The TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa in 24 facts

With the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa on the horizon, it’s the perfect time to take a look back at some key facts and figures about the big race. We’ve compiled the perfect number – 24, of course – to whet your appetite for the 74th edition of this year’s Belgian endurance classic.

  1. GPX Martini Racing has the only crew composed entirely of Spa TotalEnergies 24 Hours winners. The Porsche team brought together the same three drivers who claimed its first victory at the event in 2019: Kevin Estre, Richard Lietz and Michael Christensen.

  2. Raffaele Marciello conquered Super Pole in 2020 and 2021, while fellow Mercedes-AMG factory ace Maro Engel secured the top spot in 2019. If the German brand continues this trend, it will become the first marque to secure four consecutive pole positions in the GT era. .

  3. The new Gold Cup category brought together a field of 15 cars for its first appearance at the 24 Hours of Spa TotalEnergies. Among the entries are five winners from other classes: AF Corse, Barwell Motorsport, Haupt Racing Team, Team WRT and Walkenhorst Motorsport.

  4. There will be six competitors on the grid in 2022. Sarah Bovy, Rahel Frey, Michelle Gatting and Doriane Pin will share the Ferrari #83 Iron Dames, making it the event’s first all-female crew since 1997. Elsewhere, Samantha Tan will drive a BMW for his own team and Reema Juffali is part of the #20 SPS Mercedes-AMG lineup.

  5. McLaren achieved its best result at the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa when it finished seventh overall last year. The JOTA #38 entry will drive the British marque’s hopes of glory this year, with returning riders Rob Bell and Ollie Wilkinson joined by Marvin Kirchhöfer.

  6. A record eight cars finished in the first lap at the 2020 edition, including representatives from Porsche, Audi, Ferrari and Mercedes-AMG. At last year’s event, only the top three (Ferrari, Audi and Aston Martin) were in the lead lap. The biggest margin of victory in the GT era was eight laps in 2003.

  7. Considering the average starting position of the winner in the GT era, the “theoretical best place to qualify” is ninth. However, no car started from P9 and won during this period. Last season’s Iron Lynx-winning Ferrari started the race from 13th on the grid, while Phoenix Racing won the 2012 edition from 29th with its Audi.

  8. Audi has finished on the overall podium 10 times since the start of the GT3 era in 2011, including victories in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2017. Its “worst” result during this period was fourth in 2019.

  9. In the 2021 edition, Aston Martin secured its first overall podium in 13 years thanks to a brilliant performance by the Garage 59 crew of Thiim/Sørensen/Gunn, which matched the result obtained by Gigawave Motorsport in 2008. Aston’s last Ardennes victory came in 1948 with its 2-litre Sports model.

  10. In total, 15 drivers entered in the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa have a parent who has already taken part in the race. Among them, Maxime Martin, whose father Jean-Michel won the event four times, and Sean Walkinshaw, whose late father Tom was twice winner. By Sunday afternoon, the number will have increased to 16: Brenton Grove will race alongside his father Stephen, who is due to make his TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa debut.

  11. There are 16 winners of the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa on the 2022 grid. Among them, three double winners: Andrea Bertolini (2006 & 2008), Markus Winkelhock (2014 & 2017) and Laurens Vanthoor (2014 & 2020). Bertolini joins Earl Bamber (2020) as one of two overall winners competing outside the Pro class.

  12. Iron Lynx won the 2021 edition to end a 17-year gap between Ferrari wins. Five other active brands have already won the race: Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche.

  13. Marco Mapelli set the fastest race lap of the GT3 era – a 2m18.146s – in the 2020 edition. This year, the Swiss-Italian ace will share the #6 Lamborghini Orange1 K-PAX Racing with his longtime co-driver Andrea Caldarelli and South African Jordan Pepper.

  14. The Silver Cup attracted a record 18 cars this year. The class joined the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa program in 2018 and saw Lamborghini and Mercedes-AMG claim two wins each. Six brands will compete for victory in 2022.

  15. A total of 19 brands have won the race since its first edition in 1924, while eight have been victorious since the introduction of GT rules in 2001. There have been five winners in the GT3 era: Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche.

  16. With 24 victories in total, BMW is the most successful brand in the history of the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa. Its first victory dates back to 1965 with the 1800 TI/SA, while the most recent was in 2018 when the Walkenhorst Motorsport team triumphed with its M6 GT3. This year, the Bavarian brand will take its first steps with the new M4 GT3.

  17. This year’s TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa program will include a support race celebrating 30 years of SRO Motorsports Group. GT Anniversary 2022 is set to bring some incredible cars back to Spa-Francorchamps, including class-winning GT1, GT2 and GT3 machines.

  18. The entry list for this year’s race includes 36 different nationalities. Although still subject to change, Germany appears to be the best-represented nation on the grid, followed by France, Great Britain, Italy and Belgium.

  19. Lorenzo Patrese will make his TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa debut this year at the age of 16. He will do so four years after his father, former Grand Prix ace Riccardo, who came out of retirement to make his first appearance in the Ardennes classic at the age of 64.

  20. With a confirmed field of 66 cars, this will be the second largest GT grid at the 24 Hours of Spa TotalEnergies. The single biggest entry was in 2019 when a record 72 cars started

  21. 2022 will mark the 74th edition of the 24 Hours of Spa TotalEnergies, which was held for the very first time on July 20/21, 1924. It will be the 59th consecutive year after a 10-year hiatus between 1954 and 1963.

  22. The Bentley #107 CMR will wear an unmistakable art car livery at this year’s race. The French team’s entrance was designed by Jean Boghossian, a Brussels-based artist who uses fire and smoke to create his work.

  23. Barring last-minute changes, a total of 235 drivers will take part in the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa this year. The most common names on the entry list are Nicholas and Michael, which in their different spellings make up more than 10% of the grid.

  24. The record number of laps completed at the 24 Hours of Spa TotalEnergies stands at 589, set in 2006 by the winning Maserati MC12 and the second-placed Aston Martin DBR9. Last year’s race lasted 556 laps, a distance of 3,894.22 kilometres, making it the “longest” 24 Hours since 2013.