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Ray Bellm

Ray Bellm (born 20 May 1950) is an auto racing driver from Britain.

He began his racing career in 1980, running in Historic racing series and winning the British Historic 2L GT class in 1983 and 1984 driving his Chevron B19 sports car. He made the move to modern sports car racing in 1984, driving for Gordon Spice. The pair would found Spice Engineering in 1985 and construct Group C chassis.

As part of the Spice team, Bellm would win the World Sportscar C2 Championship in 1985, 1986 and 1988. He was also able to share a Le Mans win with Gordon Spice in each of those three years, before finally leaving the team in 1990. In the early 1990s he moved to the British Touring Car Championship, finishing fifth overall in 1991 and co-founding Team Dynamics in 1993.[1] He won the International GT championship in 1994, and the BPR Global GT Series in 1996 driving a McLaren F1 GTR to 11 wins in two years. He also won the 1991 Willhire 24 Hour at Snetterton in a BMW M3 co-driven with Kurt Luby and Will Hoy.

Since then he has returned to Historics, including running the Le Mans Classic in 2004 and 2006. He also turned to rallying coming sixth in the 2000 London-Sydney Rally and in 2005 won three rounds of the British Historic Rally Championship in a Mk1 Ford Escort. In 2005 he contested the British round of the World Rally Championship in Group N classed car finishing seventh. In 2006 he finished sixth in Finland and twelfth in Rally Great Britain.

He has served as chairman of the British Racing Drivers' Club (BRDC) from 2004 to 2005, and was responsible for negotiations with Formula One Management which resulted in the successful resigning of the British Grand Prix in 2005.

Bellm also ran the Silverstone based motorsport equipment retailer, Grand Prix Racewear, having bought a majority stake in 1994.[2] This has now been sold and was later run by Martin Hines, owner of Zip Kart.[3]

Contents

  • Racing record 1
    • 24 Hours of Le Mans results 1.1
    • Complete British Touring Car Championship results 1.2
  • References 2
  • External links 3

Racing record

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1984 Spice-Tiga Racing Gordon Spice
Neil Crang
Tiga GC84-Ford Cosworth C2 69 DNF DNF
1985 Spice Engineering Gordon Spice
Mark Galvin
Spice-Tiga GC85-Ford Cosworth C2 312 14th 1st
1986 Spice Engineering Gordon Spice
Jean-Michel Martin
Spice SE86C-Ford Cosworth C2 257 19th 6th
1988 Spice Engineering Gordon Spice
Pierre de Thoisy
Spice SE88C-Ford Cosworth C2 351 13th 1st
1989 Spice Engineering Gordon Spice
Lyn St. James
Spice SE89C-Ford Cosworth C1 229 DNF DNF
1994 Bristow Racing
Erik Henriksen
Harry Nuttall
Charles Rickett
Porsche 911 Carrera RSR GT2 34 DNF DNF
1995 GTC Gulf Racing Mark Blundell
Maurizio Sandro Sala
McLaren F1 GTR GT1 291 4th 3rd
1996 Gulf Racing
GTC Racing
James Weaver
JJ Lehto
McLaren F1 GTR GT1 323 9th 7th
1997 Gulf Team Davidoff
GTC Racing
Andrew Gilbert-Scott
Masanori Sekiya
McLaren F1 GTR GT1 326 DNF DNF

Complete British Touring Car Championship results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position – 1990 in class) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Pts Class
1990 Hawaiian Tropic Ford Sierra Sapphire B OUL
10
DON
Ret
THR
DNS
SIL
DNS
OUL SIL
DNP
BRH SNE BRH BIR
DNA
DON
DNS
THR SIL 32nd 6 20th
1991 BMW Team Listerine BMW M3 SIL
6
SNE
2
DON
6
THR
7
SIL
5
BRH
7
SIL
4
DON
1

6
DON
2

2
OUL
6
BRH
1

14
BRH
2

Ret
DON
4
THR
5
SIL
6
5th 90
1992 M Team Shell Racing with Listerine BMW 318is SIL
9
THR
Ret
OUL
10
SNE
12
BRH
Ret
DON
1

7
DON
2

10
SIL
6
KNO
1

6
KNO
2

8
PEM
DNS
BRH
1
BRH
2
DON SIL 13th 15
1993 Team Dynamics BMW 318is SIL DON
Ret
SNE
DNS
DON
18
OUL BRH
1

13
BRH
2

12
PEM
17
SIL
14
KNO
1
KNO
2
OUL BRH THR DON
1
DON
2
SIL 29th 0
  1. ^ – Race was stopped due to heavy rain. No points were awarded.

References

  1. ^ http://speedhunters.com/archive/2009/01/02/retrospective-gt-gt-btcc-super-touring-years-pt-1.aspx
  2. ^ Bio_Fiona Butterfield
  3. ^ 2010 Grand Prix Racewear catalogue

External links

  • Brief career summary at btccpages.com
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Thomas Bscher
John Nielsen
BPR Global GT Series
Champion

1996 with:
James Weaver
Succeeded by
Bernd Schneider
(FIA GT Championship)


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