A five-time Le Mans winner, three-time Daytona winner and twice World Sports Car Champion, Derek Bell has enjoyed a staggeringly successful career in endurance racing.
Making the transition from course marshal to racer in the early sixties, Bell rapidly progressed through the junior ranks driving for his stepfather’s team. He turned professional when offered a drive by Enzo Ferrari and went on to compete in 16 Formula One Grand Prix, including drives for Ferrari and McLaren.
But endurance racing was the arena in which Bell truly shone. Taking back-to-back World Sports Car Championships in 1985 and 86, he also won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1986, 87 and 89. He formed one of the most famous pairings in motor sport history with Jacky Ickx, claiming victory in the Le Mans 24 hours in 1975, 1981 and 82. Bell claimed a further two victories in the 1986 and 87 editions of the French classic.
Bell has also been inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America and the Le Mans 24 Hours Drivers Hall of Fame.