CIRCUITO DI CREMONA
Circuito di Cremona (I), 9 June 1924 (Monday).
5 laps x 62.980 km (39.13 mi) = 314.9 km plus 6.964 km (4.327 mi) = 321.86 km (200.0 mi)
Ascari wins the Cremona Circuit with Alfa Romeo
by Hans Etzrodt
The first official appearance of the new Grand Prix Alfa Romeo P2 happened at the Cremona Circuit. Of the 16 starters only six cars finished. A 10-km speed trial was part
of this event, which was won by Ascari in the latest Alfa Romeo P2, setting a 10-km record at 195.016 km/h. Ascari led the race from start to finish as most of his rivals
retired. Marconcini in a 1500 Ciribiri finished second, Malinverni (1500 Bugatti) came third, followed by Clerici (1100 Salmson) and Platè (1500 Bugatti) in fifth place.
Foroni (6300 Itala Special) finished 2h45m after the winner and the remaining ten cars retired.
The town of Cremona, famous for Antonio Stradivari, the world's greatest crafter of violins, was south of Brescia, on completely flat terrain. The first race had been
held in 1923 and this was the second time on the same 62.980 km Circuito del Cremona on dirt roads running anti-clockwise. The finish with grandstands was in Cremona.
Five laps of the circuit added up to 314.9 km, still slightly short of 321.864 km or 200 miles. To reach the 200 miles distance, the first lap was extended for 6.964 km
from Gadesco village to the Cremona finish line. So, the start was at Gadesco village, heading west towards Cremona where the road turned east at a hairpin leading past
Cingia de Botti village to San Giovanni in Croce where the course headed north through the town of Piadena to Sant'Antonio Negri. From here the road continued west,
stretching straight for 18 kilometers, along the timed 10-km section, past Gadesco towards Cremona. On this section a timed Flying 10-Kilometer speed trial took place.
L'Automobile Club di Cremona divided the cars into four categories 1100 cc, 1500 cc, 2000 cc and over 2000 cc.
Of 23 entries only 16 drivers arrived at the start. Four cars started in the largest Category over 2000 cc, where Campari raced a factory Alfa Romeo RLTF24, very possibly
with a 3.7-Liter engine version. Another Alfa Romeo 3.0-Liter RLS was entered by Bona. Alessandro Silva explained, that Foroni raced an Itala Special with a 6.3-Liter
4-cylinder WW1 Hispano-Suiza aero engine, an ex Isotta Fraschini Spl, which Alfieri Maserati had built and raced with a custom-built chassis and suspension. Silva
explained this in an article about Italian aero-engined specials, which was published in The Automobile magazine. The Fiat of Togni was a type 14B - S57A with a
4.9-Liter 4-cylinder engine raced at Indy 500 in 1911.
The 2000 cc Category comprised only three starters, consisting of the Alfa Romeo works entry for Ascari with the latest 2.0-Liter 8-cylinder Grand Prix Alfa Romeo P2,
which undoubtedly was the fastest car present. The car had previously been tested at Monza and also at the 50.9 km Parma-Poggio de Berceto road but the racing debut
was at the fast Cremona Circuit, an important trial run in preparation for the upcoming Grande Epreuves. While Campari drove a safe and proven RLTF24 Alfa Romeo,
Ascari had a faster car with uncertain reliability. If the P2 Alfa Romeo performed to its expectation, it should assure him of the absolute victory and beating
previous records. Also entered in the same category was Alverà who raced with a 2.0 Liter Ansaldo and Mazzotti with a 2.0-Liter Bugatti T30.
In the 1500 cc Category started six cars, the three Bugattis of Platè, Malinverni and Costa and three Chiribiris of Abriani, Marconcini and Nuvolari.
The cycle cars of the 1100 cc Category included Clerici (Salmson) and the GARs of Brambilla and Sartorio. Alessandro Silva explained that the GAR cars were made
in Milan under license. These were factory entered by Alceo Verza. His company was named C.A.R. for Costruzioni Automobilistiche Riunite. A complete list of entries
is shown at the beginning of this report.
A large crowd arrived for Monday's 200-mile race to watch the fight between their heroes. Ascari with his new Grand Prix Alfa Romeo appeared to be the one most likely
to dominate the race. Only 16 cars showed up at the start, four in the category over 2000 cc, three in the 2000 cc category, six in the 1500 cc category and three in
the 1100 cc category. The roads were blocked at 12 noon and starting operations began at 1:00 PM. After the 16 cars were fueled up at the Cremona pits, they were driven
back the 6.964 km distance to the start in Gadesco, where they turned around and lined up on a grid at 1:45 PM, ready to start towards Cremona.
At 2:10 PM signora Mimi Finzi assisted by the timekeeper Taroni, lowered the flag for the start of the over 2-Liter cars. Bona (Alfa Romeo), Campari (Alfa Romeo) and
Foroni (Itala) started very fast, while the engine of Togni's Fiat stopped a few meters from the starting-line. After a few efforts to bring the engine alive again, Togni
eventually restarted but had lost about 4 minutes. The two-liter category started after a seven-minute interval with three drivers, Mazzotti (Bugatti), Ascari (GP Alfa Romeo)
and Alverà (Ansaldo). Well-wishing applause and handwaves greeted the great favorite, Ascari, who started very fast while Alverà also had a delayed start and was still
on the grid when the 1500 cc cars assembled on the starting grid. After another seven-minute interval the six 1500 cc cars Platè (Bugatti), Malinverni (Bugatti), Costa
(Bugatti), Abriani (Chiribiri), Marconcini (Chiribiri) and Nuvolari (Chiribiri) started together which was exciting to watch. Finally, after another seven minutes, the
three cyclecars started of Clerici (Salmson), Brambilla and Sartorio (Gar).
Campari immediately took the lead, followed by Foroni, Bona and Togni. A few minutes later the group thundered past the Cremona grandstands in that order. Ascari
arrived at impressive speed, followed by Mazzotti more than 7 seconds behind and Alverà by 16 seconds. Nuvolari was leading the 1500s, ahead of Abriani, Costa,
Marconcini, Malinverni and Platè while Clerici immediately distanced the two Gars.
At the end of the first lap, Campari had beaten Ascari's 1923 time, followed by Foroni, then Ascari at fantastic speed of 162.296 km/h average. His time over the 10-km
was 3m04.6s at over 195 km/h average speed. Loud thunderous applause broke out at the announcement of the times. Next followed Mazzotti, Togni, Bona, Alverà and
Nuvolari who was leading the 1500 Category after 35m04.2s at 119.061 km/h average speed ahead of Costa, Marconcini, Malinverni and Platè. Clerici amongst the cycle
cars had a clear advantage over Brambilla and Sartorio.
Campari completed the 2nd lap after 52m30.4s, preceding Togni by 24 minutes and Bona by 26, who stopped at the pits with a loose tire, followed by Foroni and Mazzotti
who also stopped at the pits. The race of Ascari continued fantastically. He covered the two laps in 49m36.2s at an average speed of over 180 km/h while Alverà
retired the Ansaldo. Nuvolari completed the 2nd lap in 1h06m30.4s at 120.203 km/h average speed and retired with a broken engine bearing. The 1500 cc lead then passed
on to Costa (Bugatti) followed very closely by Platè and Maroncini. Clerici increased his advantage in the cyclecar class.
After the 3rd lap Ascari finished in 1h13m32.4s and had passed Campari whose time was 1h18m17.4s. The average speed of Ascari remained at 160 km/h. In the 1500
Category Malinverni went into the lead with 1h46m30s followed by Marconcini 1h48m35s and Platè who drove very regularly. Costa retired due to ignition problems.
Clerici, Brambilla and Sartorio remained in that order.
At the end of the 4th lap Ascari continued with great regularity after 1h37m06.2s. He stopped at the pits, refilled with oil and after 18 seconds restarted to
thunderous applause of the crowd. Campari had reached 140 km/h average speed with a time of 1h49m06.4s. He stopped to fill up with water and oil. The mechanic used
the crank and had to push the car, but the engine would not start. New attempts were unsuccessful. A leaking cylinder head gasket prevented Campari from completing
the final lap. In the 1500 category was a magnificent fight between Malinverni and Marconcini with only 10 seconds difference while Platè remained in third place.
At the end of the fifth lap, as the arrival of Ascari was announced, everyone was on their feet, as he crossed the finish line victorious and the thunderous applause
seemed not to end. Ascari's five laps were made in 23m17s; 23m47.8s; 23m56.2s; 23m37.8s; 24m37.6s. Ascari had lapped all other finishers at least twice. He was
congratulated by Aldo Finzi, the Secretary of the Interior, and by other authorities. He had to walk the entire front of the grandstands because the spectators
called and frantically applauded him. Marconcini finished ahead of Malinverni. Togni and Bona retired, leaving the category win to Foroni. In the cyclecar
category Clerici distanced his opponents considerably and crossed the finish line after 3h00m02s at 107.288 km/h average, beating the higher Category giants with
the tiny Salmson. Brambilla and Sartorio were flagged, being out of time. After the retirements of Campari, Togni and Bona, the Itala Special of Foroni was the
only survivor of the large cars and ended miserably at only 67,707 km/h average, to win the Category prize.
Concurrently with the 200-Mile race, the 10-km speed trial with flying start was held for the first time along the 18 kilometer straight that led towards the west,
beginning at San Antonio near Piadena, passed Gadesco and ended at Cremona. At each end of the 10-km timed section were 4 km stretches, an approach run to accelerate
up to speed and the other 4 km for slowing down. The 18 km straight was part of the circuit and all cars were timed every lap as they passed the timed 10-km section.
Below are the highest speeds attained by the fastest driver of each Category.
|1. Ascari (Alfa Romeo P2)||3m04.6s - 195.016 km/h - 1st lap|
|2. Campari (Alfa Romeo RLTF24)||3m22.2s - 178.217 km/h - 2nd lap|
|3. Nuvolari (Chiribiri 1500)||4m18.0s - 139.534 km/h - x lap|
|4. Clerici (Salmson)||4m49.8s - 124.223 km/h - x lap|
|1.||25||Antonio Ascari||SA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & C||Alfa Romeo||P2||2.0||S-8||5||2h02m03.8s|| |
|2.||15||Alete Marconcini||A. Marconcini||Chiribiri||Monza||1.5||S-4||5||2h56m51.0s||+ 54m47.2s|
|3.||.||Roberto Malinverni||R. Malinverni||Bugatti||T13 "Brescia"||1.5||S-4||5||2h58m41.0s||+ 56m37.2s|
|4.||1||Abele Clerici||A. Clerici||Salmson||1.1||S-4||5||3h00m02.0s||+ 57m58.2s|
|5.||.||Luigi "Gigi" Platè||G. Platè "Gigi"||Bugatti||1.5||S-4||5||3h29m34.0s||+ 1h27m30.2s|
|DNC||34||Vittorio Foroni||V. Foroni||Itala Spl||Hispano-Suiza||6.3||S-4||5||4h45m13.6s||+ 2h43m09.8s|
|DNC||2||Cesare Brambilla||Alceo Verza||G. A. R.||Chapuis-Dornier||1.1||S-4||out of time|| |
|DNC||3||Filippo Sartorio||Alceo Verza||G. A. R.||Chapuis-Dornier||1.1||S-4||out of time|| |
|DNF||33||Giuseppe Campari||SA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & C||Alfa Romeo||RLTF24||3.7||S-6||4||engine|
|DNF||.||Gaspare Bona||G. Bona||Alfa Romeo||RLS||3.0||S-6||3|
|DNF||26||Giacomi Togni||G. Togni||Fiat||14B - S57A||4.9||S-4||3|
|DNF||14||Luigi Costa||L. Costa||Bugatti||T22||1.5||S-4||3||ignition|| |
|DNF||20||Ogniben Alverà||O. Alverà||Ansaldo||4CS||2.0||S-4||2|| || |
|DNF||16||Tazio Nuvolari||T. Nuvolari||Chiribiri||Monza S||1.5||S-4||2||engine bearing|
|DNF||.||Franco Mazzotti||F. Mazzotti||Bugatti||T30||2.0||S-8||1|| || |
|DNF||.||Lino Abriani||L. Abriani||Chiribiri||Monza||1.5||S-4||0|| || |
Fastest lap over 2000 cc: G. Campari (Alfa Romeo) on lap 1 in 24m50.0s = 152.1 km/h (94.5 mph). (Note 1)|
Fastest lap 2000 cc: A. Ascari (Alfa Romeo) on lap 1 in 23m17.0s = 162.3 km/h (100.8 mph).
Fastest lap 1500 cc: T. Nuvolari (Chiribiri) in 31m26.2s = 120.2 km/h (74.7 mph).
Fastest lap 1100 cc: A. Clerici (Salmson) on lap 2 in 33m42.2s = 112.1 km/h (69.7 mph).
Winner's average speed over 2000 cc (Foroni): 67.7 km/h (42.1 mph).
Winner's average speed 2000 cc (Ascari): 158.2 km/h (98.3 mph).
Winner's average speed 1500 cc (Marconcini): 109.2 km/h (67.9 mph).
Winner's average speed 1100 cc (Clerici): 107.3 km/h (66.7 mph).
Weather: sunshine, warm
Race numbers were not published but 11 numbers were matched with drivers from photographs while the starting order by driver's names was published in La Gazzetta dello Sport.
1. The official published speed was 152.094 km/h obviously calculated with a circuit length of 62.95 km rather than 62.98 km.
Using 62.98 km the speed with three digits would be 152.166 km/h.
Primary sources researched for this article:|
IL CALCIO, Genoa
La Domenica Sportiva, Milano
La Gazetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
Special thanks to:
Pescara (I), 13 July 1924.
10 laps x 25.537 km (15.868 mi) = 255.37 km (158.69 mi)
Ferrari wins the Coppa Acerbo with Alfa Romeo
by Hans Etzrodt
At the First Coppa Acerbo race were 18 starters, divided into five Categories. Campari with the Alfa Romeo P2 Grand Prix car led the first two laps. When one of his tires burst on
the road he retired as he carried no spare. His teammate Enzo Ferrari with a 3.6-L Alfa Romeo RLTF24 then led the remaining laps. He was challenged by Bonmartini (2.0-L Mercedes TF 1924)
which kept the race interesting. Eventually after 10 laps Ferrari won ahead of Bonmartini, Beria d'Argentine (4.4-L Spa), Presenti (3.0-L Alfa Romeo), Spinozzi (Bugatti 1500 Brescia),
Clerici (1100 Salmson), Marconcini (1500 Chiribiri) and Ciriaci (1500 OM) in eighth place. Marsengo Bastia (4,4-L Spa) and Platè (1500 Bugatti) exceeded the maximum allowable time and
were not classified. The eight retirements included Masetti (2.0-L Mercedes TF 1924) and Campari.
The first international Coppa Acerbo automobile race was organized by the Honorary Abruzzo Committee, composed of outstanding personalities from Abruzzo, chaired by Baron Giacomo Acerbo,
Vice President Baron Alessandro Sardi and Arturo Mercanti. The General Sporting Commissioner of the race was Stuart Gallenga, President of the Automobile Club of Rome, assisted by four Commissioners
including Vice President Tullio Leonardi. The Automobile Club d'Abruzzo was eventually formed in May of 1925.
Minister Baron Giacomo Acerbo had named the race in honor of his brother Capitano Tito Acerbo, a decorated war hero, who was killed during the last year of WW I. The trophy, Coppa Acerbo,
was a gift from the Baron Giacomo Acerbo, to the competitor who scored the best time. The Coppa was a Perpetual Trophy and was to be deposited at the Automobile Club of Rome until the
Automobile Club of Abruzzo was established. To the base they were to add annually a plaque, to be engraved with the name of the winner, who received a reduced reproduction of the Coppa.
The triangular 25.537 km Pescara circuit was used, over 10 laps or a total of 255.370 km for all cars. The start was at Castellammare, north of the seaside resort of Pescara, where the
road went straight for about one kilometer along the shore of the Adriatic Sea. Before Pescara the course made a wide right turn heading inland for about 11 km along a winding uphill road
into the Abruzzi Mountains through the villages of Villa Raspa, Spoltore and Capelle. From here, the road led into the approximately 11 km long Montesilvano downhill straight to the coast
where cars could reach their maximum speed. A right turn at Montesilvano railroad station led into the Lungo Mare straight along the coast and back to the start and finish at Castellammare.
The entries were divided into five categories, over 3000 cc, up to 3000, up to 2000, up to 1500 cc and up to 1100 cc. The total prize fund was 50,000 lire for
the five categories. The overall winner, who completed the race in the shortest time, received the Coppa Acerbo, 5,000 lire and a large gold medal, the second received 3,000 lire and a
gold medal and the third 2,000 lire and a gold medal. There were additional prizes for the different categories.
The Coppa Acerbo promoters received over 30 entries of which a total of 28 were numbered but only 18 drivers appeared at the start. The very large cars over 3000 cc were the favorites like the
Alfa Romeo of Ferrari, the two 4.4-Liter Spa cars of d'Argentine and Marsengo Bastia and the 1914 Grand Prix Mercedes of Antonelli who had practiced but did not start for unknown reasons.
The 3000 cc Category comprised the Alfa Romeos of Presenti and Cavaliere Orlando, and also the Ceirano of Leonardi.
The 2-Liter Category included only three starters, Masetti and Bonmartini in two 1924 Targa Florio Mercedes and the new Grand Prix Alfa Romeo P2 in the hands of Campari. Four other cars
did not appear.
There were six starters in the 1500 cc Category, two Chiribiris for Abriani and Marconcini, two Bugattis for Platè and Spinozzi, one OM for Ciriaci and one Fiat for Tattini. Five additional
entries did not appear.
The 1100 Category for cycle cars included just three cars, two Salmsons for Lancelotti and Clerici and the Amilcar for Del Drago. A complete list of entries is shown at the beginning of
Sunday at 6:30 AM the stands were already crammed with spectators and crowds were all along the circuit. The starting area was cleared where the 18 cars lined up on the grid. The start took
place in order of race numbers with an interval of three minutes between each category. At 7:00 AM Baron Giacomo Acerbo assisted by the timekeeper Marley, Mezzani and Damiani, lowered the
yellow flag for the start of the over 3-Liter Category, Ferrari (Alfa Romeo), d'Argentine (Spa) and Marsengo Bastia started very fast.
After a three-minute interval the 3-liter Category with three drivers, Presenti (Alfa Romeo), Leonardi (Ceirano) and Orlando (Alfa Romeo) were started.
After another three-minute interval the 2-liter Category started, Bonmartini (Mercedes), Campari (Alfa Romeo) and Masetti (Mercedes).
Campari and Bonmartini changed places.
The 1500 cc Category started after another three-minute break, Abriani (Chiribiri), Platè (Bugatti), Marconcini (Chiribiri), Ciriaci (OM), Spinozzi (Bugatti) and Tattini (Fiat).
After another three-minute interval the 1100 cc Category started, Lancelotti (Salmson), Clerici (Salmson) and Del Drago (Amilcar).
When the cars passed after the first lap, Ferrari's Alfa Romeo was in the lead with 14m58s. After a long time followed the two Spa of Beria d'Argentine in 16m24s and Marsengo Bastia
in 16m35s, then the Alfa Romeo of Presenti in 15m44s. From the order of the passes at the grandstand, the spectators did not know the actual position of the drivers. It was evident
that Campari's P2 was the fastest of all, but it was not easy to know which car was leading the race. In fact, Campari was in the lead in 14m07s, Bonmartini (Mercedes) in 14m23s was
not far behind and third overall was Ferrari in 14m58s. After more than one minute followed the fourth Presenti, fifth and sixth were d'Argentine and Marsengo Bastia, seventh
Marconcini (Chiribiri) in 16m37s, ahead of Orlando who was hunted by Luigi Spinozzi. Clerici was tenth overall, leading in the 1st Category in 17m39s, followed by Lancelotti,
Del Drago, Leonardi, Ciriaci, Platè and Tattini last, who had a breakdown in Capelle and was delayed. Ciriaci raced with his regular OM. Platè stopped to change plugs. Masetti
retired the Mercedes on the circuit with ignition problems and Abriani ended the race also on the road with ignition trouble. Passing slower cars was risky as cars trailed
large dust clouds behind them along the dry dusty roads. Campari was in the lead with the order of the 16-car field as follows after the first lap:
|1.||Campari (Alfa Romeo)||14m07s||2000 cc|
|2.||Bonmartini (Mercedes)||14m23s||2000 cc|
|3.||Ferrari (Alfa Romeo)||14m58s||over 3000 cc|
|4.||Presenti (Alfa Romeo)||15m44s||3000 cc|
|5.||Beria d'Argentine (Spa)||16m24s||over 3000 cc|
|6.||Marsengo Bastia (Spa)||16m35s||over 3000 cc|
|7.||Marconcini (Chiribiri)||16m37s||1500 cc|
|8.||Orlando (Alfa Romeo)||3000 cc|
|9.||Spinozzi (Bugatti)||1500 cc|
|10.||Clerici (Salmson)||17m39s||1100 cc|
|11.||Lancelotti (Salmson)||1100 cc|
|12.||Del Drago (Amilcar)||1100 cc|
|13.||Leonardi (Ceirano)||3000 cc|
|14.||Ciriaci (OM)||1500 cc|
|15.||Platè (Bugatti)||1500 cc|
|16.||Tattini (Fiat)||1500 cc|
During the second lap Campari continued to push the P2 to its maximum. Bonmartini, with the Mercedes, was relentless and did not give up the chase. On the Montesilvano straight,
Campari was timed over a 5 km section in 1m36.6s at an average of 186.335 km/h against Bonmartini's 1m41s. Ferrari, with the RLTF24 Alfa Romeo continued his fast pace. Campari
remained in the lead, even after he lost 3 seconds on Bonmartini who followed him only 13 seconds behind at 14m05s, with an average of 108.705 km/h which, at the end of the race,
was the fastest lap. The spectators in the grandstand followed the ongoing battle between the driver of the Italian car and that of the German car. At the end of the lap, the
positions remained the same up to the seventh place. Clerici had advanced to eighth place, Orlando dropped to ninth, Lancelotti was now tenth and Del Drago was in eleventh place.
Spinozzi, delayed by punctures, dropped to twelfth, Ciriaci was thirteenth and Leonardi was fourteenth. Platè, after two long stops changing plugs, could no longer regain the lost
time and Tattini kept the last position in the field.
Campari ran into trouble during the third lap when the P2 burst a tire. As he carried no spare, Campari was forced to retire. Supposedly the gearbox also went out of use, ending
the race of the new car before covering 75 km. The contenders did not notice the withdrawal, because Campari was hiding the P2 by parking it off the road, in the shade of a hedge
that was hiding it from sight by the other competitors. Until the end of the race, driver and mechanic spent time at a restaurant. Bonmartini was unaware that he was now leading
the race and continued his chase. But the Mercedes had to stop to change a tire, allowing Ferrari's Alfa Romeo to take the lead at the end of the third lap, which he covered in
14m31 with his total time of 44m04s. The Mercedes of Bonmartini slowed down with a lap of 15m55s. In the Alfa Romeo pits there was dismay about the retirement of the P2, as they
were unable to know what happened to their car. The engineer Rimini remained in the pits to assist the Alfa Romeo still in the race, but Nicola Romeo left the grandstand accompanied
by the designer Vittorio Jano and returned to the Leon d'Oro Hotel where both were full of hopes. The race, however, was not yet decided, because Bonmartini's Mercedes still posed a threat.
On the fourth lap Bonmartini tried to comeback on the leading Alfa Romeo. He covered the timed 5 km section in 1m42.4s but shortly thereafter a tire collapsed, so that his delay
to the leader increased to 2m12s. During the lap, Tattini retired due to mechanical failure while Lancellotti burst the front left tire and spun off the road. The road surface,
not sufficiently compacted, began to disintegrate and deep grooves were forming in many turns which made it difficult to maintain optimal paths while, on acceleration, the
drive tires swayed in the rubble.
The fifth lap, mid-race, was the time for refueling. Ferrari returned to the track, with 1h13m17s in total time with a 2m32s advantage over Bonmartini's Mercedes. The Alfa Romeo
of Presenti was third. In fourth place was the Spa of d'Argentine, seven minutes behind the leader and in front of Orlando, Spinozzi and Marconcini. First to stop was Marconcini
who, in addition to the fuel, added water. Seventh was Clerici, followed by Marconcini, Del Drago, Ciriaci, Leonardi, Platè and Marsengo Bastia.
On the sixth lap, Ferrari drove with great determination and ended the lap in 14m33s. Bonmartini knew that he had to push to the limit to catch Ferrari and managed the lap in
14m19s, reducing his gap to 2m18s. Presenti was third followed by d'Argentine, Orlando, Spinozzi, Marconcini and Clerici. Leonardi, at the end of the Capelle descent had a tire
burst, overturning the Ceirano which caused minor injuries to driver and mechanic. Another report claimed the crash happened due to steering failure. This accident allowed Platè
to climb to eleventh and Marsengo Bastia to twelfth at the last place, but he was delayed by a hard gear shift. After the sixth lap, Ferrari was first overall in 1h27m50s,
Bonmartini second in 1h30m08s, Presenti third in 1h34m53s, next d'Argentine in 1h36m07s, Orlando in 1h44m26s and Spinozzi sixth in 1h44m37s.
Ferrari completed the seventh lap in 14m39s at 178.759 km/h average and 1h42m29s total time. Bonmartini was even slower in 18m20s and a total time of 1h48m28s, increasing Ferrari's
advantage to 5m59s. Presenti in third place now hunted Bonmartini, as he was only 1m30s behind him, with the total time of 1h49m58s. After seven laps, Ferrari's position had
improved, Bonmartini's position weakened, Presenti's improved while d'Argentine's position was stationary. Spinozzi conquered fifth place to the detriment of Orlando who dropped
to sixth. Marsengo Bastia climbed to the eleventh place ahead of Platè.
On the eighth lap Bonmartini had to stop at the pits due to a flat tire, completing the lap in 14m43s. Ferrari drove prudently at14m40s, 3 seconds less than Bonmartini. Ferrari
was in the lead followed by Bonmartini and Presenti. Spinozzi was first in the 1500 class and Clerici led the 1100 class.
The ninth lap was eventful, with men and machines heavily tested by fatigue and resignation. Ferrari completed the lap in 14m39s, Bonmartini in 14m22s but a gap of 5m45s remained
between the two contenders. Presenti had experienced a puncture but then lost considerable time due to a mechanical problem which allowed d'Argentine to grasp third place from him.
Orlando retired after driving for some laps with a problem in his Alfa Romeo, so Clerici became sixth behind Spinozzi. Marconcini was seventh, Del Drago eighth, Ciriaci ninth,
Platè tenth and Marsengo Bastia eleventh but already out of maximum time.
On the tenth lap, Ferrari slowed slightly with a lap in 14m47s to cross the finish line victoriously after 2h26m35.4s, at an average of 104.524 km/h. Bonmartini attempted to
catch up with a fast lap in 14m09s but was still 5m6.8s behind at the finish in second place, ahead of d'Argentine, Presenti, and Spinozzi in fifth place. Del Drago experienced a
lubrication problem with his Amilcar and broke down on the last lap, so Clerici became sixth, Marconcini seventh and Ciriaci eighth. Marsengo Bastia advanced to the ninth but did
not classify, as he was out of the maximum time, because he finished more than 30 minutes after Ferrari, winner of the same Category. Platè who was in tenth and last place also
exceeded the maximum allowable time. Enzo Ferrari was applauded and celebrated for winning the inaugural Coppa Acerbo race.
|1.||1||Enzo Ferrari||E. Ferrari||Alfa Romeo||RLTF24||3.6||S-6||10||2h26m35.4s|
|2.||8||Giovanni Bonmartini||Count G. Bonmartini||Mercedes||TF 1924||2.0||S-4||10||2h31m42.2s||+ 5m06.8s|
|3.||3||Eugenio Beria d'Argentine||Societa Ligure Piemontese Automobili||Spa||24 S||4.4||S-6||10||2h39m14.0s||+ 12m38.6s|
|4.||5||Bruno Presenti||B. Presenti||Alfa Romeo||RLS||3.0||S-6||10||2h43m02.0s||+ 16m26.6s|
|5.||24||Luigi Spinozzi||L. Spinozzi||Bugatti||T13 Brescia||1.5||S-4||10||2h51m36.6s||+ 25m01.2s|
|6.||28||Abele Clerici||A. Clerici||Salmson||GS VAL 3||1.1||S-6||10||3h00m37.0s||+ 34m01.6s|
|7.||18||Alete Marconcini||A. Marconcini||Chiribiri||Monza||1.5||S-4||10||3h03m31.4s||+ 36m56.0s|
|8.||20||Guido Ciriaci||G. Ciriaci||OM||469||1.5||S-4||10||3h11m49.6s||+ 45m14.2s|
|DNC||4||Filippo Marsengo Bastia||Societa Ligure Piemontese Automobili||Spa||24 S||4.4||S-6||10||3h21m42.0s||+ 55m06.6s|
|DNC||16||Luigi "Gigi" Platè||G. Platè||Bugatti||T22||1.5||S-4||10||3h22m25.0s||+ 55m49.6s|
|DNF||29||Rodolfo Del Drago||Prince R. Del Drago||Amilcar||1.1||S-4||9||lubrication|| |
|DNF||7||Francesco Saverio Orlando||Cavaliere F. S. Orlando||Alfa Romeo||RLS||3.0||S-6||8||mechanical|| |
|DNF||6||Gioacchino Leonardi||G. Leonardi||Ceirano||CS2H||3.0||S-4||5||crash|| |
|DNF||27||Max Lancellotti||Prince Massimiliano Lancellotti||Salmson||GS VAL 3||1.1||S-6||3||crash|| |
|DNF||25||Luigi Tattini||L. Tattini||Fiat||501 S||1.5||S-4||3||mechanical|| |
|DNF||9||Giuseppe Campari||SA Italiana Ing. Nicola Romeo & C||Alfa Romeo||P2||2.0||S-8||2||tire, gearbox|| |
|DNF||15||Lino Abriani||L. Abriani||Chiribiri||Monza||1.5||S-4||0||ignition|| |
|DNF||12||Giulio Masetti||Count G. Masetti||Mercedes||TF 1924||2.0||S-4||0||ignition|| |
Fastest lap: Giovanni Bonmartini (Mercedes) on lap 2 in 14m05.0s at 108.8 km/h (67.6 mph).|
Winner's average speed over 3000 cc (Ferrari): 104.5 km/h (64.9 mph).
Winner's average speed 3000 cc (Presenti): 94.0 km/h (58.4 mph). (Note 1).
Winner's average speed 2000 cc (Bonmartini): 101.0 km/h (62.8 mph).
Winner's average speed 1500 cc (Spinozzi): 89.3 km/h (55.5 mph).
Winner's average speed 1100 cc (Clerici): 84.8 km/h (52.7 mph).
Weather: sunny and hot.
1. The official average speeds were wrongly calculated. They are shown here with the correct speeds, (with three decimals) in parentesis:
>3000 cc: 104.524 km/h (correct)
3000 cc : 92.843 km/h (93.982 km/h)
2000 cc: 98.387 km/h (101.001 km/h)
1500 cc: 86.269 km/h (89.295 km/h)
1100 cc: 81.235 km/h (84.833 km/h)
Primary sources researched for this article:|
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Berlin
Allgemeine Automobil-Zeitung, Wien
Il Calcio, Genoa
Il Giornale d'Italia, Roma
La Domenica Sportiva, Milano
La Gazzetta dello Sport, Milano
La Stampa, Torino
Regolamento Manifestazioni del ACI, Roma
Special thanks to:
Francesco Santuccione & Paolo Smoglica: Il Cicuito di Pescara book
Federico Valeriani: Coppa Acerbo book