Monday, February 8, 2016

IOM Light-car race 1937

Bira beats the works cars in rain
It was rain during the whole race. Mays took the lead in his works ERA but was passed by Bira, who started to pull away as Mays was falling back with brake problems. For 20 laps Fairfield (works ERA) and Luigi Villoresi (Maserati) fought for second place before the latter retired with broken fuel line. The works ERAs took over the lead when Bira made a pitstop for fuel but the Siamese showed his driving skills, fighting back in the heavy rain, to retake the lead on lap 36 and take the victory from the worlk cars. ERAs took the top five positions, 6th being the young Swiss driver Emanuel de Graffenried with a Maserati.

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