1926 German Grand Prix

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1926 German Grand Prix
Race details
Date 11 July 1926
Official name I Großer Preis von Deutschland
Location AVUS, Berlin, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 19.573 km (12.162 mi)
Distance 20 laps, 392.29 km (243.76 mi)
Fastest lap
Driver Italy Ferdinando Minoia OM 665
Time 7'17.6
Podium
First Mercedes SS
Second NAG
Third Alfa-Romeo

The 1926 German Grand Prix was an auto race held at the AVUS track on 11 July 1926. It was the first ever German Grand Prix. The race was held in heavy rain, and was won by Germany's native son, Rudolf Caracciola.

Recognising a lack of available vehicles for the new Grand Prix formula (for example, the 1926 French Grand Prix had just three starters), the organisers decided to admit a diverse field vaguely described as sports cars. These were divided into three classes based on engine capacity: Class D (2L-3L), Class E (1.5L-2L) and Class F (1.1L to 1.5L).[1] The race start was staggered, with class D released first, followed by class E, and finally class F, at 2-minute intervals.

The race was marred by an accident involving driver Adolf Rosenberger, whose car crashed into one of the marshals' huts, killing three people.

The German Grand Prix would not return to the AVUS track until 1959.

Classification[edit]

A look at the crowd
Winner Rudolf Caracciola in a parade lap
Pos No Class Driver Car Laps Time/Retired
1 14 E Germany Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes 20 2:54'12.8
2 5 D Germany Christian Riecken NAG 20 2:57'33.2
3 7 D Germany Willi Cleer Alfa Romeo RLSS 20 3:00'16.8
4 20 E France Pierre Clause Bignan 20 3:02'07.4
5 32 F Germany Georg Klöbe NSU 20 3:07'27.0
6 16 E Germany Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe OM 665 20 3:10'57.4
7 28 F Germany Jakob Scholl NSU 20 3:11'54.2
8 37 F Germany Franz Islinger NSU 20 3:13'58.8
9 23 E Germany Hans Santner OM 665 20 3:16'54.2
10 54 F Germany Josef Müller NSU 20 3:18'25.4
11 44 E Germany Hans Bakasch Brennabor 20 3:21'26.2
12 41 E Germany Edard Reichstein Brennabor 20 3:26'33.8
13 10 D Germany Fritz Feldmann Hansa 20 3:27'45.8
14 9 D Germany Erwin Orska NAG 20 3:28'11.0
15 25 E Germany Fritz Mitzlaff Brennabor 20 3:29'01.6
16 42 F Germany Hugo Urban-Emmerich Talbot 20 3:29'37.8
17 33 F Germany Max Wälti Bugatti 20 3:31'17.8
DNF 24 F Germany Hans Hanft Bugatti 17
DNF 31 F Germany Hermann Friedrich Pluto 16
DNF 38 F Germany Georg Kimpel Bugatti 16 Conrod
DNF 15 E Germany Josef Ludwig Bugatti 15
DNF 4 D Germany Paul von Guillaume Austro-Daimler 14
DNF 18 E Germany Otto Komnick Komnick 13 Conrod
DNF 4 D Germany Carl Deilmann Austro-Daimler 12
DNF 13 E Germany Rudolf Breier Bugatti 9
DNF 36 F France Jean Chassagne Talbot 8 Accident
DNF 26 F Germany Alfred Mederer Pluto 8 Accident
DNF 40 F Germany R. van Horn GM 8 Broken valve
DNF 19 E Germany Adolf Rosenberger Mercedes 6 Accident
DNF 27 F Italy Ferdinando Minoia OM 865 6 Tyres, engine
DNF 1 D Germany Hans Lohmann Komnick 6
DNF 2 D Germany Hans Berthold NAG 5
DNF 8 D Germany R. C. Krüger Alfa Romeo 3 Clutch
DNF 45 F Germany Willy Loge AGA 2 Radiator
DNF 3 D Germany Ernst Hofer Steiger 1 Radiator
DNF 30 F Germany Max Georg Fielder BFA 1 Flat tyre
DNF 34 F Germany Otto Fettkenheur Bob 0 Retired
DNF 46 F Germany Heinz Erblich Alfi 0 Retired
DNS 11 D Germany Wilhelm Heine NAG Accident in practice
DNS 12 E Arno Hänsel Bugatti Engine
DNS 21 E Germany Hans Kolb Bugatti Engine
DNS 35 F Italy Luigi "Gigi" Platé Chiribiri Accident in practice
DNS 39 F Germany August Momberger NSU Engine
DNS 43 F Cord von Einem Pluto Engine
Sources:[1][2][3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Posthumus, Cyril (1966). The German Grand Prix. pp. 16–20.
  2. ^ Darren Galpin. "1926 Grands Prix, The GEL Motorsport Information Page". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  3. ^ "1926 German Grand Prix". Motor Sport Magazine Database. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ Etzrodt, Hans. "1926 Grand Prix Season - Caracciola wins German Grand Prix with Mercedes". The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing. Retrieved 6 March 2019.


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