1947 Jersey F1
- Thursday, May 8, 1947
- JCC Jersey Road Race
Reg Parnell wins the first post-war British race for Maserati in Jersey
Specially reported for Motor Sport by "Aramis"
This first British-organised road race, although, owing to the peculiarities of our Government, having to be held in the more enlightened Channel Islands, was a terrific success as a race. It was unfortunately marred by certain administrative mistakes, which are the more regrettable as J.C.C. Secretary John Morgan — also Clerk of the Course — had worked himself to the bone to ensure that everything went smoothly. All the troubles seem to have been caused by the errors of voluntary helpers, to whom, of course, one must not be too unkind.
During practice on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings one would have been justified in forecasting a win by the Scuderia Milano. Although "Bira" achieved the fastest training lap at 2 min. 6.6 sec., all three drivers for the Italian team — Sommer, Chiron, and the winner at Pau, Pagani — got round in 2 mm. 10 sec., which is a nice team performance. Parnell did not manage better than 2 min. 18 sec., which meant relegation to the third row at the start. During these two evenings the amount of trouble had to be seen to be believed; all around one people seemed to be in trouble, more or less serious.