1949 Australian Grand Prix

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Australia  1949 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Formula Libre race
Date 18 September 1949
Location Leyburn, Queensland
Course Airfield circuit
6.92 km (4.3 mi)
Distance 35 laps, 242.2 km (150.5 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Australia Frank Kleinig Kleinig-Hudson
Fastest lap
Driver Australia John Crouch
Australia Frank Kleinig
Delahaye
Kleinig-Hudson
Time 2'52
Podium
First Australia John Crouch Delahaye
Second Australia Ray Gordon MG
Third Australia Arthur Rizzo Rizzo-Riley

The 1949 Australian Grand Prix was motor race held at a circuit made up from the runways of a World War II airbase near Leyburn, Queensland on 18 September 1949. The race was held over 35 laps of the 7.0 kilometre circuit for a race distance of 242 kilometres.

It was the fourteenth Australian Grand Prix and the first to be held in Queensland. It was also the first to feature a mass start of the entire grid with grid positions decided by qualifying times. John Crouch won the Australian Grand Prix driving his Delahaye. Ray Gordon finished second ahead of Athur Rizzo.

Classification[edit]

Results as follows.[1]

Pos No. Driver Car Laps Time
1 4 Australia John Crouch Delahaye 135 / Delahaye 3.6L 35 1h 49m 25.2s
2 20 Australia Ray Gordon MG TC Special / MG s/c 1.3L 35 1h 54m 12.2s
3 8 Australia Arthur Rizzo Riley Nine Imp / Riley 1.5L 35 1h 56m 56.8s
4 19 Australia Peter Critchley MG TB Special / MG 1.3L 35 1h 59m 40s
5 7 Australia Alan Larsen Cadillac Special / Cadillac 5.7L 35 1h 59m 53s
6 29 Australia Curley Brydon MG TC / MG 1.3L 35 2h 00m 08s
7 38 Australia Irwin Luke Bugatti Type 37 / Bugatti 35 2h 07m 07.4s
8 24 Australia Theo Trevathan Special / Ford 3.9L 35 2h 11m 14.4s
9 40 Australia H. McGuire MG TC / MG 1.3L 35 2h 16m 53s
10 32 Australia Col Robinson MG TC / MG 1.3L 35 2h 20m 59.6s
11 33 Australia Jack Wright Special / Ford 4.0L 35 2h 24m 36.8s
Ret 36 Australia Vic Johnson MG TC / MG 1.3L 27
Ret 2 Australia Dick Bland George Reed Special / Ford 4.0L 26
Ret 1 Australia Frank Kleinig Kleinig-Hudson 8 Special / Hudson 4.4L 21
Ret 21 Australia John Nind MG TB Special / MG 1.3L 20
Ret 18 Australia Garry Coglan MG TC Special / MG 1.3L 16
Ret 34 Australia Ken Tubman MG K3 / MG s/c 1.1L 12
Ret 10 Australia Snow Sefton Strathpine Special 11
Ret 11 Australia Charlie Whatmore Studebaker Special 10
Ret 23 Australia Les Taylor MG TC / MG 1.3L 10
Ret 15 Australia Keith Thallon Jaguar SS100 / SS 3.6L 10
Ret 25 Australia Doug McDonald Bugatti / Dodge 9
Ret 9 Australia Keith Saunders Cadillac Special 8
Ret 5 Australia Rex Law Buick Special 8
Ret 17 Australia Dick Cobden MG TC Special / MG 1.4L 6
Ret 3 Australia Arthur Bowes Hudson Special / Hudson 5
Ret 6 Australia Ross Gray GK Special / Ford 4.0L 4
Ret 22 Australia George Pearse MG TB Special / MG 1.3L 2

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Howard, Graham (1986). "1949". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 138–147. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 
Preceded by
1948 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1949
Succeeded by
1950 Australian Grand Prix