1958 World Sportscar Championship

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1958 World Sportscar Championship
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The 1958 World Sportscar Championship season was the sixth season of the FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was a series for sportscars that ran in many worldwide endurance events. It ran from 26 January 1958 to 13 September 1958, and comprised six races.

Season[edit]

Ferrari 250 TR – similar to the car driven to victory by Collins/Hill at Sebring.

After major accidents at the 1955 Les 24 Heures du Mans and 1957 Mille Miglia, the sport’s governing body, F.I.A. and its Commission Sportive Internationale (CSI) dictated several technical changes to the 1958 Sports Car rule book, under teams completing now see their cars’ engines limited to three litres.[1][2][3]

This allowed Scuderia Ferrari to dominate the season, as Maserati withdrew from motor racing, leaving Aston Martin and Porsche as the main opposition, but as the previous seasons, the majority of the fields were made up of amateur or gentlemen drivers, often up against professional racing drivers with experience in Formula One. Sometimes, even the Drivers World Champion joined in.

Season results[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Round Event Circuit or Location Winning driver Winning team Winning car Results
26/01 Rd. 1 Argentina 1000km of Buenos Aires Autódromo Municipal-Avenida Paz United Kingdom Peter Collins
United States Phil Hill
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ferrari 250 TR 58 Results
22/03 Rd. 2 United States 12-Hour Florida International Grand Prix of Endurance for The Amoco Trophy Sebring International Raceway United States Phil Hill
United Kingdom Peter Collins
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ferrari 250 TR 58 Results
11/05 Rd. 3 Italy Targa Florio Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie Italy Luigi Musso
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ferrari 250 TR 58 Results
01/06 Rd.4 West Germany Internationales ADAC 1000 Kilometre Rennen Nürburgring Nürburgring United Kingdom Stirling Moss
Australia Jack Brabham
United Kingdom David Brown, Aston Martin Ltd. United Kingdom Aston Martin DBR1/300 Results
21-22/06 Rd.5 France 24 Heures du Mans Circuit de la Sarthe Belgium Olivier Gendebien
United States Phil Hill
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ferrari 250 TR 58 Results
13/09 Rd.6 United Kingdom RAC Tourist Trophy Goodwood Circuit United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Tony Brooks
United Kingdom David Brown Ltd. United Kingdom Aston Martin DBR1/300 Results

Championship[edit]

Porsche placed second with the 718 RSK (pictured) and the 550A RS
Aston Martin placed third with the DBR1/300 (pictured) and the DB3S
Lotus placed fourth with its Lotus Eleven.

Note:

  • Only the top five positions are included in this set of standings.
  • Championship points were awarded for the first six places in each race in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1, excepting the RAC Tourist Trophy, for which points were awarded on a 4-3-2-1 for the first 4 positions.
  • Manufacturers were awarded points only for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars.
  • Only the best 4 results out of the 6 races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not counted towards the championship totals are listed within brackets in the above table.

[4]

Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Total
1 [5] Italy Ferrari [5] 8 8 8 (6) 8 32 (38)
2 [5] Germany Porsche [5] 4 4 6 (1) 4 (1) 18 (20)
3 [5] United Kingdom Aston Martin [5] 8 6 4 18
4 [5] United Kingdom Lotus [5] 3 3
5 [5] Italy O.S.C.A. [5] 2 2

The cars[edit]

The following models contributed to the net championship point scores of their respective manufacturers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.cavallion.com/images/samples/174-BA%20Race.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.teamdan.com/archive/gen/wsc.html
  3. ^ http://www.conceptcarz.com/vehicle/z11009/Maserati-450-S.aspx
  4. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 266
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey Section, Previous FIA Championship Winners, page 122

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