1939 Australian Grand Prix
|Formula Libre handicap race|
|Date||2 January 1939|
|Location||Lobethal, South Australia|
|Course||Temporary road circuit
13.8 km (8.6 mi)
|Distance||17 laps, 241.35 km (150 mi)|
|Driver||Alf Barrett||Alfa Romeo|
|Second||Bob Lea-Wright||Terraplane Special|
|Third||Jack Phillips||Ford Special|
The 1939 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held on the Lobethal Circuit, a road course centred on the South Australian town of Lobethal on 2 January 1939. The race had 17 starters. It was held over 17 laps of the fourteen kilometre circuit, the longest ever used for the Grand Prix, for a race distance of 241 kilometres. The average speed for the race was the fastest of any Australian Grand Prix prior to 1956, with race winner Alan Tomlinson averaging 84.00 mph.
It was the eleventh Australian Grand Prix and the second since the 1938 revival of the Grand Prix. The track utilised was three country roads which in a triangle formation took in the nearby village of Charleston. The advantage of using these country roads, for the first time the Grand Prix was held on a bitumen sealed surface instead of dirt roads.
The race was won by relatively unknown Westeran Australian racer Allan Tomlinson in one of the best individual performances in Australian Grand Prix history, racing his supercharged MG T to victory. Bob Lea-Wright's Terraplane Special finished in second position ahead of Jack Phillips Ford Special. The fastest time over the race distance was recorded by Jack Saywell driving a Grand Prix Alfa Romeo.
Later in 1939 Australia would declare war on the AXIS powers. As World War II enveloped Australia, motor racing wound down and would not resume until the mid-1940s. The Australian Grand Prix would rise again in 1947.
Results as follows.
|1||12||Allan Tomlinson||MG TA / MG s/c 1.3L||17||2h 00m 27s|
|2||19||Bob Lea-Wright||Terraplane Special / Terraplane||17||2h 02m 31s|
|3||15||Jack Phillips||Ford Special / Ford 3.6L||17||2h 02m 46s|
|4||3||John Snow||Delahaye 135 / Delahaye 3.6L||17||2h 04m 11s|
|5||17||Les Burrows||Hudson Special / Hudson||17||2h 04m 38s|
|6||1||Jack Saywell||Alfa Romeo P3 / Alfa Romeo 2.9L||17||2h 06m 48s|
|7||6||John Crouch||Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans / Alfa Romeo s/c 2.4L||17||2h 08m 33s|
|8||2||Alf Barrett||Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 / Alfa Romeo s/c 2.4L||17||2h 09m 11s|
|9||20||R. Curlewis||MG TB / MG 1.3L||17||2h 09m 57s|
|Ret||23||R. W. Manser||MG N / MG 1.3L||14|
|Ret||J. O'Dea||MG P / MG 0.8L||14|
|Ret||24||Russell Bowes||MG N / MG 1.3L||10|
|Ret||25||Jim Boughton||Morgan 4/4 / Coventry Climax 1.1L||10|
|Ret||13||Tim Joshua||Frazer Nash / Meadows 1.5L||7|
|Ret||31||J. Wilson||MG L / MG 1.1L||7|
|Ret||16||C. R. E. Downing||Riley Brooklands / 1.5L||5|
|Ret||4||Frank Kleinig||Kleinig-Hudson 8 Special / Hudson 4.2L||3|
|DNS||7||Alan Sinclair||Sunbeam Special|
|DNS||10||Colin Dunne||MG K3 / MG s/c 1.1L|
|DNS||21||John Summers||MG N / MG 1.3L|
1938 Australian Grand Prix
|Australian Grand Prix
1947 Australian Grand Prix