Following on his magnificent win at Stelvio, when he beat the great Nuvolari,
Mario Tadini scored another line victory last month when he carried off the first Circuit of Lucca, in Tuscany.
This was a new race on the Italian calendar, run over a little circuit of 2 km. 350 on the outskirts of the city. There were two heats and a final, the former being over 20 laps and the latter over 50.
Thirty thousand spectators watched the racing from various parts of the course and the specially erected tribunes were filled to overflowing. The race was witnessed by the Countess Edda Ciano-Mussolini, Constant Ciano and the Countess Maria Ciano.
Sewn cars lined up for the first heat, and when the flag fell there occurred. an incident which might easily be more frequent. Corsi (Maserati) fouled Barbieri (2.6 Alfa-Romeo), and the latter charged into the straw barrier. The other cars were stopped, and it was found that both the cars involved in the incident were damaged too badly to continue. Barbieri had something to say to Corsi in consequence. A ‘fresh start was given, and the race passed -off uneventfully. Pintacuda had
the biggest and fastest Alfa-Romeo in the race, and he won quite comfortably by a minute and a half from Balestrero (Alfa-Romeo).
RESULT OF 1st HEAT 20 Laps : 47 km.
1. Pintaeuda (Alfa-Romeo) 31m. 36.8s.
2. Balestrero (Alfa-Romeo) 32m. 57s.
3. Fontana (Alfa-Romeo) 33m. 15.8s.
4. Dusio (Maserati) 33m. 45s.
5. Pages (Alfa,Romeo) 1 lap behind.
Fastest lap : Pintacuda on his 7th, 91.956 k.p.h.
In the second heat the favourites were Tadini and Comotti, on a brace of 3-litre Alfa-Romeos. They finished the race in this order, although Siena put up a good fight with a 2.6-litre Maserati.
RESULT OF 2nd HEAT 20 Laps : 47 km.
I. Tadini (Alfa-Romeo) 30m. 33.4-s.
2. Comotti (Alfa-Romeo) 30m. 33.68.
3. Siena (Maserati) 31m. 1.0.1.s.
4. Minomi (Alfa-Romeo) 31m. 55s.
Fastest lap : Tadini at 97.024 k.p.h.
Also Ran : Landi (Maserati); Manned (Maserati); Romano (Bagatti); Ghersi (Maserati).
The final was contested by Pintacuda, Tadini, Comotti, Siena, Balestrero, Fontana, Dusio and Ghersi.
The pace soon began to tell. Balestrero went out on the fifth lap with ignition trouble, Siena fell out on the tenth with petrol feed difficulties, and Fontana’s engine burst on the nineteenth.
At half distance Tadini was leaching Comotti by eight seconds, who in turn was 21 seconds ahead of Pintacuda. These three are lesser members of the Scuderia Ferrari, and all of them were anxious to win, thereby proving themselves to be `• No. 1 reserve.” Tadini steadily drew ahead, and finally finished son-le 15 seconds ahead, of Cornotti. Pintacuda was third, but had the consolation of making the fastest
making the fastest lap. RESULT OF FINAL 50 Laps : 117 km. 500 1. Tadini (Alfa-Romeo) Th. 15m. 5.2s. 93.891
2. Comotti (Alfa-Romeo) lh. 15m. 20s.
3. Pintacuda (Alfa-Romeo) 1h. 15m. 58.6s.
4. Dusio (Maserati) 1h. 16m. 24s.
5. Ghersi (Maserati) lb. 16m. 37s.
Fastest lap : PIntacada on his 7th, Ira. 25.4s. 99.063 k.p.h.
Also Ran : Siena (Maserati); Fontana (AlfaRomeo) ; and Balestrero (Alfa-Romeo).