1. Last year, Pirelli brought 13,000 tyres to the race in total (including tyres for the support series). Around 100 Pirelli people are needed to keep an eye on them all.
2. Some 60,000 spectators turn up to watch the race each year, while 20,000 fans typically come to admire the parade going from the track to the centre of Spa for the annual autograph session.
3. There are a total of 13 different car brands represented this year: a record in the GT3 era.
4. The 68-strong field includes no fewer than 30 Pro entries. Many people say that this is the best Spa 24 Hours entry for years.
5. The original Spa circuit was 15 kilometres long – until it was sensibly ‘shortened’ to 14 kilometres in 1947. The current seven-kilometre layout was inaugurated in the early 1980s, but still very much maintains the character of the original.
6. Despite being ubiquitously referred to as ‘Spa’, the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is actually within a triangle formed by the towns of of Francorchamps, Malmedy and Stavelot.
7. The village of Spa has been popular since at least the ninth century for the healing properties of its water. Eventually, the small Belgian community became synonymous with healing waters, and now there are spas around the world, taking their name from the original.
8. Spa is also home to the oldest casino in the world, which began construction in 1763.