A Maserati, driven by U.S. drivers Casner and Gregory, had an easy victory in the?
A Maserati, driven by U.S. drivers Casner and Gregory, had an easy victory in the 1,000 kilometres (621 miles) sports car race on the Nuerburgring, West Germany, May 28.
The American Camoradi international racing team 2.9 litre Maserati led from halfway of the 44-lap race after favoured Ferraris and Porsches dropped out. A Camoradi Maserati, driven by Stirling Moss, won the race last year. Moss who had begun to catch the leading Ferraris in his works 1.7 litre Porsche, retired with engine trouble in the twenty-first lap but continued in another Porsche to finish eighth.
The second place went to a three-litre front-engine Ferrari driven by Pedro Rodriguez, and his another Ricardo, of Mexico. The 2.4 litre works Ferrari driven by the American P. Hill and von Trips (Germany) crashed and burst into flames with Hill at the wheel during the twenty-fourth lap when it was more than five minutes ahead of the nearest competitor. Hill was not hurt and the pair took over another Ferrari, originally driven by Ginther (United States) and Gendebien (Belgium) to finish third.
RESULTS: M. Gregory and J. Casner (U.S.), Maserati, 7 hr. 51 min. 39.8 secs. Average speed 127.6 k.p.h. (79.29 m.p.h.), 1; P. and R. Rodrigues (Mexico), Ferrari, 7 hr. 52 min. 32.4 secs. 2; P. Hill (U.S.) and W. von Trips (Germany), Ferrari, 7 hr. 54 min. 59.3 secs., 3; C. Davis (G. B.) and C. Abata (Italy), Ferrari (one lap behind), 4; W. Mairesse (Belgium), and G. Baghetti (Italy), Ferrari (one lap behind), 5; F. Hahnl and H. Zick (Germany), Porsche (one lap behind), 6.