Log In / Sign Up

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium
View maps as JPEGs here
Back to Map
MX-5 Miata
911 GT3 RS 4.0
Yamaha FZ1
F1 Car
4.36 MI
7.02 KM
full browser
Hide Tools
Double click or press Esc to exit full screen
Loading Map...
Loading markers...
*PLEASE NOTE* The racing lines and simulations shown here are based on a simplified analysis that does not incorporate 3D effects such as camber and elevation, track irregularities, or surface conditions. It assumes perfect grip and perfect pilot control. Always temper your approach to a racetrack with common sense and an awareness of your skill level. Be safe out there!
tags Tags allowed: <b> <em> <strike> <a>
Lap Times Explained

Each column represents a vehicle driven on different racing lines. For example, the first row of the first column is the time for the Miata driven on its own line. The second row represents the Miata driven on the Porsche's racing line, and so on. It is expected that when a vehicle is driven on its own line (large font) the lap time will be the quickest. Otherwise, Al has not done his job very well.

Line Miata GT3 RS Moto F1 beta
Miata 2'58.92 +1.06 +2.15 +0.40
GT3 RS +1.71 2'31.33 +1.12 +1.15
Moto +2.53 +0.14 2'33.51 +2.36
F1 +1.71 +1.65 +2.03 1'42.47

Suggest a resource or video

Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

clear form max 500 characters

Resource Guidelines

You are welcome to suggest a resource for Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. Valuable resources include:
  • YouTube videos
  • Websites
  • PDFs
Resources which are excellent demonstrations or discussions of the racing line at this circuit will be added to the page. Thank you for contributing!

The Racing Line at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps

Home to the Belgian Grand Prix, Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is a track with a storied racing history. The gargantuan 15 km original layout, dating back to 1920, has since shrunk down to the modern 4.35 mile circuit. In the process, it's become one of the most beloved tracks around the world. Beautifully constructed, challenging, vast, and unique, Spa-Francorchamps represents just about everything that a motorsport circuit should be. Too bad us Yanks have to cross the Atlantic to get to it!

The Chicane is a brutal right-left uphill pair of corners that seems to leave most drivers scratching their heads. It sets everybody up for Turn 1, where the most common mistake is trying to be too daring with brakes and missing the apex. This is doubly bad beause it saps exit speed on the straight between Turns 1 and 3, which consequently throws your timing off for Eau Rouge, which is the most thrilling and arguably most important combination of corners on the track. Many drivers end up taking poor lines here, and you can take advantage of the passing opportunities that result on the seemingly infinite Kemmel Straight.

I won't claim to know the secret to nailing Eau Rouge, but Al gives a couple pointers which could be pretty helpful. First, it's not necessary to be all the way to the far right before entering Turn 3. It's a gradual turn in from 10-20 feet off of the right wall. The second rule of thumb is that if you find yourself being forced to use the right-hand curbing at the Turn 5 exit, you're carrying too much speed through Turn 4, or gassing it too early and running wide, or some combination. An exception may be the modern literbike, which requires more room exiting Turn 5 as it puts the big power down at high lean.

Les Combes doesn't require too much special attention, but most vehicles should avoid driving back to the left too much between Turns 8 and 9. After that is Bruxelles, where Al recommends a double apex, but most drivers enter wide and take a single apex. Don't exit Turn 10 too wide, because Turn 11 comes up quickly and requires setting up on the far right.

Pouhon is an extremely tough corner, requiring high speed and a precise touch in order to make full use of the track. All vehicles can hit the first apex slightly early in order to get far enough to the outside before closing in on the final apex.

From this point on, the line is pretty predictable, with all vehicles following a nearly identical path. Snake your way through Campus, stay clean through Stavelot, and then head into the very fast back section. If you're in a Miata with good tires, you can be full throttle from the apex of 15 all the way up to the braking zone for Turn 19. That's right, you get to blast through Turn 18 Formula One style with the pedal to the metal. Everybody else has to brake, though. Speaking of 18, the track is shaped such that you should clip a very late apex. That leads us back to the Chicane - don't try to do too much, or you'll get passed on the straight leading back to Turn 1.

Markus Nikowitsch - Lotus Cup 2012

Founder's Notes

Here's twenty minutes of hard racing to get you familiar with the track. The lines are pretty spot on, except for no double apex at Bruxelles (Turn 10).

911 GT3 RSR Tears It Up

Founder's Notes

Isn't it great having the fastest car, and being the best driver? Unfortunately there seem to be some gearbox issues that result in a couple visits to the pits. Things I noticed about the racing line: the driver sets up farther to the outside than necessary going into Raidillon Eau Rouge. Exiting Turn 8, s-he also tends to turn back toward the left side of the track quite a bit before turning in for 9. Finally, the apex at Turn 12 is later than Al's, but they seem to be very fast through that corner regardless.


Founder's Notes

I think watching onboard of a motorcycle going fast at Spa really highlights how difficult it is to get the lines just right at this huge circuit. Although there's a lot of room to clean things up, this is a very good effort.