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Derek Bell (auto racer)

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Derek Bell
Nationality 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png English
Years 1968 - 1972, 1974
Team(s) Ferrari, McLaren, Brabham, Surtees, Tecno
Races 16
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1968 Italian Grand Prix
First win
Last win
Last race 1974 Canadian Grand Prix


Derek Reginald Bell MBE (born October 31 1941 in Middlesex, England) is a former Formula One driver who raced for the Ferrari, McLaren, Brabham, Surtees and Tecno teams. Bell was very successful in sportscar racing, winning 5 times at Le Mans.

Justin Bell is his son and also a racer. The two raced together in the 1992 24 Hours of Le Mans until the 1996 24 Hours of Le Mans.

He started racing in 1964 with a Lotus Seven. He graduated to Formula 3 in the following year and in 1966 scored his first victory at Goodwood. In 1967 he enjoyed seven wins. He entered Formula 2 in a Brabham and had several promising performances, which caught Ferrari's eye and made his Grand Prix debut at Monza. In 1969 he raced at Silverstone with Ferrari and also raced the four-wheel-drive McLaren M9A in its only race in the British Grand Prix.

Bell was also a runner in the 1970 European Formula 2 Championship driving a March. In 1972 he got the drive in the Tecno F1 team, along with Nanni Galli. He did a number a races with the Surtees team again but also spent some time building a strong reputation as a fine sports car racer.

He won two World Sportscar Championship titles (1986-87), three in the 24 Hours of Daytona (1986-87 and 1989) and five victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans:

mostly with Jacky Ickx on one of the Porsche 936 and Porsche 956/Porsche 962 models. Ickx/Bell is nowadays considered as one of the most famous pairings in motorsport history.

Bell was awarded the MBE in 1986 for services to motorsport.

Bell was hired to consult for the Bentley team in 2001, helping them to win Le Mans two years later. He now split his time in the United States and the United Kingdom and does commentary on Formula One races and drives in historic events, usually providing an ambassordorial duty for Porsche.




Complete Formula One results

(Note: Grand Prix in bold denotes points scoring race.)

Complete World Championship Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 WDC Pts
1968 Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 312/68 Ferrari V12 RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
Ret
CAN
USA
Ret
MEX
NC 0
1969 Bruce McLaren Motor Racing McLaren M9A Cosworth V8 RSA
ESP
MON
NED
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
NC 0
1970 Tom Wheatcroft Racing Brabham BT26A Cosworth V8 RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
Ret
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
22nd 1
Team Surtees Surtees TS7 USA
6
MEX
1971 Team Surtees Surtees TS9 Cosworth V8 RSA
ESP
MON
NED
FRA
GBR
Ret
GER
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
NC 0
1972 Martini Racing Team Tecno PA123 Tecno
Flat-12
ARG
RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
FRA
DNQ
GBR
GER
Ret
AUT
ITA
DNQ
CAN
DNS
USA
Ret
NC 0
1974 Bang & Olufsen Team Surtees Surtees TS16 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
BEL
MON
SWE
NED
FRA
GBR
DNQ
GER
11
NC 0
Team Surtees AUT
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
USA
Title Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Before Henri Pescarolo
Gérard Larrousse
After Jacky Ickx
Gijs van Lennep
Years 1975 with:
Jacky Ickx
Title Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Before Jean Rondeau
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
After Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell
Years 1981 with:
Jacky Ickx
Title Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Before Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell
After Vern Schuppan
Al Holbert
Hurley Haywood
Years 1982 with:
Jacky Ickx
Title Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Before Klaus Ludwig
Paolo Barilla
Louis Krages
After Derek Bell
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert
Years 1986 with:
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert
Title Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Before Derek Bell
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert
After Jan Lammers
Johnny Dumfries
Andy Wallace
Years 1987 with:
Hans-Joachim Stuck
Al Holbert
Before Stefan Bellof
Title World Sportscar Championship Champion
Years 1985-1986,
1985: with Hans-Joachim Stuck
After Raul Boesel
Before Jonathan Palmer
Title Autosport
British Competition Driver of the Year
After Nigel Mansell
Years 1984



24 Hours of Le Mans winners
Eight-time Tom Kristensen
Six-time Jacky Ickx
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24 Hours of Daytona winners
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