1984 Jagermeister Porsche 956
Winner 1000km Imola
Stefan Bellof / Hans-Joachim Stuck
Weather: warm, dry
FIA World Endurance Championship (round 8)
Internationale Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (round 5)Date: 16/9/1984
Track: Autodromo Dino Ferrari-Imola (I), 5.40 kms
Bellof (left) and Stuck after Imola
These photos were taken at the Imola race in September, 1984
Bellof was one of the most spectacular new talents to arrive on the Formula 1 scene in the mid-1980s, having rocketed to prominence in 1983 when he won two major Formula 2 races at the wheel of a Maurer-
BMW. He joined the Tyrrell team the following year and was catching both Alain Prost's leading McLaren-TAG and the second place Toleman-Hart of Ayrton Senna when the rain soaked Monaco Grand Prix was flagged to a halt at half distance. Regarded as a future World Champion, he was killed in the 1985 Spa 1000km sports car race when he crashed his Porsche 956 at Eau Rouge trying to wrest the race lead from Jacky Ickx's similar car.
He was racing the Porsche 956B at Spa-Francorchamps, where he’d won the year before. Qualifying the car third of thirty-three, he ran second to one of the other Porsches early on. Boutsen got them into the lead a while later, but they lost this at the next change over, as a brake pad needed changing. Bellof came out and charged after Jacky Ickx, whose 962C led after the car ahead made it’s pitstop. The German caught the leader, and on lap 78 attempted to go around the outside through the daunting 140 mph Eau Rouge corner. Ickx had nowhere to go, and the two cars collided. Stefan went head on into the wall and was killed instantly. He was 27.
This is the Quartzo 1/43 model of the car that raced at Imola that day:
Below are pictures of Bill Hawe's 962 in similar livery:
These photos were taken at the Rennsport Reunion at Lime Rock in 2001
And the photos below were taken at Watkins Glen in 2003