Mark Bates / Porsche 911 RSR

It’s of no use to tell you more about the Spa race track. An iconic place for any motorsport fan, no matter if he’s actively taking part in the motorsport scene or just watching and enjoying it next to the track. The track is known to the motorsport fans since years and years.And the end of September, thousands of fans come visit an event that brings the track back to the glorious historic days : the Spa 6 hours.

Radaillon Spa 6h
Radaillon Spa 6h

Approx 600 historic race cars from all ages came from all over Europe to take part in the annual meeting to plunge back in the spirits of the famous post-war years of motorsport and racing. Next to the action on the track, there’s plenty of things to do next to the track with a ‘shopping village’ where you can find about everything vintage you like. Vintage racing clothes, vintage watches , books about your favourite car or race-track…

The different races during the weekend were the FIA Masters Historic F1 Championship, the FIA Masters Historics Sports Car Chamionship, the Masters Gentleman Drivers, the Masters Touring Cars, the Canam Interserie Challenge, the Historic Motor Racing News pre-63 GT, the Woodcote Trophy & Stirling Moss Trophy, the Historic Grand Prix Cars Association, the British Sports – GT & Saloon Challenge , the Historic Sports Car Club Open Wheel Race and last but ofcourse not least the Spa 6hours Endurance race.

As a Porsche enthusiast, the most important races were without any doubt the Fia Masters Historics, with some Porsche RSR’s and an RS at the start. Unforunately the real big guys like the Porsche 906 Carrera 6, Porsche 910 and other true prototypes didn’t show up despite the fact that the weekend took place at the iconic Spa race track. However. Nevertheless spectacle assured in this great series with a victory for M. Bates in a Porsche 911 RSR, beating more powerfull McLaren’s and Lola’s.

In the Pre 63 GT Historic Motor Racing News, a race completely filled with british cars and the field filled up with a few Italians like Alfa Romeo and Ferrari, just a few Porsches 356 showed up, without them being able to conquer against the other cars for victory. However, it’s always great to see these tiny cars on a race track, and I can only support the people who’re still willing to do so. Same story in the Woodcote Stirling Moss Trophy, a 90% british field. Probably the most photographed car was the blue Elva MKIII, not only because of the beauty of the car, but a former Belgian prime minister at the wheel of a vintage race car on the race track was quite surprising for many visitors.

Without any doubt, we can state that the main race of the complete weekend is the 6 hours endurance race, which starts on Saturday at 4PM. Seen the time of the year, this means the drivers have to deal with both day and night racing, and the always changing weather conditions at the Spa race track. The field was dominated by an amazing amount of Ford GT40’s, which can clearly be seen in the final results too. No less than 6 of these cars in the top 10. Quite a lot of early Porsches 911 on the track too, but you can understand it’s hard f

Chris Mulder / 1965 Porsche 911
Chris Mulder / 1965 Porsche 911

or them to compete against the much more powerfull GT40s and Corvette’s. First Porsche crossing the chequered flag was the Porsche 901 of Maxted-Page.

Special sympathy goes to the Chris Mulder team from Holland,

who had a wonderfull preparation for the 6hours race without sparing expenses, but unfortunately they had to abandon the trainings on Friday because of a technical problem, which couldn’t be resolved in time. End of race for them but nonetheless they had a great time.