Former blogposts dealt with the heroes of the past, such as Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart. Today, we have a look at another hero of the past, Stefan Bellof (20th November 1957 – 1st September 1985). This blogpost is dedicated to this German, 35 years after the season of his greatest sporting success.
In spring 1984, at the beginning of the racing season, Stefan Bellof did not know, what this World Sportscar Championship (today „WEC“) would hold. He participated with a Porsche 956 Group C and became world champion. A really historic moment for him and also in particular for the German motor-racing world.
One year after that, he was dead. It was again a Porsche (from the Swiss Brun Motorsport team), again the World Endurance Championship and the Circuit Spa-Francorchamps, the curve combination Eau Rouge; Stefan Bellof was not yet thirty years old. The championship in which he reached the peak, was also the site of the end of his life.
Especially noteworthy, too, is his Nürburgring Nordschleife lap record from 1983. It endured for 35 years. Essentially, this outstanding performance is a record for „eternity“ (considering the development of the racing cars).
You do not know, what the present racing season brings along. Now we have seen two sides of the coins, in extreme. The Castiron recommends next week’s blogpost EASTER – food for thought and reflection, hopefully and an ongoing support.
See you next Friday. - God bless you, all the best! The Castiron