Spa 4H Classic: Race Split Shock

Posted: 23rd December 2017

Spa 4 Hour Classic will be run as two separate two hour races – Race will be run completely during daylight – Only one event in European Classic Series – New ECS regulations will be tested this year, 'completed' next year...

In a shock announcement, the European Classic Series organisers have announced that the Spa 4 Hour Classic endurance race will be run as two separate 2 hour races at this year's Belgian event, and that neither of these race will feature any night time racing.

Describing the changes as part of a “transition year” for the series, the organisers have also confirmed that the Spa race will be the only event in a series which last year featured rounds at Donington Park, Imola and Aragon as well as Spa.

DGSport, European Classic Series organisers, announced a revision to their technical regulations in November last year, introducing an 'Evo' class for liquid cooled, aluminium framed superbikes made up to the end of 1991. This would have allowed Kawasaki ZXR750s, Yamaha OW01s, Suzuki GSX-R750s and Honda RC30s to join the grid, changing the nature of the classic endurance race significantly.

It now seems as though the new ECS regulations are being reconsidered, with a 'completed set of regulations' to be announced for the 2019 season.

For now the Spa 4 Hour Classic will take place as a standalone event, separate from the recently launched European Endurance Legend Cup series for pre-1985 machines which features four hour races at Circuit Paul Ricard, Donington Park and Oschersleben's German Speedweek.

The Spa 4 Hour Classic takes place on June 29-30th and July 1st 2018

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    Words, Photos: Martin Gelder