1956 World Sportscar Championship season
|1956 World Sportscar Championship season|
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||Buenos Aires 1000 Kilometres||Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez||29 January|
|2||12 Hours of Sebring||Sebring International Raceway||24 March|
|3||Mille Miglia||Brescia||12 April|
|4||1000km Nürburgring||Nürburgring||27 May|
|5||Swedish Grand Prix (1000 km Kristianstad)||Rabelöfsbanan||12 August|
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.
|1||Buenos Aires||#31 Officine Alfieri Maserati||Results|
| Stirling Moss
|2||Sebring||#17 Scuderia Ferrari||Results|
| Juan Manuel Fangio
|3||Brescia||#548 Scuderia Ferrari||Results|
|4||Nürburgring||#6 Officine Alfieri Maserati||Results|
| Piero Taruffi
|5||Rabelöfsbanan||#3 Scuderia Ferrari||Results|
| Phil Hill
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|
- 1956 World Sportscar Championship race results
- 1956 World Sportscar Championship points table
- 1956 World Sportscar Championship images - Buenos Aires
- 1956 World Sportscar Championship images - Sebring
- 1956 World Sportscar Championship images - Mille Miglia
- 1956 World Sportscar Championship images - Nurburgring
- 1956 World Sportscar Championship images - Kristianstadt