1959 World Sportscar Championship

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1959 World Sportscar Championship
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The 1959 World Sportscar Championship season was the seventh season of the FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was a series for sportscars that ran in many worldwide endurance events. It ran from 21 March 1959 to 5 September 1959, and comprised five races, following the 1000 km Buenos Aires being removed from the calendar, although the race did return in 1960.


a later version of this DBR1 won the championship for Aston Martin.

The championship still comprised five qualifying rounds, but what rounds they were; the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Targa Florio, the Nürburgring 1000 km, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the RAC Tourist Trophy.[1]

In Florida, the Scuderia Ferrari won at Sebring, while the little Porsche 718 RSK dominated the Targa Florio.[2] Back in England, David Brown of Aston Martin had initially ruled against a World Championship challenge, on financial grounds. But, Stirling Moss wangled one DBR1/300 works car to win the Nürburgring 1000 km,[3] with Jack Fairman. At Le Mans, the Astons of Roy Salvadori/Carroll Shelby and Maurice Trintignant/Paul Frère finished one-two! [4] So David Brown’s company simply had to field a full three-car team in what had become the title-deciding race, the RAC Tourist Trophy, which despite setting fire to their race leading car during a schedule refuelling stop, the sister car of Shelby/Fairman/Moss took victory and saw Aston Martin become the first British manufacturer even to win the FIA World Sportscar Championship.[5]

Season results[edit]


Date Round Event Circuit or Location Winning driver Winning team Winning car Results
21/03 Rd. 1 United States 12-Hour Florida International Grand Prix of Endurance for the Amoco Trophy Sebring International Raceway United States Dan Gurney
United States Chuck Daigh
United States Phil Hill
Belgium Olivier Gendebien
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Italy Ferrari 250 TR 59 Results
24/05 Rd. 2 Italy 43° Targa Florio Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie East Germany Edgar Barth
West Germany Wolfgang Seidel
West Germany Porsche KG West Germany Porsche 718 RSK Results
07/06 Rd.3 West Germany ADAC 1000 Kilometre Rennen Nürburgring Nürburgring United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom Jack Fairman
United Kingdom David Brown United Kingdom Aston Martin DBR1/300 Results
20-21/06 Rd.4 France 24 Heures du Mans Circuit de la Sarthe United Kingdom Roy Salvadori
United States Carroll Shelby
United Kingdom David Brown Racing Dept. United Kingdom Aston Martin DBR1/300 Results
05/09 Rd.5 United Kingdom News of the World sponsor the 24th R.A.C. Tourist Trophy Goodwood Circuit United States Carroll Shelby
United Kingdom Jack Fairman
United Kingdom Stirling Moss
United Kingdom David Brown United Kingdom Aston Martin DBR1/300 Results



  • 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.
  • Manufacturers were awarded points only for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars.
  • Only the best 3 results out of the 5 races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not counted towards the championship totals are listed within brackets in the above table.
Pos Manufacturer Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Total
1 United Kingdom Aston Martin 8 8 8 24
2 Italy Ferrari 8 6 4 (4) 18 (22)
3 West Germany Porsche 4 8 (3) 6 18 (21)
4 Italy Maserati 2 2
5= Italy Alfa Romeo 1 1
5= United Kingdom Lola 1 1

† - Ferrari declared second due to having the same number of wins, one, and second places, one, as Porsche but having two 3rd place finishes to Porsche's one.

The cars[edit]

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


  1. ^ http://www.racingsportscars.com/championship/World%20Championship.html
  2. ^ http://www.targaflorio.info/43.htm
  3. ^ Stirling Moss, “Stirling Moss: All My Races" (Haynes Publishing, ISBN 978-1 84425 700 3, 2009)
  4. ^ http://www.sportscardigest.com/carroll-shelby-looks-back-at-1959-le-mans-victory/
  5. ^ Peter Swinger, “Motor Racing Circuits in England" (Ian Allan Publishing, ISBN 978 0 7110 3104 3, 2005)

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