1956 World Sportscar Championship season

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1956 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1956 World Sportscar Championship season was the fourth season of the FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was a series for sportscars that ran in many worldwide endurance events. It ran from 29 January 1956 to 12 August 1956, and comprised 5 races.

Following the major incident at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans that killed 80 spectators, defending constructor's champion Mercedes-Benz officially pulled out of motorsports and thus did not return to the sport.

Due to the fallout of the accident at Le Mans, the race was not included as part of the schedule until safety had been brought up to a higher standard. The Targa Florio was also cancelled due to safety concerns.

This led to the shortest season in World Sportscar Championship history, as well as one of the fewest amount of factory-backed competitors for many years.


Rnd Race Circuit or Location Date
1 Argentina Buenos Aires 1000 Kilometres Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez 29 January
2 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway 24 March
3 Italy Mille Miglia Brescia 12 April
4 Germany 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 27 May
5 Sweden Swedish Grand Prix (1000 km Kristianstad) Rabelöfsbanan 12 August

Season results[edit]

Points were awarded for the top 6 finishers, in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1. Constructors were only awarded points for their highest finishing car. Other finishers from the same manufacturer were merely skipped in the points count.


Rnd Circuit Winning Team Results
Winning Drivers
1 Buenos Aires Italy #31 Officine Alfieri Maserati Results
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Argentina Carlos Menditeguy
2 Sebring Italy #17 Scuderia Ferrari Results
Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio
Italy Eugenio Castellotti
3 Brescia Italy #548 Scuderia Ferrari Results
Italy Eugenio Castellotti
4 Nürburgring Italy #6 Officine Alfieri Maserati Results
Italy Piero Taruffi
United States Harry Schell
5 Rabelöfsbanan Italy #3 Scuderia Ferrari Results
United States Phil Hill
France Maurice Trintignant

Manufacturers Championship[edit]

Only the best 3 results out of the 5 race season counted towards the championship. Points earned but not counted towards the championship total are shown within brackets.

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 Italy Ferrari (6) 8 8 (6) 8 24
2 Italy Maserati 8 2 8 18
3 United Kingdom Jaguar 4 3 7
4 United Kingdom Aston Martin 3 2 5
5 Germany Porsche 1 3 4
6 Germany Mercedes-Benz 1 1 2

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