1955 World Sportscar Championship season

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1955 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1955 World Sportscar Championship season was the third season of FIA World Sportscar Championship motor racing. It featured the 1955 World Sports Car Championship,[1] which was a six race series for sportscars that ran from 23 January to 16 October 1955. The championship was won by German manufacturer Mercedes-Benz.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Mercedes-Benz won the championship with the 300 SLR
Ferrari placed second with the 750 Monza (pictured) and other models
Jaguar placed third with the D-Type

The 1955 World Sports Car Championship was contested over a six race series.

Race Race name Circuit or Location Date
1 Argentina Buenos Aires 1000 Kilometres Autódromo 17 de Octubre 23 January
2 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway 13 March
3 Italy Mille Miglia Brescia 1 May
4 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 11 June
12 June
5 United Kingdom RAC Tourist Trophy Dundrod 18 September
6 Italy Targa Florio Palermo 16 October

Season results[edit]

Championship race results[edit]

Race Circuit Winning Team Winning Drivers Winning Car Results
1 Buenos Aires Argentina Enrique Saenz Valiente
Argentina José-Maria Ibanez
#4 Ferrari 375 Plus Results
2 Sebring United States Briggs Cunningham United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
United States Phil Walters
#19 Jaguar D-Type Results
3 Brescia Germany Daimler-Benz AG United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Denis Jenkinson
#722 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Results
4 La Sarthe United Kingdom Jaguar Cars Ltd. United Kingdom Mike Hawthorn
United Kingdom Ivor Bueb
#6 Jaguar D-Type Results
5 Dundrod Germany Daimler-Benz AG United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United States John Fitch
#10 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Results
6 Palermo Germany Daimler-Benz AG United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Peter Collins
#104 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Results

Championship results[edit]

Championship points were awarded for the top 6 places at each race in the order of 8–6–4–3–2–1, however manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car,[2] with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars. Only the best 4 results from the 6 race series could be retained.[3] Discarded points are shown within brackets in the following table.

Pos[3] Manufacturer[3] R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total[3]
1 Germany Mercedes-Benz 8 8 8 24
2 Italy Ferrari 8 6 4 (1) 4 22
3 United Kingdom Jaguar 8 8 16
4 Italy Maserati 4 4 3 2 (2) 13
5 United Kingdom Aston Martin 6 3 9
6 Germany Porsche 3 3 6
7 France Gordini 2 2
8 United Kingdom Austin-Healey 1 1

The cars[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Previous FIA Championship winners, World Sports Car Championship, 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey section, page 122
  2. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 260
  3. ^ a b c d Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 264

Further reading[edit]

  • János L. Wimpffen, Time and Two Seats, 1999, pages 170–200
  • The Automobile Year Book of Sports Car Racing, 1982

External links[edit]