Segrave Pilots a Sunbeam to First Place in the San Sebastian Grand Prix.
The San Sebastian Grand Prix was run on Saturday, September 27th, before a large crowd of spectators, over a course of 35 laps, totalling 3871 miles. Rain was falling when the start was made, at m a.m., and continued to do so throughout.
There were 14 starters out of an entry of 21, including K. Lee Guinness and H. 0. D. Segrave, both on Sunbeams; A. Divo, R. Benoist, Morel, and Rene Thomas, on Delage cars ; de Viscaya, Constantini and Chassagne (Bugatti), Foresti and Goux, Schmid, Salzer and Masetti (Mercedes) and Maserati (Diatto). An important feature of this race from the international aspect is that it is perhaps the first big race since the war in which German cars have competed. Segrave got to second place, behind Masetti, in the 6t,11 lap, running at nearly 63 m.p.h., and in the loth, his team mate, Lee Guinness, was running third, with
Maserati ; Divo, and Constantini following. Masetti retired with, engine trouble during the nth, and in that round, too, a fatal accident occurred which put Lee Guinness out of the race, and in which his mechanic Barrett, was unfortunately killed.
Segrave subsequently kept his lead till the end, and rode home winner by 42 seconds, only a further i min. 37 secs. separating second from third. The actual times were :—Segrave: 6 hrs. i min. 18 secs. ; Constantini (Bugatti) : 6 hrs. 2 min. ; Morel (Delage) : 6 hrs. 3 min. 37 secs. : Divo (Delage) : was fourth.
The Sunbeam used Shell spirit, and was lubricated with Wakefield’s Castrol ; it ran on Rapson tyres, which were fitted to Rudge-Whitworth wheels. Its carburetter was a Solex and the sparking plugs K.L.G. The Bugatti was also on Rapson tyres.