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Cecchini (MG)Farina (Maserati)Malaguti (Maserati)

CIRCUITO DI MODENA JUNIOR
(Voiturette 1100cc)

Circuito di Modena (I), 14 October 1934
25 laps x 3.2 km (1.99 mi) = 80.0 km (49.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Raffaello TotiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati4CM1.1S-4
4Giuseppe PanzacchiG. PanzacchiRocca-Fiat1.0S-4
6Burgassi CesareB. CesareFiat508 Siata1.0S-4DNA - did not appear
8Agostino CamilliNicola CamilliLombardAL31.1S-4DNA - did not appear
10Attilio BattalinaGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati4CM1.1S-4DNA - did not appear
12Guido LandiAmadeo RoccaRocca-Maserati1.1S-4
14Catullo LamiPasquino ErminiPE-Fiat1.0S-4
16Victor-Hugo MallucciV. MallucciFiat508 S1.0S-4
18Raffaele CecchiniR. CecchiniMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
20Giuseppe FarinaOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati4CM1.1S-4
22Francesco MatrulloF. MatrulloMaserati4CM1.1S-4
24Romano MalagutiR. MalagutiMaserati4CS1.1S-4
26Ernesto BianchiL. Castelbarco / G. LuraniAmilcarC61.1S-6



Cecchini beats Farina at the Modena Circuit Junior race

by Hans Etzrodt
At the 1934 Modena Circuit Junior race for 1100 cars only 10 cars faced the starter, four Maseratis, four Fiats one MG and one Amilcar. The 80 km race was held before the Grand Prix event. Raffaele Cecchini in an MG Magnette was the surprise winner, beating the favorite, Giuseppe Farina in a 4CM Maserati. The race was over in less than an hour.
Modena Circuit races for sports cars had been held in 1927 and 1928 over a 12 km dirt road circuit, organized by the RACI. They had been initiated by Enzo Ferrari as Modena was his home town. With Scuderia Ferrari founded at the end of 1929, Modena had a great sports organization. In 1934 the Circuito di Modena took place for the third time, but this time it was for racecars, organized by the Modena Provincial Headquarters of the RACI (Reale Automobile Club d'Italia). The 1934 circuit used the streets inside Modena and was just 3.200 km in length so that 25 laps of the circuit added up to 80 km. A description of the circuit is in the Grand Prix car report.
Entries:
Maseratis were entered by Farina, Malaguti, and Matrullo. The two Rocca cars were built by Amadeo Rocca from Bologna. The #4 Rocca for Panzacchi had a Fiat 508 engine while Landi's #12 Rocca had an 1100 Maserati engine. A list of the 13 entries is shown at the beginning of this report.
Race:
Since Burgazzi (Fiat), Camilli (Lombard) and Battilana (Maserati) did not appear, only ten cars lined up on the starting grid in four rows in numerical order.
Pole Position
12
Landi

Rocca-Maserati

4
Panzacchi

Rocca-Fiat

2
Toti

Maserati

18
Cecchini

MG

16
Mallucci

Fiat

14
Lami

PE-Fiat

24
Malaguti

Maserati

22
Matrullo

Maserati

20
Farina

Maserati

26
Bianchi

Amilcar



The Junior Race for the 1100 category which preceded the major category was started at 2:15 PM by the Prefect of Modena. The two Roccas of Landi and Panzacchi shot into the lead, chased by Cecchini, Farina and the rest. After the first lap Farina in the Maserati was first, followed by Cecchini (MG), Landi (Rocca) and Malaguti (Maserati). On the second lap, Toti stopped for a few minutes and restarted but retired soon afterwards. On this lap Cecchini lapped in 1m59.6s at an average of 96.160 km/h. Bianchi's Amilcar retired soon afterwards. When Mallucci in the Fiat 508 S made a most spectacular spin and retired after six laps there were only seven cars left in the race. It was dominated by the fierce battle between Farina's Maserati and Cecchini's MG Magnette. After 32 km Farina was only three seconds or so behind Cecchini, who led at an average speed of 94.827 km/h when the positions of the leading group were as follows after 10 laps:
1. Cecchini (MG)20m17.0s
2. Farina (Maserati)20m20.4s
3. Malaguti (Maserati)21m23.2s
4. Landi (Rocca-Maserati)21m53.4s

On the twelfth lap Farina lapped at an average of 96.320 km/h. At mid-race the positions remained unchanged, but Cecchini lapped even faster at an average of 98 km/h and the serious fight between the two leaders continued unabated. Malaguti in third place, over one minute behind, had a steady race but broke third gear. Landi, who was in fourth place with his Rocca, retired with clutch failure four laps from the end. Panzacchi in the other Rocca then took his place, followed by Matrullo and Lami. Ceccini made the 1100 class fastest lap on lap 17 in 1m56.4s while Farina's best was in 1m57.0s.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.18Raffaele CecchiniR. CecchiniMGK3 Magnette1.1S-62550m12.6s 
2.20Giuseppe FarinaOfficine Alfieri MaseratiMaserati4CM1.1S-42550m18.4s+ 5.8s
3.24Romano MalagutiR. MalagutiMaserati4CS1.1S-42451m18.4s 
4.4Giuseppe PanzacchiG. PanzacchiRocca-Fiat1.0S-42251m18.0s 
5.22Francesco MatrulloF. MatrulloMaserati4CM1.1S-42251m24.6s 
6.14Catullo LamiP. ErminiPE-Fiat1.0S-42251m29.4s 
DNF12Guido LandiAmadeo RoccaRocca-Maserati1.1S-420clutch 
DNF16Victor-Hugo MallucciV. MallucciFiat508 S1.0S-46spun off 
DNF26Ernesto BianchiL. Castelbarco / G. LuraniAmilcarC61.1S-64mechanical 
DNF2Raffaello TotiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati4CM1.1S-41  
Fastest lap: Raffaele Cecchini (MG) on lap 17 in 1m56.4s = 98.7 km/h (61.5 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 95.6 km/h (59.4 mph)
Weather: Overcast, dry
In retrospect:
La Stampa published some incorrect final times.

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
La Domenica Sportiva, Milano
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
Motor Sport, London
RACI settimanale, Roma
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Giuseppe Prisco



Nuvolari (Maserati)varzi (Alfa Romeo)Tadini (Alfa Romeo)

III CIRCUITO DI MODENA

Circuito di Modena (I), 14 October 1934
40 laps x 3.2 km (1.99 mi) = 128.0 km (79.5 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineRemarks

2XXMaseratiDNA - did not appear
4Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
6Secondo CorsiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati8C-30003.0S-8
8Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8DNA - did not appear
10Luigi SoffiettiWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8
12Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
14Clemente BiondettiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati8C-30003.0S-8DNA - did not appear
16Mario TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
18Guglielmo SandriG. SandriMaserati8CM3.0S-8on loan from Rüesch
20Pietro GhersiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
22Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM (6C-34)3.7S-6with 8CM chassis
24Ferdinando BarbieriScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
26Umberto CasaretoU. CasaretoMaserati261.5S-8DNA - did not appear
28Ippolito BerroneI. BerroneAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
30Lelio PellegriniL. Pellegrini-QuarantottiAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
32G. Cornaggia-MediciGiovanni Cornaggia-MediciAlfa RomeoTouring Spider2.3S-8
34Arnaldo SciuttiA. SciuttiAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
36Roberto MalagutiR. MalagutiMaserati4CM1.1S-4DNA - did not appear



Nuvolari's first victory of the year

by Hans Etzrodt
The 1934 race at the Modena Circuit over 40 laps was a minor national event. From 18 entries only 11 cars faced the starter, four Maseratis and seven Alfa Romeos. The main interest was the battle between Nuvolari (Maserati) and Varzi (Alfa Romeo). But it was over in five laps by which time Nuvolari had established an eight seconds lead over Varzi, which he steadily increased to his pursuers. On lap 25 an inspired Tadini passed his teammate Varzi for second place and started to pull away. On the 40th and final lap, Tadini spun his Alfa in a turn and before he could restart Varzi had passed him into second place. Nuvolari won by over a minute ahead of Varzi with Tadini third. This was Nuvolari's first victory of the season, showing that the new Maserati was superior to Scuderia Ferrari's Alfa Romeos. Barbieri and Ghersi in Alfa Romeos finished fourth and fifth followed by the Maseratis of Sandri and Soffietti, with Cornaggia in eighth place with the touring Alfa and Corsi in a Maserati last. The Alfa Romeos of Pellegrini and Comotti retired.
Modena Circuit races for sports cars had been held in 1927 and 1928 over a 12 km dirt road circuit, organized by the RACI. They had been initiated by Enzo Ferrari as Modena was his home town. With Scuderia Ferrari founded at the end of 1929, Modena had a great sports organization. In 1934 the Circuito di Modena took place for the third time, but now for racecars, organized by the Modena Provincial Headquarters of the RACI (Reale Automobile Club d'Italia). The course went along the streets of Modena. With a good road surface of just 3.2 km, 40 laps added up to a race distance of 128 km. The circuit ran clockwise starting on Viale delle Rimembranze and continuing to Via Saragozza. It circled around the War Memorial, ran along a stretch of Viale Regina Elena, and at Via Mascherella it joined the Viale Fabrizi. It then turned onto the long straight of Viale Muratori, which led to a sharp right turn into Viale Tassoni. At Piazzale S. Agostino there was a 180 degrees turn, which was followed along Viale Vittorio Veneto to a sharp left turn into Viale delle Rimembranze back to the finish. The circuit comprised seven sharp bends and an average speed of 120 km/h was expected. The installations at the finish line were arranged so that the public in the grandstands was informed about all phases of the race.
Entries:
Scuderia Ferrari arrived with five Alfa Romeo P3s and introduced the latest version with a 3.2-Liter engine. The increase of the bore resulted in a gain of 10 hp to 265 at 5400 rpm. Only two of these cars were completed and they were assigned to Achille Varzi and Mario Tadini. The remaining three cars of Gianfranco Comotti, Pietro Ghersi and Nando Barbieri had 2.9-Liter engines. Attilio Marinoni was the Scuderia's reserve driver. The independent driver Lelio Pellegrini-Quarantotti entered a 2300 Alfa Romeo Monza and Giovanni Cornaggia Medici drove a 2300 Alfa Touring Spider equipped with fenders and lights.
      Once again Nuvolari drove the latest 6C34 Maserati with a 6-cylinder engine of 3724 cc producing 270 hp mounted on an 8CM chassis. Soffietti had a white Maserati 8CM, the same ex-Whitney Straight car that he drove at the Spanish Grand Prix three weeks before. Guglielmo Sandri's 8CM was also white but only the front, while the rear was red, a Swiss Maserati loaned by Hans Rüesch. Clemente Biondetti and Secondo Corsi had 8C-3000 Maseratis based on 26M chassis.
Race:
Before the Grand Prix car event, a Junior Race for 1100 cars over 80 km was held at 2:10 PM and won by Raffaele Cecchini in a MG Magnette beating the favorite, Giuseppe Farina in a 4CM Maserati. The race was over in less than an hour. After a short break it was time for the main event where the eleven cars lined up in four rows in order of their race numbers.
Pole Position
10
Soffietti

Maserati

6
Corsi

Maserati

4
Varzi

Alfa Romeo

18
Sandri

Maserati

16
Tadini

Alfa Romeo

12
Comotti

Alfa Romeo

24
Barbieri

Alfa Romeo

22
Nuvolari

Maserati

20
Ghersi

Alfa Romeo

32
Cornaggia

Alfa Romeo

30
Pellegrini

Alfa Romeo

At 16.35 PM the Federal Secretary lowered the flag and the Maseratis of Soffietti, Corsi and Sandri jumped into the lead followed by the pack of Alfa Romeos headed by Varzi and Tadini with Nuvolari's Maserati amongst them.
      The first lap was completed with Nuvolari making his way through the field. On the first straight of the second lap Nuvolari passed Tadini and Varzi and also Sandri, so that at the end of lap two Nuvolari had moved into first place. He had also made the fastest lap of the race in 1m43.8s at 110.980 km/h average speed. He was followed by Varzi, Tadini, Sandri and Comotti. Nuvolari steadily increased his lead over Varzi, who was threatened by Comotti and Tadini.
      On the fifth lap Nuvolari had an eight seconds advantage over Varzi, with a further gap of seven seconds to Tadini and another six seconds to Comotti. Nuvolari completed the first five laps, a total of 16 km, in 8m59.6s, at an average of 106.745 km/h.
      Varzi could only reach 1m44.6s on the eighth lap in a last attempt to regain ground. Tadini in third place made his best lap in 1m45.4s. Nuvolari constantly increased his lead over his pursuers, regularly producing laps in 1m46s or 1m47s.
      Up to lap 20, the positions of the first five drivers showed Varzi with only a slight advantage on Tadini, while Ghersi and Sandri passed Comotti. Pellegrini stopped briefly due to a wheel failure. Comotti retired with an engine failure on lap 16. Nuvolari's average lap time for the first 20 laps was 1m46.1s, and he led at 108.328 km/h average speed. The order of the leaders was as follows after 20 laps:
1. Nuvolari (Maserati)35m21.2s
2. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)36m04.0s
3. Tadini (Alfa Romeo)36m11.0s
4. Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)38m00.0s1 lap behind
5. Sandri (Maserati)38m10.0s1 lap behind

On the 25th lap, Tadini closed up and passed Varzi, advancing into second place, but Nuvolari had a lead of one minute over them. His average lap time for the last 10 laps remained at 1m46.1s and he led after 96 km at 108.600 km/h average speed, when the order was as follows after 30 laps:
1. Nuvolari (Maserati)53m01.8s
2. Tadini (Alfa Romeo)54m02.6s
3. Varzi (Alfa Romeo)54m08.4s
4. Ghersi (Alfa Romeo)55m39.0s1 lap behind
5. Sandri (Maserati)57m00.0s2 laps behind

On the last lap Tadini, who was about 14 seconds ahead of Varzi, lost his concentration for a moment at the bend around the War Monument. The resultant spin and the time it took to restart canceled out the advantage he had gained in so many laps. In that moment Varzi snatched second place and Tadini had to accept third. The other drivers were never in the fight. Barbieri completed only 38 laps and finished fourth while Ghersi came fifth, with broken suspension and a malfunctioning gearbox. In sixth place was the smiling Sandri who made an excellent debut -he was Rüesch's relief driver at Monza- followed by Soffietti, Cornaggia and Corsi. Comotti retired due to clutch failure and Pellegrini with spark plugs trouble.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.22Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM (6C-34)3.7S-6401h10m54.0s
2.4Achille VarziScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8401h12m20.4s+ 2m26.4s
3.16Mario TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8401h12m25.6s+ 2m31.6s
4.24Ferdinando BarbieriScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8381h10m46.0sretired but classifed
5.20Pietro GhersiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8381h11m01.0s
6.18Guglielmo SandriG. SandriMaserati8CM3.0S-8381h12m19.0s
7.10Luigi SoffiettiWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8371h12m27.0s
8.32G. Cornaggia-MediciG. Cornaggia-MediciAlfa RomeoTouring Spider2.3S-8351h11m45.6s
9.6Secondo CorsiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati8C-30003.0S-8351h17m46.6s
DNF30Lelio PellegriniL. PellegriniAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-830spark plugs
DNF12Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-816clutch or engine
Fastest lap: Tazio Nuvolari (Maserati) on lap 2 in 1m43.8s = 111.0 km/h (69.0 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 108.3 km/h (67.3 mph)
Weather: Overcast, dry.
In retrospect:
La Stampa published some incorrect final times.

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
La Domenica Sportiva, Milano
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
Motor Sport, London
RACI settimanale, Roma
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Giuseppe Prisco

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COPPA PRINCIPESSA DI PIEMONTE

Circuito di Napoli, Posillipo (I), 21 October 1934
Heats: 2 x 25 laps x 4.0 km (2.49 mi) = 80.0 km (49.7 mi)
Final: 50 laps x 4.0 km (2.49 mi) = 200 km (124.3 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Gennaro AuricchioG. AuricchioAlfa Romeo8C-2300 spider2.3S-8
4Mario TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
6Giovanni Cornaggia-MediciG. Cornaggia-MediciAlfa Romeo8C-2300 spider2.3S-8
8Letterio CucinottaGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati8C-30003.0S-8DNS - did not start
10Giovanni MinozziWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8
12Romano MalagutiR. MalagutiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
14Giovanni RoccoG. RoccoMaserati26B MM2.0S-8
16Lelio PellegriniL. Pellegrini-QuarantottiAlfa Romeo8C-2300 Monza2.3S-8
18Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
20Alfredo AmatoA. AmatoBugatti2.3S-8DNA - did not appear
22Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM/6C-343.7S-6
24Clemente BiondettiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati8C-30003.0S-8Cucinotta drove in Final
26Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
28Giuseppe FarinaL. RovereMaserati4CM1.5S-4
30Luigi PremoliL. PremoliAlfa Romeo8C-2300 Monza2.3S-8
32Luigi PagesL. PagesAlfa Romeo8C-2300 Monza2.3S-8
34Renato DaneseR. DaneseAlfa Romeo8C-2300 Monza2.3S-8
36Vincenzo RussoV. RussoFIAT1.0S-4DNA - did not appear
38Luigi SoffiettiWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8



Nuvolari wins at Naples

by Hans Etzrodt
The 1934 race over 50 laps at the Naples Circuit for the Coppa Pricipessa di Piemonte was a minor national event and concluded the Italian automobile racing season. From 19 entries only 16 cars faced the starter, nine Alfa Romeos and seven Maseratis. The main interest in the race was the battle between Nuvolari (Maserati) and the Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeos. The race was split into two Heats and a Final. The first Heat was won by the Alfa Romeos of Tadini and Brivio with Minozzi (Maserati) third. Nuvolari (Maserati) won Heat 2 ahead of Comotti (Alfa Romeo) and the Maseratis of Soffiotti and Farina. The first six in each Heat started in the Final, which was won by Nuvolari, and followed by Brivio, Tadini, Farina, Comotti, Soffietti, Minozzi, Premoli and Cornaggia. Auricchio, Rocco and Piccolo retired.
The last time a race had been held at Naples was on November 11, 1920. It was organized by the ACI on the 47 km of dirt roads of the Circuito dei Campi Flegrei and was won by Luigi Angelini in a Scat at 37.8 km/h average speed. For 1934 the RACI of Naples organized the III Principessa Coppa di Piemonte -the Trophy of the Princess of Piedmont- on a completely new circuit in Naples at Vittoria Parc. It climbed Vittoria hill near Posillipo, with a total elevation change of 56 meters and a gradient of over 5 percent or 1 in 20. The 4 km circuit had many gradients and slopes, nine large radius curves and three sharp bends including one right-angle corner leading into the roughly 600 meters long straight where the start, finish, grandstand and pits were located. The asphalted roads were between 12 and 16 meters wide, and had the characteristics of a mixed circuit, of medium difficulty. Average speeds of 100 km/h were expected. The race was split into two heats of 20 laps of 80 km and a final of 50 laps of 200 km. All the drivers were Italian.
Entries:
There were 19 entries. Of the nine Alfa Romeos, Scuderia Ferrari entered three Tipo B/P3 with 2.9-Liter engines for Mario Tadini, Gianfranco Comotti and Antonio Brivio, who was a new driver to the team. The independent driver Lelio Pellegrini-Quarantotti entered a 2300 Alfa Romeo Monza as did Luigi Pages. Luigi Premoli and Renato Danese drove 2300 Alfa Romeo Monzas. Gennaro Auricchio and Giovanni Cornaggia Medici both drove 8C-2300 spider Alfa Romeos raced at the Mille Miglia.
      The fastest of the seven Maserati entries was Nuvolari in the latest 8CM with 6C34 engine with which he had won the Modena Grand Prix the week before. Luigi Sofietti and Giovanni Minozzi each had a white 8CM, the same ex-Whitney Straight cars that had been seen before. Giovanni Rocco had a striped 26B Mille Miglia version. Clemente Biondetti had a 8C-3000 Maserati based on a 26M chassis, which was driven in the Final by Letterio "Lillo" Cucinotta who was also known as Piccolo. Giuseppe Farina drove a 1500 cc 4CM, entered by L. Rovere and Romano Malaguti drove a 1.5-L 4CM without a headrest.
Heat 1:
The eight cars from #2 to #20 started in Heat 1 which lined up in a 3 - 2 -3 grid in numerical order.
Pole Position
2
Auricchio

Alfa Romeo

4
Tadini

Alfa Romeo

6
Cornaggia

Alfa Romeo

10
Minozzi

Maserati

12
Malaguti

Maserati

18
Brivio

Alfa Romeo

16
Pellegrini

Alfa Romeo

14
Rocco

Maserati

At 10:30 the eight drivers were flagged away by the Marquis Pietro Parisio, the governing commissioner of the RACI. After the 1st lap the Alfa Romeos of Tadini and Brivio were in the lead followed by Minozzi. After five laps Tadini led Brivio by 1.5 seconds with Minozzi third, 11 seconds behind. On the 7th lap there was Brivio in the lead but Tadini repassed him again and left his rival behind. Malaguti in fourth place retired on lap 18. On the last lap Auricchio and Rocco passed Cornaggia. In the meantime Brivio had closed up to the leader and after 20 laps was only one fifth of a second behind to Tadini. Brivio made the fastest lap at 97.45 km/h average speed. The battle further back must have seemed intense to the spectators. Rocco finished fifth, less than a second behind Auricchio and less than three seconds ahead of Medici. It could be that they were just 'coasting'. Their race order didn't really matter, as long as they finished in the first six.

Heat 1 results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.4Mario TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-82050m54.0s
2.18Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-82050m54.2s+ 0.2s
3.10Giovanni MinozziWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-82051m37.0s+ 43.0s
4.2Gennaro AuricchioG. AuricchioAlfa Romeo8C-2300 spider2.3S-81951m44.6s
5.14Giovanni RoccoG. RoccoMaserati26B MM2.0S-81951m45.4s
6.6G. Cornaggia-MediciG. Cornaggia-MediciAlfa Romeo8C-2300 spider2.3S-81951m48.0s
7.16Lelio PellegriniL. Pellegrini-QuarantottiAlfa Romeo8C-2300 Monza2.3S-81952m34.4s
DNF12Romano MalagutiR. MalagutiMaserati4CM1.5S-417mechanical
Fastest lap: Mario Tadini (Alfa Romeo) on lap 9 in 2m27.8s = 97.4 km/h (60.5 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 94.3 km/h (58.6 mph)
Weather: Overcast, dry.
Heat 2:
The eight cars from #22 to #38 started in Heat 2 which lined up on the 3 - 2 -3 grid in numerical order.
Pole Position
22
Nuvolari

Maserati

24
Biondetti

Maserati

26
Comotti

Alfa Romeo

28
Farina

Maserati

30
Premoli

Alfa Romeo

32
Pages

Alfa Romeo

34
Danese

Alfa Romeo

38
Soffietti

Maserati

The cars were started by Professor Dr. Sbordone at 11:40 AM. Nuvolari immediately jumped ahead and maintained the lead unchallenged until the end. Comotti, Farina, Soffietti, Premoli, Biondetti Danese and Pages battled for the next places.
      On lap 7 when Danese passed Premoli and Biondetti on the outside on the bend just before the finish straight, his car skidded and hit the row of sand bags bordering the outside of the turn. The car overturned and landed on the track upside down. Danese remained in the car throughout the flight and managed to slip out from underneath it. As he was getting up, he took a step and then fell down. Red Cross helpers assisted Danese who escaped with a slight wound to the face and a minor injury to his left leg. Shortly before the finish Farina was passed by Soffietti. Nuvolari finished first and made the fastest lap.

Heat 2 results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.22Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM (6C-34)3.7S-62050m03.2s
2.26Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-82050m20.0s+ 16.8s
3.38Luigi SoffiettiWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-82051m09.8s+ 1m06.6s
4.28Giuseppe FarinaL. RovereMaserati4CM1.5S-42051m40.2s+ 1m37.0s
5.24Clemente BiondettiGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati8C-30003.0S-82052m52.6s+ 2m49.4s
6.30Luigi PremoliL. PremoliAlfa Romeo8C-2300 Monza2.3S-81950m41.6s
7.32Luigi PagesL. PagesAlfa Romeo8C-2300 Monza2.3S-81851m07.4s
DNF34Renato DaneseR. DaneseAlfa Romeo8C-2300 Monza2.3S-86crash
Fastest lap: Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) on lap 13 in 2m27.0s = 98.0 km/h (60.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 95.9 km/h (59.6 mph)
Weather: Overcast, dry.
Final:
Only the fastest six drivers of each heat advanced to the Final over 50 laps equal to 200 km. Cucinotta did not start because of fuel supply problems with his #8 Maserati. When Biondetti developed a fever and could not start in the Final, Cucinotta replaced him. The 12 drivers lined up on the grid in the following order:
Pole Position
2
Auricchio

Alfa Romeo

38
Soffietti

Maserati

14
Rocco

Maserati

26
Comotti

Alfa Romeo

18
Brivio

Alfa Romeo

10
Minozzi

Maserati

30
Premoli

Alfa Romeo

22
Nuvolari

Maserati

6
Cornaggia

Alfa Romeo

28
Farina

Maserati

4
Tadini

Alfa Romeo

24
Cusinotta

Maserati

Prince Augusto of Piedmont was enthusiastically applauded when he started the Final at 1:45 PM. A drizzle came down soon after the start and made the roads very slippery causing the pace of the cars to diminished considerably. During the first two laps Brivio in the Alfa Romeo held the lead but on the third lap he was passed by Nuvolari's new Maserati with a lap of 2m26.8s at 98.092 km/h average speed. Auricchio had lost his goggles at the start and in his pursuit of the field from last place he did three spins. He bent his car's axle when he left the road and was out of the race as a result. After five laps Nuvolari (Maserati) led the 11-car field at 95.186 mph average speed in 12m36.4s. Brivio (Alfa Romeo) was second, 12m38.6s, only two seconds behind, third was Tadini (Alfa Romeo) 13m07.8s, fourth Comotti (Alfa Romeo), followed by Farina (Maserati), Soffietti (Maserati), Minozzi (Maserati), Rocco (Maserati), Premoli (Alfa Romeo), Cornaggia (Alfa Romeo) and Cucinotta (Maserati). Nuvolari and Brivio remained close together, while the others were unable to keep up with the two leaders. Nuvolari's average lap time for the first 10 laps was 2m30.4s and after 40 km Nuvolari led at 95.757 mph average speed in the following order after 10 laps:
1.Nuvolari (Maserati)25m03.8s
2.Brivio (Alfa Romeo)25m08.0s
3.Tadini (Alfa Romeo)25m59.8s
4.Comotti (Alfa Romeo)26m16.6s
5.Farina (Maserati)26m19.4s
6.Soffietti (Maserati)26m47.8s
7.Minozzi (Maserati)26m58.0s
8.Premoli (Alfa Romeo)27m22.6s
9.Cornaggia (Alfa Romeo)27m28.8s
10.Rocco (Maserati)27m34.6s
11.Cucinotta (Maserati)28m08.8s1 lap behind

On lap 13 Brivio tried to close up to Nuvolari and made the fastest lap of the race in 2m25.8s at 98.765 km/h average speed. On the same lap Nuvolari drove in 2m27s at 97.959 km/h average speed. Rocco had trouble with his Maserati and retired before lap 20 when the field was down to 10 drivers. Cucinotta who had replaced Biondetti retired before 25 laps which reduced the field to nine cars. After 100 km, midrace, Nuvolari was leading Brivio by four seconds with a gap of two minutes to Tadini in third place. Nuvolari's average lap time for the first 25 laps was 2m31.9s and he led at 94.897 km/h average speed. The order after 25 laps was:
1.Nuvolari (Maserati)1h03m17.4s
2.Brivio (Alfa Romeo)1h03m21.8s
3.Tadini (Alfa Romeo)1h05m07.6s
4.Comotti (Alfa Romeo)1h05m37.4s
5.Farina (Maserati)1h05m39.0s
6.Minozzi (Maserati)1h08m07.0s1 lap behind
7.Soffietti (Maserati)1h08m17.0s1 lap behind
8.Premoli (Maserati)1h10m04.0s2 laps behind
9.Cornaggia (Alfa Romeo)1h10m24.0s3 laps behind

Due to difficulties with his fuel supply, Brivio slowed his pace, which allowed Nuvolari to widen the gap between them. Tadini followed in third place while Comotti in the large Alfa Romeo and Farina in the small Maserati battled for fourth place which was settled in favor of the Maserati. Meanwhile, the rain continued and the wet road slowed the race pace.
      After 40 laps, equal to 160 km, Nuvolari was still leading in 1h43m09.6s at 93.059 km/h average. Brivio followed almost 11 seconds behind with Tadini third, 33 seconds behind Nuvolari. Farina was fourth, followed after a gap by Comotti. Brivio drove the fastest lap of the race in 2m25.8s at 98.765 km/h average speed. In his first appearance with Scuderia Ferrari he beat his teammates Tadini and Comotti. During the last ten laps there were no further changes. Despite the threatening weather the race was attended by a very large crowd that gave enthusiastic ovations to Nuvolari at the end of the race. The Prince of Piedmont descended from the Royal Stand talking to Nuvolari at his pit. The crowd surrounded the Prince and the enthusiasm reached a very high pitch.

Results final

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.22Tazio NuvolariT. NuvolariMaserati8CM (6C-34)3.7S-6502h10m23.4s
2.18Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8502h10m32.2s+ 8.8s
3.4Mario TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8502h12m59.6s+ 2m36.2s
4.28Giuseppe FarinaL. RovereMaserati4CM1.5S-4492h11m09.4s
5.26Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8492h12m04.0s
6.38Luigi SoffiettiWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8472h10m30.4s
7.10Giovanni MinozziWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8472h10m39.0s
8.30Luigi PremoliL. PremoliAlfa Romeo8C-2300 Monza2.3S-8462h11m31.8s
9.6Giovanni Cornaggia-MediciG. Cornaggia-MediciAlfa Romeo8C-2300 spider2.3S-8462h11m36.4s
DNF24Letterio CucinottaGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati8C-30003.0S-8<24
DNF14Giovanni RoccoG. RoccoMaserati26B MM2.0S-8<19mechanical
DNF2Gennaro AuricchioG. AuricchioAlfa Romeo8C-2300 spider2.3S-8<4left road
Fastest lap: Antonio Brivio (Alfa Romeo) on lap 13 in 2m25.8s = 98.8 km/h (61.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 92.0 km/h (57.2 mph)
Weather: intermittent rain
In retrospect:
La Stampa published incorrect final times for heat 2.
RACI settimale which published excerpts from La Stampa showed the same mistakes.

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
Motor Sport, London
RACI settimanale, Roma
Special thanks to:
Alessandro Silva
Giuseppe Prisco

Star 24 october 1934: Auto Union tested new drivers at Nürburgring with the following results:
               North    South
   Pietsch    11m14.6s   3m05.4s 
   Rosemeyer  12m00.0s   3m07.0s 
   Simons     11m46.0s   3m09.4s
   Steinweg   12m57.0s   3m18.6s
   Soenius    12m00.8s   3m25.0s
Pietsch and Rosemeyer were selected as junior/reserve drivers for the 1935 season.
Other drivers who participated in the tests were Hahn, Karmann, Kirschberg, Krämer, Michel-Tüssling, Ley and Trägner



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IV GRAND PRIX d'ALGER

Bouzaréah - Alger (F), 28 October 1934
2 heats x 15 laps x 8.1 km (5.03 mi) = 121.5 km (75.5 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
4Victor MarretV. MarretBugattiT512.3S-8
6Hans RüeschT. NuvolariMaserati6C-343.7S-6
8Giuseppe FarinaScuderia SubalpinaMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA
10Albert ChambostA. ChambostMaserati8CM3.0S-8
12Roger BouclyR. BouclyBugattiT512.3S-8
14Renato BalestreroGruppo Genovese San GiorgioAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
16Whitney StraightWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8
18Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinMaserati8CM3.0S-8
20Marcel LehouxWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8
22Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8raced Brivio's car in heat 2
24Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
26Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT59S-8
28Giovanni MinozziScuderia SienaMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA
30Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SienaMaserati8CM3.0S-8



Bugatti ends season on a high note

The Algiers Grand Prix was held in two 15 lap heats with the heat results added for the final standing. There was a strong Maserati entry with Straight, Lehoux, Soffietti, Rüesch, Étancelin and Chambost as drivers against the Ferrari team and Wimille's Bugatti.
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Heat 1:

     
Pole Position
24
Brivio

Alfa Romeo
5m04s

22
Chiron

Alfa Romeo
4m59.4s

26
Wimille

Bugatti
4m53.8s

20
Lehoux

Maserati
5m09.8s

16
Straight

Maserati
5m08.8s

6
Rüesch

Maserati
5m20.4s

30
Soffietti

Maserati


18
Etancelin

Maserati
5m18.2s

4
Marret

Bugatti


10
Chambost

Maserati


12
Boucly

Bugatti


2
Hellé-Nice

Alfa Romeo


14
Balestrero

Alfa Romeo


Situation after 10 laps:
1. Wimille (Bugatti)49m31.0s
2. Brivio (Alfa Romeo) 49m41.4s
3. Straight (Maserati)50m02.2s
4. Lehoux (Maserati) 50m19.8s
5. Chiron (Alfa Romeo) 51m37.2s

The first heat was won by Wimille followed by Brivio (Alfa Romeo - Ferrari) and Straight (Maserati 8CM). Chiron had to make a pitstop while leading and finished fourth while local hero Lehoux slide off the track in front of his home crowd and finished in a ditch.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.26Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT59S-8151h14m15.8s
2.24Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8151h14m38.4s+ 22.6s
3.16Whitney StraightWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8151h15m19.0s+ 1m03.2s
4.22Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8151h16m28.6s+ 2m12.8s
5.30Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SienaMaserati8CM3.0S-8151h18m28.8s+ 4m13.0s
6.6Hans RüeschT. NuvolariMaserati6C-343.7S-6141h13m28.8s
7.4Victor MarretV. MarretBugattiT512.3S-8141h17m01.2s
8.10Albert ChambostA. ChambostMaserati8CM3.0S-8131h13m12.8s
9.12Roger BouclyR. BouclyBugattiT512.3S-8131h16m20.8s
10.2Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8131h16m36.4s
DNF20Marcel LehouxWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-8crash
DNF18Philippe EtancelinP. EtancelinMaserati8CM3.0S-8fuel
DNF14Renato BalestreroGruppo Genovese San GiorgioAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
Fastest lap: Louis Chiron (Alfa Romeo) in 4m42.5s = 103.2 km/h (64.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 98.2 km/h (61.0 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 99.3 km/h (61.7 mph)
Weather:
Heat 2:

     
Pole Position
16
Straight

Maserati

24
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

26
Wimille

Bugattti

30
Soffietti

Maserati

*


10
Chambost

Maserati

4
Marret

Bugatti

6
Rüesch

Maserati

2
Hellé-Nice

Alfa Romeo

12
Boucly

Bugatti

Order after 5 laps:
1. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)24m02.4s
2. Wimille (Bugatti) 24m07.4s
3. Straight (Maserati)24m37.0s
4. Rüesch (Maserati) 26m06.8s

Order after 10 laps:
1. Wimille (Bugatti)48m02.0s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo) 48m46.8s
3. Straight (Maserati)49m49.8s
4. Rüesch (Maserati) 51m51.2s
5. Soffietti (Maserati) 51m54.2s
6. Chambost (Maserati) 52m57.6s
7. Marret (Bugatti) 54m57.2s
8. Boucly (Bugatti) 55m49.8s
9. Hellé-Nice (Alfa Romeo) 58m15.0s

Brivio handled his Alfa over to Chiron for the second race. Chiron took the lead also in the second heat until he had to slow down with a broken shock-absorber. Straight, who was running second for most of the heat, had to retire on the very last lap with a broken gearbox. So the second heat was won by Wimille from Chiron and Soffietti and that was also the aggregate result.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.26Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT59S-8151h13m28.0s
2.24L. ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8151h16m52.2s+ 3m24.2s
3.30Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SienaMaserati8CM3.0S-8151h18m45.2s+ 5m17.2s
DNF16Whitney StraightWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-815gearbox
4.10Albert ChambostA. ChambostMaserati8CM3.0S-8131h14m14.6s
5.4Victor MarretV. MarretBugattiT512.3S-8141h17m10.6s
6.12Roger BouclyR. BouclyBugattiT512.3S-8131h17m52.0s
7.2Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8131h16m00.0s
DNF6Hans RüeschT. NuvolariMaserati6C-343.7S-6fuel
DNS22Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8raced Brivio's car
Fastest lap: Louis Chiron (Alfa Romeo) in 4m44s = 102.7 km/h (63.8 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 99.2 km/h (61.7 mph)
Weather:


Results, total

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.26Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT59S-8152h27m43.8s
2.24A. Brivio / L. ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8152h31m40.6s (Note 1)
3.30Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SienaMaserati8CM3.0S-8152h37m14.0s
DNF16Whitney StraightWhitney Straight Ltd.Maserati8CM3.0S-815
4.4Victor MarretV. MarretBugattiT512.3S-8142h34m11.8s
5.10Albert ChambostA. ChambostMaserati8CM3.0S-8132h27m27.4s
6.12Roger BouclyR. BouclyBugattiT512.3S-8132h34m12.8s
7.2Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8132h32m36.4s
Winner's medium speed: 98.7 km/h (61.3 mph)

Footnote:
1. Motor Sport gives the total time of 2h33m21.8s and Paul Sheldon gives 2h33m21.2s. Adding Chiron's times from the first and the second heat would give 2h33m20.8s but if the rules said that the driver's times were to be added rather than times for the car I fail to see why Chiron, who was 4th in the first heat, took over Brivio's car as the latter had finished 2nd to improve the teams position.

Star 25 November 1934: Mercedes head designer Hans Nibel dies of a stroke. Max Sailer takes over the job.
Star 27 December 1934: Straight (Maserati 8CM 3.0L) wins the I South African GP handicap race at East London (Results).



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