10th January 2010
COUPE ROBERT BENOIST
HERE COMES SOMMER
HERE COMES SOMMER
Raymond Sommer driving his Talbot Lago has won the very first race in the new Titans race series. He led home a French 1-2 - a very appropriate result - in the 125 lap Coupe Robert Benoist around the short Bois de Boulogne circuit, (pictured here)
The entry for the race was mainly French, naturally, with 6 Talbots and 3 Gordinis up against 3 Maseratis - driven by Frenchish men Schell and Chiron...as well as Juan Fangio, the OSCA of Prince Bira and 3 pre-war E.R.As over from England. The full entry for the race can be seen in the picture below.
Four cars dominated the race. The two Talbots of Sommer and Rosier along with Fangio and Chiron in Maseratis. The Italian cars were fast at times, though neither actually led the race, but the two drivers found the cars to be somewhat inconsistent whereas the Talbots were strong and steady throughout.
Rosier led away and held the lead for the first 30 laps. He was then passed by Sommer who started on the third row of the grid, thereafter Louis fell back to 4th before a late surge which included a stunning fastest lap, took him back past the Maseratis and in the end, carried him close to the leader, but not close enough.
A remarkable fact was that B. Bira who finished 5th in his OSCA was three laps behind the leaders. Yves Giraud-Cabantous should have been 5th after an excellent drive but sadly he ran out of fuel less than 4 laps from the end, slipping back to be classified in 6th. Bob Gerard had a splendid race to finish 7th with the E.R.A while, amazingly, all three Gordinis ran to the end, improving their lap times as they went, although they finished a combined 24 laps behind the winner.
Two of the three E.R.As retired quite early as did Levegh, Etancelin and Claes with their Talbots. Harry Schell ran around the bottom end of the top six for a lot of the race but finally retired with serious engine problems on lap 106.
|1.||6||R. SOMMER||TALBOT LAGO T.26||2. 50. 07'70|
|2.||2||L. ROSIER||TALBOT LAGO T.26||2. 50. 31'05|
|3.||18||J. FANGIO||MASERATI 4CLT||2. 50. 48'53|
|4.||10||L. CHIRON||MASERATI 4CLT||2. 51. 28'65|
|5.||4||B. BIRA||OSCA||122 laps|
|6.||28||Y. GIRAUD-CABANTOUS||TALBOT LAGO T.26||121 laps NRF|
|7.||32||R. GERARD||E.R.A B-type||121 laps|
|8.||14||M. TRINTIGNANT||GORDINI 15||119 laps|
|9.||12||R. MANZON||GORDINI 15||116 laps|
|10.||16||A. SIMON||GORDINI 15||116 laps|
|26||H. SCHELL||MASERATI 4CLT||105 laps|
|20||P. LEVEGH||TALBOT LAGO T.26||49 laps|
|30||J. CLAES||TALBOT LAGO T.26||35 laps|
|36||G. WHITEHEAD||E.R.A B-type||31 laps|
|34||R. MAYS||E.R.A B-type||12 laps|
|8||P. ETANCELIN||TALBOT LAGO T.26||12 laps|
The next race in this series will be the Syracuse Grand Prix which hopefully will see the debut of a number of Ferrari 375s and maybe even the V.16 B.R.M.
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