Goodwood Circuit – sad memory for the automotive Quebec

A little history about the Goodwood Festival and its circuit that the Guide covers this year

After the death of Gilles Villeneuve in 1982, the world of motor racing in Quebec wonders if he will have a successor. Despite an undeniable talent, his brother Jacques will not at all the same career.

A serious successor tip
A young Quebecois did Sherbrooke could pretend under successor of the great Gilles. His name is Bertrand Fabi. He spends the rookie of the year in Formula 2000 National Championship was European champion and England the following year.

The Guild of automotive journalists from England gave him the trophy of the most promising drivers in 1985, the Grovewood Award. He became the first non-Briton to receive this honor. Before him, there were among the winners of this trophy drivers like James Hunt, Alan Jones and Nigel Mansell.

Formula 3 with Damon Hill
Between his championship and the following season, Bertrand participated in private testing of Formula 3 on the Goodwood circuit in order to ultimately acquire its Formula 1 pilot license.

He signed with the West Surrey Racing stables either pilot called Damon Hill. With results of the previous season, Fabi one of the favorites in championship of Formula 3 in England.

Three years ago, Ayrton Senna won the championship with the same stables. Mauricio Gugelmin in turn in 1985. Over a period of 10 years West Surrey Racing win five times the Formula 3 championship thanks also to Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello.

After doing his best lap
Goodwood Circuit. February 1986. The circuit is used among others for testing the stable of Formula 1 Lotus. During the second test day, driving a Volkswagen Ralt 30, he suffered a runway excursion was over 200 km / h at the most difficult corner on the circuit. It would have skidded on a patch of ice.

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Dick Bennett, owner of the stable West Surrey, says he has not seen the accident. We were going to tell him he had to beat his best time.

After a three-hour operation, his parents arrived directly from Rock Forest, are told by the neurologist that the damage to the brain are irreversible. He died the next day, February 22, 1986.

The daily The Montreal Gazette reports that in December 1985, at the gala of athletes from Quebec, Bertrand Fabi had di I”m 25 and I know it is still possible for me to reach Formula 1. If I”m doing well in Formula 3, I can have my Superlicence F1. He will find me a car.

Epilogue
The Quebec will have seen several very good drivers like Stephane Proulx (son of racing driver Monique Proulx, who died in 1993) Patrick Carpentier, Alexandre Tagliani, Bertrand Godin, Claude Bourbonnais, Richard Spenard. It took, Jacques, son of Gilles, only to find a true successor.