Mourning Flag Win
Porsche vs. Lancia was the predicted duel when the World Endurance Championship came to Spa Francorchamps for the 7th round of 1985. Until then the Rothmans Porsche 962C had proved nearly invincible and Lancia had to be satisfied with several podium finishes in 3rd position. TWR’s Jaguar XJR-6 hardly played any role. But on the roller coaster track in the Belgian Ardennes Lancia’s LC2/85 seemed to be capable of winning after Riccardo Patrese, Alessandro Nannini and Mauro Baldi had set the fastest lap in qualifying in their #4 car.
The beautiful Italian Group C prototype car in Martini livery based on a Dallara chassis equipped with a 3-litre Ferrari V8 4-valve engine with two turbo chargers. It was an ultralight design of only slightly over 800 kg and an engine output of around 700 hp. An impressing power-to-weight-ratio but still inferior to the dominant works Porsche 962C. Bob Wollek shared the #5 cockpit with Patrese and Baldi who had been entered for both works cars and started the race from 5th position. Halfway through the race the Porsches of Jacky Ickx and Stefan Bellof battled for the lead ending in the tragic accident at Eau Rouge. So Lancia inherited the lead of a race that was stopped prematurely after Bellof had been declared dead. A victory with mourning flag for the Italians who withdrew from endurance racing at the end of that 1985 season.