FIA inducts World Endurance Championship winners into Hall of Fame
|By Gary Watkins||Tuesday, December 3rd 2019, 13:35 GMT|
The FIA celebrated the history of world championship sportscar racing with its third Hall of Fame induction in Paris on Monday.
All bar one of the 28 living world champions in the long-distance discipline were present for the event, which followed the Formula 1 and World Rally Championship Hall of Fame occasions in '17 and earlier this year respectively.
The World Endurance Championship Hall of Fame covered the first iteration of the world series, which incorporated a drivers' classification for the first time in 1981, and the re-born WEC from 2012.
Inductees include sportscar legends Jacky Ickx, Tom Kristensen, Derek Bell and Hans Stuck.
Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso, WEC title winner together with Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima in 2018/19, became the first member of two FIA Halls of Fame.
Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Allan McNish described winning the WEC in 2013 as "the final tick in the box" of a racing a career that he brought to a close at the end of his championship year with Audi.
"I'm very happy to be a small part of the story [of world championship sportscar racing]," he said.
Teo Fabi, champion with Jaguar in 1991, had to withdraw from the event held at the Automobile Club de France headquarters in the Place de la Concorde for personal reasons.
The late Stefan Bellof, winner of the WEC title with Porsche in 1984, was represented by his elder brother Georg, who raced sporadically in Formula 3 in the late '70s.
World championship sportscar racing began in 1953, with only a manufacturers' title being awarded until '81.
The series became known as the WEC that season before switching to the World Sports-Prototype Championship name in 1986.
The Sportscar World Championship moniker was adopted for 1991 prior to the demise of the series at the end of the following season.
World Endurance Championship Hall of Fame inductees
Bob Garretson (1981)
Jacky Ickx (1982, 1983)
Stefan Bellof (1984)
Derek Bell (1985, 1986)
Hans Stuck (1985)
Raul Boesel (1987)
Martin Brundle (1988)
Jean-Louis Schlesser (1989, 1990)
Mauro Baldi (1990)
Teo Fabi (1991)
Yannick Dalmas (1992)
Derek Warwick (1992)
Andre Lotterer (2012)
Marcel Fassler (2012)
Benoit Treluyer (2012)
Allan McNish (2013)
Loic Duval (2013)
Tom Kristensen (2013)
Anthony Davidson (2014)
Sebastien Buemi (2014, 2018/19)
Brendon Hartley (2015, 2017)
Mark Webber (2015)
Timo Bernhard (2015, 2017)
Marc Lieb (2016)
Neel Jani (2016)
Romain Dumas (2016)
Earl Bamber (2017)
Kazuki Nakajima (2018/19)
Fernando Alonso (2018/19)