19th/21st January 2014

B.R.D.C. INTERNATIONAL TROPHY - Silverstone

COMFORTABLE VICTORY FOR FANGIO

Being unhappy at the two heats then a final format, Ferrari opted to miss the International Trophy race, which meant that the four car Alfa Romeo team would have very little opposition. Juan Fangio proved this by winning his heat and the final as he pleased. Team mate Farina also won his heat but following his retirement in the final it was left to Felice Bonetto to back up his Argentine team leader. But, he was not a clear second because following a wonderful drive, Prince Bira actually dead-heated with the Alfa in his Maserati.

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Grid order for Heat 1 - 20 laps:


1.
1
J. FANGIO ALFA ROMEO 158
1.47'00
2.
33
L. ROSIER TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.47'94
3.
19
S. MOSS H.W.M. ALTA
1.49'45
4.
3
F. BONETTO ALFA ROMEO 158
1.49'93
5.
21
E. de GRAFFENRIED MASERATI 4.CLT
1.52'15
6.
31
D. HAMILTON TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.52'98
7.
29
J. CLAES TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.53'28
8.
35
R. PARNELL THINWALL Spl. FERRARI 375
1.53'78
9.
27
R. MANZON GORDINI 15
1.56'16
10.
25
D. MURRAY MASERATI 4.CLT
1.56'39
11.
5
J. KELLY ALTA GP-3
1.59'97
12.
11
B. SHAWE-TAYLOR E.R.A. B-type
2.01'26
13.
9
E. MILES-MARTIN E.R.A. B-type
2.02'46
14.
7
T. ROLT E.R.A. DELAGE 15S8
2.02'67

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Result of Heat 1:


1.
1
J. FANGIO ALFA ROMEO 158
38.01'00
2.
3
F. BONETTO ALFA ROMEO 158
38.24'65
3.
35
R. PARNELL THINWALL Spl. FERRARI 375
38.26'95
4.
33
L. ROSIER TALBOT LAGO T.26
38.49'89
5.
21
E. de GRAFFENRIED MASERATI 4.CLT
39.44'77
6.
29
J. CLAES TALBOT LAGO T.26
40.04'01
7.
25
D. MURRAY MASERATI 4.CLT
40.14'07
8.
27
R. MANZON GORDINI 15
19 laps
9.
9
E. MILES-MARTIN E.R.A. B-type
19 laps
10.
7
T. ROLT E.R.A. DELAGE 15S8
18 laps
11.
5
J. KELLY ALTA GP-3
18 laps

Fastest lap:   J. FANGIO, ALFA ROMEO 158,   on lap 6,   1.50'87

Retired:
 
11
B. SHAWE-TAYLOR E.R.A. B-type
9 laps
 
31
D. HAMILTON TALBOT LAGO T.26
7 laps
 
19
S. MOSS H.W.M. ALTA
6 laps

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Grid order for Heat 2 - 20 laps:


1.
26
B. BIRA MASERATI 4.CLT
1.50'35
2.
2
N. FARINO ALFA ROMEO 158
1.50'53
3.
4
C. SANESI ALFA ROMEO 158
1.51'50
4.
20
H. SCHELL MASERATI 4.CLT
1.51'91
5.
22
D. HAMPSHIRE MASERATI 4.CLT
1.53'51
6.
28
M. TRINTIGNANT GORDINI 15
1.56'39
7.
14
G. WHITEHEAD E.R.A. B-type
1.56'71
8.
6
T. GAZE ALTA GP-3
1.57'29
9.
34
P. ETANCELIN TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.57'75
10.
32
H. LOUVEAU TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.58'98
11.
8
G. WATSON ALTA GP-3
1.59'95
12.
10
B. GERARD E.R.A. B-type
2.01'75
13.
12
P. FOTHERINGHAM-PARKER E.R.A. B-type
2.02'09
14.
30
G. RICHARDSON R.R.A.-E.R.A.
D.N.A

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Result of Heat 2:


1.
2
N. FARINO ALFA ROMEO 158
38.25'71
2.
26
B. BIRA MASERATI 4.CLT
38.37'54
3.
20
H. SCHELL MASERATI 4.CLT
39.26'60
4.
28
M. TRINTIGNANT GORDINI 15
40.31'54
5.
22
D. HAMPSHIRE MASERATI 4.CLT
40.32'78
6.
14
G. WHITEHEAD E.R.A. B-type
40.34'37
7.
34
P. ETANCELIN TALBOT LAGO T.26
19 laps
8.
8
G. WATSON ALTA GP-3
19 laps
9.
10
B. GERARD E.R.A. B-type
19 laps
10.
32
H. LOUVEAU TALBOT LAGO T.26
19 laps
11.
12
P. FOTHERINGHAM-PARKER E.R.A. B-type
18 laps

Fastest lap:   B. BIRA, MASERATI 4.CLT,   on lap 18,   1.52'38

Retired:
 
6
T. GAZE ALTA GP-3
11 laps
 
4
C. SANESI ALFA ROMEO 158
1 lap

The final was contested by the first 10 finishers from each heat with their positions determined by their race times in the heats.

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Result of the Final - 50 laps:

1.
1
J. FANGIO ALFA ROMEO 158
1.34.39'48
2.
26
B. BIRA MASERATI 4.CLT
        &
3
F. BONETTO ALFA ROMEO 158
1.35.25'72
4.
35
R. PARNELL THINWALL Spl. FERRARI 375
1.35.42'66
5.
33
L. ROSIER TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.36.31'19
6.
20
H. SCHELL MASERATI 4.CLT
49 laps
7.
21
E. de GRAFFENRIED MASERATI 4.CLT
48 laps
8.
25
D. MURRAY MASERATI 4.CLT
48 laps
9.
14
G. WHITEHEAD E.R.A. B-type
48 laps
10.
29
J. CLAES TALBOT LAGO T.26
48 laps
11.
28
M. TRINTIGNANT GORDINI 15
47 laps
12.
10
B. GERARD E.R.A. B-type
47 laps
13.
32
H. LOUVEAU TALBOT LAGO T.26
46 laps

Fastest lap:   J. FANGIO, ALFA ROMEO 158,   on lap 3,   1.49'44

Retired:
 
8
G. WATSON ALTA GP-3
37 laps
 
34
P. ETANCELIN TALBOT LAGO T.26
35 laps
 
22
D. HAMPSHIRE MASERATI 4.CLT
26 laps
 
2
N. FARINO ALFA ROMEO 158
19 laps
 
7
T. ROLT E.R.A. DELAGE 15S8
17 laps
 
27
R. MANZON GORDINI 15
15 laps
 
9
E. MILES-MARTIN E.R.A. B-type
10 laps

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Trophy Titterings:

  • Fangio was supreme and with Farina's retirement Juan Manuel was untroubled.
  • With pole position in his heat and a joint second in the final it was an excellent day for the Siamese Prince.
  • Parnell had big problems in practice but the Thinwall Ferrari got better as the day wore on.
  • Retirements apart, the positions in Heat 1 remained the same throughout the 20 laps.
  • Whitehead drove a beautiful race with the E.R.A. and deserved his top 10 finish.
  • As usual Louis Rosier was easily the fastest Talbot driver.
  • Two retirements out of four runners was not indicative of Alfa Romeo's usual reliability.

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