SPORTS CAR RACING




As a response to the German domination in Grand Prix racing the French turned to sports car racing with most of the French events run under sports cars rules during 1936-1937 including the French, Comminges, Marne and Pau Grand Prix. While this site mainly is about Grand Prix racing this short results list of the major sports cars events during the era have been included as several of the races where de facto Grand Prix substitutes and the only races where the French elite drivers could be seen competing for the victory during those years. Also, I guess the list can be of interest as, except for Le Mans, it is quite hard to find the results. Only overall results has been included here, not class results. Most of the races had their own rules and classes and often teams had the chance to bend the rules by entering slightly changed Grand Prix cars for the events such as the Bugatti T59, the Talbot MD 90 or the Alfa Romeo Tipo B Mille Miglia entry.

Note that drivers racing only sports cars are NOT included in the drivers list and for drivers racing both Grand Prix and sports cars only the sports cars VICTORIES are mentioned in the drivers list.

See the links section for pages with complete Le Mans results.


1934

MILLE MIGLIA
7-8 APRIL 1934

1623 km (1009 miles), 57 starters
   1 Varzi/Bignami            (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.6L)
   2 Nuvolari/Siena           (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.3L)
   3 Chiron/Rosa              (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.6L)
   4 Battaglia/Bianchi        (Alfa Romeo)
   5 Taruffi/Bertocchi        (Maserati)
   6 Sanguinetti/Balestrero   (Alfa Romeo)


LES 24 HEURES DU MANS
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE (F), 16-17 JUNE 1934

   1 Étancelin/Chinetti       (Alfa Romeo 8C)
   2 Sébilleau/Delaroche      (Riley 9MPH)
   3 Dixon/Paul               (Riley 9MPH)
   4 Eccles/Martin            (MG K3 "Magnette")
   5 van der Becke/Peacock    (Riley 9)
   6 Newsome/Maclure          (Riley Ulster Imp)


LES 10 HEURES DE SPA
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS (B) 8 JULY 1934 (Touring Car)

   1 Vasselle/Trévoux         (Hotchkiss)   
   2 Desvignes/Mahé           (Bugatti)
   3 Pintacuda/Nardi          (Lancia Astura)
   4 Paolino/James            (Buick)
   5 du Roy de Ricquy/de Berc (Bugatti) 
   6 Colas/André              (Hudson) 


TARGA ABRUZZO
PESCARA (I) 13/14 AUGUST 1934
24 h, 45 starters

   1 Cortese/Severi           (Alfa Romeo 2300A)
   2 Tadini/Barbieri          (Alfa Romeo 2300A)
   3 Rosa/Comotti             (Alfa Romeo 2300A)
   4 Howe/Rose                (Alfa Romeo 2300A) 
   5 Borelli/Lo Prete         (Alfa Romeo 2300A) 
   6 Carabba/Restelli         (Alfa Romeo 1750) 


RAC TOURIST TROPHY
ARDS - Belfast (GB), 1 SEPTEMBER 1934 - Handicap

  
   1 Dodson                   (MG Magnette)
   2 Hall                     (Bentley)
   3 Fotheringham             (Aston Martin)
   4 Lewis                    (Lagonda)
   5 Hindmarsh                (Lagonda)
   6 Dricoll                  (Aston Martin)


1935

MILLE MIGLIA
14 APRIL 1935

1623 km (1009 miles), 86 starters
   1 Pintacuda/Della Stufa    (Alfa Romeo Tipo B)
   2 Tadini/Chiari            (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.6L)
   3 Battaglia/Tuffanelli     (Alfa Romeo Monza 2.6L)
   4 Rüesch/Guatta            (Alfa Romeo)
   5 Macchia/Danese           (Alfa Romeo)
   6 Sanguinetti/Balestrero   (Alfa Romeo)


LES 24 HEURES DU MANS
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE (F), 15-16 JUNE 1935

   1 Hindmarch/Fontes         (Lagonda Rapide)
   2 "Helde"/Stoffel          (Alfa Romeo 8C)
   3 Martin/Brackbury         (Aston Martin Ulster)
   4 van der Becke/Richardson (Riley 9MPH)
   5 "Paris"/Mongin           (Delahaye T135)
   6 Don/Desvignes            (Alfa Romeo 8C)


TARGA ABRUZZO
PESCARA (I) 11/12 AUGUST 1935
24 h,

   1 Cortese/Severi           (Alfa Romeo 2300A)
   2 Rosa/Comotti             (Alfa Romeo 2300A)   
   3 Mongin/Paris             (Delahaye 3000)        (17th by index o. performance) 
   4 Prince Nicholas/Tadini   (Alfa Romeo 2300)      (6rd by index de performance)
  =5 Lurani/Strazza           (Aston Martin 1500)    (3rd by index de performance)
  =5 Alfieri/Scesa            (Alfa Romeo 1500)    
   6 Cantoni/Ragnoli          (Lancia Augusta 1287)  (5th by index de performance)


RAC TOURIST TROPHY
ARDS - Belfast (GB), 7 SEPTEMBER 1935 - Handicap

   1 Dixon                    (Riley 1.5L) 
   2 Hall                     (Bentley 3.7L)
   3 Howe                     (Bugatti T 57T)
   4 Brackenbury              (Aston Martin)
   5 Penn-Hughes              (Aston Martin)
   6 Paul                     (Riley)


1936

MILLE MIGLIA
5 APRIL 1936

1606 km (998 miles), 69 starters
   1 Brivio/Ongaro            (Alfa Romeo 2900A)
   2 Farina/Meazza            (Alfa Romeo 2900A)
   3 Pintacuda/Stefani        (Alfa Romeo 2900A)
   4 Biondetti/Cerasa         (Alfa Romeo)
   5 Tenni/Bertocchi          (Maserati)
   6 Bianco/Boccali           (Maserati)


LES TROIS HEURES DE MARSEILLE
MIRAMAS (F), 24 MAY 1936
28 starters

   1 "Paris"                  (Delahaye 135CS)
   2 Schell                   (Delahaye 135CS)
   3 Brunet                   (Delahaye 135CS) 
   4 Divo                     (Delahaye 135CS)
   5 Le Bègue                 (Delahaye 135CS)
   6 Maillard-Brune           (Delahaye 135CS) 


GRAND PRIX DE l´AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE FRANCE
MONTLHÉRY (F), 28 JUNE 1936
80 laps * = 1000 km

   1 Wimille/Sommer           (Bugatti T57G)
   2 Paris/Mongin             (Delahaye 135CS) 
   3 Brunet/Zehender          (Delahaye 135CS) 
   4 Schell/Carrière          (Delahaye 135CS) 
   5 Perrot/Dhome             (Delahaye 135CS) 
   6 Veyron/Williams          (Bugatti T57G)


GRAND PRIX DE LA MARNE
REIMS-GUEUX (F), 5 JULY 1936

   1 Wimille                  (Bugatti T57G)
   2 Benoist                  (Bugatti T57G)
   3 "Helde"/Dreyfus          (Talbot T-150C)
   4 Veyron                   (Bugatti T57G)
   5 Morel                    (Talbot T-150C)
   6 Divo                     (Delahaye 135CS)


LES 24 HEURES DE SPA
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS (B) 11-12 JULY 1936

   1 Sommer/Severi            (Alfa Romeo 8C 2900A)
   2 Mongin/Le Bègue          (Delahaye 135CS)
   3 Schell/Carrière          (Delahaye 135CS)
   4 Seaman/Clifford          (Langonda)
   5 "Paolino"/James          (Buick Century)
   6 Headlam/Wood             (Aston Martin)


GP DU COMMINGES
ST GAUDENS (F), 9 AUGUST 1936
36 starters

  1 Wimille                   (Bugatti T59)
  2 "Helde"                   (Talbot T-150C)
  3 "Raph"                    (Talbot T-150C)
  4 Le Bègue                  (Delahaye 135CS)
  5 Mongin                    (Delahaye 135CS)
  6 Brunet                    (Delahaye 135CS)


RAC TOURIST TROPHY
ARDS - Belfast (GB) 5/11? SEPTEMBER 1936 - Handicap

  1 Dixon/Dodson              (Riley)
  2 Hall                      (Bentley)
  3 Fane                      (BMW)
  4 Fairfield                 (Lagonda)
  5 Howe                      (Lagonda)
  6 Mclure                    (Riley)


TARGA FLORIO
MADONIE - Sicily (I) 20 DECEMBER 1936
144 km

  1 Magistri                  (Lancia) 
  2 Di Pietro                 (Lancia)
  3 Gladio                    (Lancia)
  4 Cammarata                 (Lancia)
  5 Malaguti                  (Fiat)
  6 Danese                    (Fiat)


1937

GRAND PRIX DE PAU
PAU (F), 21 FEBRUARY 1937

  1 Wimille                   (Bugatti T59/57)
  2 Sommer                    (Talbot T-150C)
  3 Dreyfus                   (Delahaye 135CS)
  4 Divo                      (Talbot T-150C)
  5 "Raph"                    (Delahaye 135CS)
  6 Carrière                  (Delahaye 135CS)


MILLE MIGLIA
4 APRIL 1937
1623 km (1009 miles), 124 starters

  1 Pintacuda/Mambelli        (Alfa Romeo 2300B)  
  2 Farina/Meazza             (Alfa Romeo 2300B) 
  3 Schell/Carrière           (Delahaye 135CS)
  4 Guidotti/Boratto          (Alfa Romeo 1.5L) 
  5 "Ventidue"/"Ventuno"      (Alfa Romeo) 
  6 Cortese/Guatta            (Alfa Romeo) 


GRAND PRIX DE TUNISIE
CARTHAGE (F), 16 MAY 1937
3 heats of 8 laps * 12.6 km = 302.4

  1 Sommer                    (Talbot T-150C)
  2 Dreyfus                   (Delahaye 135CS)
  3 Schell                    (Delahaye 135CS)
  4 Carrière                  (Delahaye 135CS)
  5 Paul                      (Delahaye 135CS)
  6 Perrot/de Bremond         (Delahaye 135CS)


GRAND PRIX DE BÔNE
(F/DZ) 23 MAY? 1937
2 heats of ? laps * 1.9 km, 11 starters

  1 Wimille                   (Bugatti T59/57?)
  2 Paul                      (Delahaye 135CS)
  3 Carrière                  (Delahaye 135CS)
  4 Jannin                    (Delahaye 135CS) 
  5 Rancurel                  (Bugatti)
  No more finishers


GRAND PRIX DE MARSEILLE
MIRAMAS (F), 6 JUNE 1937
3 heats, 25 starters

  1 Sommer                    (Talbot T-150C)
  2 Comotti                   (Talbot T-150C)
  3 Divo                      (Talbot T-150C)
  4 Carrière                  (Delahaye 135CS)
  5 Morel                     (Talbot T-150C)
  6 Paul                      (Delahaye 135CS)


LES 24 HEURES DU MANS
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE (F), 19-20 JUNE 1937

  1 Wimille/Benoist           (Bugatti T57G) 
  2 Paul/Mongin               (Delahaye 135CS)
  3 Dreyfus/Stoffel           (Delahaye 135CS)
  4 Gérard/de Valence         (Delage D6)
  5 Steffington/Murton-Neale  (Aston Martin Ulster)
  6 Orsich/Sauerwein          (Adler Trumpf)


GRAND PRIX DE l´AUTOMOBILE CLUB DE FRANCE
MONTLHÉRY - Paris (F), 4 JULY 1937
40 laps, 500 km

  1 Chiron                    (Talbot T-150C)
  2 Comotti                   (Talbot T-150C)
  3 Divo                      (Talbot T-150C)
  4 Carrière                  (Delahaye 135CS)
  5 Sommer                    (Talbot T-150C)
  6 Chaboud/Trémoulet         (Delahaye 135CS)


GRAND PRIX DE LA MARNE
REIMS-GUEUX (F), 18 JULY 1937

  1 Wimille                   (Bugatti)
  2 Divo                      (Talbot T-150C)
  3 Le Bègue                  (Talbot T-150C) 
  4 Sommer                    (Talbot T-150C)
  5 Schell/Dreyfus            (Delahaye 135CS)
  6 Chaboud/Tremoulet         (Delahaye 135CS)


TARGA ABRUZZO
PESCARA (I) 13 AUGUST 1937
6 h, 60 starters

   1 Cortese                (Alfa Romeo 2300B)
   2 Salvi del Pero         (Alfa Romeo 2300A)
   3 Capelli                (Fiat 1500) 
   4 Rangoni                (Fiat 508) 
   5 Minio                  (Fiat 1500) 
   6 Mussolini              (Fiat 1500) 


RAC TOURIST TROPHY
DONINGTON (GB) 4 SEPTEMBER 1937
503 km, 4 starters

  1 Comotti                   (Talbot T-150C) 
  2 Le Bègue                  (Talbot T-150C)
  3 "B Bira"                  (Farzer-Nash)
  4 Barnes                    (Singer)
  5 Paul/Mongin               (Delahaye 135CS) 
  6 Black                     (Singer)


1938

MILLE MIGLIA
3 APRIL 1938
1013 miles, 141 starters

   1 Biondetti/Stefani        (Alfa Romeo 2900B)
   2 Pintacuda/Mambelli       (Alfa Romeo 2900B)
   3 Dusio/Boninsegni         (Alfa Romeo 2900A)
   4 Dreyfus/Varet            (Delahaye  145)
   5 Carrière/Vanderpyl       (Talbot T150C)
   6 "Ventidue"/"Ventuno"     (Alfa Romeo)


GROOTE PRIJS VAN ANTWERPEN
Antwerpen (B), 22 MAY 1938
84 * 4 miles

  1 Mazaud                    (Delahaye 135CS) 
  2 Gérard                    (Delage coupé)
  3 Trémoulet                 (Delahaye 135CS)  
  4 Willing                   (Delahaye 135CS)   
  5 Snow                      (Delahaye) 
  6 Revellé                   (Bugatti)


LES 24 HEURES DU MANS
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE (F), 18-19 JUNE 1938

  1 Chaboud/Trémoulet         (Delahaye 135CS)
  2 Serraud/Giraud-Cabantous  (Delahaye 135CS)
  3 Prenant/Morel             (Talbot coupé)
  4 Villeneuve/Biolay         (Delahaye 135CS)
  5 de Cortanze/Contet        (Peugeot 402 DS)
  6 Orsich/Sauerwein          (Adler Super Trumpf)


LES 24 HEURES DE SPA
SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS (B), 9-10 JULY 1938

  1 Pintacuda/Severi          (Alfa Romeo) 
  2 Gérard/Monneret           (Delage)
 =3 von Schaumburg-Lippe/     
    Roese                     (BMW 328)
 =3 Heinemann/Rugers          (BMW 328)
 =3 Briem/Scholz              (BMW 328)
  6 von Hanstein/   
    von der Mühle             (Adler)


TARGA ABRUZZO
PESCARA (I) 15 AUGUST 1938
6 h, 27? starters [6 hour race]

   1 Cortese/Ghersi           (Alfa Romeo)
   2 Cantoni/Agosti           (Fiat 1500)
   3 Bertani/Taddei           (Fiat 1500)
   4 L.Villoresi/Minetti      (Fiat 1500)
   5 Garagnani/Bertocchi      (Fiat 1100)
   6 Belucci/Rocco            (Fiat 1500)


RAC TOURIST TROPHY
DONINGTON (GB) 3 SEPTEMBER 1938 - Handicap
503 km

  1 Gérard                    (Delage)
  2 Horsfall                  (Aston Martin)
  3 Ètancelin                 (Talbot T150C)
  4 Carrière                  (Talbot T150C)
  5 Lace/Connell              (Talbot T150C)
  6 Gee                       (Riley)


12 HEURES DE PARIS
MONTLHÉRY - Paris (F), 11 SEPTEMBER 1938

  1 Le Bègue/Morel            (Talbot T-150C) 
  2 Villeneuve/Biolay         (Delahaye 135CS)
  3 Mme. Itier/Mme. Rouault   (Delahaye 135 coupé)
  4 Chaboud/Prenard           (Delahaye 135CS)
  5 Mestivier/Mme. Roux       (Amilcar) 
  6


1939

GROOTE PRIJS VAN ANTWERPEN
Antwerpen (B) 21 MAY 1939
3 heats * 100 km

  1 Farina                     (Alfa Romeo 412)     
  2 Sommer                     (Alfa Romeo 412) 
  3 Monneret                   (Delage Olympic)
  4 Levegh                     (Talbot T150C)
  5 Talbot                     (Aston Martin)
  6 Forestier                  (Talbot)  


GRAND PRIX DU CENTENAIRE
Luxembourg (L), 4 JUNE 1939
10 starters

  1 Wimille                   (Bugatti T57S45) 
  2 Biondetti                 (Alfa Romeo 412)
  3 Levegh                    (Talbot T150C)
  4 Mazaud                    (Delahaye 135CS)
  5 E Villoresi               (Alfa Romeo 2990B)
  6 ?


LES 24 HEURES DU MANS
CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE (F), 17-18 JUNE 1939

  1 Wimille/Veyron            (Bugatti T57C)
  2 Gérard/Monneret           (Delage Olympic)
  3 Dobson/Brackenbury        (Langoda V12)
  4 Selsdon/Waleran           (Langoda V12)
  5 von Schaumburg-Lippe/
    Wencher                   (BMW 328)
  6 Villeneuve/Biolay         (Delahaye 135CS)


GRAND PRIX DU COMMINGES
ST GAUDENS (F) 6 AUGUST 1939
440 km

  1 Le Bègue                  (Talbot MD 90)
  2 Wimille                   (Bugatti T59/50B)
  3 Sommer                    (Talbot MD 90)
  4 Gérard                    (Delage Olympic)
  5 Levegh                    (Talbot T150C)
  6 Villeneuve/Biolay         (Delahaye 135CS) 


TARGA ABRUZZO
PESCARA (I) 15 AUGUST 1939
8 h, 20? starters [8 hour race]

   1 Righetti/Rangoni         (Alfa Romeo 2500SS)
   2 Pintacuda/Severi         (Alfa Romeo 2500SS))
   3 Leonardi/Dei             (Alfa Romeo 2500)
   4 Cornaggia Medici/Gobbato (Alfa Romeo 2500)
   5 Belucci/Paganelli        (Lancia Aprilia)
   6 Dufour/Dufour            (Fiat 1500)


1940

MILLE MIGLIA
BRESCIA (I) 28 APRIL 1940
9 laps * 103 miles = 927 miles, 88 starters

  1 von Hanstein/Bäumer         (BMW 328)
  2 Farina/Mambelli             (Alfa Romeo)
  3 Brudes/Roese                (BMW 328)
  4 Biondetti/Stefani           (Alfa Romeo)
  5 Briem/Richter               (BMW 328)
  6 Wencher/Scholz              (BMW 328)



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