Czechoslovakian Grand Prix

The Czechoslovakian Grand Prix (Czech: Velká cena Československa; Slovak: Československá Grand Prix) was a Grand Prix motor racing event first held on September 28, 1930 at the Masaryk Circuit now referred to as the Brno Circuit. It was held in the town of Brno in Czechoslovakia (now the Czech Republic).

Czechoslovakian Grand Prix
Masaryk Circuit, Brno
Brno (formerly Masarykův okruh).svg
Race information
Number of times held21
First held1930
Last held1988
Most wins (drivers)Louis Chiron (3)
Tom Walkinshaw (3)
Most wins (constructors)BMW (6)
Circuit length5.403 km (3.357 mi)
Race length362 km (224.919 mi)
Laps67
Last race (1988)
Pole position
Podium
Fastest lap

From 1934 onwards, the race was dominated by the German Silver Arrows. In 1937, several spectators were killed or injured when Hermann Lang skidded off the track. The spectators had been in a prohibited area but Lang was sued anyway.

Due to the German occupation in 1938 the race was discontinued until 1949 when the Masaryk Circuit was shortened to 17.8 km (11.1 mi).

All layouts of the Masaryk Circuit (Brno Circuit) between 1930 and today combined

The 1949 competition, raced in the opposite direction than the pre-war races, drew a crowd in excess of 400,000 people. However, this would be the last Czechoslovakian Grand Prix. 27 years later a CSSR Grand Prix was held at the same venue as a round of the European Touring Car Championship. BMW dominated for six years through various models before Jaguar asserted their own dominance. The race became part of the one-off 1987 World Touring Car Championship, but at a new venue, the newly constructed Brno Circuit. The race was won by the Swiss-based factory Ford team. A final race was held the following year as part of the World Sportscar Championship. The Sauber-Mercedes of Jochen Mass and Jean-Louis Schlesser prevented the Tom Walkinshaw team from claiming a fourth win for Jaguar.

Winners of the Czechoslovakian Grand PrixEdit

Year Driver Car Team Location Series Length Report
1997   Arturo Merzario Centenari M1-Alfa Romeo   Symbol Team Masaryk Circuit International Sports Racing Series 30 Minutes Report
1989–1996: Not held
1988   Jochen Mass,
  Jean-Louis Schlesser
Sauber C9 Team Sauber Mercedes Masaryk Circuit World Sportscar Championship 360 km (220 mi) Report
1987   Klaus Ludwig,
  Klaus Niedzwiedz
Ford Sierra RS500 Eggenberger Motorsport Masaryk Circuit World Touring Car Championship Report
1986   Ulf Granberg,
  Thomas Lindström
Volvo 240 Turbo RAS Sport Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1985   Ulf Granberg,
  Anders Olofsson
Volvo 240 Turbo Magnum Racing Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1984   Tom Walkinshaw,
  Hans Heyer
Jaguar XJ-S TWR Jaguar Racing Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1983   Tom Walkinshaw,
  Chuck Nicholson
Jaguar XJ-S TWR Jaguar Racing Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1982   Tom Walkinshaw,
  Chuck Nicholson
Jaguar XJ-S Team Motul Jaguar Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1981   Umberto Grano,
  Helmut Kelleners
BMW 635 CSi Eggenberger Motorsport Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1980   Helmut Kelleners,
  Siegfried Müller Jr.
BMW 320 Eggenberger Motorsport Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1979   Raymond Van Hove,
  Jean Xhenceval,
  Pierre Dieudonné
BMW 3.0 CSL Luigi Racing Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1978   Carlo Facetti,
  Martino Finotto
BMW 3.0 CSL Jolly Club Milano Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1977   Carlo Facetti,
  Martino Finotto
BMW 3.0 CSL Luigi Racing Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1976   Jean Xhenceval,
  Pierre Dieudonné,
  Umberto Grano
BMW 3.0 CSL Luigi Racing Masaryk Circuit European Touring Car Championship Report
1950
-75
Not held
1949   Peter Whitehead Ferrari 125 F1 Peter Whitehead Masaryk Circuit Report
1938
-48
Not held
1937   Rudolf Caracciola Mercedes-Benz W125 Daimler-Benz Masaryk Circuit Non-championship Report
1936 Not held
1935   Bernd Rosemeyer Auto Union Type B Auto Union Masaryk Circuit Non-championship Report
1934   Hans Stuck Auto Union Type A Auto Union Masaryk Circuit Non-championship Report
1933   Louis Chiron Alfa Romeo B/P3 Scuderia Ferrari Masaryk Circuit Non-championship Report
1932   Louis Chiron Bugatti T51 Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Masaryk Circuit Non-championship Report
1931   Louis Chiron Bugatti T51 Automobiles Ettore Bugatti Masaryk Circuit Non-championship Report
1930   Heinrich-Joachim von Morgen,
  Hermann of Leiningen
Bugatti T35B Deutsches Bugatti Team Masaryk Circuit Non-championship Report

Coordinates: 49°07′17″N 16°15′50″E / 49.12139°N 16.26389°E / 49.12139; 16.26389

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