The official launch of the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps was held today in Brussels in the magnificent surroundings of the Autoworld museum in the Belgian capital city.
National and local journalists attended the event to hear about the third edition of the FIA World Endurance Championship race that will be held on Sat., May 3 in the Ardennes, and to speak to four of the drivers who will be competing – Andre Lotterer (Audi), Stephane Sarrazin (Toyota), Neel Jani (Porsche LMP1) and Frederic Makowiecki (Porsche GTE).
Four cars were also on display in the centre of the museum that houses cars from every era of motoring, including a new display of Belgian manufactured cars. The four FIA WEC cars on display were – Audi R18 e-tron quattro, Toyota TS030 Hybrid, Porsche 919 Hybrid and Prospeed Competition Porsche 911 RSR.
FIA WEC CEO Gerard Neveu, who also spoke at the press conference, said: “We have received a very warm welcome in Brussels today and there is real excitement for the next race at Spa-Francorchamps next week. To see the Porsche, Audi and Toyota on display at Autoworld amongst some of the most historic cars in the world underlines the long motoring heritage enjoyed here in Belgium.
“Today marked 10 days until the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamp and the FIA WEC is certainly creating a real buzz in Brussels. We would like to thank the local promoter and the RACB for their hard work they have made with us and the advance ticket sales, which is already better than 2013, are very encouraging. If we have some good weather we should be looking for a very large crowd in Spa.”