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Hermann Lang - Mercedes-BenzManfred von Brauchitsch - Mercedes-BenzRudolf Caracciola - Mercedes-Benz

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)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Class over 1500 cc:
10Achille VarziOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8
12Laury SchellEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12DNS - streamliner
14Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12
18Clemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3083.0S-8 used a Tipo 316 during practice
26Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
28Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8
38Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT59/50BS-8
40Gianfranco ComottiEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12
44Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
46Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
48Raymond SommerAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12
52Eugenio SienaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12
60René DreyfusEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12
 
Voiturette Class:
2Pietro GhersiScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6
4Pino BaruffiGruppo VoltaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
6Armand HugA. HugMaserati4CM1.5S-4
8"Raph"B de las CasasMaserati6CM1.5S-6
16Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
20Enrico PlatéE. PlatéMaserati4CM?1.5
22Gianni BattagliaG. BattagliaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Ettore BiancoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
30Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM?1.5
32László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati4CM1.5S-4
34Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6Officine A. Maserati?
36Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
42Ferdinando RighettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
50Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
54Piero TaruffiP. TaruffiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
56Franco CorteseScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6Officine A. Maserati?
58Paul PietschOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6



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.
Entries:
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.
     
Practice:
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
Race:
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.
Pole Position
18
Biondetti

Alfa Romeo
3m34.35s

26
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
3m32.75s

44
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
3m29.66s

46
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
3m26.24s

10
Varzi

Maserati
3m36.78s

28
Trossi

Maserati
3m36.75s

14
Farina

Alfa Romeo
3m36.45s

40
Comotti

Delahaye
4m07.51s

60
Dreyfus

Delahaye
3m51.97s

52
Siena

Alfa Romeo
3m41.11s

48
Sommer

Alfa Romeo
3m41.70s

56
Cortese

Maserati
4m16.38s


*



38
Wimille

Bugatti

30
Lurani

Maserati

54
Taruffi

Maserati

58
Pietsch

Maserati

24
Bianco

Maserati

6
Hug

Maserati

50
Rocco

Maserati

16
de Teffé

Maserati

8
"Raph"

Maserati

36
Teagno

Maserati

34
L Villoresi

Maserati

32
L Hartmann

Maserati

20
E Platé

Maserati

2
Ghersi

Maserati

4
Baruffi

Maserati

42
Righetti

Maserati

22
Battaglia

Maserati

* 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.
     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.46Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12402h33m17.14s
2.44Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12402h37m55.64s+  4m38.50s
3.26Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12402h38m20.76s+  5m13.62s
4.48Raymond SommerAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12402h46m52.82s+ 13m35.68s
5.54Piero TaruffiP. TaruffiMaserati6CM1.5S-6402h57m47.34s+ 20m30.30s
6.50Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6402h57m56.34s+ 24m39.20s
7.60René DreyfusEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12402h58m06.00s+ 24m48.86s
8.30Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM?1.5403h03m37.63s+ 30m20.49s
9.24Ettore BiancoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6393h06m06.23s
10.8"Raph"B de las CasasMaserati6CM1.5S-6383h14m39.21s
11.6Armand HugA. HugMaserati4CM1.5S-4333h00m22.67s
DNF18Clemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3083.0S-8
DNF40Gianfranco ComottiEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-123637 laps? overheating/mechanical?
DNF28Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-815engine/rear axle
DNF14Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-1213crash with Hartmann
DNF10Achille VarziOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-811rear axle
DNF52Eugenio SienaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-128fatal crash
DNS38Jean-Pierre WimilleAutomobiles E. BugattiBugattiT59/50BS-8
DNS12Laury SchellEcurie Bleue streamlinerDelahaye1454.5V-120
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
In retrospect:
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.

Footnote:
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.




Piero Taruffi - MaseratiGiovanni Rocco  - MaseratiGiovanni Lurani - Maserati (Scuderia Ambrosiana)

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)



Seventeen Maseratis in fierce fight
All the cars in the voiturette class were Maseratis. Luigi Villoresi took the start but was soon passed by Cortese's works car. When Cortese became involved in Siena's crash and later slowed down Bianco took over the lead. When he fell back it was Taruffi and Rocco who fought for the victory, Taruffi finally winning by 9 seconds.
Entries:

     
Race:


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.54Piero TaruffiP. TaruffiMaserati6CM1.5S-6402h57m47.34s
2.50Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6402h57m56.34s+       9.00s
3.30Giovanni LuraniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM?1.5403h03m37.63s+ 5m50.29s
4.24Ettore BiancoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6393h06m06.23s
5.8"Raph"B de las CasasMaserati6CM1.5S-6383h14m39.21s
6.6Armand HugA. HugMaserati4CM1.5S-4333h00m22.67s
DNF34Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6   
DNF32László HartmannL. HartmannMaserati4CM1.5S-4   
DNF56Franco CorteseScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6   
DNF2Pietro GhersiScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6   
DNF4Pino BaruffiGruppo VoltaMaserati6CM1.5S-6   
DNF16Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6   
DNF20Enrico PlatéE. PlatéMaserati4CM?1.5   
DNF22Gianni BattagliaG. BattagliaMaserati6CM1.5S-6   
DNF36Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6   
DNF42Ferdinando RighettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6   
DNF58Paul PietschOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6   
Fastest lap: Paul Pietsch (Maserati) in 4m12.25s = 187.0 km/h (116.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 126.8 km/h (109.9 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 185.962 km/h ( mph)
Weather: intense heat, windy, sandstorms


Star 21 May 1938: J.H.T. Smith (MG Magnette 1.1L) wins the Sydenham Trophy Race (handicap) at the Crystal Palace track in England.
Star 22 May 1938: Mazaud (Delahaye 135CS) wins the Groote Prijs van Antwerpen sports car race. (Results)



Giovanni Rocco - MaseratiRaph - MaseratiLuigi Villoresi - Maserati (Scuderia Ambrosiana)

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)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.5S-8
4Luigi SoffiettiGruppo VoltaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
4Pino BaruffiGruppo VoltaMaserati6CM1.5S-6Also tested - shared car
6Pietro GhersiScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
8Franco CorteseScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
10Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA
12Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
14Ferdinando RighettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
16Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-4
18Piero TaruffiScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
20Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SubauraMaserati6CM1.5S-6
22Enrico PlatéE. PlatéMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Dioscoride LanzaScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4
26Letterio CucinottaL. CucinottaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
28Gianni BattagliaG. BattagliaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
30Aldo MarazzaOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
32Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
34Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
36Giovanni LuraniCount LuraniMaserati4CM1.5S-4
38Ettore BiancoScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4
40"Raph""Raph"Maserati6CM1.5S-6



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.
Entries:
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:
Practice times where: Bianco 3m18.2s, Pietsch 3m20.2s, Soffieti 3m25.6s, Baruffi 3m28.6s, Platé 3m34.2s, Marazza 3m45.2s, Lanza 4m41.6s.
Race:


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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.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.34Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6301h30m04.6s 
2.40"Raph""Raph"Maserati6CM1.5S-6301h32m15.0s+ 2m10.4s
3.32Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6301h34m09.4s+ 4m05.0s
4.28Gianni BattagliaG. BattagliaMaserati6CM1.5S-6301h35m56.4s+ 5m51.8s
5.4Luigi SoffiettiGruppo VoltaMaserati6CM1.5S-6301h36m15.0s+ 6m10.4s
6.12Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6291h35m18.2s 
DNF26Letterio CucinottaL. CucinottaMaserati4CM1.5S-4? 
DNF30Aldo MarazzaOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-623crash 
DNF24Dioscoride LanzaScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4? 
DNF20Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SubauraMaserati6CM1.5S-6? 
DNF22Enrico PlatéE. PlatéMaserati6CM1.5S-6? 
DNF2Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.5S-8? 
DNF14Ferdinando RighettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6? 
DNF16Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-43mechanical 
DNF38Ettore BiancoScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-42crash 
DNF36Giovanni LuraniCount LuraniMaserati4CM1.5S-42crash 
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



Athur Nascimento Jr. - Alfa RomeoChico Landi - Alfa RomeoLuis Cañeto - Alfa Romeo

I CIRCUITO DE GÁVEA NACIONAL

Gávea - Rio de Janeiro (BRA), 29 May 1938
20 laps x 11.16 km (6.94 mi) = 223.2 km (138.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Arthur Nascimento JuniorA. Nascimento Jr.Alfa RomeoP32.9S-8202h44m06s5
4Mario ValentimM . ValentimFordSpecial3.6V-8182h34m37.2s
6Chico LandiF. LandiAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8202h44m50.4s
8Rubem AbrunhosaR. AbrunhosaBugatti-Studebaker4.1
10Geraldo de AvellarG. AvellarFordSpecial3.6V-8192h42m53.6s
12Querino LandiQ. LandiFiatGP1.5
16Gino BiancoG. BiancoBugatti-Chrysler5.30accident
18Angelo GonçalvesA. GonçalvesFordSpecial3.6V-8172h37m32.7s
20Paulo CarvalhoP. CarvalhoChryslerSpecial5.3
22Newton TeixeiraN. TeixeiraAlfa Romeo17501.8S-6162h42m14.0s
24Antônio BotelhoA. BotelhoOM-Chrysler5.30accident
26Ângelo VillafrancaA. VillafrancaStutz5.3172h41m44.1s
28Antônio CastelloA. CastelloBugatti2.3
30Syrio BurliniS. BurliniFiat-Wanderer2.6152h28m24.9s
32Maurício CarvalhoM. CarvalhoFiat8061.514
34Domingos LopesD. LopesHudsonSpecial3.51
36Norberto JungN. JungFordSpecial3.6V-81engine
38Serafim RodriguesS. RodriguesFordSpecial3.6V-8
40Luis CañetoL. CañedoAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8192h42m50.6s

Nascimento Junior fastest of the South Americans
This was a South American affair with no major European entries. Nascimento Junior took the lead followed by Chico Landi and Querino Landi. Soon Mário Valentim passed for third while up at the front Nascimento Junior opened up the gap. At half distance Nascimento was leading by over 80 second from Chico Landi who held an even greater gap to Valentim whose third position was challenged by Cañedo and Avellar. Nascimento took it easy during the second half of the race to win from Chico Landi and Cañedo.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position
8
Abrunhos

Bugatti
8m22.3s

6
C Landi

Alfa Romeo
8m19.2s

4
Valentim

Ford
8m15.0s

2
Nascimento

Alfa Romeo
8m11.0s

18
Gonçalves

Ford

16
Bianco

Bugatti

12
Q Landi

Fiat

10
Avellar

Ford

26
Villafranca

Stutz

24
Botelho

OM

22
Teixeira

Alfa Romeo

20
Carvalho



34
Lopes

Hudson

32
Carvalho

Fiat

30
Burlini

Fiat

28
Castell

Bugatti

40
Cañedo

Alfa Romeo

38
Rodrigues

Ford

36
Jung

Ford




Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Arthur Nascimento JuniorA. Nascimento Jr.Alfa RomeoP32.9S-8202h44m06.5s
2.6Chico LandiF. LandiAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8202h44m50.4s+ 46.9s
3.40Luis CañetoL. CañedoAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8192h42m50.6s
4.10Geraldo de AvellarG. AvellarFordSpecial3.6V-8192h42m53.6s
5.4Mario ValentimM . ValentimFordSpecial3.6V-8182h34m37.2s
6.18Angelo GonçalvesA. GonçalvesFordSpecial3.6V-8172h37m32.7s
7.26Ângelo VillafrancaA. VillafrancaStutz5.3172h41m44.1s
8.22Newton TeixeiraN. TeixeiraAlfa Romeo17501.8S-6162h42m14.0s
9.30Syrio BurliniS. BurliniFiat-Wanderer2.6152h28m24.9s
10.32Maurício CarvalhoM. CarvalhoFiat8061.514
?12Querino LandiQ. LandiFiatGP1.5
?38Serafim RodriguesS. RodriguesFordSpecial3.6V-8
?28Antônio CastelloA. CastelloBugatti2.3
?8Rubem AbrunhosaR. AbrunhosaBugatti-Studebaker4.1
?20Paulo CarvalhoP. CarvalhoChryslerSpecial5.3
DNF34Domingos LopesD. LopesHudsonSpecial3.51
DNF36Norberto JungN. JungFordSpecial3.6V-81engine
DNF16Gino BiancoG. BiancoBugatti-Chrysler5.30accident
DNF24Antônio BotelhoA. BotelhoOM-Chrysler5.30accident
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)
Weather:


Full report (in Portuguese)


With a special thanks to Napoleão Ribeiro (http://www.luik.com.br)



Floyd Roberts - Burd Piston RingWilbur Shaw - Shaw (color of car unconfirmed)Chet Miller - IBEW Summers (color of car unconfirmed)

XXVI INDIANAPOLIS 500

Indianapolis (USA), 30 May 1938
200 laps x 4.023 km (2.5 mi) = 804.67 km (500.0 mi)



No.DriverCar NameCar

23Floyd RobertsBurd Piston RingWetteroth-Miller
1Wilbur ShawShawShaw-Offenhauser
2Ted HornMiller-HartzWetteroth Mill
3 Chet MillerIBEWSummers-Offenhauser
4Ralph HepburnHarry A. MillerMiller RE4 DNQ
5Louis MeyerBowes Seal FastStevens-Winfield
6Jimmy SnyderSparks-ThorneAdams-Spark
7Bill CummingsIBEWMiller
8Rex MaysAlfa RomeoAlfa-Romeo
9Cliff BergereKarft Real RyeStevens-Miller
10Tony WillmanBelangerStevens-Miller
12George BaileyBarbasolWeil-Dury
14Russ SnowbergerD-XSnowberger-Miller
15George ConnorMarks-MillerAdams-Miller
16Ronney HouseholderThorne-SparksAdams-Spark
17Tony GulottaHamilton-HarrisStevens-Offenhauser
18Billy WinnHarry A. MillerMiller Miller DNQ
21louis TomeiPOB Perfect SealMiller
22Joel ThorneThorne EngineeringShaw-Offenhauser
24Billy WinnHarry A. MillerMillerDNQ
25George BaileyHarry A. MillerMiller RE4DNQ
26Frank BriskoShur-stopStevens-Brisko
27Mauri RoseIBEWMaserati
29Frank WearneIndiana FurAdams-Offenhauser
31Charles CrawfordShafer 8Rigling-BuickDNQ
32Fred Frame HulbertDuesenbergDuesenbergDNQ
33Henry BanksKimmelMiller-Voelker
34Babe StappMcCoy Auto ServiceWeil-Miller
35Kelly PetilloPetilloWetteroth-Offenhauser
36Al PutnamTroy TydolStevens-Miller
37Ira HallGreenfield ServiceNowick-Studebaker
38Chet GardnerBurd Piston RingRigling-Offenhauser
42Emil AndresElgin Piston PinAdams-Brisko
43Duke NalonKohler-MillerFengler-Miller
44Rick DeckerMillerMiller FDDNQ
45Harry McQuinnMarcheseMarchese-Miller
46Doc WilliamsBen BeenMiller FDDNQ
47Shorty CantlonKamm'sStevens-Miller
48Tazio NuvolariAlfa RomeoAlfa RomeoDNA
51Charles CrawfordStewartStewart-MortBrDNQ
52Deacon LitzSampson-LitzOffenhauserDNQ
53Johnny SawyerUhlDuesenbergDNQ
54Herb ArdingerOffenhauserMiller-Offenhauser
55Al Miller IIDumont PepsiMiller
56Johnny SeymourClemons Independent SuspClemonDNQ
57Jack PetticordMiller-DuesenbergMiller-DuesenbergDNQ
58Billy DeVorePR & WStevens-Offenhauser
59Floyd DavisWoestmanMcDowlDNQ



Floyd Roberts' greatest moment.
The 1938 Indy 500 was run to the Grand Prix formula. Pole man Floyd Roberts in an Wetteroth-Miller owned by former race driver Lou Moore and Jimmy Snyder in an Adams-Spark each lead 92 laps but with the latter having to retired at 3/4 distance with a broken supercharger Roberts took the victory from Wilbur Shaw and Chet Miller. During the race a spectator lost his life when hit by a wheel from Emil Andres' car.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position
23
Roberts

Wetteroth

14
Snowberger

Snowberg

8
Mays

Alfa Romeo

17
Gulotta

Stevens

3
C Miller

Summers

2
Horn

Wetteroth

1
Shaw

Shaw

34
Stapp

Weil

27
Rose

Maserati

16
Householder

Adams

26
Brisko

Stevens

5
Meyer

Stevens

22
Thorne

Shaw

54
Ardinger

Miller

6
Snyder

Adams

7
Cummings

Miller

29
Wearne

Adams

38
Gardner

Rigling

15
Connor

Adams

47
Cantlon

Stevens

35
Petillo

Wetteroth

55
A Miller II

Miller

36
Putnam

Stevens

21
Tomei

Miller

45
McQuinn

Marchese

10
Willman

Stevens

37
Hall

Nowick

42
Andres

Adams

12
Bailey

Weil

58
DeVore

Stevens

33
Banks

Miller

9
Bergere

Stevens

43
Nalon

Fengler




Results

Pos.No.DriverCar NameCarLapsTime/StatusSpeed

1.23Floyd RobertsBurd Piston RingWetteroth-Miller2004h15m58.40s117.200 mph
2.1Wilbur ShawShawShaw-Offenhauser2004h19m33.67s115.580 mph
3.3 Chet MillerIBEWSummers-Offenhauser2004h20m59.51s114.946 mph
4.2Ted HornMiller-HartzWetteroth Mill2004h27m22.39s112.203 mph
5.38Chet GardnerBurd Piston RingRigling-Offenhauser2004h31m57.48s110.311 mph
6.54Ardinger/Snowberger/BergereOffenhauserMiller-Offenhauser199109.843 mph
7.45McQuinn/WillmanMarcheseMarchese-Miller197108.694 mph
8.58Billy DeVorePR & WStevens-Offenhauser185102.080 mph
9.22Joel ThorneThorne EngineeringShaw-Offenhauser185102.009 mph
10.29Frank WearneIndiana FurAdams-Offenhauser181   99.543 mph
11.43Duke NalonKohler-MillerFengler-Miller178
12.12George BaileyBarbasolWeil-Dury166clutch
13.27Mauri RoseIBEWMaserati165supercharger
14.16Householder/WinnThorne-SparksAdams-Spark154supercharger hose
15.6Jimmy SnyderSparks-ThorneAdams-Spark150supercharger
16.5Louis MeyerBowes Seal FastStevens-Winfield149oil pump
17.17Tony GulottaHamilton-HarrisStevens-Offenhauser130connecting rod
18.55Al Miller IIDumont PepsiMiller125clutch
19.15George ConnorMarks-MillerAdams-Miller119engine
20.9Cliff BergereKarft Real RyeStevens-Miller111piston
21.33Henry BanksKimmelMiller-Voelker109rod bearing
22.35Kelly PetilloPetilloWetteroth-Offenhauser100camshaft
23.21louis TomeiPOB Perfect SealMiller88connecting rod
24.7Bill CummingsIBEWMiller72radiator leak
25.14Russ SnowbergerD-XSnowberger-Miller56connecting rod
26.34Babe StappMcCoy Auto ServiceWeil-Miller54valve
27.10Tony WillmanBelangerStevens-Miller47valve
28.8Rex MaysAlfa RomeoAlfa-Romeo45supercharger
29.42Emil AndresElgin Piston PinAdams-Brisko45crash
30.37Ira HallGreenfield ServiceNowick-Studebaker44crash
31.26Frank BriskoShur-stopStevens-Brisko39oil line
32.36Al PutnamTroy TydolStevens-Miller15crankshaft
33.47Shorty CantlonKamm'sStevens-Miller13supercharger
Winner's medium speed: 188.62 km/h (117.20 mph)
Pole position: Floyd Roberts in 1m11.61s = 202.26 km/h (125.68 mph)
Weather:



Ralph Röese - BMWHans Gübelin - BMWGuerrini - Lancia

XIII GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÉRES (2000cc)

Chimay (B), 5 June 1938
12 laps x 10.87 km (6.75 mi) = 130.44 km (81.1 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

René BiolayR. BiolayAmilcarC61.1S-6
Angelo Della CellaA. Della CellaFiat5081.0S-6DNA
Jacques Du BrusleJ. Du BrusleBugattiT51A1.5S-8DNA
"Gigi""Gigi"BugattiT371.5S-4
BougardBougardAmilcarCGS1.1S-4
"Nando" AlexandreP. AlexandreBugattiT371.5S-4
Emile CornetE. CornetAlfa Romeo1750ss1.8S-6
Nando BarbieriF. BarbieriMaserati4CS1.5S-4
Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGQ0.7S-4
Ralph RöeseR. RöeseBMW3282.0S-6
Hans GübelinH. GübelinBMW3282.0S-6
"Garvin""Garvin"Imperia18001.8S-6
Franz GouvionF. GouvionLanciaAprillia1.4V-4DNA
GuerriniGuerriniLanciaAprilla1.4V-4
Pierre La BoissièreP. La BoissièreBugattiT37A1.5S-4



BMW domination
The entry list for the class under 2 liter was very heterogenic with cars from nine different manufacturers to be found. The BMW 328s of Röese and Gubelin proved to be in their own class and dominated the race from start to finish.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:


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Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.Ralph RöeseR. RöeseBMW3282.0S-6121h06m42s
2.Hans GübelinH. GübelinBMW3282.0S-6121h07m19s+ 37s
3.GuerriniGuerriniLanciaAprilla1.4S-4111h12m04s
4.René BiolayR. BiolayAmilcarC61.1S-6111h14m24s
5.Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGQ0.7S-4101h08m11s
6."Nando" AlexandreP. AlexandreBugattiT371.5S-4101h11m
7."Gigi""Gigi"BugattiT371.5S-491h08m38s
8."Garvin""Garvin"Imperia18001.8S-691h13m
DNFNando BarbieriF. Barbierimaserati4CS1.5S-4
DNFEmile CornetE. CornetAlfa Romeo1750ss1.8S-6
DNFPierre La BoissièreP. La BoissièreBugattiT37A1.5S-4
DNFBougardBougardAmilcarCGS1.1S-4
Fastest lap: Röese (BMW)
Winner's medium speed: 117.3 km/h (72.9 mph)
Weather:

A great thanks to Tony Kane for providing me with a race report and results.



Maurice Trintignant - BugattiRobert Mazaud - DelahayeT.A.S.O. Mathieson - Bugatti

XIII GRAND PRIX DES FRONTIÉRES

Chimay (B), 5 June 1938
12 laps x 10.87 km (6.75 mi) = 130.44 km (81.1 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Pierre GoldschmidtP. GoldschmidtBugattiT43A2.3S-8
Michel RoumaniM. RoumaniBugattiT35B2.3S-8
Maurice TrintignantM. TrintignantBugattiT512.3S-8
Arthur LegatA. LegatBugattiT35B2.3S-8
Emmanuel de GraffenriedE. de GraffenriedMaserati(CM3.0S-8DNA
Adolfo MandirolaA. MandirolaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
Emilio VicentiniE. VicentiniAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
Luigi PlatéL. PlatéAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
Léon SvenL. SvenJaguarSS1002.7S-6DNA
T.A.S.O. MathiesonT.A.S.O. MathiesonBugattiT57S3.3S-8
Robert MazaudR. MazaudDelahaye135 CS3.6S-6
Jean TrémouletJ. TrémouletDelahaye135 CS3.6S-6



Maurice Trintignant's first victory
In the class over 2 liter Legat (Bugatti) took the lead from Mazaud (Delahaye) and Mathiesson (Bugatti). Legat opened up the gap and seemed a certain winner until he stopped with electrical problems on lap nine giving over the lead to Mazaud with Trintignant (Bugatti), who had passed Mathiesson, in second position. 20 year old Trintignant was catching the leader and passed on the last lap to take the victory in only his second race start. Due to a misunderstanding Mazaud, who had been cruising, thought Trintignant was a lap behind and never fought back.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position
Legat
Bugatti

Mazaud
Delahaye

Mandirola
Maserati

Mathieson
Bugatti

Vincentini
Alfa Romeo

Trémoulet
Delahaye

Platé
Alfa Romeo

Trintignant
Bugatti

Roumani
Bugatti

Goldschmidt
Bugatti

(Or mirror)




Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.Maurice TrintignantM. TrintignantBugattiT512.3S-8121h03m57s
2.Robert MazaudR. MazaudDelahaye135 CS3.6S-6121h04m29s+ 32s
3.T.A.S.O. MathiesonT.A.S.O. MathiesonBugattiT57S3.3S-8121h05m08s+ 1m11s
4.Jean TrémouletJ. TrémouletDelahaye135 CS3.6S-6121h07m07s+ 3m10s
5.Adolfo MandirolaA. MandirolaMaserati8CM3.0S-8111h04m41s
6.Michel RoumaniM. RoumaniBugattiT35B2.3S-8111h05m59s
7.Arthur LegatA. LegatBugattiT35B2.3S-8101h01m10s
8.GoldschmidtGoldschmidtBugattiT43A2.3S-8101h10m53s
DNFLuigi PlatéL. PlatéAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-83
DNFEmilio VicentiniE. VicentiniAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-83
Fastest lap: Trintignant (Bugatti) in 5m03s = 129.1 km/h (80.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 122.4 km/h (76.4 mph)
Weather: light rain

A great thanks to Tony Kane for providing me with a race report and results.

Star 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.)



Carlo Pintacuda - Alfa RomeoCarlos Arzani - Alfa RomeoManoel de Oliveira - Ford

IV GRANDE PRÊMIO DA CIDADE DE RIO DE JANEIRO

Gávea - Rio de Janeiro (BRA), 12 June 1938
25 laps x 11.16 km (6.94 mi) = 279.0 km (173.4 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Carlo PintacudaAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo3083.0S-8
4Mario TadiniAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo3083.0S-8
6Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliMaserati8CM3.0S-8
8Carlos ArzaniC. ArzaniAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8
10Manoel de OliveiraM. de OliveiraFordSpecial3.6V-8
12Casimiro de OliveiraC. de OliveiraBugattiT512.3S-8
14Angel GarabatoA. GarabatoChryslerSpecial5.3
16Arthur Nascimento JúniorA. Nascimento Jr.Alfa RomeoP32.9S-8
18Chico LandiC. LandiAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
20João Alfredo BragaA. BragaAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
22Benedicto LopesB. LopesAlfa Romeo29002.9S-8
24Luiz Tavares Moraesl. Tavares MoraesAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
26Cícero Marques PortoC. Marques PortoBugattiT37A1.5S-4
28Domingos LopesD. LopesBugattiT37A1.5S-4
30Norberto JungN. JungFordSpecial3.6V-8
32Querino LandiQ. LandiFiatGP1.5
34Mário ValentimM. ValentimFordSpecial3.6V-8
36Newton TeixeiraN. TeixeiraAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-8
40Geraldo S. PedroG. PedroFordSpecial3.6V-8



Pintacuda's third Brazil victory.
The race started in drizzling rain and Anzani took the lead from Tadini, Nashimento Jr. Chico Landi, Benedicto Lopez and Pintacuda, who had made a bad start. However after three laps Pintacuda was up to second and he took the lead from Anzani on lap five after it had started to rain cats and dogs. There was no real opposition for Pintacuda in the works Alfa Romeo who dominated the rest of the race to win from Arzani. Tadini in the other works Alfa had to make two stops for new plugs, dropping him down the results list while Manoel de Oliveira, being sixth after six laps, had a great race passing Landi on lap 7 and Nashimento on lap 11 to finish third. About a dozen spectators were either injured or killed when João Alfredo Braga crashed his Alfa Romeo into the crowd on lap 17.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Carlos Arzani (Alfa Romeo) took pole position with a lap time of in 7m39.4s.
Race:

Pole Position
F Landi
Alfa Romeo

Pintacuda
Alfa Romeo

Tadini
Alfa Romeo

Arzani
Alfa Romeo

B Lopes
Alfa Romeo

M Oliveira
Ford

Braga
Alfa Romeo

Nascimento
Alfa Romeo

N Teixeira
Alfa Romeo

Jung
Ford

Tavares Moraes
Alfa Romeo

Valentim
Ford

Marques Porto
Bugatti

Garabato
Chrysler

Geraldo Pedro
Ford

D Lopes
Bugatti

Decaroli
Maserati

C Oliveira
Bugatti

Q Landi
Fiat



Once again Ferrari sent two cars for the Rio de Janeiro Grand Prix, this time with Pintacuda and Tadini as drivers. The race was run in heavy rain and Argentinian driver Arzani took an early lead with his Alfa Romeo 8C-35. Then Pintacuda passed him and dominated the rest of the race to take the victory just as in 1937. Tadini lost a lot of time with pit stops to change plugs and finished sixth. After the race the Ferrari Alfas were sold to eager local drivers.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2Carlo PintacudaAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo3083.0S-8253h33m37.2s
2.8Carlos ArzaniC. ArzaniAlfa Romeo8C-353.8S-8253h40m00.6s+ 6m23.4s
3.10Manoel de OliveiraM. de OliveiraFordSpecial3.6V-8244h15m29.0s
4.16Arthur Nascimento JúniorA. Nascimento Jr.Alfa RomeoP32.9S-8244h20m26.8s
5.12Casimiro de OliveiraC. de OliveiraBugattiT512.3S-823
6.4Mario TadiniAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo3083.0S-823
7.32Querino LandiQ. LandiFiatGP1.523
DNF14Angel GarabatoA. GarabatoChryslerSpecial5.321
DNF18Chico LandiC. LandiAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-820
DNF20João Alfredo BragaA. BragaAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-816crashed into crowd
DNF34Mário ValentimM. ValentimFordSpecial3.6V-8
DNF26Cícero Marques PortoC. Marques PortoBugattiT37A1.5S-4
DNF24Luiz Tavares Moraesl. Tavares MoraesAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-87
DNF36Newton TeixeiraN. TeixeiraAlfa RomeoMonza2.3S-85
DNF6Louis DecaroliL. DecaroliMaserati8CM3.0S-84
DNF22Benedicto LopesB. LopesAlfa Romeo29002.9S-83
DNF28Domingos LopesD. LopesBugattiT37A1.5S-43accident/mechanical
DNF40Geraldo PedroG. PedroFordSpecial3.6V-83
DNF30Norberto JungN. JungFordSpecial3.6V-80fire
Fastest lap: Carlos Arzani (Alfa Romeo) in 7m50.4s = 85,4 km/h (53.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 78.4 km/h (48.7 mph)
Pole position Carlos Arzani (Alfa Romeo) in 7m39.4s = 87.5 km/h (53.3 mph)
Weather:

Full report (in Portuguese)


Main source: Motor Sport November 1938 and http://www.luik.com.br with a special thanks to Napoleão Ribeiro.
Also great thanks to "Chico Landi" (TNF Atlas)



Raymond Mays - ERAEttore Bianco - MaseratiLuigi Soffietti - Maserati

XIV GRAND PRIX DE PICARDIE

Peronne (F), 12 June 1938
2 heats of 10 laps x 9.765 km (6.07 mi) = 97.7 km (60.7 mi)
Final of 15 laps x 9.765 km (6.07 mi) = 146.5 km (91.0 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2"B Bira"Prince ChulaERAC1.5S-6
4Reggie TongueR. TongueERAB1.5S-6DNS
6Earl HoweEarl HoweERAB1.5S-6
8Ettore BiancoScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4
10Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4
12Robin HansonMrs Hall-SmithMaserati6CM1.5S-6
14Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
16Jean DelormeJ. DelormeBugatti1.5DNS
18Alphonse de BurnayA. de BurnayMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
20Charles MartinC. MartinDelage-Jap2LCV?DNS
22"Raph""Raph"Maserati6CM1.5S-6DNS
24Dioscoride LanzaScuderia SubauraMaserati6CM1.5S-6
26Luciano UboldiGruppo VoltaMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNS
28Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
30Raymond MaysR. MaysERAD1.5S-6
32Norman WilsonN. WilsonERAA1.5S-6
34John WakefieldIan ConnellERAB1.5S-6
36Louis VilleneuveL. VilleneuveBugattiT51A?1.5S-8



ERA's last international victory
The race was run in two heats plus final, "B. Bira" winning the first heat and Mays the second but the ERA works team had problems with their cars. Mays made a great start at the final but at the same time destroyed his first gear and had to let Bira past before the end of the lap. The order was Bira, Mays, Hug and Bianco while Howe had to retire his works car with a blown supercharger. Bira opened up a minute gap but then lost oil pressure, had to make a pit stop and finally had to retire when the ERA broke a con rod. Mays led the rest of the race to win from the Maseratis of Bianco and Soffietti.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Heat 1:

Pole Position
8
Bianco

Maserati


2
Bira

ERA
3m48s

6
Howe

ERA


12
Hansson

Maserati

10
Soffietti

Maserati

14
Herkuleyns

MG




Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.2"B Bira"Prince ChulaERAC1.5S-61038m45.8s 
2.6Earl HoweEarl HoweERAB1.5S-61038m59.0s+ 13.2s
3.8Ettore BiancoScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4938m47.0s 
4.10Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4939m28.0s 
5.14Harry HerkuleynsH. HerkuleynsMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6738m48.0s 
DNF12Robin HansonMrs Hall-SmithMaserati6CM1.5S-64mechanical 
Fastest lap: "B Bira" (ERA) in 3m50s = 152.8 km/h (95.0 mph) (Note 1)
Winner's medium speed: 151.1 km/h (93.9 mph)
Weather: sunshine at start, getting cloudy in the end.
Heat 2:

Pole Position
32
Wilson

ERA

34
Wakefield

ERA

30
Mays

ERA

24
Lanza

Maserati

28
Hug

Maserati

18
de Burnay

MG

36
Villeneuve

Bugatti




Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.30Raymond MaysR. MaysERAD1.5S-61040m53.0s 
2.32Norman WilsonN. WilsonERAA1.5S-61044m47.2s+ 3m54.2s
3.24Dioscoride LanzaScuderia SubauraMaserati6CM1.5S-6941m44.2s 
4.18Alphonse de BurnayA. de BurnayMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6841m27.0s 
5.28Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4842m56.0s 
6.36Louis VilleneuveL. VilleneuveBugattiT51A?1.5S-8843m45.8s 
DNF34John WakefieldIan ConnellERAB1.5S-63engine 
Fastest lap: Raymond Mays (ERA) in 3m59s = 147.1 km/h (91.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 143.3 km/h (89.0 mph)
Weather: drying up after shower
Final:

Pole Position
30
Mays

ERA

6
Howe

ERA

2
"B Bira"

ERA

8
Bianco

Maserati

32
Wilson

ERA

18
de Burnay

MG

24
Lanza

Maserati

10
Soffietti

Maserati

36
Villeneuve

Bugatti

28
Hug

Maserati

(Note 2)




ERA and Maserati works teams met at Peronne, ERA entering cars for Mays and Howe. In the first heat Bira (ERA-C) won from Howe, Bianco's works Maserati being a distant third. In the second heat ERA's were again dominant, Mays winning from Wilson (ERA-A) with Lanza (Maserati 6CM) a lap down. It was a troublesome start of the final for the ERA team as Howe was out on the first lap with a blown compressor and Mays had lost first gear. Bira took command of the race and opened up a one minute gap before retiring at half distance. Mays then took over; winning comfortably from the Maseratis. At that time no one could guess that this was the last international victory ever for ERA.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.30Raymond MaysR. MaysERAD1.5S-6151h00m03.6s 
2.8Ettore BiancoScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4151h02m26.6s+ 2m23.0s
3.10Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4141h00m25.0s 
4.32Norman WilsonN. WilsonERAA1.5S-6141h00m31.0s 
5.24Dioscoride LanzaScuderia SubauraMaserati6CM1.5S-6141h02m56.4s 
6.36Louis VilleneuveL. VilleneuveBugattiT51A1.5S-8121h04m18.4s 
7.18Alphonse de BurnayA. de BurnayMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6111h03m54.0s 
DNF28Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-410 
DNF2"B Bira"Prince ChulaERAC1.5S-68engine 
DNF6Earl HoweEarl HoweERAB1.5S-60mechanical 
Fastest lap: "B Bira" (ERA) in 3m48s = 154.2 km/h (95.8 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 146.3 km/h (90.9 mph)
Weather:

Footnote:
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.

Star 18-19 June 1938: Chaboud/Trémoulet (Delahaye) wins the Les 24 Heures du Mans race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France. (Results)
Star 23-26 June 1938: Kautz and Hasse tests the Auto Union streamliners against the normal GP cars at the Nürburgring



Aldo Marazza - MaseratiLuigi Villoresi - Maserati (Scuderia Ambrosiana)Giorgio Pelassa - Maserati (Scuderia Torino)

IV° COPPA PRINCIPESSA DI PIEMONTE

Posillipo - Napoli (I), 26 June 1938
60 laps x 4.1 km (2.55 mi) = 246 km (152.9 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Ettore BiancoScuderia SabaudaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
4Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
6Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
8Aldo MarazzaOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
10Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
12Dioscoride LanzaScuderia SabaudaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
14Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
16Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-4
18Piero DusioScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6
20"Raph""Raph"Maserati6CM1.5S-6
22Giorgio PelassaScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Gianni BattagliaG. BattagliaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
26Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
28Antonio NegroA. NegroMaserati6CM1.5S-6
30Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
32Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
34Eugenio MinettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
36Secondo CorsiS. CorsiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
38AdragnaAdragnaMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA



Young Aldo Marazza wins hot race.
The race was held in intense heat. Trossi led the first ten laps of the race until giving up and coming in for a relief driver. With no driver available Villoresi overtook the lead followed by Pietsch. Pietsch hit a kerb destroying a wheel and Villoresi had to stop for fuel so in the end Aldo Marazza took the victory.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position
8
Marazza

Maserati
2m22.1s

4
Trossi

Maserati
2m21.8s

30
Villoresi

Maserati
2m21.2s

18
Dusio

Maserati
2m26.0s

16
Pietsch

Maserati
2m24.0s

2
Bianco

Maserati
2m23.8s

14
Hug

Maserati
2m30.0s

24
Battaglia

Maserati
2m27.2s

6
Rocco

Maserati
2m26.2s

32
de Teffe

Maserati
2m32.8s

20
Raph

Maserati
2m32.4s

34
Minetti

Maserati
2m30.2s

26
Soffietti

Maserati
2m37.6s

10
Teagno

Maserati
2m37.0s

12
Lanza

Maserati
2m33.6s

22
Pelassa

Maserati
-

28
Negro

Maserati
3m09.0s

36
Corsi

Maserati
2m40.0s



The race was held in terrible conditions in the intense heat and cars went in and out of the pits as drivers were changed. Trossi (Maserati 6CM) led the first 1/3 of the race until giving up. The fight for the lead went on between Pietsch (Maserati 4CM), Villoresi and Marazza, Villoresi had to stop for fuel and Pietsch hit a kerb destroying a wheel so the young Marazza made another impressing race to finish first.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.8Aldo MarazzaOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6602h26m08.6s 
2.30Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6602h26m36.4s+ 27.8s
3.22Giorgio PelassaScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6592h28m43.4s 
4.2Ettore BiancoScuderia SabaudaMaserati4CM1.5S-4582h27m20.1s 
5.14Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4582h27m41.3s 
6.26Luigi SoffiettiScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6582h28m47.1s 
7.12Dioscoride LanzaScuderia SabaudaMaserati4CM1.5S-4572h26m49.0s 
8.16Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-4562h28m21.4s 
9.32Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6562h28m49.0s 
10.10Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6552h27m43.4s 
11.20"Raph""Raph"Maserati6CM1.5S-6532h29m07.4s 
12.4Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6512h29m07.8s 
DNF34Eugenio MinettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-642 
DNF6Giovanni RoccoOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-634 
DNF24Gianni BattagliaG. BattagliaMaserati6CM1.5S-616 
DNF18Piero DusioScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-613 
DNF28Antonio NegroA. NegroMaserati6CM1.5S-67shock absorber 
DNF36Secondo CorsiS. CorsiMaserati4CM1.5S-41clutch 
Fastest lap: Carlo Felice Trossi (Maserati) in 2m21.8s = 104.1 k/h (64.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 101.0 km/h (62.8 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 104.5 km/h (65.0 mph)
Weather: intense heat


Star 28 June 1938: "B Bira" (ERA) wins the London Grand Prix at the Crystal Palace track in England.



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