ASCARI BREAKS BELGIAN HEARTS BUT EARNS FERRARI THEIR FIRST WIN – 1951 Historic Formula de solitaire season Race #2 of 7 – Spa-Francorchamps

Posted: June 24, 2013 in Formula de, wargames, wargames chrome
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Spa-Francorchamps, that most demanding of circuits welcomed the F1 circus for a sunny 2nd race of the 1951 season. After the horrific injury to Gonzalez and with Whitehead also absent through injury their places were taken by Pierre Levegh & Swiss newcomer Rudi Fischer, both privateer entrants driving Talbots. The top 5 drivers having collected points in the previous race received byes for qualification and occupied the first 5 slots on the grid. Fastest of the qualifiers were Parnell and Fagioli. Last years champion Farina still somewhat out of sorts qualified on the grid in 10th place.

Sanesi (Alfa Romeo), Fangio (Alfa Romeo) & Villoresi (Ferrari) occupy the front rowLAP 1 – Just as at Bremgarten before, an incident right at the start put paid to 2 drivers races. This time Manzon (who had been eliminated by Fagioli in that accident at Bremgarten) collided with Maurice Trintignant‘s Gordini, prematurely ending both drivers races. Etancelin & Levegh stalled on the starting grid, Etancelin getting away the next round but Levegh’s Talbot engine had expired and his car was wheeled off without having gotten started.

Other first lap retirements were Andre Simon (Gordini) engine, Fischer (Talbot) engine, Etancelin (Talbot) suspension & Cabantous (Talbot) suspension.

Ascari as at Bremgarten got away well, of the pursuers local boy Johnny Claes, picked his way through the field to lead the chase.

Top 5 positions at end of lap. 1st – Ascari (Ferrari), 2nd – Claes (Talbot), Bonetto (Alfa Romeo), 4th Sanesi (Alfa Romeo) 5th – Rosier (Talbot)

IMG_1744LAP 2 – 13 cars were left. Most of the drivers had pitted for fresh tyres (Fangio & Farina 2 notable exceptions).  Ascari having pocketed the lap leader bonus point was caught at Eau Rouge by Claes to the delight of the locals. Fangio who had had a poor start began to move up the field as did Farina who nevertheless was still out of the points paying places. A number of near misses left debris around the track but thankfully there were no retirements. As the lap was concluded a number of drivers were nervously looking at their cars condition and no doubt wondering whether they would have to nurse them home and lose places or take risks

Top 5 positions at end of lap. 1st – Claes (Talbot), 2nd – Ascari (Ferrari), 3rd – Sanesi (Alfa Romeo), 4th Fangio (Alfa Romeo), 5th – Bonetto (Alfa Romeo)

IMG_1752LAP 3 – Claes led out but with no fuel points to use he knew he would be under extreme pressure from the chasing pack.  He was caught at Kemmel by Ascari but refused to give up the place and retook the lead at Les Combes.

Behind them Fangio began to move up and passed Sanesi. Louis Chiron (Talbot) collided with Pierro Taruffi (Ferrari) exiting Pouhon. Both drivers were injured and taken to hospital. Chirons injuries and broken bones ending his season but thankfully not his career.

At the front, Claes using all his local knowledge and guile managed to hold Ascari at bay until Blanchimont where the Ferrari’s superior speed and handling finally told. Exiting the Bus stop chicane Ascari powered over the line breaking Belgian hearts as Claes had to settle for 2nd. This result however was Ferrari’s first win since the championship began. Fangio pushing perhaps too hard made a mistake entering the Bus Stop which Sanesi capitalised on to grab 3rd and the last podium spot.  Further drama entailed behind as Bonetto spun and let in Farina for the last points position and the Champions grateful first point haul

IMG_1753 Result

1st Alberto Ascari IT (Ferrari) – 8 points +1 1st Lap Leader

2nd – Johnny Claes BEL (Talbot) – 6 points

3rd – Consalvo Sanesi IT (Alfa Romeo) – 4 points

4th – Juan Manuel Fangio ARG (Alfa Romeo) – 3 points

5th – Giuseppe Farina IT (Alfa Romeo) – 2 points

The lead in the championship was now shared between Sanesi & Ascari with 12 points each, with Fangio staying in touch with 9 points.

NEXT – FRANCE – Rheims

  1. davesilverthorne says:

    Hahahaha! You are SUCH a geek!!

    • simonsmrt says:

      check out my RAF blog then. I’ve got to do it real time starting 11th Aug until 1st October! As a taster I’ve already done 3 intro warm ups. I am aspiring to nerdy geek grandmaster 30th level magic user status! At least I don’t do real time flight simulations to Paris or wherever it is you fly to…….

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