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The 15th Modena Grand Prix was a motor race, run to Formula One rules, held on 3 September 1961 at Modena Autodrome, Italy. The race was run over 100 laps of the circuit, and was dominated by British driver Stirling Moss in a Lotus 18/21.

1961 Modena Grand Prix
Non-championship race in the 1961 Formula One season
Race details
Date 3 September 1961
Official name XV Gran Premio di Modena
Location Modena Autodrome, Modena
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 2.366 km (1.4702 mi)
Distance 100 laps, 236.61 km (147.02 mi)
Pole position
Driver Lotus-Climax
Time 0:58.6
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax
Time 0:59.2
Podium
First Lotus-Climax
Second Porsche
Third Porsche

The qualifying system for this event was very unusual in that despite over 30 entrants, the starting grid was restricted to only 14 cars. Furthermore, the fastest three Italian drivers in practice would be guaranteed to start the race, regardless of how many other drivers were faster. This resulted in Innes Ireland failing to qualify despite being 13th fastest, and faster than Giorgio Scarlatti who did qualify.[1]

Moss took pole position, fastest lap and the win, finishing a few seconds ahead of the Porsche pairing of Jo Bonnier and Dan Gurney. Gurney led at the start, but Moss passed him on lap 11 and stayed in front.

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 26   Stirling Moss Lotus-Climax 0:58.6 -
2 10   Jo Bonnier Porsche 0:59.0 + 0.4
3 12   Dan Gurney Porsche 0:59.0 + 0.4
4 62   Graham Hill BRM-Climax 0:59.3 + 0.7
5 46   Roy Salvadori Cooper-Climax 0:59.4 + 0.8
6 14   Jim Clark Lotus-Climax 0:59.6 + 1.0
7 32   Masten Gregory Lotus-Climax 0:59.7 + 1.1
8 4   Lorenzo Bandini Cooper-Maserati 0:59.8 + 1.2
9 44   John Surtees Cooper-Climax 0:59.8 + 1.2
10 36   Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 0:59.8 + 1.2
11 64   Tony Brooks BRM-Climax 1:00.0 + 1.4
12 30   Henry Taylor Lotus-Climax 1:00.1 + 1.5
13 16   Innes Ireland Lotus-Climax 1:00.2 + 1.6
14 42   Roberto Bussinello De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 1:00.4 + 1.8
15 24   Wolfgang Seidel Lotus-Climax 1:00.4 + 1.8
16 50   Maurice Trintignant Cooper-Maserati 1:00.6 + 2.0
17 66   Mauro Bianchi Emeryson-Maserati 1:01.2 + 2.6
18 34   Carel Godin de Beaufort Porsche 1:01.2 + 2.6
19 18   Giorgio Scarlatti Lotus-Maserati 1:01.6 + 3.0
20 48   Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax 1:01.7 + 3.1
21 52   Nino Vaccarella De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 1:02.0 + 3.4
22 28   Menato Boffa Cooper-Climax 1:02.1 + 3.5
23 56   Roberto Lippi De Tomaso-O.S.C.A 1:02.9 + 4.3
24 18   Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati 1:03.0 + 4.4
25 20   Renato Pirocchi Cooper-Maserati 1:03.3 + 4.7
26 22   Gastone Zanarotti De Tomaso-O.S.C.A 1:03.3 + 4.7
27 8   Jackie Lewis Cooper-Climax 1:05.8 + 7.2
28 60   "Wal Ever" Cooper-O.S.C.A. 1:06.4 + 7.8

ResultsEdit

Pos No. Driver Entrant Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid
1 26   Stirling Moss Rob Walker Racing Team Lotus-Climax 100 1.40:08.1 1
2 10   Jo Bonnier Porsche System Engineering Porsche 100 + 7.0 s 2
3 12   Dan Gurney Porsche System Engineering Porsche 100 + 7.3 s 3
4 14   Jim Clark Team Lotus Lotus-Climax 99 6
5 36   Jack Brabham Jack Brabham Cooper-Climax 99 10
6 64   Tony Brooks Owen Racing Organisation BRM-Climax 99 11
7 62   Graham Hill Owen Racing Organisation BRM-Climax 99 4
Ret 4   Lorenzo Bandini Scuderia Centro Sud Cooper-Maserati 92 Con-rod 8
Ret 42   Roberto Bussinello Isobele de Tomaso De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo 75 Oil pressure 13
Ret 46   Roy Salvadori Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax 74 Engine 5
NC 32   Masten Gregory UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 71 7
Ret 30   Henry Taylor UDT Laystall Racing Team Lotus-Climax 42 Cylinder head gasket 12
Ret 44   John Surtees Yeoman Credit Racing Team Cooper-Climax 25 Engine 9
Ret 18   Giorgio Scarlatti Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati 4 Engine 14
DNQ 16   Innes Ireland Team Lotus Lotus-Climax -
DNQ 24   Wolfgang Seidel Scuderia Colonia Lotus-Climax -
DNQ 50   Maurice Trintignant Scuderia Serenissima Cooper-Maserati -
DNQ 66   Mauro Bianchi Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati -
DNQ 34   Carel Godin de Beaufort Ecurie Maarsbergen Porsche -
DNQ 48   Tim Parnell Tim Parnell Lotus-Climax -
DNQ 52   Nino Vaccarella Scuderia Serenissima De Tomaso-Alfa Romeo -
DNQ 28   Menato Boffa Menato Boffa Cooper-Climax -
DNQ 56   Roberto Lippi Scuderia Settecolli De Tomaso-O.S.C.A -
DNQ 18   Gaetano Starrabba Gaetano Starrabba Lotus-Maserati -
DNQ 20   Renato Pirocchi Pescara Racing Club Cooper-Maserati -
DNQ 22   Gastone Zanarotti Isobele de Tomaso De Tomaso-O.S.C.A -
DNQ 8   Jackie Lewis H & L Motors Cooper-Climax -
DNQ 60   "Wal Ever" "Wal Ever" Cooper-O.S.C.A. -
WD 2   André Pilette Equipe Nationale Belge Emeryson-Maserati -
WD 38   John Campbell-Jones John Campbell-Jones Cooper-Climax Driver injured -
WD 40   Ian Burgess Camoradi International Lotus-Climax Car not ready -
WD 54   Brian Naylor JBW Cars JBW-Climax -
WD 58   Ernesto Prinoth Scuderia Dolomiti Lotus-Climax Car not ready -
  • Scarlatti and Starrabba used the same car.
  • Scuderia Centro Sud entered a Cooper-Maserati, given #6, but withdrew the entry.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974, pp.48-49
  • "The Grand Prix Who's Who", Steve Small, 1995.
  • "The Formula One Record Book", John Thompson, 1974.
  • Race results at www.silhouet.com [1]


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