The 48° Targa Florio took place on 26 April 1964, on the Circuito Piccolo delle Madonie, Sicily (Italy). Porsche took the overall victory.[1]

The Ferrari 250 GTO #128 of Nicolosi/Zanardelli pursued by the Porsche 904/8 #186 of Barth/Maglioli. They ended 13th and 6th, respectively

Race edit

The event was marked by the absence of Scuderia Ferrari: FIA refused to homologate the brand new 250 LM as a GT-class racer, and Ferrari boycotted the race in protest. The Ferraris that took part in the race were all driven by privateers.[1]
The prototype-class Porsche 718 RS Spyder driven by Jo Bonnier and Graham Hill took the lead, but had to retire during the second lap. Then the leading Porsche 904/8 of Edgar Barth and Umberto Maglioli suffered some time-wasting issue and was overtaken by the Ferrari 250 GTO '64 of Carlo Facetti and Jean Guichet, which had to retire during lap 6 for gearbox issues.[1] The Shelby Cobra's debut at the Targa Florio was disappointing as they soon proved too heavy and unwieldy for the narrow and twisty track. In the end, the podium went to 3 GT-class, with Porsche scoring a double victory with the 904 GTS of Antonio Pucci/Colin Davis and Gianni Balzarini/Herbert Linge, respectively.[1]

Official results edit

Pos Class No Team Drivers Chassis Laps
1 GT
86   Porsche System Engineering   Antonio Pucci
  Colin Davis
Porsche 904 GTS 10
2 GT
84   Porsche System Engineering   Gianni Balzarini
  Herbert Linge
Porsche 904 GTS 10
3 GT
58   Scuderia Sant'Ambroeus   Roberto Bussinello
  Nino Todaro
Alfa Romeo Giulia TZ 10

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e Valerio, Giuseppe (2017). Cento volte Targa Florio (in Italian). Faenza: C&C Srl. ISBN 888662293-7. pp. 56-7

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