1958 World Sportscar Championship

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1958 World Sportscar Championship
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The 1958 World Sportscar Championship was a motor racing series for sportscars which ran from 26 January to 13 September 1958 and comprised six races in six countries. It was the sixth World Sportscar Championship.

The championship was won by Ferrari.

Season[edit]

Ferrari won the championship with the 250 TR 58
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 the Lotus Eleven.

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 regulations with engine capacity now 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.

Season results[edit]

Race 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 standings[edit]

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

Note:

  • 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 4-3-2-1 for the first four positions.
  • Manufacturers were awarded points only for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars.
  • Only the best four results from the six races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not retained are listed within brackets in the above table. Gross points earned are shown in the Total column within brackets.

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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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j 1974 FIA Yearbook, Grey Section, Previous FIA Championship Winners, page 122
  5. ^ Peter Higham, The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing, 1995, page 266

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