The Paris Cup Race, Monthlèry (April 17th)
After setting the pace of the meeting in practice, with his D-type Jaguar, Duncan Hamilton was beaten in the actual race by Andre Pilette with a Formula 1 Gordini. The Belgian was driving for the Gordini factory and in practice he used the eight-cylinder 3-litre sports car, although the race was open to all types of cars it was generally accepted as a sports-car event. The car had trouble at the end of practice Gordini produced one of his Grand Prix cars as a substitute in the actual race. Not content with this rather dubious change the car was then placed in the front row of the start in spite of the protests of Hamilton and de Portago who were sharing the front line, the Spaniard driving Rosier’s old converted 4 ½-litre Ferrari, now running as a sports car. Naturally the Gordini ran away from the D-type Jaguar and there-was nothing Hamilton could do about it.
Coupe De Paris — 16 Laps of 6.283-Kilometre Circuit — 100.534 Kilometres.
1st: A. Pilette (Gordini 2.500-c.c.). 37 min. 16.7 sec. … 161.811 k.p.h.
2nd: J. D. Hamilton (Jaguar D-type).
3rd F. Picard (Ferrari 750S).