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Benoist (Delage)Bourlier (Delage)Divo (Delage)

BRITISH GRAND PRIX

Brooklands special circuit (GB), 1 October 1927 (Saturday).
125 laps x 2.616 mi (4.21 km) = 327.0 mi (526.25 km)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1George EystonBaron d'ErlangerBugattiT37A1.5S-6
2Robert BenoistAutomobiles DelageDelage 15 S 8 19271.5S-8
3Edmond BourlierAutomobiles DelageDelage 15 S 8 19271.5S-8
4Albert DivoAutomobiles DelageDelage 15 S 8 19271.5S-8
5Malcolm CampbellM. CampbellBugattiT37A1.5S-6
6Bummer ScottW.B. ScottThomasSpecial1.5S-6
7Harold PurdyH.W. PurdyThomasSpecial1.5S-6
8George SoudersDuesenberg Motor Co.DuesenbergSpecial1.5S-8DNA - did not appear
9Maurice HarveyT.G. JohnAlvisGP1.5S-6DNS - oil pump drive
10Emilio MaterassiAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT39A1.5S-8
11Caberto ConelliAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT39A1.5S-8
12Louis ChironAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT39A1.5S-8
14Jean Prince GhicaPrince Ghica CantacuzinoBugattiT37A1.5S-6
15Felice NazzaroFiatFiat8061.52x6DNA - did not appear
16Pietro BordinoFiatFiat8061.52x6DNA - did not appear
17Carlo SalamanoFiatFiat8061.52x6DNA - did not appear


Benoist wins the British Grand Prix

by Hans Etzrodt
The second British Grand Prix -officially the RAC Grand Prix- took place during unpleasant weather with on-and-off drizzle and stormy cold winds. The new 1500 Fiats from Italy and the American Duesenberg did not appear while the British Alvis broke down in a pre-race test lap. That left nine French cars, comprising six Bugattis and three Delages, plus two English Thomas Specials for the start. Initially Materassi (Bugatti) held the lead but the Delage team of Divo, Bourlier and Benoist moved to the front after three laps. Before ten laps were over, Scott and Purdy in the Thomas Specials had retired, followed later by the Bugattis of Prince Ghica, Eyston/Davis and Campbell. The order in the procession-like race ended in a staged Delage hat-trick finish of Benoist - Bourlier - Divo, followed by Chiron in fourth place and Materassi fifth, both in Bugattis, while the Conelli/Williams Bugatti was still running but was too far behind to be classified. Brooklands was the last race of the 1.5-Liter formula.
The R.A.C. (Royal Automobile Club) staged the 1927 British Grand Prix on the 1st of October at Brooklands, southwest of London near Weybridge, Surrey it designated it the R.A.C. Grand Prix Race. It was the last event of the 1927 World Championship. The Brooklands outer circuit had been specially prepared for this race, 125 laps around the 2.616 mile circuit, totaling 327.0 miles. Compared to the 1926 race with 287 miles, the race distance was lengthened to 327 miles or 526.250 km. Strangely, and in common with the European Grand Prix, the distance was less than the 600 km minimum distance demanded by AIACR regulations. No explanation could be found.
      The start was at the beginning of the railway straight where the course was wide enough for the eleven cars to line up in one row. The cars travelled anti-clockwise down the railway straight turning left around the inner circuit. As in the previous year sandbanks had been erected as chicanes on the Finishing Straight. There were a total of six sandbanks, divided in two groups. The first group consisted of three parallel sandbanks, a left, right, left chicane. After which the drivers passed under a bridge towards a sandbank placed in direction of traffic which had to be passed on the left side. The next sandbank was placed again transverse to the direction of traffic and had to be passed on the right and the third sandbank forced the drivers to remain sharp to the left.
Entries:
Originally there were 16 entries of which only 11 cars started. The three Fiats for Nazzaro, Bordino and Salamano were withdrawn a week before the race under the pretext that their mechanics had to prepare the aero engines for Italy's Schneider Trophy water-planes and as a result could not finish the racecars. On September 25 L'AUTO reported that two 1500 Fiats were entered for Salamano and Bordino under the supervision of Felice Nazzaro. L'AUTO reported two days later that Fiat had withdrawn their entries. The Duesenberg of Souders was also withdrawn because its gearbox was unsuitable for track racing. The front-wheel-drive Alvis of Major Maurice Harvey broke its oil pump drive gears during the morning of the race and could not be repaired in time. The 11 cars that were to face the starter included three Delage works entries for Divo, Benoist and Bourlier with Morel and SÚnÚchal as reserve drivers. The Delages were fitted with streamlined mud shields behind the front wheels to keep the spray from the drivers' faces. In his book 'The Roaring Twenties' Cyril Posthumus mentioned the unique rule in Grand Prix racing at Brooklands in 1926 and 1927, regarding the compulsory use of exhaust silencers in the British events. The exhaust pipes were fitted with a 'Brooklands can', a square muffler, just ahead of the cockpit for the Delages and to the end of the pipe was attached a large flat triangular shaped silencing tail.
      The Bugatti factory also sent three cars for Materassi, Conelli and Chiron. Three independent Bugattis started with Eyston and his reserve driver Sammy Davis in Baron d'Erlanger's car, Campbell and Prince Jean Ghica Cantacuzino, a Rumanian. Finally there were two English Thomas Specials for Scott and Purdy. A complete list of entries is at the beginning of this report.
      The wearing of crash helmets during the race was mandatory for all drivers. However only six of the 13 drivers wore crash helmets of the approved pattern and four of them were British. During practice some days before, a Delage and a Thomas Special collided, but the damage was insignificant and could be completely repaired.
Race:
It rained hard on Saturday morning. A crowd, estimated at around 18.000, attended the race during the awful cold rainy weather. The eleven cars drove to the beginning of the railway straight which was wide enough for them to line up abreast. The start was hard to see from the paddock area on the opposite side of the race track.
Pole Position
14
Ghica

Bugatti

12
Chiron

Bugatti

11
Conelli

Bugatti

10
Materassi

Bugatti

7
Purdy

Thomas

6
Scott

Thomas

5
Campbell

Bugatti

4
Divo

Delage

3
Bourlier

Delage

2
Benoist

Delage

1
Eyston

Bugatti

All cars started their engines except the Delage of Bourlier and three mechanics were frantically pushing it to get its engine started. Just before the flag dropped the engine sprung to life but Bourlier waited until the others had started. At 12:00 PM during heavy rain which lasted more or less during the entire race, the famous Brooklands starter A.V. "Ebby" Ebblewhite dropped the red starting flag and Materassi's blue Bugatti shot into the lead which the Autocar described: "The way Materassi jumped into the lead at the start was quite electrifying. He left all other cars virtually standing still". The Italian held on to first place with Divo's Delage right behind him and the others passing the pits after the first lap in the following order:
1.Materassi (Bugatti)
2.Bourlier (Delage)
3.Campbell (Bugatti)
4.Eyston (Bugatti)
5.Divo (Delage)
6.Benoist (Delage)

Bourlier's Delage was leading after the second lap with Divo right behind, followed by Materassi and Benoist racing side by side through the corner, ahead of Campbell, Eyston and Conelli. After three laps the three Delages were in the lead, leaving the Bugattis more and more behind. Eyston headed for the pits with a misfiring engine for the first of many plug changes. Scott retired his Thomas Special complaining about lack of power and a slipping clutch after he had completed eight laps. His teammate Purdy followed on the next lap with gearbox trouble after having stopped three times to replace oiled plugs. This left the battle between Delage and Bugatti. Divo held the lead at an average speed of 85.61 mph with the first six cars in the following order after 10 laps:
1.Divo (Delage)
2.Bourlier (Delage)
3.Benoist (Delage)
4.Chiron (Bugatti)
5.Conelli (Bugatti)
6.Campbell (Bugatti)

After 20 laps the order had not changed, but Divo's average speed had increased very slightly to 85.75 mph. After 30 laps, about one quarter distance, Conelli had passed Chiron for fourth place and Divo was leading at an average speed of 86.08 mph with the order as follows:
1.Divo (Delage)
2.Bourlier (Delage)
3.Benoist (Delage)
4.Conelli (Bugatti)
5.Chiron (Bugatti)
6.Campbell (Bugatti

Prince Ghica's Bugatti seemed to lack speed and after 28 laps he retired with the intake manifold disintegrating. Materassi was delayed by a leaking radiator joint and had to stop three times to replenish water. After 44 laps Divo stopped to refuel, top up with oil and change one front wheel, dropping from the lead to third place one lap behind Bourlier, the new leader. Benoist was timed in the measured kilometer at 102.61 mph, Bourlier and Divo at 101.5 mph. Bourlier held the lead at an average race speed of 87.05 mph with the positions as follows after 50 laps and remained so after 60 laps and at half distance.
1.Bourlier (Delage)
2.Benoist (Delage)
3.Divo (Delage)
4.Conelli (Bugatti)
5.Chiron (Bugatti)
6.Campbell (Bugatti

After around half distance, most drivers headed for their pits to refuel. Bourlier stopped on lap 69 to add fuel, top up with castor oil and changed goggles, all in 1m36s. In the meantime, Benoist had taken the lead. Conelli, who held fourth place, ran out of fuel on lap 65 due to a carburetor problem and was stranded on the circuit. He pushed the car unaided over one-and-one-half miles from the Byfleet banking, two-thirds of a lap. He was accompanied by a motorcycle with sidecar following behind his Bugatti. With wind and lashing rain it took him about half an hour to reach the pits where he collapsed completely exhausted. After the faulty carburetor was repaired, the reserve driver Williams had to take over and continued with a great time loss. As a result Chiron, Campbell and Materassi had improved their positions after a troublesome first third of the race. Chiron made his refueling stop on lap 63. Eyston made about eight stops for spark plugs in the first half of the race and was relieved by Davis. Benoist made his refueling stop on lap 72 where he also changed tires and had the brakes adjusted, all in 2m22s. During his stop he was passed by Divo and Bourlier. On lap 89 Divo stopped at the pits to have his tires examined. Chiron in fourth place was nearly 16 miles behind the leader at three quarter race distance when Divo held the lead at 85.52 mph average speed with the cars in the following order:
1.Divo (Delage)
2.Bourlier (Delage)
3.Benoist (Delage)
4.Chiron (Bugatti)
5.Campbell (Bugatti)
6.Materassi (Bugatti)

Davis in Eyston's Bugatti had to make a pit stop on lap 95 when his supercharger seized. Campbell retired on lap 97 with a stuck valve which could not be freed. The Motor reported: At this stage there seemed to be a three-cornered fight between Benoist, Bourlier and Divo, the three members of the Delage team. Indeed, to those unfamiliar with team tactics there was plenty of excitement, in watching Benoist gain gradually on the other Delages, passing them dramatically after sitting on their tails through the chicanes. In actual fact, Monsieur Louis Delage wanted the cars to finish in numerical order - 2, 3, 4 - which, as later events proved, they did to perfection. And it was in order to let Benoist pass him that Divo came into the pits on the somewhat flimsy pretext that he wished to examine the tires. Divo showed this sudden interest in his tires on the 108th lap, which enabled him to drop, unobtrusively, from first to third place, while Benoist, who had been running third, passed Bourlier and took the lead. After lap 110 the positions did not change.
1.Benoist (Delage)
2.Bourlier (Delage)
3.Divo (Delage)
4.Chiron (Bugatti)
5.Materassi (Bugatti)

At the end of 125 laps Benoist crossed the finish line as victor at 85.59 mph average speed. Benoist had, like no other driver before him, won all the European Grands Prix of the season. He was victor with his Delage in the Grands Prix of France, Spain, Europe and now Britain. Bourlier in the second Delage was 100 yards behind with Divo in the third Delage one-and-a-quarter laps behind. The Motor reported: SÚnÚchal, who was there as reserve driver, was so carried away with excitement that he rushed out to stop Divo a lap too soon. As the Frenchman stopped there were sudden, alarmed cries of "Extincteur!" Yellow tongues of flame were shooting through the bonnet louvres. However after a second or two the flames ceased, of their own accord, Divo was just getting out of the car when an official rushed up and told him he must do another lap. Hence the rather longer interval at which he finished.
      Chiron followed in fourth place, seven laps behind the leader, and kept driving to complete the full distance of 125 laps. However, he stopped at the end of his 124th lap under the impression that his race had ended. Subsequently he was informed of his error and was permitted to cross the finishing line under power to finish fourth. As soon as he had passed the finish line, the race was officially declared to be at an end and the race was stopped. All other places were calculated on the number of laps completed. Materassi who was still running when the race ended was fifth with 118 laps, but Conelli/Williams with 106 laps were too far behind to be classified. The Bugattis of Campbell, Eyston/Davis and Ghica retired as had both Thomas Specials of Purdy and Scott.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Robert BenoistAutomobiles DelageDelage15 S 8 19271.5S-81253h49m14.6s
2.3Edmond BourlierAutomobiles DelageDelage15 S 8 19271.5S-81253h49m21.6s+ 7s
3.4Albert DivoAutomobiles DelageDelage15 S 8 19271.5S-81252h52m20.0s+ 3m05.4s
4.12Louis ChironAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT39A1.5S-81254h17m50.0s+ 28m35.4s
5.10Emilio MaterassiAutomobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT39A1.5S-8118
DNC11C. Conelli / "Williams"Automobiles Ettore BugattiBugattiT39A1.5S-8106
DNF5Malcolm CampbellCaptain M. CampbellBugattiT39A1.5S-897stuck valve
DNF1G. Eyston / Sammy DavisLeo d'ErlangerBugattiT39A1.5S-895supercharger
DNF14Jean Prince GhicaPrince Ghica CantacuzinoBugattiT37A1.5S-428intake manifold
DNF7Harold PurdyH.W. PurdyThomasSpecial1.5S-69gearbox
DNF6Bummer ScottW.B. ScottThomasSpecial1.5S-68clutch
Fastest lap: not available
Winner's medium speed: 85.59 mph (137.7 km/h).
Weather: intermittent rain showers, windy and cold.
In retrospect:
The time keeping went awry and individual times in hours, minutes and seconds were not issued. Instead, the R.A.C. released only individual speeds in mph to cover up the deficiencies of their time keeping. The press was probably included in this cover-up, did not complain and was happy to publish the individual speeds instead of times.

The fastest lap during the race was not published. All of this happened in a World Championship race, displaying the incompetence of the R.A.C. time keeping experts. However the three Delages were easily the fastest cars in the race. Benoist was timed at 102.61 mph over the flying kilometer and the other two Delages at 101.67 mph, while none of the Bugattis could exceed 100 mph.

Delage with 10 points was the sole survivor of the 1927 World Championship. None of the other manufacturers classified since they had not participated in the obligatory three races.

Primary sources researched for this article:
ADAC-Motorwelt, MŘnchen
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Wien
Automobil Motorsport, Budapest
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
Automobil-Welt, Berlin
L'AUTO, Paris
Motor Sport, London
Omnia, Paris
The Autocar, London
The Motor, London
The Observer, London
The Scotsman, Edinburgh
The Sunday Times, London
The Times, London
Special thanks to:
John Humphries
Reinhard Windeler
Richard Armstrong


Nuvolari (Bugatti)Minoia (Bugatti)Masperi/Rosa (OM)

CIRCUITO DEL GARDA

Circuito del Garda - Sal˛ (I), 9 October 1927.
25 laps x 12.236 km (7.603 mi) = 305.9 km (190.1 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Category up to 1500 cc
2Clemente BiondettiC. BiondettiSalmson1.1S-4
4Roberto SerboliR. SerboliChiribiri12/161.5S-4
6Maria Antonietta d'AvanzoBaronessa d'AvanzoMaserati261.5S-8
8Antonio TestiA. TestiMaserati261.5S-8
10Ferdinando MinoiaF. MinoiaBugattiT37A1.5S-4
12Federico ValpredaF. ValpredaChiribiri12/161.5S-4
14ZanettiZanettiAmilcar1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
16 Carlo ToniniC. ToniniMaserati261.5S-8
18Cleto NenzioniC. NenzioniBugattiT37A1.5S-4
20Alfonso ZampieriA. ZampieriAmilcarC61.1S-6
22Bortolo FerrariB. FerrariFiat509S1.0S-4
24Filippo SartorioF. SartorioGarScap1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
26Giorgio FaggioliG. FaggioliBugattiT371.5S-4DNA - did not appear
28Giovanni MartinelliG. MartinelliBugatti1.5S-4
30Cesare Augusto MaganziniC. MaganziniBugatti1.5S-4
32Antonio ArrivabeneA. ArrivabeneBugattiT37A1.5S-4
34Emilio RomanoE. RomanoBugatti1.5S-4
36Alberto TogniA. TogniBugattiT37A1.5S-4
38Antonio MunariA. MunariFiat509S1.0S-4
40Alberto MarinoA. MarinoMarino1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
42Adolfo SansoniA. SansoniBugattiT37A1.5S-4
 
Category over 1500 cc
44Gaspare BonaG. BonaBugattiT35B2.3S-8
46Ogniben AlverÓO. AlverÓBugattiT35A2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
48Carlo RostiC. RostiBugattiT35C2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
50Aymo MaggiA. MaggiBugattiT35C2.0S-8
52Antonio MasperiA. MasperiOM6652.0S-6
54Cesare PastoreC. PastoreBugattiT35C2.0S-8
56Nino FranchiniN. FranchiniAlfa RomeoRL3.0S-6DNA - did not appear
58Nino FranchiniN. FranchiniAlfa Romeo6C-15001.5S-6
60Sansoni IISansoniBugattiT352.0S-8DNA - did not appear
62Tazio NuvolariTazio NuvolariBugattiT352.0S-8
64Baconin BorzacchiniOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati26B2.0S-8


Nuvolari and Minoia win their classes at the Garda Circuit

by Hans Etzrodt
A field of 24 cars appeared at this minor event over 25 laps where most drivers started with Bugattis. From the beginning Maggi and Nuvolari in 2000 Bugattis battled for the lead, followed by Minoia and Bona in 1500 Bugattis, Borzacchini and Tonini in Maseratis, plus Zampieri's fast Amilcar. After five laps seven cars had retired and after 10 laps five more had disappeared including the leader Maggi with a sick engine and Bona who crashed without serious consequences. Thereafter Nuvolari dominated the remaining 15 laps unchallenged ahead of Minoia's small Bugatti, the Masperi/Rosa (OM), Nenzioni (Bugatti), Zampieri (Amilcar), Franchini (AlfaRomeo), B. Ferrari (Fiat), the Tonini Maserati with the constructor Alfieri as relief driver, Donna d'Avanzo (Maserati), Maganzini (Bugatti), Munari (Fiat) and Martinelli (Bugatti), which was the order in which these 12 cars finished. The 12 retirements included Borzacchini in the latest version of the 2000 Maserati for which there had been great expectations.
The Garda Circuit race near Sal˛ at the western shores of Lake Garda was important because this year it counted towards the Italian Automobile Championship. The Reale Automobile Club Brescia organized this seventh race on Circuito del Garda, 25 laps over a 12.236 km course, a total of 305.900 km. The event was first held in 1921. With the start in Sal˛ the circuit headed south, snaking up the curves of the Zette hill reaching Cunettone after 4.3 km. From here the twisting course headed north-west past Villa for 4.5 km to Tormini, where the road dropped leading east back to Sal˛ after 3.4 km. Before the race a specialized company had resurfaced the more worn out sections of the dirt roads. The grandstand, which had previously been in Sal˛, was now in Cunettone because for the 1927 race the Brescia AC had changed the start from Sal˛ to Cunettone. This was all part of the ongoing arguments and conflict between the organizers, the Brescia AC and the Garda Committee including financing.
      The regulations divided the entries into two classes, one up to 1500 cc and the other over 1500. The 1100 cc cars had to fight with the 1500s for the class win. However, there was a special prize for the first 1100 car finishing, which would result in a fight between the smallest. The timekeeping service was performed by the unparalleled great Ottolini and Radice, solicitors, Messi and Mazier.
      The prize money was the same for the class up to 1500 and over 1500 cc: first place 10,000 lire, second 5,000 and third 3,000. A large gold medal was awarded to the driver who established the fastest lap during the race.
Entries:
Over 30 entries were received from Italian drivers since the race was the last one counting towards the 1927 Italian Championship. The main contenders included the Bugatti drivers Maggi, Minoia and Nuvolari. The latter still raced motorcycles with a Bianchi contract. Maggi had won the race in 1925 and 26 while Minoia and Nuvolari had prior experience with good finishes at Garda. Minoia was considered a serious contender even though he raced a slower supercharged 1500 Bugatti. As a contracted driver for the Bugatti works, it is likely that he started with strong factory support. Maserati entered the latest version of their 2-liter type 26B for Borzacchini and Baroness Maria Antonietta d'Avanzo drove a 1500 Maserati which she had bought from Conte Diego De Sterlich. The 2000 OM of Masperi was shared in the race by Archimede Rosa. A complete list of the numbered entries is at the beginning of this report.
Race:
A large crowd had come to witness the outcome of the duel between the most famous drivers, Maggi and Nuvolari. Enthusiasts occupied all the seats of the new grandstand in Cunettone's attractive valley. The finish line was near the curve that connected two main roads. There was a special stand for the authorities, including the Prefect of Brescia, comm. Siragusa, the Federal Political Secretary of Brescia, comm. Dugnani, Count Gallenga the Vice-President of the ACI, and many others. At 11:20 AM Franco Mazzotti and Count Gallenga began a tour of one lap closing the circuit. Ten minutes later the drivers moved their cars onto the grid. From 32 entries, only 24 cars appeared for the start. The 1500 class which included the 1100 cc cars was to start first, lined up in pairs.
Pole Position
2
Biondetti

Salmson

6
Avanzo

Maserati

4
Serboli

Chiribiri

8
Testi

Maserati

10
Minoia

Bugatti

12
Valpreda

Chiribiri

16
Tonini

Maserati

18
Nenzioni

Bugatti

20
Zampieri

Amilcar

22
Ferrari

Fiat

28
Martinelli

Bugatti

30
Maganzini

Bugatti

32
Arrivabene

Bugatti

34
Romano

Bugatti

36
Togni

Bugatti

38
Munari

Fiat

42
Sansoni

Bugatti

44
Bona

Bugatti

50
Maggi

Bugatti

52
Masperi

OM

54
Pastore

Bugatti

58
Franchini

Alfa Romeo

62
Nuvolari

Bugatti

64
Borzacchini

Maserati

Finally, the officials' car returned having closed the circuit. The band played the Marcia Reale, the national anthem of the Italian Kingdom, with everyone standing. The deafening roar from the race cars' engines drowned out every other noise. Then at 11:50 the starter, the Federal Secretary of Brescia comm Dugnani, lowered the flag to release the first pair of drivers, Biondetti and Avanzo. The public applauded the lady dressed flamboyantly in red overalls. Biondetti immediately stopped and retired. After 30 seconds the next pair of Serboli and Testi started with the same gap to each following pair until Nuvolari and Borzacchini were the last to leave.
      At the end of the first lap, Serboli's Chiribiri was the first to arrive ahead of Tonini, Nenzioni, Zamperi, Ferrari and Maganzini who took the bend in a skid. Maggi appeared next, who also skidded through the turn. Arrivabene had a brief stop at the pits while Togni and Pastore retired.
      After lap two Maggi was leading the large field, followed by Nuvolari. On the road the cars were in the order: Serboli, Minoia, Valpreda and Tonini. Zampieri overtook Ms. Avanzo as they crossed the start line while Maggi was close behind both of them.
      On the third lap Romano retired but the race positions remained the same. Minoia went past Serboli near the grandstand. Borzacchini had passed Nuvolari who tried to repass the fast Maserati on the straight. Borzacchini's best lap was 8m10s while Nuvolari could do no better than 8m15s. Due to the disparate starting procedure, this may have been the only genuine on-track duel for race position. Arrivabene retired with an engine problem.
      On the fourth lap, Maggi extended his lead, looking like the winner. Testi retired on lap four. On the fifth lap, Borzacchini's race ended when he retired his Maserati at his pit with a broken gear that drove the camshafts. Maggi's average lap time for the first five laps was 7m50.8s. His lead over Nuvolari was two minutes and Minoia was a further two minutes behind Nuvolari when the order after five laps was as follows:
1.Maggi (Bugatti)39m14s
2.Nuvolari (Bugatti)41m10s
3.Minoia (Bugatti)43m14s
4.Bona (Bugatti)43m36s
5.Tonini (Maserati)45m22s
6.Zampieri (Amilcar)45m27s
7.Nenzioni (Bugatti)45m45s
8.Masperi (OM)46m32s
9.Franchini (Alfa Romeo)46m36.6s
10.Serboli (Chiribiri)47m03s
11.Ferrari (Fiat)47m15s1 lap behind
12.Maganzini (Bugatti)47m45s1 lap behind
13.Avanzo (Maserati)49m00s1 lap behind
14.Munari (Fiat)50m46s1 lap behind
15.Sansoni (Bugatti)51m03s1 lap behind
16.Martinelli (Bugatti)51m51s1 lap behind
17.Valpreda (Chiribiri)55m23s2 laps behind

On lap seven Serboli retired. At the end of lap nine Maggi, who was by now several minutes ahead of Nuvolari, was about to start lap 10, but he took the curve slowly and toned down the engine before his pit since its beat was irregular. He made an impatient gesture to the mechanic and then Maggi jumped out of the car which was pushed inside the fence with a broken connecting rod. When Nuvolari learned from his pits about Maggi's demise, he slowed his pace since there were still many laps to go. Meanwhile Sansoni, who had stopped at the pits earlier, retired due to clutch failure. Nuvolari's average lap time for last five laps was 8m04.2s. The order was as follows after 10 laps:
1.Nuvolari (Bugatti)1h21m31s
2.Minoia (Bugatti)1h25m16s
3.Bona (Bugatti)1h25m45s
4.Tonini (Maserati)1h30m21s1 lap behind
5.Zampieri (Amilcar)1h30m54s1 lap behind
6.Nenzioni (Bugatti)1h32m05s1 lap behind
7.Valpreda (Chiribiri)1h32m10s1 lap behind
8.Masperi (OM)1h32m22s1 lap behind
9.Franchini (Alfa Romeo)1h32m55.6s1 lap behind
10.Ferrari (Fiat)1h34m00s1 lap behind
11.Avanzo (Maserati)1h36m00.2s1 lap behind
12.Martinelli (Bugatti)1h41m00s2 laps behind
13.Maganzini (Bugatti)1h41m17s2 laps behind
14.Munari (Fiat)3 laps behind

After the tenth lap Minoia had to change a tire along the course and on the following lap he replaced the bad tire with one of the stock in his pit, falling further behind Nuvolari. On lap 11, Valpreda retired his Chiribiri at the pits. On the twelfth lap Masperi, who was aching from leg cramps, stopped and handed over the cockpit of the OM to Rosa, who immediately started to make up lost time.
      On lap 15, Alfieri Maserati, the car's designer, relieved the indisposed Tonini at the steering wheel. On the same lap it was learned that Bona had crashed his Bugatti at Villa. While overtaking another car, Bona slammed into an iron trellis, crushing the big bars with the front of his Bugatti. The accident could have had serious consequences due to the violence of the crash but it ended with only a slight wound to the driver's nose and a fractured rib of the mechanic. Rosa who had taken over Masperi's O.M. did some determined driving and worked the car from eighth to fourth place within four laps. Nuvolari's average lap time for last five laps was 8m24.2s with the order after 15 laps as follows:
1.Nuvolari (Bugatti)2h03m32s
2.Minoia (Bugatti)2h07m07s
3.Zampieri (Amilcar)2h15m46s1 lap behind
4.Masperi/Rosa (OM)2h18m05s1 lap behind
5.Nenzioni (Bugatti)2h18m16s1 lap behind
6.Franchini (Alfa Romeo)2h18m48s1 lap behind
7.Ferrari (Fiat)2h21m30s2 laps behind
8.Avanzo (Maserati)2h23m31s2 laps behind
9.Maganzini (Bugatti)2h27m48s2 laps behind
10.Tonini/Maserati (Maserati)2h30m39s3 laps behind
11.Munari (Fiat)2h32m52s3 laps behind
12.Martinelli (Bugatti)

On lap 19 Nuvolari who led Minoia by 4m13s, made a quick pit stop. When Zampieri's Amilcar dropped two places, Rosa and Nenzioni were able to advance. Alfieri Maserati gained ground in Tonini's car by moving past Maganzini's Bugatti into ninth position. Minoia stopped on lap 20 for fuel and water. Nuvolari's average lap time over the last five laps was 8m21s. The order after 20 laps was:
1.Nuvolari (Bugatti)2h45m17s
2.Minoia (Bugatti)2h51m36s
3.Masperi /Rosa (OM)3h01m45s1 lap behind
4.Nenzioni (Bugatti)3h02m50s2 laps behind
5.Zampieri (Amilcar)3h03m21s2 laps behind
6.Franchini (Alfa Romeo)3h05m39s2 laps behind
7.Ferrari (Fiat)3h10m42s3 laps behind
8.Avanzo (Maserati)3h10m55s3 laps behind
9.Tonini/Maserati (Maserati)3h15m48s3 laps behind
10.Maganzini (Bugatti)
11.Munari (Fiat)
12.Martinelli (Bugatti)

With a lead of more than six minutes, the fight was now settled between Minoia and Nuvolari, who made another pit stop at the end of lap 21. Since Nuvolari started four and a half minutes after Minoia, Nuvolari must have overtaken him, quite possibly during Minoia's last pit stop. The demoralizing effect of this meant that at the beginning of the last lap Minoia slowed his pace considerably causing him to fall one lap behind.
      After 25 laps, Nuvolari crossed the finish line, eleven minutes ahead of Minoia's 1500 Bugatti and was greeted by the Giovinezza, the Fascist national anthem. The records from the 1926 race were all broken. Rosa in Masperi's OM finished a further five minutes behind, followed by Nenzioni's 1500 Bugatti and Zampieri's fast 1100 cc Amilcar in fifth place. Minoia and Masperi/Rosa were both one lap down. Nenzioni, Zampieri and Franchini were two laps behind, while Ferrari, Tonini and d'Avanzo had fallen three laps back. Maganzini, Munari and Martinelli were four laps behind. The officials actually stopped Munari and Martinelli and accredited them respectively with 4h11m36s and 4h12m58s. A group of sports fans carried Nuvolari in triumph. There was also much celebration for Minoia, Zampieri and Donna Avanzo.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.62Tazio NuvolariTazio NuvolariBugattiT352.0S-8253h29m42.6s
2.10Ferdinando MinoiaF. MinoiaBugattiT37A1.5S-4253h40m33.2s + 10m50.6s
3.52A. Masperi / A. RosaA. MasperiOM6652.0S-6253h45m47.2s + 16m04.6s
4.18Cleto NenzioniC. NenzioniBugattiT37A1.5S-4253h48m17.4s + 18m34.8s
5.20Alfonso ZampieriA. ZampieriAmilcarC61.1S-6253h49m50.0s + 20m07.4s
6.58Nino FranchiniN. FranchiniAlfa Romeo6C-15001.5S-6253h52m11.4s + 22m28.8s
7.22Bortolo FerrariB. FerrariFiat509S1.0S-4253h59m02.0s + 29m19.4s
8.16 C. Tonini / A. MaseratiCarlo ToniniMaserati261.5S-8254h00m44.6s + 31m02.0s
9.6Maria d'AvanzoBaronessa d'AvanzoMaserati261.5S-8254h00m57.4s + 31m14.8s
10.30Cesare Augusto MaganziniC. MaganziniBugatti1.5S-4254h10m45.8s + 41m03.2s
11.38Antonio MunariA. MunariFiat509S1.0S-4254h11m36.0s + 41m53.4s
12.28Giovanni MartinelliG. MartinelliBugatti1.5S-4254h12m58.0s + 43m15.4s
DNF44Gaspare BonaG. BonaBugattiT35B2.3S-810crash
DNF12Federico ValpredaF. ValpredaChiribiri12/161.5S-410  
DNF42Adolfo SansoniA. SansoniBugattiT37A1.5S-49clutch 
DNF50Aymo MaggiA. MaggiBugattiT35C2.0S-8 9connecting rod
DNF4Roberto SerboliR. SerboliChiribiri12/161.5S-46  
DNF64Baconin BorzacchiniOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati26B2.0S-84camshaft drive
DNF8Antonio TestiA. TestiMaserati261.5S-83  
DNF34Emilio RomanoE. RomanoBugatti1.5S-42  
DNF32Antonio ArrivabeneA. ArrivabeneBugattiT37A1.5S-42engine 
DNF54Cesare PastoreC. PastoreBugattiT35C2.0S-81 
DNF36Alberto TogniA. TogniBugattiT37A1.5S-41  
DNF2Clemente BiondettiC. BiondettiSalmson1.1S-4 0mechanical 
Weather: sunny, dry.
Incredibly the time keepers, obviously by mistake, used a course length of 13.236 km instead of 12.236 km when doing their calculations! Thus the official results looked like this:
Fastest lap of over 1500 cc category: Aymo Maggi (Bugatti) on lap 1 in 7m51.2s = 101.120 km/h.
Fastest lap of up to 1500 cc category: Ferdinando Minoia (Bugatti) on lap 14 in 8m16s = 96.067 km/h.
Average speed of over 1500 cc category winner: Tazio Nuvolari (Bugatti) at 94.675 km/h.
Average speed of up to 1500 cc category winner: Ferdinando Minoia (Bugatti) at 90.019 km/h.
Average speed of to 1100 cc category winner: Alfonso Zampieri (Amilcar) at 86.384 km/h.
Correctly calculated the speeds should look like this:
Fastest lap of over 1500 cc category: Aymo Maggi (Bugatti) on lap 1 in 7m51.2s = 93.5 km/h (58.1 mph).
Fastest lap of up to 1500 cc category: Ferdinando Minoia (Bugatti) on lap 14 in 8m16s = 88.8 km/h (55.2 mph).
Average speed of over 1500 cc category winner: Tazio Nuvolari (Bugatti) at 87.5 km/h (54.4 mph).
Average speed of up to 1500 cc category winner Ferdinando Minoia (Bugatti) at 83.2 km/h (51.7 mph).
Average speed of to 1100 cc category winner Alfonso Zampieri (Amilcar) at 79.9 km/h (49.6 mph).


Primary sources researched for this article:
ACI - rivista, Torino
La Gazetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
L'Impero, Roma
Omnia, Paris
Special thanks to:
Giancarlo Cavallini, for his book Circuito del Garda
Alessandro Silva


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