CIRCUIT DE LA RIVIERA
Circuit de la Riviera - Super-Cannes (F), 1 April 1928.
1st race: 3 x 3.4 km (2.11 mi) = 10.2 km (6.3 mi)
2nd-6th race: 6 x 3.4 km (2.11 mi) = 20.4 km (12.7 mi)
Final; 10 laps x 3.4 km (2.11 mi) = 34 km (21.1 mi)
|Racecars - up to 1100 cc|
|43||Benoit Falchetto||B. Falchetto||Tony Speciale||1.1|
|52||Henri Mathieu||Henri Mathieu||R.M. Speciale||1.1|
|54||Henny de Joncy||H. de Joncy||BNC||527||1.1||S-4|
|55||C. Samud||C. Samud||Salmson||1.1|
|57||Martinatti||Martinatti||Salmson||1.1||DNA - did not appear|
|Racecars - up to 1500 cc|
|25||Frank Tallet||Frank Tallet||Delfosse||Cime||1.1|
|78||René Dreyfus||R. Dreyfus||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4|
|Racecars - over 1500 cc|
|23||Hans von Trütschler||Baron H. v. Trütschler||Bugatti||T35||2.0||S-8||DNA - did not appear|
|58||Louis Chiron||L. Chiron||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8|
|59||"Williams"||W. Williams||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||DNA - did not appear|
|84||Edward Bret||E. Bret||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8|
|Sports cars - all classes|
|40||Barrington White||Barrington White||Lorraine-Dietrich||3.4||S-6|
|44||Pierre Bussienne||P. Bussienne||Sizaire||2.0||S-6|
|68||Dimitri Djordjadze||Prince D. Djordjadze||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|76||Signoret||Signoret||Chenard & Walcker||3.0||S-6|
|77||Henri Signoret||H. Signoret||Salmson||Sports||1.1|
Louis Chiron wins the Riviera Circuit at Super-Cannes
by Hans Etzrodt
From 20 entries at Super-Cannes 16 cars appeared at the start of this minor event, divided into sports- and racecars. Each category was subdivided into three classes by engine capacity, which assured that almost everybody
would receive a prize. There were five short eliminating races and a longer final, preceded by the brief 3-lap Grand Prix de la Côte d'Azur where Louis Chiron (Bugatti) was the winner. Pierre Bussienne (Sizaire) won the
race for sports cars over 1500 cc, while Signoret (Salmson) was winner of the sports car class up to 1500 cc. Next followed the racecars; first the class over 1500 cc saw Edward Bret (Bugatti) victorious, the class from
1000cc to 1500 cc was won by René Dreyfus (Bugatti) while Henny de Joncy (BNC) won the 1100 cc class and Louis Chiron won the Final.
The Automobile-Club de Cannes with Mr. Gondamin, President of the Commission Sportive and with support from the sports committee of l'Automobile-Club de Nice were responsible for organizing this minor event
for the first time at the Circuit de la Riviera at Super-Cannes. The 3.4 km undulating circuit, which wound through about 30 bends, was located in the hills just north-east of Cannes in the Super-Cannes suburb.
The position of the start was located on the Grand Boulevard de Super-Cannes. The course then continued in an anti-clockwise direction onto the Boulevard Saint-Antoine, the Boulevard Beau-Soleil and back
onto the Grand Boulevard de Super-Cannes. There were five classes, three for race cars, up to 1100 cc, 1100 to 1500 cc and over 1500 cc, and two for sports cars, up to 1500 cc and over 1500 cc. The winners of each race
qualified for the Final. Drivers were allowed to start in more than one race, using different cars. The weighing and scrutineering took place on Saturday at 2:00 PM outside the office of the Cannes A. C. The total
prize money was set at 50,000 francs.
1st Race :|
On Sunday morning the weather was beautiful with sunshine and the Super-Cannes area was invaded by spectators' vehicles. There were 10,000 spectators present, the grandstand seats facing the official tent were full and the lawn
areas around the course were invaded on all points. Officials, stewards, judges and timekeepers, stood about fifty meters from the starting line on the main boulevard of Super-Cannes. A large bulletin board faced the
grandstands, allowing the public to follow the progress of the drivers lap by lap.
The program consisted of seven races. The first was the Grand Prix de la Côte d'Azur raced against the clock over three laps around the 3.4 km circuit and was started at 1:30 PM. It brought together the two top ranking drivers
who had raced at Mont Agel and La Turbie. After those two hill climb events Lorthiois and Chiron, both in Bugattis, were separated by only five seconds and were expected to fight hard to decide the winner of the Grand Prize of
the French Riviera. But Lorthiois was unlucky with a puncture on the last lap just before the finish. The skillful Chiron had better times. He finished with 20 seconds advantage and thus won the Grand Prix de la Côte d'Azur.
|1.||58||Louis Chiron||L. Chiron||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||3||9m28.2s|
Fastest lap: Lorthiois (Bugatti) in 3m05s = 66.2 km/h (41.1 mph).|
Winner's medium speed: 64.6 km/h (40.2 mph).
The second race was the Prix de la Riviera, restricted to Category Sports Cars over 1500 cc, over 6 laps of the 3.4 km circuit, a total of 20.4 km. Bussienne, Barrington White and Signoret lined up at the start. Bussienne took
the lead at the start and won.
|1.||44||Pierre Bussienne||P. Bussienne||Sizaire||2.0||S-6||6||22m07.4s|
|2.||76||Signoret||Signoret||Chenard & Walcker||3.0||S-6||6||22m21.8s|
|3.||40||Barrington White||Barrington White||Lorraine-Dietrich||3.4||S-6||6||23m07.8s|
Fastest lap: Signoret (Chenard) in 3m14s = 63.1 km/h (39.2 mph).|
Winner's medium speed: 55.3 km/h (34.4 mph).
The third race was limited to Category Sports Cars up to 1500 cc, over 6 laps of the 3.4 km circuit, 20.4 km total. Signoret was leading at the start, later Signoret and Carasso increased their lead at every lap. Boccardi,
who held third place, made a good lap and was ranked second ahead of Carasso. Routier had to retire on the third lap when a wheel came off.
|1.||77||Henri Signoret||H. Signoret||Salmson||Sports||1.1||6||20m28.6s|
Fastest lap: Signoret (Salmson) in 3m16.6s = 62.3 km/h (38.7 mph).|
Winner's medium speed: 59.8 km/h (37.1 mph).
The fourth race was arranged for Category Race Cars over 1500 cc, over 6 laps of the 3.4 km circuit or 20.4 km total. Bret and Chiron displayed remarkable sportsmanship. Chiron took the lead with ten meters on Bret, but the
latter made the fastest lap of 2m59s. On the last lap at the hairpin of the circuit Bret managed the incredible feat of passing the famous Chiron and despite a very tough fight he kept first place until the finish.
|1.||84||Edward Bret||E. Bret||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||6||18m14.0s|
|2.||58||Louis Chiron||L. Chiron||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||6||18m17.2s|
Fastest lap: Bret & Chiron both (Bugatti) in 2m59s = 68.4 km/h (42.5 mph).|
Winner's medium speed: 67.1 km/h (41.7 mph).
The fifth race was open to Category Race Cars from 1000cc to 1500 cc, over 6 laps of the 3.4 km circuit, a total of 20.4 km. This race aroused little interest. Dreyfus remained ahead of Tallet, gaining a large lead but on the
third lap Tallet had an accident and retired.
|1.||78||René Dreyfus||R. Dreyfus||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||6||19m16.2s|
|DNF||25||Frank Tallet||Frank Tallet||Delfosse||Cime||1.1||2||did not finish|
Fastest lap: R. Dreyfus in 3m10s = 64.4 km/h (40.0 mph).|
Winner's medium speed: 63.5 km/h (39.4 mph).
The sixth race was reserved for Category Race Cars up to 1100 cc, over 6 laps of the 3.4 km circuit or 20.4 km. De Joncy, C. Samud, Mathieu and Benoit lined up at the start. De Joncy took the lead and led firmly. However,
between him and Benoit there developed a very exciting duel, which de Joncy decided for himself in a sprint two lengths ahead at the finish.
|1.||54||Henny de Joncy||H. de Joncy||BNC||527||1.1||S-4||6||20m44.8s|
|2.||43||Benoit||Benoit Falchetto||Tony Spéciale||1.1||6||20m46.2s|
|3.||55||C. Samud||C. Samud||Salmson||1.1||6||22m20.0s|
|4.||52||Henri Mathieu||Henri Mathieu||R.M. Spéciale||1.1||6||23m12.4s|
Fastest lap: B. Falchetto (BNC) in 3m22s = 60.6 km/h (37.7 mph).|
Winner's medium speed: 59.0 km/h (36.7 mph).
Eventually the final race over 10 laps or 34 km was held for the winners of the five preceding races with a 5:30 PM start. De Joncy and Signoret decided not to start, which left Bret and Chiron with Dreyfus as the underdog.
Despite the limited number of competitors, the race kept the interest of the spectators. With a quick departure, Chiron took the lead, followed by Bret and Dreyfus. The first two established a good lead within a short time
and the race was fought out between them. It was a repeat of the same hectic pursuit that they had demonstrated in the fourth race. On the eighth lap, Bret burst a tire in the second part of the circuit and changing a wheel
made him lose 1m3s. Chiron was now no longer worried and won the race. The fastest lap of the day was made by Bret and Chiron with 2m59s. L'Eclaireur de Nice commented, that the sporting interest of the race had not
diminished and we must pay tribute once again to the impetuous mastery of Bret and the strong performance of Chiron, who were the two major victors of the day. Dreyfus in the 1500 Bugatti finished in third place.
Chiron won the Grand Prix de la Riviera and also won the Grand Prix de la Côte d'Azur, which was assigned for the three events at La Turbie, Mont Agel and the Circuit de la Riviera.
|1.||58||Louis Chiron||L. Chiron||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||10||30m23.0s|
|2.||84||Edward Bret||E. Bret||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||10||33m05.0s|
|3.||78||René Dreyfus||R. Dreyfus||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||10||35m02.2s|
Fastest lap: Edward Bret (Bugatti) in 3m00.0s = 68.0 km/h (42.3 mph).|
Winner's medium speed: 67.1 km/h (41.7 mph).
Weather: sunshine, dry
Primary sources researched for this article:|
L'Eclaireur de Nice, Nice
Le Petit Nicois, Nice
GRAND PRIX D'ANTIBES
La Garoupe Circuit, Antibes (F), 9 April 1928 (Monday).
75 laps x 4.070 km (2.529 mi) = 305.25 km (189.7 mi)
|1||Edward Bret||E. Bret||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8|
|2||Louis Chiron||L. Chiron||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8|
|3||"Sabipa"||Louis Charaval||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||DNA - did not appear|
|4||André Morel||SNA Amilcar||Amilcar||C6||1.1||S-6|
|5||Clemente Auguste Martin||SNA Amilcar||Amilcar||C6||1.1||S-6|
|7||Jules Moriceau||SNA Amilcar||Amilcar||C6||1.1||S-6|
|8||Hans von Trütschler||Baron H. v. Trütschler||Bugatti||T35||2.0||S-8|
|9||Alfredo Cereseto||A. Cereseto||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4|
|10||Hans Simons||H. Simons||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|11||René Dreyfus||R. Dreyfus||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4|
|12||Dimitri Djordjadze||Prince D. Djordjadze||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|14||Michel Doré||B.N.C.||BNC||527||1.1||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|15||Jules Placier||J. Placier||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|19||Henri Billiet||B.N.C.||BNC||527||1.1||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|20||Marcel Violet||M. Violet||Sima Violet||1.5||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|21||Henny de Joncy||H. De Joncy||BNC||527||1.1||S-4|
|22||Etienne Lepicard||M. Violet||Sima Violet||1.5||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|25||Christopher Guy||C. Guy||Lombard||AL3||1.1||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|26||Benoit Falchetto||B. Falchetto||Tony Special||1.1|
|27||Jean-Marc Augier||B.N.C.||BNC||527||1.1||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|28||C. Samud||B.N.C.||BNC||527||1.1||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
|29||Raoul de Rovin||R. de Rovin||De Rovin||0.5||DNA - did not appear|
|30||Frank Tallet||Frank Tallet||Tallet Special||CIME||1.1||S-4||DNA - did not appear|
Louis Chiron wins the Antibes Grand Prix
by Hans Etzrodt
The international Antibes Grand Prix at the Côte d'Azur attracted 29 entries but only 16 drivers appeared at the start. After the first lap Chiron held the lead but then dropped to the tail end of the field when he spun his
Bugatti, which put Morel (Amilcar) to the front but he was very soon passed by Bret (Bugatti), who held the lead for 20 laps after which he encountered engine problems, leading to his early retirement. "Williams" (Bugatti)
then moved into first place until lap 34 when Chiron had caught up and passed into the lead again which he held until the end of the 75 laps. Williams finished second with Dreyfus third in the smaller Bugatti, ahead of
Moriceau (Amilcar), Signoret and Martinatti with their Salmsons, followed by Benoit Falchetto (Tony Special) while the other nine drivers retired.
The Circuit d'Antibes-Juan-les-Pins was organized by the Automobile Club d'Antibes-Juan-les-Pins with support by L'Auto and L'Eclaireur de Nice et du Sud-Est. The event comprised a race for motorcycles
on Sunday April 8 and for cars on Easter-Monday. This race had been held for the first time in 1927, as a minor national event. The Commission Sportive decided on two classes, up to 1100 cc and over 1100 cc.
The regulations allowed superchargers and the shape of the bodywork was free. At the Côte d'Azur east of Cannes lay Antibes and just to the south was the Garoupe road circuit. All drivers had to complete 75 laps
through the La Garoupe pine forest along the 4.070 km Circuit du Cap d'Antibes, a total of 305.250 km. The race was managed by Charles Faroux from L'Auto, with Ernst Friderich from Nice as assistant manager.
The race was endowed with 150,000 francs in cash. Additional prizes were provided by L'Automobile Club de Nice et de la Côte d'Azur, which offered five prizes of 500 francs but not stating to whom. "Marachal" Spark
Plugs offered 300 francs for the fastest lap during the last 10 laps. Mr. Octave Homberg announced two prizes each at 1000 francs for the 1100 cc cars and un-supercharged cars. The Sword Company "Monaco"
offered 200 francs but did not say to whom.
Several drivers, who had raced at Esterel Plage on March 11 and at the Riviera Circuit the week before, appeared for this third race held at the Côte d'Azur. The 1100 cc category entries included teams from Salmson,
BNC, Amilcar, Sima-Violet and Rovin. The category over 1100 cc had entries from the Bugatti drivers "Williams", "Sabipa" alias Louis Charaval of 1926 fame at Monza, the German Baron Hans von Trütschler, Edward Bret
and Lois Chiron, who was the winner at Super-Cannes. Chiron expected to receive a new 2-liter Bugatti with which he was starting at the Circuit d'Antibes. A good fight between Chiron and Bret was expected. René
Dreyfus, Jules Placier, Alfredo Cereseto from Italy, the German Hans Simons and Prince Dimitri Djordjadze entered 1500 Bugattis and were opposed by the two 1500 Sima Violets. A complete list of entries can be found
at the beginning of this report.
Friday was the last day of practice. A large crowd came to watch the final practice before the closing of the circuit. The Amilcar team with Morel, Martin and Moriceau, who had raced for the Talbot factory in 1927,
were the first on the track. The three drivers ended up with some very quick laps. However Morel did not beat his time from Thursday when he drove a lap in 3m14s. Bret completed a few laps on a motorcycle and also
with a passenger car to study the circuit. The Italian Cereseto also put in some laps with his Bugatti. Later on the BNC team and Salmson went out on the circuit to do their final practice laps. Weighing and
scrutineering took place on Saturday at 2:00 PM at the harbor outside the Customs Office.
After the motorcycle races on Sunday, the beautiful weather prevailed on Easter-Monday in the presence of a huge crowd. The location of the grandstands, which were 500 meters in length, was unique in the Garoupe pine forest
and spectators had a great view of two hairpin bends and the two straights connecting the turns. The grandstands were packed long before the race. The crowd around the Antibes circuit was estimated at 50,000. The start of
the race was planned for 11 in the morning but was postponed due to some delay before the 16 competitors lined up on the starting grid two cars per row. Only the first few cars could be identified from a photograph. With
these five cars at the front it looks as if the grid was determined by race numbers, not by a random draw, which was more common in the twenties.
The race-director Charles Faroux gave the last instructions to the drivers who then returned to their cars. Sixteen engines were started, began to fire up and rumble while Ernst Friderich screamed the count down at three
minutes, again at two, then a minute. At 11:18 AM the cars started in a deafening roar with Chiron taking the immediate lead, followed by Morel and Bret.
Chiron completed the first lap in 3m25s, which represented an average of 71,475 km/h. He was thirty meters ahead of Morel in second place, followed by Bret, Dreyfus and Williams. When approaching the hairpin turn after
the grandstands, Chiron arrived too fast and spun his Bugatti around losing several minutes. Many drivers passed him before he got going again. He next stopped for a few seconds at his pit to check his car over but now
found himself at the very rear of the field and carried on at full speed. In the meantime Morel had passed into the lead but not for long, because Bret had overtaken him by the end of the second lap.
On the third lap Bret was leading the race ahead of Morel and Williams, who passed into second. Behind them there followed Dreyfus, Trütschler, Cereseto, Martin, Moriceau, de Joncy, Falchetto, Martinatti, d'Havrincourt
and the rest. Cereseto and Trütschler were having a good battle without any clear advantage for one or the other. By now Chiron who was near the end of the field had started his chase to catch up with the leaders. On
lap four the Cannes driver Bret remarkably retained his leading position in front of Williams, Morel and Dreyfus who were having a close battle. The spectators were standing, observing the exciting spectacle which was
taking place in front of them.
Before the fifth lap Dreyfus overtook Morel who was having some sort of trouble. Chiron was working his way through the field and kept passing his competitors. On the ninth lap, while he was lapping a back-marker on
the outside of a turn, Morel left the track and hit a rock. The damage to his Amilcar forced him to retire. Jourdan retired his Salmson on the road to the sea, while Carasso (BNC) and Martin (Amilcar) had also disappeared
from the timekeeper's table. Ominously, Chiron was already up to seventh, but was still three minutes behind the leader, but had not been lapped. The field was down to 12 cars. Bret was leading with an average speed of
74.187 km/h. His average lap time for the first ten laps was 3m17.5s, with the field of 12 cars on the same lap in the following order after 10 laps:
|8.||De Joncy (BNC)||36m08s|
|9.||Falchetto (Tony Special)||36m09s|
The battle was between Bret, Williams Dreyfus and Chiron, the four Bugatti drivers. Bret continued to lead with a good advantage of about 50 seconds ahead of Williams and Dreyfus. Chiron continued to make up time, reducing
the gap to the leading drivers. When Cereseto retired his Bugatti on the road to the sea, the field was down to 11 cars. On the fifteenth lap, Bret was still in command and had increased his lead ahead of Williams and
Dreyfus, while Chiron had passed Trütschler and was in fourth position chasing after Dreyfus. Until the twentieth lap, there was no change in the order of the leading drivers, although Chiron was gaining on Bret, he only
reduced the gap by 20 seconds between laps 10 and 20, an average of a mere two seconds per lap. With 55 laps left to run it looked as if he would be unable to catch Bret, whose average lap time for the last ten laps was
3m18.2s. The order after 20 laps was as follows:
|4.||Chiron (Bugatti)||1h08m33s||1 lap behind|
|5.||Trütschler (Bugatti)||1h10m01s||1 lap behind|
|6.||Moriceau (Amilcar)||1h10m13s||1 lap behind|
|7.||Falchetto (Tony Special)||1h11m10s||1 lap behind|
|8.||De Joncy (BNC)||1h11m14s||1 lap behind|
|9.||Signoret (Salmson)||1h12m03s||1 lap behind|
|10.||Martinatti (Salmson)||1h12m26s||1 lap behind|
|11.||d'Havrincourt (Salmson)||1h12m40s||2 laps behind|
On lap 23 Bret stopped at his pit to check the valves, but soon left again. In the meantime Williams had inherited the lead. On his next lap Bret drove at a quicker pace which resulted in the fastest lap of the race in
3m05s, at an average speed of 79,174 km/h. But something was still wrong with his Bugatti because he stopped again at his pit. Bret drove another fast lap in 3m06s at an average of 78,774 km/h, but he then retired after
his 28th lap, when he was already two laps down. Before the 30th lap, Chiron passed Dreyfus for second place and was now only 35 seconds behind Williams and reducing his lead by four or five seconds every lap. De Joncy,
who led the 1100 cc category, broke his gearshift lever and retired from the race. Trütschler's Bugatti was no longer shown by the timekeepers' log. Signoret lost more time and was now over two laps behind.
Williams was leading since lap 23 and his average lap time for the last ten laps was 3m20.3s. After 30 laps the field was in the following order:
|4.||Signoret (Salmson)||1h47m15s||2 lap behind|
|5.||Moriceau (Amilcar)||1h48m08s||2 laps behind|
|6.||Martinatti (Salmson)||1h49m03s||2 laps behind|
|7.||Bret (Bugatti)||1h49m24s||2 laps behind|
|8.||Falchetto (Tony Special)||1h50m26s||2 laps behind|
|9.||d'Havrincourt (Salmson)||1h50m40s||3 laps behind|
Bret, who had stopped at the pits on lap 28, was unable to restart because of a valve problem that had stopped his splendid race. On lap 34, Chiron had caught up with Williams who resisted his attack, but eventually had
to give in and the popular Chiron retook the lead after some exciting wheel to wheel racing. The public responded with an enthusiastic ovation. After 35 laps, Chiron had covered 142.45 kilometers in two hours. Dreyfus
had fallen four minutes behind Williams. He might have had an off course excursion or made a stop at his pit but this was nowhere reported. There were just seven cars left after d'Havrincourt retired his Salmson. At
the end of 40 laps Chiron led the race with an average speed of 72.985 km/h, while his average lap time for his last ten laps was 3m15.8s. The order after 40 laps was as follows:
|3.||Dreyfus (Bugatti)||2h18m29s||1 lap behind|
|4.||Moriceau (Amilcar)||2h22m56s||2 laps behind|
|5.||Signoret (Salmson)||2h23m36s||2 lap behind|
|6.||Falchetto (Tony Special)||2h26m12s||4 laps behind|
|7.||Martinatti (Salmson)||2h26m53s||4 laps behind|
|8.||d'Havrincourt (Salmson)||2h42m30s||8 laps behind|
Louis Chiron continuously increased his lead. On lap 47 he was 2m7.2s ahead of Williams, all others were already lapped.
Chiron's average lap time for his last ten laps had slowed by one second per lap to 3m16.8s. After 50 laps the field there were just seven cars left in the following order:
|3.||Dreyfus (Bugatti)||2h53m35s||2 lap behind|
|4.||Moriceau (Amilcar)||2h57m48s||3 laps behind|
|5.||Signoret (Salmson)||2h59m55s||4 lap behind|
|6.||Falchetto (Tony Special)||3h02m10s||4 laps behind|
|7.||Martinatti (Salmson)||3h03m55s||5 laps behind|
On the 52nd lap, Chiron lapped Williams but a few circuits later made a refueling stop and Williams was able to un-lap himself. Chiron quickly left his pit and swiftly made up for the lost time. Apart from Williams, all
the remaining cars had been lapped at least twice by Chiron. At the 60th lap, which was after 240,420 km, Chiron was first in 3h21m25s, when his average lap time had slowed to 3m28.9s caused by his pit stop.
The field was in the following order after 60 laps:
|3.||Dreyfus (Bugatti)||3h28m07s||2 laps behind|
|4.||Moriceau (Amilcar)||3h34m28s||3 laps behind|
|5.||Signoret (Salmson)||3h36m52s||4 laps behind|
|6.||Martinatti (Salmson)||3h41m44s||5 laps behind|
|7.||Falchetto (Tony Special)||3h42m10s||5 laps behind|
Chiron once more stopped briefly at his pit and lost time. Williams passed Chiron in his pit and un-lapped himself again. On lap 69 Chiron had made up the time lost during his stop to refuel and lapped Williams again.
Chiron's average lap time for the last ten laps had increased to 3m18.1s. After 70 laps the order was:
|2.||Williams (Bugatti)||3h57m47s||1 lap behind|
|3.||Dreyfus (Bugatti)||4h02m09s||2 laps behind|
|4.||Moriceau (Amilcar)||4h09m43s||4 laps behind|
|5.||Signoret (Salmson)||4h13m45s||5 laps behind|
|6.||Martinatti (Salmson)||4h19m05s||7 laps behind|
|7.||Falchetto (Tony Special)||?|
Williams stopped at his pit on lap 72. There were no further changes in the positions and Chiron crossed the finishing line in triumph, greeted by a huge ovation. He had lapped Williams and Dreyfus twice and all others
several times, maintaining his fast pace throughout the race. But the times suggest that Bret would have beaten him if he hadn't retired. Chiron covered the 305 km circuit in 4h10m43.4s ahead of his rival Williams who
finished eight minutes later, Dreyfus in third place, who was a true revelation of the race, followed by Moriceau and Signoret. Classified in the very last places, without being given times or laps completed, were Martinatti
and Falchetto. The two class winners and Dreyfus in the 1500 Bugatti were subject to a wild ovation from the crowd and performed a lap of honor in which the drivers were warmly acclaimed while the remaining drivers finished
the race, completing the required 75 laps to be classified. The public invaded the track and Chiron was carried in triumph.
|1.||2||Louis Chiron||L. Chiron||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||75||4h10m43.4s|
|2.||6||"Williams"||W. Williams||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||75||4h18m04.8s||+ 7m21.4s|
|3.||11||René Dreyfus||R. Dreyfus||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||75||4h18m59.4s||+ 8m16.0s|
|4.||7||Jules Moriceau||SNA Amilcar||Amilcar||C6||1.1||S-6||75||4h27m28.8s||+ 16m45.4s|
|5.||23||Henri Signoret||S.M.S.||Salmson||1.1||75||4h32m11.2s||+ 21m27.8s|
|6.||16||Martinatti||S.M.S.||Salmson||GS||1.1||~70||estimated laps completed|
|7.||26||Benoit Falchetto||B. Falchetto||Tony Special||1.1||~69||estimated laps completed|
|DNF||18||Guy d'Havrincourt||G. d'Havrincourt||Salmson||1.1||<40||estimated laps completed|
|DNF||21||Henny de Joncy||H. De Joncy||BNC||527||1.1||S-4||<30||estimated laps completed|
|DNF||8||Hans von Trütschler||Baron H. v. Trütschler||Bugatti||T35||2.0||S-8||<30||estimated laps completed|
|DNF||1||Edward Bret||E. Bret||Bugatti||T35C||2.0||S-8||28||engine|
|DNF||9||Alfredo Cereseto||A. Cereseto||Bugatti||T37A||1.5||S-4||<15||estimated laps completed|
|DNF||4||André Morel||SNA Amilcar||Amilcar||C6||1.1||S-6||9||crash|
|DNF||5||Clemente Auguste Martin||SNA Amilcar||Amilcar||C6||1.1||S-6||<9||estimated laps completed|
|DNF||17||Jourdan||S.M.S.||Salmson||1.1||<9||estimated laps completed|
|DNF||24||Carasso||Carasso||BNC||527||1.1||S-4||<9||estimated laps completed|
Fastest Lap: Edward Bret (Bugatti) on lap 24 in 3m05.0s = 79.2 km/h (49.2 mph).|
Winner's speed over 1100 cc class (Chiron): 73.0 km/h (45.4 mph).
Winner's speed 1500 cc class (Dreyfus): 70.7 km/h (43.9 mph)
Winner's speed 1100 cc class (Moriceau): 68.5 km/h (42.5 mph)
Weather: warm, sunshine, dry.
Our sources show Benoist as the driver of the #26 Tony Special. Benoist must have stood for "Robert Benoist", the 1927 Champion driver with Delage, whose name was on everybody's mind. Another driver who entered a Tony Special
was Benoit Falchetto, who entered simply as "Benoit". This sounded very much like the famous Benoist and therefore the mix-up by the media printing the well-known Benoist instead of Benoit.
Primary sources researched for this article:|
L'Eclaireur de Nice, Nice
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Petit Nicois, Nice