1931 Grand Prix season

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1931 AIACR European Championship season
European Champion
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg Ferdinando Minoia
Previous: none Next: 1932
1931 Grand Prix season
Previous: 1930 Next: 1932

The 1931 Grand Prix season was the first AIACR European Championship season. The championship was won by Ferdinando Minoia, driving for the Alfa Corse team. Minoia won the championship despite not winning a single race during the championship season. All championship races were ten hour events, so most cars utilised more than one driver.

Season review[edit]

European Championship Grands Prix[edit]

Rd Date Name Circuit Winning drivers Winning
constructor
Report
1 24 May Italy Italian Grand Prix Monza Italy Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo Report
Italy Tazio Nuvolari
2 21 June France French Grand Prix Montlhéry Monaco Louis Chiron Bugatti Report
Italy Achille Varzi
3 12 July Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Spa-Francorchamps United Kingdom William Grover-Williams Bugatti Report
Italy Caberto Conelli

Non-championship Grands Prix[edit]

Grandes Épreuves are denoted by a yellow background.

Date Name Circuit Winning driver Winning
constructor
Report
29 March France Tunis Grand Prix Carthage Italy Achille Varzi Bugatti Report
6 April France Circuit d'Esterel Plage Saint-Raphaël France Philippe Étancelin Bugatti Report
19 April Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Monaco Louis Chiron Bugatti Report
26 April Italy Circuito di Alessandria Alessandria Italy Achille Varzi Bugatti Report
10 May Italy Targa Florio Madonie Italy Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Report
10 May France Picardy Grand Prix Péronne France "Ivernel" Bugatti Report
17 May France Casablanca Grand Prix Anfa Circuit Poland Stanislas Czaykowski Bugatti Report
6 June Republic of Ireland Irish Grand Prix Dublin United Kingdom Norman Black MG Report
7 June Switzerland Geneva Grand Prix Meyrin France Marcel Lehoux Bugatti Report
7 June Italy Rome Grand Prix Littorio Italy Ernesto Maserati Maserati Report
7 June Poland Lviv Grand Prix Lviv Germany Hans Stuck Mercedes-Benz Report
7 June Germany Eifelrennen Nürburgring Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Report
5 July France Grand Prix de la Marne Reims-Gueux France Marcel Lehoux Bugatti Report
5 July France Circuit du Vaucluse Avignon France Frédéric Toselli Bugatti Report
19 July Germany German Grand Prix Nürburgring Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Report
26 July France Dieppe Grand Prix Dieppe France Philippe Étancelin Alfa Romeo Report
2 August Italy Coppa Ciano Montenero Italy Tazio Nuvolari Alfa Romeo Report
2 August Germany Avusrennen AVUS Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz Report
2 August France Circuit du Dauphiné Grenoble France Philippe Étancelin Alfa Romeo Report
16 August France Grand Prix du Comminges Saint-Gaudens France Philippe Étancelin Alfa Romeo Report
16 August Italy Coppa Acerbo Pescara Italy Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo Report
6 September Italy Monza Grand Prix Monza Italy Luigi Fagioli Maserati Report
13 September France La Baule Grand Prix La Baule United Kingdom William Grover-Williams Bugatti Report
27 September Czech Republic Masaryk Grand Prix Brno Monaco Louis Chiron Bugatti Report
27 September France Brignoles Grand Prix Brignoles France René Dreyfus Bugatti Report
17 October United Kingdom Mountain Championship Brooklands United Kingdom Henry Birkin Maserati Report

Championship Final Standings[edit]

Minoia won the championship on a tie-breaker as he had completed a longer distance in total than Campari.

Pos Driver ITA
Italy
FRA
France
BEL
Belgium
Pts
1 Italy Ferdinando Minoia 2 6 3 9
2 Italy Giuseppe Campari 1 2 Ret 9
3 Italy Baconin Borzacchini Ret 2 2 11
4 France Albert Divo 3 7 Ret 12
= France Guy Bouriat 3 7 Ret 12
= Italy Achille Varzi Ret 1 Ret 12
= Monaco Louis Chiron Ret 1 Ret 12
8 Italy Tazio Nuvolari Ret 11 2 13
9 France Jean-Pierre Wimille 4 Ret 7 14
= France Jean Gaupillat 4 Ret 7 14
= United Kingdom William Grover-Williams Ret 1 14
= Italy Caberto Conelli Ret 1 14
13 Russia[1] Boris Ivanowski 5 Ret 5 15
= France Henri Stoffel 5 Ret 5 15
= Italy Giovanni Minozzi 11 3 15
16 United Kingdom Henry Birkin 4 4 16
= France Jean Pesato 10 6 16
= France Pierre Félix 10 6 16
= United Kingdom Brian Lewis 12 4 16
20 Italy Pietro Ghersi 8 8 17
= France Robert Sénéchal 9 5 17
22 Italy Goffredo Zehender 6 Ret 18
23 Italy Clemente Biondetti 3 19
= Italy Luigi Parenti 3 19
25 Italy Francesco Pirola 6 20
= Italy Giovanni Lurani 6 20
= Italy Amadeo Ruggeri 7 20
= Italy Renato Balestrero 7 20
= United Kingdom George Eyston 4 20
= France René Dreyfus 8 20
= France René Ferrant 9 20
= France Louis Rigal 9 20
= United Kingdom Earl Howe 12 20
34 Italy Umberto Klinger 8 21
= Italy Roberto di Vecchio Ret 21
= Italy Gerolamo Ferrari Ret 21
= France Marcel Lehoux Ret Ret 21
= France Philippe Étancelin Ret Ret 21
= Italy Emilio Eminente Ret 21
= France Edmond Bourlier Ret 21
= France Georges d'Arnoux Ret 21
= France Max Fourny Ret 21
= France Charles Montier 8 21
=  "Ducolombier" 8 21
= France François Montier Ret 21
46 Italy Enzo Grimaldi Ret 22
=  "Borgait" Ret 22
= Italy Luigi Fagioli Ret 22
= Italy Ernesto Maserati Ret 22
= Germany Rudolf Caracciola Ret 22
= Germany Otto Merz Ret 22
52 Italy Alfredo Caniato Ret 23
=  "Tortini" Ret 23
= United Kingdom William "Bummer" Scott Ret 23
=  S. Armstrong-Payne Ret 23
= United Kingdom Jack Dunfee Ret 23
Pos Driver ITA
Italy
FRA
France
BEL
Belgium
Pts
Colour Result Points
Gold Winner 1
Silver 2nd place 2
Bronze 3rd place 3
Green Completed more than 75% 4
Blue Completed between 50% and 75% 5
Purple Completed between 25% and 50% 6
Red Completed less than 25% 7
Black Disqualified 8
Blank Did not participate 8

References[edit]

Etzrodt, Hans. "Grand Prix Winners 1895–1949 : Part 2 (1919–1933)". The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 

Galpin, Darren. "1931 Grands Prix". The GEL Motorsport Information Page. Retrieved 2007-08-04. 

  1. ^ Ivanowski was a Russian national, but in exile since the Russian Revolution