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Emilio Villoresi - Alfa RomeoClemente Biondetti - Alfa RomeoAldo Marazza - Maserati

COPPA CIANO

Livorno (I), 7 August 1938
25 laps x 5.8 km (3.6 mi) = 145 km (90.1 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Franco CorteseScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
4Ettore BiancoScuderia SabaudaMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNA
6Andrea BrezziScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
8Arialdo RuggeriA. RuggeriMaserati6CM1.5S-6
10Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-4
12Angelo MarelliGruppo VoltaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
14Emilio VilloresiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
16Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
18Secondo CorsiS. CorsiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
20"Raph""Raph"Maserati6CM1.5S-6
22Luigi VilloresiOfficina A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Clemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
26Francesco SeveriAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
28Giovanni RoccoOfficina A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
30Aldo MarazzaOfficina A. MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
32Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-4
34Giorgio PelassaScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
36Piero DusioScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
38BagnoliBagnoliSpecialeDNA



The birth of a legend.
At Coppa Ciano Alfa Romeo introduced their new Tipo 158, later to be known as the legendary "Alfetta". However Luigi Villoresi in a Maserati took the lead and held it for half the race until he had to retire. His brother then led home a double victory for the new Alfa Romeo.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position?
22
L Villoresi

Maserati
2m35s

24
Biondetti

Alfa Romeo
2m34s

14
E Villoresi

Alfa Romeo
2m31s

26
Severi

Alfa Romeo
2m32s

16
Teagno

Maserati

32
Pietsch

Maserati

2
Cortese

Maserati

20
"Raph"

Maserati


8
Ruggeri

Maserati


30
Marazza

Maserati
2m42s

34
Pelassa

Maserati


12
Marelli

Maserati

6
Brezzi

Maserati

10
Barbieri



18
Corsi

Maserati



The long expected new Alfa Romeo Tipo 158 "Vetturetta" finally appeared for the first time at Coppa Ciano, raced by Emilio Villoresi, Biondetti and Severi. The new cars showed their speed during the practice. In the race it was however Luigi Villoresi in an upgraded works Maserati 6CM who led after the first lap. Bianco, back after his Albi crash, was already out of the race. Luigi Villoresi, having led the first half of the race, had to let his brother by when there was trouble with the Maserati and at 15 laps he retired. The Alfa Romeos dominated the rest of the race, but a possible triple victory was lost when Severi spun and dropped to 9th. This was the first of many victories for the famous Tipo 158 "Alfetta".

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.14Emilio VilloresiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8251h05m21.6s
2.24Clemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8251h05m23.8s+ 2.2s
3.30Aldo MarazzaOfficina A. MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-4251h06m22.2s+ 1m00.6s
4.2Franco CorteseScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6251h06m42.8s+ 1m21.2s
5.10Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-4241h07m48.6s
6.8Arialdo RuggeriA. RuggeriMaserati6CM1.5S-6241h08m20.0s
7.26Francesco SeveriAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8231h05m24.6s
8.18Secondo CorsiS. CorsiMaserati4CM1.5S-4211h06m48.6s
DNF34Giorgio PelassaScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-425
DNF32Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-425
DNF20"Raph""Raph"Maserati6CM1.5S-625
DNF16Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-625
DNF22Luigi VilloresiOfficina A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-613
DNF12Angelo MarelliGruppo VoltaMaserati4CM1.5S-425
DNF6Andrea BrezziScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-425
Fastest lap: Emilio Villoresi (Alfa Romeo) in 2m31.4s = 137.9 km/h (85.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 133.1 km/h (82.7 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 138.3 km/h (85.9 mph)
Weather:



Manfred von Brauchitsch - Mercedes-BenzHermann Lang - Mercedes-BenzGiuseppe Farina - Alfa Romeo

COPPA CIANO

Livorno (I), 7 August 1938
40 laps x 5.8 km (3.6 mi) = 232.0 km (144.2 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

42Vittorio BelmondoR. BalestreroAlfa RomeoTipo 3083.0S-8
44Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
46Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
48René DreyfusEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12
50Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12
50Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3163.0V-12practice only
52Goffredo ZehenderOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8
54Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
56Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8
58Gianfranco ComottiEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12
60Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
62Jean-Pierre WimilleAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12
64Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12DNA



Von Brauchitsch's bad luck strikes again
As Auto Union decided not to race Mercedes was the clear favourite. However, Trossi showed the potential of the new Maserati by taking pole position and then take the lead from Caracciola on lap 3 and hold it for four laps until mechanical trouble stuck. With new leader Caracciola having car trouble Lang took over first position and Farina second. Von Brauchitsch caught and passed Farina and then took the lead when Lang had to stop for tyres and held it to the chequered flag. However it was found that von Brauchitsch had received outside assistance during the race so he was disqualified and Lang was the eventually declared the winner.
Entries:
After having been held as the Italian GP the year before the Coppa Cianco was back in the 1938 calendar. After their disappointing performance in Germany Auto Union decided not to enter the race. That was unfortunate for the spectators as Nuvolari had been sensational at Livorno in 1936. Mercedes-Benz was down to 3 cars after von Brauchitsch's crash in the German GP so Seaman was unable to start. Caracciola had the new experimental car with a huge saddle tank and shorter tail.
      Maserati was back with two of their fast 8CTF cars for Trossi and Zehender.
     
Practice:
Trossi made the fastest time on each practice session to take the pole position. Caracciola was second and Lang fourth but von Brauchitsch was beaten by Farina's 12 cylinder Alfa.
Race:

Pole Position
50
Farina

Alfa Romeo
2m28s

46
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
2m27s

44
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
2m26.?s

56
Trossi

Maserati
2m26.6s

52
Zehender

Maserati


54
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz


62
Wimille

Alfa Romeo
2m31s

60
Teagno

Maserati

48
Dreyfus

Delahaye

58
Comotti

Delahaye

42
Belmondo

Alfa Romeo



Caracciola took the start and led the field into the first corner followed by Lang, Farina and Trossi. Trossi soon showed that his pole position had been no coincident, passing Farina and Lang. Zehender retired his Maserati but the team hardly noticed that because on lap 4 Trossi took the other Maserati up into the lead and started to open up a gap to Caracciola. For four laps the spectators cheered as the Italian car pulled away from the Mercedes cars but that was too much for the Maserati engine and on lap 8 Trossi retired and it was back to normal business with Caracciola leading from Lang and von Brauchitsch, who had managed to pass Farina.
      While Caracciola was dominating the race in his experimental car, von Brauchitsch made several fierce attacks on Lang, who refused to give way. The two cars entered the right hander after the pits side by side. Lang had the proper line and went on while von Brauchitsch overdid it and slid into the straw bales and came trapped under them with a stalled engine. A number of excited Italian spectators rushed to his help and pushed von Brauchitsch back to continue the race one minute behind Lang.
      Wimille had trouble with his kidneys and he gave over his Alfa Romeo to Biondetti. Caracciola retired his car when a thick piece of rubber flew away from the right rear tire and punctured the fuel tank so fuel ran out in thick streaks, That left Lang the lead the race with Farina second. Von Brauchitsch soon passed Farina but he could do nothing to Lang, who looked to be a certain winner, but with only two laps remaining a rear tyre blew and Lang had to make an extra pit stop.
      Von Brauchitsch therefore took the flag as the winner but soon protests dropped in from several competitors against the fact that von Brauchitsch had been pushed back into the race by spectators. The organizers didn't want to disqualify him, as similar things had happened during the Voiturette race, but they were over-ruled by the President of the Sporting Council of the Italian Automobile club, Mr. Giuseppe Furmanik.
      So von Brauchitsch was out for having received outside assistance and Lang was declared the winner. Farina took a fine second place and Biondetti in Wimille's car was third to make it a great day for the Alfa Corse team. They had already won the Voiturette race.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

DSQ54Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-1240DSQ - outside assitance
1.46Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12401h40m35.2s
2.50Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12401h41m23.2s+ 48.0s
3.62J-P. Wimille / C. Biondetti Alfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12391h41m49.0s (Note 1)
4.42Vittorio BelmondoR. BalestreroAlfa RomeoTipo 3083.0S-8381h41m54.0s
5.48René DreyfusEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12371h43m14.0s
DNF52Goffredo ZehenderOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8engine
DNF44Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-1226punctured fuel tank
DNF58Gianfranco ComottiEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12
DNF60Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati8CM3.0S-8
DNF56Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-88engine
Fastest lap: Hermann Lang & Manfred von Brauchitsch (Mercedes Benz) on lap 31 and 32 in 2m25.4s = 143.6 km/h (89.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 138.4 km/h (86.0 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 142.4 km/h (88.5 mph)
Weather:

Footnote:
1. Sheldon's times. "Il Littoriale" has 1h41m49.2s for Wimille, 1h41m53.2s for Belmondo and 1h43m13.0s for Dreyfus.



Luigi Villoresi - MaseratiPaul Pietsch - MaseratiGuido Barbieri - Maserati

XIV° COPPA ACERBO

Pescara (I), 14 August 1938
6 laps x 25.8 km (16.0 mi) = 154.8 km (96.2 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Pietro GhersiScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6DNA
4Arialdo RuggeriA. RuggeriMaserati6CM1.5S-6
6Pino BaruffiGruppo VoltaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
8Francesco SeveriAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
10Emilio VilloresiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
12Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.5S-8
14Ettore BiancoScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-4
16Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
18LibeccioScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4DNS (Note 1)
18MinettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4(Note 1)
20Aldo MarazzaOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
22Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-4
24Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-4
LibeccioLibeccioMaserati4 CM1.5



Maserati scores while Alfa Corse fails.
On the hilly track Alfa Romeo team was in deep trouble with the carburation of their new cars. Luigi Villoresi with his Maserati immediately took the lead of the race and held it unchallenged to the end. He was followed home by Pietsch and Barbieri making it a Maserati 1-2-3.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position
20
Marazza

Maserati

8
Severi

Alfa Romeo

10
E Villoresi

Alfa Romeo

16
L Villoresi

Maserati

14
Bianco

Maserati

6
Baruffi

Maserati

18
Minetti

Maserati

24
Pietsch

Maserati

12
Platé

Talbot

22
Barbieri

Maserati

4
Ruggeri

Maserati



The Alfa Romeo and Maserati works teams met again in the Voiturette race preceding Coppa Acerbo. The field consisted of only 11 cars, as the new Italian currency regulations had discouraged most foreign entries. The Alfa Romeos dominated practice and were clear favourites. The race started early in the morning and again it was Luigi Villoresi who took the lead followed by Severi (Alfa Romeo Tipo 158) and Marazza (Maserati 4CM). The Alfa Romeo team was soon in trouble as the hilly track was upsetting the carburation of the cars giving them plug trouble. Of the Alfa drivers Emilio Villoresi and Biondetti retired and Severi finished 4th. Maserati works team took a double victory with Barbieri's privately entered car third.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.16Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-661h10m49.57s
2.24Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-461h13m29.84s+ 2:40s
3.22Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-461h16m46.13s+ 5:57s
4.8Francesco SeveriAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-861h18m12.25s+ 7:23s
5.LibeccioLibeccioMaserati4 CM1.5S-461h19m57.08s+ 9:08s ?
6.12Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.5S-861h27m44.23s+ 16:55s
7.6Pino BaruffiGruppo VoltaMaserati6CM1.5S-661h28m59.27s
DNF4Arialdo RuggeriA. RuggeriMaserati6CM1.5S-63
DNF20Aldo MarazzaOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-63
DNF14Ettore BiancoScuderia SubauraMaserati4CM1.5S-42sparking plugs
DNF10Emilio VilloresiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
Fastest lap: Luigi Villoresi (Maserati) in 11m32.20s = 134.2 km/h (83.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 131.1 km/h (81.5 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 129.3 km/h (80.3 mph) assuming 11m58.6s is the correct pole time.
Weather:

Footnote:
1. Sheldon has Minetti in the results, Venables has Libeccio. Italian newspaper "Il Littoriale" shows Libeccio in the pre-race list but Minetti in the results so it was probably the latter who raced in the end.



Rudolf Caracciola - Mercedes-BenzGiuseppe Farina - Alfa RomeoVittorio Belmondo - Alfa Romeo

XIV° COPPA ACERBO

Pescara (I), 14 August 1938
16 laps x 25.8 km (16.0 mi) = 412.8 km (256.5 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

26Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
28Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12
30Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC/D3.0V-12
32Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
34Vittorio BelmondoAlfa Corse?Alfa RomeoTipo 308?3.0312?, private entry?
36René DreyfusEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12
38Clemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12
38Raymond SommerAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12DNS - reserve
40Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
42Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8
44Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
46Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
48Gianfranco ComottiEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12
50Luigi VilloresiOfficine A MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8DNA



Caracciola sole German survivor.
It proved to be a race full of incidents from start to finish. Von Brauchitsch took the start but was soon passed by Caracciola who led to the pit stops when Trossi briefly and then Müller. When Müller ran out of fuel Caracciola retook the lead. Lang's engine literary exploded and the car was destroyed by the fire. Nine of ten German cars retired, Caracciola being the sole survivor and race winner.
The organizers had built a chicane of straw bales on the long straight to reduce speed. Mercedes had the same driver trio as in Coppa Ciano. At Alfa Corse Biondetti replaced the ill Wimille and Maserati entered just one 8CTF to be driven by Trossi. Delahaye was still using their Type 145 cars. Auto Union was back with three cars, two of the latest D type and one of an earlier model and to the joy of the spectators Nuvolari made the fastest lap during practice to take the pole position. Stuck was not present at Pescara as he was practicing for the Großer Bergpreis von Deutschland mountainclimb.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position
32
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
11m20.6s

46
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
11m17.0s

40
Nuvolari

Auto Union
11m15.8s

30
Müller

Auto Union

26
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
11m24.8s

34
Belmondo

Alfa Romeo

44
Hasse

Auto Union

28
Farina

Alfa Romeo
11m42s

38
Biondetti

Alfa Romeo
11m45s

48
Comotti

Delahaye
12m29s

42
Trossi

Maserati

36
Dreyfus

Delahaye



The race started early in the morning but even then the weather turned out to be very hot. As usual the Mercedes cars made the best start and von Brauchitsch took the lead followed by Caracciola and Lang. Von Brauchitsch was racing at full speed, trying to open up a gap, but both of his team mates and Nuvolari were able to follow. The speed proved to be too much and on the next lap von Brauchitsch's engine exploded and Nuvolari had to retire with a broken differential. Caracciola took over the lead followed closely by Lang.
      On lap five a con-rod broke on Lang's engine and severed the main petrol pipe. Coming down to the chicane at 300 km/h Lang suddenly found the interior of the car to be in flames. Lang was able to stop and jump out but the car continued to burn as 200 litres of fuel poured out turning the car to a complete wreck as all aluminum burnt away. After the race the remains of the car were lifted on a truck with a shovel! Dreyfus, who was about to retire, showed good sportsmanship and made an extra lap to pick up Lang in his Delahaye semi-sportscar. Lang sat on the fuel tank of the Delahaye on the way back to the pits.
      Trossi, who had done a good race, felt ill and handled over the Maserati to Voiturette race winner Luigi Villoresi. Villoresi made his debut as Grand Prix driver in style by setting full speed and he broke the lap record twice before he had to retire with engine failure. Both Hasse's and Müller's Auto Union cars retired with fuel pickup problems so Caracciola was the only German driver left in a field that had shrunk to four by the time they took the chequered flag.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.26Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12163h03m45.65s
2.28Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12163h07m11.64s+ 3m26.0s
3.34Vittorio Belmondoprivate entry/312 Alfa Corse?Alfa RomeoTipo 308?3.0163h12m20.63s+ 8m35.1s
4.48Gianfranco ComottiEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12153h12m35.00s
DNF44Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-1211fuel starvation?
DNF42C. F. Trossi / L. Villoresi Officine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-810engine
DNF30Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionC/D3.0V-128fuel starvation
DNF36René DreyfusEcurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-126transmission/engine
DNF32Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-124engine, fire
DNF38Clemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-121engine
DNF46Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-121engine
DNF40Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-121differential
Fastest lap: Luigi Villoresi (Maserati) in 10m57.03s = 141.4 km/h (87.8 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 134.8 km/h (83.8 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 137.4 km/h (85.4 mph)
Weather:



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