A few days before the beginning of the event, the program of the 4 Hours of Spa 2018 suggests a great show to come this 29-30 June and 1 July in Spa-Francorchamps in the framework of the A-XOC Bikers'Classics. In addition to the reviewed technical regulations (they now allow motorcycles produced until 1991) and a new racing format (with a first race on Saturday from 19:30 to 21:30 and a second one on Sunday from 14h to 16h), the list of participants is quite impressive.
The 4 Hours of Spa gathers some outstanding pilots, including Stéphane Mertens (Endurance World Champion, Vice World Champion Endurance and Superbike, 105 wins and 195 podiums in more than 35 years of career) or the British Guy Martin, best known as a great specialist of the Tourist Trophy of the Isle of Man. Young retiree of "modern" races, he only puts on his leathers to participate in atypical competitions like the 4 Hours of Spa Classic, where the atmosphere and friendliness are almost as important as the performance. A very versatile driver, he finished in second place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013. Just to say that he does not lack endurance experience.
At the team level, Guy Martin will pair up with Peter Boast on a 1991 Suzuki GSX-R 750M from the English team Classic Suzuki. At their first participation in the 4 Hours last year, they ranked seventh. Not bad for an apprenticeship! Stéphane Mertens will team up with his faithful teammate Ian Martin on a Honda RC30 of 1989 from the English team Bike. A machine that has done quite well in the past ... As for the pair he formes with Ian Martin, that has already won the Bol d'Or Classic in 2014.
Other teams to follow include Nigel Palmer - Dan Walling (QRG Motor Cycles team), 2nd at Spa in 2016 and winners at Donington in 2017; Henk Van Der Mark - Dirk Brand (Roadrunner Team), winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and second in the 1984 Bol d'Or; Christian Haquin - Nicolas De Dieuleveult (Team Hampe Racing Team / Club 14), victorious at Spa in 2011 ... For the famous Team Phase One, the pair Hugh Brasher - Peter Linden is once again present (on a Suzuki GSX 1200 from 1981) while the Neate's family (Steven, Sam and John, managed by Amanda) are looking forward to returning after their victory last year (and their two consecutive titles in the European Classic Series).
In short, the contenders for the victory are as numerous as prestigious, which should ensure a good show from the first tests scheduled on Friday, June 29 at the stroke of 11 hours. And under a radiant sun as announced ! Info and full program: www.europeanclassicseries.eu.