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Emilio Villoresi - Alfa RomeoFrancesco Severi - Alfa RomeoArmand Hug - Maserati

GRAN PREMIO DI MILANO
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Autodromo di Monza (I), 11 September 1938
25 laps x 6.993 km (4.345 mi)= 174.825 km (108.631 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Raymond SommerAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
4Aldo MarazzaOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
6Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
8Emilio VilloresiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
10Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6
12Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
14Paul PietschOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
16Francesco SeveriAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
18"Raph""Raph"MaseratiDNA
20Ettore BiancoScuderia SabaudaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
22Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
24Andrea BrezziScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
26Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
28Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.5
30Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-4
32Attilio MarinoniA. MarinoniAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
34Antonio NegroA. NegroMaserati6CM1.5S-6
36Pino BaruffiGruppo VoltaMaseratiprivate entry DNA
38Luigi CastelbarcoL. CastelbarcoMaserati6CM1.5S-6
40Franco CorteseOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6
42Arialdo RuggeriA. RuggeriMaserati6CM1.5S-6
44Giorgio PelassaScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
46Gualtiero GaragnaniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4



Alfa Duel
Voiturette race held in connection with the Italian GP. Both Alfa Romeo and Maserati turned up in force. Sommer (Alfa Romeo) initailly had the lead, then Luigi Villoresi. The race turned into a duel between Alfa drivers Emilio Villoresi and Francesco Severi, a fight the former won with a 1.2 s margin. Aldo Marazza had a fatal crash after the race had ended.
Entries:

     
Practice:
Race:

Pole Position
6
L Villoresi

Maserati

2
Sommer

Alfa Romeo

8
E Villoresi

Alfa Romeo

14
Pietsch

Maserati

38
Castelbarco

Maserati

16
Severi

Alfa Romeo

32
Marinoni

Alfa Romeo

40
Cortese

Maserati

22
Hug

Maserati

44
Pelassa

Maserati

20
Bianco

Maserati

42
Ruggeri

Maserati

4
Marazza

Maserati

12
de Teffé

Maserati

?



34
Negro

Maserati

28
L Platé

Talbot

24
Brezzi

Maserati

10
Dobson

ERA

46
Garagnani

Maserati

30
G Barbieri

Maserati

26
Teagno

Maserati



In the Voiturette race held in connection with the Italian GP the Alfa Romeo and Maserati teams faced each other for the third time in 1938. The Alfa team entered Sommer, Emilio Villoresi, Marinoni and Severi while the Maserati team relied on Luigi Villoresi and Pietsch. Sommer took the lead at the start followed by L. Villoresi. The only ERA entry, Dobson's private car, was already out of the race. When Sommer's Alfa started to misfire Villoresi took the lead but soon he also got engine trouble and had to see his brother Emilio pass. Severi closed in on the leader and the race developed into an intense fight between the two Alfa drivers both taking their turns to lead. At last Villoresi was able to take a marginal victory over his team mate. The race ended in a sad way. The promising youngster Aldo Marazza (Maserati 6CM) was blinded by smoke from Sommer's burning Alfa Romeo and failed to see the chequered flag. He continued at full race speed, overturned the car in the Lesmo curve, and crashed into the woods. Marazza had a lung pierced on a branch of a tree and died at the hospital the same evening.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.8Emilio VilloresiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8251h11m04.2s
2.16Francesco SeveriAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-825+ 1.2s
3.22Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-425+ 3m00.8s
4.40Franco CorteseOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-624
5.4Aldo MarazzaOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-624fatal crash
6.20Ettore BiancoScuderia SabaudaMaserati4CM1.5S-424
7.38Luigi CastelbarcoL. CastelbarcoMaserati6CM1.5S-623
8.30Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati4CM1.5S-423
9.12Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-623
10.2Raymond SommerAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-823
DNF42Arialdo RuggeriA. RuggeriMaserati6CM1.5S-622
11.46Gualtiero GaragnaniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-422
12.44Giorgio PelassaScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-422
DNF32Attilio MarinoniA. MarinoniAlfa Romeo1581.5S-820
DNF24Andrea BrezziScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-420
DNF14Paul PietschOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati4CM1.5S-417
DNF28Luigi PlatéL. PlatéTalbot7001.511
DNF6Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-67engine
DNF34Antonio NegroA. NegroMaserati6CM1.5S-61
DNF10Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-60half shaft
DNF26Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-60
Fastest lap: Raymond Sommer in 2m42.6s? = 154.8 km/h (96.2 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 147.6 km/h (91.7 mph)
Weather:



Tazio Nuvolari - Auto UnionGiuseppe Farina - Alfa RomeoR. Caracciola / M. von Brauchitsch - Mercedes-Benz

XVI° GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA

Autodromo di Monza (I), 11 September 1938
60 laps x 6.993 km (4.345 mi)= 419.58 km.(260.715 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Pietro GhersiScuderia TorinoAlfa RomeoTipo 3083.0S-8(Note 1)
4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
6Clemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3163.0V-16
8Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8
12Rudolf CaracciolaDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
14Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8
16Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
18Goffredo ZehenderOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8
20Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
22Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
24Christian KautzAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
26Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
28Jean-Pierre WimilleAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12(Note 1)
30Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3163.0V-16
32Vittorio BelmondoR. BalestreroAlfa RomeoTipo 3083.0S-8
34Piero TaruffiAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-12(Note 1)
36Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12



Nuvolari takes Auto Union back to the top
For 1938 the Italian Grand Prix was back at Monza. After practice Mercedes-Benz was a clear favourite but on race day Auto Union was suddenly competitive. Nuvolari worked his way up to the second position and on lap 8 he took over the lead from Lang and held it for the rest of the race to give Auto union its first victory since Rosemeyer's death. One by one the Mercedes cars struck problems. Caracciola with burned feet from the exhaust struggled home in the last surviving Mercedes, three laps behind the winner and beaten by Farina in an Alfa Romeo. Still, with that result, Caracciola became European Champion for the third time.
After a one year interval the Italian Grand Prix was back at Monza, this time to be run on yet another track configuration with the chicanes reduced from five to one. The single remaining chicane was in the south curve, not that far from the current parabolica.
Entries:
Auto Union finally started with the definitive D type cars at Monza. Maserati was back with 8CTF cars for L Villoresi, Zehender and Trossi and Mercedes came with three of their new W154 cars and one of the old type for Lang, who had not been impressed with the new type car at the Swiss GP.
     
Practice:
After Friday Müller held the provisional pole, but during the final practice the Mercedes team managed to take back the three fastest positions with Lang taking the pole.
Race:

Pole Position
20
Müller

Auto Union
2m34.4s

12
Caracciola

Mercedes-Benz
2m33.3s

4
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
2m33.1s

26
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
2m32.4s

24
Kautz

Auto Union

16
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz

22
Nuvolari

Auto Union

14
Trossi

Maserati

34
Taruffi

Alfa Romeo

28
Wimille

Alfa Romeo

6
Biondetti

Alfa Romeo

36
Stuck

Auto Union

30
Farina

Alfa Romeo

8
Villoresi

Maserati

32
Belmondo

Alfa Romeo

18
Zehender

Maserati

2
Ghersi

Alfa Romeo



Seen from practice times, a Mercedes victory seemed assured, but Müller in the Auto Union did the best start and took the lead followed by Lang. However, before reaching the Lesmo curves the Mercerdes driver had retaken the lead and it was Lang who led Müller, Seaman and the other "Silver Arrows" and "Silver Fishes" when they passed the line for the first time.
      On the second lap Caracciola made a mistake in a chicane and run into the straw bales. The driver had to jump out and push the car free, no small feat for a man with one leg 2" shorter than the other. Kautz was the first to retire after only two laps.
      Nuvolari was gradually working his way up to the second position and when Lang's engine lost some of its power the Italian took over the lead on lap 8 never to lose it again. Seaman, who had been fighting for the second position with Nuvolari, had to retire with engine trouble on lap 14 and five laps later it was von Brauchitsch's turn to call it a day. Lang in second place had been trying to keep up with Nuvolari. The Auto Unions had higher speed but the Mercedes cars had the edge in the corners and Lang made the fastest lap of the race, but by doing so he finally destroyed his sick engine and he was the third Mercedes retirement.
      Caracciola was having a very unpleasant ride as leaking exhaust was burning his feet and when he came into the pits for fuel he handed over the car to von Brauchitsch. The Auto Union team now held the three first positions with Nuvolari leading Stuck and Müller Von Brauchitsch found the Mercedes car very hot and uncomfortable and soon handled it back to Caracciola! With 19 laps left the Auto Union trio became a duo as Stuck in second place retired with engine trouble and the same happened to the luckless Müller only three laps from the finish.
      Nuvolari took the flag in the single remaining Auto Union car to the great joy of the spectators . It was the first victory for Auto Union in what had been a disastrous year. Farina finished second in the 16 cylinder Alfa and Caracciola struggled home three laps behind to take the third position and the 1938 European Championship. Trossi took the Maserati 8CTF to its first finish in fifth place but was later disqualified for having received help from the mechanics outside the pit area.
      Neubauer was disgusted with the performance of the Mercedes cars, so that evening the team instead celebrated the European Championship win and the engagement between Dick Seaman and Erica Popp, daughter of the BMW president.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/Status

1.22Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12602h41m39.6s
2.30Giuseppe FarinaAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3163.0V-16592h42m15.6s
3.12R. Caracciola / M. von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12572h42m39.4s
4.6Clemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3163.0V-16572h42m15.8s
DNF20Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-1257engine
DSQ14Carlo Felice TrossiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8562h43m23.4s
5.2Pietro GhersiScuderia TorinoAlfa RomeoTipo 3083.0S-8472h45m55.6s
DNF36Hans StuckAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-1241mechanical
DNF26Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-1235engine
DNF8Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-824/29? mechanical
DNF4Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-1219mechanical
DNF28Jean-Pierre WimilleAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-1217
DNF18Goffredo ZehenderOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-815
DNF32Vittorio BelmondoR. BalestreroAlfa RomeoTipo 3083.0S-815/18?
DNF16Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-1211/14? engine
DNF34Piero TaruffiAlfa CorseAlfa RomeoTipo 3123.0V-1210/14? mechanical
DNF24Christian KautzAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-122
Fastest lap: Hermann Lang (Mercedes Benz) on lap 29 in 2m34.2s = 163.3 km/h (101.4 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 155.7 km/h (96.8 mph)
Pole position lap speed: 165.2 km/h (102.6 mph)
Weather:

Footnote:
1. I'm very grateful to Patrick Italiano who have used official documents and period press to find out the correct Alfa Romeo start numbers given here (Ghersi, Wimille & Taruffi).


Star 11 September 1938: Le Bègue/Morel (Talbot 4.5L) wins the 12 Heures de Paris sports car race at Montlhéry, France. (Results)
Star 17 September 1938: B.A.R.C. 50 Mile and 192 Mile handicap races were held at Brooklands, Wooding (Talbot 95), winning the first race and "B. Bira" (ERA 1.5L) the second one.



Franco Cortese - MaseratiArmand Hug - MaseratiArthur Dobson - ERA

CIRCUITO DI MODENA
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Modena (I), 18 September 1938
55 laps x 3.2 km (2.0 mi) = 176.0 km (109.4 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

2Franco CorteseOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6(Note 1)
4Paul PietschP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-4
6Emilio VilloresiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
8?Vico PaglianoV. PaglianoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
10Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-628
12Giorgio PelassaScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-4
14Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6
16Pietro GhersiScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-6
18Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
20Gualtiero GaragnaniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
22Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
24Francesco SeveriAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
26Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati6CM1.5S-6
28Raymond SommerAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
30Enrico PlatéE. PlatéMaserati4CM1.5S-4
32Clemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-8
34Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4
36Secondo CorsiS. CorsiMaserati4CM1.5S-4
38Dioscoride LanzaScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
40Arialdo RuggeriMaseratiDNA



Cortese wins for Maserati as Alfa fails.
All four Alfa Romeos struck serious engine problems during the race and had to retire one after another. Luigi Villoresi retired his Maserati, then took over Pietsch's car and retired once more. That left Cortese to win in a works Maserati from Hugh in a private Maserati and Dobson an a ERA.
Entries:
Alfa Romeo arrived in force for their "home" Voiturette race with 4 cars for Biondetti, Severi, Sommer and Emilio Villoresi.
     
Practice:
Race:
During the early laps Luigi Villoresi in his works Maserati 6CM and Biondetti had a fight for the lead. Soon the Alfa team found out that there were serious bearing problems with the cars. The first victim was Biondetti pitting after 4 laps. Luigi Villoresi also retired leaving the lead to his brother from Cortese and Severi. Severi was also forced to do a pitstop as was Sommer and when the leading Emilio Villoresi as the fourth Alfa driver pitted the catastrophe for Alfa Romeo was a fact. One after another the Alfa drivers retired as did Luigi Villoresi for the second time, having taken over Pietsch's car. Cortese now held a one lap lead and coasted home to a fine victory for the Maserati works team. The only other finishers were Hug, Dobson and Enrico Platé (Maserati).
Pole Position
22
L Villoresi

Maserati

32
Biondetti

Alfa Romeo

24
Severi

Alfa Romeo

2
Cortese

Maserati

6
E Villoresi

Alfa Romeo

28
Sommer

Alfa Romeo

4
Pietsch

Maserati

16
Ghersi

Maserati

26
Barbieri

Maserati

8?
Pagliano

Maserati

18
Teagno

Maserati

14
Dobson

ERA

34
Hug

Maserati

10
de Teffé

Maserati

12
Pelassa

Maserati

38
Lanza

Maserati

20
Garagnani

Maserati

30
E Platé

Maserati

36
Corsi

Maserati


Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.42Franco CorteseOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati6CM1.5S-6551h43m54.6s
2.26?Armand HugEcurie HelvetiaMaserati4CM1.5S-4541h43m46.6s
3.6Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6521h45m38.4s
4.22Enrico PlatéE. PlatéMaserati4CM1.5S-4481h44m19.6s
DNF32Raymond SommerAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-837oil pressure
DNF4P. Pietsch / L. VilloresiP. PietschMaserati4CM1.5S-435
DNF34Manuel de TefféScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-635
DNFClemente BiondettiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-835
DNF26Emilio VilloresiAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-831bearings
DNF30Francesco SeveriAlfa CorseAlfa Romeo1581.5S-831bearings
DNFVico PaglianoV. PaglianoMaserati4CM1.5S-428
DNFPietro GhersiScuderia TorinoMaserati6CM1.5S-626
DNF18Gualtiero GaragnaniScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati4CM1.5S-421
DNF12Edoardo TeagnoScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-68
DNF4?Luigi VilloresiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-67gear lever
DNF10Giorgio PelassaScuderia TorinoMaserati4CM1.5S-46spin
DNF14Dioscoride LanzaScuderia SabaudaMaserati6CM1.5S-65
DNF20Secondo CorsiS. CorsiMaserati4CM1.5S-45
DNF24Guido BarbieriG. BarbieriMaserati6CM1.5S-63
Fastest lap: Emilio Villoresi (Alfa Romeo) on lap 7 & 12 in 1m48.6s = 106.1 km/h (65.1 mph)
Winner's medium speed: 101.6 km/h (63.1 mph)
Weather:

Footnote:
1. A preview of the race in the well informed Italian sports newspaper "Il Littoriale" shows totally different race numbers. However race historian Alessandro Grimaldi has found from photographic evidence that the ones shown here are the correct ones. A great thanks to Alessandro Silva for providing me with that information.
It was not unusual for the Italian race organizers to do late changes in the car numbering as a countermeasure against counterfeit race programs.

Star 19 September 1938: ERA announces that they have abandoned their GP car project.
Star 24 September 1938: Dunlop fifteeth anniversary jubilee meeting at Brooklands.
The ten races were won by Chris Staniland (Multi Union 2.9L), V. H. Tuson (Fiat 1.1L), Mike Coupler (Talbot), C. J. Baker-Carr (Bentley), Johnny Wakefield (ERA 1.5L), A. H. B. Hurst (M.G.), Bert Hadley (Austin), Arthur Ashby (Alfa Romeo P3 2.9L), I. H. Nikols (M.G 0.7L), Raymond Mays (ERA 2.0L)
Star 25 September 1938: Stuck (Auto Union) wins the Maloja Pass hillclimb in.
Star 28 September 1938: Munich crisis. The German teams, who are at Donington for the GP race, are getting order from the German embassy to leave England as fast as possible and in worst case leave the material. The teams leave Donington for Harwich and the Netherlands on two hours notice. The mechanics are prepared to put fire on the cars if stopped on the road.
Star 2 October 1938: Stuck (Auto Union) wins the Feleac hillclimb in Romania.
Star 10 October 1938: George Abecassis (Alta 1.5L) wins the Imperial Trophy 32 mile handicap race in torrential rain at Crystal Palace, England. The event is televised.



B Bira - ERAArthur Dobson - ERAJohn Wakefield - ERA

SIAM CHALLENGE TROPHY
(Voiturette 1500cc)

Brooklands (GB), 15 October 1938
10 laps x 3.648 km (2.267 mi) = 36.5 km (22.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Eugenio MinettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6
"B Bira"Prince ChulaERAC1.5S-6
Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6
John WakefieldJ. WakefieldERAB1.5S-6
Tony RoltA. RoltERAB1.5S-6
Ian ConnellI. ConnellERAB1.5S-6
George AbecassisG. AbecassisAlta1.5S-4
Angus Cuddon-FletcherA. Cuddon-FletcherMG
Percival MaclureP. MaclureRiley1.7
Herbert HadleyH. HadleyAustin
Entry list possibly incomplete

Bira wins ERA duell with Dobson.
This race was part of the B.A.R.C. Autumn Meeting. Minotti took the lead at the start but soon the race developed into a fight between the ERAs of Dobson and Bira, the latter finally winning by one second.
The Siam Challenge Trophy scratch race was part of the B.A.R.C. Autumn Meeting. The meeting started off with two "long" handicap races, won by C. G. H. Dunham (Alvis 2.5L) and Chris Staniland (Multi Union 2.9L) and then came the Siam Challenge Trophy run on the Campbell Circuit. It was open for 2 litre unsupercharged and 1.5 litre supercharged cars.
Entries:
Entries included Eugino Minetti in Scuderia Ambrosiana's red voiturette Maserati 6C, "B. Bira" with is Zoller blown ERA (R12C "Hanuman") , Arthur Dobson in his white ERA (R7B). John Wakefield (R14), Ian Connell (R6B) and Tony Rolt (ex Bira R5B "Remus") were two other ERA entries. George Abecassis (Alta), Angus Cuddon-Fletcher (M.G.) "Bert" Hadley with his "baby" Austin and "Percy" Maclure in a Riley are other known entries.
Race:


GRID NOT AVAILABLE

The race started in front of the Paddock Stand and Minotti took the lead at the start from Connell's ERA and Hadley's Austin and led the field into a hairpin that took them out to the road course. At the end of the lap Dobson in his white ERA was leading from Minotti, Connell, Bira, Wakefied, Hadley and Abecassis. After two laps Bira was up to second and closing in on Dobson and On lap three the ERA's of Wakefield and Rolt were up to fourth and fifth positions as Minotti was falling back, the ERAs were now holding the top five positions. On the next lap Wakefield passed Connell for third. The race developed into a fight between Dobson and Bira, the leader reciving urgent signals from the pits about the approaching Siamese. Bira took the lead, Dobson retook it going into members Hill bend only to see Bira pass again before the Railroad Straight. Meanwhile Minotti had to retire his Maserati. Dobson tried twice to re-pass Bira without success and the Siamese driver took the flag just one second in front of Dobson with Wakefield third, 29.4s behind Bira.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1."B Bira""B Bira"ERAC1.5S-61018m32.9s (Note 1)
2.Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-61018m33.9s
3.John WakefieldJ. WakefieldERAB1.5S-61019m02.3s
?Percival MaclureP. MaclureRiley1.7?finished
?Ian ConnellI. ConnellERAB1.5S-6?
DNFEugenio MinettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6?retired
DNFTony RoltA. RoltERAB1.5S-6?engine?
DNFGeorge AbecassisG. AbecassisAlta1.5S-4?valve gear
DNFAngus Cuddon-FletcherA. Cuddon-FletcherMGlost wheel
DNFHerbert HadleyH. HadleyAustin
Fastest lap: "B Bira" (ERA) in 1m47.8s = 121.8 km/h (75.71 mph) (Note 1)
Winner's medium speed: 73.33 mph
Weather: sunny and dry

Footnote:
1. Times calculated from winning speed (75.71 mph).

Main source is Bill Boddy's "The history of Brooklands Motor Course", sports magazine "Motor Sport" November 1938.



Raymond Mays - ERAChristopher Staniland - Multi-UnionArthur Dobson - ERA

VIII MOUNTAIN CHAMPIONSHIP

Brooklands (GB), 15 October 1938
10 laps x 1.883 km (1.170 mi) = 18.8 km (11.7 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

Eugenio MinettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5
Christopher StanilandC. StanilandMulti Union2.9S-8
Raymond MaysR. MaysERAD2.0S-6
Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB1.5S-6
Ian ConnellI. ConnellERAB1.5S-6
John WakefieldJ. WakefieldERAB1.5S-6
Tony RoltA. RoltERAB1.5S-6
Peter AitkenP. Aitken
AveburyLord AveburyAlta
Anthony BeadleA. H. BeadleAlta2.0
Percival MaclureP. MaclureB.H.W.-Bugatti5.0S-8
AshbyAlfa Romeo



Mays controls the race
This race was also part of the B.A.R.C. Autumn Meeting. Mays in his ERA led from start to finish and was never challenged. Staniland was second and Dobson third.
The Mountain circuit scratch race was part of the B.A.R.C. Autumn Meeting. It followed the Siam Challenge and was the only Mountain Circuit race of 1938. The race was then followed by three five lap road handicap races, won by Soames (Bugatti 1.5L) and Rolt (ERA 1.5L) and Ansell (ERA 1.5L).
Entries:
The entry list above is probably incorrect/incomplete.
     
Practice:
Race:


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Mays in his 2 litre ERA took the lead of the race followed by Beadle's Alta. Then Staniland took over second position and Dobson and Minetti had a tight fight for third place. Ashby had to retire almost immediately with a slipping clutch. Rolt and Connell had engine troubles and had to retire as did lord Avebury, Wakefield and Beadle. Mays was never challenged and went on to take the flag as the winner. Staniland in his Mercedes-inspired Multi-Union was second and Dobson in his white ERA third.

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.Raymond MaysR. MaysERAD2.0S-6108m44s
2.Christopher StanilandC. StanilandMulti Union2.9S-8108m56s+ 12s
3.Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERABS-6108m58.4s+ 14.4s
4.Eugenio MinettiScuderia AmbrosianaMaserati6CM1.5S-6?
5.Peter AitkenP. Aitken?
DNFIan ConnellI. ConnellERA?
DNFAveburyLord AveburyAlta?
DNFJohn WakefieldJ. WakefieldERA?
DNFAnthony BeadleA. H. BeadleAlta2.0?
DNFTony RoltA. RoltERA?
DNFPercival MaclureP. MaclureB.H.W.-Bugatti5.0S-8?
Fastest lap: Raymond Mays (ERA) on lap 2 in 51.2s = 132.4 km/h (82.27 mph) (Note 1)
Winner's medium speed: 129.4 km/h (80.39 mph) (Note 2)
Weather:

Footnotes::
1. Lap time calculated from speed (82.27 mph)

2. 80.39 mph is given by both "Motor Sport" and Bill Boddy and is obviously the official result. Using 11.7 mi and 8m44s a calculation gives 80.38 mph. An possible explanation could be that the time has been rounded off in "Motor Sport" from 8m43.9s. Due to the nature of the Brooklands races (mostly short handicaps), medium speed rather than total time was the usual quantity used in the results.

Main source is Bill Boddy's "The history of Brooklands Motor Course", sports magazine "Motor Sport" November 1938.


Star 16 October 1938: Stuck (Auto Union) wins the Schulerau hillclimb in Romania.



Tazio Nuvolari - Auto UnionHermann Lang - Mercedes-BenzRichard Seaman - Mercedes-Benz

IV DONINGTON GRAND PRIX

Donington Park (GB), 22 October 1938 (moved form 1 October)
80 laps x 5.029 km (3.125 mi) = 402.3 km (250.0 mi)



No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngine

1Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
2Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
3Christian KautzAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
4Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12
5Walter BäumerDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
6Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
7Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
8Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12
9René DreyfusEcurie BleueDelahaye1554.5V-12
10"Raph"Ecurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-12Ecurie Bodignet?
11Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-8
12Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley2000/62.0S-6
14Robin HansonMrs Hall SmithAltaS-4
15Ian ConnellI. ConnellERAB2.0S-6
16Norman WilsonN. WilsonERABS-6DNA
17Humphrey Cuddon-FletcherH. Cuddon-FletcherMGK3 Magnette1.1S-6
18William CottonW. CottonERAB2.0S-6
19Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB2.0S-6



Nuvolari wins again
Race moved three weeks because of the Munich crisis. Bäumer replaced ill Caracciola. Nuvolari collided with a stag during practice. Nuvolari took the lead of the race but had to do an extra pit stop, leaving the lead over to Lang who was followed by Müller. The engine on Hanson's Alta blew and Hasse and Seaman spun in the oil, Hasse crashing and Seaman loosing a lap. At halfway Müller was leading from Lang but the latter passed during the pit stop and started to open up a gap. Nuvolari passed Müller for second. Lang then had to slow down with a broken windscreen and Nuvolari took over the lead and held it to the flag. Lang finished second and Seaman passed Müller at the end for third position.
Entries:

     
Practice:
After the political situation had calmed down the Donington GP was raced after all, three weeks after the original date. Both Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union turned up with four cars. Hasse was racing for Auto Union instead of Stuck and Bäumer raced the Mercedes of the ill Caracciola.(Note 1). Ecurie Bleue used both the 155 Monoplace and their rebuilt type 145 sports car and Maserati entered one car for Villoresi. The rest of the field was filled by a mix of local drivers and cars.
      The circuit had been improved since last year but was still bumpy. During practice Nuvolari collided with a stag, an incident that ended badly for the poor animal while the driver escaped unhurt. Nuvolari dominated the early practice but in the final session Lang succeeded to take the pole position.
Race:

Pole Position
7
Lang

Mercedes-Benz
2m11.0s

4
Nuvolari

Auto Union
2m11.2s

6
Brauchitsch

Mercedes-Benz
2m11.4s

8
Seaman

Mercedes-Benz
2m12.2s

1
Müller

Auto Union
2m12.6s

5
Bäumer

Mercedes-Benz
2m13.8s

2
Hasse

Auto Union
2m15.4s

3
Kautz

Auto Union
2m18.6s

11
Villoresi

Maserati
2m21.0s

19
Dobson

ERA
2m24.6s

9
Dreyfus

Delahaye
2m25.4s

15
Connell

ERA
2m27.2s

18
Cotton

ERA
2m28.6s

17
Cuddon-Fletcher

M.G.
2m29.8s

12
Maclure

Riley
2m30.4s

14
Hanson

Alta
2m32.2s

10
"Raph"

Delahaye
2m36.4s



Until the Italian GP Mercedes-Benz had dominated the season. When the Donington GP was started at noon by Duke of Kent, Nuvolari shot away to take the lead followed by his teammate Müller, who made a terrific start from the second row. After one lap the order was Nuvolari, Müller, von Brauchitsch, Seaman, Lang, Bäumer, Hasse, Kautz and Dreyfus.
      The first to retire was Kautz who went out of the track twice on the third lap. "Raph" had to make a pitstop with a sick engine on lap 3 and again on lap 8 before calling it a day. Nuvolari started to pull away from the rest by a second per lap as the Mercedes drivers were trapped behind Müller. On lap 4 Seaman took over third place from von Brauchitsch but he too was unable to do anything against the Auto Unions. In the midfield Villoresi was once again showing the speed of the Maserati. After a miserable start he advanced from 11th up through the field to 6th when he had to retire after 18 laps with the usual Maserati engine problems. Dreyfus was the next retirement and on lap 26 things started to happen.
      Nuvolari, who held a half a minute lead, came in to have a plug changed. The stop lasted 53 seconds and he came out in fourth place behind Lang and in front of von Brauchitsch, Hasse and Bäumer. Then Hanson's Alta blew up between Holly Wood (Craner Curves) and Old Hairpin and spread oil all over the track. Nuvolari was first on the place and slid into the grass but managed to bring the Auto Union back in control. Von Brauchitsch also somehow managed to hold his Mercedes on the road even if he spun twice and came sideways to the hairpin. But Hasse spun and destroyed his car when it went backwards into a fence. Second placed Seaman also spun on the next lap and even if he avoided hitting anything he stalled his engine. He lost a lap while waiting for the officials to push him back (no, he was not disqualified). The order was now Müller, Lang, Nuvolari, von Brauchitsch, Bäumer, Seaman and Dobson.
      At the midpoint of the race came the pitstops. First in was Lang on lap 38 with a fast 33 second stop for fuel only. Two laps later it was Müller's turn. The Auto Union team tanked and changed rear tyres in 40 seconds but that was enough for Lang to pass the Auto Union and take his Mercedes up into the lead. Bäumer and Seaman were next in for 44 s (fuel) respective 79 s (fuel and plugs). On the next lap the Auto Union team, after having lost Müller's lead in the pits, showed what they could do by tanking Nuvolari's car and changing four wheels in 35 s.
      Once in front of the Auto Union Lang quickly opened up a huge gap. By 50 laps he held a 40 seconds lead but Nuvolari was also inspired and made the fastest lap of the race, throwing the Auto Union through the curves to the spectators' cheers. Lang had his windscreen destroyed by a stone and the wind pressure on his face forced him to slow down and he was losing 3 seconds per lap. Nuvolari made a new lap record on the 53th lap and again on the 56th. After 60 laps Nuvolari passed Müller for second place and started to catch up on the leader. The gap was down to 20 seconds and it took just 7 more laps for the "Flying Mantuan" to catch Lang and pass him on the straight. The rest of the race was just a Nuvolari show.
      46 year old Nuvolari took his second victory in a row in a superb style to tremendous ovations from the crowd. Lang, who finished a distant second, collapsed after climbing out of the car. His head had been exposed to a cold 200km/h wind for an hour and that had seriously affected the blood circulation. Seaman had passed Müller near the end of the race to finish third.
     

Results

Pos.No.DriverEntrantCarTypeEngineLapsTime/StatusDiff

1.4Tazio NuvolariAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12803h06m22s
2.7Hermann LangDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12803h08m00s+ 1m38s
3.8Richard SeamanDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12793h06m22.8s
4.1Hermann MüllerAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-12793h07m09.0s
5.6Manfred von BrauchitschDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-12793h08m21.0s
6.19Arthur DobsonA. C. DobsonERAB2.0S-6743h07m56.2s
7.18W. Cotton / W. WilkinsonW. CottonERAB2.0S-6743h08m14.6s
8.15I. Connell / P. MonkhouseI. ConnellERAB2.0S-6743h08m52.4s
DNF5Walter BäumerDaimler-Benz AGMercedes-BenzW1543.0V-1243fire during tanking/engine
DNF2Rudolf HasseAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-1225/29?spun on oil
DNF14Robin HansonMrs Hall SmithAltaS-425/22? engine blow up
DNF9René DreyfusEcurie BleueDelahaye1554.5V-1223oil pressure
DNF11Luigi VilloresiOfficine A. MaseratiMaserati8CTF3.0S-818engine
DNF17Humphrey Cuddon-FletcherH. Cuddon-FletcherMGK3 Magnette1.1S-617brakes
DNF12Percy MaclureP. MaclureRiley2000/62.0S-612half shaft
DNF10"Raph"Ecurie BleueDelahaye1454.5V-1210oil pressure
DNF3Christian KautzAuto Union AGAuto UnionD3.0V-122crash
Fastest lap: Tazio Nuvolari (Auto Union) in 2h14.4s = 134.7 km/h (83.7 mph)
Winner's medium speed: =129.5 km/h (80.5 mph)?
Pole position lap speed: 138.2 km/h (85.8 mph)
Weather:
In retrospect:
No one of the spectators, who went home after having seen a tremendous race, could have imagined that it would take 55 years before the next Donington GP was run. As Donington winner Rosemeyer and Nuvolari got a worthy successor: Ayrton Senna!

Footnote:
1. Caracciola had also been ill during the German and the Italian GPs. The sources give a multitude of explanations: trouble from the wounded hip, burned feet, worms, piles or different combinations of these. Natuarally Caracciola was not too keen to make his medical problems public.

Star 7 December 1938: Richard Seaman married Erica Popp, daughter of the BMW president. Richard's mother was not present as she went to a matinee instead in protest.



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