This weekend’s Spa 24 Hours is one of the biggest races in the world and is also one with a special significance for Ferrari. The 69th edition of the race held on the legendary Ardennes circuit will see 11 Prancing Horse cars on track.
The endurance race witnessed the first appearance of the Prancing Horse badge on the cars of the Scuderia Ferrari. The mother of First World War hero Francesco Baracca had entrusted the symbol to Enzo Ferrari. That symbol immediately brought luck to Ferrari, who in 1932, 15 years before founding his company, deployed a number of Alfa Romeos in the Scuderia’s colours. Indeed, the Spa 24 Hours of 1932 saw two Alfa Romeo 8C 2300s with the black prancing horse on a yellow background. The winner was car no. 38 driven by Antonio Brivio and Eugenio Siena, who finished ahead of teammates Piero Taruffi and Guido d’Ippolito, in what was an extraordinary success. Since then Maranello has tasted victory almost a hundred times at Spa-Francorchamps in closed-wheel competitions.
Eleven 488 GT3 cars will start the race on Saturday with eight official Ferrari drivers on the grid. The Pro-Am cup sees Ferrari having its strongest appearance with six cars from Maranello. In the Pro Class there are three 488 GT3’s on the grid, with five official Ferrari drivers spread over the three cars. In the Am Cup only two prancing horse cars will appeare. The #488 from Rinaldi Racing and the Kessel Racing #888.
The race will start on Saturday at 04:30 pm and will finish on Sunday 04:30 pm