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GRAND PRIX DE LA BAULE

La Baule (F), 13 September 1931.
25 laps x 6.0 km (3.7 mi) = 150.0 km (93.2 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Jean de MaleplaneJ. de MaleplaneMaserati26M2.5S-8
2Philippe EtancelinEtancelinAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNA - car not repaired
3"Williams""Williams"BugattiT512.3S-8
4Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT512.3S-8
5Juan ZanelliJ. ZanelliBugatti2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
6Jean GaupillatWimille/GaupillatBugattiT512.3S-8
8"Mlle. Helle-Nice""Mlle. Helle-Nice"BugattiT35C2.0S-8
9Emilio EminenteE. EminenteBugattiT35C2.0S-8
10Emile TetaldiTetaldiBugattiT35C2.0S-8
11Charles WersantC. WersantBugatti2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
12"Sim Devil""Sim Devil"BugattiT35C2.0S-8
14MinangoyMinangoyBugattiT35C2.0S-8
15JamyJamyBugatti2.0S-8DNA - did not appear
16Lucy SchellMme L. O´Reilly SchellAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6DNA - did not appear
18de Chanazde ChanazAlfa Romeo6C-17501.8S-6DNA - did not appear
19"Antonio"A. ValetteMaserati261.5S-8
20Mme Anne Rose-ItierMme Rose-ItierBugatti1.5DNA - did not appear
20Henrique LehrsfieldH. LehrsfieldBugattiT35B2.3S-8Replacing Itier
21Edmond NeboutE. NeboutBugattiT37A1.5S-4
22Emil FranklE. FranklBugattiT37A1.5S-4See "Entries"
23AnsselinAnsselinBugattiT37A1.5S-4
24André RougeyronA. RougeyronDerby1.5S-6
25de Bejarryde BejarryBugattiT37A1.5S-4
26José ScaronJ. ScaronAmilcarC61.1S-6
27Guy MarionG. MarionAriès1.1DNA - did not appear


"Williams" all the way

by Leif Snellman
17 drivers took part in this sandy beach race. "Williams" with his Bugatti dominated the event, leading from start to finish. Gaupillat (Bugatti) hold on to second position throughout the event and Lehoux (Bugatti) finished third. The other competitors were far behind.
After a break in 1930 racing was back on the sandy beaches of the French sea resort near St Nazaire as L'Automobile-Club de L'Ouest organized the Grand Prix de la Baule for the seventh time. It was a 25 lap race on the 6 km long circuit that consisted of two three kilometre long straights connected by hairpins at each end. There were no classes so all cars raced against each other, even if there were special prizes for best 1.1 litre car and best lady driver.
      Due to the tide the race was planned to start between 10:30 and 11:30, and the race was to end as soon as 10 cars had taken the flag or if the total race time of 1 1/2 hour was exceeded.
      The fine and very hard sand was intersected by channels made by the retreating tide. Those channels made the cars jump as they passed, sometimes with all four wheels in the air.
      Prizes were 20,000 Fr and a bronze trophy donated by newspaper Le Matin for the winner, then 10,000, 3,000 and 2,000 Fr etc. for the next positioned.
      There were also a lot of extra prizes including 5,000, 2,000 and 1,000 Fr for the top three after 5, 10, 15 and 20 laps.
Entries:
The cars received race numbers according to engine size. 1928 Winner Etancelin had crashed his Alfa Romeo Monza at Monza (sic) and his car was not ready for la Baule.
      Bugattis dominated the entry list with 2.3 litre T51s entered by "Williams" (car probably on loan from the factory), Marcel Lehoux and Jean Gaupillat, the latter with the car he jointly owned with Wimille. 2 litre T35Cs were entered by "Mme. Helle Nice", Emilio Eminente, Emile Tétaldi, "Sim Devil" and Minangoy. Portuguese Henrique Lehrfield with his white-red Bugatti was a late entry, replacing Mme Itier.
      Jan de Maleplane entered a 2.5 litre Maserati and Antinie Valette, racing under the name "Antonio", a 1.5 litre Maserati.
      There were 1.5 litre Bugattis as well, entered by Edmond Nebout and unknown drivers Ansselin and de Béjarry
      There was also an entry listed as "Trauck" in the French newspapers. British Motor Sport spells it "Franck" and according to Sheldon it is in fact German driver Emil Frankl! So I'll use that name in the lists until proven wrong.
      André Rougeyron raced a Derby and Amilcar's head driver, Belgian born Jose´ Scaron, his usual 1.1 litre car.
Race:
The weather had been threatening on Saturday but Sunday came with beautiful and sunny weather and at a rough estimate 15,000-20,000 spectators turned up for the event. At 11:35 a.m. after race director Charles Faroux had made a lap around the course, the cars were lined up and ready and mayor of La Baule, Monsieur de Lapeyrouse, dropped the flag.
 
While the exact grid formation is unknown, the cars lined up in following order:
1 de Maleplane (Maserati), 26 Scaron (Amilcar), 4 Lehoux (Bugatti),
6 Gaupillat (Bugatti) , 3 Williams (Bugatti), 9 Eminente (Bugatti),
20 Lehrsfield (Bugatti), 8 "Helle-Nice" (Bugatti), 10 Tetaldi (Bugatti),
14 Minangoy (Bugatti), 25 de Bejarry (Bugatti), 24 Rougeyron (Bugatti),
12 "Sim Devil" (Bugatti), 19 "Antonio" (Maserati), 22 Frankl (Bugatti),
23 Ansselin (Bugatti), 21 Nebout (Bugatti).

 
Williams immediately took the lead with his Bugatti and was followed by Gaupillat, Lehoux and "Helle-Nice". Scaron stalled and lost almost a whole lap. Williams made the first lap in 2m38s and received the first special prize of the day, a watch and 500 franc. On the third lap Williams made as fast as 2m29s. Eminente passed "Helle-Nice" for fourth position. Situation after 5 laps:
1.Williams (Bugatti)12m39s1500 fr.
2.Gaupillat (Bugatti)12m57s1000 fr.
3.Lehoux (Bugatti)13m08s500 fr.

Williams made lap 6 in 2m35s and lap 7 in 2m28s for a total of 17m41.8s. 2m28s would stand as the fastest lap of the day. There was no change in the order of the top three. Auto Sport reports that Lehoux had a particularly hard time with the sand and water spray thrown up by the cars and was struggling to keep up with Gaupillat. Minangoy stopped at the 8th lap to fix a problem with the gear lever but then returned to the race. By leading the ninth lap Williams obviously won another watch, this one in gold. By ten laps Williams already held a 40 seconds lead:
1.Williams (Bugatti)25m08s1500 fr.
2.Gaupillat (Bugatti)25m48s1000 fr.
3.Lehoux (Bugatti)26m25s500 fr.

On the 12th lap Williams equaled his 2m28s lap record. Race order after 15 laps:
1.Williams (Bugatti)37m45s1500 fr.
2.Gaupillat (Bugatti)38m34s1000 fr.
3.Lehoux (Bugatti)39m39s500 fr.
4.Scaron (Amilcar) - 2 laps

Williams finished his 18th lap in 45m13s having already lapped third positioned Lehoux. On the 19th lap he equaled his 2m28s lap record once again. Situation after 20 laps:
1.Williams (Bugatti)50m11s1500 fr.
2.Gaupillat (Bugatti)1000 fr.
3.Lehoux (Bugatti)500 fr.

Williams, leading from start to finish, took the flag 1m41s before Gaupillat to take the victory. Totally he had earned 38.235 francs in different prizes and bonuses. Gaupillat in second position was the only unlapped driver and Lehoux third making it a T51 Bugatti 1-2-3. The others were far behind and surprisingly Scaron in his little Amilcar manged to keep the fourth position throughout the race. Lehrfield was fifth, while Hellé-Nice racing in 6th position made a pit stop for a plug change at the last lap, losing two positions to Minangoy and Nebout.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.3"Williams""Williams"BugattiT512.3S-8251h02m49.4s
2.6Jean GaupillatWimille/GaupillatBugattiT512.3S-8251h04m30.8s + 1m41.4s
3.4Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT512.3S-8251h06m08.2s + 3m18.8s
4.26José ScaronJ. ScaronAmilcarC61.1S-6251h12m07.4s + 9m18.0s
5.20Henrique LehrsfieldH. LehrsfieldBugattiT35B2.3S-8251h16m51.6s + 14m02.2s
6.14MinangoyMinangoyBugattiT35C2.0S-8251h17m45.6s + 14m56.2s
7.21Edmond NeboutE. NeboutBugattiT37A1.5S-4251h21m32.4s + 18m43.0s
8.8"Mlle. Helle-Nice""Mlle. Helle-Nice"BugattiT35C2.0S-8251h23m36.6s + 20m47.2s
DNF9Emilio EminenteE. EminenteBugattiT35C2.0S-821retired
DNF19"Antonio"A. ValetteMaserati261.5S-8fuel pressure
DNF24André RougeyronA. RougeyronDerby1.5S-6fuel blockage
DNF1Jean de MaleplaneJ. de MaleplaneMaserati26M2.5S-8piston
DNF10TetaldiTetaldiBugattiT35C2.0S-8
DNF12"Sim Devil""Sim Devil"BugattiT35C2.0S-8
DNF22Emil FranklE. FranklBugattiT37A1.5S-4
DNF23AnsselinAnsselinBugattiT37A1.5S-4
DNF25de Bejarryde BejarryBugattiT37A1.5S-4
Fastest lap: "Williams" (Bugatti) on laps 6, 12 & 19 in 2m28s = 145.9 km/h (90.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 143.3 km/h (89.0 mph)
Weather: sunny and nice.
In retrospect:
This is another problematic race, where reports from the main sources Motor Sport and Le Matin differ especially regarding the first lap(s). Motor Sport has race order Williams-Gaupillat-Eminente-Lehoux-de Maleplane-Tetaldi after the first lap and doesn't mention Hellé-Nice at all.

Primary sources researched for this article:
El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona
L'Écho de Paris, Paris
L'Éclaireur de Nice
L'Express du Midi
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Matin, Paris
Motor Sport, London




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II MASARYKUV OKRŮH

Brno (CS), 27 September 1931.
Group I: 17 laps x 29.142 km (18.109 mi) = 495.42 km (307.85 mi)
Group II: : 15 laps x 29.142 km (18.109 mi) = 437.13 km (271.63 mi)


No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Group I: cars over 1500 cc engine capacity
2Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C23002.3S-8
4Baconin BorzacchiniScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C23002.3S-8
6Eugenio SienaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C23002.3S-8
8Jiří Count von LobkowiczJ. von LobkowiczBugattiT512.3S-8
10H.-J. von MorgenHeinrich-Joachim v. MorgenBugattiT512.3S-8
12H. Prinz zu LeiningenH. Prinz zu LeiningenBugattiT35C2.0S-8
?Albert BroschekA. BroschekBugattiT35B2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
16Luigi FagioliOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati8C 28002.8S-8
18Ernesto MaseratiOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati8C 28002.8S-8
20Rudolf CaracciolaR. CaracciolaMercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-6
?Manfred von BrauchitschM. v. BrauchitschMercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-6DNA - did not appear
24Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT512.3S-8
?Max von Arco-ZinnebergM. Count v. Arco-ZinnebergBugattiT35B2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
28Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT512.3S-8
30Jan KubičekJ. KubičekBugattiT35B2.3S-8
?Emil FranklE. FranklBugattiT35B2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
34Hans StuckH. StuckMercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-6
36Achille VarziA. VarziBugattiT512.3S-8
38Josef ŠtasnýJ. ŠtasnýBugattiT35B2.3S-8
?Jean PesatoL. PesatoAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
?Count Tivadar ZichyCount T. ZichyAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
44Count Tivadar ZichyCount T. ZichyBugattiT35C2.0S-8
 
Group II: cars up to 1500 cc engine capacity
50Gerhard MacherG. MacherDKWRWD1.0S-4
52Ernst ProchaskaE. Proschaska"Z"Z 131.5S-8
54Otto LukášZbrojovka"Z"Z 131.5S-8
?Anton KahleZbrojovka"Z"Z 131.5S-8DNA - did not appear
?Hans SimonsH.SimonsBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
?Hugo Urban-EmmrichH. Urban-EmmrichMGMidget0.8S-4DNA - did not appear
62Bruno SojkaB. SojkaBugattiT37A1.5S-4
?Hans OllendorfH. OllendorfBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
66Florian SchmidtF. SchmidtBugattiT37A1.5S-4
?Herbert FriedenthalH. FriedenthalDKW0.5S-2DNA - did not appear
70Hans LewyH. LewyBugattiT37A1.5S-4
?Bernhard AckerlB. AckerlBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
?Kurt VolkhartK. VolkhartNeanderSpecial1.0V-2DNA - did not appear
76Antonio ValetteRuggeriMaserati261.5S-8
78Vladimir LouckýV. LouckýBugattiT37A1.5S-4
80Anton JanuszkowskiA. JanuszkowskiBugattiT37A1.5S-4
82Oskar FranklO. FranklBugattiT37A1.5S-4
?H. Ostermuth v.TschaikoffH. Ostermuth v. TschaikoffAmilcar1.1DNA - did not appear
86Engelbert Graf ArcoE. Graf v. Arco-ZinnebergAmilcar1.1S-6
?Fritz KordikF. KordikBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
?Zdenek PohlG.C. v. LobkowiczBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
With only limited information on hand at the time of this writing, for Group I cars it was impossible to pair up the correct driver with starting numbers 14, 22, 26, 32, 40 and 42. The same situation affected Group II cars, where ten drivers could not be matched with the correct race numbers 56, 58, 60, 64, 68, 72, 74, 84, 88 and 90. Those drivers, who instead of a number have a question mark in front of their name, involve drivers who were randomly assigned from an earlier entry list without race numbers, predating the final list with numbers. This number/driver pairing cannot be proven to be correct.


Louis Chiron victorious with Bugatti

by Hans Etzrodt
The second Masaryk Circuit race was one of the more interesting races of the year because all the big players showed up with entries from Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, Maserati and Mercedes-Benz including all the great drivers. The race was decided on the second lap when the leading Maserati of Fagioli crashed into a pedestrian bridge that collapsed across the track, also bringing Varzi (Bugatti) and Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) to a stop. Thereafter Chiron (Bugatti) dominated in the lead, which he held until the finish without being seriously challenged. Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo), Lehoux (Bugatti), Nuvolari in Borzacchini's car, Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz) and Fagioli in a sister car, all held second place at one time but each driver retired. Stuck (Mercedes-Benz) finished second, followed by von Morgen and Lobkowicz, both in Bugattis. Siena (Alfa Romeo), Štasný (Bugatti) and Kubiček (Bugatti) retired. Ernesto Maserati was relieved by Fagioli while Leiningen and Zichy exceeded the time limit.
      Eleven small Group II cars raced concurrently with the big cars. Schmidt (Bugatti) won this race, ahead of Arco-Zinneberg (Amilcar), Soijka (Bugatti), Frankl (Bugatti), Valette (Maserati) and Macher (DKW). Early leader Lewy crashed as did Januszkowski and Loucký, all in Bugattis, while Lukáš and Prochaska/Mamula in Z cars retired.
After the great success of the first international race on the Masaryk-Ring in 1930, the ČAMS (Československy Automobilový klub pro Moravu a Slezsko) or Czechoslovakian Automobile Club for Moravia and Silesia organized their second international automobile race on the Masarykuv okrůh (Masaryk Circuit). The race had grown in European significance and this year again received entries from the best international drivers. The Masaryk Circuit was one of the most diverse of European courses with inclines of up to 7% and declines up to 9½% following each other. Sharp turns, flat corners, straights, S-bends, hairpins, in short, all forms of roadway were present. The start and finish was just outside the borders of Brno and followed the course counterclockwise. The first 18 km up to the village of Ostrovacice were formed primarily of winding, hilly, rather narrow and dangerous district roads, leading through romantic forested areas and four villages of Nový Lískovec, Pisárky outside Brno, Kohoutovice and Žebětin. From there the circuit turned back and the last 11 km were almost all 12 meter wide, practically straight state roads, which provided a good opportunity to pass other cars, through the villages of Popuvky, Veselka and Bosonohy. This stretch allowed driving at top speed except for a rather annoying section of a few kilometers at Iglau, which contained structural faults consisting of long waves in the road surface, which made it impossible to drive at top speed. The ČAMS had secured a road fond of 2.5 million CSK to restore the roads, which had deteriorated in parts.
      The 29.142 km circuit with 36 left-hand corners and 47 to the right was not in the in best condition. The Group I cars from 1500 cc to 8000 cc had to drive 17 laps, a total of 495.414 km, while the Group II cars 350cc to 1500 cc had to do only 15 laps or 437.130 km.
      Regulations stipulated that every driver was classified, who finished no later than 45 minutes after the victor of each group had passed the finish line and who had completed the required number of laps. The maximum time for Group I was five hours and 20 minutes and for Group II five hours and 45 minutes.
      The overall winner was to receive the challenge trophy that was named after the Czechoslovakian Republic's first Minister-President, Thomáš Garrigue Masaryk plus the prize money of 80,000 CSK (Koruny) and the ČAMS gold badge. Second place received 40,000 CSK and third 20,000, plus a golden badge for each. Additionally there were prizes for the first three in Group II of 15,000, 10,000, 5.000 CSK, plus a silver badge for each. Further prizes were for fastest lap, best Czech driver and others. The entry fee for each car was 1,200 CSK, from which 400 CSK would be returned if the car started.
Entries:
The organizers received 42 entries consisting of nine different makes from seven countries. Alfa Romeo headed the Group I entry list, their 8C2300 cars in Targa Florio trim were nominated through Scuderia Ferrari for Nuvolari, Borzacchini and Siena. Two additional Italian entries were made by the Maserati factory, who sent two 2800 cars for Fagioli and Ernesto Maserati, while Dreyfus had been given time off to race a Bugatti as an independent at a small French event. The sixth Italian was Varzi and his teammate, the Frenchman Chiron, both in light blue Bugatti T51s. Both were contracted to Bugatti but entered here independently, albeit certainly enjoying factory support. Strong German entries came from Caracciola and Stuck in large Mercedes-Benz SSKLs both independent but obviously works supported while von Brauchitsch in another SSKL was more independent with a private sponsor. Two Alfa Romeo Monzas were due to appear with Frenchman Pesato and Hungarian Count Zichy. The remaining ten cars were all independent Bugattis, comprising the Germans von Morgen, zu Leiningen, Count Max von Arco-Zinneberg and Broschek, the Algerian Lehoux, the Austrian Emil Frankl, the Hungarian Count Zichy and the three Czech drivers Count von Lobkowicz, Kubiček and Štasný. The promoters also received 21 Group II entries, details of which are shown in the listing above.
Practice:
Almost all drivers had arrived and were practicing on Thursday. The Polish Group II driver Januszkowski spun off the road in his Bugatti. The car jumped over a ditch and landed in a field. Neither the driver nor his car received the slightest damage. The incident generated the rumor that Chiron had suffered a fatal accident, which was totally false. The circuit was in poor condition because of continuous rain, combined with a severe storm, which made practice more difficult. Everybody had different favorites, Chiron and Varzi in Bugattis or Nuvolari and Borzacchini in Alfa Romeos, while Maseratis were not expected to last. Some pundits hoped that Caracciola could repeat his performance at the Nürburgring or Avus and they even gave last year's winner von Morgen a chance for victory.
Race:
During the night and early morning thousands of spectators arrived; a crowd estimated at 130,000 to 150,000. They arrived not only from all over Czechoslovakia but also from Hungary, Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Poland. After days of rain, Sunday morning was cold and clear. Although it was not raining, the entertainment was nevertheless reduced due to the unwelcome cold. After the circuit was closed to the public, the cars lined up in front of the grandstand, which was filled to capacity. The cars were arranged according to their official race numbers, which had been determined in the order of entries received by the organizers. Lobkowicz in the third row was seen to have a passenger in the second seat of his Bugatti and Stuck also carried a passenger in his Mercedes. Broschek, von Brauchitsch, Arco-Zinneberg, Frankl and Pesato did not appear, reducing the field to 16 cars.
Pole Position
2
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

4
Borzacchini

Alfa Romeo

6
Siena

Alfa Romeo

8
Lobkowicz

Bugatti

10
von Morgen

Bugatti

12
zu Leiningen

Bugatti

16
Fagioli

Maserati

18
Maserati

Maserati

20
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz

24
Lehoux

Bugatti

28
Chiron

Bugatti

30
Kubiček

Bugatti

34
Stuck

Mercedes-Benz

36
Varzi

Bugatti

38
Štasný

Bugatti

44
Zichy

Bugatti

The cars were cranked to life just before the 10:30 AM start. During the ferocious rumble of the sixteen engines while the starter, former driver Eliška Junková (Elisabeth Junek), counted down the last seconds and raised the red flag, something unexpected happened. Suddenly, still more than two seconds before the start signal, von Morgen shot from the third row between the three cars ahead of him and dashed away into the lead. His mistake, as one would expect, caused a great uproar and protest amongst the drivers. Nuvolari raised his hand in protest then seconds later the group took off smoothly. After five minutes the 11 Group II cars thundered away. Their progress is described at the end of this report.
      Due to von Morgen's advantage of being in front and leading by a great margin, it was expected to see the German's white Bugatti arriving first at the grandstand. But to everyone's surprise it was Fagioli's red Maserati leading, finishing the first lap in the time of 15m11.40s ahead of Borzacchini by six seconds, Varzi a further 16 seconds behind with Nuvolari and Caracciola on his tail in the following order:
1.Fagioli (Maserati)
2.Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)
3.Varzi (Bugatti)
4.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)
5.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)
6.Chiron (Bugatti)
7.Lehoux (Bugatti)
8.von Morgen (Bugatti)
9.Lobkowicz (Bugatti)
10. E. Maserati (Maserati), next Stuck (Mercedes-Benz), Leiningen (Bugatti), Zichy (Bugatti), Štasný (Bugatti), Kubiček (Bugatti).

During the first lap Siena retired his Alfa Romeo with a brake defect. As von Morgen explained later, before he reached the first left turn, he had turned his head around in curiosity to see where the others had been behind him and by doing so he had neglected to stop in time, so that he could no longer turn left and instead went straight on. Before he could turn his car around, the others had all passed. He actually had suffered more than he had gained at the start and besides the 23 seconds jump start penalty by the sporting commission, the racing committee also added an additional 6 seconds penalty.
      During the second lap, the main rivals were involved in a grotesque accident at a bridge that practically eliminated three top contenders. Fagioli's Maserati skidded out of a blind bend and its rear wheel grazed one of the support pillars of a temporary wooden pedestrian bridge, which collapsed in a flash and blocked the road. The Maserati was damaged and unable to proceed, but Borzacchini and Lehoux somehow found a way through the falling bridge without a scratch. When Varzi and Nuvolari came charging through the corner moments later, they faced the blockage and were unable to stop, Nuvolari went through the wreckage and damaged his Alfa's rear axle while Varzi bent some wheels. Next to arrive was Caracciola who braked hard and headed for a ditch where he broke his front shock absorber, while Chiron on the Mercedes' tail also went through the ditch but avoided the skidding Mercedes. Chiron had managed to pass here all of his main rivals. He also overtook Caracciola, Lehoux and Borzacchini, so at the end of the second lap he was the first to arrive at the grandstand.
1.Chiron (Bugatti)
2.Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)
3.Lehoux (Bugatti)
4.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)
5.von Morgen (Bugatti)
6.Stuck (Mercedes-Benz)
7.Lobkowicz (Bugatti)
8.E. Maserati (Maserati)
9.Leiningen (Bugatti)
10.Zichy (Bugatti), next Štasný (Bugatti) and Kubiček (Bugatti).

After a long gap Varzi appeared and stopped at the pits. To everyone's surprise Nuvolari climbed out of Varzi's Bugatti and walked to the Alfa Romeo pit. Varzi had three wheels changed in only two minutes and then rejoined the race.
      During the third lap, Lehoux passed Borzacchini and tried to catch Chiron. Caracciola held fourth place, followed by von Morgen. The next group, comprising Stuck, Ernesto Maserati and Lobkowicz, arrived after a long gap and after an even longer gap, Leiningen (Bugatti), Zichy (Bugatti), Štasný (Bugatti), Varzi (Bugatti) and Kubiček (Bugatti) arrived. The order was:
1.Chiron (Bugatti)
2.Lehoux (Bugatti)
3.Borzacchini (Alfa Romeo)
4.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)
5.von Morgen (Bugatti)
6.Stuck (Mercedes-Benz)
7.E. Maserati (Maserati)
8.Lobkowicz (Bugatti)

On lap four, Varzi, having driven two laps after his wheel change, stopped once more at the pits for a checkup. His car must have incurred too much damage and was retired.
      On the fifth lap, Štasný drove against a house in Zebetin. He was not seriously hurt but his riding mechanic received substantial injuries. An ambulance had to be sent along the race course. Ernesto Maserati stopped at the pits and he handed the car over to Fagioli, who had been able to walk back to the pits.
      During lap six, Chiron led uncontested with his enormous speed and the assured way he took the bends. Borzacchini held second place and von Morgen passed Caracciola for third position. Lehoux had fallen to fifth place. MOTOR SPORT reported that Lehoux, when exiting a left hand bend, touched the bank with a rear aluminum wheel which broke to pieces. He fitted a spare wheel by the roadside, losing 19 minutes. After lap six, Lehoux stopped at the pits, drove a fast seventh lap but retired thereafter, according to The Autocar report, due to a bent differential shaft.
      The seventh lap was devoted to the remembrance of Čenék Junek and a best achieved time was especially awarded. Chiron won this special contest in the amazing time of 14m24.8s, which was to remain the fastest lap of the race. After seven laps Chiron led Borzacchini, Caracciola, Stuck, Morgen, E. Maserati/Fagioli, Lobkowicz and Lehoux. This was von Morgen's slowest lap; it took him over 26 minutes. At the concrete turns of Ostrovacice his right front tire went into shreds after hitting a stone marker and he carried on driving on the rim for 13 kilometers until he reached the pits. His position had now become hopeless.
      On lap eight, Borzacchini was brought in to the pits to hand his car over to Nuvolari. But then the car would not start when cranked. Nuvolari could be seen with his mechanics working in the engine bay. Before the engine was finally restarted with a new battery, over two laps had been lost. MOTOR UND SPORT reported that Nuvolari drove another lap but retired after realizing the futility of his position. With that the Alfa Romeos, which had been considered favorites, were eliminated early in the race. Caracciola now found himself in second position and despite his fast driving style he was unable to reduce Chiron's advantage. Fagioli in Ernesto's Maserati was the last Italian car left in the main race. The field was down to nine cars.
1.Chiron (Bugatti)
2.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)
3.E. Maserati/Fagioli (Maserati)
4.Stuck (Mercedes-Benz)
5.Lobkowicz (Bugatti)
6.Leiningen (Bugatti)
7.Zichy (Bugatti)
8.von Morgen (Bugatti)
9.Kubiček (Bugatti)

At mid-race, when the cars came in for their fuel stops, a lot of commotion started in front of the pits. The best work was done in the Mercedes pits. Chiron finished in much less than one minute. His lap with the fuel stop took 15m50.42s. Caracciola drove splendidly, every lap below 15 minutes, but Chiron drove seconds faster and had no problem in keeping the German at bay.
      On the eleventh lap, Caracciola's drive ended in Kahoutowicz, just five kilometer after the start. MOTOR UND SPORT reported that he hit a road stone marker at full speed. As a result the car spun against a tree. The German was able to walk back to the pits and later explained that he had damaged his shock absorber on lap two at the pedestrian bridge crash site. Thereafter the car was hard to steer accurately since a leveling arm of the oil shock absorber broke and got caught in the steering linkage, causing it to bind. Stuck experienced a similar shock absorber problem. Fagioli now found himself in second place but no longer drove at his earlier pace. He was several minutes behind Chiron and there was no chance of him catching the leader. Chiron had already lapped Leiningen, Zichy and Kubiček, who had sufficient time to wave to his friends along the road. After 12 laps the order was:
1.Chiron (Bugatti)
2.E. Maserati/Fagioli (Maserati)
3.Stuck (Mercedes-Benz)
4.von Morgen (Bugatti)
5.Lobkowicz (Bugatti)
6.Leiningen (Bugatti)
7.Zichy (Bugatti)
8.Kubiček (Bugatti)

Chiron was driving far ahead like an express train. On the long straight from Ostrovacice Chiron passed Prochaska in a Z, seemingly flying past this small car. Von Morgen also had to let Chiron pass here, unable to offer resistance. Prinz zu Leiningen had fallen behind with a defective clutch.
      On the second to last lap Fagioli came to a stop and retired with a broken axle. From the 16 cars there were only six left. Chiron had lapped everybody at least once, except Stuck's Mercedes. Von Morgen and Lobkowicz were two laps behind. The last cars were up to four laps behind and had no prospect of finishing within the limited time of 45 minutes after the victor.
      On lap 17, Chiron was leading Stuck by almost one lap. Stuck was driving with a handicap that slowed him down. Similar to Caraccila's experience, Stuck had his right front shock absorber break early in the race and causing him steering problems. A-Z Motorwelt wrote, it was unbelievable when it was discovered after the race that the chassis of Stuck's Mercedes was beginning to crack at two places. Von Morgen in third place followed three minutes behind Stuck and made one more fuel stop. Because of his last stop his third place almost went to Lobkowicz but then von Morgen started on his last lap with determination.
      Chiron finished to the great applause of the large crowd, just over 14 minutes ahead of Stuck and 18 minutes ahead of von Morgen. Lobkowicz , the last finisher was nearly another four minutes behind. Prinz Leiningen and Count Zichy were flagged off next. Since both had exceeded the limited time, they were not classified. The race was stopped 45 minutes after the arrival of the victor.
Group II:
Five minutes after the large cars had started, the 11 Group II cars were flagged away over 15 laps. Their starting grid was arranged in numerical order with the German Macher (DKW) at the left front, next to him Prochaska (Z), behind them Lukáš (Z), in row three Sojka (Bugatti) and Schmidt (Bugatti), then Lewy, Valette, Loucký, Januskowski, Frankl and Count Arco-Zinneberg.
      At the end of the first lap, after the last of the Group I cars had passed the finish, the leaders of Group II followed very soon. Lewy (Bugatti) was in front with 17m40s ahead of Soijka (Bugatti), Arco-Zinneberg (Amilcar), Frankl (Bugatti), Schmidt (Bugatti), Macher (DKW), Januszkowski (Bugatti), Valette (Maserati), Lukáš (Z), Loucký (Bugatti) and Prochaska (Z). Prochaska was far behind because he had a delayed start due to an electrical cable failure. After the first lap he and Macher had to stop at the pits.
      On the third lap, the lead went from Lewy to Frankl but on lap four the previous order was reestablished. Arco-Zinneberg had steadily held third place ahead of Soijka, Januskowski and Schmidt.
      On lap four, Arco-Zinneberg was especially lucky at the left turn after the first kilometer where his car left the road. It tipped over, but he was able to push it back on the track and carried on.
      During lap seven, Januszkowski left the road and had to retire his damaged car. Prochaska seriously damaged his Z, when he hit a stone marker.
      On lap eight, Stuck was trying to get around Lewy, who for several kilometers did not make room for Stuck to pass.   In the concrete S-turns of Ostrovacice Stuck collided with Lewy, who hit a row of stone markers at the edge of the road. After having ripped out several markers, he ended up in a meadow. Spectators helped push the Bugatti back onto the road and Lewy drove away but just to the pits where he retired with damaged steering. The lead now passed to Schmidt with Frankl second, ahead of Arco-Zinneberg, Valette, Macher, Soijka, Loucký and Prochaska.
      During the tenth lap, Loucký's Bugatti left the road at the concrete S-bends, flew off the high slope and landed on its wheels in a soft field below, where it got stuck. The German driver Macher had to stop his four-cylinder DKW at his pit numerous times but could not fix the fuel feed problem to the front pair of cylinders.
      After 15 laps, the Czech driver Schmidt finished first, ahead of Arco-Zinneberg, Soijka, Frankl, Valette and Macher. Prochaska's Z had been taken over by Mamula but retired on the circuit a short distance after the finish.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

Group I:
1.2Louis ChironL. ChironBugattiT512.3S-8174h12m07.46s
2.34Hans StuckH. StuckMercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-6174h26m10.29s+ 14m02.83s
3.10H.-J. von MorgenHeinrich-Joachim v. MorgenBugattiT512.3S-8174h30m06.01s+ 17m58.55s
4.8Jiří Count von LobkowiczJ. von LobkowiczBugattiT512.3S-8174h33m50.51s+ 21m43.05s
DNC12H. Prinz zu LeiningenH. Prinz zu LeiningenBugattiT35C2.0S-8165h00m06.69s
DNC44Count Tivadar ZichyCount T. ZichyBugattiT35C2.0S-8165h05m43.65s
DNF18E. Maserati/L. FagioliOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati8C 28002.8S-815axle
DNF20Rudolf CaracciolaR. CaracciolaMercedes-BenzSSKL7.1S-611crash, shock absorber
DNF30Jan KubičekJ. KubičekBugattiT35B2.3S-89 engine
DNF4B. Borzacchini/T. NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C23002.3S-89ignition
DNF24Marcel LehouxM. LehouxBugattiT512.3S-87ignition
DNF38Josef ŠtasnýJ. ŠtasnýBugattiT35B2.3S-84crash
DNF36Achille VarziA. VarziBugattiT512.3S-84crash damage
DNF16Luigi FagioliOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati8C 28002.8 S-81crash
DNF2Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C23002.3 S-81crash
DNF6Eugenio SienaScuderia FerrariAlfa Romeo8C23002.3S-80brakes
Fastest lap: Louis Chiron (Bugatti) on lap 7 in 14m24.8s = 121.3 km/h (75.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 117.9 km/h (73.3 mph)

Group II:
1.66Florian SchmidtF. SchmidtBugattiT37A1.5S-4154h58m13.05s 
2.86Engelbert Graf ArcoE. Graf von Arco-ZinnebergAmilcar1.1S-6155h02m58.32s+ 4m45.27s
3.62Bruno SojkaB. SojkaBugattiT37A1.5S-4155h03m36.20s+ 5m23.15s
4.82Oskar FranklO. FranklBugattiT37A1.5S-4155h08m39.15s+ 10m26.10s
5.76Antonio ValetteRuggeriMaserati261.5S-8155h10m19.97s+ 12m06.92s
6.50Gerhard MacherG. MacherDKWRWD1.0S-4155h23m31.24s+ 25m18.19s
DNF52E. Prochaska/MamulaE. Proschaska"Z"Z 131.5S-8135h24m13s, mechanical
DNF78Vladimir LouckýV. LouckýBugattiT37A1.5S-49 crash 
DNF80Anton JanuszkowskiA. JanuszkowskiBugattiT37A1.5S-46crash 
DNF70Hans LewyH. LewyBugattiT37A1.5S-46crash, steering damage
DNF54Otto LukášZbrojovka"Z"Z 131.5S-85mechanical 
Fastest lap: Florian Schmidt (Bugatti) in 16m46.27s = 104.3 km/h k (64.8 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 99.7 km/h (61.9 mph)
Weather: dry and cold.

Primary sources researched for this article:
ADAC-Motorwelt, München
ALLGEMEINE AUTOMOBIL-ZEITUNG, Berlin
ALLGEMEINE AUTOMOBIL-ZEITUNG, Wien
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
AZ - Motorwelt, Brno
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
Motor, Berlin
Motor Sport, London
MOTOR UND SPORT, Pössneck
Prager Tageblatt, Praha
The Autocar, London




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