Sports Listings: Plan Ahead: Belgian Formula One Grand Prix

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THE Belgian Formula One Grand Prix over the August bank holiday weekend offers good value in its proximity to Britain and the varied circuit provides good spectating.

The undulating circuit at Spa- Francorchamps, 35 kilometres south-east of Liege in the Ardennes and about two hours from Brussels, is a mixture of public roads and private track. It is a formidable test for the drivers as it is long at 4.321 miles, fast and wide with extensive straights, but difficult because of the bends, crests and sweeps. Bronze admission gives the freedom to walk the circuit to find good, uncrowded viewing points.

Page and Moy Ltd, of Leicester, Motor Racing International, of Sandwich, and the Uxbridge- based Airtrack Services Ltd specialise in grand prix trips. Page and Moy have 11 tours and Motor Racing International have 10 itineraries to suit all pockets. Airtrack offers a day trip, flying from Stansted, at pounds 199 per person.

Just Ticket and Motoring Limited, of Dover, provides tickets and has a package for the motorist. Based on four passengers and including ferry and one-night hotel, the trip costs pounds 69 per person.

Belgian Grand Prix, 27-29 August.

Racing Francorchamps, Promotion SPRL, Route du Circuit 55, B-4970 Francorchamps (Tel: 010 32 87 27 51 46) is 35km south-east of Liege on E44.

Grandstand seats (includes admission): Friday: Silver 1 (Spa) and 2 (Francorchamps) BFr1,500 ( pounds 28), children free; Bronze zone (ground admission) BFr1,000, free; Green zone (limited ground admission) BFr700, free. Saturday: Silver 1 and 2 BFr3,000, BFr1,000; Bronze BFr2,000, BFr500; Green BFr1,500, BFr500. Sunday: Gold 1 (Covered) BFr8,000 (one price); Gold 2 (Raidillon) BFr8,000, BFr4,000; Silver 1 BFr6,000, BFr4,000; Silver 2 BFr5,000, BFr4,000; Bronze BFr3,500, BFr1,000; Green BFr2,500, BFr1,000. Weekend tickets: Gold 1 BFr9,000; Gold 2 BFr9,000, BFr5,000; Silver 1 BFr7,000, BFr5,000; Silver 2 BFr6,000, BFr5,000; Bronze BFr5,000, BFr1,300; Green BFr4,000, BFr800. Prices at circuit, Agents' prices may include surcharge.

Page and Moy Ltd, 136-140 London Road, Leicester LE2 1EN (Tel: 0533- 524344).

Airtrack Services Ltd, 16-17 Windsor Street, Uxbridge UB8 1AB (Tel: 0895- 270921).

Motor Racing International, Golden Key Building, 15 Market Street, Sandwich, Kent CT13 9DA (Tel: 0304-612424).

Just Ticket and Motoring Limited, 1 Charterhouse, Camden Crescent, Dover CT16 1LE (Tel: 0304-228866).

Belgian Tourist Office, Premier House, 2 Gayton Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 2XU (Tel: 081-861 3300).