RE: Join us at Spa!

RE: Join us at Spa!

Thursday 30th August 2012

Join us at Spa!

It's one of the best circuits in the world and you can come and drive it with PistonHeads



Ever driven Spa? No? Well, you need to. Plenty of tracks stake a claim on the term β€˜legendary’ but Spa Francorchamps is among a very select few that actually live up to it. It’s got the lot too – fabulous scenery, an incredibly rich history, some truly thrilling corners and elevation changes (combined in one at Eau Rouge of course) and the added appeal of being just three hours or so from Calais. Unlike its equally famous neighbour over the border in the Eifel Mountains Spa has the added appeal of being relatively (relatively…) safe, its status as a modern-day F1 circuit meaning less chance of an expensive encounter with the Armco.

AMG's 300SEL 6.3 monsters Eau Rouge
AMG's 300SEL 6.3 monsters Eau Rouge
That doesn’t mean it’s dumbed down or boring though. Unlike many modern tracks Spa isn’t just point and squirt slow corners linked by short straights and is one of few places where truly fast cars can really be let off the leash and show their mettle. Eau Rouge is the one everyone remembers but Pouhon, Stavelot and Blanchimont are all massively fast, open and challenging corners that demand serious commitment and bravery to take at full speed. Knowing that you’re following in the wheeltracks of some of the most legendary names in F1 and sports car racing only adds to the sense of occasion.

But you probably know all that already. So by now you’ll be wanting to know how you can join us for the first ever PistonHeads Spa track day. Organised in conjunction with RSR Spa, the Belgian offshoot of established ’ring rental and tuition firm RSR Nurburg, we’ve got a number of places available on an open-pitlane track day on September 28.

Driving Spa is a definite bucket list goal
Driving Spa is a definite bucket list goal
It’ll cost you 575 euros to attend but for that you not only get a full day – 9am to 6pm – on track but also an exclusive PistonHeads pit box/garage at the bottom of Eau Rouge with a fantastic view of this iconic corner. Lunch is included and private instruction, technical assistance and Racelogic Vbox datalogging/video equipment are also available at extra cost.

The price is based around one car with one driver (additional drivers 150 euros, passengers with catering 75 euros) and you can register here.

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Mermaid

Original Poster:

21,492 posts

127 months

Friday 10th August 2012
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RSR's cars can be rented - prices on the application form.

Edited by Mermaid on Friday 10th August 13:13

ashleyqprw12

165 posts

103 months

Friday 10th August 2012
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Gutted this isn't a weekend or i'd of been all over it! Would love to go around Spa!

dinkel

25,386 posts

214 months

Friday 10th August 2012
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Spa is awesome.

Everyone who laps it under 3 mins is a hero!

Elevation and high speed corners make it a challenge. Relative easy on the tires, pro pilots tell me.

And then there's La Source and Eau Rouge . . . legendary track and beautifull in the Ardens woods. Different climates in one lap!

Paddocks and pitlane ooze history.

Spa 6 next month. Maybe see you there.

juansolo

3,012 posts

234 months

Friday 10th August 2012
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dinkel said:
Spa is awesome.
Agree. Just got back, it was rather marvellous (as usual).

dinkel said:
Everyone who laps it under 3 mins is a hero!
Shucks *shuffles feet*

Though to be fair, I suspect the car helps wink


michaelw3628

193 posts

162 months

Friday 10th August 2012
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Epic track. A wonderful place to be in the vicinity of and a truly wonderful place to drive a car round. Done it twice in various forms of Clio's and although there's other faster cars available I don't believe it matters. Still the same tingly feeling.
That said its a shame I can't go. frownfrown

dinkel

25,386 posts

214 months

juansolo

3,012 posts

234 months

Saturday 11th August 2012
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That's AndrewD of this forum, he's still easily a couple of seconds quicker than us. Flappy paddles and first hand slicks help, I'll begrudgingly admit probably a little more talent also wink Though we do appear to have slightly taller gearing and our car beat him in that race tongue out It's before we owned it mind you.

Our footage and some data for those geekily inclined, is here: http://juansolo.demon.co.uk/motas/juno14.html It looks a little less frantic when you're not racing!

Edited by juansolo on Saturday 11th August 09:25

dinkel

25,386 posts

214 months

Saturday 11th August 2012
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2:42 is bloody quick!

45 mph through LS: is that 2nd gear?

Interesting to hear the difference in 'use of right foot'.


More snaps end of next month.

juansolo

3,012 posts

234 months

Saturday 11th August 2012
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dinkel said:
2:42 is bloody quick!

45 mph through LS: is that 2nd gear?

Interesting to hear the difference in 'use of right foot'.
Yep, we're in 2nd for LS (the blip to 1st in the data was a mistake on my part). The gearing thing is interesting as it actually has quite a bit of torque for what it is, so we don't tend to rev the nuts off it. We're not racing and neither of us are minted so mechanical sympathy is good!

jenksndubs

70 posts

120 months

Saturday 11th August 2012
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Mermaid said:
RSR's cars can be rented - prices on the application form.

Edited by Mermaid on Friday 10th August 13:13
Where exactly are these prices? Only figures I can find are for extra fuel? However I am viewing on my iPhone?
Thanks

Mermaid

Original Poster:

21,492 posts

127 months

Saturday 11th August 2012
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jenksndubs said:
Mermaid said:
RSR's cars can be rented - prices on the application form.

Edited by Mermaid on Friday 10th August 13:13
Where exactly are these prices? Only figures I can find are for extra fuel? However I am viewing on my iPhone?
Thanks
If you can click on where it says register here on the last line of the article, and then half way through.

mikeyb13

97 posts

166 months

Saturday 11th August 2012
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I went for the first time earlier this year. Awesome track, mind blowing how fast you can take some of the corners. Managed sub 3 mins too, but not sure if thats actually that fast?


dinkel

25,386 posts

214 months

Sunday 12th August 2012
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I've been told by expert drivers that every sec under 3 mins is really quick.

At Spa6 the E-types, Healeys and Falcons manage 3:03 best.

ads_green

833 posts

188 months

Thursday 30th August 2012
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Just looking at the RSR t&c's... do people actually rent their cars?

€50,000 excess on a 260 Exige/211?
If damage over 50% then full amount payable immediately?!?

If on public road and insurance company refuse to pay for whatever reason then full cost of replacement car payable.

Mechanical failure is drivers responsibility.

They can replace the car without notice or reason and then give you a credit note valid for 12months for the difference.


RX7

258 posts

200 months

Thursday 30th August 2012
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Is there db limits, no mention that i can see?

Antj

770 posts

156 months

Thursday 30th August 2012
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575 euros blimey,

just two weeks latter and the northloop day at spa is only £199 ( sold out now of course)


otta

99 posts

97 months

Thursday 30th August 2012
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RX7 said:
Is there db limits, no mention that i can see?
105 i think

boxsey

3,477 posts

166 months

Friday 31st August 2012
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Antj said:
575 euros blimey,
My thoughts too!