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1949 Roussillon Grand Prix

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Date  8 May 1949
Course  Street circuit
Location  Perpignan, France
Course length  2.538 km (1.577 mi)
1949 Roussillon Grand Prix
Official name  IV Grand Prix du Roussillon
Distance  2x50 laps, 253.800 km (157.704 mi)

The 1949 Roussillon Grand Prix (formally the IV Grand Prix du Roussillon) was a Grand Prix motor race held at Circuit des Platanes de Perpignan on 8 May 1949. The Grand Prix was raced in two 50 laps sessions, with the final standing given by the addition of the both results.


Entry list

Juan Manuel Fangio is on a two victory in a row (San Remo and Pau) for his first racing season in Europe. Henri Louveau share during the races his Delage 3000 n°22 with Francisco Godia Sales. Eugène Martin wasn't present despite his commitment.


The heat 1 see Juan Manuel Fangio and Luigi Villoresi fight for the first position but the Italian driver must enter in pit to repair an oil pump problem. Luigi Villoresi lost 5 laps and Juan Manual Fangio finish the 50 laps first with 25 seconds behind Prince Bira.

In the second heat, Prince Bira take immediately the lead behind Juan Manuel Fangio who keep a close gap with the Siam driver. Prince Bira who need to distance the Argentine attack and realize the fastest lap in 1:27.3 but won the Heat 2 with less than one second behind Juan Manuel Fangio, Luigi Villoresi finish third.

Juan Manuel Fangio won the Grand Prix. It is his third of four win in four consecutive races this year, all held in France. Prince Bira finish second and the Argentine Benedicto Campos third. Fangio won is third victory in a row in Grand Prix motor racing.

Heat 1

  • Pole position: Prince Bira in 1.27.9
  • Fastest lap: Juan Manuel Fangio in 1:29.2 (102.37 km/h).
  • Heat 2

  • Pole position: Juan Manuel Fangio (The starting grid of the heat 2 is the order of the standing from the heat 1).
  • Fastest lap: Prince Bira in 1:27.3
  • References

    1949 Roussillon Grand Prix Wikipedia

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