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VIII GROßER PREIS VON DEUTSCHLAND

Nürburgring (D), 28 July 1935
22 laps x 22.810 km (14.17 mi) = 501.82 km (311.82 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16
2Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16
3Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16
4Paul PietschAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16
5Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25B4.0S-8
6Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25A4.0S-8
7Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25B4.0S-8
8Hanns GeierDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25A3.4S-8
9Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25A3.4S-8
10Raymond MaysH. W. CookERAB2.0S-6
11Renato BalestreroGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati8C 30003.0S-8
12Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
14Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
15Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8Replacing René Dreyfus
16Goffredo ZehenderScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.3S-6
17Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.3S-6
18Pietro GhersiScuderia SubalpinaMaserati8CM3.0S-8Replacing Eugenio Siena
19Ernst von DeliusE. von DeliusERAB2.0S-6DNS - did not start, practice crash
20László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8 CM3.0S-8
21Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8 CM3.0S-8
22Pietro GhersiScuderia SubalpinaMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNS - Started with number 18 car
23Piero TaruffiAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-8



Nuvolari defeated nine superior German grand prix cars.
by Hans Etzrodt
The 1935 German Grand Prix will always be remembered as Tazio Nuvolari's greatest race. In a monumental drive, the Italian beat nine superior German Silver Arrows with an inferior red Alfa Romeo. This year's German string of eight victories was suddenly interrupted at the Nürburgring after a race with many position changes, producing the greatest upset that the Germans had ever received. The race was lost by von Brauchitsch and Daimler-Benz. Caracciola led the first nine laps. Nuvolari held second place after lap one but fell back after he spun his car. He then fought his way back to the top and led for two laps at mid race. Through no fault of his own, Nuvolari lost over one minute at the pit stop and dropped down to sixth place. At that time Fagioli held first place for one lap until Brauchitsch as of lap 13 held the lead. Persistent fast driving brought Nuvolari again close to von Brauchitsch after lap 19. The German had to pay the prize for his tire-murdering driving style, when the left rear tire came apart on lap 22, only nine km from the finish. Nuvolari passed von Brauchitsch's stricken Mercedes, heading towards a well-deserved victory for Alfa Romeo. Stuck (Auto Union) finished second ahead of Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz), Rosemeyer (Auto Union) with von Brauchitsch's Mercedes on the rim in fifth place.
The VIII German Grand Prix in 1935 was considered the most important of the big races and was the annual climax. The ONS (Oberste Nationale Sportbehörde) had organized the eighth German Grand Prix, but the DDAC (Der Deutsche Automobil-Club e. V.) and the NSKK (National-Sozialistische Kraftfahr-Korps) were charged with the execution of this race. The German Grand Prix was to be run over 22 laps of the 22.810 km Nordschleife. Two drivers could be entered for every car. Only racing cars complying with the present 750 kg formula were admitted. At close of entries on June 28, a total of 22 grand prix cars, from six nations and six manufacturers were to do battle. Altogether there were 43,000 Reichsmark in prize money. Besides the Preis des Führer's, the victor received 20,000 RM, second 10,000 RM, third 6,000, fourth 4,000, fifth 2,000, and sixth 1,000 RM. Additionally, all drivers finishing received a valuable memorial prize.
Entries:
The Auto Union team was back for the German GP after having missed Barcelona and Spa in order to cure their engine problems. They had Hans Stuck, Achille Varzi, Bernd Rosemeyer and Paul Pietsch registered as drivers with Hermann Prinz zu Leiningen as reserve driver.
      Daimler-Benz did not spare their efforts either and was present in full force with seven cars for Rudolf Caracciola, Luigi Fagioli and Manfred von Brauchitsch. In addition they entered rebuilt 1934 cars for their junior drivers Hanns Geier together with Hermann Lang besides one extra 1934 car for practice. The 1936 prototype supposedly also was brought along to be tested during practice but this could not be confirmed. The team had done 1000 km tests on the track the weeks before and was confident.
      Scuderia Ferrari brought three red Type B Alfa Romeos with the proven 3.2-liter engine and new Dubonnet independent front suspension for Tazio Nuvolari, Louis Chiron and Antonio Brivio with René Dreyfus as the reserve driver.
      Scuderia Subalpina had planned to come with their new V8-cylinder Maseratis but withdrew the cars two days before the race. Instead they arrived with the old red 6C 34 cars for Geoffredo Zehender and Philippe Etancelin and an 8CM for Pietro Ghersi. Benato Balestrero, a private entry was officially entered by Gruppo San Giorgio with an older Alfa Romeo but in the race he drove a 3-liter Maserati. Two more independent Maserati entries completed the field; one was the red, silver and green 8CM from Hungarian Laszlo Hartmann and the other a red and silver 8CM of the Swiss Hans Rüesch. Italian Luigi Soffietti's Maserati with Pietro Ghersi at the wheel did not appear for the race. Antonio Brivio replaced Dreyfus who had become ill. Piero Taruffi drove the only Bugatti, a blue T59 with 3.3-liter engine from Automobiles Ettore Bugatti, Raymond Mays arrived from England with two green ERA Voiturette cars equipped with 2-liter engines. The larger engines made the cars eligible to race with the grand prix cars. Ernst von Delius was driving the second car.
Practice:
Official practice started on Wednesday and took place daily from 9:00 to 12:00 AM and from 3:00 to 6:00 PM except on Saturday only from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The acceptance test, the last check and weighing of the cars took place on Saturday from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM in the paddock.
      Auto Union had encountered inexplicable engine maladies at the Eifelrennen and the French Grand Prix. They withdrew from the next races at Barcelona and Spa in order to cure their engine problems. Since July 11 they had rented the Nürburgring for one week to test the latest engine improvements to curb engine oil being pumped up to the combustion chambers. At the end of the week, Stuck and Rosemeyer drove a 32 lap race simulation with two cars to test the durability of their improvements. Their average speed was higher than Stuck's winning average the previous year and Rosemeyer, who had been driving a racecar for only two months, completed the distance almost as fast as Stuck. During Thursday practice Rosemeyer drove some very fast laps dressed in shorts and not wearing a cloth helmet.
      Alfa Romeo accomplished only a few laps when they found a defect in their brake system which they corrected in a local garage. Their times were nothing earthshaking but it was apparent that in the twisty up and down parts of the circuit the Alfas were faster than the Mercedes and Auto Unions. During Saturday practice Nuvolari tested Brivio's Alfa Romeo and was surprised that this car was much better than his own. For the race on Sunday they exchanged cars.
      The ERA of Mays had an engine with a new set of pistons, which had to be carefully run in. Von Delius drove too aggressively and crashed his ERA on Friday practice in the Junek turn after Breitscheid when he skidded off over the embankment and hit a pine tree, which stopped the car from falling down a steep slope. Luckily, Delius was not injured, but the car needed a new rear axle, which arrived by special flight. After its installation it was realized that the chassis was distorted too much, so it was decided to start with only one car, using the already run in engine from von Delius' car installed in the undamaged chassis and that Mays would drive it.
      Since Soffietti's Maserati did not show up, the entry was down to 20 cars. Because practice times were not officially announced, only unofficial practice times were given for Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) and Rosemeyer (Auto Union) 10m32s, Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz) 10m35s and Pietsch (Auto Union) 10m47s.
      Nothing exciting happened during practice besides the Delius crash, but then on Saturday afternoon the excitement became far greater at the acceptance test of the grand prix cars. When the cars had to be weighted, it turned out that almost all German cars and a few foreign ones exceeded the regulatory 750 kg weight limit. Caracciola's car was first on the scale and Team Manager Neubauer was unpleasantly surprised. When the Auto Union cars were weighed again, inconsistencies showed up as well. Finally it proved that the scale was faulty and in the end everything was all right.
Race:
During the whole night thousands of spectators had arrived from all directions on bicycles, cars, trucks, and buses. The morning fog was very visible in valleys and on hilltops with a fine misty rain and a cool wind. An estimated 250.000 spectators had assembled around the ring plus those in the grandstands. They were not aware that they would witness a classic, one of the most famous Grand Prix races of all time. The most expensive tickets for numbered grandstand seats cost 20 RM (Reichsmark) and unnumbered seats were 15 RM. At the South Turn it cost 3 RM and tickets in general admission were 1 RM.
      The promoter had planned to determine the order of the starting grid for the first time by an acceleration test. The idea was to avoid a slower car holding up the faster competitors at the start of the Grand Prix. The driver would embark at the regular start line through the Südschleife and finish at the extended start line on the back straight, a total of about 1.4 km. This concept was opposed by the drivers who stated that the end line was too close to the following left Nordkurve and drivers would have to brake before reaching the line. They feared that some eager drivers trying to obtain a good starting position might brake too late and consequently spin over the embankment of the turn. The promoter had to accept their reasoning and the starting positions were then determined by ballot as usual. As the 11:00 AM starting time approached on Sunday morning, it was raining hard. The 20 cars lined up in eight rows:
Pole Position
11
Balestrero

Maserati

12
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

1
Stuck

Auto Union

7
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz

16
Zehender

Maserati

14
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

5
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz

17
Etancelin

Maserati

10
Mays

ERA

21
Rüesch

Maserati

6
Fagioli

Mercedes-Benz

3
Rosemeyer

Auto Union

2
Varzi

Auto Union

4
Pietsch

Auto Union

20
L Hartmann

Maserati

23
Taruffi

Bugatti

9
Lang

Mercedes-Benz

18
Ghersi

Maserati

15
Brivio

Alfa Romeo

8
Geier

Mercedes-Benz

A short time before the start it stopped raining. The old starting method of a waved flag was for the first time replaced by light signals. First the red light came on for Attention and Stop. Then yellow lit up meaning the start would take place within 15 seconds and at the green the race was started. Nuvolari from the first row shot immediately into the lead, but Caracciola from the third row caught up with him as they passed the pits and led into the Südkurve. Last to get away were the Auto Unions of Stuck and Pietsch which had both stalled on the grid. Stuck's car in the first row had rolled forward slightly when the engine was started two minutes before the start and first gear was engaged. The car had to be rolled back and that's when the engine stalled. Stuck raised both arms and his mechanic Rudolf Friedrich came to Stuck's aid and walked next to the Auto Union to help, which was not allowed and was also very dangerous. When the cars started seconds later, the mechanic was still standing there and three Maseratis went around the stalled Auto Union. Varzi in row five, accelerating through the oil smoke, heavy rain and water spray, just missed Stuck's stranded car but grazed the mechanic, who was knocked to the ground and lay there unconscious. Friedrich was brought to the nearby Adenau Hospital with concussion and fractured skull, his memory of the last hour before the accident completely erased. He remained in hospital for four weeks before being released. After the field was gone, the cars of Stuck and Pietsch were finally push-started and had a hard time passing the other cars.

Lap 1 - It stopped raining. After more than 12 minutes, the cars appeared with Caracciola in the lead with a lap average of 122.4 km/h. He was 12 seconds ahead of Nuvolari's red Alfa, who was followed very closely by the Silver Arrows of Fagioli, Rosemeyer and von Brauchitsch. Further behind trailed the two Alfas of Chiron and Brivio, then Varzi's Auto Union, Taruffi's Bugatti, then the Mercedes cadet drivers Lang and Geier and Stuck and Pietsch with their Auto Unions. Geier tried to get around Lang without success and Stuck who had caught up with Geier's Mercedes lost a lot of time because he was unable to pass him due to the water spray. The five Maseratis and the ERA formed the tail end of the field. They were simply not fast enough while Balestrero did not complete the lap; he spun off the road in his Maserati and crashed. Etancelin stopped at the pits to change plugs on his Maserati. The order at the end of the first lap was as follows:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)12m07.4s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)12m19.8s
3.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)12m21.0s
4.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)12m23.0s
5.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)12m24.4s
6.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)12m29.2s
7.Brivio (Alfa Romeo)12m37.2s
8.Varzi (Auto Union)12m40.6s
9.Taruffi (Bugatti)13m02.0s
10.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)13m03.4s
11.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)13m05.0s
12.Stuck (Auto Union)13m06.6s
13.Pietsch (Auto Union)13m10.2s
14.Zehender (Maserati)13m34.2s
15.Rüesch (Maserati)13m36.2s
16.Hartmann (Maserati)13m53.8s
17.Ghersi (Maserati)14m07.8s
18.Etancelin (Maserati)14m18.6s
19.Mays (ERA)14m19.0s

Lap 2 - Nuvolari had been able to keep up with Caracciola on the rain-soaked circuit, and while trying to close up to the German on the second lap, he spun his Alfa at the Bergwerk turn, a sharp uphill right turn, ending backwards on the berm. The car was pointing towards the oncoming cars, so he drove it downhill in the wrong direction and then turned it round. Altogether he had lost 25 seconds, enabling Fagioli, Rosemeyer, Brauchitsch and Chiron, who had all been within 10 seconds of him, to pass the stranded Alfa. Next Rosemeyer and Brauchitsch both passed Fagioli, consequently by the end of lap two Caracciola led Rosemeyer by over 12 seconds, followed by Brauchitsch, Fagioli, Chiron and Nuvolari, who was now in sixth place. Varzi was seventh ahead of Lang, Taruffi's Bugatti, Geier, and the Auto Unions of Stuck and Pietsch. Stuck had a hard time getting passed Geier through the water spray. Hartmann and Etancelin (again) stopped at the pits to change spark plugs on their Maseratis. Brivio failed to finish the second lap as the Alfa's differential broke. The order after the second lap was:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)24m04.2s11m56.8s lap time
2.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)24m16.8s11m53.8s
3.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)24m27.8s12m03.4s
4.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)24m31.6s12m10.6s
5.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)24m35.8s12m06.6s
6.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)24m46.4s12m26.6s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)24m53.0s12m12.4s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)25m29.6s12m26.2s
9.Taruffi (Bugatti)25m34.0s12m32.0s
10.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)25m34.4s12m29.4s
11.Stuck (Auto Union)25m35.0s12m28.4s
12.Pietsch (Auto Union)25m37.0s12m26.8s
13.Zehender (Maserati)26m22.6s12m48.4s
14.Rüesch (Maserati)26m24.8s12m48.6s
15.Hartmann (Maserati)27m29.4s13m35.6s
16.Ghersi (Maserati)27m44.8s13m37.0s
17.Mays (ERA)27m59.0s13m40.0s
18.Etancelin (Maserati)28m17.2s13m58.6s

Lap 3 - Caracciola's lead over Rosemeyer had come down to 7 seconds on a drying circuit, because the Auto Union driver was making fastest laps. Fagioli had passed Brauchitsch for third place. It took Stuck until lap three to find a way around the two Mercedes cadet drivers and Taruffi's Bugatti. At that time Stuck was almost two minutes behind the the leader Caracciola. The order after the third lap was as follows:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)35m52.4s11m48.2s lap time
2.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)35m59.2s11m42.4s
3.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)36m22.6s11m51.0s
4.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)36m23.8s11m56.0s
5.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)36m32.6s11m56.8s
6.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)36m51.4s12m05.0s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)36m54.6s12m01.6s
8.Stuck (Auto Union)37m42.2s12m07.2s
9.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)37m44.2s12m14.6s
10.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)37m48.4s12m14.0s
11.Pietsch (Auto Union)37m56.8s12m19.8s
12.Taruffi (Bugatti)37m59.8s12m25.8s
13.Zehender (Maserati)39m06.6s12m44.0s
14.Rüesch (Maserati)39m07.4s12m42.6s
15.Ghersi (Maserati)41m01.0s13m16.2s
16.Mays (ERA)41m28.2s13m29.2s
17.Hartmann (Maserati)41m59.4s14m30.0s
18.Etancelin (Maserati)43m34.0s15m16.8s

Lap 4 - As the road dried, Rosemeyer in second place broke the lap record in 11m35.6s which placed him just 4 seconds behind Caracciola. Chiron's Alfa Romeo picked up pace and passed Brauchitsch's Mercedes for fourth place. Etancelin's Maserati in last place was lapped by the five front runners. The order after four laps was as follows:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)47m30.8s11m38.4s lap time
2.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)47m34.8s11m35.6s
3.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)48m01.4s11m38.8s
4.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)48m16.0s11m43.4s
5.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)48m17.6s11m53.8s
6.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)48m40.0s11m48.6s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)48m44.4s11m49.8s
8.Stuck (Auto Union)49m36.8s11m44.6s
9.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)49m54.8s12m10.6s
10.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)50m03.4s12m15.0s
11.Pietsch (Auto Union)50m16.6s12m19.8s
12.Taruffi (Bugatti)50m23.8s12m24.0s
13.Rüesch (Maserati)51m32.2s12m24.8s
14.Zehender (Maserati)51m55.8s12m49.2s
15.Ghersi (Maserati)54m08.2s13m07.2s
16.Mays (ERA)54m49.6s13m21.4s
17.Hartmann (Maserati)54m56.6s12m57.2s
18.Etancelin (Maserati)60m18.6s16m44.6s

Lap 5 - The battle for the lead continued but Rosemeyer was unable to close the gap to Caracciola. For the third time Etancelin changed plugs on his Maserati. Taruffi in the slow Bugatti retired after lap 4 with a broken connecting rod. After five laps Caracciola held the lead at 115.8 km/h average speed with the field in the following order:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)59m04.8s11m34.0s lap time
2.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)59m10.0s11m35.2s
3.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)59m49.2s11m47.8s
4.Chiron (Alfa Romeo)59m52.4s11m36.4s
5.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)60m02.8s11m45.2s
6.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)60m16.2s11m36.2s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)60m25.2s11m40.8s
8.Stuck (Auto Union)61m22.0s11m45.2s
9.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)62m00.6s12m05.8s
10.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)62m10.2s12m06.8s
11.Pietsch (Auto Union)62m44.2s12m27.6s
12.Rüesch (Maserati)64m06.0s12m33.8s
13.Zehender (Maserati)65m23.2s13m27.4s
14.Ghersi (Maserati)67m02.8s12m54.6s
15.Hartmann (Maserati)68m04.4s13m07.8s
16.Mays (ERA)68m10.4s13m20.8s
17.Etancelin (Maserati)72m58.2s12m39.6s

Lap 6 - Everyone expected Rosemeyer to appear close to Caracciola on lap six but instead he arrived 28s behind the Mercedes with a wobbling rear wheel. In his chase after Caracciola, Rosemeyer had spun off and slid into the ditch at Breidscheid. He bent a rear wheel and collected so much grass and mud in the engine compartment that the linkage jammed and caused the throttle to stick. At the end of lap six Rosemeyer headed for his pits after his off-track excursion. Even with a jammed throttle, Rosemeyer kept ahead of Fagioli who was third followed by Brauchitsch, but Chiron retired at the concrete North turn with a broken piston. The only Alfa Romeo now left in the race was that of Nuvolari who was now in fifth place with the departure of Chiron. After six laps the order was:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h10m42.6s11m37.8s lap times
2.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)1h11m10.2s12m00.2s
3.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)1h11m31.0s11m41.8s
4.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1h11m49.4s11m46.6s
5.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h11m57.8s11m41.6s
6.Varzi (Auto Union)1h12m14.4s11m49.2s
7.Stuck (Auto Union)1h13m07.2s11m45.2s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)1h14m14.6s12m14.0s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)1h14m25.2s12m15.0s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)1h15m36.8s12m52.6s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)1h16m54.2s12m48.2s
12.Zehender (Maserati)1h18m20.0s12m56.8s
13.Ghersi (Maserati)1h20m14.8s13m12.0s
14.Hartmann (Maserati)1h21m31.0s13m26.6s
15.Mays (ERA)1h21m38.2s13m27.8s
16.Etancelin (Maserati)1h26m15.8s13m17.6s

Lap 7 - At the beginning of lap 7, Rosemeyer stopped at his pits where he received a new right rear wheel and had his accelerator linkage repaired, all of which dropped him back to fifth place. At the end of lap 7, Caracciola led Fagioli by 33 seconds, followed by Nuvolari, Brauchitsch, Rosemeyer, Varzi and a distant Stuck in seventh place ahead of Lang, Geier, Pietsch, Ruesch and Zehender. The remaining drivers, Mays, Hartmann, Ghersi and Etancelin were lapped. Hartmann changed the plugs on his Maserati for the second time. Ghersi also changed plugs on his Maserati, losing two positions. As the circuit dried lap times tumbled, especially those of the more powerful German cars. Nuvolari also made up time and was fastest in the winding and downhill sections, where the higher engine power of the German cars was ineffective. The flying Mantuan had made up eight seconds on Brauchitsch and in a bold move went past the German on the outside of the Karussell. At start and finish line he was four seconds ahead of Brauchitsch, a total of 12 seconds in one lap taken away. At the end of lap 7, Varzi in sixth place stopped at his pit and explained that he could no longer drive as he was very concerned about the condition of the mechanic that he had accidently run into at the start. After seven laps the order was as follows:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h22m37.8s11m55.2s lap time
2.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)1h23m10.2s11m39.2s
3.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h23m25.8s11m28.0s
4.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1h23m29.0s11m39.6s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)1h23m37.4s12m27.2s
6.Varzi (Auto Union)1h24m21.0s12m06.6s
7.Stuck (Auto Union)1h24m46.2s11m39.0s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)1h26m26.0s12m11.4s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)1h26m36.2s12m11.0s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)1h29m27.4s13m50.6s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)1h29m31.6s12m37.4s
12.Zehender (Maserati)1h31m05.8s12m45.8s
13.Mays (ERA)1h34m53.8s13m15.6s
14.Hartmann (Maserati)1h35m55.2s14m24.2s
15.Ghersi (Maserati)1h37m02.8s16m48.0s
16.Etancelin (Maserati)1h41m32.0s15m16.2s

Lap 8 - At the end of lap eight on the almost dry road three Mercedes were in front, Caracciola, Fagioli and von Brauchitsch, who had regained third place after repassing Nuvolari at the long straight before the Döttinger Höhe. At the finish line he was more than three seconds ahead of the Alfa with a new lap record of 11m16.6s. Nuvolari's lap time was 11m23.2s, but he knew that his Alfa was capable of more. Rosemeyer followed five seconds behind in fifth place with a distant Stuck now in sixth place after he had passed Varzi during his pit stop. The Mercedes duo of Lang and Geier followed next, ahead of Pietsch, Ruesch and Zehender. After eight laps the field was in the following order:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h34m14.0s11m36.2s lap time
2.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)1h34m40.8s11m30.6s
3.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1h34m45.6s11m16.6s
4.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h34m49.0s11m23.2s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)1h34m54.0s11m16.6s
6.Stuck (Auto Union)1h36m12.4s11m26.2s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)1h37m44.2s13m23.2s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)1h38m33.8s12m07.8s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)1h38m40.2s12m04.0s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)1h42m07.0s12m39.6s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)1h42m11.4s12m39.8s
12.Zehender (Maserati)1h43m54.0s12m48.2s
13.Mays (ERA)1h48m12.0s13m18.2s
14.Hartmann (Maserati)1h48m52.4s12m57.2s
15.Ghersi (Maserati)1h49m32.2s12m29.4s
16.Etancelin (Maserati)1h53m39.0s12m07.0s

Lap 9 - The tension was increasing. Caracciola was still in the lead but Fagioli had fallen to fifth place when he was passed by Nuvolari, Brauchitsch, and Rosemeyer. Nuvolari having made up almost half a minute on Caracciola by making the fastest lap of the race so far in less than 11 minutes and was now less than eight seconds behind the German. Von Brauchitsch was third, eight seconds ahead of Rosemeyer and Fagioli followed a further 10 seconds behind. The first four were now close together, only 17 seconds covering them. Rüesch changed plugs on his Maserati. Zehender in twelfth place had now been lapped by the six leading drivers. Quite out of the blue, Etancelin in last place, made a sub-12 minutes lap, which was faster than the six cars immediately ahead of him, one of which was Pietsch's Auto Union. After nine laps the field was in the following order:
1.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h45m39.4s11m25.4s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h45m46.8s10m57.8s
3.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1h45m48.6s11m03.0s
4.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)1h45m56.6s11m02.6s
5.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)1h46m07.0s11m26.2s
6.Stuck (Auto Union)1h47m28.4s11m16.0s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)1h49m19.6s11m35.4s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)1h50m22.6s11m48.8s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)1h50m30.2s11m50.0s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)1h54m07.2s12m00.2s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)1h55m50.8s13m39.4s
12.Zehender (Maserati)2h00m12.0s16m18.0s
13.Mays (ERA)2h01m26.2s13m14.2s
14.Hartmann (Maserati)2h01m38.8s12m46.4s
15.Ghersi (Maserati)2h01m41.6s12m09.4s
16.Etancelin (Maserati)2h05m34.4s11m55.4s

Lap 10 - There was great excitement at the end of lap 10 because Nuvolari in the old Alfa Romeo had passed Caracciola and was in the lead, while Rosemeyer in third place crossed the line almost side by side with Caracciola, attacking the Mercedes ahead and von Brauchitsch was in their slipstream, less than a second behind Rosemeyer. But the major excitement was that the first four cars were covered by just over 10 seconds and the three silver arrows were separated by a few meters. The Swiss Ruesch with the Maserati in eleventh place was now also lapped. After ten laps Nuvolari held the lead at 117.3 km/h average speed ahead of the German armada in the following order:
1.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h56m42.2s10m55.4s lap time
2.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)1h56m51.4s11m12.0s
3.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)1h56m51.8s10m55.2s
4.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)1h56m52.6s11m04.0s
5.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)1h57m20.8s11m13.8s
6.Stuck (Auto Union)1h58m35.4s11m07.0s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)2h00m49.8s11m30.2s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)2h01m57.0s11m34.4s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)2h02m09.2s11m39.0s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)2h06m18.4s12m11.2s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)2h08m08.4s12m17.6s
12.Zehender (Maserati)2h12m37.2s12m25.2s
13.Ghersi (Maserati)2h13m58.2s12m16.6s
14.Hartmann (Maserati)2h14m21.2s12m42.4s
15.Mays (ERA)2h14m57.8s13m31.6s
16.Etancelin (Maserati)2h17m44.6s12m10.2s

Lap 11 - There was even bigger excitement at the end of lap 11, when the leading three cars stopped practically simultaneously, first Nuvolari, then 3 seconds later Rosemeyer and one second behind him Brauchitsch who had passed Caracciola during the eleventh lap. They were followed 19 seconds later by Caracciola who had fallen to fourth place. In the grandstand the crowd excitedly stood up in their seats, gesticulating and shouting wildly while mechanics changed rear wheels and refueled the waiting cars in the shortest possible time. Finally, after only 47 seconds, Brauchitsch left first, next Rosemeyer 1m15s, then Caracciola 1m07s while the Alfa was still standing there after 1m27s. In the excitement Nuvolari's mechanics broke the refueling pump handle and then reverted to pouring the fuel from churns through a large funnel. Nuvolari jumped out of his car like a flash and was understandably upset and shouted at his mechanics to hurry up, walking and jumping around. Eventually, after 2m14s the unlucky Nuvolari left to begin his chase. Not only had he lost the lead but he also lost1m27s to his contenders and had fallen to sixth position. Lang and Geier also made their pit stops. Zehender changed plugs on his Maserati while Hartmann's Maserati retired. Here is the order after 11 laps but before the pit stops:
1.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h07m37.6s10m55.4s lap time
2.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)2h07m40.8s10m49.0s
3.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)2h07m41.4s10m48.8s
4.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)2h08m00.8s11m09.4s
5.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2h08m28.6s11m07.8s
6.Stuck (Auto Union)2h09m38.6s11m03.2s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)2h12m27.2s11m37.4s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)2h13m46.6s11m49.6s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)2h14m09.0s11m59.8s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)2h18m30.4s12m12.0s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)2h20m10.8s12m02.4s
12.Zehender (Maserati)2h24m58.8s12m21.6s
13.Ghersi (Maserati)2h26m19.8s12m21.6s
14.Mays (ERA)2h28m32.6s13m34.8s
15.Etancelin (Maserati)2h29m37.2s11m52.6s

12 - Fagioli had taken the lead, but he stopped at the end of lap 12 for rear wheels and fuel. Brauchitsch, who was driving flat out, now took first place. Rosemeyer and Caracciola followed after about 40 seconds. Stuck was next but he also stopped for fuel and tires. With a light fuel load - and a dry track Stuck completed his first sub 11-minute lap. In sixth place was the flying Nuvolari, who was trying to close up to the leaders. Pietsch in tenth place also pitted. Delius had taken over Mays ERA, but the car developed a misfire and was finally retired after 12 laps when the order had become as follows:
1.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2h19m42.6s11m14.0s lap time
2.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)2h19m48.8s12m07.4s
3.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)2h20m27.2s12m46.4s
4.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)2h20m32.8s12m32.0s
5.Stuck (Auto Union)2h20m37.2s10m58.6s
6.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h20m51.8s13m14.2s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)2h23m47.2s11m20.0s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)2h26m36.2s12m49.6s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)2h26m59.0s12m50.0s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)2h30m35.8s12m05.4s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)2h32m12.8s12m02.0s
12.Zehender (Maserati)2h37m06.0s12m07.2s
13.Ghersi (Maserati)2h38m38.0s12m18.2s
14.Mays/Delius (ERA)2h42m23.8s13m51.2s
15.Etancelin (Maserati)2h45m13.8s15m36.6s

13 - Brauchitsch was leading, 1m09s ahead of Rosemeyer with Caracciola and Nuvolari close behind. Fagioli and Stuck followed at a distance. Pietsch in tenth place was lapped by the four front runners. Brauchitsch's lap in 10'33.8" was the fastest so far. Fagioli lost three minutes while stopping at his pits to have the friction shock absorbers tightened. The order after 13 laps was as follows:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)2h30m22.6s10m33.8s lap time
2.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)2h31m32.0s11m04.8s
3.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)2h31m33.6s11m00.8s
4.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h31m41.6s10m49.8s
5.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2h32m19.6s12m37.0s
6.Stuck (Auto Union)2h32m43.0s12m05.8s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)2h35m27.8s11m40.6s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)2h38m17.0s11m40.8s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)2h38m38.8s11m39.8s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)2h44m00.0s13m24.2s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)2h44m11.6s11m58.8s
12.Zehender (Maserati)2h49m13.8s12m07.8s
13.Ghersi (Maserati)2h53m42.0s15m04.0s
14.Etancelin (Maserati)3h00m47.4s15m33.6s

14 - At the beginning of lap 14, Rosemeyer stopped at his pit to attend to the accelerator linkage, which was still binding. That stop not only dropped him to fifth place but he was no longer a contender for victory. Brauchitsch was still going flat out and drove the fastest lap of the race in 10m32s at 130 km/h average speed. He was leading Caracciola by 1m30s with Nuvolari only six seconds behind. Stuck held fourth place after he had passed Rosemeyer. Fagioli was sixth ahead of Varzi who pitted at the end of lap 14 for reserve driver Leiningen to take over. Disturbed about the accident with Stuck's mechanic, Varzi did not want to continue. Varzi, a sensitive driver, had clearly been disturbed by the incident with the mechanic, and had driven a lustless race. The order then was:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)2h40m54.6s10m32.0s lap time
2.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)2h42m24.6s10m51.0s
3.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h42m30.2s10m48.6s
4.Stuck (Auto Union)2h43m38.4s10m55.4s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)2h44m16.4s12m44.4s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2h46m02.0s13m42.4s
7.Varzi (Auto Union)2h47m45.6s12m17.8s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)2h49m48.2s11m31.2s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)2h50m22.2s11m43.4s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)2h56m08.6s12m08.6s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)2h56m15.6s12m04.0s
12.Zehender (Maserati)3h01m28.8s12m15.0s
13.Ghersi (Maserati)3h05m51.8s12m09.8s
14.Etancelin (Maserati)3h13m30.4s12m43.0s

15 - On lap 15, Brauchitsch and was 1m37.4s ahead of Nuvolari, who had overtaken Caracciola. Both were driving at an incredible pace. From the pits Neubauer signed to Brauchitsch to slow down. The first five were all cutting laps under 11 minutes and Rosemeyer - after his throttle was fixed - was only three seconds slower than Nuvolari. Caracciola, Stuck, and Fagioli could not keep up the pace of the two drivers in the lead but Rosemeyer could with a lap of 10m46.4s. After 15 laps von Brauchitsch held the lead at 119.7 km/h average speed when the order was as follows:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)2h51m36.4s10m41.8s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h53m13.8s10m43.6s
3.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)2h53m15.4s10m50.8s
4.Stuck (Auto Union)2h54m29.8s10m51.4s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)2h55m02.8s10m46.4s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)2h57m10.8s11m08.8s
7.Varzi/Leiningen (Auto Union)3h01m23.4s13m37.8s
8.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)3h01m23.4s11m35.2s
9.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)3h01m56.6s11m34.4s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)3h08m09.4s12m00.8s
11.Rüesch (Maserati)3h09m52.8s13m37.2s
12.Zehender (Maserati)3h13m42.8s12m14.0s
13.Ghersi (Maserati)3h18m09.2s12m17.4s
14.Etancelin (Maserati)3h25m23.6s11m53.2s

16 - Brauchitsch was now 1m26.8s ahead of Nuvolari, who had gained 10.6 seconds in one lap. The Mercedes crew held pit sign for Brauchitsch to slow down. There was no change in the order except Rosemeyer made another pit stop and Lang slowed down before retiring after the sixteenth lap. The order then was:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)3h02m33.6s10m57.2s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)3h04m00.4s10m46.6s
3.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)3h04m02.6s10m47.2s
4.Stuck (Auto Union)3h05m22.8s10m53.0s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)3h05m51.2s10m48.4s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)3h08m10.8s11m00.0s
7.Varzi/Leiningen (Auto Union)3h13m16.4s11m53.0s
8.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)3h13m31.8s11m35.2s
9.Lang (Mercedes-Benz)3h16m00.8s14m37.4s
10.Rüesch (Maserati)3h21m55.6s12m02.8s
11.Pietsch (Auto Union)3h21m58.8s13m49.4s
12.Zehender (Maserati)3h25m39.8s11m57.0s
13.Ghersi (Maserati)3h30m28.4s12m19.2s
14.Etancelin (Maserati)3h37m31.6s12m08.0s

17 - Brauchitsch was still in the lead, but was now only 1m13.2s ahead of Nuvolari. The Italian had gained 13.6 seconds in this lap. As was later reported by reliable corner workers, Nuvolari drove with a vengeance. At certain corners he tore entire grass berms to shreds, skidded and side-slipped, straightened out the car again but indeed matched the speed of the German leading group. On lap 17 he not only matched their speed, but he was faster than them. Since lap 14, when Brauchitsch drove the fastest lap, Neubauer had given him repeatedly signs to slow down. Caracciola was third, followed by Stuck, Rosemeyer and Fagioli, while Geier, Varzi/Leiningen, Rüesch and Pietsch were already lapped. The order after 17 laps was as follows:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)3h13m32.2s10m58.6s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)3h14m45.4s10m45.0s
3.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)3h15m04.6s11m02.0s
4.Stuck (Auto Union)3h16m13.8s10m51.0s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)3h16m41.6s10m50.4s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)3h19m33.8s11m23.0s
7.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)3h24m55.4s11m23.6s
8.Varzi/Leiningen (Auto Union)3h25m12.2s11m55.8s
9.Rüesch (Maserati)3h33m53.8s11m58.2s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)3h34m26.0s12m27.2s
11.Zehender (Maserati)3h37m43.0s12m03.2s
12.Ghersi (Maserati)3h42m40.6s12m12.2s
13.Etancelin (Maserati)3h49m22.0s11m50.4s

18 - Brauchitsch lead had shrunk to just 47 seconds over of Nuvolari. Nuvolari made up 17 seconds in a single lap. Unless Brauchitsch was deliberately to preserve his car, it looked as if Nuvolari might be able to regain the lead in the few remaining laps. The order remained the same, except that Rosemeyer had passed Fagioli. The order after 18 laps looked like this:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)3h24m43.0s11m10.8s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)3h25m30.0s10m44.6s
3.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)3h26m09.4s11m04.8s
4.Stuck (Auto Union)3h26m56.6s10m42.8s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)3h27m31.4s10m49.8s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)3h30m59.6s11m25.8s
7.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)3h36m22.6s11m27.2s
8.Varzi/Leiningen (Auto Union)3h37m18.8s12m06.6s
9.Rüesch (Maserati)3h46m14.0s12m20.2s
10.Pietsch (Auto Union)3h46m56.6s12m30.6s
11.Zehender (Maserati)3h49m44.0s12m01.0s
12.Ghersi (Maserati)3h54m53.2s12m12.6s
13.Etancelin (Maserati)4h01m12.2s11m50.2s

19 -Brauchitsch had gained momentum and was now 53.2 seconds ahead of Nuvolari, who drove at an incredible pace and had made up 42.4 seconds since lap 14. With the very real threat of Nuvolari, Brauchitsch suddenly put in a fast lap, after he had slowed down, adhering to pit signs shown to him. There was a gap of 59.4s to Caracciola in third place, followed by Stuck, Rosemeyer and Fagioli. Pietsch was handicapped with a faulty fourth gear and could only use third and fifth gears on his Auto Union. Despite this problem he was able to pass Rüesch in the fastest Maserati. Since the second lap Etancelin in his Maserati had been driving at the very end of the field and when he retired after the19th lap, he had already been lapped twice and had only completed 17 laps. The order after 19 laps was as follows:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)3h35m31.2s10m48.2s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)3h36m24.4s10m54.4s
3.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)3h37m23.8s11m14.4s
4.Stuck (Auto Union)3h37m44.2s10m47.6s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)3h38m25.6s10m54.2s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)3h42m10.8s11m11.2s
7.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)3h47m42.4s11m19.8s
8.Varzi/Leiningen (Auto Union)3h49m10.0s11m51.2s
9.Pietsch (Auto Union)3h59m24.8s12m28.2s
10.Rüesch (Maserati)3h59m29.2s13m15.2s
11.Zehender (Maserati)4h01m59.0s12m15.0s
12.Ghersi (Maserati)4h07m02.0s12m08.8s
13.Etancelin (Maserati)4h13m14.8s12m02.6s

20 - Brauchitsch drove the twentieth lap in 10m58s while Nuvolari's time was 10m47.2s. Nuvolari had chiseled a further 11s from Brauchitsch's lead, which was now down to only 42.4 seconds. When Brauchitsch passed the pits, he pointed to his rear tires; he had seen the breaker strip. Neubauer interpreted the gesture to mean that Brauchitsch would stop on the following lap to have the rear wheels changed. Accordingly, Neubauer made arrangements for the mechanics to be ready waiting with spare wheels, jack and copper hammer. Stuck had caught up with Caracciola and passed him into third place, which was the only position change during lap 20. Caracciola who was the only one of the leading drivers running laps at over 11 minutes was shown pit signals to go faster. The order after 20 laps was now:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)3h46m29.2s10m58.0s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)3h47m11.6s10m47.2s
3.Stuck (Auto Union)3h48m25.4s10m41.2s
4.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)3h48m29.2s11m05.4s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)3h49m19.0s10m53.4s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)3h53m23.0s11m12.2s
7.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)3h59m15.0s11m32.6s
8.Varzi/Leiningen (Auto Union)4h01m01.2s11m51.2s
9.Pietsch (Auto Union)4h11m47.6s12m22.8s
10.Rüesch (Maserati)4h12m22.2s12m53.0s
11.Zehender (Maserati)4h14m43.2s12m44.2s
12.Ghersi (Maserati)4h19m29.4s12m27.4s

21 - Brauchitsch lapped even faster than before. He did not stop at the pits as expected by his shocked team waiting in suspense. All drivers had fallen further behind including Nuvolari, who was now 45.2s behind Brauchitsch, who was signaled from his pit, to slow down. They were obviously aware of a tire problem, having also seen the visible breaker strip on the left rear tire. Pietsch, Rüesch, Zehender and Ghersi were all two laps behind, meaning they were still on their 19th lap and therefore are no longer shown with those drivers on lap 21:
1.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)3h57m13.4s10m44.2s lap time
2.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)3h57m58.6s10m47.0s
3.Stuck (Auto Union)3h59m24.6s10m59.2s
4.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)3h59m52.2s11m23.0s
5.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)4h00m20.2s11m01.2s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)4h04m33.4s11m10.4s
7.Geier (Mercedes-Benz)4h11m47.8s12m32.8s
8.Varzi/Leiningen (Auto Union)4h15m35.6s14m34.4s

22 - On the last lap at the Karussell the track radio announcer reported that Nuvolari was only ten seconds behind Brauchitsch. Minutes full of tension faded away and then Nuvolari's flying red Alfa appeared, taking the checkered flag first to a dead silence from the grandstands, such was the disappointment of the stunned crowd. But then the Italian was met by tremendous cheers from the crowd. What had happened to the nine German racing cars, all of them superior machines? The great little man from Mantua had beaten them all with an outstanding driving performance. The victorious Nuvolari was followed 1m38.6s later by Stuck in the Auto Union, who came second in a fantastic drive from one of the last places at the start. Caracciola finished third followed by Rosemeyer's Auto Union and finally von Brauchitsch who had fallen to fifth place. As his Mercedes went into the Karussell the left rear tire raptured. Von Brauchitsch had continued on the rim only to see the Alfa Romeo pass and win. With half a kilometer to go the right rear tire burst as well and Brauchitsch had to see three more cars pass his hobbling car. He slowly crossed the line on the left rear rim with the right rear tire flat and in shreds. He drove past his pits, not to show his disappointment and was so depressed, he was weeping. Geier's Mercedes and the Auto Union of Varzi/Leiningen were one lap behind and were flagged off. The order after 22 laps was as follows:
1.Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)4h08m40.2s10m51.6s lap time
2.Stuck (Auto Union)4h10m18.8s10m54.2s
3.Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)4h11m03.2s11m11.0s
4.Rosemeyer (Auto Union)4h12m51.0s12m30.8s
5.Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)4h14m17.8s17m04.4s
6.Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)4h15m58.6s11m25.2s

There was an embarrassing moment at the victory ceremonies as the organizers confident about a German victory had only the German national anthem available. Fortunately Nuvolari always brought his own record to the races! It was of course the "Marcia Reale", not the post-war "Fratelli d'Italia, l'Italia s'č desta".

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.12Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8224h08m40.2s
2.1Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16224h10m18.8s+ 1m38.6s
3.5Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25B4.0S-8224h11m03.1s+ 2m22.9s
4.3Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16224h12m51.0s+ 4m10.8s
5.7Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25B4.0S-8224h14m17.4s+ 5m37.2s
6.6Luigi FagioliDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25A4.0S-8224h15m58.6s+ 7m18.1s
7.8Hanns GeierDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25A3.4S-8214h11m47.8s- flagged
8.2Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16214h15m35.6s- flagged
9.4Paul PietschAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16204h11m47.6s- flagged
10.21Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8 CM3.0S-8204h12m22.2s- flagged
11.16Goffredo ZehenderScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.3S-6204h14m43.2s- flagged
12.18Pietro GhersiScuderia SubalpinaMaserati8CM3.0S-8204h19m29.4s- flagged
DNF17Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.3S-6194h13m14.4s- engine
DNF9Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW25A3.4S-816engine
DNF10R. Mays / E. von DeliusH. W. CookERAB2.0S-612misfire
DNF20László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8 CM3.0S-810ignition
DNF14Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-85differential
DNF23Piero TaruffiAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT593.3S-84engine
DNF15Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-81differential
DNF11Renato BalestreroGruppo Genovese San GiorgioMaserati8C 30003.0S-80crash
Fastest lap: Manfred von Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz) on lap 14 in 10m32.0s = 129.9 km/h (80.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 121.1 km/h (75.3 mph)
Weather: rain at start, intermittent rain showers, cloudy.
Fastest laps:

Driver/CarTimeLap
von Brauchitsch (Mercedes-Benz)10m32.0s14
Stuck (Auto Union)10m41.2s20
Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)10m43.6s15
Rosemeyer (Auto Union)10m46.4s15
Caracciola (Mercedes-Benz)10m47.2s16
Fagioli (Mercedes-Benz)11m00.0s16
Geier (Mercedes-Benz)11m19.8s19
Varzi (Auto Union)11m20.0s20
Lang (Mercedes-Benz)11m31.2s14
Chiron (Alfa Romeo)11m36.4s5
Etancelin (Maserati)11m50.2s18
Leiningen (Auto Union)11m51.2s19
Zehender (Maserati)11m57.0s16
Rüesch (Maserati)11m58.2s17
Pietsch (Auto Union)12m00.2s9
Ghersi (Maserati)12m08.8s19
Taruffi (Bugatti)12m24.0s4
Brivio (Alfa Romeo)12m37.2s1
Hartmann (Maserati)12m42.4s10
Mays (ERA)13m14.2s9
Delius (ERA)13m51.2s12
In retrospect:

The true reason for the German defeat: a freely translated extract from A-Z Motorwelt.
Continental Tires: Before the race, the almost 60 year old Carl Dietrich, head of the Continental Tire Racing Department, gave the answer to the tire situation. Dietrich, already a generation ago, had been driving mechanic of Mercedes race driver Camille Jenatzy in the Gordon Bennett races. At the end of Saturday practice, the experienced Dietrich had a meeting with the Daimler-Benz team management to discuss their number one problem, tires. Since the Mercedes were the most powerful cars with 445 hp, their tires were more stressed than Auto Union's with only 375 hp. After some fast laps by Caracciola and von Brauchitsch the wear of the rear tires was measured with the result that the left rear tire was worn a bit more than the right. This was due to the particular load in some sharp corners. Dietrich explained that Caracciola with his calm, elegant driving style would get along with one tire change during the race. After inspecting the tires of Brauchitsch's car, he pointed out to Brauchitsch and Neubauer obvious heavy tire wear especially on the left rear tire. The damages were sliding and braking marks, which went down to the casing, rendering the tires useless. He concluded that if Brauchitsch was going to drive that fast in the race, he would definitely have to change twice because of the higher heat buildup. The tires had to endure temperatures of 100 degrees Celsius (212 F). It became dangerous, when the casing under the rubber layer heated up to over 120 degrees (248 F), which caused separation of the rubber tread from the casing, since the India rubber could not withstand these temperatures. Synthetic rubber for race tires did not yet exist in 1935.

Manfred von Brauchitsch and Daimler-Benz:
Up to the end of lap 11, during the first half of the race, Brauchitsch's tires lasted because lap times were slow on a wet and drying circuit. After his quick tire change, von Brauchitsch inherited the lead, did his excellent mid-race sprint, and established the fastest lap on lap 14. The tire-wear increased because of that record lap. At the end of lap 19, the white breaker strip was already visible at the left rear tire. Since lap 14, Neubauer had given him repeatedly signs to slow down. At the end of lap 20, Brauchitsch was aware of his tire condition because when he passed his pits, he pointed towards his rear tires. Neubauer interpreted his sign language that his driver would stop the following lap to change tires. Neubauer then ordered the mechanics to prepare for a quick tire change. They brought the spare wheels out of the pit and had a jack and copper hammers ready for action. To the disbelief of a stunned Mercedes team, Brauchitsch then passed the grandstands at full speed at the end of lap 21. He must have changed his mind, believing more in his own luck than in his mechanics speed.
      The Mercedes team however, neglected to order Brauchitsch into the pits. His mid-race pace to facilitate an advantage of 1m27.5s at the end of lap 15 was stunning. Since he drove at such fast a pace, it should have been obvious to Neubauer that the tires were now in serious danger. A tire change including the time of stopping and accelerating would take at least one minute. Had his team stopped him at around lap 18, and given him new tires, von Brauchitsch would have been the deserved winner. He would then have been prepared for the hottest battle with Nuvolari since the Italian's tires were also worn down to the casing at the end of the race. What made this defeat so tragic was the fact that it happened to Mercedes of all racing teams, which was acknowledged to have the best and most reliable organization in the world at its disposal. A sure victory was given away because of an avoidable organization mistake, also because of the undisciplined temperament of von Brauchitsch.

What was wrong with Rudi Caracciola?
Rudi Caracciola led commandingly from the start of the race. After lap six, it became obvious that with each lap Caracciola became slower and slower. The normally relaxed and upright sitting Rudi became from lap to lap smaller and smaller in his seat. His movements, hand signals, and head nodding to the pits became more and more tired. No doubt, Caracciola had become seriously sick behind the wheel and was unable to participate in the battle for the lead. For that reason Dr. Gläser, the medical caretaker of the German drivers, immediately received Caracciola at the finish. Caratsch complained about attacks of weakness, which at times had become so intense during the race, that he could not make out the circuit. For a time he had seen blue and black in front of his eyes, he had seen double images and had only continued to save at least one good place for his company.
      Dr. Gläser finally diagnosed that Caracciola had a large tape-worm. Monday evening at the Hotel Eifeler Hof in Adenau, on doctor's orders, he ate a sour marinated herring and on Tuesday he was released from his bad companion.

Additional notes by Leif Snellman:

Another Neubauer story:
According to Alfred Neubauer in his book Männer, Frauen und Motoren this was the event when Paul Pietsch (in the book called "Peter Paulsen") found out that his wife was having a affair with Achille Varzi and the two drivers had had a private duel during the race, banging wheels. However, according to Pietsch in the book Doppelsieg: "Neubauer had made this whole story up. Because Varzi had fallen in love only at the Nürburgring, at the Grand Prix. At this point of time nobody besides the two (Ilse and Varzi) knew about this of course, not me and especially Neubauer not at all. I learned about the affair only in the fall when my former wife told me."

Nuvolari's engine:
A theory existed that Nuvolari’s Alfa Romeo had a 3.8-liter engine installed, but this assumption proved incorrect because the 3.8-liter Alfa Romeo engine was a bit longer and did not fit into the chassis of Nuvolari’s car, as confirmed by Alfa Romeo historian and engineers. See for example Simon Moore in an article in Motorsport - May 2008. (A special thanks to Francesco Ferrandino for providing me with that article.)

Primary sources researched for this article:
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Wien
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
A-Z Motorwelt, Brno
DDAC Motorwelt, München
Der Nürburgring, Adenau
Il LITTORIALE, Roma
Motor Sport, London
MOTOR und SPORT, Pössneck
The Autocar, London
Special thanks to:
Bernhard Völker



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XI GRAND PRIX DU COMMINGES

St Gaudens (F), 4 August 1935
2 heats of 10 laps x 11.005 km (6.838 mi) = 110.05 km (68.38 mi)
Final: 15 laps x 11.005 km (6.838 mi) = 165.08 km km (102.57 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.6S-8
4Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.6S-8
6Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-6
6Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaseratiV8-RIV-8DNS - alternative car
8Goffredo ZehenderScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-6
10Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles BugattiBugattiT59S-8DNA - did not appear
12Robert BenoistAutomobiles BugattiBugattiT59S-8DNA - did not appear
14Robert BrunetEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
16"Buddy" FeatherstonhaughHans RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
18"Raph""Raph"Alfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
20Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
22Giuseppe FarinaOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CM2.5S-4DNA - did not appear
24Marcel LehouxScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
26José de VillapadiernaScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
28Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8
30Hans RüeschHans RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
32Benoît FalchettoEcurie BraillardMaserati8CM3.0DNA - did not appear
34Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT512.3S-8
36Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
38László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-8
38László HartmannL. HartmannBugattiT35B2.3S-8DNS - alternative car



Private driver beats Scuderia Ferrari
The race was run in two heats plus a 15 lap final.
Entries:
Once again the Maserati team was expected to show up with their new V-8RI cars and once again there was disappointment as Étancelin and Zehender came with their old 6C-34's to face Chiron's and Comottis's Alfas. The race was on the same day as Coppa Ciano so the Ferrari team was once more divided.
Practice:

     
Heat 1:

     
Pole Position
6
Etancelin

Maserati
4m17s

28
Sommer

Alfa Romeo
4m12s

2
Chiron

Alfa Romeo
4m03s

18
Raph

Alfa Romeo
4m36s

38
Hartmannn

Maserati
4m29s

34
Itier

Alfa Romeo
5m13s

The first heat was won by Sommer in his Alfa Romeo from Étancelin (Maserati 6C-34 - Subalpina) and Chiron

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.28Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-81042m56.2s
2.6Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-61043m11.2s+ 15.0s
3.2Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.6S-81043m25.4s+ 29.2s
4.38László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-81045m35.4s+ 2m39.2s
5.18"Raph""Raph"Alfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-81046m02.2s+ 3m06.0s
6.34Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT512.3S-89
Fastest lap: Louis Chiron (Alfa Romeo) in 4m10s = 158.5 km/h (98.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 153.8 km/h (95.6 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 163.0 km/h (101.3 mph)
Weather:
Heat 2:

     
Pole Position
8
Zehender

Maserati
4m22s

24
Lehaux

Maserati
4m16s

4
Comotti

Alfa Romeo
4m11s

36
Hellé-Nice

Alfa Romeo
4m56s

26
Villapadierna

Maserati
4m32s

The second heat went to Comotti (Alfa Romeo Tipo B - Ferrari). Lehoux (Maserati 8CM) was second and Zehender (Maserati 6C-34 - Subalpina) third.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.4Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.6S-81043m03.2s
2.24Marcel LehouxScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-81043m32.6s+ 29.4s
3.8Goffredo ZehenderScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-61045m52.8s+ 2:49.6s
4.26José de VillapadiernaScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-81046m30.4s+ 3:27.2s
5.36Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-89
Fastest lap: Gianfranco Comotti (Alfa Romeo) in 4m15s = 155.4 km/h (96.5 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 153.4 km/h (95.3 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 157.8 km/h (98.1 mph)
Weather:
Final:

     
Pole Position
6
Etancelin

Maserati

4
Comotti

Alfa Romeo

28
Sommer

Alfa Romeo

2
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

24
Lehoux

Maserati

18
Raph

Alfa Romeo

38
Hartmann

Maserati

8
Zehender

Maserati

36
Helle-Nice

Alfa Romeo

34
Itier

Bugatti

26
Villapadierna

Maserati

When the final started it was Étancelin who took the command chased by Lehoux, Comotti and Zehender. Sommer was advancing through the field while both the 6C-34 cars of Zehender and leading Étancelin had engine problems and Comotti was out with a broken rear axle. Lehoux went into the lead but soon the Maserati driver could see Sommer's blue Alfa in his mirror. Lehoux had to see his victory chances slip away as Sommer passed but worse was to come.
      On the last lap Lehoux run out of fuel and had to see one car after the other pass as he fruitlessly tried to push his Maserati uphill to the line. So it was the day of the privateers with Sommer, "Raph" and Hartmann on the top, Chiron finished fourth, he had never been near the top with a misfiring engine and an extra 3 minute pitstop.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.28Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8151h03m46.2s
2.18"Raph""Raph"Alfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8151h06m40.8s+ 2m54.6s
3.38László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati8CM3.0S-8151h07m47.4s+ 4m01.2s
4.2Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.6S-8151h07m52.2s+ 4m06.0s
DNF24Marcel LehouxScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-814no fuel
5.26José de VillapadiernaScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-814
6.6Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-614
7.36Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Mlle "Hellé-Nice"Alfa RomeoMonza2.3S-814
8.34Anne-Cecile Rose-ItierMme. Rose-ItierBugattiT512.3S-813
DNF8Goffredo ZehenderScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-610
DNF4Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.6S-84rear axle
Fastest lap: Louis Chiron (Alfa Romeo) in 4m04s = 162.4 km/h (100.9 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 155.3 km/h (96.5 mph)
Weather:



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IX° COPPA CIANO

Montenero - Livorno (I), 4 August 1935
12 laps x 20.0 km (12.4 mi) = 240.0 km (149.1 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Costantino MagistriC. MagistriAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8
4Maurice MablotM. MablotBugattiT512.3S-8DNA - did not appear
6G. Cornaggia-MediciG. Cornaggia-MediciAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
8Letterio CucinottaL. CucinottaMaserati26M2.5S-8
10Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8
12Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-8
14Giovanni MinozziG. MinozziAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
16Albert ChambostA. ChambostMaserati8CM3.0S-8
18Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-8
20René BrookeR. BrookeBugattiT512.3S-8
22Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.5?S-8
24Luigi PagesL. PagesAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
26Giovanni RoccoScuderia SubalpinaMaserati26M2.5S-8DNA - did not appear
28René DreyfusScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8
30Ferdinando BarbieriScuderia VillapadiernaAlfa Romeo8CM3.0S-8
32Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8
34Eugenio SienaScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-6
36Pio CrestinaP. CrestinaBugattiT512.3S-8



Nuvolari supreme
The 9th Coppa Ciano was run the same day as the Comminges race. For the last time the race was held on the twisty, dangerous and inpopular Montenero track.
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
10
Brivio

Alfa Romeo

8
Cucinotta

Maserati

6
Cornaggia

Alfa Romeo

2
Magistri

Alfa Romeo

16
Chambost

Maserati

14
Minozzi

Alfa Romeo

12
Rüesch

Maserati

18
Soffietti

Maserati

24
Pages

Alfa Romeo

22
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

20
Brooke

Bugatti

26
Rocco?

Maserati

32
Trossi

Alfa Romeo

30
F. Barbieri

Alfa Romeo

28
Dreyfus

Alfa Romeo

36
Crestina

Bugatti

34
Siena

Maserati

(Note 1)

This was a track where Nuvolari in the past years had shown his supremacy. In 1934 he had had to give up to Varzi's Alfa but in 1935 he was again in a class of his own taking the lead from Brivio and Siena (Maserati 6C-34) and holding it to the end and also making the fastest lap. order after half distance: 1h42m00.5s
1. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h21m45s
2. Brivio (Alfa Romeo)1h22m36s
3. Trossi (Alfa Romeo)1h23m23s
4. Siena (Maserati)1h24m49s
5. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)1h25m38s
6. Minozzi (Alfa Romeo)1h29m11s
7. Magistri (Alfa Romeo)1h30m25s
8. Cornaggia (Alfa Romeo)1h32m53s
9. Chambost (Maserati)1h33m56s
10. Cucinotta (Maserati)1h38m58s
11. Pages (Alfa Romeo)1h41m00.7s
12. Soffietti (Maserati)

At one time Tadini was up in the top three but the final order for the race was Nuvolari from Brivio, Trossi and Dreyfus, the highest placed non-Alfa Romeo finisher being Chambost (Maserati 8CM) in sixth place.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.22Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.5?S-8122h42m08.8s
2.10Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8122h44m06.0s+ 1m57.2s
3.32Carlo Felice TrossiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8122h48m23.2s+ 6m14.4s
4.28René DreyfusScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8122h49m08.2s+ 6m59.6s
5.2Costantino MagistriC. MagistriAlfa RomeoMonza2.6S-8123h00m03.0s+ 17m54.2s
6.16Albert ChambostA. ChambostMaserati8CM3.0S-8123h09m30.0s+ 26m27.2s
7.14Giovanni MinozziG. MinozziAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8123h16m29.0s+ 34m20.2s
8.8Letterio CucinottaL. CucinottaMaserati26M2.5S-8123h19m25.6s+ 37m16.8s
9.18Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-8123h21m47.0s+ 39m38.2s
DNF34Eugenio SienaScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-69crash
DNF24Luigi PagesL. PagesAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-89
DNF6G. Cornaggia-MediciG. Cornaggia-MediciAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-87
DNF12Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati8CM3.0S-85gearbox
DNF30Ferdinando BarbieriScuderia VillapadiernaAlfa Romeo8CM3.0S-85engine
DNF36Pio CrestinaP. CrestinaBugattiT512.3S-83crash
DNF20René BrookeR. BrookeBugattiT512.3S-81mechanical
Fastest lap: Tazio Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo) on lpa 10 in 13m15.8s = 90.5 km/h (56.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 88.8 km/h (55.2 mph)
Weather:

Footnote:
1. Grid reconstructed by Shipp Dena from pictures. there might be some errors in the rear rows.

Star 4 August 1935: Giuseppe Tuffanelli (Maserati 4CM 1.1L) wins the Coppa Ciano Junior Voiturette 1100cc race at Montenero Italy.
Star 4 August 1935: Mario Tadini (Alfa Romeo 3.2L) wins the Großglockner hillclimb in Austria.
Star 5 August 1935: The B.A.R.C. August Bank Holiday Meeting was held at Brooklands. The handicap races were won by Miss M. Allan (Frazer-Nash 1.5), G. L. Baker (Graham-Paige 5.4), R. H Eccles (Eccles Spl. 1.1L), A. R. Samuel (M.G. 0.7L), A. H. L. Eccles (Bugatti 2.3L), Miss K. Petre (delage 10.7L), C. G. H. Dunham (Alvis 2.5L), H. P. Bowler (Bentley 3.0L), L. P. Driscoll (Austin 0.7L), H. P. Bowler (Bentley 3.0L) and P. Maclure (Riley 1.1L).
Star 5 August 1935: Luis Fontes (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3L) wins the Limerick Race in Ireland.
Star 11/12 August 1935: Franco Cortese/Francesco Severi (Alfa Romeo 2300A) wins the Targa Abruzzo sports car race at the Pescara track in Italy. (Results)



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XI° COPPA ACERBO JUNIOR
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Pescara (I), 15 August 1935 (Thursday)
4 laps x 25.80 km (16.03 mi) = 103.2 km (64.1 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Alexander CormackA. CormackAlfa RomeoDNA - did not appear
2Sergio CarnevalliS. CarnevalliBugattiT39A1.5S-8
3Reggie TongueR. TongueMGR0.7S-4
4Moris BergaminiM. BergaminiMaserati4CM1.1S-4
5Ettore BiancoE. BiancoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
6Rudolf SteinwegR. SteinwegBugattiT51A1.5S-8
7Miss Eileen EllisonMiss EllisonBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
8Walter BäumerW. BäumerAustinSeven1.1?S-4DNA - did not appear
9Walter WustrowW. WustrowMGJ40.7S-4DNA - did not appear
10Adrian ThorpeA. ThorpeFrazer-Nash1.1DNA - did not appear
11John AppletonJ. AppletonAppletonSpl.1.5DNA - did not appear
12Ulderico VismaraL. PlatéTalbot7001.5S-8
13Dudley FroyD. FroyMGQ0.7S-4DNA - did not appear
14Raffaele CecchiniR. CecchiniMGDNA - did not appear
16René BrookeR. BrookeBugattiT37A1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
18Eddie HertzbergerE. HertzbergerMGK3 MagnetteS-6DNA - did not appear
19Jean de GavardieJ. de GavardieMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
20Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.5S-8
21Giuseppe TuffanelliG. TuffanelliMaserati4CM1.1S-4
22Bobby KohlrauschB. KohlrauschMGC0.7S-4DNA - did not appear
23Kenneth EvansK EvansMGR0.7S-4
24Ippolito BerroneI. BerroneMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA - did not appear
25Luigi CastelbarcoScuderia BrianzaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
26Richard SeamanR. SeamanERAB1.5S-6
27Pietro GhersiScuderia SubalpinaMaserati4CM1.1S-4
28Ferdinando BarbieriF. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA - did not appear



Seaman crushes the oppsition on the first lap
Entries:

     
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
5
Bianco

Maserati

21
Tuffarelli

Maserati

26
Seaman

ERA

27
Ghersi

Maserati

6
Steinweg

Bugatti

22
Castelbarco?

Maserati

20
Platé

Talbot

4
Bergamini

Maserati

23
Evans

MG

3
Tongue

MG

13
Vismara

Talbot

2
Carnevalli?

Maserati

The Voiturette race started early in the morning. Seaman was the only ERA driver in a field that mostly consisted of Maseratis. Tuffanelli (Maserati) took the lead only to crash on the first lap. The ballot had put Seaman on the last row in the grid but even then he was able to lead the race by half a minute after the first lap. He then went on to win the race in dominant style.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.26Richard SeamanR. SeamanERAB1.5S-6448m42.4s
2.5Ettore BiancoE. BiancoMaserati4CM1.5S-4449m52.2s+ 1m09.8s
3.6Rudolf SteinwegR. SteinwegBugattiT51A1.5S-8451m19.2s+ 2m28.8s
4.27Pietro GhersiScuderia SubalpinaMaserati4CM1.1S-4451m47.6s+ 3m05.2s
5.4Moris BergaminiM. BergaminiMaserati4CM1.1S-4451m57.4s+ 3m15.0s
6.20Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.5S-8455m32.8s+ 6m50.4s
7.3Reggie TongueR. TongueMGR0.7S-4456m07.2s+ 7m24.8s
8.2Sergio CarnevalliS. CarnevalliBugattiT39A1.5S-8456m52.4s+ 8m10.0s
DNF23Kenneth EvansK EvansMGR0.7S-43
DNF13Ulderico VismaraL. PlatéTalbot7001.5S-82crash
DNF21Giuseppe TuffanelliG. TuffanelliMaserati4CM1.1S-41crash
DNF25Luigi CastelbarcoScuderia BrianzaMaserati4CM1.5S-4mechanical
Fastest lap (1500cc): Richard Seaman (ERA) on lap 2 in 12m02.4s = 128.6 km/h (79.9 mph)
Fastest lap (1100cc): Moris Bergamini (Maserati) on lap 2 in 12m47.6s = 121.0 km/h (75.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed (1500cc): 127.1 km/h (79.0 mph)
Winner's medium speed (1100cc): 119.6 km/h (74.3 mph)
Weather:



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XI° COPPA ACERBO

Pescara (I), 15 August 1935 (Thursday)
20 laps x 25.80 km (16.03 mi) = 516.0 km (320.6 mi mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

30Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16
31Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaseratiV8RI4.8V-8DNS - supercharger
32Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
33Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-8
34Mario TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
35Goffredo ZehenderScuderia SubalpinaMaserati8CM3.0S-8DNA - did not appear
36Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
37Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16DNS - engine water leak
38René BrookeR. BrookeBugattiT512.3S-8DNA - did not appear
39Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16
40Piero DusioP. DusioMaserati8CM3.0S-8
41Carlo PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
42"Raph"B. de los CasosAlfa RomeoTipo B/P32.9S-8DNA - did not appear
43Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8
44Earl HoweEarl HoweBugattiT593.3S-8DNA - did not appear
45Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8



Varzi's second Auto Union victory
by Hans Etzrodt
Just ten cars appeared at the start of the 11th Coppa Acerbo. Daimler-Benz had not entered, so two Auto Unions were fighting six Alfa Romeos from Scuderia Ferrari and two independent older model Maseratis. The race became a triumph for the great Achille Varzi who led with his Auto Union from start to finish. Nuvolari held second place in his 3.2-liter Alfa Romeo but was passed by Rosemeyer in the other Auto Union. When the German spun off the track, he fell back to sixth place but soon regained third position. After Nuvolari retired, Rosemeyer was gifted second place and was followed at the finish by the four remaining Alfa Romeos of Brivio, Comotti, Tadini and Pintacuda in Chiron's ailing car. Pintacuda had retired his Alfa as did the two independent Maseratis of Dusio and Soffietti. The V8 Maserati of Etancelin broke down in practice and could not start while the engine of Stuck's Auto Union developed a problem on the last practice day and could not be repaired in time for the race.
The Coppa Acerbo had developed over the years into one of the more important Italian events. Now in its 11th running, it took place on Thursday, August 15, on Ferragosto, an Italian public holiday. In 1924 when it was a rather minor race, Minister Giacomo Acerbo had named the race in honor of his brother Capitano Tito Acerbo, a decorated war hero, who was killed during the last year of WW I. The 25.8 km Pescara circuit had to be lapped 20 times, a total of 516 km. The start was outside the seaside resort of Pescara, where the road went straight for about one kilometer along the shore. Before reaching Pescara, the course made a wide right turn heading inland for about 11 km along a winding road up into the Abruzzi Mountains, passing through Villa Raspa, Spoltore, Fornace and Capelle Sul Tavo. From here, the road led into the approximately 11 km long Montesilvano downhill straight to the coast at blistering speed. A fast right turn at Montesilvano railroad station led into the Lungo Mare straight along the coast back through a chicane to slow the cars before the start and finish.
Entries:
The Mercedes team did not enter the Coppa Acerbo and the "works" Maseratis were also missing. Three Auto Unions faced six Alfa Romeos from Scuderia Ferrari. It was learned that neither of the new Alfa Romeos, the 8- nor the 12-cylinder model would be ready in time. Nuvolari was the favorite for the Italians since he had won the German Grand Prix, two weeks before. All six Scuderia Ferrari cars at this meeting were the proven 3.2-liter monoposto. The ones for Nuvolari, Chiron and Brivio were equipped with independent front suspension. Once again Scuderia Subalpina brought the new 4.8-liter V-8 Maserati to see if the problems encountered at the Marne Grand Prix had been eliminated. A complete list of entries is at the beginning of this report.
Practice:
Tuesday the13th was the first day of practice from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. An impressive number of drivers appeared at this first session, including the three drivers of the Auto Union team, plus the reserve driver Pietsch. Scuderia Ferrari was there with six drivers, and the independent Maseratis were also there with the new car for Etancelin.
      The RACI president, the Duke of Spoleto, was present as were Auto Union team manager Willi Walb and Professor Ferdinand Porsche, designer of the Auto Union racecars. Also seen were Enzo Ferrari and his engineer Luigi Bazzi and the brothers Ernesto and Bindo Maserati. Almost all the participants in the 1500 cc class had also arrived.
      Auto Union was the first to leave the pits and it was the first day for Rosemeyer to practice. On the third attempt he drove a lap in 10m57.6s, at an average speed of 141,285 km/h. Varzi was also driving but after two laps he stopped at the pits to change the left rear tire which had thrown its outer casing. Along the 1 km timed section Varzi was clocked at 295.081 km/h. The speed and the heat affected the tires. Stuck also started, but drove only two laps, then the engine wouldn't re-start.
      Scuderia Ferrari had five of their drivers practicing, Nuvolari, Chiron, Tadini, Comotti and Pintacuda. Nuvolari was fastest and immediately drove a strong lap in 10m55.4s an average speed of 141,670 km/h. Varzi, thereupon, got back into his car and drove two more laps, the second of which again ended with another tire incident, but this time it was the right rear wheel. This problem was starting to worry the Italian; but he left the pits for a third time and towards the end of practice accomplish two laps, the first of which, starting from a standstill, produced the spectacular time of 10m43s at an average of 145 km/h, better than the lap record held by the late Guy Moll with 10m51.2s. Etancelin meanwhile completed six laps of reconnaissance, being new to the course. The Frenchman declared himself satisfied with the new Maserati and was fully confident for the race on Thursday. Varzi's two tire incidents were an indicator that a victory would be uncertain and very hard for everyone. Besides Nuvolari and Varzi, Rosemeyer could also be counted as a favorite for the race. At 1:00 PM, the first training session was completed.
      On Wednesday, the last practice before the race, the engine of Stuck's 16-cylinder Auto Union developed a fault which could not be rectified in time. Eberhard Hundt, a certified engineer, wrote in AAZ that the cylinder head gaskets on this engine were divided into 16 separate part-gaskets and due to deformation of the cylinder head the gasket pulled out from several cylinders so that water entered into a few combustion chambers. The primary cause for the cylinder head deformation seemed to be a problematic fuel supply, which did not operate properly at full throttle and abruptly overheated the engine with too lean a fuel mixture. There was no alternative than to retire the car, because there was not enough time to repair the engine. Of his own volition Varzi offered Stuck his car for the race since the German was the lead driver of the team. It was not easy to come to a decision, but since a Varzi victory in Italy would naturally have more impact and during practice Rosemeyer had driven outstandingly, Stuck offered to be the reserve driver for both of his teammates. Etancelin practiced for a short time but parked the new V-8 Maserati at the pits after a vane broke, seizing the supercharger causing his Maserati to be withdrawn from the race.
Race:
On Thursday, the day of the race, the weather was windy and dull with an overcast sky. The start for the 1500 car class was planned for 8:00 AM but was delayed until 8:30 AM for the 12 small cars that raced over four laps over 103.2 km. Dick Seaman (ERA) was the winner after 48m42.0s and the race for all the cars had ended in less than an hour (see report above).
      The grand prix cars were set to start at 10:30 but evidently they were sent away sooner than that. After the small cars disappeared the ten grand prix cars lined up on the grid where positions had been drawn by ballot. Motor Sport reported that Rosemeyer had drawn a position in the first row, along with Nuvolari and Chiron, but he relinquished it in favor of Varzi. But this could not be confirmed.
Pole Position
32
Chiron

Alfa Romeo

39
Varzi

Auto Union

43
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo

34
Tadini

Alfa Romeo

45
Brivio

Alfa Romeo

40
Dusio

Maserati

41
Pintacuda

Alfa Romeo

36
Comotti

Alfa Romeo

30
Rosemeyer

Auto Union

33
Soffietti

Maserati

The RACI President, Duke of Spoleto, raised the tricolore (Italian flag), ready to give the signal. The spectators, on the crowded grandstand, suddenly became quiet. Everybody was standing; the roar of ten engines shook violently filling the air. The clock showed 9:47. At the signal, Nuvolari and Chiron anticipated slightly, Varzi did a precise start and the cars shot away with loud thunder.
      After the first lap Varzi was leading with a standing lap of 10m45.4s, faster than the existing 10m51s 1934 lap record of Guy Moll. Varzi was followed half a minute later by Nuvolari. In third place was not Chiron as expected but surprisingly six seconds behind Nuvolari was Rosemeyer who had started in the last row and who was followed by Chiron and Brivio. Sixth was Tadini ahead of Comotti, Dusio and Soffietti in ninth place. Carletto Pintacuda retired his Alfa monoposto at the end of the lap with engine trouble. Varzi led with an average speed of 143.910 km/h after the first lap with the field in the following order:
1. Varzi (Auto Union)10m45.4s
2. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)11m15.4s
3. Rosemeyer (Auto Union)11m21.8s
4. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)11m31.4s
5. Brivio (Alfa Romeo)11m32.4s
6. Tadini (Alfa Romeo)11m36.4s
7. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)11m45.4s
8. Dusio (Maserati)
9. Soffietti (Maserati)

Varzi remained in first place and increased his advantage to 54s seconds over his immediate pursuer, who was no longer Nuvolari but his teammate Rosemeyer who had passed Nuvolari. He in turn was followed after quite a wide gap of 14s by Chiron, ahead of Brivio, Tadini, Comotti, Dusio and finally Soffietti. Varzi maintained his lead with a lap of 10m35s while his race average had gone up to 146.268 km/h after two laps with the field in the following order:
1. Varzi (Auto Union)21m20.4s
2. Rosemeyer (Auto Union)22m14.2s
3. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)22m28.2s
4. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)22m42.8s
5. Brivio (Alfa Romeo)22m52.4s
6. Tadini (Alfa Romeo)23m11.4s
7. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)23m15.4s
8. Dusio (Maserati)24m35.4s
9. Soffietti (Maserati)25m20.4s

After the third lap Varzi passed the grandstand but Rosemeyer did not appear. Since the German had a free track after passing Nuvolari, he drove faster than before and at the ascent to Spoltore had an accident. His Auto Union skated off the circuit at a left turn when one rear brake locked up. Rosemeyer dived into a ditch tail first and while skidding grazed four road marker stones. He then aimed between a telegraph pole and a stone wall, quickly changed into second gear, and in a flash was back onto the road. Later Professor Porsche measured the gap and found that the car was 6 cm (2-1/4 inches) wider than the opening which explained the deep scratches in the telephone pole and the stone wall plus the damaged wheel hubs on the car. Rosemeyer immediately noticed that the right rear wheel was buckled and had it changed at the half-way emergency depot at Capelle. He had lost 3m30s and was passed by the entire Alfa Romeo team. With a new rear wheel the German stormed along the straights at full throttle. As he rushed past the grandstands it was seen that the tail on Rosemeyer's car was severely caved in but the driver was unaware of it. At the end of this lap Chiron stopped at the pits to change two spark plugs. It was the beginning of many more pit visits which severely delayed him. Dusio and Soffietti stopped their Maseratis at the pits to retire after a brief inspection, the first for a broken oil pump, the second for engine trouble. Varzi maintained his lead with a race average of 145.270 km/h after three laps with the field in the following order:
1. Varzi (Auto Union)31m50.2s
2. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)33m33.4s
3. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)33m50.4s
4. Brivio (Alfa Romeo)33m55.4s
5. Tadini (Alfa Romeo)34m25.4s
6. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)24m25.4s
7. Rosemeyer (Auto Union)25m15.4s
8. Dusio (Maserati)
9. Soffietti (Maserati)

After 4 laps Rosemeyer was fiercely pursuing the cars ahead. The times recorded at the flying kilometer showed that despite the strong wind blowing across the road he was pushing purposefully on the straights. On lap four Rosemeyer was timed at exactly 13 seconds, equal to 276,923 km/h. Varzi was timed on the second lap at 13.8s equal to 260,869 km/h while Nuvolari could do no better than 15.2s equal to 236,842 km/h. With Pinacuda, Soffietti and Dusio out of the race, only seven cars were left with over 400 km still to race. Varzi's advantage had risen to over two minutes, although he had slightly decreased the pace, driving a lap of 10m44s. Nevertheless Nuvolari could do no better than 11m05s. Varzi was leading with a race average of 144.300 km/h after four laps in the following order:
1. Varzi (Auto Union)42m42s
2. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)44m46s
3. Brivio (Alfa Romeo)45m36s
4. Tadini (Alfa Romeo)45m38s
5. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)45m56s
6. Rosemeyer (Auto Union)?
7. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)46m08s

At the end of lap five, a quarter of the race, Varzi's crossed the finish line after 53m28.4s, an average speed of 144.744 km/h. On the sixth lap Nuvolari made an effort to close the gap to Varzi with a lap in 10m55s. Despite this, the advantage of Varzi did not decrease, and after seven laps the gap between the two was 2m30s. Tadini had lost two places while changing spark plugs. On lap seven Nuvolati drove an even better lap in 10m50s, which was to remain his fastest. Rosemeyer constantly made up time and raced his way past the three Alfa Romeos ahead, driven by Chiron, Tadini and Comotti. On lap seven the German moved past Brivio into third place. Chiron, who was still recovering from a recent bout of influenza, was dealing with the continuous problem of plug trouble and fell far behind. Brivio was also delayed with plug failures which had to be cured in the pits. Varzi completed lap seven after 1h15m4.6s at an average speed of 144.332 km/h. Until the ninth lap the race average speed was to remain higher than the fastest lap record, set last year by Guy Moll at an average of 142.672 km/h. After eight laps the four leading drivers, Varzi, Nuvolari, Rosemeyer and Brivio were widely separated on the circuit, which made the race a bit monotonous.
      On the tenth lap, exactly half of the race, Varzi, Nuvolari and Brivio stopped to refuel. Varzi changed rear wheels and added fuel in 1m05s. Nuvolari took only fuel and was serviced in 1m07s. Rosemeyer refueled and also changed rear wheels. Brivio did likewise in 1m20s. Varzi was leading in 1h51m19s at an average speed of 139.062 km/h after ten laps in the following order:
1. Varzi (Auto Union)1h51m19.0s
2. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h55m05.2s
3. Rosemeyer (Auto Union)1h57m56.6s
4. Brivio (Alfa Romeo)1h58m03.6s
5. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)1h58m48.4s
6. Tadini (Alfa Romeo)2h02m49.0s
7. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)2h03m46.0s

On lap 11, Varzi's average speed dropped to 137.248 km/h and Nuvolari made up 39 seconds to Varzi. The crowd gained hope and cheered the Mantuan who was still over 2m20s behind. After 12 laps, Varzi led in 2h15m00.2s at 137.569 km/h average speed, followed by Nuvolari in 2h17m24s, who had failed to close the gap. Rosemeyer, who had gained almost half a minute on Nuvolari in 2h19m57s, Brivio in 2h20m45.4s who had to stop for a new rear tire. Comotti was fifth in 2h24m23.8s ahead of Tadini and Chiron.
      On lap 13 after a tire change, Nuvolari pushed mightily to the delight of the spectators and made up 25 seconds on Varzi, who at this time was holding back due to his two minute lead. Suddenly Nuvolari drove slowly to his pit. He was sprayed all over with oil and drove the Alfa immediately behind the pits to the paddock, supposedly with a broken valve. For the spectators Tazio's retirement was a great disappointment leaving the now fastest Alfa Romeo in Brivio's hands over seven minutes behind in third place. After Nuvolari's retirement the field was down to six cars and Rosemeyer found himself in second place. Both Auto Unions had established a safe lead over Brivio's Alfa Romeo. The gap was such that making up that time was no longer possible. Already spectators began wandering away, many leaving the grandstands. After Nuvolari's victory at the German Grand Prix, they had expected more from Alfa Romeo. Varzi completed lap 13 in 2h25m55s followed by Rosemeyer in 2h30m41s, Brivio in 2h32m03.2s, Comotti in 2h36m00s ahead of Tadini and Chiron at the tail.
      Chiron's Alfa suffered from ongoing ignition problems forcing the Monegasque to stop seven times at the pits. In this hopeless situation, after having lost so much time and having fallen two laps behind by lap 14, he reliquished the car to Pintacuda. Chiron left Pescara in a huff while the race was still in progress after someone had brought his suitcase to his private car. Varzi was leading after 2h47m03.8s with a race average of 138.296 km/h after 15 laps with the field in the following order:
1. Varzi (Auto Union)2h47m54s
2. Rosemeyer (Auto Union)2h52m14.6s
3. Brivio (Alfa Romeo)2h54m39.0s
4. Comotti (Alfa Romeo)2h59m10.6s
5. Tadini (Alfa Romeo)3h02m29.6s
6. Chiron/Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo)3h15m31.0s

The disillusioned public continued to leave the circuit slowly. There was only the monotonous wait until the end because the six cars cruised along far apart from each other with no possibility of any changes in the order. After 17 laps Varzi led in 3h10m08.6s at an average speed of 138.400 km/h, followed by Rosemeyer in 3h14m16.2s, Brivio in 3h17m8.4s, Comotti in 3h22m37.4s, Tadini 3h27m02.8s and Pintacuda in Chiron's car.
      Rosemeyer was the fastest car timed at 273.973 km/h along the one kilometer timed section on the seven km Monte Silvano downhill straight. This part of the course had been greatly widened since the previous year's race. Varzi was timed at 260.896 km/h but during practice he had been clocked at 295.081 km/h. Nuvolari reached only 236 km/h because his power deficit and poorer road holding. The speeds were lower than the year before where Moll reached 272 km/h with the Alfa Romeo and Stuck in the Auto Union 286 km/h. The reason for the lower speeds was the persisting side wind blowing from the blue Adriatic which destabilized the speeding cars and made it difficult to drive at the maximum.
      At the end of 20 laps, after 3h43m45.4s Varzi passed through the finish, at an average speed of 139.402 km/h, a new record time. Rosemeyer followed over three minutes later ahead of Brivio who was nearly one lap behind and had almost no brakes left. The remaining drivers were flagged off. Comotti had fallen one lap behind in fourth place, followed by Tadini and Pintacuda in Chiron's Alfa which had lost time with spark plug trouble. Despite the tremendous wind, Nuvolari managed as the only one among the Scuderia Ferrari drivers to improve on Moll's fastest lap. Varzi had won brilliantly and was welcomed by the national anthems of Germany and Italy.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.39Achille VarziAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16203h43m45.4s
2.30Bernd RosemeyerAuto Union AGAuto UnionB5.0V-16203h47m07.0s+ 3m21.6s
3.45Antonio BrivioScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8203h51m51.8s+ 9m34.6s
4.36Gianfranco ComottiScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8193h46m25.0s
5.34Mario TadiniScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8193h50m43.4s
6.32L. Chiron / C. PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-8183h52m30.8s
DNF43Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-812valve
DNF40Piero DusioP. Dusio Maserati8CM3.0S-83oil pump
DNF33Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-83engine
DNF41Carlo PintacudaScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B/P33.2S-81engine
Fastest lap: Achille Varzi (Auto Union) on lap 2 in 10m35s = 146.3 km/h (90.9 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 138.4 km/h (86.0 mph) (Note 1)
Weather: overcast and warm

Footnote:
1. The official medium speed was given as 139.402 km/h, a miscalculation. Using three decimals the "correct" speed would be 138.365 km/h so it was not a printing error.

Primary sources researched for this article:
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
AUTOMOBIL-REVUE, Bern
DDAC Motorwelt, München
IL LITTORIALE, Roma
LA STAMPA, Torino
Motor Sport, London
MOTOR und SPORT, Pössneck

Star 17 August 1935: Donington Meeting at Donington Park, England. Handicap races were won by D. S. Handley (M.G. 0.7L), P. Maclure (Riley 1.1L) - two races, J. F. Gee (Riley 1.1L), H. G. Dobbs (Riley 1.5L) and R. Parnell (M.G. 1.1L).



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IV GRAND PRIX DE NICE

Nice (F), 18 August 1935
100 laps x 3.214 km (1.997 mi) = 321.4 km (199.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.5?S-8
4Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8
6René DreyfusScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8
8Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles BugattiBugattiT59S-8DNA *
8Robert BenoistAutomobiles BugattiBugattiT59S-8DNA - altenative driver*
10Brian LewisB. LewisMaserati8C3.0S-8
12Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-8
14Giuseppe FarinaGino RovereMaserati6C-343.7S-6
16Marcel LehouxScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
18Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-8
20Robert BrunetScuderia SubalpinaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
22Ferdinando BarbieriScuderia VillapadiernaAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
24José de VillapadiernaScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
26Dick ShuttleworthR. ShuttleworthAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8
28Charles MartinC. MartinBugattiT593.3S-8
30Albert ChambostA. ChambostMaserati8CM3.0S-8
32Philippe EtancelinScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-6
34Goffredo ZehenderAutomobiles BugattiMaserati6C-343.7S-6
36"Raph""Raph"Alfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-8*
38Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati4CS1.5S-4*


* Number 8 was given to "Raph" who first had car 36. That number was instead given to Rüesch instead of 38.


Scuderia Ferrari trio laps ahead
Entries:
Ferrari turned up with Alfa Romeos for their top drivers Nuvolari, Chiron and Dreyfus. The Maserati challenge was led by Scuderia Subalpina with Étancelin and Zehender and Gino Rovere with Farina, all with 6C-34's. There were also some old Maserati 8CMs including Chambost and Soffietti and Sommer's blue Comminges GP winning Alfa.
Practice:

     
Race:

     
Pole Position
16
Lehoux

Maserati
1m46s

12
Sommer

Alfa Romeo
1m46s

2
Nuvolari

Alfa Romeo
1m43.3s

4
Chiron

Alfa Romeo
1m47.2s

14
Farina

Maserati
1m47.1s

32
Etancelin

Maserati
1m48.2s

34
Zehender

Maserati
1m48.2s

6
Dreyfus

Alfa Romeo
1m48.2s

8
"Raph"

Alfa Romeo
1m49s

22
F. Barbieri

Alfa Romeo
1m48.3s

26
Shuttleworth?

Maserati
1m50.8s

?
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?
?




28
Martin?

Bugatti
1m52s

?
?




?
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24
Villapadierna

Maserati
1m53s

?
?




(Note 1)

As usual Nuvolari took the lead when the flag dropped followed by Farina. The Maserati driver succeeded to follow the Alfa for some time but in doing so Farina over-reved his engine and finally had to retire.
10 laps:
1. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)17m53.8s
2. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)18m10.6s
3. Farina (Maserati)18m11.1s
4. Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo)
5. Etancelin (Maserati)
6. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)
7. Barbieri (Alfa Romeo)
8. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)
9. Martin (Bugatti)
10. Brunet (Maserati)
11. Chambost (Maserati)
12. Rüesch (Maserati)
13. Villapadierna (Maserati)
14. Soffietti (Maserati)
15. Lewis (Maserati)

20 laps:
1. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)36m15.8s
2. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)36m20.7s
3. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)36m23.8s
4. Etancelin (Maserati)36m41.4s
5. Barbieri (Alfa Romeo)37m29.1s
6. Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo)
7. Martin (Bugatti)
8. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)
9. Chambost (Maserati)
10. Rüesch (Maserati)
11. Villapadierna (Maserati)
12. Lewis (Maserati)
13. Soffietti (Maserati)
14. Brunet (Maserati)

30 laps:
1. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)55m02.9s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)55m05.3s
3. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)55m10.1s
4. Etancelin (Maserati)55m23.1s
5. Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo)56m31.3s
6. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)
7. Chambost (Maserati)
8. Rüesch (Maserati)
9. Lewis (Maserati)
10. Soffietti (Maserati)

40 laps:
1. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h13m48.3s
2. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)1h13m49.5s
3. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)1h13m52.8s
4. Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo)1h15m16.7s
5. Etancelin (Maserati)1h15m35.7s
6. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)1h17m28.6s
7. Chambost (Maserati)1h17m59.2s
8. Rüesch (Maserati)1h19m36.2s
9. Soffietti (Maserati)
10. Lewis (Maserati)

50 laps:
1. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h31m52.2s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)1h32m06.5s
3. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)1h32m10.9s
4. Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo)1h33m46.7s
5. Etancelin (Maserati)1h34m21.3s
6. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)1h36m39.3s
7. Chambost (Maserati)1h38m07.3s
8. Soffietti (Maserati)1h39m15.1s

60 laps:
1. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)1h50m44.7s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)1h50m58.6s
3. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)1h51m15.3s
4. Etancelin (Maserati)1h53m17.7s
5. Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo)1h53m29.3s
6. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)1h55m50.3s
7. Chambost (Maserati)1h57m41.4s
8. Soffietti (Maserati)

70 laps:
1. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)2h09m12.5s
2. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h09m14.1s
3. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)2h09m38s
4. Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo)2h12m15.6s
5. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)2h14m53.1s
6. Zehender (Maserati)2h16m45.5s
7. Chambost (Maserati) 2h18m05.2s
8. Soffietti (Maserati)

80 laps:
1. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h28m00.5s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)2h28m03.4s
3. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)2h28m07s
4. Shuttleworth (Alfa Romeo)2h31m31.7s
5. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)
6. Zehender (Maserati)
7. Chambost (Maserati)
8. Soffietti (Maserati)

90 laps:
1. Nuvolari (Alfa Romeo)2h46m36.2s
2. Chiron (Alfa Romeo)2h46m44.6s
3. Dreyfus (Alfa Romeo)2h46m46.1s
4. Sommer (Alfa Romeo)2h54m34.2s
5. Chambost (Maserati) 2h57m48.7s
6. Soffietti (Maserati)

The Subalpina Maseratis were also it trouble Zehender having to retire with mechanical problems and Étancelin just giving up with an undrivable car. The rest was just an Alfa Romeo show, the Ferrari team taking the three first places with Sommers private car fourth.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Tazio NuvolariScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.5?S-81003h04m59.7s
2.4Louis ChironScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-81003h05m07.9s+ 8.2s
3.6René DreyfusScuderia FerrariAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-81003h05m01.6s+ 11.9s
4.12Raymond SommerR. SommerAlfa RomeoTipo B3.2S-896
5.30Albert ChambostA. ChambostMaserati8CM3.0S-894
6.18Luigi SoffiettiL. SoffiettiMaserati8CM3.0S-893
DNF26Dick ShuttleworthR. ShuttleworthAlfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-889?radiator
DNF32P. Etancelin / G. ZehenderScuderia SubalpinaMaserati6C-343.7S-6electrical
DNF36Hans RüeschH. RüeschMaserati4CS1.5S-440fire
DNF24José de VillapadiernaScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-831steering
DNF28Charles MartinC. MartinBugattiT593.3S-829clutch
DNF20Robert BrunetScuderia SubalpinaMaserati8CM3.0S-8ignition
DNF22Ferdinando BarbieriScuderia VillapadiernaAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-824mechanical
DNF34Goffredo ZehenderAutomobiles BugattiMaserati6C-343.7S-6ignition
DNF10Brian LewisB. LewisMaserati8C3.0S-8mechanical
DNF16Marcel LehouxScuderia VillapadiernaMaserati8CM3.0S-814brakes
DNF14Giuseppe FarinaGino RovereMaserati6C-343.7S-611mechancal
DNF8"Raph""Raph"Alfa RomeoTipo B2.9S-83crash
Fastest lap: Louis Chiron (Alfa Romeo) in 1m45.1s = 110.1 km/h (68.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 104.2 km/h (64.8 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 112.0 km/h (69.6 mph)
Weather:

Footnote:
1. I have tried to put the correct grid together from picture recieved by "McRonalds" with gird information from Hans Etzrodt and Jean-Maurice Gigleux. The four first rows should be correct. For the three last rows there are different information available. I'm showing the positions of Shuttleworth, Martin and Villapadierna as I think they are on a picture but that doesn't fit in with the information given in the papers.

AUTOMOBIL-REVUE No.67, 20 August 1935 (with thanks to Hans Etzrodt):
 
20 Brunet        24 Villapadierna 26 Shuttleworth 
 Maserati         Maserati         Maserati
   1:51.9           1:53             1:50.8

         28 Martin        30 Chambost
         Bugatti          Maserati 
           1:52             1:52   

 18 Soffietti     36 Rüesch        10 Lewis
 Maserati         Maserati         Maserati 
   2:04.0           1:53.9           1:53


L'Eclaireur du Sud-Est 19 August 1935 (with thanks to Jean-Maurice Gigleux)
& Le Figaro, 19 August 1935:
 28 Martin      20 Brunet    24 Villapadierna
 Bugatti        Maserati     Maserati

        26 Shuttleworth 30 Chambost
        Maserati        Maserati


 18 Soffietti     36 Rüesch        10 Lewis
 Maserati         Maserati         Maserati





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