A lap at old Spa-Francorchamps

On this page I will take you for a lap on the old circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.
I show you not only the familiar route, but also the less known variants like the old l'Ancienne Douane, since 1939 cut-off by the Raidillon, and the chicane at Masta.

Spa-Francorchamps
We start our lap at the original Start/Finish straight. Since 1983 the Formula 1 start at another straight because this one was descending too steep.

Raidillon on the Eau Rouge Spa-Francorchamps
Until 1938 here was only a left hand corner, the Eau-Rouge. Since 1939 the steep right hand corner cuts off the l'Ancienne Douane section, the famous Raidillon!

Raidillon on the Eau Rouge Spa-Francorchamps
Here you can still recognize the original left hander!

l'Ancienne Douane Spa-Francorchamps
Now we follow the original track with the l'Ancienne Douane Hairpin.

l'Ancienne Douane Spa-Francorchamps

l'Ancienne Douane Spa-Francorchamps

l'Ancienne Douane Spa-Francorchamps

l'Ancienne Douane/Raidillon on the Eau Rouge Spa-Francorchamps
The little road you see is a remain of the original road. Until 1995 it had its original wideness but for the enlargement of the run off area at the Raidillon they removed a part of the surface. Till 2000 the l'Ancienne Douane was a part of the public road. Until 1995 for traffic in both directions, and after 1995 only for descending traffic. Because this road was narrowed, increasing traffic had to take the steep climb on the Raidillon!

Raidillon on the Eau Rouge Spa-Francorchamps
A great view from the Raidillon and the start/finish straight (Thanks to the Marshalls who allowed me to take this picture from their post).

Kemmel Spa-Francorchamps
Then over the Kemmel Straight, which wasn't a straight original but a section with fast kinks, to Les Combes...

Les Combes Spa-Francorchamps
No, Les Combes is not a chicane. It's a fast left hand corner at the highest point of the track!

Spa-Francorchamps
After Les Combes downhill. The start of a very fast and spectacular descending section!

Haute de la Cote Spa-Francorchamps
Haute de la Cote

Burnenville Spa-Francorchamps
At high speed to Burnenville.

Burnenville Spa-Francorchamps
Burnenville

House at Burnenville Spa-Francorchamps
The famous house at Burnenville.

Malmedy Spa-Francorchamps
The first of the fast left right combination Malmedy

Malmedy Spa-Francorchamps
The second of Malmedy.

Masta Straight Spa-Francorchamps
Blasting full throttle on the Masta Straight!

Masta Kink Spa-Francorchamps
The famous Masta Kink. In fact is was a very fast left right combination.

Masta Chicane Spa-Francorchamps
But there was also an alternative for the fast S-corner, a chicane. This chicane was constructed in 1975 in an attempt to make the track safer. But after tests it was found more dangerous than the original corner and the chicane has never been used!

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Masta Chicane Spa-Francorchamps
Today you can still find the curbs of the chicane!

Masta Straight Spa-Francorchamps
The second part of the Masta section.

Holowell Straight Spa-Francorchamps
And full throttle again on the Holowell Straight.

Holowell Kink Spa-Francorchamps
The fast kink at Holowell.

Stavelot Spa-Francorchamps
Right the entry to the banked Stavelot Corner. Just like the famous Raidillon this was an artificial corner, constructed in 1947, to make the circuit faster...

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Stavelot pre 1947 Spa-Francorchamps
But we follw the original pre 1947 section!

Stavelot pre 1947 Spa-Francorchamps

Stavelot pre 1947 Spa-Francorchamps

Stavelot pre 1947 Spa-Francorchamps

Stavelot pre 1947 Spa-Francorchamps
On the junction we turn right!

Spa-Francorchamps

Stavelot Spa-Francorchamps
On the right hand the exit of the Stavelot Corner.

La Carriére Spa-Francorchamps
The first one of a series of fast kinks at La Carriére.

La Carriére Spa-Francorchamps

La Carriére Spa-Francorchamps
Long time the surface of this part of the track was in a very bad condition...

Spa-Francorchamps
But today there's a brand new surface!


Spa-Francorchamps
After the fence the new part connect to the original part, which is now a permanent circuit from here.

Blanchimont Spa-Francorchamps
Full throttle to Blanchimont (on the background)!

Blanchimont Spa-Francorchamps
Exit Blanchimont.

Bus stop chicane Spa-Francorchamps
After Blanchimont the speed was killed by a chicane since 1981. In 2007 this section has undergone a tremendous renevation with a new chicane. Above the current situation...

Bus stop chicane Spa-Francorchamps
The old chicane in 2005. On the right you see the original road which was used by traffic until they changed the semi street circuit into a permanent race track in 2000.

Dick Seaman crash site Spa-Francorchamps
Than trough the left kink, before 1981 without chicane, to a short straight. This was also the site where Dick Seaman had his fatal accident in 1939.

Start-Finish Spa-Francorchamps
That short straight is since 1983 the Start/Finish of the Formula One. On the background the original La Source hairpin. Since 2007 La Source has been moved inside.

La Source Spa-Francorchamps
Exit La Source to the old Start/Finish straight...

Old Start-Finish Spa-Francorchamps
Where our lap at old Spa-Francorchamps ends!

© Text: Herman Liesemeijer
Photos: Herman Liesemeijer & Vera Lodder (Photo Kemmel Straight)

                  

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