11th February 2014

LAUSANNE GRAND PRIX

ALMOST BIRA - BUT ASCARI WINS

IT WAS SO NEARLY A WONDERFUL VICTORY FOR PRINCE BIRA, BUT THE ENGINE OF THE PRINCE'S MASERATI DECIDED TO CARRY HIM TO WITHIN 4 LAPS OF THE CHEQUERED FLAG BEFORE BREAKING DOWN. ALBERTO ASCARI WAS RESIGNED TO A SECOND PLACE BUT INHERITED A TWO LAP VICTORY AS THE LIGHT BLUE 4.CLT ROLLED TO A HALT.

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Here is the full list of practice times:

1.
14
A. ASCARI FERRARI 375
1.46'50
2.
16
R, PARNELL B.R.M. P.15
1.46'70
3.
24
B. BIRA MASERATI 4.CLT
1.48'72
4.
12
L. VILLORESI FERRARI 375
1.50'47
5.
22
P. WHITEHEAD THINWALL Spl. FERRARI 375
1.50'52
6.
4
L. CHIRON TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.51'26
7.
38
F. CORTESE FERRARI 375
1.52'62
8.
30
A. BRANCA MASERATI 4.CLT
1.52'82
9.
2
R. SOMMER TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.53'72
10.
10
N. FARINA MASERATI 4.CLT
1.53'82
11.
26
E. de GRAFFENRIED MASERATI 4.CLT
1.54'37
12.
8
J. CLAES TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.56'14
13.
28
F. SECHEHAYE MASERATI 4.CLT
1.56'66
14.
6
P. ETANCELIN TALBOT LAGO T.26
1.57'66
15.
20
D. HAMPSHIRE MASERATI 4.CLT
1.57'73
16.
18
F. ASHMORE E.R.A. B-type
1.58'63

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Here is the full result of the 90 lap race:

1.
14
A. ASCARI FERRARI 375
2.48.16'57
2.
22
P. WHITEHEAD THINWALL Spl. FERRARI 375
88 laps
3.
4
L. CHIRON TALBOT LAGO T.26
88 laps
4.
2
R. SOMMER TALBOT LAGO T.26
88 laps
5.
26
E. de GRAFFENRIED MASERATI 4.CLT
87 laps
6.
10
N. FARINA MASERATI 4.CLT
86 laps
7.
20
D. HAMPSHIRE MASERATI 4.CLT
86 laps
8.
18
F. ASHMORE E.R.A. B-type
84 laps
Fastest lap:   B. BIRA,   MASERATI 4.CLT,   on lap 67,   1.48'69

Retired:
 
24
B. BIRA MASERATI 4.CLT
86 laps
 
12
L. VILLORESI FERRARI 375
68 laps
 
38
F. CORTESE FERRARI 375
63 laps
 
30
A. BRANCA MASERATI 4.CLT
24 laps
 
28
F. SECHEHAYE MASERATI 4.CLT
12 laps
 
8
J. CLAES TALBOT LAGO T.26
4 laps
 
16
R, PARNELL B.R.M. P.15
2 laps
 
6
P. ETANCELIN TALBOT LAGO T.26
1 lap

LAUSANNE COMMENTS:

  • Ascari's two lap victory seems like a cakewalk but he had accepted that Bira had him beaten on the day.
  • The little Siamese Prince was distraught as his deserved victory was snatched away so close to the end.
  • Massive disappointment at B.R.M. when Parnell carelessly spun off on only his third lap.
  • Whitehead was competitive all day and thoroughly deserved his second place.
  • Farina was less than pleased at finishing FOUR laps behind.
  • Villoresi spun off while chasing the green Ferrari, which was quite a surprise.
  • Hard to imagine a driver being pleased to finish last but Fred Ashmore was overjoyed to make it to the finish.

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