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1953 World Sportscar Championship

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The 1953 World Sportscar Championship was the first FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was a seven race international motor racing series for sports cars contested from 8 March to 23 November 1953. The championship was won by Ferrari.



The 1953 World Sports Car Championship was contested over a seven race series. Now legendary and shockingly dangerous races such as the Mille Miglia and the Carrera Panamericana were part of an international race calendar, accompanied by the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Spa, with the inaugural race being the 12 Hours of Sebring in the United States.

The Championship was for manufactures, and works teams such as Scuderia Ferrari, Lancia, Aston Martin and Jaguar lead the way, but the majority of the fields were made up of amateur or gentlemen drivers, often up against professional racing drivers with experience in Formula One. Sometimes, even the Drivers World Champion joined in.

Classes were split between closed cars (GT) and open cars (Sports), with further divisions due to engine displacement. Scuderia Ferrari were a dominant force in 1953, winning three races, a result of Enzo Ferrariā€™s determination to bring prestige to his marque.


Championship points were awarded for the first six places in each race in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1. Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars. Only the best 4 results out of the 7 races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not counted towards the championship totals are listed within brackets in the above table.

The cars

The following models contributed to the net championship point scores of their respective manufacturers.

  • Ferrari 340 MM & Ferrari 375 MM
  • Jaguar C-Type
  • Aston Martin DB3 & Aston Martin DB3S
  • Lancia D20 & Lancia D24
  • Cunningham-Chrysler C4-R & Cunningham-Chrysler C5-R
  • Alfa Romeo 6C 3000 CM
  • Borgward Hansa 1500 RS
  • DB Panhard HBR
  • Porsche 550
  • OSCA MT4
  • Veritas Comet RS
  • Talbot Lago T26 GS
  • Maserati A6GCS
  • Gordini T24S
  • Frazer Nash Le Mans Mark II
  • References

    1953 World Sportscar Championship Wikipedia

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