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Ferrari takes Sportscar championship

In 1960, Ferrari secured another victory in the World Sports Prototype Championship

The year was 1960 and the World Sports Prototype Championship was once again one of the biggest events in the motorsport world. The championship comprised five legendary races: the 1000 km of Buenos Aires, the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Targa Florio, the 1000 km of Nürburgring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

Aston Martin's withdrawal opened the way for Scuderia Ferrari to reclaim the title. The task was not easy though, because Porsche provided some very decent competition. 

Cliff Allison on the Ferrari 246 that will bring him to the 2° step of the podium at the Grand Prix of Argentina, 1960 <em>Photo: Getty Images</em>
Cliff Allison on the Ferrari 246 that will bring him to the 2° step of the podium at the Grand Prix of Argentina, 1960 Photo: Getty Images

Scuderia Ferrari started strong with Phil Hill and Cliff Allison who had triumphed in Argentina. However, Porsche took the lead when a private team won the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Targa Florio at the wheel of the most versatile cars on the grid.

The championship then moved to Germany on the demanding Nordschleife for the 1000 km of Nürburgring, where surprisingly the Camoradi USA Racing Team Maserati driven by Stirling Moss and Dan Gurney earned the top podium, obligating Ferrari to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans in order to secure the title.

Olivier Gendebien on a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1960. He won the race, together with his partner Paul Frère   <em>Photo: Getty Images</em>
Olivier Gendebien on a Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 1960. He won the race, together with his partner Paul Frère Photo: Getty Images

Ferrari claimed the title after dominating the French endurance race, placing six cars in the first seven places. The victory came courtesy of the Scuderia's Belgian pair, Olivier Gendebien and Paul Frère, a journalist by trade, in the 250 Testa Rossa.

Second place went to the twin car of the North American Racing Team with the other Belgian, André Pilette, and the Mexican driver Ricardo Rodriguez. Four more 250 GT SWBs finished from fourth to seventh.

 

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