Teo Fabi (Martini Lancia LC1) following the Rothmans Porsche 956 of Jakcy Ickx & Jochen Mass (race winners) & the Nimrod-Aston Martin NRA/C2 of Geoff Lees & Tiff Needell through the Busstop chicane, 1982 1000km de Spa, Francorchamps
celebrating my 7000th post … & what better way than to do it with a picture of the greatest all round racer* of all time going through the greatest corner of all time** on the greatest track of all time in one of the greatest cars of all time***
Jacky Ickx (& Clay Regazzoni), Ferrari 312PB, 1972 Grand Prix de Spa, Francorchamps
* being Belgian doesn’t make me biased ** break even with Blanchimont & Masta *** the 312PB was the last car to win Ferrari the ‘World Championship for Makes'
Jacky Ickx set pole with the n°1 Porsche on Saturday, on Sunday he & Jochen Mass would dominate the race, winning by 3 laps over their team mates, Derek Bell & Vern Schuppan the Martini Lancia LC1 of Riccardo Patrese & Teo Fabi -who were 3rd fastest in qualifying- managed to bring their car home in 3rd in 4th there was a little Belgian celebration with Belgian duo Jean-Michel Martin & Philippe Martin
a view of Eau Rouge & Raidillon, 1985 1000km de Spa, Francorchamps
it was the last race for Stefan Bellof, who crashed after colliding with Jacky Ickx at the bottom of Eau Rouge watch this great little documentary (German) about Bellof’s last race … it shows Bellof was ‘different’ that race, more turned towards himself than usual, did the death of fellow German Manfred Winkelhock play in his mind, he was focussed on beating the living legend Jacky Ickx more than anything, that would kill him … such a shame!