1961 Coppa Italia
|Non-Championship race in the 1961 Formula One season|
|Date||12 October 1961|
|Official name||I Coppa Italia|
|Location||ACI Vallelunga Circuit|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
1.77 km (1.1 mi)
|Distance||30 x 2 laps, 106.378 km (66.1 mi)|
The 1st Coppa Italia was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 12 October 1961 at Vallelunga Circuit. The race was run over two heats of 30 laps of the circuit, and was won by Italian driver Giancarlo Baghetti in a Porsche 718.
After the Italian Drivers' Championship finished as a tie between Giancarlo Baghetti and Lorenzo Bandini, a deciding race was organised. However, the fairness of this idea is in question since it was well known that Bandini would not be available to take part. Baghetti's team, Scuderia Sant Ambroeus, borrowed the Porsche from Ecurie Nationale Suisse, and their driver won both heats to take the national title.
|1||Giancarlo Baghetti||Scuderia Sant Ambroeus||Porsche||1.00:53.9||2||1st / 1st|
|2||Ernesto Prinoth||Scuderia Dolomiti||Lotus-Climax||+ 15.3 s||3||2nd / 2nd|
|3||Nino Vaccarella||Scuderia Serenissima||Cooper-Maserati||59 laps||1||3rd / 3rd|
|4||Roberto Bussinello||Isobele de Tomaso||De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo||58 laps||4||5th / 4th|
|5||Roberto Lippi||Scuderia Settecolli||De Tomaso-O.S.C.A.||58 laps||6||4th / 5th|
|6||Albino Buticchi||Scuderi Sant Ambroeus||Cooper-Climax||57 laps||8||6th / 6th|
|7||Lucien de Sanctis||Scuderi Sant Ambroeus||Cooper-Climax||56 laps||9||7th / 7th|
|8||Gaetano Starrabba||Gaetano Starrabba||Lotus-Maserati||31 laps||5||8th / 8th|
|9||Elio Pandolfo||Scuderia Montegrappa||Elios||22 laps||10||9th / Ret|
|Ret||Rovero Campello||Rovero Campello||de Sanctis-Fiat||Engine||7||Ret / DNS|
|WD||Ludovico Scarfiotti||Pescara Racing Club||De Tomaso-O.S.C.A.||Car not ready||–||– / –|
|WD||Menato Boffa||Menato Boffa||Cooper-Climax||Car not ready||–||– / –|
- "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.
- "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
- Baghetti article at 8W 
- Article at Atlas F1 - Rear View Mirror 
1961 Lewis-Evans Trophy
|Formula One Non-Championship races
1961 Rand Grand Prix
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