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On 16 March 1952, the second Syracuse Grand Prix was held on the 5.4 km circuit set out near the Sicilian town. The race did not count towards the world championship and was a triumph for Ferrari, as six of its cars headed the results sheet.
Alberto Ascari won in the works Ferrari 500, leading home team-mates Piero Taruffi and Giuseppe Farina. Fourth was another 500, run by Ecurie Espadon which took to the track with Switzerland’s Rudolf Fischer at the wheel.
Fifth in a 166 was Englishman Peter Whitehead, who lead home the similar car of Franco Comotti, the Italian entered by Scuderia Marzotto.
Less fortunate was the fourth works Ferrari of Luigi Villoresi who suffered problems at half distance and finished seven laps behind Ascari and was unclassified.