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1985 Brands Hatch 1000Kms

Shell Gemini 1000 kms

Sunday, September 22, 1985
Fastest Lap:
De Cesaris, 1m19.11
1985 season:

From the Motor Sport Archive

Brands Hatch 1,000 kms – a hard race

The last World Endurance Championship race of 1985 to be held in Europe was also the best of the season, two works Porsches and two works Lancias locked in battle almost from start to finish. The large crowd, said to number 26,000, was swelled by those cheering for Tom Walkinshaw's Jaguar team, but they had a disappointing afternoon as unrelated failures silenced the V12s.

Derek Bell has never won a championship of any sort in his 18-year professional career, but his victory with Hans Stuck virtually assures the two of them the WEC Drivers' Championship ("You can always start with a World Championship and work your way back" said Stuck helpfully). They have an excellent rapport, having shared BMWs as long ago as 1974, and they fully, intend to share the 1985 title, vehemently rejecting suggestions that they might race against each other at Fuji to settle the issue, double or quits. Only if the Shah Alam race on December 1st is upgraded to Drivers' Championship status could Mass and Ickx win the title, and that was only a mathematical possibility.