1960 1000 km Buenos Aires

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The 1960 1000 km Buenos Aires took place on 31 January, on the Autódromo Municipal-Avenida Paz, (Buenos Aires, Argentina). It was the sixth running of the race, and after a year off, it returned to be the opening round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship. However, this was to be last time to race was held until a non-championship race was held in 1970



Autódromo Municipal-Avenida Paz - Buenos Aires 1000km

A grand total of 28 racing cars were registered for this event, of which all 28 arrived for practice and 27 for qualifying for the race. As with previous races in Argentina, the race was poorly supported by the work of teams. Only Scuderia Ferrari and Porsche KG sent works cars from Europe. The Italian marque had entered three of the stunning Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 for Richie Ginther/Wolfgang von Trips, Phil Hill/Cliff Allison and Ludovico Scarfiotti/José Froilán González. As for Porsche, they also entered three cars, their 718 RSK were piloted by Jo Bonnier/Graham Hill, Olivier Gendebien/Edgar Barth and Maurice Trintignant/Hans Herrmann [1]


After a three hour qualifying session held on the three days prior to the race, it was Phil Hill who took pole position for Scuderia Ferrari in their 250 TR. [2]


The race was held over 106 laps of the 5.888 mile, Autódromo Municipal-Avenida Paz, giving a distance of 624.162 miles (1,004.49km). Due to the lack of opposition as the Porsches were racing in a different class, it was left to Ferrari to battle amongst themselves. Sadly, the race was overshadowed by the fatal accident involving the American, Harry Blanchard, who’s Porsche 718 RSK had crashed on the first lap, overturned and hit several times by other cars. [3][4]

In the race, the Scuderia Ferrari of Hill and Allison, won ahead of their team-mates Ginther/von Trips. Car number 4, took an impressive victory, winning in a time of 6hrs 17:12.1 mins, averaging a speed of 99.283mph. Second place went to the second Ferrari, albeit a lap adrift. The podium was complete by the S1.6 class winner, Bonnier/Hill who in return were a further four laps behind. [5][6]

Official Classification[edit]

Class Winners are in Bold text.

Pos No Class Driver Entrant Chassis Laps Reason Out
1st 4 S3.0 United States Phil Hill United Kingdom Cliff Allison Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 6hr 17:12.1, 106
2nd 2 S3.0 United States Richie Ginther West Germany Wolfgang von Trips Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 105
3rd 30 S1.6 Sweden Jo Bonnier United Kingdom Graham Hill Porsche KG Porsche 718 RSK 101
4th 14 S3.0 Brazil Celso Lara Barberis Brazil Christian Heins Maserati 300S 101
5th 42 S1.6 Argentina Pedro von Döry
Argentina Juan Manuel Bordeu
Argentina Anton von Döry Porsche 718 RSK 100
6th 36 S1.6 Belgium Christian Goethals West Germany Curt Delfosse Porsche 718 RSK 100
7th 34 S1.6 France Maurice Trintignant West Germany Hans Herrmann Porsche KG Porsche 718 RSK 95
8th 44 S1.6 Argentina Hugo Maestretti Argentina Alberto Gómez Porsche 718 RSK 94
9th 50 GT Italy “Madero” Italy Nino Todaro Ferrari 250 GT LWB Interim 92
10th 56 GT West Germany Huschke von Hanstein Argentina Heriberto Bohnen Porsche KG Porsche 356B Carrera 88
DNF 8 S3.0 Argentina Roberto Bonomi Argentina Luis Milán Maserati 300S 83 Clutch
11th 52 GT Venezuela Ugo Tosa Venezuela Silvano Turco Ferrari 250 GT LWB 83
DNF 20 S3.0 United States Dan Gurney United States Masten Gregory Camoradi International Maserati Tipo 61 56 Gearbox/Suspension
DNF 32 S1.6 Belgium Olivier Gendebien East Germany Edgar Barth Porsche KG Porsche 718 RSK 53 Oil pipe
DNF 6 S3.0 Italy Ludovico Scarfiotti Argentina José Froilán González Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari Dino 246 S 38 Distributor
DNF 10 S3.0 Argentina Rodolfo de Álzaga Argentina Nestor Salerno Maserati 300S 10 Engine
DNF 24 S3.0 Italy Antonio Pucci Italy Ernesto Dagnino Maserati 5 Oil pressure
DNF 18 S3.0 Argentina Camilo Gay Argentina César Rivero Lancia D24 4 Transmission
DNF 54 GT Italy Carlo Maria Abate Argentina Alberto Rodriguez Larreta Ferrari 250 GT LWB 2 Brakes
DNF 16 S3.0 Brazil Fernando Barreto Argentina Carlos Najurieta Maserati 300S 0 Transmission
DNF 22 S2.0 Argentina Enrique Sticoni Argentina Jesús Iglesias Maserati 200S I 0 Gearbox
DNF 38 S1.6 Switzerland Heini Walter Argentina Juan Manuel Bordeu Porsche 718 RSK 0 Accident
DNF 40 S1.6 United States Harry Blanchard West Germany Wolfgang Seidel Wolfgang Seidel Porsche 718 RSK 0 Fatal accident
DNS 26 S3.0 Venezuela Ettore Chimeri Venezuela Julio Pola Maserati 300S did not start
DNS 12 S3.0 Argentina Carlos Guimarey Spain António Creus Maserati 300S did not start
DNS 28 S3.0 Argentina Cesar Reyes Argentina Julio Guimarey Ferrari 750 Monza did not start
DNS 48 GT Italy Carlo Mario Abate Italy Casimiro Toselli Scuderia Serenissima Ferrari 250 GT LWB Differential
DNQ 46 S1.6 Italy Gino Munaron
Italy Alberto Mapelli Mozzi
Argentina Carlos Reyes Osca S1500


Class Winners[edit]

Class Winners
Sports 3000 4 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 Fantuzzi Spyder Hill / Allison
Sports 1600 30 Porsche 718 RSK Bonnier / Hill
Grand Touring 50 Ferrari 250 GT Interim “Madero” / Todaro


Standings after the race[edit]

Pos Championship Points
1 Italy Ferrari 8
2 West Germany Porsche 4
3 Italy Maserati 3


  • 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. Manufacturers were only awarded points 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.


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