Want to see attend a 2017 European endurance race. Which one? - Rennlist - Porsche Discussion Forums

Go Back  Rennlist - Porsche Discussion Forums > Performance & Competition Discussion Areas > Racing & Drivers Education Forum
Reload this Page >

Want to see attend a 2017 European endurance race. Which one?

Notices
Racing & Drivers Education Forum
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Want to see attend a 2017 European endurance race. Which one?

 
Old 11-07-2016, 02:02 PM
  #1  
Spinout
Addict
Rennlist Member
Thread Starter
 
Spinout's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: York SC
Posts: 722
Default Want to see attend a 2017 European endurance race. Which one?

Planning a trip to Europe next year and want to include an endurance race… which one?

Wife and I used to travel for tennis grand slam events but we've been to all 4 locations and I’m falling out of tennis recently. Lisa suggested we plan our trip around one of the endurance races this past weekend. Really??? Yes, she’s a fantastic wife.

So, having vacationed in the major European cities in the past (Paris, Rome, Florence, Barcelona, London, Dublin), we’d like to find something maybe in Germany or Austria. Thought about LeMans but would prefer to travel to a country we haven’t visited in the past.

I checked the 2017 FIA World Endurance locations and nothing jumps out at me. We’ve done F1 (Monaco and Montreal) and don’t like the very limited fan access compared to the IMSA events here in the states. We typically travel in late May for our anniversary but any endurance event within a month either way would work as well. Would likely be away 7-12 days.

So….Has anyone attended any of the European endurance events they’d recommend?

Last edited by Spinout; 11-07-2016 at 02:44 PM.
Spinout is offline  
Old 11-07-2016, 02:17 PM
  #2  
fleadh
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
fleadh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Redwood City, California
Posts: 874
Default

I'd say Le Mans, but since you've been to France before, I'd highly recommend the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium. Beautiful area, big show, cool cars and lots of entertainment. Accommodations might be a little difficult depending how long you wait to find them, but it'd be at the top of my list.

Also, I had a wonderful time in Austria this year racing at the Red Bull Ring. My expectations weren't high going in, but that's the only place I raced this year where I'd seriously consider going back just for vacation without any racing. It was beautiful, the people were super nice and the roads were awesome. Of course, I'm not sure if there's any big endurance races there in 2017, but I know ELMS will have one of their 4 Hour races at the track.

-mike
fleadh is offline  
Old 11-07-2016, 02:24 PM
  #3  
ProCoach
Rennlist Member
Rennlist
Small Business Partner

 
ProCoach's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Durham, NC and Virginia International Raceway
Posts: 11,962
Default

Spa, for sure...
__________________
-Peter Krause
www.peterkrause.net
"Combining the Art and Science of Driving Fast!"
Professional, Private Driver Performance Analysis
Authorized Sales and Support for AiM Sports, VBOX Video, MoTeC, AutoSport Labs, RaceVoice LLC, Apex Pro and Cosworth Electronics
ProCoach is offline  
Old 11-07-2016, 02:32 PM
  #4  
Wild Weasel
User
 
Wild Weasel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 1,384
Default

WEC will run the 6 hours of Spa on May 6 2017.
Wild Weasel is offline  
Old 11-07-2016, 03:23 PM
  #5  
gbuff
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
gbuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Buffalo
Posts: 1,813
Default

Originally Posted by Spinout View Post

I checked the 2017 FIA World Endurance locations and nothing jumps out at me.
Never attended any except in dreamstate but don't see how you could go wrong at Spa or the 'Ring (in July; though it's out of your timeframe if at all possible I'd find a way).....

Gary
gbuff is online now  
Old 11-14-2016, 03:28 PM
  #6  
brake dust
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
brake dust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 1,232
Default

Originally Posted by fleadh View Post
I'd say Le Mans, but since you've been to France before, I'd highly recommend the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium. Beautiful area, big show, cool cars and lots of entertainment. Accommodations might be a little difficult depending how long you wait to find them, but it'd be at the top of my list.

Also, I had a wonderful time in Austria this year racing at the Red Bull Ring. My expectations weren't high going in, but that's the only place I raced this year where I'd seriously consider going back just for vacation without any racing. It was beautiful, the people were super nice and the roads were awesome. Of course, I'm not sure if there's any big endurance races there in 2017, but I know ELMS will have one of their 4 Hour races at the track.

-mike
European Le Mans series will be at the Red Bull Ring on July 23rd. ELMS will also be at Paul Richard on August 27th - so if you want to tie in a vacation in Provence!
brake dust is offline  
Old 11-14-2016, 06:43 PM
  #7  
Spinout
Addict
Rennlist Member
Thread Starter
 
Spinout's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: York SC
Posts: 722
Default

OP following up:

July in Austria/RBR sounds much better than early May in Belgium/Spa where average early May temps are in the upper 50s. We've always wanted to see the sights and castles in Austria so this just may be the ticket.
Spinout is offline  
Old 11-14-2016, 08:21 PM
  #8  
morsini
User
 
morsini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Bawston
Posts: 1,314
Default

LeMans or bust. The French countryside is beautiful and nothing like Paris and you won't be able to get anywhere near F1 cars. You can at LeMans and there's the parade on Friday. It's a spectacle like no other
morsini is offline  
Old 11-15-2016, 09:06 AM
  #9  
Jens L
User
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Posts: 17
Default

Hi, I would also include the 24h on the Ring to that list.
http://www.24h-rennen.de

A very special thing.
Jens L is offline  
Old 11-15-2016, 09:17 AM
  #10  
Nizer
Addict
Rennlist Member
 
Nizer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Beta Testing
Posts: 10,725
Default

Spa is a phenomenal track and great race but is that good from a spectator standpoint? It seems a bit remote and the weather is often sketchy. How easy is it to move around the track as a spectator and is there much else in the way of attractions in the area?
Nizer is online now  
 


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Quick Reply: Want to see attend a 2017 European endurance race. Which one?


Contact Us About Us Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2019 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: