XII° GRAN PREMIO DI TRIPOLI
Autodromo di Mellaha - Tripoli (I), 15 May 1938
40 laps x 13.1 km (8.14 mi) = 524.0 km (325.6 mi) (Note 1)
Mercedes-Benz in its own class.
To get enough cars for the lottery the GP cars and the voiturettes raced together. There was much promise of great racing before the first major event run to the new formula. However, it came to nothing as Alfa Romeos and Maseratis were unable
to keep up with the Mercedes cars in race conditions. With Auto Union absent the Mercedes trio of Lang, von Brauchitsch and Caracciola totally dominated the event.
Two fatal crashes, both happening when a GP car tried to lap a voiturette car, put a dark shadow over the event.
There was much interest in the Tripoli GP as all the new 3 liter cars except for Auto Union were to race each other
for the first time.
There was a thin entry of GP cars so 17 Maserati Voiturette cars with most of the Italian Voiturette elite had to be added
to make the 30 car field necessary for the lottery.
The Auto Union cars were not ready but Maserati introduced their
new 8CTF cars. Drivers were Trossi and, as a surprise, Varzi, whom no one had seen since the Czech GP 1937.
Bugatti had the same car for Wimille as in Pau and Alfa Romeo turned up with an 8 cylinder,
three of the new 12 cylinder plus the first 316 engine in a prototype with a Tipo C chassis
under a 308 body.
Ecurie Bleue came with four(?) cars and three drivers: Dreyfus, Comotti and Schell.
Viotti had designed a streamlined body for one of the cars but its speed turned out to be a disappointment.
Mercedes-Benz wanted to race four cars but were restricted to three. They asked for permission to paint Seaman's car green
and enter him as a semi-works driver but were refused. There was bitterness when the team found out that Sommer raced the
fourth works Alfa Romeo as an "independent".
Mercedes-Benz dominated practice with their W154 cars with Lang taking the pole position with a time only 7 seconds
slower than last year's pole. Biondetti, who was given the 16 cylinder engine because of his Mille Miglia victory, was fastest of the rest
and the new Maseratis showed great promise. However, despite the good lap time the 16 cylinder didn't run properly .
The problems were in overheating and oil scavenge troubles in some corners. So Biondetti used the 8 cyl. 308 spare car
instead during the race.
Cortese proved fastest of the Voiturettes to take the first position behind the GP cars.
During practice Comotti destroyed his engine so Dreyfus let him have his car and took Schell's streamliner instead. (Note 2)
Times from first practice: Lang 3m30.09s, von Brauchitsch 3m30.16s, Caracciola 3m32.75s, Farina 3m36.45s, Trossi 3m38.18s, Siena 3m41.11s, Sommer 3m44.83s, Biondetti 3m45.67s, Dreyfus 3m51.97s, Varzi 4m13,99s.
Voiturette class: Cortese 4m16.22s, Lurani 4m16.57s
The start was scheduled at 3 p.m. but was delayed half an hour while Marshal Balbo inspected the
cars and talked to the drivers.
|* 12 Schell (Delahaye) 3m58.59s DNS|
There was confusion at the start because the Voiturette cars, starting behind the GP cars, were already rolling before the lights turned to green.
A mix of GP and 1.5L cars accelerated towards the first corner and Caracciola found himself trapped behind two
Voiturettes. When the cars had sorted themselves out it was Lang in the lead followed by
Farina, Caracciola, von Brauchitsch and Trossi.|
Farina in the 12 cyl. Alfa tried to keep up with Lang but was slowly falling back and instead it was von Brauchitsch
on a two stop strategy against Lang's one stop strategy who took over the lead on lap 4. But soon the Mercedes driver
got engine problems and had to give back the lead to his teammate. The next challenger was Trossi in the new
Maserati who took the lead from Lang and tried to open up a gap.
Behind him followed Lang, Farina, Caracciola, von Brauchitsch, Biondetti, Comotti and Dreyfus.
Luigi Villoresi was first off of the Voiturette cars but was soon passed by Cortese's works Maserati.
There had been much talk about the risks racing GP cars and Voiturettes together on the fast track and on the 8th lap
the first accident occurred as Siena after a blind high speed corner found himself right behind Cortese's Maserati.
The Alfa Romeo driver braked hard and lost control. The car passed over a sand bank and run straight into a house. Siena died
immediately, while Cortese continued leading the Voiturette class unaware of what had happened right behind him.
On lap 8 Trossi made the fastest lap of the race but was unable to shake off Lang. The speed was too much
for the new Maserati and on the next lap Trossi fell back with engine problems and eventually had to retire
with rear axle problems as did Varzi in the second Maserati.
Cortese retired, leaving the fight for the lead in the Voiturette class between Rocco in the second works car and Taruffi.
On the 13th lap a new accident happened. Hartmann with his Maserati 4CM cut the corner in front of Farina's Tipo 312 Alfa.
The two cars collided at high speed and overturned with the wrecks sliding upside down along the track only leaving a
little room in the middle for the other cars.
Caracciola, coming up behind, just managed to squeeze past. Lang came to the place just as he was lapping a voiturette
car and had to stand on the brakes to hinder a new crash. Farina survived the crash without any
major injuries but Hartmann broke his back and died the following morning.
Biondetti, who was having a miserable time in the 8 cylinder Alfa, had to see drivers like Comotti pass.
Sommer was making frequent pitstops with the 12 cylinder car and Dreyfus' streamlined Delahaye was in serious
troubles with overheating. Both Caracciola and von Brauchitsch had engine troubles, the latter having to make three stops.
That left only one healthy GP car on the track, Lang's Mercedes, and Lang made his only pitstop at half distance with a 3 minute
lead. He continued to dominate the race and took the flag to take his second Tripoli GP victory after having lapped all
other cars. Even with engine problems the speed of the Mercedes cars was such that von Brauchitsch and Caracciola were able to
take the other podium places with ease.
Taruffi had beaten Rocco to the flag to take the victory in the Voiturette class.
|1.||46||Hermann Lang||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W154||3.0||V-12||40||2h33m17.14s|
|2.||44||Manfred von Brauchitsch||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W154||3.0||V-12||40||2h37m55.64s||+ 4m38.50s|
|3.||26||Rudolf Caracciola||Daimler-Benz AG||Mercedes-Benz||W154||3.0||V-12||40||2h38m20.76s||+ 5m13.62s|
|4.||48||Raymond Sommer||Alfa Corse||Alfa Romeo||Tipo 312||3.0||V-12||40||2h46m52.82s||+ 13m35.68s|
|5.||54||Piero Taruffi||P. Taruffi||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||40||2h57m47.34s||+ 20m30.30s|
|6.||50||Giovanni Rocco||Officine A. Maserati||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||40||2h57m56.34s||+ 24m39.20s|
|7.||60||René Dreyfus||Ecurie Bleue||Delahaye||145||4.5||V-12||40||2h58m06.00s||+ 24m48.86s|
|8.||30||Giovanni Lurani||Scuderia Ambrosiana||Maserati||4CM?||1.5||40||3h03m37.63s||+ 30m20.49s|
|9.||24||Ettore Bianco||Scuderia Sabauda||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||39||3h06m06.23s|
|10.||8||"Raph"||B de las Casas||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||38||3h14m39.21s|
|11.||6||Armand Hug||A. Hug||Maserati||4CM||1.5||S-4||33||3h00m22.67s|
|DNF||18||Clemente Biondetti||Alfa Corse||Alfa Romeo||Tipo 308||3.0||S-8|
|DNF||40||Gianfranco Comotti||Ecurie Bleue||Delahaye||145||4.5||V-12||36||37 laps? overheating/mechanical?|
|DNF||28||Carlo Felice Trossi||Officine A. Maserati||Maserati||8CTF||3.0||S-8||15||engine/rear axle|
|DNF||14||Giuseppe Farina||Alfa Corse||Alfa Romeo||Tipo 312||3.0||V-12||13||crash with Hartmann|
|DNF||10||Achille Varzi||Officine A. Maserati||Maserati||8CTF||3.0||S-8||11||rear axle|
|DNF||52||Eugenio Siena||Alfa Corse||Alfa Romeo||Tipo 312||3.0||V-12||8||fatal crash|
|DNS||38||Jean-Pierre Wimille||Automobiles E. Bugatti||Bugatti||T59/50B||S-8|
|DNS||12||Laury Schell||Ecurie Bleue streamliner||Delahaye||145||4.5||V-12||0|
Fastest lap: Carlo Felice Trossi (Maserati) on lap 9 in 3m35.41s = 218.9 km/h (136.0 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 205.1 km/h (127.4 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 228.7 km/h (142.1 mph)
Weather: intense heat, windy, sandstorms
Because of the two fatal catastrophes the traditional banquette was cancelled. There was much criticism from the drivers over
the decision to race the two classes together and almost all GP drivers had had incidents during the race.
Hermann Lang tells in his biography that "Farina, who was totally innocent, had been unable to avoid the accident. He took the accident hard and
was totally devastated during the trip back to Naples.
1. Nixon Silver Arrows" & Venables "Racing Fifteen-Hundreds" give a track length of 13.14 km. However the results in contemporary newspaper "Il Littoriale" clearly show that the speeds
released to the press were counted using a 13.1 km track length.
2. J.-M. Gigleux has suggested to me that the cars retained their original race numbers and that thus Comotti should have started in #60 and Dreyfus in #12. However
film from the start shows that Comotti definitely started in #40. Sadly it's impossible to see the number on Dreyfus's car.
XXIX° TARGA FLORIO
Favorita Park - Palermo (I), 22 May 1938
30 laps x 5.718 km (3.55 mi) = 171.6 km (106.6 mi)
Rocco scores on narrow track
Lurani and Bianco initially fought for the lead only to crash. Pietsch then took over but soon retired leaving Villoresi and Marazza to fight for the victory. Villoresi held the lead
until lap 10 when Marazza passed him. On lap 23 the leading duo crashed with each other leaving Rocco to take the chequered flag as winner.
For the second time the once so famous Targa Florio was raced at the small Favorita Park circuit in Palermo. For 1938 the track configuration had been changed but it was hardly
much of an improvement. In fact overtaking was banned for a third of the circuit as the track was too narrow. The race had also been shortened down from 50 to 30 laps.
The field consisted almost entirely of Maseratis, the only exception being Luigi Platés old Talbot.
Among non Italian Maserati drivers were Manuel de Teffé, "Raph", Armand Hug and Paul Pietsch.
Practice times where:
Bianco 3m18.2s, Pietsch 3m20.2s, Soffieti 3m25.6s, Baruffi 3m28.6s, Platé 3m34.2s, Marazza 3m45.2s, Lanza 4m41.6s.
Bianco took the lead and held it for three laps before retiring leaving Villoresi and Marazza to fight for the lead. The fight went
on for most of the race, Marazza taking the lead at 1/3 distance, but four laps from the end the cars collided.
That left Rocco to win comfortably before Raph.
|1.||34||Giovanni Rocco||Officine A. Maserati||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||30||1h30m04.6s|| |
|3.||32||Luigi Villoresi||Scuderia Ambrosiana||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||30||1h34m09.4s||+ 4m05.0s|
|4.||28||Gianni Battaglia||G. Battaglia||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||30||1h35m56.4s||+ 5m51.8s|
|5.||4||P. Baruffi / L. Soffietti||Gruppo Volta||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||30||1h36m15.0s||+ 6m10.4s|
|6.||12||Manuel de Teffé||Scuderia Ambrosiana||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||29||1h35m18.2s|| |
|DNF||26||Letterio Cucinotta||L. Cucinotta||Maserati||4CM||1.5||S-4||?|| |
|DNF||30||Aldo Marazza||Officine A. Maserati||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||23||crash|| |
|DNF||24||Dioscoride Lanza||Scuderia Subaura||Maserati||4CM||1.5||S-4||?|| |
|DNF||20||Edoardo Teagno||Scuderia Subaura||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||?|| |
|DNF||22||Enrico Platé||E. Platé||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||?|| |
|DNF||2||Luigi Platé||L. Platé||Talbot||700||1.5||S-8||?|| |
|DNF||14||Ferdinando Righetti||Scuderia Ambrosiana||Maserati||6CM||1.5||S-6||?|| |
|DNF||16||Paul Pietsch||P. Pietsch||Maserati||4CM||1.5||S-4||3||mechanical|| |
|DNF||38||Ettore Bianco||Scuderia Subaura||Maserati||4CM||1.5||S-4||2||crash|| |
|DNF||36||Giovanni Lurani||Count Lurani||Maserati||4CM||1.5||S-4||2||crash|| |
Fastest lap: Aldo Marazza (Maserati) on lap 22 in 2m52.0s = 119.7 km/h (74.4 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 114.3 km/h (71.0 mph)
Weather: overcast, showers, very hot
I CIRCUITO DE GÁVEA NACIONAL
GRANDE PREMIO SABBATO D'ANGELO
Gávea - Rio de Janeiro (BRA), 29 May 1938
20 laps x 11.16 km (6.94 mi) = 223.2 km (138.7 mi) (Note 1)
|2||Arthur Nascimento Junior||A. Nascimento Jr.||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8|
|4||Mario Valentim dos Santos||M . Valentim||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8|
|6||"Chico" Landi||F. Landi||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8|
|8||Rubem Abrunhosa||R. Abrunhosa||Bugatti-Studebaker||4.1||DNS|
|10||Geraldo Avellar||G. Avellar||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8|
|12||Querino Landi||Q. Landi||Fiat||GP||1.5|
|14||Seraphim Rodrigues de Almeida||S. de Almeida||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8||DNS - replaced by Bianco |
|14||Arthur Bertoni||S. de Almeida||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8||Replaced de Almeida|
|16||Luigi "Gino" Bianco||L. Bianco||Bugatti-Chrysler||5.3|
|18||Ângelo Gonçalves||A. Gonçalves||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8|
|20||Paulo Carvalho||P. Carvalho||Chrysler||Special||5.3|
|22||George Azevedo Macedo||G. Azevedo Macedo||Alfa Romeo||1750||1.8||S-6||DNS - replaced by Teixeira|
|22||Newton Teixeira||N. Teixeira||Alfa Romeo||1750||1.8||S-6||Replaced Macedo|
|24||Antônio Botelho||A. Botelho||OM-Chrysler||5.3|
|26||Ângelo Villafranca||A. Villafranca||Stutz||5.3|
|28||Antônio Castello||A. Castello||Bugatti||2.3|
|30||Syrio Burlini||S. Burlini||Fiat-Wanderer||2.6|
|34||Domingos Lopes||D. Lopes||Hudson||Special||3.5|
|36||Norberto Jung||N. Jung||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8|
|38||Maurício Gonçalves de Carvalho||M. Carvalho||Fiat||1.5||Changed number from #32|
|40||Luis Cañedo||L. Cañedo||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8|
Nascimento Junior fastest of the Brazilians
by Leif Snellman
This was a local Brazilian affair with no foreign entries. Nascimento Junior took the lead in his Tipo B followed by Chico Landi in a "Monza" and Querino Landi with a Fiat. Soon Mário Valentim in a
Ford passed for third while up at the front Nascimento opened up the gap. Querino Landi had engine problems and eventually had to retire. Braga took over Cañedo's "Monza". At half distance Nascimento
was leading by over 80 seconds from Chico Landi, who held an even greater gap to Valentim, whose third position was challenged by Braga and Avellar in a Ford. Nascimento took it easy during the second
half of the race to win from Chico Landi with Braga finishing third after some rule confusions.
With the Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix turning international there was a concern that local drivers no longer were able to participate with any chance of success and thus would be scared away from the events.
Therefore Automóvel Clube do Brasil decided to arrange a race for Brazilian drivers only.
The competitors were to run 20 laps on the infamous Gavea circuit known as the "devil's trampoline". The event was to be run in two classes, race cars and "carros adaptados" i.e. rebuilt "specials" mostly
with engines of American origin. The rules demanded a minimum weight of 500 kg for the cars.
In honour of Sabbado D'Angelo, an industrialist who had been engaged in car racing and was the main sponsor of the event, the leaders of the Automobile Club of Brazil decided to name the race after him.
There was 39.5 million réis in total in prize money of which 29 million was distributed on the top five finishers, who were receiving as follows: winner 15:000$000, second: 7:000$000,
third 3:500$000, fourth 2:000$000, and fifth 1:500$000 (Note 2) The remaining 10.5 million réis were distributed along the top five in the "special" class as
follows: 5:000$000, 2:500$000, 1:500$000, 1:000$000 and 500$000. There was also a one million special price for the first positioned of the cars specially built for this event.
The fastest car in the entry list was without doubt Arthur Nascimento Junior's Alfa Romeo Tipo B/P3, a first series narrow type known just as "SF39" (SF standing for Scuderia Ferrari) that had been sold to
Brazil in early 1937. Francisco "Chico" Landi entered an Alfa Romeo Monza. An Alfa Romeo 1750 was run by George Azevedo Macedo in practice and taken over by Newton Teixeira for the race.
The rest of the field consisted mostly of rebuilt cars. One can mention Chico Landi's brother Querino Landi with a Fiat, Rubem Abrunhosa in a Bugatti with Studebaker engine, Dr. Geraldo Alfonso de Avelar
with a Ford, Domingos Lopes with a Hudson and Maurício Gonçalves de Carvalho, who was son of racing driver Joaquim Sant'Anna, with a Fiat.
Benedicto Lopes was excluded from the race as he refused to leave his car to scutineering and the Automobil Club took away his racing licence.
The grid order was determined by the practice times, only thereafter the cars received their race numbers. Nascimento was fastest, newspaper A Noite giving a time of 8m01.1s while Napoleão Ribeiro claims it
in fact was 8m11.0s. Domingos Lopes, Jung and de Carvalho did not take part in the qualifying.
There seem to have been a conflict between Luis Cañedo and someone named Cassine about the ownership of an Alfa Romeo Monza. Cañedo finally withdrew the car from the event and asked the police to sort out
the ownership. After winning the case Cañedo, who had not taken part in the qualifying, tried to re-enter the car and was finally allowed to race with special permission from the organizers as entry #40.
Cañedo announced he would do only the first laps before giving over the car to Joao Alfredo Braga
There were two changes in the driver line-up. Arthur Bertoni raced Chrysler #14 instead of Seraphim Rodrigues de Almeida. And Newton Teixeira raced Alfa Romeo #22 instead of George Azevedo Macedo/Marques.
It was free access for spectators to see the race but there were fewer watching this event than a usual Rio Grand Prix. However there were still plenty of people around Rua Marques de Sao Vicente where the
cars were lined up for the start.
Rubem Abrunhosa did not appear so there were only three cars at the front row. It was then noticed that the car numbers painted on the ground had been done the wrong way at least for the front row with the
pole man to the left instead of to the right as usual at Gavea but the organizers quickly managed to re-arrange the cars and the Mayor of the Federal District, Dr. Henrique Dodsworth, was able to drop the
flag promptly on time at 9 a.m. to start the race.
Arthur Nascimento Junior took the best start to take the lead. Bertoni stalled his Ford and was only able to get away far behind the other drivers after assistance from both mechanics and organizers.
Right after the curve of Hotel Leblon, the Chrysler engine cars of Bianco and Botelho hit each other at 80 km/h and ricocheted. Bianco's Bugatti climbed up the mountainside while Botelho crashed his OM on
the seaward side of the road. Neither driver was able to continue. Botelho suffered a fractured left rib and had to be sent to hospital.
Nascimento led after the first lap followed by Chico Landi, Querino Landi, Valentim, P. Carvalho, Gonçalves, Cañedo, Jung, Lopes, Avellar and M. de Carvalho. Castello in his Bugatti made a pit stop to change
a burst tyre and to fix some engine trouble.
On the second lap Domingos Lopes' engine failed on Avenida Niemeyer and he slowly came in and made a pit stop for repairs. Norberto Jung also had engine trouble and was forced to retire.
Nascimento led after three laps followed by Chico Landi. The duo had opened up a gap to the rest of the field led by Querino Landi. Behind him followed Valentim, P. Carvalho, Avellar, Gonçalves, M. de Carvalho
and Villafranca. At the end of the lap Luis Cañedo stopped and gave over the Alfa Romeo Monza to Alfredo Braga as planned.
Nascimento made the fourth lap in 8m15s opening up a gap to Chico Landi. Then followed Querino Landi, Valentim, Avellar, P. Carvalho, Gonçalves, M. De Carvalho, Villafranca, Burlini, Teixeira and Castello. But
most of the homemade specials had no chance against Braga in his Monza who advanced fast through the field.
Nascimento made the fifth lap in 8m10.9s and his advantage over Chico Landi was now 54 seconds. The latter had made his lap in 8m 25.5s. Valentim moved up to third when Querino Landi had to make a pit stop to
change plugs, dropping from third down to 12th position. Apart from Braga, who already had advanced to fifth, the order stayed the same.
Nascimento kept control of the race and made the sixth lap in 8m09.8s? against Chico Landi's 8m20.2s.
After seven laps the order was Nascimento, C. Landi, Valentim, Avellar, Braga and Gonçalves. Then followed Villafranca, M. de Carvalho, Burlini and Teixeira , all of them already having been lapped by the leader.
M. de Carvalho stopped in pit at the end of the 7th lap to change a plug. When he left his engine was still not well and was making smoke. Bertoni got his Ford into a wild skid and crashed his car violently
against a pole that fortunately was protected by a sandbag.
The duel at the top continued with Nascimento making the eighth lap in 8m09.2 while C. Landi made his lap in 8m09.6s. Querino Landi had been unable to get the engine on his Fiat to work properly despite plug
changes so he decided to call it a day.
On the ninth lap Chico Landi managed to close in a bit on Nascimento as did Avellar to Valentim in third position.
Halfway through the race Nascimento, doing the lap in 8m04.9s, had managed to increase the gap over Landi to 1m20s5s. There was a bigger gap down to Valentim, Avellar and Braga, who all three were close together
fighting for third position. Valentim and Avellar run almost side by side past of the grandstand to the joy of the spectators. Gonçalves was in sixth position a lap down and he was followed by Villafranca,
Burlini, Teixeira and M. de Carvalho.
The fight for third position continued as Avellar tried to get past Valentine, who did not yield on Avenue Niemeyer. The fight continued on the mountain range and in the curves of the trampoline Avellar finally
found a way past to finish lap 11 in 3rd position. Meanwhile Nascimento had opened up the gap to Landi further and Teixeira had made a 3 minute pit stop. Castello, still running, had passed M. de Carvalho to put
the latter down to last in the race.
After the 13th lap Landi had managed to close the gap to the leader back to 1m08s. On the next lap Nascimento unwilling to let Landi get too close went down to 8m06.4s, the fastest lap achieved until then in the
race, but Landi equalled it, thus keeping the gap the same as earlier.
On the 15th lap Nascimento increased his speed further doing 8m02.4s while Landi answered with a time of 8m04s. Avellar, Valentim and Braga followed. Braga was challenging Valentim, the "Monza" going up side by
side with the Ford in the corners. Gonçalves, Villafranca and Burlini were two laps behind in 6th, 7th and 8th positions while Teixeira and M. de Carvalho were several laps down.
Villafranca made a pit stop to the box and returned to the race without losing any positions. Castello made a pit stop as well.
Nascimento made the 16th lap in 8m13.7s keeping his distance to Landi. On the next lap Braga found a way past Valentim and closed in fast on Avellar in third position. Burlini lost the left front wheel in a
corner but the driver managed to get his little Fiat-Wanderer to a stop without crashing.
Braga passed Avellar for third position and as they passed the finish line after 19 laps the order was as follows::
|1.||Nascimento (Alfa Romeo)|
|2.||Landi (Alfa Romeo)||+ 1m04s|
|3.||Braga (Alfa Romeo)||+ 7m11.1s|
|4.||Avellar (Ford)||+ 7m15.1s|
Nascimento took it easy on the last lap doing it in 8m28s to take the chequered flag and then made a spectacular braking manoeuvre in front of Hotel Leblon. 43.3 seconds later Landi arrived as well.
It is claimed that Braga suffered a violent skid on the street Marques de S. Vicente on the last lap but he managed to stop with the car pointing sideways across the road. Anyway Avellar arrived to the finish
line just in front of him.
Now an odd event followed. Avellar naturally thought he had finished third but the organizers referred to what they called "international rules" claiming that the event finished the very second Nascimento took
the flag and that the rest were to be classified according to the laps they had finished by that time. This is of course a very bad misunderstanding of the rules saying that all cars should be flagged of once
the winner has taken the flag.
So Landi, Braga and Avellar were classified for their positions after lap 19 despite having done all 20 laps with Braga thus taking third position. (From the published times one can easily see that Braga and
Avellar had started their 20th lap 1m16.9s and 1m12.9s before Nascimento took the flag. Also Valentim started his 19th lap over 9m 9.3s before and must have finished the lap right behind Nascimento but was still
only classified for 18 laps.)
By chance there was a similar confusion at the Brazil GP 65 years later.
|1.||2||Arthur Nascimento Junior||A. Nascimento Jr.||Alfa Romeo||Tipo B/P3||2.9||S-8||20||2h44m06.5s|
|2.||6||Chico Landi||F. Landi||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||19||2h36m42.5s|
|3.||40||L. Cañedo / A. Braga||L. Cañedo||Alfa Romeo||Monza||2.3||S-8||19||2h42m49.6s|
|4.||10||Geraldo Avellar||G. Avellar||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8||19||2h42m53.6s|
|5.||4||Mario Valentim dos Santos||M . Valentim||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8||18||2h34m57.2s|
|6.||18||Ângelo Gonçalves||A. Gonçalves||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8||17||2h37m32.7s|
|7.||26||Ângelo Villafranca||A. Villafranca||Stutz||5.3||17||2h41m44.1s|
|8.||22||Newton Teixeira||N. Teixeira||Alfa Romeo||1750||1.8||S-6||16||2h42m14.0s|
|9.||30||Syrio Burlini||S. Burlini||Fiat-Wanderer||2.6||15||2h28m24.9s|
|10.||38||Maurício Gonçalves de Carvalho||M. Carvalho||Fiat||1.5||14|
|DNF||28||Antônio Castello||A. Castello||Bugatti||2.3|
|DNF||20||Paulo Carvalho||P. Carvalho||Chrysler||Special||5.3|| || || |
|DNF||12||Querino Landi||Q. Landi||Fiat||GP||1.5||~7||gave up|
|DNF||14||Arthur Bertoni||S. Rodrigues||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8||~6||crash|
|DNF||34||Domingos Lopes||D. Lopes||Hudson||Special||3.5||1||engine|
|DNF||36||Norberto Jung||N. Jung||Ford||Special||3.6||V-8||1||engine|
|DNF||16||Luigi "Gino" Bianco||L. Bianco||Bugatti-Chrysler||5.3||0||crash|
|DNF||24||Antônio Botelho||A. Botelho||OM-Chrysler||5.3||0||crash|
Fastest lap: Nascimento Júnior (Alfa Romeo) in 8m03.7s = 83.1 km/h (51.6 mph)|
Winner's medium speed: 81.6 km/h (50.7 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 81.2 km/h (50.8 mph)
This is a very complex race to sort out with long names that are shown in different formats by different papers and several driver changes that all the newspapers obviously were not fully aware of.
Also Maurício de Carvalho seems to have asked his number to be changed from 32 to 38 and is also sometimes listed by his father's name "Sant'Anna" in the reports, making it even more complex.
1. Course length confirmed by Nascimento's published average speed (81.603 km/h).
2. 12500 réis was about 1 US dollar back then. The $ alike sign in the middle of the number looks odd but that is how it should be written. Consider the $ sign as a "," separator showing thousands (milreis).
3. Grid will be very speculative until picture evidence is found. 4-3-4 grid is from Correido da Manhã but mirrored.
Primary sources researched for this article:|
A Noite, Rio de Janeiro
Correio da Manhã, Rio de Janeiro
Jornal do Brasil, Rio de Janeiro
Special thanks to:
6 June 1938: The B.A.R.C. Whitsun Meeting was held at Brooklands.|
The handicap races were won by Charles Brackenbury (Bugatti 2.0L), R. L. Duller (Duesenberg), F. E. L. Elgood (Bentley), W. W. S. Bennett (Alta 1.5L),
Brettel (Austin 0.7L), Billy Cotton (ERA 1.5L) J. W. Stocks (Lea Francis), Angus Cuddon-Fletcher (M.G.)-
1. Motor Sport gives 3m49s (95.09 mph). That speed actually corresponds to a lap time of 3m49.8s
2. Grid from Sheldon. Does not fit with grid description in Motor Sport, July 1938 but a picture in the same magazine shows that Sheldon's grid might be the correct one.