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1912 French Grand Prix

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Date  June 25, 1912
Course  Public roads
Location  Dieppe, France
Course length  76.989 km (47.840 mi)
1912 French Grand Prix

Official name  Grand Prix de l'Automobile Club de France
Distance  20 laps, 1539.778 km (956.800 mi)

The 1912 French Grand Prix was a Grand Prix motor race held at Dieppe on 25–26 June 1912.

The Race

The race was run over two days with the drivers completing ten laps on each day and their times being aggregated to produce the winner (similar to a modern rally race). Coupe de l'Auto cars competed alongside Grand Prix cars. The coupe cars were limited to 3 litre engines. The only restriction on the Grand Prix cars was a minimum width of 1750 millimetres. Riding mechanic Jean Bassignano was killed in a lap 3 crash when his driver Léon Collinet put a wheel off and flipped. 47 cars started the race at 30 second intervals, with Victor Rigal's Sunbeam the first to start.

Victor Hemery, driving a Lorraine-Dietrich held the lead after the first lap. David Bruce-Brown's Fiat subsequently took the lead and retained it overnight, more than two minutes ahead of Georges Boillot's Peugeot. Louis Wagner was third at the halfway stage. During the second day, Bruce-Brown was disqualified for refuelling away from the pits on lap 15, giving Boillot a comfortable victory by over thirteen minutes from Wagner.


1912 French Grand Prix Wikipedia