British racing driver Stirling Moss won his first race in the years world championship motor racing series at Monte Carlo, May 29, when he finished first out of a field of 16.
British racing driver Stirling Moss won his first race in the years world championship motor racing series at Monte Carlo, May 29, when he finished first out of a field of 16. Second was Bruce McLaren of New Zealand, who now leads the drivers in the world championship table. Driving a Ferrari, the American Phil Hill finished third.
From the start the leaders set a fast pace that soon brought many of the cars off the course with engine trouble. The only French driver in the race M. Trintignant (44), dropped out in the fifth lap with gearbox trouble. On the seventeenth lap Moss (28) took the lead which his Lotus held until the end of the race.
After the 25th lap the field, led by Moss, was Jack Brabham in a Cooper, followed by Bonnier (2), in a B.R.M. At this stage a battle for positions developed between Britian's Tony Brooks, and Phil Hill (36). A rain shower slowed the cars down as the race neared the half way stage Jack Brabham, the present world champion, spun off the track, after having trouble with his gearbox.
After a struggle to get through the field McLaren moved into second place. Pushing his Ferrari hard he tried to catch Moss who was well in front. Driving in third place Phil Hill kept his position for the rest of the race.
Moss covered the 100 laps in 2 hours 53 mins. 45.5 secs. an average of 67.48 M.P.H. With eight points he now lies second to McLaren in the championship table. Prince Rainier presented the cup.