It happened today – 31 July

It happened today - 31 July

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On 31st July the Zandvoort circuit hosted the second running of the eponymous Grand Prix. The race was run over two qualifying legs, which saw drivers go through to a 40 lap final. Scuderia Ferrari arrived in Holland with three 125s for Alberto Ascari, Luigi Villoresi and Peter Whitehead.

Villoresi easily won the first leg, while Ascari finished second in the second one, in which Whitehead went out. In the final, the two Ferraris duked it out at the front up until lap 35 when Ascari suffered a spectacular crash, when he lost a wheel. Fortunately, the driver got away unscathed, although he wasn’t able to continue.

The race was then dominated by Villoresi, who won with margins of 30.3 and 41.9 seconds over the Maseratis of the Swiss Emmanuel “Toulo” De Graffenried and Prince Bira respectively. Fourth was another Maserati, driven by Giuseppe Farina, who was actually second past the flag but was give a one minute penalty for jumping the start.

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