkable Jaguar XJR-14 from 1991 whose performances have little to envy those of the current crop of LMPs. (See Spa Classic 2015 – Race Reports)
Similar to 2013, Senior Photographer Julien Mahiels also documented the Spa Classic 2015, offering the following excellent pictures that show the field of entrants battling the famed Spa circuit. We split up Julien’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and race reports / results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs. To see more from Julien, visit julienmahiels.net.
Spa Classic 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery
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