1959 World Sportscar Championship season

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1959 World Sportscar Championship season
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The 1959 World Sportscar Championship season was the seventh season of the FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was a series for sportscars that ran in many worldwide endurance events. It ran from 21 March 1959 to 5 September 1959, and consisted of 5 races.

Schedule[edit]

Rnd Race Circuit or Location Date
1 United States 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway 21 March
2 Italy Targa Florio Piccolo Madonie 24 May
3 West Germany 1000km Nürburgring Nürburgring 7 June
4 France 24 Hours of Le Mans Circuit de la Sarthe 20 June
21 June
5 United Kingdom RAC Tourist Trophy Goodwood Circuit 5 September

Season results[edit]

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

Races[edit]

Rnd Circuit Winning Team Results
Winning Drivers
1 Sebring Italy #7 Scuderia Ferrari Results
United States Dan Gurney
United States Chuck Daigh
United States Phil Hill
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
2 Palermo West Germany #112 Porsche KG Results
West Germany Edgar Barth
West Germany Wolfgang Seidel
3 Nürburgring United Kingdom #1 David Brown Results
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Jack Fairman
4 La Sarthe United Kingdom #5 David Brown Results
United States Carroll Shelby
United Kingdom Roy Salvadori
5 Goodwood United Kingdom #2 David Brown Results
United States Carroll Shelby
United Kingdom Jack Fairman
United Kingdom Stirling Moss

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 listed within brackets.

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 United Kingdom Aston Martin 8 8 8 24
2 Italy Ferrari 8 6 4 (4) 18
3 West Germany Porsche 4 8 (3) 6 18
4 Italy Maserati 2 2
5= Italy Alfa Romeo 1 1
5= United Kingdom Lola 1 1

† - Ferrari declared second due to having the same number of wins, one, and second places, one, as Porsche but having two 3rd place finishes to Porsche's one.

References[edit]

  • The Guinness Guide To International Motor Racing, © 1995

External links[edit]