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Spa organisers reveal further upgrade progress

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06/01/2022

As work continues on Turn 8 and Blanchimont at the majestic Spa-Francorchamps, officials have released images of progress at Eau Rouge and Raidillon.

The top of Raidillon (Turn 4) will see the current tarmac run-off enlarged on the right side of the track, while the lower part of the section (Turn 3) will also feature a larger tarmac run-off.

A covered grandstand is being erected at the top of Raidillon for the end of April, comprising 4,600 places and VIP boxes.

Meanwhile, at Eau Rouge, the barriers will be moved to allow enlargement of the run-off.

The work, which got underway in the middle of November, is intended to obtain the double FIA/FIM official approval required to allow the return of motorcycle endurance to the iconic track, and forms part of an overall strategy aimed at the diversification of activities and the modernisation of its infrastructure.

Change at Eau Rouge and Raidillon has been mooted for some time, but while purists didn't want to see the DNA of the iconic section compromised, a number of serious accidents in recent years have forced organisers hands.

As previously reported, the run-off at La Source corner is being enlarged and a gravel trap is being placed there. Also, the 24hr grandstand is being replaced with a more modern grandstand, better integrated with its environment.

Also, at Les Combes and at Malmedy (Turns 6 and 7), the run-off is being enlarged, the barriers moved and the tarmac replaced by a gravel trap. New service roads will also be put in place.

The Belgian Grand Prix is scheduled for 29 August.

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1. Posted by Endre, 06/01/2022 21:14

"Let's not forget that these changes are mainly made to satisfy FIM requirements. It would be awesome to see MotoGP bikes here as well and not just endurance."

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2. Posted by Batman, 06/01/2022 16:38

"As I wrote somewhere before, until the conclusion of these changes/upgrades, no one can be sure but ... as far as I can see, I'm not convinced (yet) about the outcome from changes at turns 2 and 3.

I would definitely voted for a big trap gravel at the end of the straight between turn1 and turn 2. (get rid of that green please. We need safety not aesthetics)
I would voted for a significante gravel area at the exterior of turn 3.(get rid of that tarmac run-off no one will use it)"

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3. Posted by kenji, 06/01/2022 9:44

"At first glance and without better perspectives that looks tricky!!!"

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