1961 Syracuse Grand Prix

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Race details
Non-championship race in the 1961 Formula One season
Date 25 April 1961
Official name XI Gran Premio di Siracusa
Location Syracuse Circuit, Syracuse, Sicily
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.612 km (3.487 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 314.26 km (195.27 mi)
Pole position
Driver Porsche
Time 1:56.8
Fastest lap
Driver United States Dan Gurney Porsche
Time 1:54.9
First Ferrari
Second Porsche
Third Porsche

The 11th Syracuse Grand Prix was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 25 April 1961 at Syracuse Circuit, Sicily. The race was run over 56 laps of the circuit, and was won by Italian driver Giancarlo Baghetti in a Ferrari 156 in his first Formula One race, the only driver to achieve this feat. Baghetti went on to win his next two Formula One races, including his first World Championship race.


Pos Driver Entrant Constructor Time/Retired Grid
1 Italy Giancarlo Baghetti FISA Ferrari 1.50:08.2 2
2 United States Dan Gurney Porsche System Engineering Porsche + 5.0 s 1
3 Sweden Jo Bonnier Porsche System Engineering Porsche 55 laps 6
4 Australia Jack Brabham Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax 55 laps 5
5 United Kingdom Roy Salvadori Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax 55 laps 8
6 United Kingdom Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 53 laps 12
7 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati 53 laps 10
8 United Kingdom Stirling Moss Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax 52 laps 7
NC United Kingdom Graham Hill Owen Racing Organisation BRM-Climax 52 laps 4
9 Italy Menato Boffa Menato Boffa Cooper-Climax 49 laps 17
10 Germany Wolfgang Seidel Scuderia Colonia Lotus-Climax 49 laps 19
11 Belgium Willy Mairesse Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati 42 laps 16
12 Italy Renato Pirocchi Pescara Racing Club Cooper-Climax 37 laps 18
Ret United Kingdom Innes Ireland Team Lotus Lotus-Climax Accident 9
Ret Italy Massimo Natili Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati Engine 13
Ret France Maurice Trintignant Scuderia Serenissima Cooper-Maserati Piston 15
Ret United Kingdom Tony Brooks Owen Racing Organisation BRM-Climax Con-rod 14
Ret United Kingdom John Surtees Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax Fuel pump 3
Ret Belgium Olivier Gendebien Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati Gearbox 11
DNQ Italy Ernesto Prinoth Scuderia Dolomiti Lotus-Climax -
DNQ Italy Giuseppe Maugeri Giuseppe Maugeri Cooper-Climax -
DNQ Italy Gino Munaron Gino Munaron Cooper-Alfa Romeo -
WD United Kingdom Cliff Allison UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax -
WD New Zealand Bruce McLaren Cooper Car Company Cooper-Climax -
WD United States Richie Ginther SEFAC Ferrari Ferrari Car not ready -
WD Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Scuderia Serenissima Cooper-Climax Car not ready -
WD United Kingdom Henry Taylor UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax -


  • "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.
  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  • Race results at www.silhouet.com [1]

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