CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa


The world’s biggest GT3 race


The 24-hour race at the legendary Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is one of the most storied motorsport events in the world. It is part of the GT World Challenge Europe as well as the Intercontinental GT Challenge race calendars and the largest endurance race to exclusively feature GT3 category cars. In addition, the 24 Hours of Spa play a special role in AMG's history: in 1971, Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz celebrated a sensational second place with their Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.8 AMG and also secured victory in their class – the first of many milestones to follow in the motorsports history of Mercedes-AMG.

2023 CROWDSTRIKE 24 HOURS OF SPA

The 75th edition of the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa is set to take place from 29th June to 2nd July, 2023.

Further information on the CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa on the organiser's website.

Historic 1-2 in the TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa 2022

With 14 Mercedes-AMG GT3s and 51 drivers, nine Customer Racing Teams competed in the 2022 TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa.  After the last overall win to date in 2013, Mercedes-AMG Team AKKODIS ASP with Jules Gounon (FRA), Daniel Juncadella (ESP) and Raffaele Marciello (SUI) secured the long-awaited next win in the world’s biggest GT3 race on the 31st of July.  Second place for Mercedes-AMG Team GetSpeed with Maximilian Götz (GER), Steijn Schothorst (NED) and Luca Stolz (GER) rounded out a historic 1-2 for Mercedes-AMG at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The #55 Mercedes-AMG GT3 run by Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM had an alternative strategy, was also in contention for overall honours for a long time and eventually was classified in fourth place. The teams in the various classes also had reason to celebrate: SPS automotive performance won the Bronze Cup, SunEnergy1 by SPS secured the runner-up spot in the Pro-Am class and SKY – Tempesta Racing was classified in third place of the Gold Cup that was run for the first time. With this result, the “Coupe du Roi” for the most successful manufacturer also went to Affalterbach.

Continuation of the pole streak and a 1-2 in Silver Cup in 2021

For Mercedes-AMG Motorsport, the 73rd running of the classic was a special occasion: 50 years earlier, Hans Heyer and Clemens Schickentanz had finished a sensational 2nd overall with the Mercedes 300 SEL 6.8 AMG in the 1971 24-hour race and also secured victory in their class. That laid the foundation for the AMG legend. Ever since, the race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps has had its fixed place in Mercedes-AMG’s motorsport history and is an important consistent element in the customer sports programme. With the #88 car, Raffaele Marciello (ITA) posted the fastest lap time in the Super Pole session, so that a Mercedes-AMG GT3 started the race from pole position like in the two years before already. In the race itself, both his team and the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT with the #4 car lacked the necessary bit of racing luck. Following technical issues, both cars retired early. The best-placed Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the 2021 TotalEnergies 24 Hours of Spa was the #89 AKKA ASP Team entry with drivers Lucas Auer (AUT), Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS) and Felipe Fraga (BRA) in tenth place overall. In the Silver Cup classification, Madpanda Motorsport and Toksport WRT made it a 1-2 for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport.

1-2 in the Silver Cup and a top ten result in 2020

In extremely difficult conditions, Mercedes-AMG Motorsport achieved a respectable result in the 2020 Total 24 Hours of Spa. The best-placed GT3 from Affalterbach was the Mercedes-AMG Team HRT entry with Vincent Abril (FRA), Maro Engel (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER): the trio with the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3 finished in seventh place after 527 laps. The #88 Mercedes-AMG Team AKKA ASP entry dominated the first half of the race. However, damage resulting from a collision led to retirement for Timur Boguslavskiy (RUS), Felipe Fraga (BRA) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA). In the Silver Cup classification of the 24-hour race, two Customer Racing Teams came out on top: with the #5 Mercedes-AMG GT3, Haupt Racing Team secured the class win with Sergej Afanasiev (RUS), Michele Beretta (ITA), Hubert Haupt (GER) and Gabriele Piana (ITA). Indy Dontje (NED), Philip Ellis (SUI) and Russell Ward (USA) finished second in class with the #84 HTP-Winward Motorsport car. 

Victory in 2013 and the ‘Grand Slam’ win

In the 65th running of the Total 24 Hours of Spa in the year 2013, Mercedes-AMG achieved a historic feat: with the 100th race win of an SLS AMG GT3 since the start of the Customer Racing Programme in 2010, the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach was crowned as the winner at Spa-Francorchamps for the first time. After victories in the GT races at Dubai and Bathurst as well as the win at the Nürburgring, the success in the Belgian Ardennes marked the fourth title in a GT3 endurance racing classic within just one season. Maximilian Buhk, Maximilian Götz and Bernd Schneider (all GER) for HTP Motorsport cemented the so-called ‘Grand Slam’ in a thrilling race. With a time of 2m 21.861s, Schneider also drove the fastest race lap.