Today marks the 25th anniversary of the death of Stefan Bellof, a rising Formula 1 star who died at the wheel of a Porsche sports car (below) at Spa-Francorchamps, when he collided with veteran Jacky Ickx at the entry to Eau Rouge.
He was 27 at the time of his death. One of the most spectacular new talents of the 1980s, Bellof’s career path was meteoric. He won his first two races in Formula 2 at the start of 1982, at the wheel of a Maurer. He was then recruited for the 1984 season by Tyrrell, where he was Martin Brundle’s team-mate. He made his first big impression at Monaco that year (below) where he 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 stopped at half distance in torrential rain.
Regarded by many as having the talent to have been a future World Champion, Bellof was killed in the 1985 Spa 1000km.