1954 World Sportscar Championship season

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1954 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1954 World Sportscar Championship season was the second season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured a series of six endurance races for sportscars, contested from 24 January to 23 November 1954. The championship was dominated by Ferrari.

Season[edit]

Ferrari won the championship with its 375 Plus (pictured), 375 MM and 750 Monza models.

The 1954 World Sports Car Championship was contested over a six race series. With legendary races such as the Mille Miglia and the Carrera Panamericana now part of an international race calendar, they were accompanied by the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring. The championship started in January, was a trip to Argentina for a new race to the calendar, the 1000 km Buenos Aires, but the 24 Hours of Spa and the 1000 km Nürburgring were missing. [1]

The Championship was remained for manufactures, and works teams such as Scuderia Ferrari, Lancia, Aston Martin and Jaguar lead the way, but the majority of the fields were made up of amateur or gentlemen drivers, often up against professional racing drivers with experience in Formula One. Sometimes, even the Drivers World Champion joined in.

Classes were split between closed cars (GT) and open cars (Sports), with further divisions due to engine displacement. Scuderia Ferrari continued to be the dominant force in 1954, winning four of the six races, a result of Enzo Ferrari’s determination to bring prestige to his marque. The another two races were also won by Italian marques, Lancia and O.S.C.A. [2]

Season results[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Round Event Circuit or Location Winning driver Winning team Winning car Results
24/01 Rd. 1 Argentina 1000km of Buenos Aires Autódromo Municipal-Avenida Paz Italy Giuseppe Farina
Italy Umberto Maglioli
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ferrari 375 MM Results
07/03 Rd. 2 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway United States Bill Lloyd
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United States Briggs Cunningham Italy Osca MT4 1500 Results
02/05 Rd. 3 Italy Mille Miglia Brescia-Rome Italy Alberto Ascari Italy Scuderia Lancia Italy Lancia D24 Results
12/06
13/06
Rd.4 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe Argentina José Froilán González
France Maurice Trintignant
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ferrari 375 Plus Results
05/09 Rd. 5 Northern Ireland RAC Tourist Trophy Dundrod United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
France Maurice Trintignant
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ferrari 750 Monza Results
23/11 Rd. 6 Mexico Carrera Panamericana Tuxtla Gutiérrez-Ciudad Juárez Italy Umberto Maglioli United States Erwin Goldschmidt Italy Ferrari 375 Plus Pinin Farina Results

Note: The Tourist Trophy was awarded to the DB of Paul Armagnac and Gerard Laureau, which was the winner of the Dundrod race on handicap. World Championship points were awarded on the overall race results rather than the handicap results. [3]

Championship[edit]

Lancia placed second with its Lancia D24
Jaguar placed third with its Jaguar C-Type and D-Type (pictured) models
O.S.C.A. placed fourth after their excellent win at Sebring

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 6 races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not counted towards the championship totals are listed within brackets in the above table. [3]

Pos[4] Manufacturer[4] Rd 1[4] Rd 2[4] Rd 3[4] Rd 4[4] Rd 5[4] Rd 6[4] Total[4]
1 Italy Ferrari 8 (6) 8 8 8 32 (38)
2 Italy Lancia 6 8 6 20
3 United Kingdom Jaguar 3 6 1 10
4 Italy O.S.C.A. 8 8
5 Italy Maserati 1 4 2 7
6 West Germany Porsche 1 4 5
7= United States Cunningham 4 4
7= United Kingdom Austin-Healey 4 4
7= United Kingdom Aston Martin 4 4
10 United Kingdom HWM 3 3
11= United Kingdom Kieft 1 1
11= France Gordini 1 1

The cars[edit]

The following models contributed to the nett championship pointscores of their respective manufacturers.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.racingsportscars.com/championship/World%20Championship.html
  2. ^ http://worldheritage.org/articles/World_Championship_of_Makes
  3. ^ a b Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, pages 260–262
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i 1954 World Sportscar Championship table at www.wspr-racing.com Retrieved on 23 September 2010
  5. ^ 1954 World Sportscar Championship race results at wspr-racing.com Retrieved on 23 September 2010

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