5-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, and double FIA World Champion, Derek Bell will note in the footsteps of Emanuele Pirro as Colossal Marshal on the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is Round 4 of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship. He’s going to lead out the 62 autos on the formation lap earlier than the 16: 00 commence on 21 August.
Born on 31 October 1941 in Pinner, Middlesex, Bell is rightly regarded as to be one amongst the most versatile and standard drivers of his time. Whether on the wheel of a Mirage GR8-Ford, a Renault-Alpine A442 or a Porsche 936, 956 or 962C, he became continuously one amongst the quickest and most agreeable drivers on the circuit. He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987. He became moreover twice World Endurance Champion in 1985 and ’86.
Bell started his occupation with Lotus in 1964 and won his first System Three speed at Goodwood in 1966. After several promising performances in System Two the next year, catching the deem of Enzo Ferrari, he joined the Ferrari F2 staff in 1968 and made his System One début in the International Gold Cup at Oulton Park. He then competed in his first System One Colossal Prix at Monza in a third Ferrari, becoming a member of teammates Jacky Ickx and Chris Amon on the grid, and therefore stood in for Ickx on the US Colossal Prix. After a pair of System Two races with Ferrari in 1969, Bell regarded on the System One British Colossal Prix in a four-wheel-power McLaren M9A. At the discontinue of the year, he contested one System Two Colossal Prix for Frank Williams earlier than signing up for Tom Wheatcroft for the 1970 season, on the wheel of a Brabham BT30. He won in Barcelona and picked up several podium locations to achieve the European System Two championship season as runner-up on the help of Clay Regazzoni. This became the year he made his Le Mans début in a Ferrari 512S shared with Ronnie Peterson (DNF). Regardless of making the recurring System One look with Surtees and Martini Racing in the early 1970s, Bell centered increasingly on sportscar racing after becoming a member of John Wyer’s outfit for the 1971 International Championship for Makes season thru which he helped Porsche to the title.
Bell won his first Le Mans 24 Hours in 1975 on the wheel of a Gulf Racing Mirage GR8-Ford shared with Ickx. He switched to Renault-Alpine for the 1977 and 1978 races, retiring on both events, earlier than returning to honorable ways when he renewed his partnership with Ickx in 1981 and ’82 in a works Porsche 936. Over the next years, Bell scored more victories in the 956 and 962 than any other driver. He picked up yet any other two successive Le Mans wins for Porsche in 1986 and ’87 when teamed with Hans-Joachim Caught and Al Holbert in the 962C. He moreover won the World Endurance Championship with Caught in 1985 and by myself in 1986. As neatly as to his Le Mans success, Bell moreover won the 24 Hours of Daytona three times in four years (1986, 1987, 1989). He became awarded the MBE in 1986 for products and services to motorsport.
Bell persevered to speed unless the mid-1990s, finishing third at Le Mans in 1995 in a McLaren shared alongside with his son, Justin, and Andy Wallace. The following year became to be his 26th and closing look on the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He is peaceable concerned with motor racing, taking portion in ancient events, and assessments road autos and Tag Ambassador for Bentley. In 2019, he became inducted to the FIA Corridor of Popularity.
On Saturday 21 August, Bell will include the wheel of the tempo automobile to handbook the 62 entries thru the formation lap of the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans, 4th spherical of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship and one amongst the higlight events on the calendar of FIA sanctioned motor sport competitions.
Derek Bell: “I am extremely honoured to be invited to be Colossal Marshal on the Worlds biggest speed, having raced at Le Mans 26 times in 27 years plus spending many weeks whilst aiding on the Le Mans movie with Steve McQueen in 1970. I place confidence in the very most attention-grabbing memory of my lifestyles became to handbook the 1995 speed with my son Justin and obviously Andy Wallace in the Harrods Mclaren and accomplish in third region on Fathers Day, to stand on the podium with my son became no doubt contemporary. Le Mans has change into my 2nd home, its continuously a thrill to help the match, having this sort of historical previous there with so many massive teammates. Thanks Le Mans.”
24 Hours of Le Mans Entry Listing – NOW AVAILABLE
The checklist of 62 autos and 186 drivers invited to full the technical and administrative verifications for the 24 Hours of Le Mans is now readily obtainable. For this year’s speed, that would possibly look the return of spectators to the circuit, 5 Hypercars will line up with 25 LMP2 prototypes, eight GTE Skilled and 25 GTE Am entries and one “Innovative Automobile”.