The 1933 Spanish Grand Prix

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THE SPANISH GRAND PRIX.

AFTER an interval of two years, the A.C. de Guipuzcoa decided to revive the Spanish Grand Prix, over the famous Lasarte circuit near San Sebastian. On the fall of the flag, Luigi Fagioli drew ahead of the remaining 13 cars, and he maintained this lead at the end of the first lap, followed by Chiron and Nuvolari. The latter was not content with third place for long, and on the second lap he passed both the monoposto Alfas and took the lead, covering a lap at 149 k.p.h.

The new Bugattis were not exactly shining, but then this was their first race, and probably only being used as a trial run.

Then the rain began to fall, and brought in its train a sequence of accidents. First of all Nuvolari’s Maserati left the road and overturned with great violence. The Italian champion was rushed to hospital, where his injuries were found to be miraculously light.

The next man to go was the Austrian driver of a Bugatti, Frankl.

The rest of the race was easy for Chiron, for he simply had to conserve his 4 minute lead over Fagioli.

RESULT.

1. L. Chiron (Alfa Romeo 2,650 c.c.), 3h. 50m. 57s. 135.200 k.p.h., 84.5 m.p.h.

2. I,. Fagioli (Alfa Romeo 2,650 c.c.), 311. 55m. ’22s.

3. M. Lehoux (Bugatti 2,300 c.c.), 4h. 12m. 50s.

4. A. yarn (Bugatti 2,800 c.c.), 4h. 14m. 14s. S. J. P. Wimille (Alfa Romeo 2,300 c.c.), I lap. 6. R. Dreyfus (Bugatti 2,800 c.c.), 13 laps.