Speed.“The circular track of Spa-Francorchamps came up to its legendary reputation. It was the venue of the most spectacular Formula One race of the season,” said Spanish daily El País. And it was attended by 28 hand-picked planners from Germany, Italy, Poland, Hungary, France, the UK and Spain, who were invited by the Belgian Tourist Office (BTO) Wallonia–Brussels to three days of howling engines, smelly rubber and exquisite catering at the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps and dinner in Liège.
A visit to Stavelot’s abbey and car museum and a gala dinner rounded off the day at the races. Hans J. Kremer, meeting and incentive manager of the Belgian Tourist Office Wallonia-Brussels in Berlin, is happy: “A unique experience and great opportunity to present Wallonia’s incentive potential. We wouldn’t have managed it without the support of Wallonian tourism minister Benoît Lutgen.” And there was a box for top-notch guests, who were welcomed by the deputy director of BTO Wallonia–Brussels Pierre Coenegrachts and even included the Chinese ambassador from the European capital.
Breathlessly, he and even most non-motorsports fans watched races on the track with a length of seven kilometres, three metres and 95 centimetres until the Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. Lewis, Heidfeld, Massa and co. rode along the circuit in a van presenting themselves to the audience and the electrified spectators rushed to the windows of the two-storey VIP box with views of the notorious Raidillon corner. It’s hardly possible not to succumb to the spell of the Formula One circus. “You simply have to experience it once,” says excited Walter Schneider, Lufthansa City Center Ismaning. “Simply great, a real social event with a strong incentive factor.”
By the way, the lap record of 1:43.726 minutes was set by Michael Schumacher in 2002. Average speed: 241.837 km/h.