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Imola Classic 2013 - Sixties' Endurance

6-7 April 2013
Imola Classic 2013 - Sixties' Endurance
10/04/2013 -

As usual the class for the cars making history in the endurance races, between the end of the 50’s and first half of the 60’s, made a great performance on the truck, above all for competitiveness shown by numerous crews. Among the most admired vehicles, in spite of any foolish ambition to obtain a good result ahead of the cavalry of rivals, there was an Alfa Romeo Giulia SS, 1600 cc engine. The car was born at dawn of 1960 to challenge the Porsche 356, and featured by a coefficient of penetration standards overall for those days. As customary the weekend saw the dominium of the AC Cobras, driven by the crew Hart-Hugenholtz that took pole position before Guernat-Mahe and Firmenich-Moser. Later on the race was characterised by a challenge with continuous overtaking made by the Cobras driven by Hart and Alex Van Der Lof.

In the first part of the race there was also the attempt to get into the fight by DeSiebenthal-Vananity but their ISO Grifo A3/C was obliged to retire after holding the third position. Particularly remarkable at pit-stop the handling of the two dominating Cobras, where technicians were engaged in rapid change of tyres on the right side of the car to avoid the tyre wear caused by frenetic pace of first laps. The Challenge was over when a beautiful and clever Shirley Van Der Lof, who had taken her father’s place, was obliged to retire for trouble to the engine, leaving the victory to Hart-Hugenholtz. At the end of two-hour race the second place was gained by Guenat-Mahe at the wheel of AC Cobra, even if one lap down, while the third step of podium was of Bentz-Trichet in Jaguar Type E, thanks to trouble met on track by the other Cobras.





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