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Derek Bell to be Inducted to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America

August 29, 2012 by  
Filed under Motorsport News

Derek Bell: Five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans and three-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner will be inducted to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America by his son and fellow Sports Car Racing Champion and television host Justin Bell.

Derek BellThe 24th Annual Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Induction Ceremony will be held this evening, and Derek Bell, five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans and three-time Rolex 24 At Daytona winner will be inducted to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

 Bell, born in Pinner, Middlesex, Great Britain in 1941, Bell is considered to be one of the most versatile and popular racing drivers of his time.

Bell began his racing career with Lotus in 1964. In Formula 1 he then took his place on the starting grid for Ferrari in 1969. In the 1971 season he drove the Porsche 917 and 908/03 racing cars for the Porsche-Gulf team, forming a successful driver duo with Jo Siffert. This was followed by appearances in the Porsche 934 and 935 in 1976 and 1977 before Derek Bell took his place on the Le Mans starting grid as a works driver in the 924 Carrera GT. In 1981, together with Jacky Ickx in the Porsche 936/81 Spyder, he won the first of his total of four Le Mans overall victories in a Porsche. 1982 saw the beginning of the Group C era with the Porsche 956 during which time Bell made his mark as one of the most successful endurance drivers of all time. Together with drivers such as Jacky Ickx, Stefan Bellof and Hans-Joachim-Stuck, he not merely won numerous overall victories in the Types 956 and 962 but also the World Sportscar Championship in 1985 and 1986.

 

Source: Motorsports Hall Of Fame America

Photo: Porsche