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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)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Racecars - up to 1100 cc
43Benoit FalchettoB. FalchettoTony Speciale1.1
52Henri MathieuHenri MathieuR.M. Speciale1.1
54Henny de JoncyH. de JoncyBNC5271.1S-4
55C. SamudC. SamudSalmson1.1
57MartinattiMartinattiSalmson1.1DNA - did not appear
 
Racecars - up to 1500 cc
25Frank TalletFrank TalletDelfosseCime1.1
78René DreyfusR. DreyfusBugattiT37A1.5S-4
 
Racecars - over 1500 cc
23Hans von TrütschlerBaron H. v. TrütschlerBugattiT352.0S-8DNA - did not appear
58Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT35C2.0S-8
59"Williams"W. WilliamsBugattiT35C2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
61LorthioisLorthioisBugattiT35C2.0S-8
84Edward BretE. BretBugattiT35C2.0S-8
 
Sports cars - all classes
40Barrington WhiteBarrington WhiteLorraine-Dietrich3.4S-6
41CarassoCarassoBNC5271.1S-4
44Pierre BussienneP. BussienneSizaire2.0S-6
46RoutierRoutierBugattiT37A1.5S-4
54BoccardiBoccardiAmilcarSports1.1
68Dimitri DjordjadzePrince D. DjordjadzeBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
76SignoretSignoretChenard & Walcker3.0S-6
77Henri SignoretH. SignoretSalmsonSports1.1


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.
Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.58Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT35C2.0S-839m28.2s
2.61LorthioisLorthioisBugattiT35C2.0S-839m48.2s
Fastest lap: Lorthiois (Bugatti) in 3m05s = 66.2 km/h (41.1 mph).
Winner's medium speed: 64.6 km/h (40.2 mph).


2nd Race:
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.
Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.44Pierre BussienneP. BussienneSizaire2.0S-6622m07.4s
2.76SignoretSignoretChenard & Walcker3.0S-6622m21.8s
3.40Barrington WhiteBarrington WhiteLorraine-Dietrich3.4S-6623m07.8s
Fastest lap: Signoret (Chenard) in 3m14s = 63.1 km/h (39.2 mph).
Winner's medium speed: 55.3 km/h (34.4 mph).


3rd Race:
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.
Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.77Henri SignoretH. SignoretSalmsonSports1.1620m28.6s
2.54BoccardiBoccardiAmilcarSports1.1623m41.2s
3.41CarassoCarassoBNC5271.1S-4623m52.0s
DNF46RoutierRoutierBugattiT37A1.5S-42 
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).


4th Race:
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.
Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.84Edward BretE. BretBugattiT35C2.0S-8618m14.0s
2.58Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT35C2.0S-8618m17.2s
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).


5th Race:
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.
Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.78René DreyfusR. DreyfusBugattiT37A1.5S-4619m16.2s
DNF25Frank TalletFrank TalletDelfosseCime1.12did 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).


6th Race:
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.
Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.54Henny de JoncyH. de JoncyBNC5271.1S-4620m44.8s
2.43BenoitBenoit FalchettoTony Spéciale1.1620m46.2s
3.55C. SamudC. SamudSalmson1.1622m20.0s
4.52Henri MathieuHenri MathieuR.M. Spéciale1.1623m12.4s
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).


Final:
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.
Final Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.58Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT35C2.0S-81030m23.0s
2.84Edward BretE. BretBugattiT35C2.0S-81033m05.0s
3.78René DreyfusR. DreyfusBugattiT37A1.5S-41035m02.2s
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:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
L'Eclaireur de Nice, Nice
Le Petit Nicois, Nice




Chiron (Bugatti)Williams (Maserati)Dreyfus (Bugatti)

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)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Edward BretE. BretBugattiT35C2.0S-8
2Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT35C2.0S-8
3"Sabipa"Louis CharavalBugattiT35C2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
4André MorelSNA AmilcarAmilcarC61.1S-6
5Clemente Auguste MartinSNA AmilcarAmilcarC61.1S-6
6"Williams"W. WilliamsBugattiT35C2.0S-8
7Jules MoriceauSNA AmilcarAmilcarC61.1S-6
8Hans von TrütschlerBaron H. v. TrütschlerBugattiT352.0S-8
9Alfredo CeresetoA. CeresetoBugattiT37A1.5S-4
10Hans SimonsH. SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
11René DreyfusR. DreyfusBugattiT37A1.5S-4
12Dimitri DjordjadzePrince D. DjordjadzeBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
14Michel DoréB.N.C.BNC5271.1S-4DNA - did not appear
15Jules PlacierJ. PlacierBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
16MartinattiS.M.S.SalmsonGS1.1
17JourdanS.M.S.Salmson1.1
18Guy d'HavrincourtS.M.S.Salmson1.1
19Henri BillietB.N.C.BNC5271.1S-4DNA - did not appear
20Marcel VioletM. VioletSima Violet1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
21Henny de JoncyH. De JoncyBNC5271.1S-4
22Etienne LepicardM. VioletSima Violet1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
23Henri SignoretS.M.S.Salmson1.1
24CarassoCarassoBNC5271.1S-4
25Christopher GuyC. GuyLombardAL31.1S-4DNA - did not appear
26Benoit FalchettoB. FalchettoTony Special1.1
27Jean-Marc AugierB.N.C.BNC5271.1S-4DNA - did not appear
28C. SamudB.N.C.BNC5271.1S-4DNA - did not appear
29Raoul de RovinR. de RovinDe Rovin0.5DNA - did not appear
30Frank TalletFrank TalletTallet SpecialCIME1.1S-4DNA - 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.
Entries:
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.
Practice:
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.
Race:
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.
Pole Position
1
Bret

Bugatti

2
Chiron

Bugatti

4
Morel

Amilcar

6
Williams

Bugatti

8
Trütschler

Bugatti

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:
1.Bret (Bugatti)32m55s
2.Williams (Bugatti)33m42s
3.Dreyfus (Bugatti)34m05s
4.Cereseto (Bugatti)34m37s
5.Trütschler (Bugatti)34m42s
6.Moriceau (Amilcar)35m19s
7.Chiron (Bugatti)35m51s
8.De Joncy (BNC)36m08s
9.Falchetto (Tony Special)36m09s
10.Signoret (Salmson)36m10s
11.Martinatti (Salmson)36m11s
12.d'Havrincourt (Salmson)36m12s

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:
1.Bret (Bugatti)1h05m57s
2.Williams (Bugatti)1h07m12s
3.Dreyfus (Bugatti)1h07m50s
4.Chiron (Bugatti)1h08m33s1 lap behind
5.Trütschler (Bugatti)1h10m01s1 lap behind
6.Moriceau (Amilcar)1h10m13s1 lap behind
7.Falchetto (Tony Special)1h11m10s1 lap behind
8.De Joncy (BNC)1h11m14s1 lap behind
9.Signoret (Salmson)1h12m03s1 lap behind
10.Martinatti (Salmson)1h12m26s1 lap behind
11.d'Havrincourt (Salmson)1h12m40s2 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:
1.Williams (Bugatti)1h40m35s
2.Chiron (Bugatti)1h41m10s
3.Dreyfus (Bugatti)1h41m20s
4.Signoret (Salmson)1h47m15s2 lap behind
5.Moriceau (Amilcar)1h48m08s2 laps behind
6.Martinatti (Salmson)1h49m03s2 laps behind
7.Bret (Bugatti)1h49m24s2 laps behind
8.Falchetto (Tony Special)1h50m26s2 laps behind
9.d'Havrincourt (Salmson)1h50m40s3 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:
1.Chiron (Bugatti)2h13m48s
2.Williams (Bugatti)2h14m43s
3.Dreyfus (Bugatti)2h18m29s1 lap behind
4.Moriceau (Amilcar)2h22m56s2 laps behind
5.Signoret (Salmson)2h23m36s2 lap behind
6.Falchetto (Tony Special)2h26m12s4 laps behind
7.Martinatti (Salmson)2h26m53s4 laps behind
8.d'Havrincourt (Salmson)2h42m30s8 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:
1.Chiron (Bugatti)2h46m36s
2.Williams (Bugatti)2h49m25s
3.Dreyfus (Bugatti)2h53m35s2 lap behind
4.Moriceau (Amilcar)2h57m48s3 laps behind
5.Signoret (Salmson)2h59m55s4 lap behind
6.Falchetto (Tony Special)3h02m10s4 laps behind
7.Martinatti (Salmson)3h03m55s5 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:
1.Chiron (Bugatti)3h21m25s
2.Williams (Bugatti)3h24m12s
3.Dreyfus (Bugatti)3h28m07s2 laps behind
4.Moriceau (Amilcar)3h34m28s3 laps behind
5.Signoret (Salmson)3h36m52s4 laps behind
6.Martinatti (Salmson)3h41m44s5 laps behind
7.Falchetto (Tony Special)3h42m10s5 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:
1.Chiron (Bugatti)3h54m26s
2.Williams (Bugatti)3h57m47s1 lap behind
3.Dreyfus (Bugatti)4h02m09s2 laps behind
4.Moriceau (Amilcar)4h09m43s4 laps behind
5.Signoret (Salmson)4h13m45s5 laps behind
6.Martinatti (Salmson)4h19m05s7 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.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT35C2.0S-8754h10m43.4s
2.6"Williams"W. WilliamsBugattiT35C2.0S-8754h18m04.8s+ 7m21.4s
3.11René DreyfusR. DreyfusBugattiT37A1.5S-4754h18m59.4s+ 8m16.0s
4.7Jules MoriceauSNA AmilcarAmilcarC61.1S-6754h27m28.8s+ 16m45.4s
5.23Henri SignoretS.M.S.Salmson1.1754h32m11.2s+ 21m27.8s
6.16MartinattiS.M.S.SalmsonGS1.1~70estimated laps completed
7.26Benoit FalchettoB. FalchettoTony Special1.1~69estimated laps completed
DNF18Guy d'HavrincourtG. d'HavrincourtSalmson1.1<40estimated laps completed
DNF21Henny de JoncyH. De JoncyBNC5271.1S-4<30estimated laps completed
DNF8Hans von TrütschlerBaron H. v. TrütschlerBugattiT352.0S-8<30estimated laps completed
DNF1Edward BretE. BretBugattiT35C2.0S-828engine
DNF9Alfredo CeresetoA. CeresetoBugattiT37A1.5S-4<15estimated laps completed
DNF4André MorelSNA AmilcarAmilcarC61.1S-69crash
DNF5Clemente Auguste MartinSNA AmilcarAmilcarC61.1S-6<9estimated laps completed
DNF17JourdanS.M.S.Salmson1.1<9estimated laps completed
DNF24CarassoCarassoBNC5271.1S-4<9estimated 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.

In retrospect:
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'AUTO, Paris
L'Eclaireur de Nice, Nice
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Petit Nicois, Nice



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