The corners of the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit

Spa Corners -

The following test is an extract from the Spa-Francorchamps website. You can see the original article – here

La Source, also called the hairpin Source corner, is is turn 1 and designed in a U shape, it is the slowest corner on the circuit. It draws its name from the various water sources in the region and particularly in the Spa area.

Le Raidillon…. de l’Eau Rouge is a stream that runs under the little bridge at the foot of the Raidillon. The sequence of movement is considered the best triple challenge in the world with incredible skills needed for the approach and to stay on the road. 

Kemmel. The Kemmel ascent leads from the Raidillon to the Combes corner via a long ribbon of tarmac characterised by a slope and a curve which is taken on easily to the max. 

Les Combes. The chicane of Combes, a small incised valley or gorg, is a highly technical part of the circuit. A quick right-left punch opens up the bend to the right which determines the speed at the moment of approaching the descent toward Bruxelles. 

Bruxelles is a bend curving to the right which seems to be never-ending. 

The double left of Pouhon is a major challenge on the circuit. After a straight line of descent, the Pouhon is negotiated at dizzying speeds. 

Fagnes. The double bend of Fagnes is approached at very high speeds as it follows a small right line after a very fast double left. The name used refers to the Fagnes (fens) region as the village of Francorchamps is located there.

Campus. The Campus corner is a fast curve bending to the right, and its name comes from Campus Automobile adjacent to the track. 

Paul Frère. Paul Frère was the greatest racing driver and journalist of all time. 

The double left of Blanchimont, which holds onto its eponymous village name, is a double bend that is particularly difficult to negotiate given the speeds attained. 

Chicane.The last challenge to approach is a slow corner in an S which in the old days, was known as the “Bus Stop” there used to be a bus stop there. The right-left is particularly tight and negotiating it with good timing is essential, not only to end a fast lap in optimal conditions but also to start the next one well.


Andrew Burden

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