Welcome to the biggest GT3 race in the world! Once a year, the elite GT3 sports cars come together in Belgium for an event at one of the world’s most beautiful race tracks. The Spa 24 Hours has a cult character in the hearts of its fans. Audi has won this classic endurance race three times since 2011.
This legendary 24-hour race took place for the first time in 1924, and it has been held annually since 1964. 2009 was the first time that an Audi Sport customer racing team took part in the event with an Audi R8 LMS. Two years later, the brand with the four rings won for the first time: Audi Sport Team WRT won the race with Mattias Ekström, Timo Scheider and Greg Franchi. Audi Sport Performance cars Team Phoenix triumphed one year later with the driver trio of Andrea Piccini, René Rast and Frank Stippler. In 2014, the trophy was awarded to René Rast, Markus Winkelhock and Laurens Vanthoor from Belgian Audi Club Team WRT.
For Audi, the event in 2017 will not only be about claiming a fourth overall victory. Since 2014, Audi has won the Coupe du Roi three times in succession, an award from the Royal Automobile Club Belgium for the best manufacturer. The trophy was awarded for the first time in motorsport 104 years ago: In 1913, the winner of the Belgian Grand Prix was awarded with the trophy for the first time. This year, the 66-car grid will be comprised of eleven manufacturers competing for the overall victory and the Coupe du Roi.
Achieving success on the 7.004-kilometre-long Ardennes roller coaster is a worthwhile endeavour in more ways than one. In addition to the opportunity of scoring outstanding individual success in the most important 24-hour race for GT3 racing cars, it is also an event that offers points for two important championships: In the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, the race is the fourth of five events, and due to its special importance, points will be awarded after 6, 12 and 24 hours of racing. At the same time, the 24-hour race is the second of four races in the Intercontinental GT Challenge – the only worldwide racing series for GT3 sports cars, wherein Audi is the defending title holder.