In Brands Hatch, England, France's Alain Prost won the world drivers championship, finishing fourth in the European Grand Prix race won by Britain's Nigel Mansell in a Williams-Honda. Brazil's Ayrton Senna in a Lotus-Renault, the early leader from the pole, finished second ahead of Mansell's Finnish teammate, Keke Rosberg.

Prost finished fourth in his McLaren-TAG-Porsche to take three championship points and the title. He had needed to get two points more than Italian Michele Alboreto to clinch the title, and Alboreto retired on lap 14, his Ferrari engine bursting into fire . . .

In Harrisburg, N.C., Cale Yarborough came from one lap down to take the lead with 46 laps left and won the Miller 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as second-place Bill Elliott gained ground in the national championship battle. Yarborough averaged 136.761 mph. Elliott earned 175 points to move within 20 points of Darrell Waltrip with three races left. Waltrip, who finished fourth, earned 165 points for a total of 3,791 . . .

In Monterey, Calif., Bobby Rahal slipped past Al Unser Jr. and Geoff Brabham with 12 laps left and won the Stroh's 300-kilometer Indy-car race at Laguna Seca Raceway.