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V INTERNATIONALES AVUS-RENNEN

AVUS-Berlin (D), 26 May 1935
2 heats of 5 x 19.573 km (12.162 mi) = 97.865 km (60.81 mi) (Note 1)
Final: 10 x 19.573 km (12.162 mi) = 195.730 km (121.621 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionB4.9V-16
2Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionB4.9V-16
3Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.3V-16streamliner
4Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.9?V-16streamliner
5Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW254.0S-8
6Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW254.0S-8
7Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW254.0S-8
8Hanns GeierDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8streamliner
9Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoBi-motore6.32x8
10Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoBi-motore5.82x8
11René DreyfusScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
12Ferdinando BarbieriF. BarbieriAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
14Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.3S-6
15Goffredo ZehenderScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.3S-6
16Eugenio SienaScuderia SubalpinaMaserati8C3.0S-8
17Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
18László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-8
19Renato BalestreroGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaseratiS-8
20Giuseppe FarinaG. FarinaMaserati4C2.5S-4
21Pietro GhersiP. GhersiMaserati6C-343.7S-6DNA - did not appear
22Dudley FroyGeorge Manby-ColegraveBugattiT544.9S-8



Fagioli saves his tyres to win in Berlin

by Leif Snellman
The Avusrennen was divided into two five lap heats and a ten lap final. The German teams were out in full force with four cars each. Tyre wear proved to be a decisive factor. Stuck (Auto Union) dominated the first heat from Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz) while novice Rosemeyer (Auto Union) survived a high speed puncture. Varzi (Auto Union) initially led heat two but when he and von Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz) stopped for new tyres, Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz) won the heat. Four Mercedes-Benz, two Auto Unions and two Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeos started in the final. Stuck took the lead soon to be grabbed by Varzi, but both suffered tyre troubles and made two pit stops each. Caracciola and Geier retired while von Brauchitsch slowed with tyre trouble. Fagioli drove a faultless race to win, followed by Chiron in an Alfa Romeo Bi-Motore, who did a nonstop race with Varzi finishing third.
The Avusrennen was again held to the free formula. The circuit itself was unchanged from 1934 but nearby hard work was done to finish the new Deutschlandhalle, which included a huge parking place.
      The long race the year before had proved rather boring for spectators and the teams were worried about the tyre wear on the ultra-fast track. For this reason the race was split into two heats and a final, with the fastest 4 cars from each heat advancing to the final. The rules included a compulsory wheel change during the final. However, that rule was scratched after experience of tyre wear gained during the practice sessions.
      Prizes for the heats were 2000, 1000, 600 and 400 RM for the top four finishers. In the final the top four finishers received 10,000, 5000, 2500 and 1000 RM.
Entries:
Mercedes-Benz entered four cars for Rudi Caracciola, Manfred von Brauchitsch, Luigi Fagioli and Hanns Geier. The team arrived with three open cars and a former speed record streamliner, which had been used for record attempts at Gyon near Budapest in October 1934. It had been rebuilt with a lowered cockpit and front brakes were added. The closed cockpit could be opened only from the outside! Caracciola tried the car during practice before deciding on an open car with a small radiator cowl, similar to that on the streamliner. Fagioli had a similar car as Caracciola while von Brauchitsch raced a car with a normal radiator cowl. That left the streamliner to Hanns Geier. The team had turned down the boost of the superchargers, possibly to reduce wheelspin and tyre wear.
      Auto Union arrived with five cars for their four drivers, two closed race limousines type "Lucca", two Grand Prix cars with closed front suspension and a spare car with open front suspension. After some persuasion the motorcycle racer Rosemeyer was promised to start at AVUS (Note 2).
      Terrified by his Tripoli experience, Hans Stuck elected to drive an open car as did Achille Varzi. Rosemeyer, who had never before started in any kind of car race, made his racing debut at the world's fastest track in a streamlined 375 hp Auto Union race limousine. Prince Hermann zu Leiningen raced the other race limousine. There were slight differences between the cars, especially regarding the exhausts that could suggest the engines were of different types. It might be that Stuck and possibly also Varzi introduced the 5.6 litre engine already at this race and not at the French GP as usually believed. Stuck's car (#76013) had 8 exhausts on each side and had just one mirror which was on the left side. On Varzi's car (#76014) and on the spare car the exhaust pipes were connected 4 and 4 resulting in two rectangular exhausts visible on each side. Varzi's car had mirrors on both sides. The spare car with an external water pipe on the right side of the cockpit was tested by Rosemeyer during practice with race number 4 but in the race Rosemeyer used the race limousine. On both race limousines the exhaust pipes were connected 2 and 2 resulting in 4 pipes visible on each side. Rosemeyers's car (#76003) #4 had a slightly larger radiator than zu Leiningen's (#76004) #3 (Note 3). Since there were no weight limits the Auto Unions featured pneumatic internal jacks that could be connected by a hose to a compressed air tank in the pit.
      Scuderia Ferrari entered two Alfa Romeo "Bi-motore", a 6.3 litre car for Tazio Nuvolari and a 5.8 litre car for Louis Chiron. René Dreyfus raced the ex-Moll Tipo B /P3 that had won the race last year. During transport of the cars and spare parts from Tripoli back to Modena, a box with important spare parts and gears sets got lost. For that reason the cars had to be raced at the Avus with unsuitable gear ratios that did not put the power of the engines to full use.
      Scuderia Subalpina had their 6C-34 cars for Etancelin and Zehender, but on this fast track they never had a real chance to be competitive. The team also had a Maserati 8C for Eugenio Siena. Gruppo Genovese San Giorgio entered a Maserati for Renato Balestrero. Fernando Barbieri entered a TipoB/P3, owned either by Franco Sardi, a wealthy man from Genua, or by Swiss Carlo Gari.
      Independent drivers Giuseppe Farina, László Hartmann, Pietro Ghersi, and Hans Rüesch entered Maseratis but Ghersi and Rüesch failed to appear. British driver Dudley Froy entered a T54 Bugatti, similar to the one that had won the race in 1933.
Practice:
This was the first German race where practice times decided the grid position. The regulations assured that the teams were equally distributed in the heats. The Thursday practice session was from noon to 4 p.m., on Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m.
      The drivers had to drive five consecutive laps at race speed during Friday or Saturday practice. They had to notify the timekeepers in advance when they wanted to do a single qualifying attempt with standing start. Just one attempt was allowed.
      During Thursday practice was not much action and only Auto Union put in some fast laps.
      The practice on Friday suffered from bad weather. First out was Balestrero with his Maserati, followed by the Auto Unions and Mercedes-Benz. Balestrero stopped after an hour due to engine trouble while the German cars listed the following times: Varzi 4m55s, Caracciola 4m56s, von Brauchitsch 4m59s, Stuck 5m00s, zu Leiningen 5m08s, Fagioli 5m15s, Rosemeyer 5m20s and Geier 5m22s. Eventually the two Alfa Romeo Bi-motores took to the track with Chiron leading Nuvolari. The Scuderia Ferrari cars and Balestrero's Alfa Romeo used smooth tyres. The Bi-motore cars could only make a few uncompetitive laps before calling it a day while Dreyfus in his lighter P3 was able to continue practice . Before rain set in and put an end to practice, Stuck made a speculative 4m37s lap from a standing start.
      On Saturday more than 10,000 spectators were present to watch practice. Stuck was in a class by itself with a lap of 4m31.3s (260 km/h). He did the first kilometer from a standing start in 21.4 seconds (168.224 km/h). That was faster than the world record of 163.445 km/h. Von Brauchitsch and Varzi achieved 4m47s and Rosemeyer 4m49s. Nuvolari did a lap of 4m51s before a part of the windscreen on his Bi-motore came loose and injured his right arm.
      Other drivers set their times, Caracciola 4m52s, Fagioli and Prince zu Leiningen 4m53s, Geier 4m59s, Chiron 5m11s, Dreyfus 5m30s, Farina 5m32s, Siena 5m50s, Hartmann 5m55s and Barbieri 5m59s.
Heat 1:
About 150,000 spectators surrounded the circuit. At 1 p.m. a motorcycle race took place and at about 1.45 p.m. it was time for the first heat. It had been raining earlier and the track was still damp. The cars, which had been waiting at the old start place, were moved opposite the pits and lined up two and two. The factory teams including Scuderia Subalpina had two cars each with the independent drivers Farina and Froy as two additional entries.
Pole Position
4
Rosemeyer

Auto Union
4m50.2s

1
Stuck

Auto Union
4m31.3s

7
Fagioli

Mercedes-Benz
4m53s

9
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo
4m51.2s

20
Farina

Maserati
5m32s

8
Geier

Mercedes-Benz
4m59s

16
Siena

Maserati
5m50s

11
Dreyfus

Alfa Romeo
5m30s

15
Zehender

Maserati

22
Froy

Bugatti

Stuck immediately took the lead followed by Rosemeyer, Fagioli, Geier and Nuvolari. Stuck had decided to go flat out from the beginning as he had done in 1934. The veteran driver had no problem to open up a gap to his new teammate and led after the first lap with a few seconds over Rosemeyer. Fagioli in the Mercedes followed closely, while the rest of the field already had lost contact with the trio. The situation remained the same during the second lap. Stuck made the fastest lap of the day with a time of 4m32s. Siena was the first retirement with an engine problem on his Maserati. On the third lap the tyres, as had been feared, became a problem. A tyre burst on Geier's streamliner forcing him to make a pit stop, advancing Nuvolari to fourth but almost immediately afterwards he also had to stop for tyres.
      On the fourth lap Rosemeyer, who had a good duel with Fagioli for second place, had a tyre failure at around 130 km/h in the Nordschleife and was lucky to stop his streamliner without crashing, but his debut was over. The tyre failure was unavoidable in a race where tyre wear was all important and Rosemeyer with no experience naturally had pushed too hard.
      Fagioli started the chase after Stuck's leading Auto Union but was unable to close the distance. Zehender's Maserati retired with supercharger failure.
      After five laps Stuck took the victory, having led the race from start to finish. The pace had been such that had the race gone on for a few more kilometers, Stuck would unofficially have beaten his own 100 km world record.
      Fagioli finished second for Mercedes, beaten by more than half a minute, which equates to over 2 km on such a high speed circuit. Dreyfus finished third in the ex-Moll Alfa Romeo.
      Farina was doing well but had to make a late stop, while Geier advanced to fourth position and a place in the final. Nuvolari, who made two pit stops with his Bi-motore, finished sixth and failed to reach the final. Froy was unable to cope with the Avus circuit and could not keep up with the faster cars. He was totally outclassed in a car that had won the event only two years earlier.
      The cars were timed over a flying kilometre with interesting results: Fagioli 11.8s (305.1 km/h), Rosemeyer 12.4s (290.3 km/h) and Stuck 12.8s (281.3 km/h).

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.1Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionB4.9V-16523m44.8s
2.7Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW254.0S-8524m17.3s+ 32.5s
3.11René DreyfusScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8526m52.4s+ 3m07.6s
4.8Hanns GeierDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-8527m00.1s+ 3m15.3s
5.20Giuseppe FarinaG. FarinaMaserati4C2.5S-4527m48.0s+ 4m03.2s
6.9Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoBi-motore6.32x8529m15.2s+ 5m30.4s
7.22Dudley FroyGeorge Manby-ColegraveBugattiT544.9S-84
DNF15Goffredo ZehenderScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.3S-63supercharger
DNF4Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.3V-163puncture/engine
DNF16Eugenio SienaScuderia SubalpinaMaserati8C3.0S-83
Fastest lap: Hans Stuck (Auto Union) in 4m32s = 259.1 km/h (161.0 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 247.3 km/h (153.6 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 259.7 km/h (161.4 mph)
Weather: damp race track after rain
Heat 2:
After a 15 minutes break it was time for heat 2. There were again two Auto Unions and two Mercedes cars including Chiron's Bi-motore, Etancelin for Scuderia Subalpina and Balestrero for Gruppo San Giorgio. The independent drivers Barbieri and Hartmann were also taking part.
Pole Position
6
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
4m49.4s

2
Varzi

Auto Union
4m47.3s

3
Leiningen

Auto Union
4m53s

5
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
4m52s

18
L Hartmann

Maserati
5m55s

10
Chiron

Alfa Romeo
5m01s

19
Balestrero

Maserati


12
F. Barbieri

Alfa Romeo
5m59s

14
Etancelin

Maserati

Varzi took the lead closely followed by von Brauchitsch and Caracciola but soon von Brauchitsch fell back.
      After the first lap Varzi led Caracciola by two seconds followed by zu Leiningen, von Brauchitsch and Chiron, who stopped at his pit with a stuck gear lever which was corrected in a few seconds and Chiron rejoined the race. Caracciola was passed by Leiningen for second position.
      After three laps Varzi, zu Leiningen, Caracciola and von Brauchitsch remained in a tight group. But the Prince's Auto Union engine could not stand the pace and zu Leiningen had to retire with radiator damage. Balestrero stopped his Maserati at the south curve and retired (sources give different reasons: radiator defect, supercharger, crash).
      On the fourth lap Caracciola took the lead as Varzi had to do a 50 seconds stop for a tyre change (Note 4). Von Brauchitsch also stopped for tyres. Chiron had fallen far behind the three German cars while Varzi managed to rejoin in second position. There were no changes during the last lap so Caracciola took the victory in the second heat from Varzi and von Brauchitsch.
      Chiron made a fine race, carefully driving the tyre-eating Bi-motore to finish fourth, 2 1/2 minutes behind the winner, without any tyre change. The top 4 cars qualified for the final. Etancelin finished fifth followed by Barbieri and Hartmann, who both had been lapped by the winner during the five lap race.
      The second heat had been over a minute slower than the first despite the fact that the track now was completely dry.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.5Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW254.0S-8524m47.0s
2.2Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionB4.9V-16525m31.3s+ 44.3s
3.6Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW254.0S-8526m39.0s+ 1m52.0s
4.10Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoBi-motore5.82x8527m57.1s+ 3m10.1s
5.14Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.3S-6528m40.4s+ 3m53.4s
6.12Ferdinando BarbieriF. BarbieriAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8530m02.4s+ 5m15.4s
7.18László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-8530m03.2s+ 5m16.2s
DNF3Hermann zu LeiningenAuto Union AGAuto UnionA4.3V-162engine
DNF19Renato BalestreroGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaseratiS-8?2crash/supercharger?
Fastest lap: N/A
Winner's medium speed: 236.9 km/h (147.2 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 245.5 km/h (152.6 mph)
Weather:
Final:
After a motorcycle race, at about 4 p.m. it was time for the 10 lap main event. The grid consisted of four Mercedes, two Auto Unions and two Scuderia Ferrari Alfa Romeos:
Pole Position
5
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz

1
Stuck

Auto Union

2
Varzi

Auto Union

7
Fagioli

Mercedes-Benz

6
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz

11
Dreyfus

Alfa Romeo

10
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

8
Geier

Mercedes-Benz

After the incidents in the heats there was some concern about the tyres. However Fagioli felt confident with his tyres and started the final with the same set that he had used in the heat.
      When NSKK Korpsführer Hühnlein dropped the flag, Stuck was again the first away. He was followed by Fagioli, Caracciola, Varzi, von Brauchitsch, Chiron, Geier and Dreyfus. Varzi soon passed Caracciola and Fagioli to make it an Auto Union 1-2.
      Stuck finished the first lap in 4m48s with Varzi 5 seconds behind, chased by the three Mercedes of Fagioli, Caracciola and von Brauchitsch, all within 15 seconds of the leader. Near the end of lap two Fagioli started to charge and passed Varzi in the Nordkurve. Geier had to make a pit stop after only two laps to change a tyre.
      After three laps Stuck held an 11 seconds lead over Fagioli. The German cars were still fairly close together while there was a 45s gap to Chiron in sixth position. Geier retired his Mercedes at the pits with a carburettor problem.
      On the fourth lap Stuck experienced a scary moment when the left rear tyre burst at 290 km/h and was lucky to control the car and bringing it to the pits. Both rear tyres were changed in 45 seconds. He was followed by von Brauchitsch, who made a 38 seconds stop to change a destroyed right rear tyre.
      After five laps, halfway through the race, Fagioli was leading with a gap of only one second to Varzi, followed by Caracciola a further 3 seconds behind. Stuck had dropped to fourth place after his pit stop.
      After six laps Caracciola abandoned the race due to supercharger failure and Varzi made a 35 seconds pit stop for a tyre change. Fagioli was now leading comfortably from Varzi with Chiron in third place, who once again raced careful watching the tyre wear on the Bi-motore.
      Stuck made another pit stop after 7 laps. Varzi took up the chase on the leading Mercedes but the usually calm Varzi overdid it this time and had to come in for another stop after eight laps. Fagioli, still in the lead, kept on going with his old tyres with Chiron now in second position 1m25s behind. Varzi was ordered to go flat out and after nine laps he was just 20 seconds behind Chiron but in the rush he destroyed his third set of tyres and had to cruise to finish losing a further 20 seconds to Chiron.
      Fagioli took the checkered flag for his second victory of the year. Chiron, finishing the race with his tyres in shreds, and gave the Ferrari team a far better result than they had hoped for after the heats. Only Fagioli and Dreyfus had done the race nonstop.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.7Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW254.0S-81049m13.2s
2.10Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoBi-motore5.82x81050m48.0s+ 1m34.8s
3.2Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionB4.9V-161051m27.4s+ 2m14.2s
4.1Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionB4.9V-161051m36.4s+ 2m23.2s
5.6Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW254.0S-81053m18.4s+ 4m05.2s
6.11René DreyfusScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-81054m24.4s+ 5m11.2s
DNF5Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW254.0S-87supercharger
DNF8Hanns GeierDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW253.4S-83plugs/carburettor?
Fastest lap: Hans Stuck (Auto Union) in 4m31.1s = 259.9 km/h
Winner's medium speed: 238.6 km/h (148.3 mph)
Weather:
In retrospect:
As usual the different sources give very different information of what happened during the event, especially about the latter part of the final. There are also surprisingly many question marks regarding the final times.

Fagioli drove the first and the final run, 15 laps, without any tyre failure, while Stuck started the final with new tyres and had damaged the contact surface already at the end of the second lap. Interestingly Stuck had been able to dominate the significantly faster five lap heat without a tyre change. Varzi destroyed three sets during the final. However, since both teams used Continentals and had about equally heavy vehicles and equally strong engines, this difference in tyre durability is amazing. Looking at the race it was evident that the German teams used different strategies. Mercedes had turned down their superchargers but searched for higher top speed than the Auto Unions by using higher gearing while the Auto Unions had better acceleration and were faster in the corners. The latter strategy apparently was much more demanding on the tyres, while Fagioli found the ideal driving style for saving the tyres without being slow.

Footnote:
1. The published race lengths were 98.696 km and 196.561 km. But both lengths included the 831 m start section. Simon Davis has correctly pointed out to me that the start section was not used in 1935 but the grid was positioned next to the pits. The correct race lengths are therefore 97.865 km and 195.730 km.

2. A well known story told both in Elly Beinhorn's "Mein Mann der Rennfahrer" and Alfred Neubauer's "Männer, Frauen und Motoren" claims that Rosemeyer wrote each day a question in team manager Will Walb's calendar (appointment book): "20 days to Avus, will Rosemeyer race?", "19 days to Avus, will Rosemeyer race?" etc., until Walb a few days before the event finally replied in a calendar with a "YES!" The source of the story seems to be Bernd Rosemeyer himself.
      The problem with this story is that sports magazines like Automobil-Revue #33 from 7 May 1935 and Motor und Sport #19 from 12 May considered it a well known fact that Rosemeyer would start at Avus.
      So is it just an anecdote? Not necessarily as Hans Bretz in "Bernd Rosemeyer, Ein Leben für den Deutschen Sport" from 1938 has an alternative variant that goes like this:
      After Walb sometimes in February had said "maybe" regarding Avus, Rosemeyer had had a talk with Dr. Voelter (member of the Auto Union board) and got a promise from him. After that Rosemeyer had filled 91 pages of Walb's calendar with "91 days to Avus and Rosemeyer will race", "90 days to Avus and Rosemeyer will race etc. showing Walb there was no "maybe" anymore. This variant makes the timeline believable.

3. A letter from 24 April says they are testing increasing cylinder diameter to 75mm on Rosemeyer's engine and if it turns out ok he will start in that spec (i.e. 4.9 litre variant). Chassis numbers listed above are according to the same letter (See Peter Kirchberg's: "Grand Prix-Report Auto Union 1934 bis 1939").

4. According to "Motor Sport" Caracciola made a pit stop as well and Paul Sheldon's book seems to use that source. Other sources do not mention that stop.

Primary sources researched for this article:
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Wien
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
El Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona
Il Littoriale, Roma
La Stampa, Torino
Motor Sport, London
MOTOR UND SPORT, Pössneck
Special thanks to:
Hugo Boecker
Simon Davis
Otto Grabe
Axel Kirchner
Holger Mertens



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GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE

Péronne (F), 26 May 1935
40 laps x 9.765 km (6.068 mi) = 390.6 km (242.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
4Robert BrunetEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
6Armand GirodA. GirodMaserati8CM3.0S-8
8Willy LonguevilleW. LonguevilleBugattiT512.3S-8
10José de VillapadiernaComte de VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
12Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBugattiT512.3S-8
14Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
16Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-8
18Marcel LehouxSEFACSEFAC2.82x4DNA - did not appear
20Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
22Earl HoweEarl HoweBugattiT593.3S-8
24Robert BenoistAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8
26Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3DNA - did not appear
28Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT51A1.5S-8

Alternative entries:
28Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT512.3S-8DNS - crash


Benoist victorius with a works Bugatti

by Leif Snellman
The field was of an uneven quality and there were several early retirements. Benoist in a works Bugatti dominated the race. Only Howe (Bugatti) was able to challenge him but the British driver had to make two long pit stops and fell back a lap but still managed to finish second. Sommer finished third with his Alfa Romeo.
While the Germans and Italians were racing in Berlin, many of the French drivers were gathering at Péronne for the Picardie Grand Prix. The triangular 9.765 kilometer course had to be lapped for 40 times for a total distance of 390.8 km. Because of fatal accidents in the 1933 race, for 1935, just like in 1934, the circuit had been slowed down, this time by building two chicanes, each consisting of three straw barriers.
Entries:
The race was considered a bit of amateur event so when the Bugatti works team entered a T59 to be raced by Robert Benoist it must have created a bit of stir among the other competitors. A second works entry for Wimille failed to appear.
      Earl Howe entered his private Bugatti T59. There were also T51 Bugattis by Belgian driver Willy Longueville, Jean Delorme and Ann-Cecile Itier.
      Raymond Sommer appeared with his blue private Alfa Romeo Tipo B and Mlle "Hellé-Nice" in her familiar two-shade blue Alfa Romeo Monza.
      The rest of the field consisted of 8CM Maseratis. Ecurie Braillard entered two cars (#3009 and #3015) for Robert Brunet and Benoit Falchetto. Armand Girod entered his ex-Etancelin Maserati (#3010) and Luigi Soffietti his own car (#3016?) while count de Villapadierna failed to arrive.
      No one was surprised when the SEFAC once more failed to appear.
Practice:
Practice sessions were held on Friday and Saturday between 5 and 7 in the morning. Grid positions were decided during practice where each driver had to make a timed standing start lap.
      During Friday practice Falchetto's 4m27s lap record from 1934 was beaten by Benoist, Sommer and Howe, all three making 4m24s laps.
      During Saturday practice Sommer again drove a lap in 4m24s. This time was exceeded, first by Howe with a time of 4m18s and then by Benoist, who took pole position with a time of 4m17s.
      At the beginning of Saturday's practice session Itier's T51 Bugatti, at that moment run by her mechanic and reserve driver Rocati, went wide in the first chicane. The car left the road, rolled over several times and ended up on a field. The driver was thrown out of the car but escaped the crash with bruises. The damaged car as of no use and Itier had to arrange for her 1.5 litre T51A to be sent to Péronne instead,
Race:
The skies were grey on the race day and there was concern of rain. The start was scheduled for 1.30 p.m. but was over an hour late. Itier had anxiously been waiting for her Bugatti, and when the carf eventually arrived she was able to join the grid. The cars were lined up three per row:
Pole Position
2
Sommer

Alfa Romeo
4m24s

22
Howe

Bugatti
4m18s

24
Benoist

Bugatti
4m17s

28
Itier

Bugatti

12
Delorme

Bugatti

4
Brunet

Maserati

6
Girod

Maserati

16
Soffietti

Maserati

14
"Hellé-Nice"

Alfa Romeo

8
Longueville

Bugatti

20
Falchetto

Maserati

Finally at 2.45 p.m. M. Remy, president of the Automobile Club de Picardie, dropped the flag and the 11 cars went away. Benoist immediately took the lead followed by Earl Howe and Sommer. The trio pulled away from the rest of the field on the first lap. Falchetto stopped at the Brie corner on the very first lap. There were numerous other retirements as well during the early laps so that by lap 6 the field was down to only six cars. The situation after five laps:
1. Benoist (Bugatti)22m05s
2. Earl Howe (Bugatti)22m08s
3. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)22m16s
4. Delorme (Bugatti)24m17s
5. "Hellé-Nice" (Alfa Romeo)25m12s
6. Itier (Bugatti)25m40s

On lap 7 Sommer had to pit for new plugs, putting him back to the bottom of the field. The spectators lost interest because of the many retirements and the huge difference between participants. Only Howe was able to challenge Benoist, the other drivers had fallen far behind.
      Benoist made the first ten laps in 43m54s (133.5 km/h). Howe was still second, about 14 seconds behind. Delorme in third position was already lapped. The British driver took over the lead on the 18th lap as Benoist made a 1m40s long pit stop for fuel and brake adjustments. After 20 laps Howe led Benoist by 36 seconds.
      Then the situation changed back as Howe made a lengthy pit stop on lap 22. After fuel replacement and tyre adjustments the car failed to start. The failure was traced to the carburettors, which were affected by the fact that the pits were not on even ground. When Howe finally rejoined the race he had lost a lot of time to Benoist who did 25 laps with a time of 1h51m39s. Howe was 2m45s behind with Sommer following just 8 seconds behind. "Hellé-Nice" was fourth. When Howe had to make another stop for brake adjustments he fell a lap behind. On the 32rd lap Howe equalled Benoist's fastest lap, set earlier, of 4m20s.
      Benoist made a minor mistake in the chicane, sliding wide and touching the straw bales but apart from that he drove a faultless race to take the victory. This was the old master's last success in a Grand Prix race, but he would go on to win the Le Mans 24h race in 1937.
      Howe's private car finished second, some sources say a lap behind and other claim he was 10 minutes behind. He might have been the latter and then been flagged off before doing the 40th lap. Sommer, who had advanced through the field after his pit stop, finished third. Mlle "Hellé Nice" was fastest in the lady category and fourth overall followed by Delorme and Itier.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.24Robert BenoistAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8402h59m48.2s
2.22Earl HoweEarl HoweBugattiT593.3S-839
3.2Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-838
4.14Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-837
5.12Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBugattiT512.3S-836
6.28Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT512.3S-836
DNF4Robert BrunetEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8
DNF8Willy LonguevilleW. LonguevilleBugattiT512.3S-8
DNF6Armand GirodA. GirodMaserati8CM3.0S-8
DNF16Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-8
DNF20Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-80
Fastest lap: Benoist & Howe (Bugatti) on lap ?/32 in 4m20s = 135.2 km/h (84.0 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 130.3 km/h (81.0 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 136.8 km/h (85.0 mph)
Weather: cloudy.

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
Echo de Paris, Paris
L'Express du Midi, Toulouse
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Matin, Paris
Le Petit Nicois, Nice
Motor Sport, London



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CIRCUIT d'ORLEANS
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Circuit d'Orleans (F), 26 May 1935
25 laps x 3.611 km (2.244 mi) = 90.28 km (56.09 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Philippe Maillard-BrunéP. Maillard-BrunéMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
2André JahanA. JahanSalmson0.7
3R. ToniR. ToniSalmson1.1
4Eddie HertzbergerE. HertzbergerMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
5MachatMachatDerby-Amilcar1.1
6Jean de GavardieJ. de GavardieAmilcar1.1
7Jean BlotJ. BlotAmilcar1.1
8Maurice MestivierM. MestivierAmilcarMC01.1
9Jean VialeJ. VialeSalmson1.1
10Gilbert RalphG. RalphBNC5371.1
11Raymond de SaugéR. de SaugéBugattiT37A1.5S-4
12Roger CésureR. CésureBugattiT37A1.5S-4
14Roger BouclyR. BouclySalmson1.1
15Enaro Léoz-AbadE. Léoz-AbadBugattiT37A1.5S-4



Oldies but goodies

by Leif Snellman
The race was run in three classes for 750cc and 1100cc cycle cars and 1500 cc voiturettes. It was won by Mestiver in an Amilcar after E. Léoz-Abad misunderstood a flag marshal and stopped.
The Loiret section of the Automobile-Club du Centre organized a race in the city of Orléans on 26 May. The course was the same one that had been used in 1933 and 1934 following Boulevard Jean Jaures, Rue du Faubourg Madeleine, Quai de la Madeleine and Quai Saint Laurent for a total length of 3611 m. The event clashed with both Grand Prix de Picardie and Avusrennen at Berlin. Apart from motor cycle and sports car racing there was a race for 750cc and 1100cc cycle cars and 1500 cc voiturettes racing together, The main event was for formula libre race cars.
Entries:
The race was run in three classes. It looks like the entries got the start number according to engine size. So Philippe Maillard-Bruné was listed racing a 746cc M.G. but obviously changed car as he raced in the 1100cc class instead. That meant André Jahan was the only starter in the 750cc class. Amilcars, Salmsons and MGs were entered in the 1100cc class. Among the drivers was a certain "Gilbert" who might have been Gilbert Ralph. Entries for the 1.5 litre class included Raymond de Saugé, Roger Césure and Spaniard Enaro Léoz-Abad, all with Bugatti T37As. Enaro Léoz-Abad who was making his international race debut was broter to Genaro Léoz-Abad. Roger Boucly's race number can be explained by the fact that he initially was listed with a 1.5 litre car.
Race:
The event started off with motor cycle racing in three amateur and two professional classes. After that there was a 12 laps race for sports cars in four classes. The unlimited class was won by Albert Perriot (Delahaye), the 2.5 litre class by Maurice Mestivier (Amilcar Pégase), the 1,5 litre class by Lecoq (Bugatti) and the 1.1. litre class by Amédée Gordini (Fiat). Then it was time for the race cars.
 
Grid not available

All three classes were run together. Leóz took the start but on the fifth lap he came to a corner where an incident had happened with another car and the flag marshal waved a warning. Leóz misunderstood the flag marshal and stopped his car. By the time he had realized the situation he had been passed by Mestivier, who in his 8 year old Amilcar went on to win the race, beating all the 1500cc cars. After the incident with the flag marshal Leóz-Abad seemed unable to challenge Mestivier but he finished second overall and best in the 1500cc class with Maillard-Bruné in his MG third overall. Herzberger was fourth overall and third in the 1100cc class while the 1500cc cars of Césure and de Sauge finished fifth and sixth overall. The 750cc class was of course won by Jahan.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.8Maurice MestivierM. MestivierAmilcarMC01.12554m10s
2.15Enaro Léoz-AbadE. Léoz-AbadBugattiT37A1.5S-42554m42s+ 32s
3.1Philippe Maillard-BrunéP. Maillard-BrunéMGK3 Magnette1.1S-62554m56s+ 46s
4.4Eddie HertzbergerE. HertzbergerMGK3 Magnette1.1S-62554m59s+ 49s
5.12Roger CésureR. CésureBugattiT37A1.5S-424
6.11Raymond de SaugéR. de SaugéBugattiT37A1.5S-422
7.10Gilbert RalphG. RalphBNC5371.121
8.2André JahanA. JahanSalmson0.721
DNF14Roger BouclyR. BouclySalmson1.1
DNF9Jean VialeJ. VialeSalmson1.1
DNF7Jean BlotJ. BlotAmilcar1.1
DNF6Jean de GavardieJ. de GavardieAmilcar1.1
DNF5MachatMachatDerby-Amilcar1.1
DNF3R. ToniR. ToniSalmson1.1
Fastest lap: N/A
Winner's medium speed: 100.0 km/h (62.1 mph)
Weather: cloudy

Cazaux (Bugatti)Raph (Alfa Romeo)Montier (Montier-Ford)

CIRCUIT d'ORLEANS

Circuit d'Orleans (F), 26 May 1935
30 laps x 3.611 km (2.244 mi) = 108.33 km (67.31 mi)
Shortened to 20 laps x 3.611 km (2.244 mi) = 72.22 km (44.88 mi) due to rain
Flagged of at 7 laps x 3.611 km (2.244 mi) = 25.28 km (15.71 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

16Gabriel LascautG. LascautTalbotDNA - did not appear
17Roger BouclyR. BouclyBugattiT512.3S-8DNA - did not appear
18Robert CazauxEcurie GirodBugattiT512.3S-8
19Marcel BuffyM. BuffyBugattiT512.3S-8
20Michel RoumaniM. RoumaniBugattiT512.3S-8
21Genaro Léoz-AbadG. Léoz-AbadBugattiT512.3S-8
22Charles MontierC. MontierMontier-FordSpécial4.12x4
23"Raph""Raph"Alfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8



A dark and rainy event

by Leif Snellman
The race started in rain and was stopped after seven laps when Buffy's Bugatti crashed into the crowd injuring 12 people of which one later succumed to his wounds. Leader of that time was Robert Cazaux in a Bugatti who as declared winner.
Regarding the event, see the voiturettes section.
Entries:
With two non-appearances there were only six entries, four Bugatti T51s raced by Marcel Buffy, Robert Cazaux, Michel Roumani and Spanish driver Gerano Léoz-Abad, whose younger brother Erano had taken part in the voiturette race. Count Raphaël Béthenod de Montbressieux, with the pseudonym "Raph", raced his newly acquired Alfa Romeo Tipo B/P3. It is not known whether the car had been painted blue or still remained red.
      Charles Montier raced a Montier Ford and Motor Sport as well as L'Auto claimed it had a 3640cc engine. It might have been the 1933 Monoposto with two Ford A engines mounted together to get a straight eight and installed in one of the two 1930 cars. That one is claimed to have had a 4072cc engine.
Race:

 
Grid not available

Before the GP class started the rain began to fall and the race distance was reduced to 20 laps. Cazaux took the lead followed by "Raph" and Buffy (Bugatti). Buffy passed "Raph" for second place and tried to catch Cazaux. But the rain intensified and some 15 minutes into the race on the 7th lap Buffy overdid it and lost control of his Bugatti at Quai de la Madeleine. The car bounced off a tree, crashed through a barrier and into the crowd, hitting 12 people. Eight of them were hospitalized and one of them, local resident Eugene Regrain, who had suffered a skull fracture, later succumbed. His wife survived with leg injuries. Buffy himself went away from the crash with minor scratches. As the situation became chaotic with spectators on the track the race was stopped with the order at that time becoming the final results.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.18Robert CazauxEcurie GirodBugattiT512.3S-8716m34s
DNF19Marcel BuffyM. BuffyBugattiT512.3S-86crash
2.23"Raph""Raph"Alfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8616m37s
3.22Charles MontierC. MontierMontier-FordSpécial4.12x4616m40s
4.21Genaro Léoz-AbadG. Léoz-AbadBugattiT512.3S-8617m06s
DNF20Michel RoumaniM. RoumaniBugattiT512.3S-85(13m55s)
Fastest lap: N/A
Winner's medium speed: 91.5 km/h (56.9 mph)
Weather: rainy.
In retrospect:
Apart from L'Auto the French newspapers did not give any results for this race. Instead they concentrated on the crash, listing names, addresses and injuries for all the hospitalized.

The race was actually followed by a 350cc and 500cc motorcycle race, cut down in length to 30 minutes due to the rain. It would then take 20 years before racing returned to Orléans.

Three weeks later, on 16 June, Robert Cazaux took part in the Course de Côte de Sézanne hill climb 70 km south of Reims, winning the event. While doing a "climb of honour" he overturned and fell out of the car, receiving fatal injuries.

Primary sources researched for this article:
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
L'AUTO, Paris
L'Express du Midi, Toulouse
Le Figaro, Paris
Le Journal, Paris
Le Matin, Paris
L'Ouest Eclair, Rennes
Motor Sport, London

Star 30 May 1935: Petillo (Wetteroth-Offenhauser) wins the Indianapolis 500 race.



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III MANNIN MOAR

Douglas - Isle of Man (GBM), 31 May 1935 (Friday)
50 laps x 6.494 km (4.035 mi) = 324.7 km (201.8 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Anthony HamiltonA. HamiltonAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
2Dick WilkinsR. WilkinsAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
3Dick ShuttleworthR. ShuttleworthAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8
4Austin DobsonA. DobsonAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
4Arthur DobsonA. DobsonAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8DNS - alternative driver
5Luis FontesL. FontesAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
6Tim Rose-RichardsT. Rose-RichardsMaserati8C3.0S-8
7Brian LewisEarl Howe & N ReesBugattiT593.3S-8
8Jock LeithJ. LeithBugattiT35B2.3S-8
9Lindsay EcclesL. EcclesBugattiT593.3S-8
10Charles MartinC. E. C. MartinBugattiT593.3S-8
11Charles BrackenburyC. E. C. MartinBugattiT512.3S-8
12Richard SeamanR. SeamanMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
14Humphrey CookH. W. CookERAA1.5S-6
15Raymond MaysH. W. CookERAA2.0S-6
16Teddy RaysonE. RaysonBugattiT35C2.0S-8


Brian Lewis' Hat-Trick

by Leif Snellman
Shuttleworth in his monoposto Alfa Romeo held an early lead until he had to retire on lap 13 with transmission problems. The roughness of the roads took its toll on the car's transmissions. Lewis in his T59 Bugatti then took the lead and held it to the end. Martin with the sister car finished second while Eccles in the third T59 had to retire with a broken universal joint. Mays in a 2-litre ERA had to retire with the same problem as Eccles on the very last lap, leaving third position to Fontes (Alfa Romeo Monza).
The course had been changed a little bit since 1934 with the main straight extended a further 200 yards along the promenade and then after a hairpin led back to the bottom of Broadway Hill. The new circuit measured just 4 miles. Surface was distinctly rough especially at Broadway, Summer Hill and Bray Hill.
Entries:
There were three Bugatti T59s present to be raced by Charles Martin, Lindsay Eccles and Brian Lewis, the latter entered by Earl Howe and Noel Rees. Their main opponent was Dick Shuttleworth in his green Alfa Romeo Tipo B (#5007). Independent Alfa Romeo Monzas were entered by Luis Fontes (with car Lewis had won the Mannin Moar in 1933), Anthony "Ginger" Hamilton, Dick Wilkins and Austin Dobson.
      Humphrey Cook had entered two of the works ERAs, a 2-litre car (R3A) for Raymond Mays and a normal 1.5-litre voiturette (R1A) for himself. The ERAs were not able to challenge the GP cars for the outright win but the team hoped for some good positions with luck. They also tried to obtain information how to improve the reliability of their new cars, as this was the first long distance race for the 2-litre engine.
      Three older Bugattis were driven by Charles Brackenbury racing Charles Martin's second entry (T51), Jock Leith (T35B) and Teddy Rayson (T35C equipped with a pre-selector gearbox). Tim Rose-Richard entered a Maserati 8C (#3002 - ex Bernard Rubin / Noel Rees).
Practice:
Not much is known about the practice sessions that decided the grid positions other than that Martin took pole position with a time of 3m08s.
Race:
Special ships had brought spectators over from England to the Isle of Man on Thursday night for the main event. The number of spectators was a disappointment, at least for Motor Sports's reporter. The people inthe pits there were a bit worried that the sea breeze would throw water in over the main straight and pits.
Pole Position
7
Lewis

Bugatti

3
Shuttleworth

Alfa Romeo

10
Martin

Bugatti

9
Eccles

Bugatti

5
Fontes

Alfa Romeo

11
Brackenbury

Bugatti

15
Mays

ERA

6
Rose-Richards

Maserati

14
Cook

ERA

16
Rayson

Bugatti

2
Wilkins

Alfa Romeo

1
Hamilton

Alfa Romeo

8
Leith

Bugatti

4
A Dobson

Alfa Romeo

Albert Victor "Ebby" Ebblewhite, Brooklands' famous time-keeper and handicapper, dropped the flag. Lewis took the start to lead into the new hairpin but Shuttleworth came round on the outside. The cars came out on the straight side by side and Shuttleworth, with his better position, took over the lead in the left hander leading to Broadway. They were followed by Martin, Eccles, Mays and Fontes. Rose-Richards retired from the race with a broken universal joint on the Maserati.
      When entering Broadway Wilkins made a 360 degrees spin with his Monza right in front of Leith, who tried in vain to avoid the crash. The rear of the Bugatti hit the Monza and while the latter escaped unharmed, the chassis of the Bugatti was damaged and Leith had to retire at the pit after two laps.
      Shuttleworth was trying to pull away from Lewis, doing the fifth lap in 3m13s to pull up a 200m lead. Behind Martin in third position there was a good duel between the Bugatti of Eccles and Mays and the ERA driver managed to pass the Bugatti for fourth position in front of the Grand Stand on lap 8. Behind them Fontes followed in sixth position.
      Lewis was struck between the eyes by a flying stone but that did not hinder him from continuing the chase on Shuttleworth.
      After 9 laps Hamilton touched a curb stone, lost control of the Alfa Romeo in front of Cook's ERA and crashed tail first into a wall at the end of Broadway Hill. The Monza rolled end over end and came to halt across the road and Cook just managed to avoid a collision. Officials and spectators rushed to the site only to notice that Hamilton luckily had escaped with only minor abrasions. The situation after 10 laps:
1. Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo)32m21s
2. Lewis (Bugatti)32m24s
3. Martin (Bugatti)32m32s
4. Mays (ERA)33m08s
5. Eccles (Bugatti)33m10s
6. Fontes (Alfa Romeo)33m33s

The leading Alfa Romeo began sounding ailing and going down Summer Hill Road towards the Promenade Lewis took over the lead of the race with his Bugatti. On the next lap Martin passed Shuttleworth as well for second position and on the 14th lap Shuttleworth came to the pit and retired with transmission problems.
      On lap 15 Lewis made the fastest lap of the race, setting a time of 2m06s. Martin was 19 seconds behind with Mays now up to third, 1m15s behind the leader. They were followed by Eccles, Fontes and Cook.
      Halfway into the race it was time for refueling. Brackenbury, who had passed Cook for sixth position, was first into the pits but the stop took 4 minutes. Mays came in to the pits on lap 25. The ERA team made a good job to refuel the car in 57 seconds but Mays had lost positions to Eccles and Fontes.
      Two laps later Mays pitted again because of an open radiator cap. His team mate Cook had refuelled as well but then suffered plug problems after the stop. The trouble was corrected only after a second pit stop and several slow laps.
      Brackenbury experienced his seat collapsing at Bray Hill and the driver found himself sitting on the prop shaft. The lagging around the spare tank began to burn but was rapidly extinguished and Brackenbury could return to the pit for repairs.
      After 30 laps Cook had to retire with broken oil scavenge pump. The race order was:
1. Lewis (Bugatti)1h35m03s
2. Martin (Bugatti)1h36m21s
3. Eccles (Bugatti)1h38m15s
4. Fontes (Alfa Romeo)1h39m20s
5. Mays (ERA)1h41m33s
6. Rayson (Bugatti)1h47m45s

On the 32nd lap Eccles overshot the corner at Broadway Hill and ran up the escape road, breaking a universal joint when he tried to stop the car.
      Martin made a pit stop for 16 gallons of fuel and Fontes made his refueling stop as well soon afterwards giving over third position to Mays. On the 38th or 40th lap Lewis was the last to make his refueling stop, taking on 4 gallons in 37 seconds and returning to the race still in the lead with Martin second and Mays third. The radiator cap of the ERA came loose again and Mays made a short pit stop to fix the problem without losing his position. He was pulling away with 2 seconds a lap from Fontes, who was suffering from brake problems. Rayson was fifth 14 1/2 minutes behind the leader with Dobson a further four minutes behind.
      With three laps to go Mays signaled the pit that he had changed to the reserve tank. The ERA personnel started to be worried about the fuel situation.
      After having done 50 laps in little over 2h 40 minutes Lewis took the chequered flag for his third Mannin Moar victory in a row. Martin followed 51 seconds later in second position. All expected Mays, about a lap behind the leader, to be the next one to take the flag, but on the top of Bray Hill the ERA came to a standstill with a broken universal joint, yet another victim of the bumpy roads. That took the organizers with such a surprise that they let Fontes do an extra lap before they flagged him in as third.
      The time limit to do the 50 laps, after the winner had taken the flag, was 15 minutes and Rayson just managed to achieve that. Dobson, whose Monza had suffered from overheating and who had been forced to stop several times for water, was not classified. Neither was Wilkins, who had suffered from brake problems, nor Brackenbury who, dispite repairs, still suffered from a loose seat.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.7Brian LewisEarl Howe & N ReesBugattiT593.3S-8502h40m11s
2.10Charles MartinC. E. C. MartinBugattiT593.3S-8502h41m02s+ 51s
3.5Luis FontesL. FontesAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8502h48m14s+ 8m03s
4.16Teddy RaysonE. RaysonBugattiT35C2.0S-8502h55m11s+ 15m00s
DNF15Raymond MaysH. W. CookERAA2.0S-649universal joint
DNC4Austin DobsonA. DobsonAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-848
DNC2Dick WilkinsR. WilkinsAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-848
DNC11Charles BrackenburyC. E. C. MartinBugattiT512.3S-848
DNF9Lindsay EcclesL. EcclesBugattiT59S-831univeral joint
DNF14Humphrey CookH. W. CookERAA1.5S-630oil pump
DNF3Dick ShuttleworthR. ShuttleworthAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-813transmission
DNF1Anthony HamiltonA. HamiltonAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-89crash
DNF8Jock LeithJ. LeithBugattiT35B2.3S-81crash
DNF6Tim Rose-RichardsT. Rose-RichardsMaserati8C3.0S-80universal joint
Fastest lap: Brian Lewis (Bugatti) on lap 15 in 3m06s = 125.7 km/h (78.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 121.6 km/h (75.6 mph)
Weather: dull and cool

Primary sources researched for this article:
Motor Sport, London
Also:
John Lloyd: The story of E.R.A.
Raymond Mays: Split Seconds



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III GRANDE PRĘMIO DA CIDADE DE RIO DE JANEIRO

Gávea - Rio de Janeiro (BRA), 2 Jun 1935
25 laps x 11.16 km (6.935 mi) = 279.0 km (173.4 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2José de Almeida AraujoJ. de Almeida AraujoBugattiT37A1.5S-4
4Odilon BarcellosO. BarcelloBugatti-Chevrolet3.5
6Segadas VianaS. VianaChevroletSpecial3.5
8Joăo EnricoJ. EnricoChryslerSpecial5.3
10Querino LandiQ. LandiAlfa Romeo6C 15001.5S-6
12Manuel de TefféM. de TefféAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-8DNS
14Manuel de TefféM. de TefféAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-8
16Nicola de SantisN. de SantisFordSpecial3.6V-8
18José SantiagoJ. SantiagoAdler1.7
20Roberto LozzanoR. LozzanoFordSpecial3.6V-8
22Hugo Teixeira de SouzaH. TeixeiraBugatti-WillysT37A2.2
24Domingos LopesD. LopesHudsonSpecial3.5
26Joăo Ferreira SouzaJ. Ferreira SouzaLa SaleSpecial5.0
28Riccardo Carú R. CarúFiat1.5
30Antônio da Silva CamposA. CamposFordSpecial3.6V-8DNS
32Irineu CorręaI. CorręaFordSpecial3.6V-8
34Hans StoffenH. StoffenBugattiT37A1.5S-4
36José BarretoJ. BarretoFordSpecial3.6V-8DNS
38Felipe RuedaF. RuedaKisselEspecial5.3
40Vittorio CoppoliV. CoppoliBugattiT37A1.5S-4
42Saturnino OliveiraS. OliveiraFiat1.5DNS
44Antonio José PereiraA. José PereiraBugattiT37A1.5S-4
46Orlando GottiO. GottiHudsonSpecial3.5DNS
48?DNS
50Renato MurceR. MurceFord-Alfa Romeo1.5
52Manoel Nunes dos SantosM. NunesAdler1.7
54Henrique CasiniH. CasiniStudebakerSpecial4.1
56Henrique RéH. RéAlfa Romeo6C 15001.5S-6
58Joaquim Sant'AnnaJ. Sant'AnnaFiat1.5
60Vittorio RosaV. RosaFiat1.5
62Fernado de Moraes SarmentoF. Moraes SarmentoBugatti-Studebaker4.1
64Chico LandiC. LandiBugattiT37A1.5S-4
66Benedicto LopesB. LopesFordSpecial3.6V-8
68Vicente HugoV. HugoFordSpecial3.6V-8
70Mário SilvaM. SilvaFordSpecial3.6V-8
72Cícero Marques PortoC. Marques PortoFordSpecial3.6V-8
74Eduardo Oliveira JúniorE. OliveiraFordSpecial3.6V-8
76Rubem AbrunhosaR. AbrunhosaHudsonSpecial3.5
78Renato Miranda SantosR. MirandaChevroletSpecial3.5
80Francisco Pereira da SilvaF. PereiraDodgeSpecial4.6
82Abel PiresA. PiresBugattiT37A1.5S-4
84Armando SartorelliA. SartorelliFordSpecial3.6V-8
86Henrique LehrfeldH. LehrfeldBugattiT37A1.5S-4
88Manuel PimentaM. PimentaFordSpecial3.6V-8DNS
90Carlos LopesC. LopesFordSpecial3.6V-8



Carú wins with a Fiat

Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
2
Almeida Araújo

Fiat

4
Barcellos

Bugatti

6
Viana

Chevrolet

8
Enrico

Chrysler

10
Q Landi

Alfa Romeo

14
de Teffé

Alfa Romeo

16
de Santis

Ford

18
Santiago

Adler

20
Lozzano

Ford

22
Teixeira

Bugatti

24
D Lopes

Hudson

26
Ferreira Souza

La Sale

28
Carú

Fiat

32
Corręa

Ford

34
Stoffen

Bugatti

38
Rueda

Kissel

40
Coppoli

Bugatti

44
Pereira

Bugatti

50
Murce

Ford

52
Nunes

Adler

54
Casini

Studebaker

56

Alfa Romeo

58
Sant'Anna

Fiat

60
Rosa

Fiat

62
Sarmento

Bugatti

64
C Landi

Bugatti

66
B Lopes

Ford

68
Hugo

Ford

70
Silva

Ford

72
Marques Porto

Ford

74
Oliveira Jr

Ford

76
Abrunhosa

Hudson

78
Miranda

Chevrolet

80
Pereira

Dodge

82
Pires

Bugatti

84
Sartorelli

Ford

86
Lehrfeld

Bugatti

90
C Lopez

Ford

The challenging Gávea circuit again took its toll. This time it was the 1934 winner Irineu Correa who was fatally wounded when his car fell down in the Niemeyer's Avenue Channel on the first lap.
     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.28Riccardo CarúR. CarúFiat1.5254h03m20.2s
2.86Henrique LehrfeldH. LehrfeldBugattiT37A1.5S-4254h03m31.1s+ 10.9s
3.2José de Almeida AraujoJ. de Almeida AraujoBugattiT37A1.5S-4254h11m59.0s+ 8m38.8s
4.78Renato Miranda SantosR. MirandaChevroletSpecial3.5254h17m05.4s+ 13m45.2s
5.68Vicente HugoV. HugoFordSpecial3.6V-8254h17m48.8s+ 14m28.6s
DNF52Manoel Nunes dos SantosM. NunesAdler1.723
DNF66Benedicto LopesB. LopesFordSpecial3.6V-822accident
DNF72Cícero Marques PortoC. Marques PortoFordSpecial3.6V-822accident
DNF38Felipe RuedaF. RuedaKisselEspecial5.321accident
DNF26Joăo Ferreira SouzaJ. Ferreira SouzaLa SaleSpecial5.020
DNF20Roberto LozzanoR. LozzanoFordSpecial3.6V-818
DNF34Hans StoffenH. StoffenBugattiT37A1.5S-418
DNF58Joaquim Sant'AnnaJ. Sant'AnnaFiat1.518
DNF84Armando SartorelliA. SartorelliFordSpecial3.6V-814
DNF82Abel PiresA. PiresBugattiT37A1.5S-412
DNF64Chico LandiC. LandiBugattiT37A1.5S-411mechanical
DNF76Rubem AbrunhosaR. AbrunhosaHudsonSpecial3.511
DNF90Carlos LopesC. LopesFordSpecial3.6V-810
DNF70Mário SilvaM. SilvaFordSpecial3.6V-88
DNF16Nicola de SantisN. de SantisFordSpecial3.6V-87
DNF10Querino LandiQ. LandiAlfa Romeo6C 15001.5S-66
DNF14Manuel de TefféM. de TefféAlfa Romeo8C 23002.3S-85differential
DNF62Fernado de Moraes SarmentoF. Moraes SarmentoBugatti-Studebaker4.15
DNF40Vittorio CoppoliV. CoppoliBugattiT37A1.5S-44wheel
DNF18José SantiagoJ. SantiagoAdler1.73
DNF4Odilon BarcellosO. BarcelloBugatti-Chevrolet3.52
DNF6Segadas VianaS. VianaChevroletSpecial3.52
DNF22Hugo Teixeira de SouzaH. TeixeiraBugatti-WillysT37A2.22
DNF24Domingos LopesD. LopesHudsonSpecial3.52no licence
DNF50Renato MurceR. MurceFord-Alfa Romeo1.52
DNF8Joăo EnricoJ. EnricoChryslerSpecial5.31crasched into tree
DNF54Henrique CasiniH. CasiniStudebakerSpecial4.11mechanical
DNF60Vittorio RosaV. RosaFiat1.51
DNF80Francisco Pereira da SilvaF. PereiraDodgeSpecial4.61
DNF32Irineu CorręaI. CorręaFordSpecial3.6V-80fatal accident
DNF44Antonio José PereiraA. José PereiraBugattiT37A1.5S-40
DNF56Henrique RéH. RéAlfa Romeo6C 15001.5S-60
DNF74Eduardo Oliveira JúniorE. OliveiraFordSpecial3.6V-80
Fastest lap: Henrique Lehrfeld (Bugatti) in 9m01.4s = 74,2 km/h (46.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 68,8 km/h, (42.7 mph)
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