1949 BRDC International Trophy

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United Kingdom  1949 I BRDC International Trophy
Race details
1949 Grand Prix season
Silverstone circuitmap 1950-51.jpg
Date 20 August 1949
Official name Daily Express International Trophy
Location Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire
Course Permanent racing facility
4.649 km (2.889 mi)
Distance Final: 30 laps. 2 x Heats: 20 laps, km ( mi)
Pole position
Driver Italy Alberto Ascari (Heat 1)
Switzerland Emmanuel de Graffenried (Heat 2)
Ferrari
Maserati
Time 1:56.0 (Heat 1)
1:55.0 (Heat 2)
Podium
First Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari
Second Italy Giuseppe Farina Ferrari
Third Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari

The first BRDC International Trophy meeting, formally titled the Daily Express International Trophy, was held on 20 August 1949 at the Silverstone Circuit, England.[1] It was the first race meeting to only use the former airfield's perimeter roadways, rather than the main runways. The event was held over two heats of 20 laps and one final of 30 laps of the Grand Prix circuit. The final was won by Italian Alberto Ascari, who would go on to win the Formula One World Championship twice. In addition to the main Formula One-regulation competition, the meeting also contained events for 500 cc racing cars and production cars.[2] The race meeting was attended by over 100,000 people, but was marred by the death of St. John Horsfall in an accident on the 13th lap of the final race.[3]

Results[edit]

Final[edit]

Pos Driver Chassis Time/Retired
1 Italy Alberto Ascari Ferrari 125 59:42.6
2 Italy Giuseppe Farina Ferrari 125 + 1.8 s
3 Italy Luigi Villoresi Ferrari 125 + 36.4 s
4 Switzerland Emmanuel de Graffenried Maserati 4CLT + 36.4 s
5 United Kingdom Peter Walker ERA E-type + 1:24.2
6 Thailand B. Bira Maserati 4CLT + 2:14.0
7 United Kingdom Bob Gerard ERA B-type + 1 lap
8 United Kingdom Fred Ashmore Maserati 4CLT + 1 lap
9 United Kingdom Cuth Harrison ERA B-type + 2 laps
10 United Kingdom Tony Rolt Alfa Romeo Aitken + 2 laps
11 United Kingdom David Hampshire ERA C-type + 2 laps
12 Belgium Johnny Claes Talbot-Lago T26C + 3 laps
13 France Pierre Levegh Talbot-Lago T26C + 3 laps
14 United Kingdom Gordon Watson Alta 69 + 3 laps
15 United Kingdom Joe Fry Maserati 4CL + 3 laps
16 United Kingdom George Nixon ERA A-type + 3 laps
17 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Maserati 4CL + 3 laps
18 United Kingdom David Murray Maserati 4CL + 4 laps
19 Republic of Ireland Joe Kelly Maserati 6CM + 4 laps
20 United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley Alta GP + 4 laps
21 United Kingdom Geoff Richardson RRA + 9 laps
Ret United Kingdom St John Horsfall ERA B-type Fatal accident

Heats[edit]

Heat 1
Pos Driver Time/Retired
1 Thailand B. Bira 39:00.2
2 Italy Alberto Ascari + 0.8 s
3 United Kingdom Reg Parnell + 43.8 s
4 United Kingdom Bob Gerard +1:56.2
5 United States Cuth Harrison + 1 lap
6 United Kingdom St John Horsfall + 1 lap
7 France Philippe Étancelin + 1 lap
8 Republic of Ireland Joe Fry + 2 laps
9 Belgium Johnny Claes + 2 laps
10 United Kingdom David Murray + 2 laps
11 United Kingdom Anthony Baring + 2 laps
12 United Kingdom Geoffrey Crossley + 2 laps
13 United Kingdom Richard Habershon + 3 laps
14 United Kingdom Brian Shawe-Taylor + 9 laps
Ret United Kingdom Peter Whitehead valve
Ret United Kingdom Duncan Hamilton oil pipe
Ret United Kingdom Graham Whitehead  ?
Ret United Kingdom Michael Chorlton oil pipe
Heat 2
Pos Driver Time/Retired
1 Italy Giuseppe Farina 39:44.4
2 Italy Luigi Villoresi + 5.2 s
3 Switzerland Emmanuel de Graffenried + 27.6 s
4 United Kingdom Peter Walker +1:44.8
5 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori + 1 lap
6 United Kingdom Tony Rolt + 1 lap
7 United Kingdom Fred Ashmore + 1 lap
8 United Kingdom David Hampshire + 1 lap
9 France Pierre Levegh + 1 lap
10 United Kingdom Geoff Richardson + 2 laps
11 United Kingdom Gordon Watson + 2 laps
12 United Kingdom George Nixon + 2 laps
13 United Kingdom Joe Kelly + 2 laps
14 United Kingdom Geoff Ansell + 2 laps
Ret United Kingdom Leslie Brooke  ?
Ret United Kingdom John Gordon Oil pump
Ret Monaco Louis Chiron Cylinder head gasket
DNS United Kingdom Raymond Mays

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ "Motor Racing Gala at Silverstone". The Motor 96 (2485): 3–4. 1949. 
  2. ^ "Racing at Silverstone". The Austin Magazine 22: 624–625. July 1949. 
  3. ^ "In the World of Sport: Athletics, Car Racing, Golf and Angling". The Illustrated London News 215 (5750-5762). August 27, 1949. p. 304. 

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