The laptimes defied logic, and Derek Bell sidled up to the Nurburgring pitwall. He suggested it might be time to hang out the 'HOLD' board to his mercurial young team-mate.
Porsche's management didn't agree and minutes later Stefan Bellof crashed out of the lead in spectacular fashion after taking off at Pflanzgarten.
The events of the 1983 Nurburgring 1000Km - before and after the accident - play an important role in the legend of Stefan Bellof. His performance around the 12.94-mile Nordschleife at the start of only his third full season of car racing confirmed the talents that had been obvious almost from the first time he climbed aboard a racing car. He also ended up with record laps - 6m11.13s in qualifying and 6m25.91s in the race - of exactly the same track that you or I can pay to drive around today in our road cars.