INTRODUCTION:The war had already taken its toll among the Grand Prix drivers. Ernst Günther Burggaller was killed in action on 2 February 1940 and the list would soon grow: Robert Benoist, "Ulli" Bigalke, Rudolf Hasse, Percy Maclure, Tim Rose-Richards, Teddy Rayson, Johnnie Wakefield, "W Williams", Norman Wilson and several more would never again return to the racing track.
The 3 litre formula was no more as the 1940 races were run to the Voiturette formula. Italy decided to continue with racing with a full Voiturette calendar planned for 1940. However, on 10 June Italy entered the war definitely ending motor racing's Golden Era.
Racing would go on for yet another year in America before the attack on Pearl Harbour would silence the racing engines in the New World too.
The W165 cars were improved with two-stage supercharging and enlarged fuel tanks. A fourth chassis plus two new engines were planned for the Tripoli race but they were never built.
Since 1939 work had been done on the 1.5 litre Auto Union "E" voiturette. The engine would be a
V12 (53 x 56mm = 1483cc) giving 260 BHP and the chassis would have a 250 cm wheelbase. However, no cars were ever built.
Work still continued on Wilfredo Ricart's new 3 litre GP design, the Tipo 162. Work was also done on the T512, a rear engined voiturette with a flat 12 two-stage supercharged engine. Neither car was ever raced. Alfa Romeo also built six new Tipo 158 "Alfetta" chassis in addition to (replacing?) the existing four. The team was still led by Giuseppe Farina with Count Trossi, Clemente Biondetti and Carlo Pintacuda also racing for the Alfa Corse.
Maserati made minor improvements on their 4CL cars. Tazio Nuvolari was back to lead the team with Luigi Villoresi and Franco Cortese as the other works drivers.
19 APRIL 1940: First tests of the new Alfa Romeo Tipo 162 3-litre V16 GP car.
28 APRIL 1940: von Hanstein / Bäumer (BMW) wins the Brescia GP sports car race, officially
accepted to be equivalent to the 1940 MILLE MIGLIA. The cars raced nine laps on a 103 mile circuit
(The 750 cc and 1500cc classes eight laps).
Among the entries are two French Delages, entered by the English Watley team and driven by Italian drivers. There are also two cars entered by Societa
Auto Avio Construzioni", de facto the first Ferraris.
AUTODROMO DI MELLAHA - Tripoli (I), 12 MAY 1940 VOITURETTE
30 laps x 13.140 km = 394.2 km, 22 starters
The people that gathered at the Mellaha track soon got something other than racing to think about. At 5 am. 10 May German airborne troops landed in Rotterdam and on the top of the Belgian fort Eben Emael. They would soon be followed across the border by 10 Panzer divisions and 63 German infantry divisions. The German attack upon Western Europe had begun.
The rumoured Mercedes entry failed to materialize. Four Works Alfas therefore faced two works Maseratis plus 14 Maserati privateers. Nuvolari had shown interest to drive Tipo 158 for Alfa Corse but the team had not forgiven Pau 1938 and promptly gave Nuvolari a negative reply. Nuvolari was not satisfied with his Maserati and decided to remain a non-starter with Cortese taking over his car.
Farina had taken the pole position, but Villoresi took the start to lead the race from Farina, Cortese and Biondetti. On the second lap Farina took over the lead and opened up a small gap. Cortese was falling back and was passed by the Alfa Romeos of Biondetti and Trossi. On the seventh lap Farina went wide into a corner and Villoresi was back into the lead. On lap 10 Farina retook the lead and 4 laps later Villoresi dropped to third as also Biondetti passed him. On lap17 the leading cars came in for their pit stops and that definitely decided the race. The Alfa Romeo crew sent Farina back to the track after 24 seconds while Villoresi remained standing for 57 seconds. With 2/3 of the race gone Villoresi was 4th, 1:30 after Farina. During the last laps he was able to close the gap but could do nothing to hinder an Alfa Romeo triple victory. And making his debute in a Maserati 6CM, finishing 9th, was a driver that one day would make history in Formula 1 racing. His name: Alberto Ascari.
That same evening motorcycle units from general Rommel's 7th Panzer Division managed to create a bridgehead on the western bank of the river Meuse between Dinant and Houx. The way was now open for the German army into the heart of France.
Results: 1 Farina (Alfa Romeo 158 1.5L *) 1:54:16.4 2 Biondetti (Alfa Romeo 158 1.5L *) + 29.5 3 Trossi (Alfa Romeo 158 1.5L *) + 52.9 4 L Villoresi (Maserati 4CL 1.5L *2) + 1:07.1 5 Cortese (Maserati 4CL 1.5L *2) + 8:25.1 6 Pintacuda (Alfa Romeo 158 1.5L *) + 8:34.9 7 Brezzi (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *4) + 10:44.8 8 Taruffi (Maserati 4CL 1.5L *4) - 1 lap 9 Ascari (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *4) - 2 laps 10 Rocco (Maserati 4CL 1.5L) - 2 laps 11 Romano (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) - 3 laps 12 Balestrero (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *4) - 3 laps 13 Bianco (Maserati 4CL 1.5L) - 3 laps 14 Palmieri (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) - 3 laps 15 E Platé (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) - 4 laps 16 Baruffi (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) - 6 laps DNF Ruggeri (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *3) 16 laps DNF Quartara (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *3) 5 laps DNF Barbieri (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) 4 laps DNF Teagno (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *4) 3 laps DNF Pagliano (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) 1 lap DNF Moradei (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) 1 lap Fastest lap: Farina (Alfa Romeo) 3:40.91 * Entered by Alfa Corse *2 Entered by Officine A Maserati *3 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana *4 Entered by Scuderia Torino
XXXI° TARGA FLORIO
FAVORITA PARK - Palermo (I), 23 MAY 1940 VOITURETTE
40 laps x 5.718 km = km, 16 starters
At the time when the Germans had reached the coast near Abbeville trapping the Allied armies round Dunkerque the last pre war race on European soil was held at Palermo. The only works cars entered were the two Maseratis of Villoresi and Cortese. Villoresi led the race from start to finish in his Maserati. Cortese finished second after a fierce fight with Rocco. Ascari retired after a spin.
No race numbers availableGrid:
Results: 1 L Villoresi (Maserati 4CL 1.5L *) 1:36:08.6 2 Cortese (Maserati 4CL 1.5L*) + 1:15.0 3 Rocco (Maserati 4CL 1.5L) + 1:31.4 4 Bianco (Maserati 4CL 1.5L) + 2:36.4 5 Ruggeri (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *3) - 2 laps 6 G Barbieri (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) - 2 laps 7 Palmieri (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) - 3 laps 8 "Pimpiricchio" (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *2) - 3 laps 9 E Platé (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) - 4 laps 10 Balestrero (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *2) - 4 laps 11 Corsi (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) - 4 laps DNF Moradei (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) ? laps engine DNF Ascari (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *2) ? laps spin DNF Pagliano (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) ? laps DNF Romano (Maserati 6CM 1.5L) ? laps fuel pipe DNF Brezzi (Maserati 6CM 1.5L *2) ? laps crash Fastest lap: L Villoresi (Maserati) 2:19.4 * Entered by Officine A Maserati *2 Entered by Scuderia Torino *3 Entered by Scuderia Ambrosiana
30 MAY 1940: Shaw (Maserati) wins the INDIANAPOLIS 500.
18 JUNE 1940: While testing an experimental Alfa Romeo 158 with Tipo 512 suspension Alfa Romeo
head test driver Marinoni has a fatal crash with a lorry at the Milano-Varese autostrada.
12 SEPTEMBER 1940: New Alfa Romeo head test driver Consalvo Sanesi tests the Tipo 512 at Monza.
After 88 Lancasters of 5 Group RAF Bomber Command attacks Milano on 24 October 1942 the Alfa Romeo 158s are
moved from the factory to garages in the Monza paddock. In 1943 the cars are moved again and hidden in a cheese factory in Melzo.
III CIRCUITO DE GÁVEA NACIONAL
GÁVEA - Rio de Janeiro (BRA), 10 NOVEMBER 1940
40 laps, 15 starters ??
No race numbers availableGrid:
Results: 1 Rubem Abrunhosa (Studebaker) 2:49:49.0 2 Chico Landi (Maserati) - 1 lap 3 Ângelo Gonçalves (Ford) - 1 lap 4 João Santos Mauro (Ford) - 1 lap 5 Antônio José Pereira (Maserati) - 3 laps DNF Oldemar Ramos (Alfa Romeo) 11 laps tyre DNF Amaral Júnior (Lincoln) 7 laps DNF Geraldo Avellar (Alfa Romeo B) 7 laps DNF Luiz Tavares Moraes (Alfa Romeo) 6 laps DNF Domingos Lopes (Bugatti) ? laps mechanical DNF José Santos Soeiro (Fiat) ? laps accident DNF Kohan Higa (Ford) ? laps accident DNF Gino Bianco (Fiat) ? laps accident ? Diogo da Costa e Silva (Willys) ? Fábio Andrada (Alfa Romeo) ? José Bernardo (Ford) ? Júlio de Moraes (Wanderer) ? Milton Brandão (Ford) ? Rodrigo Miranda (Alfa Romeo) Fastest lap: Oldemar Ramos (Alfa Romeo)
|30 MAY 1941: Davis/Rose (Wetteroth-Offenhauser) wins the INDIANAPOLIS 500.|
GRANDE PRÊMIO DA CIDADE DE RIO DE JANEIRO
GAVEA - Rio de Janeiro (BRA), 28 SEPTEMBER 1941 FORMULA LIBRE
20 laps x ? = ? , starters
Because of the war the field consisted of local drivers only and the cars were run on alcohol.
No race numbers availableGrid:
Starters: 2 Oldemar Ramos (BR) Alfa Romeo 4 Francisco Landi (BR) Alfa Romeo 6 Gerardo de Avellar(BR) Alfa Romeo 8 Manuel de Teffé (BR) Maserati 10 Quirino Landi (BR) Maserati 12 Luis Bianco Maserati 14 Rubem Abrunhosa (BR) Studebaker 16 Benedicto Lopes (BR) Maserati 18 Armando Sartorelli Alfa Romeo 20 Rodrigo Miranda Alfa Romeo 22 Henrique Casini Fiat 24 Julio de Moraes Wanderer 26 Joao Santo Mauro Ford 30 Jose Bernardo Ford 32 Waldemiro Faría Ford 34? Angelo Gonçalves Ford 34? Maurício Dantas Torres Fiat 36 Calil Haddad Ford 38 Manuel Botelho Hudson 40 Nicola Corvino Ford 42 Ari Córtes Santana Lancia 44 Amadeu Alonso Ford 46 Domingos Lopes (BR) Bugatti 48 Claudionon Pacheco Ford 50 Jose Santos Soeiro Graham Results: 1 Francisco Landi (Alfa Romeo) 2h39m51.8s 2 Quirino Landi (Maserati) + 4m00.0s 3 Manuel Teffe (Maserati) + 4m59.4s 4 Rubem Abrunhosa (Studebaker) + 5m00.1s 5 Domingos Lopes (Bugatti) - 1 lap 6 Rodrigo Valentim (Alfa Romeo) - 1 lap DNF Oldemar Ramos (Alfa Romeo) 18 laps ? Amadeu Alonso (Ford) ? Ângelo Gonçalves (Ford) ? Armando Sartorelli (Alfa Romeo) ? Ary Cortez Sant’Anna (Lancia) ? Benedicto Lopes (Maserati) ? Calil Haddad (Ford) ? Claudionor Pacheco (Ford) ? Geraldo Avellar (Alfa Romeo) ? Gino Bianco (Maserati) ? Henrique Casini (Fiat) ? João Santos Mauro (Ford) ? José Bernardo (Ford) ? José Santos Soeiro (Graham Paige) ? Júlio de Moraes (Wanderer) ? Manoel Botelho Filho (Hudson) ? Maurício Dantas Torres (Fiat) ? Nicola Corvino (Ford) ? Waldemiro Farìa (Ford) Fastest lap: ?
II GRAN PREMIO DE BUENOS AIRES
CIRCUITO RETIRO - Buenos Aires (RA), 23 NOVEMBER 1941 FORMULA LIBRE (Handicap)
40 laps x 2.410 km = 96.4 km, 9 + 5 starters
9 + 5 starters: (Note 1) 3 Alfredo Pian (RA) Ford T modified 10 Mario Sessarego (RA) Ford T modified 16 Rodolfo A. Martini (RA) Ford V8 22 Roque A. Brisco (RA) ? 26 Mario P. Chiozza (RA) Mercury bi-motor 39 Oldemar Ramos (BR) Alfa Romeo 8C-35? 3.8L 40 José A. Canziani (RA) Alfa Romeo 8C-35? 3.8L 41 Francisco Landi (BR) Alfa Romeo Tipo B 3.2L 42 Adriano Malusardi (RA) Alfa Romeo Tipo B 3.2L 43 Eric Forest-Greene (RA) Maserati 1.5L 44 Gerardo de Avellar (BR) Alfa Romeo 2.9L 45 Domingo Ochoteco (RA) Alfa Romeo 2.9L ? Victorio Coppoli (RA) Mercedes DNS ? Raoul Riganti (RA) Maserati 8CL 3.0LThe entries were sub-divided in two categories: the cars of national mechanic "Mecánica Nacional", based on series cars (like Ford, Chevrolet or Hudson) and the Grand Prix cars, known as "Coches Especiales".
The Mecanica Nacional cars raced on the Saturday with Mario P. Chiozza (Bi-Motor Mercury) winning. The best five MN racers qualified for the GP race. The GP class included Riganti's new Maserati 8CL (chassis 3034) that he had entere in the 1940 Indianapolis.
Race:The MC cars were handicaped so they started one minute before the GP cars.
Chiozza (Mercury) took the lead from the start and held it until lap 13 when he was when he was overtaken by Canziani's GP Alfa. He was later also passed by Ramos but Chiozza went on to take third position overall in the race, winning the Mecanica Nacional class. Riganti, with his Maserati ex-Indy (also know as "Maserati People's Car" (La Maserati del Pueblo) had a lot of problems; he started last in the Special Cars grid and abandon the race after 3 laps.
Results: 1 Canziani (Alfa Romeo) 53:49.5 2 Ramos (Alfa Romeo) + 42.0 3 Chiozza (Mercury) - 1 lap (1 MN) 4 F Landi (Alfa Romeo) - 1 lap 5 Avelar (Alfa Romeo) - 2 laps 6 Forest-Greene (Maserati) - 2 laps 7 Martini (Ford) - 2 laps (2 MN) 8 Brisco ? - 4 laps (3 MN) 9 Ochoteco ? - 4 laps 10 Pian (Ford) - 4 laps (4 MN) 11 Sessarego ? - 6 laps (5 MN) DNF Malusardi (Alfa Romeo) 31 laps DNF Rossi (Ford) 27 laps DNF Riganti (Maserati) Fastest Lap: Canziani (Alfa Romeo) 1:17.1 on lap 40.
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