30th November 2017

PAU GRAND PRIX

BEHRA WINS AGAIN

Another non-championship race came along after Syracuse. A mere fourteen cars arrived in the south-west of France, to contest the 110 lap Pau Grand Prix. Ferrari did not see fit to send any cars, probably still coming to terms with the loss of their Italian driver Eugenio Castellotti, who had been killed testing a car at the Modena circuit, five weeks earlier. Maserati sent along just one car for Syracuse winner Jean Behra. Masten Gregory and Harry Schell were there to drive Centro-Sud cars and private 250.Fs were on hand for Luigi Piotti, Bruce Halford, Horace Gould, Paco Godia-Sales and the unknown Rene Bourely.

There was a Ferrari on the grid. An old 500, belonging to Marc Rozier but driven by Maurice Trintignant. Five more cars graced the entry list - three of them blue and two green. Three Gordinis made the first appearance for the marque in 1957. Two of the cars were the old T.16 models, driven by Andre Simon and Andre Guelfi, while Nano da Silva-Ramos handled the bigger 8 cylinder T.32 car. Les Leston and Ivor Bueb made the long journey down through from, bringing some green to the grid in the form of B-type Connaughts.

A close race (or a demonstration?) transpired between the two works Maserati drivers, whose cars were vastly superior to anything else on the grid, but the crowd was denied a tight finish when Schell retired his car with 17 of the 110 laps remaining. This left Jean Behra free to cruise to his second consecutive victory, winning by over a lap from the excellent Bruce Halford who drove a steady but quick race into second place. Trintignant would have finished quite high up but the old Ferrari broke down 7 laps from the end, leaving Petoulet to be classified 5th out of the six finishers. Remarkably, both Gould and Guelfi retired after Schell although neither completed sufficient laps to be classified. Simon was the final finisher after both of the other two Gordinis retired although he was no less than eight laps behind the winner. One Connaught - Bueb - survived to finish 3rd, ahead of Godia's Maserati.

HERE IS THE RESULT OF THE THE 110 LAP RACE.

   1.
2
J. BEHRA MASERATI 250.F
3.02.12'14
   2.
24
B. HALFORD MASERATI 250.F
109 laps
   3.
18
I. BUEB CONNAUGHT B-type
109 laps
   4.
4
F. GODIA-SALES MASERATI 250.F
106 laps
   5.
28
M. TRINTIGNANT FERRARI 500
103 laps N.R.F.
   6.
10
A, SIMON GORDINI T.16
102 laps
Fastest lap:   H. SCHELL, MASERATI 250.F,   on lap 76,   1.35'52

Retired:
L. PIOTTI
28
M. TRINTIGNANT FERRARI 500
103 laps
12
A. GUELFI GORDINI T.16
98 laps
26
H. GOULD MASERATI 250.F
94 laps
20
H. SCHELL MASERATI 250.F
93 laps
8
H. de SILVA RAMOS GORDINI T.32
67 laps
14
R. BOURELY MASERATI 250.F
62 laps
22
M. GREGORY MASERATI 250.F
57 laps
6
L. PIOTTI MASERATI 250.F
21 laps
16
L. LESTON CONNAUGHT B-TYPE
16 laps

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