As F1 arrives in Spa watch a lap from the driver’s perspective

August 18, 2011

Down the hill past the old pits, building speed, take the curb on the left and launch yourself into Eau Rouge at over 130mph, one of the most challenging series of corners in motor racing, the Mazda MX-5 GT took them all. Turn right, foot fully planted on the loud pedal, jink left, let the car drift and then onto the Kemmel straight. Foot flat in sixth, horizon approaching fast, brake from 150mph, dive right, then left, seatbelts straining against the lateral g-forces through Les Combes chicane and launch into the next section of track down towards the Bruxelles hairpin.

Nestling in the Ardennes Forest in Belgium, Spa Francorchamps is one of the greatest race circuits in the World and favours the brave with its high speed corners, blind crests, long straights and changeable weather. The Formula One circus arrives in town for the weekend of the 26th August for the Belgian Grand Prix, but what is it like to drive this iconic circuit?

The Mazda Jota team raced at the circuit in June with the MX-5 GT and to see what it is like to drive the circuit from a driver's point of view go to // to follow Mazda's race driver Mark Ticehurst talk through a lap of Spa in the Mazda MX-5 GT race car.

For further information on the Mazda MX-5 GT race programme go to or simply click here to download the free Mazda MX-5 GT motorsport iPad app from the Itunes store.

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