Heavy rain on Friday afternoon prompted the organisers of the Spa Euro Race, an occasion comprised of a number of regional GT and touring automotive championships, to halt on-track actions.
The scenario worsened following a short reprise when the observe, which is positioned in a valley, was hit by extreme flooding attributable to a close-by river flood.
Members quickly posted video footage on social media of the endurance pits and Eau Rouge space of the observe inundated by waves of muddy water.
The race weekend was quickly cancelled after it emerged that a number of entry tunnels have been flooded and that water had lifted components of the observe floor, inflicting injury to the asphalt.
“The observe floor on the endurance grandstands, which has been lifted by the forces of nature, shall be repaved,” the circuit stated in an announcement on Saturday.
“The edges of the observe have additionally been broken and a really thorough clean-up is required. The floods haven’t simply carried alongside water, but in addition earth and dirt.
“A number of components of the circuit have been flooded, together with VIP containers, basements and the tunnels at Ster, Eau Rouge and Blanchimont.”
The circuit additionally defined the rock-face on the right-hand aspect of the Raidillon pit exit had been hit and must be strengthened, however was assured it will have the ability to perform the mandatory repairs by Tuesday to permit on-track actions to renew.
“Our observe employees and subcontractors have been very busy since Friday afternoon to make the circuit race prepared once more,” Spa-Francorchamps CEO Nathalie Maillet stated.
“I can guarantee the circuit shall be operational once more on Tuesday.”
Spa-Francorchamps Circuit after a storm
Photograph by: Circuit Spa-Francorchamps
The flooding occurred as Spa is within the strategy of a long-term 80 million euro revamp to convey the ageing circuit as much as fashionable requirements.
Along with bettering services for opponents and spectators, together with new grandstands and VIP containers, Spa will even reintroduce gravel traps at a number of key corners because it prepares for the return of motorbike racing.
In June 2022 the observe is about to host the Spa 24 Hours for bikes after a 20-year absence from the FIM Endurance World Championship.