1953 World Sportscar Championship season

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1953 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1953 World Sportscar Championship season was the first season FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1953 World Sports Car Championship [1] which was a seven race [1] international series for sports cars that ran from 8 March to 23 November 1953. The championship was won by Ferrari.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Ferrari won the championship with its 340MM (pictured) and 375MM models

The 1953 World Sports Car Championship was contested over a seven race series.

Rnd Race Circuit or Location Date
1 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway 8 March
2 Italy Mille Miglia Brescia 26 April
3 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 13 June
14 June
4 Belgium 24 Hours de Spa Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 25 July
26 July
5 West Germany ADAC 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 30 August
6 United Kingdom RAC Tourist Trophy Dundrod 5 September
7 Mexico Carrera Panamericana Veracruz 23 November

Season results[edit]

Races[edit]

Jaguar placed second with its C-Type
Aston Martin placed third with its DB3 (pictured) and DB3S models
Lancia placed equal fourth with its D20 & D24 (pictured) models
Cunningham placed equal fourth with its C4-R (pictured) and C5-R models
Rnd Circuit Winning team Results
Winning drivers
Winning car
1 Sebring United States #57 Briggs Cunningham Results
United States Phil Walters
United States John Fitch
United States Cunningham C4-R Chrysler
2 Brescia Italy #547 Scuderia Ferrari Results
Italy Giannino Marzotto
Italy Marco Crosara
Italy Ferrari 340MM
3 La Sarthe United Kingdom #18 Jaguar Cars, Ltd. Results
United Kingdom Tony Rolt
United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton
United Kingdom Jaguar C-Type
4 Spa-Francorchamps Italy #8 Scuderia Ferrari Results
Italy Giuseppe Farina
United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
Italy Ferrari 375MM
5 Nürburgring Italy #1 Scuderia Ferrari Results
Italy Alberto Ascari
Italy Giuseppe Farina
Italy Ferrari 375MM
6 Dundrod United Kingdom #20 Aston Martin Ltd. Results
United Kingdom Peter Collins
United Kingdom Pat Griffith
United Kingdom Aston Martin DB3S
7 Veracruz Italy #36 Scuderia Lancia Results
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Italy Gino Bronzoni
Italy Lancia D24

Championship[edit]

Pos. Manufacturer Seb MM LM Spa Nur TT CP Total
1 Italy Ferrari (1) 8 (2) 8 8 3 27
2 United Kingdom Jaguar 4 8 6 6 (4) 24
3 United Kingdom Aston Martin 6 2 8 16
4= Italy Lancia 4 8 12
4= United States Cunningham 8 4 12
6 Italy Alfa Romeo 6 6
7 West Germany Borgward 4 4
8= France D.B. 3 3
8= West Germany Porsche 3 3
10= Italy O.S.C.A. 2 2
10= West Germany Veritas 2 2
10= France Talbot 2 2
13= Italy Maserati 1 1
13= France Gordini 1 1
13= United Kingdom Frazer Nash 1 1

Championship points were awarded for the first six places in each race in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1. Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars. Only the best 4 results out of the 7 races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not counted towards the championship totals are listed within brackets in the above table.

The cars[edit]

The following models contributed to the net championship pointscores of their respective manufacturers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c World Sports Car Championship (Makes), 1974 FIA Yearbook of Automobile Sport, Grey section, page 122

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