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1955 South Pacific Championship for racing cars

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1955 South Pacific Championship for racing cars

The 1955 South Pacific Championship for racing cars was a motor race staged at the Gnoo Blas Motor Racing Circuit at Orange in New South Wales, Australia on 31 January 1955. The race, which was a Formula Libre event open to racing cars and stripped sports cars, was contested as a scratch race which also incorporated a handicap award. It was held over 27 laps of the 3¾ mile circuit for a total distance of 100 miles. The race, which was the first South Pacific Championship for racing cars, was won by Englishman Peter Whitehead driving a 3 litre Ferrari.

The championship meeting, which was conducted by the Australian Sporting Car Club, was the first FIA sanctioned international race meeting to be staged in Australia.

Handicap results

Notes:

  • Attendance: 30,000
  • Number of starters: unknown
  • Number of finishers: unknown
  • Winner's race time: 65 minutes 1 second
  • Winner's average speed: 95 mph
  • Fastest lap: Peter Whitehead, Ferrari 500, 2 minutes 21 seconds
  • Prince Bira did not start after his Maserati suffered an engine failure during practice.
  • References

    1955 South Pacific Championship for racing cars Wikipedia


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