Climbing up the ladder

28. Feb 2020 
by Ziv Knoll

After winning the ‘Volant V’ in 1977 at the André Pilette Racing School at Zolder, Thierry Boutsen entered the Belgian Formula Ford Championship and won it in 1978 with 15 victories in 18 races.

For 1979, he moved to Formula 3, winning three races in 1980 and finished second to Michele Alboreto in the European title race.

In 1981, he moved to Formula 2 and was again second in the European championship behind Geoff Lees with two victories. In 1982, he finishes again runner up in the same championship behind Corrado Fabi, with 3 victories (Nurburgring, Francorchamps and Enna).

He is seen here in 1982, aboard the F2 Spirit-Honda with which he scored a dominant victory at the 22km Nurburgring circuit. The Formula One managers started to pay attention.

Source: DR

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