Poll: Spa Or The Ring?

A lot of people don’t realise that Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and the Nürburgring are only separated by around 65 miles of public road. So within the proverbial stone’s throw, you have arguably two of the greatest racing circuits on this planet.

On one hand you have Spa, probably the greatest grand prix circuit there is today, a circuit bestowed with a glorious racing history. On the other hand, you have the behemoth of the Nordschleife. Although just a couple of years younger than Spa, it’s a venue whose reputation precedes itself.

The question is simple: if you could only drive one, which would it be?

Paddy McGrath
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70 comments
DomFalconetti
DomFalconetti

Which Spa do you mean? i am an old driver and the old Spa doesn't compare to none. The '67 Spa was a 13km long straight for me and the most dangerous circuit on earth. Sorry, but i don't dig the new Spa.

malymato
malymato

would love to have that pic as a wallpaper

lars
lars

Is it possible to get this picture as a desktop wallpaper

Millsy
Millsy

When I drove past Spa the other day I did wonder something similar to this. Personally though I enjoyed the greater feeling of freedom about going to the 'Ring compared to a normal track day. Different beasts though I guess. I took a leisurely lap around the 'Ring (http://speed-blur.com/2013/05/09/speed-blurring/) but if I'd been going to a circuit specifically for a track day it would have been much more intense. You get repetition driving around a circuit which is good for learning lines and pushing limits; the 'Ring is more like a great country road...without the worry of oncoming traffic.

TristanDelchambre
TristanDelchambre

I don't know actually, the ring is much better to drive on, but spa francorchamps is even nearer to my house, so this is quite a difficult choice as I like spa for it's placement and because I know where to get nice food around there after you race a bit in your crappy e21 with the m10 engine stuck in it like a brick that tries to spin your tires. Spa is definitely less fun to drive on, but more convenient to me.

However every trip to the Nürbürgring is worth it as you get german food, beer and the awesomeness of the track for slower cars, much more fun in a slow car. Nürbürgring wins until I can do an engine swap!

ComJive
ComJive

this is tough. I have driven the 'ring, and I would again (hopefully in something less pedestrian than a 198os Mazda 626 that gets overtaken by the tour bus), but it is starting to grate, hearing every manufacturer brag about 'ring times and 'ring facilities. While it is a nice proving ground, with most the corner types a manufacturer could plan for, I don't feel that it's necessary for a luxury saloon (or indeed EVERY GODDAMN CAR as has been the case recently) to be able to post good times; I also don't put any stock in pub numbers such as laptimes in a timed event where the timing was organized by the person whose car is being timed

 

On the other hand, Spa is not a circuit I have driven, and I doubt I would enjoy it much in a car what can't hit 75. But, it is in the good half of Belgium, and therefore it gets the win from me (Also if idiot marques started testing all their cars at Spa I might not have arthritis in my back just from reading about them)

777
777

clearly Tsukuba as the other two aren't jdm tyte 

eefy
eefy

I think the draw of the Nurburging is the fact you can actually turn up and drive round it, whicj is just unheard off in these days of Health and Safety!!!!! Although I would love to go to Spa for the atsmosphere-

 

My trip from last month in my Scirocco.

Day1-

http://www.thepetrolstop.com/2013/04/the-nurburgring-trip-part-1-getting.html

 

Day2-

http://www.thepetrolstop.com/2013/05/the-nurburgring-part-2-taking-it-all-in.html

 

and Day3-

http://www.thepetrolstop.com/2013/05/the-nurburgring-part-3-taxi-second-lap.html

 

Marco Maas
Marco Maas

Nordschleife. I live within drivable distance of both. But the Green Hell has more pull. It's lengthe and elevation changes combined with countless curves, makes this The Circuit of the world.

dsc_off
dsc_off

Having driven both tracks withing 2 days just last week, I guess I can share my $0.2 worth...

If you've never driven any of these tracks, you'll have much more fun around Spa. The fact that it is easier to remember and a lot safer will make you a lot more relaxed. You can enjoy yourself after just a few laps and start to become somewhat fast after a day around Spa... At the Nürburgring, you'll be either super slower or in way over your head, and in both cases it won't be fun.

Zeus
Zeus

Spa has one iconic corner, the ring has hundreds of iconic corners. Ring hand over fist 10 times out of 10. 

Fernando M
Fernando M

This is impossible! Can't vote, love both tracks equally.

greenroadster
greenroadster

I would prefer SPA anytime. Even though The Ring is all mighty a I respect that. Spa is easy, fun to drive, one of a kind magic, the greatest curve in the entire racing history - Eau Rouge. I would race there every time. I kind of affraid of the mighty Ring that it will bite me hard and die. In Spa, it's all heaven. Not green Hell. +1 for SPA

sofried
sofried

the outcome of this was so obvious from the start making a poll was totally useless. everyone nut swings on the 'ring and spa will never receive the recognition it truly deserves from the mass of internet bench racers ...

shoogshoog
shoogshoog

Nurburing by far, if only for more seat time. 

ssbeane
ssbeane

Honestly... Hard to say as someone who's never been lucky enough to travel to either. I ended up picking Spa because it's shorter to pronounce.than Nurbuguugergering. I'm all about syllable conservation.

hennes
hennes

Very hard one. I live in Belgium so the dilemma works at the full 100% for me. It would be the Nordschleife in the end, simply because it is longer and has more curves. After all, the question contains "You can only drive one." Rather have the most then!

japanophile25
japanophile25

Never been to Europe, but when I hopefully get out there one day Ill do both, ideally the same day.

w
w

Good poll - Ask children who have never seen either of these circuits to vote for one.

Chris 'Haffy' Hafner
Chris 'Haffy' Hafner

Never been to Europe but if I do it'll be both! Only 65 miles between them, it's only a hour drive! ;) but if I need to choose it'll need to be the 'ring.

Andy Cohen
Andy Cohen

Driven both numerous times, but its the 'Ring that still has the greater draw for me. The challenge and aura of the circuit cannot be matched. 

DoyouevenM3bro?
DoyouevenM3bro?

Doing a lap of the Nordschleife is #1 on my bucket list.

Fede
Fede

The Nordschleife...but the old Spa was fantastic as well..the new one is a bit watered down.

diego
diego

been to the ring allready, so it would be Spa...

Option86
Option86

I have never been to either of them. I think this question is best suited for those lucky enough to have experienced those amazing circuits.

Erik K
Erik K

Both are very exciting to drive on. The Nordschleife simply presents a bigger challenge. On the surface, both tracks are great to blast round & enjoy yourself. But the Nordschleife has so much more to it. It really becomes more & more difficult the faster you go - different lines, sacrificing corners for better exits in others, weather, painted surface, curbs to hit or avoid, ridges & crests, airtime - you name it.

roeby
roeby

Spa for me, prob cos i dont know one corner from the next mind.

AdrianLepa
AdrianLepa

Never actually been to Nurburgring, 5 visits to Spa made me choose the Belgian track.

neutrino33
neutrino33

I voted for The Ring but to be honest everything depends on the car I was driving. The Ring for the street legal or something close to OEM spec but having the true racing machine for disposal....of course Spa

Fearedisx
Fearedisx

Nurburgring cause, well, it's the Nurburgring, but Spa because I have so many memories of seeing it on TV as a kid and it was my favorite track in the old F1 games.

R3d Baron
R3d Baron

I didn't know they were so close together!  Thanks for that!

SuzyWallace
SuzyWallace moderator

Spa IS amazing but you could lap the 'Ring for the rest of your life and never get bored of it. 

Martin
Martin

As awesome as Spa is there's nothing like the 'Ring and will never be again. The fact that it's been so accessable for so long is incredible.

maxproof
maxproof

Spa is a great place and for sure the greatest GP-Circuit there is but the Nordschleife is something different. It's the most serious, most fun and most oldschool racing track there is. Little to no run offs, insane curbs, elevation changes you get terrified by at first glance and then this amazing grin on your face when your car gets pressed onto the tarmac ... there's so much about it. So much excitement!And the best thing: Everybody can enjoy it!

hergaderpa
hergaderpa

I'll keep dreaming of the Nürburgring.


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