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The 1985 1000 km Spa was the seventh round of the 1985 World Endurance Championship. It took place at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium on September 1, 1985. In the first half of the race the two leading drivers collided, which resulted in the death of defending Drivers Champion Stefan Bellof. The race organisers ended the competition early, and allowing the Martini Racing Lancia of drivers Mauro Baldi, Bob Wollek, and Riccardo Patrese to win their only victory of the year. It was also the last victory scored by the Lancia LC2.


Bellof accidentEdit

The 1000 km of Spa was held only three weeks after Manfred Winkelhock was killed in an accident at the series' previous round, the 1000 km of Mosport. Halfway through the race, defending Drivers Champion Stefan Bellof in the Brun Motorsport Porsche 956 was battling for the race lead with 1982 and 1983 Drivers Champion Jacky Ickx in the Rothmans Porsche 962C. Ickx led Bellof out of the La Source hairpin and down the front stretch into the Eau Rouge corner, starting the 78th lap of the race. Both drivers had only just been handed their cars from their teammates during a pit stop five laps earlier.[1]

Entering the left kink at the bottom of the hill, Bellof moved to the left of Ickx in an attempt to set up a pass for the immediate right-hander up the hill. Bellof's right front came into contact with Ickx's left rear, and both drivers spun up to the left up the hill, impacting the barriers. Ickx's car hit the wall on the right rear side, while Bellof went straight into the barriers, breaking through and hitting a secondary wall.[1][2] Bellof's Porsche caught fire moments after the wreck.[3] Ickx, able to climb from his car, attempted to aid safety workers in helping Bellof. During the caution period, members of the Brun team also arrived to aid in the rescue.

Although the fire was extinguished and the driver extracted from the wreckage within forty minutes, Stefan Bellof was pronounced dead only ten minutes later after he had reached the track hospital,[3] although it was believed that he had actually died on impact.[2] Out of respect for Bellof, the race organisers chose to end the event earlier than planned. The entire incident was recorded on an in-car camera that Ickx's 962C was carrying. Even after the accident, the camera continued to work, and was pointed in the direction of Bellof's wreckage.[3]

Official resultsEdit

Class winners in bold. Cars failing to complete 90% of the winner's distance marked as Not Classified (NC).

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Tyre Laps
1 C1 5   Martini Racing   Mauro Baldi
  Bob Wollek
  Riccardo Patrese
Lancia LC2 M 122
Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
2 C1 2   Rothmans Porsche   Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Derek Bell
Porsche 956 D 122
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
3 C1 7   Joest Racing   Klaus Ludwig
  Paolo Barilla
Porsche 956B D 121
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
4 C1 4   Martini Racing   Riccardo Patrese
  Alessandro Nannini
Lancia LC2 M 121
Ferrari 308C 3.0 L Turbo V8
5 C1 51   TWR Jaguar   Martin Brundle
  Mike Thackwell
Jaguar XJR-6 D 120
Jaguar 6.0 L V12
6 C1 8   Joest Racing   Volker Weidler
  "John Winter"
  Marc Duez
Porsche 956 D 120
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
7 C1 34   Cosmik Racing   Christian Danner
  Costas Los
March 84G Y 114
Porsche Type-956 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
8 C1 26   Obermaier Racing Team   Jürgen Lässig
  Jesús Pareja
  Hervé Regout
Porsche 956 G 113
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
9 C2 70   Spice Engineering   Gordon Spice
  Ray Bellm
Spice-Tiga GC85 A 112
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
10 C1 24   Cheetah Automobiles Switzerland   Bernard de Dryver
  Pierre Dieudonné
  Claude Bourgoignie
Cheetah G604 D 110
Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3 L V8
11 C1 10   Porsche Kremer Racing   Kees Kroesemeijer
  Marc Surer
Porsche 956 G 108
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
12 C2 74   Gebhardt Motorsport   Stanley Dickens
  Frank Jelinski
  John Graham
Gebhardt JC853 A 108
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
13 C2 90   Jens Winther Denmark   Jens Winther
  David Mercer
URD C83 A 108
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
14 C2 79   Ecurie Ecosse   Mike Wilds
  David Leslie
Ecosse C285 A 99
Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 L V8
15 C2 82   Grifo Autoracing   Pasquale Barberio
  Maurizio Gellini
Alba AR3 D 98
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
16 C2 88   Ark Racing   David Andrews
  Max Payne
  Chris Ashmore
Ceekar 83J A 94
Ford Cosworth BDX 2.0 L I4
17 C2 95   Roland Bassaler   Roland Bassaler
  Dominique Lacaud
  Gérard Tremblay
Sauber SHS C6 A 94
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
18 C2 105   Jens Nakjaer   Jens Nakjaer
  Holger Knudsen
Nakjaer A 91
BMW 3.2 L I6
19 C2 98   Roy Baker Promotions   Paul Smith
  Mike Kimpton
Tiga GC285 A 88
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.8 L Turbo I4
20 GTX 160   Victor Racing Team   "Victor"
  Toni Palma
  Luigi Taverna
Porsche 935 ? 87
Porsche Type-930 3.1 L Turbo Flat-6
21 C1 13   Primagaz Team Cougar   Henri Pescarolo
  Yves Courage
Cougar C12S M 87
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Flat-6
B 158   Dieter Oster   Jürgen Hammelmann
  Jean-Paul Libert
  Marco Micangeli
BMW M1 D 71
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
C2 93   Automobiles Louis Descartes   Louis Descartes
  Jacques Heuclin
ALD 01 A 63
BMW M88 3.5 L I6
C2 80   Carma F.F.   Carlo Facetti
  Martino Finotto
  Almo Coppelli
Alba AR6 A 95
Carma FF 1.9 L Turbo I4
C1 1   Rothmans Porsche   Jochen Mass
  Jacky Ickx
Porsche 962C D 77
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
C1 19   Brun Motorsport   Stefan Bellof
  Thierry Boutsen
Porsche 956B D 77
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
C1 18   Brun Motorsport   Oscar Larrauri
  Massimo Sigala
Porsche 956 D 70
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
C2 99   Roy Baker Promotions   Jeremy Rossiter
  Thorkild Thyrring
Tiga GC284 A 53
Ford Cosworth BDT 1.8 L Turbo I4
C2 97   Strandell Motors   Anders Olofsson
  Tryggve Gronvall
Strandell 85 A 38
Porsche Type-934 3.3 L Turbo Flat-6
C2 100   John Barlett Racing   Richard Jones
  Kenneth Leim
  Max Cohen-Olivar
Chevron B62 A 33
Ford Cosworth DFL 3.3 L V8
C1 66   EMKA Productions Ltd.   Tiff Needell
  Steve O'Rourke
  James Weaver
EMKA C83 D 19
Aston Martin-Tickford 5.3 L V8
C1 52   TWR Jaguar   Hans Heyer
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
Jaguar XJR-6 D 14
Jaguar 6.0 L V12
C2 107   Jean-Claude Ferrarin   Jean-Claude Ferrarin
  Lucien Rossiaud
Isolia 001 A 1
BMW M12 2.0 L I4
DNS C1 14   Richard Lloyd Racing   Jonathan Palmer
  David Hobbs
Porsche 956 GTi G -
Porsche Type-935 2.6 L Turbo Flat-6
DNQ B 156   Raymond Touroul   Raymond Touroul
  Thierry Perrier
  Philippe Dermagne
Porsche 911SC P -
Porsche 3.0 L Flat-6


  • Pole Position - #4 Martini Racing - 2:05.91
  • Fastest Lap - #1 Rothmans Porsche - 2:10.73
  • Average Speed - 169.335 km/h


  1. ^ a b "Motorsport Memorial - Stefan Bellof". Motorsport Memorial. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  2. ^ a b "Drivers: Stefan Bellof". Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-01.
  3. ^ a b c "1985 Spa crash Bellof - Ickx". Retrieved 2008-07-01.

World Sportscar Championship
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1985 1000 km of Mosport
1985 season Next race:
1985 1000 km of Brands Hatch