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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.



SEASON LINEUP:


VOITURETTE 1500cc:

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. (Results)



XIV° GRAN PREMIO DI TRIPOLI
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.

DNA/DNS: Nuvolari (Maserati *2), Lanza (Maserati *4), Capelli (Maserati *3)

Grid:
Pole
42
Trossi

Alfa Romeo
3m45.28s

12
L Villoresi

Maserati
3m44.65s

16
Biondetti

Alfa Romeo
3m43.91s

14
Farina

Alfa Romeo
3m37.85s

36
Cortese

Maserati
3m57.58s

22
Pintacuda

Alfa Romeo
3m50.48s


*




40
Brezzi

Maserati
4m18.72s

34
Taruffi

Maserati
4m16.28s

4
Rocco

Maserati
4m05.39s

28
Bianco

Maserati
4m03.23s

8
Teagno

Maserati
4m36.11s

26
Romano

Maserati
4m26.44s

6
Ascari

Maserati
4m20.77s

30
E Platé

Maserati
5m12.46s

2
Quartara

Maserati
5m11.49s

20
Palmieri

Maserati
4m45.02s

44
Balestrero

Maserati
4m42.10s

32
Ruggeri

Maserati


18
Barbieri

Maserati


48
Moradei

Maserati
6m46.76s

10
Baruffi

Maserati

50
Pagliano

Maserati

* 24 Nuvolari (Maserati) 3m48.98s DNS



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 available

Grid:
Pole
L Villoresi
Maserati
2m21.6s

Cortese
Maserati
2m26.2s

Rocco
Maserati
2m26.2s

Bianco
Maserati
2m27.2s

Brezzi
Maserati
2m35.0s

Ascari
Maserati
2m35.0s

Ruggeri
Maserati
2m35.8s

Palmieri
Maserati
2m37.0s

"Pimpiricchio"
Maserati
2m43.2s

Romano
Maserati
2m38.0s

Barbieri
Maserati
2m43.2s

Balestrero
Maserati
2m46.2s

Pagliano
Maserati


E Platé
Maserati
2m49.8s

Corsi
Maserati
3m05.4s

Moradei
Maserati
3m18.0s



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 available

Grid:
Pole?
Abrunhosa
Studebaker

Avelar
Alfa Romeo

Landi
Maserati

Ramos
Alfa Romeo

Santos Soeiro
Fiat

Morais
Wanderer

Bianco
Fiat

Lopes
Bugatti

Rest of grid unknown.



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)





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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 available

Grid:
Pole
8
de Teffe

Maserati

2
Ramos

Alfa Romeo

10
Q Landi

Maserati

6
Avellar

Alfa Romeo

22
Casini

Fiat

20
Miranda

Alfa Romeo

4
F Landi

Alfa Romeo

14
Abrunhosa

Studebaker

34
Mauro

Fiat

30
Haddad

Alfa Romeo

36
Bernardo

Ford

28
Dantas Torres

Fiat

44
Alonso

Ford

34
Gonçalves

ford

18
Sartorelli

Alfa Romeo

38
Botelho

Hudson

46
D. Lopes

Bugatti

42
Santana

Lancia

50
Soeiro

Graham

16
B. Lopes

Maserati

32
Faria

Ford

24
Moraies

Wanderer

40
Corvio

Ford

12
Maserati

Maserati



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: ?


With a special thanks to Marcelo Ferreira
 


             
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      3.0L  


The 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.
 


FOOTNOTES:
    1. As these races are unique and not found in the standard literature full start lists have been included as they could be of professional interest. Great thanks to Nicolas Korzan for the information.

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