VI MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP
Brooklands (GB), 17 October 1936 (Saturday)
10 laps x 1.883 km (1.170 mi) = 18.8 km (11.7 mi)
After a miserable season the work ERA team and Mays finally was victorious in the 10 lap Mountain Championchip race at Brooklands. The ERA proved more nimble than Rüesch's big
Alfa Romeo and the Swiss driver finished in a disappointing second position after a bad start. Bira (Maserati) moved up to third in ther results after Martin (Alfa Romeo) was penalized for a jump start.
The Mountain Championship was a scratch race that was included in the B.A.R.C. Authumn meeting at Brooklands. The meeting included three races on the outer circuit and seven races on the
Hans Ruesch entered his Alfa Romeo 8C-35 (500013) and Charles Martin and Austin Dobson raced their Alfa Romeo P3s (50003 and 50005). Prince Chula had bought Whitney Straight's old 3 litre Maserati (#3011) from Harry Rose on
7 September for Prince Bira to drive. Another Maserati (#3013) was enter by Miss E. Ellison for Thomas Cholmondley-Tapper. It was the Ex. Ealr How car, repainted green.
There were three ERA entries, Raymond Mays with the black works car (R4B) with a 2 litre engine, Arthur Dobson with his white car (R7B) and Denis Scribbans with his cream colored R9B.
There were two of the early offset Altas in the entry list, Cormack (52S) and Wakefield (56S).
The Saturday weather was fine but miserably cold. Still there was a big croud following the event.
The event started off with the three outer circuit handicap races, Norton Bracey (M.G), Baker-Carr (Bentley 4.5 litre) and Appleton (Appleton-Riley) being the winners.
The Mountain Championship was the third of the Mountain circuit races. The first two were won by Harry Bowler (Bentley 3 litre) and G. Bagratouni (M.G. Magnette).
Then it was time for the Mountain Championship race.
The cars were lined up side by side across the starting area with the starter to the extreme right.
At the start Martin took the lead followed by Mays, Bira, Scribbans, Tapper and Rüesch. Soon Mays took over the lead from Martin.
Rüesch had made a bad start and more unfamiliar to the Mountain Circuit than the other drivers he seemed to struggle during the first lap of the race but then came charging through the field moving up to fourth on lap two.
On the 9th lap Bira and Rüesch took the fork hairpin close together and went up the straight side by side, Rüesch moving up to third. Mays took the victory but behind him just before the finish line Rüesch passed Martin to
take second position with a margin of 0.4s. Bira finished fourth.
After the race Rüesch did a protest against Mays jumping the start but it was refused by the Stewards. However the Stewards found that both Alfa Romeo P3 driers Charlie Martin and Austin Dobson
had had their front wheels over the line at the start and they were penalized one minute each, Martin dropping from 3rd to 10th and Dobson from 6th to 11th.
The Mountain Championship race was then followed by a handicap race won by Ms. Kay Petre (Riley), then the "Siam Cup", a 10 lap scratch race for ERAs only won by Raymond Mays (now in a 1.5 litre car) followed by Dobson and
Scribbans and finally an "Oxford-Cambridge" race won by Reggie Tongue (ERA).
|1.||6||Raymond Mays||H. W. Cook||ERA||B||2.0||S-6||10||8m41.4s|
|2.||12||Hans Rüesch||H. Rüesch||Alfa Romeo||8C-35||3.8||S-8||10||8m48.6s||+ 7.2s|
|3.||15||"B Bira"||Prince Chula of Siam||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||10||8m49.8s||+ 8.4s|
|4.||9||Cholmondley-Tapper||Miss E. Ellison||Maserati||8CM||3.0||S-8||10||8m49.8s||+ 8.4s|
|5.||5||Charlie Dodson||Lord Austin||Austin||7||0.7||S-4||10||9m20.4s||+ 39.0s|
|6.||8||John Wakefield||J. Wakefield||Alta||1.5||S-4||10||9m23.2s||+ 41.8s|
|7.||7||Arthur Dobson||A. C. Dobson||ERA||B||1.5||S-6||10||9m24.4s||+ 4 3.0s|
|8.||14||Denis Scribbans||D. Scribbans||ERA||B||1.5||S-6||10||9m28.8s||+ 47.4s|
|9.||4||Ms. Kay Petre||Ms. Petre||Riley||1500/6||1.5||10||9m42.6s||+ 1m01.2s|
|10.||3||Charles Martin||C. Martin||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||3.2||S-8||10||9m49.0s*||+ 7.6s|
|11.||2||Austin Dobson||A. Dobson||Alta Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||10||10m15.8s*||+ 34.4s|
|DNF||10||Alexander Cormack||A. Cormack||Alta||1.5||S-4||9|
|DNF||16||Alfred Fane||H. J. Aldington||Frazer-Nash||-Gough||1.5||S-4||1|
|* Times include a 1 minute penalty|
Fastest lap: Raymond Mays (ERA) in 50.6s = 134.0 km/h (83.2 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 130.0 km/h (80.8 mph)
Weather: sunny but very cold.
25 October 1936: Juan Manuel Fangio, racing under the pseudonym "Rivadavia", enteres a A-type Ford in his first race, a local Argentinan event.|
20 December 1936: Costantino Magistri wins the Targa Florio Sports car race at Piccolo Circuito delle Madonie, Sicily.|
|1.||Costantino Magistri||Lancia Augusta||2h08m47.2s|
|2.||Salvatore di Pietro||Lancia Augusta||2h14m25.8s|
|4.||Bernardo Cammarata||Lancia Augusta||2h18m04.0s|
|5.||Romano Malaguti||Fiat 1500||2h18m34.6s|
|6.||Renato Danese||Fiat 1500||2h20m00.4s|
26 December 1936: O. Cranston (Ford V8 Spl) wins the Australian GP handicap race at Victor Harbour.
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TABLE