F1 Fanatic - Tim
Going back to Spa for the 4th year on the trot. Will be staying in Francorchamps at the campsite opposite the Racing Hotel and got tickets for Eau Rouge (too old to be able to hack the 6am start to get to Pouhon for the race). Can’t wait for the parties, fireworks, shocking music, meeting all the like-minded people and apparently there is a race at some point as well. Highlights from last year for me were the JB win, Natalie Pinkham turning up at the campsite and the lunatic that turned up on Sunday night with a transit van full of fireworks. Having a few beers on the grass at Eau Rouge post-race in late afternoon sun was also pretty awesome.
Wayne, we stay at a campsite in Francorchamps – entrance opposite the racing hotel I think. no booking required. Its pretty basic but the shower and toilet facilities are excellent. There’s the racing hotel which is open til late and other tented bars all within 100 yards. Its about a 5 minute walk from the circuit entrance for the hairpin at the end of the start/finish straight. It does get very loud, particularly on a saturday night and until late.
Bronze tickets get you in to the circuit and you can watch from anywhere that isnt a numbered seat, but you’ll need to get into the circuit first thing on race day for a decent spot. All the campsites are usually rammed with campervans
Going to Bellgium again this year. Always try and do it on the cheap. General admission ticket from spagrandprix (sit on the hill at Pouhon – bit of a walk but worth it), Eurostar to Brussells (£69ish return from London, 1hr 15 from track), crappy hire car, arm with cheap beer and supplies in Verivier, campsite at Francorchamps where there’s bars, parties, fireworks etc till about 4am (about £140 for a group of four). Looking forward to it already. If you’re going to drive back to Brussels midi station get a sat nav or leave way early – the road system in central brussels is probably the most complicated in Europe. Also if your planning drinking in the circuit, they let you take your own supplies in, unlike a lot of other circuits. The burgers and sausages are revolting, but the chips are great and the waffle places are like a european convention for wasps. Hope this helps anyone going for the first time.