Circuit des Routes Pavées
1931

Circuit des Routes Pavées
13 September 1931
Pont a Marcq
Entered: 50
Started: 35

France

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Entries and results:
No.   Driver: Car: Engine:   Entrant: Position: Class: Pos. Distance:
1   Djordgadze Mercedes         5.0→ Racing    
2   Brisson Stutz       acc 5.0→ Racing acc  
3   Sommer Chrysler         →5.0 Sport 2nd 529 km. 681
5   Stalter Lorraine         →5.0 Sport 3rd 495 km. 576
6   Trebor Lorraine         →5.0 Sport 1st 539 km. 775
7   Guison Ford       5th →5.0 Racing 2nd 567 km. 890
8   Cammaert / Cornil Georges Irat       acc →5.0 Racing acc  
9   Ferrant Peugeot       3rd →5.0 Racing 1st 595 km. 093
14   Falch Hotchkiss         →3.0 Sport 1st 522 km. 391
18   Corsini Dominico Alfa-Romeo       acc →2.0 Sport 2nd 558 km. 920
19   Zehender Alfa-Romeo   6C 1750   1st →2.0 Sport 1st 631 km. 547
24   Golay Bugatti         →2.0 Sport    
25   Ginier Bignan         →2.0 Sport    
28   Pesato Alfa-Romeo       4th →2.0 Racing 2nd 573 km. 086
29   Roca Bugatti 2-litre     2nd →2.0 Racing 1st 620 km. 125
32   Max Fourny / Bussienne Bugatti 2-litre     acc →2.0 Racing acc  
35   Joly Maserati 1,500 c.c.       →1.5 Racing    
36   Gallay Bugatti         →1.5 Racing    
38   Auber Bugatti         →1.5 Racing    
39   Delommez Bugatti       6th →1.5 Sport 1st 560 km. 148
41   Mines Mareuse / Siko Bugatti         →1.5 Sport 2nd 506 km. 681
43   Ufa Gobron         →1.5 Sport    
45   Vallon la Licorne         →1.1 Sport 1st 502 km. 698
46   Errecalde la Licorne         →1.1 Sport 3rd 372 km. 770
47   Galloisy la Licorne         →1.1 Sport 2nd 502 km. 190
49   Mme. La Caze M.L.c. Ruby         →1.1 Sport 5th 273 km. 056
50   Clerc Amilcar         →1.1 Sport 4th 346 km. 339
51   Mine. Violette Morris V.M. Ruby         →1.1 Racing 5th 417 km. 001
52   Giraud-Cabantorts Caban         →1.1 Racing    
53   R. Labric Caban         →1.1 Racing 3rd 504 km. 974
54   Lemoine Caban         →1.1 Racing    
55   Vernet Caban         →1.1 Racing 2nd 512 km. 996
56   Martin Amilcar         →1.1 Racing    
59   Girod B.N.C.         →1.1 Racing 1st 520 km. 220
60   Treunet B.N.C.         →1.1 Racing 4th 491 km. 904
65   Antony Antony         0.35 Racing 1st 363 km. 967
64   Antoine Antony         0.35 Sport 1st 282 km. 894
Motor Sport October 1931
THE CIRCUIT DES ROUTES PAVEES.
An Alfa Victory on Dillicult Course.

THE pavé roads race in the north of France is always an event of special interest, for instead of a specially prepared course with a surface as good as possible, the race takes place over the worst pavé which can be found in Flanders, and combines the qualities of an endurance test with those of a speed event. The race also lasts for-six hours, and it may thus be concluded that the event which took place on Sunday, 13th September, was no easy saunter.
The original 50 entries were reduced to 35 actual starters on the Sunday morning, more than one of the missing fifteen having been eliminated by crashing during the practice period. The full list of starters was as follows :
OVER 5-LITRES.-RACING CARS : 1, Djordgadze (Mercedes) ; 2, Brisson (Stutz).
5-LITRES.-SPORT5 CARS : 3, Sommer (Chrysler) ; 5, Stalter (Lorraine) ; 6, Trebor (Lorraine).
5-LITRES.-RACING CARS : 7, Gruson (Ford) ; 8, Cammaert and Cornil (Georges Irat) ; 9, Ferrant (Peugeot).
3-LITRES.-SPORTS CARS : 14, Falch (Hotchkiss).
2-LITRES.-SPORTS CARS : 18, Corsini Dominico (Alfa-Romeo) ; 19, Zehender (Alfa-Romeo); 24, Golay (Bugatti); 25, Ginier (Bignan).
2-LITRES.-RACING CARS : 28, Pesato (Alfa-Romeo) ; 29, Roca (Bugatti) ; 32, Max Fourny and Bussienne (Bugatti).
1,500 C.C.-RACING CARS : 35, Joly (Maserati) ; 36, Gallay (Bugatti) ; 38, Auber (Bugatti).
1,500 C.C.-SPORTS CARS : 39, Delommez (Bugatti) ; 41, Mines Mareuse and Siko (Bugatti) ; 43, Ufa (Gobron).
1,100 C.C.-SPORTS CARS : 45, Vallon (la Licorne) ; 46, Errecalde (la Licorne) ; 47, Galloisy (la Licorne); 49, Mme. La Caze (M.L.C.) ; 50, Clerc (Amilcar).
1,100 C.C.-RACING CARS : 51, Mine. Violette Morris (V.M. Ruby) ; 52, Giraud-Cabantonts (Caban) ; 53, R. Labric (Caban) ; 54, Lemoine (Caban) ; 55, Vernet (Caban) ; 56, Martin (Amilcar) ; 59, Girod (B.N.C.) ; 60, Treunet (B.N.C.).
350 C.C.-RACING CARS : 65 Antony (Antony).
350 C.C.-SPORTS CARS : 64, Antoine (Antony).
A brilliant start.
The miserable wet weather which had proved so trying to competitors during the practice period had improved by the Sunday, and the sun was shining brilliantly when at 10 o'clock the start was given by M. Hector Franchomme, president of the Automobile Club du Nord de la France. The whole pack got away well together, and it was soon apparent that the division between sports and racing cars was somewhat artificial, for at the end of the first lap Zehender was the first to appear on his 1,750 c.c. " sports " Alfa-Romeo, having beaten all the " racing " cars and covered the 13 kilometres of the circuit in 7 minutes 39 seconds from a standing start. Italy was well placed to begin with, for behind him came Joly on his 1,500 c.c. Maserati, followed by Max Fourny and Roca on 2-litre Bugattis. On the second lap Fourny succeeded in passing Joly, but the Italian position was still strong for Pesato and Corsini had got into fifth and sixth places on their Alfa-Romeos.
During the first hour the positions of the leaders were unchanged, and the other cars which showed a good turn of speed were Brisson's Stutz, Ferrant's Peugeot, Gruson's Ford, Cammaert's Georges Irat and Delommez, Bugatti. The big Mercedes was not doing well and had dropped far back. Soon after the end of the first hour, however, Fourny (Bugatti), while in second position, ran off the road at the Capelle corner, and his car caught fire. The driver was fortunately uninjured, but his Bugatti was put out of the race. His place was immediately taken by Joly on the 1,500 c.c. Maserati, but shortly afterwards he too ran off the road, thus letting up Roca on the Bugatti into second place behind Zehender.
A collision.
At the end of the second hour an extraordinary accident took place which put one of the fastest cars out of the race. The Georges Irat had come in to the pits to fill up, and when moving off in the hands of Cornil went far over to the left of the road. At that moment Brisson appeared going all out on the Stutz, tried to get by on the left, but although he tore down some yards of the pallisading, he was unable to avoid hitting one of the back wheels of the Georges Irat. Cornil was thrown out of the car onto his head by the shock, and at the same time the Irat's petrol tank caught fire, burning both Cornil and a spectator. Brisson was unhurt, but the Stutz skidded into the ditch and was wrecked, and Cornil and the spectator were taken to hospital in Lille.
In the meantime a most exciting duel had developed between Zehender on the Alfa-Romeo and Roca on the Bugatti. On the 20th lap the latter broke the record for the circuit in 6 minutes 58 seconds and was gradually catching up on the Alfa. At the same time Zehender came in to his pit with a flat tyre, and took advantage of the stop to fill up. When he got away again, however, he had a lead of only 1 minute 13 seconds on Roca. By the 25th lap this lead had been cut down to 22 seconds and one lap later only 1 3/5 seconds separated the two leading cars. Now, however, it was Roca's turn to fill up, and when he got away again he was 1 minute 30 seconds behind Zehender. Pesato (Alfa-Romeo) was still running third, and Ferrand on his famous old Targa Florio Peugeot had worked his way up into fourth place.
On getting away after his stop for replenishments, Roca again went in chase of Zehender, and on his 34th lap again broke the record for the circuit in 6 minutes 48 seconds. This fast running cut down the Alfa-Romeo's lead to 54 seconds, but shortly afterwards the Bugatti had a puncture, and Roca lost nearly a minute changing the wheel. Nothing daunted, however, he proceeded to break the lap record for the third time by going round in 6 minutes 36 seconds, but his effort came too late, and Zehender got home by quite a comfortable margin.
The end of the race was unfortunately marred by a serious accident, for about four minutes before the finish, Corsini on an Alfa-Romeo while trying to pass Pesato on a similar car in the village of la Capelle, skidded and crashed into the crowd. One child was killed outright and ten other people had to be taken to hospital.
The results of the racing were as follows :
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION.
1. F. Zehender (Alfa-Romeo), 631 km. 547.
2. Roca (Bugatti), 620 km. 125.
3. Ferrand (Peugeot), 595 km. 093.
4. Pesato (Alfa-Romeo), 573 km. 086.
5. Gruson (Ford), 567 km. 890.
6. Delommez (Bugatti), 560 km. 148.
CLASS RESULTS.
5-LITRES-RACING CARS :
1. Ferrand (Peugeot), 595 km. 093.
2. Guison. (Ford), 567 km. 890.
5-LITRES-SPORTS CARS :
1. Trebor (Lorraine), 539 km. 775.
2. Sommer (Chrysler), 529 km. 681.
3. Stalter (Lorraine), 495 km. 576.
3-LITRES-SPORTS CARS :
1. Falck (Hotchkiss), 522 km. 391.
2-LITRES-RACING CARS :
1 . Roca (Bugatti), 620 kin. 125.
2. Pesato (Alfa-Romeo), 573 km. 086.
2-LITRES--SP0RTS CARS :
1 . Zehender (Alfa-Romeo), 631 km. 547.
2. Corsini (Alfa-Romeo), 558 km. 920.
1,500 C.C.-SPORTS CARS :
1 . Delommez (Bugatti), 560 km. 146.
2. Mme. Mareuse (Bugatti), 506 km. 681.
1,100 C.C.-RACING CARS :
1. Girod (B.N.C.), 520 km. 220.
2. Vernet (Caban), 512 km. 996.
3. Labric (Caban), 504 km. 974.
4. Treunet (B.N.C.), 491 km. 904.
5. Mme. V. Morris (V.M. Ruby), 417 km. 001.
1,100 C.C.-SPORTS CARS :
1. Vallon (La Licorne), 502 km. 698.
2. Galloisy (La Licorne), 502 km. 190.
3. Errecalde (La Licome), 372 km. 770.
4. Clerc (Amilcar), 346 km. 339.
5. Mine. La Caze (M.L.C. Ruby), 273 km. 056.
350 C.C.-RACING CARS :
1. Antony (Antony), 363 km. 967.
350 C.C.-SPORTS CARS :
1. Antoine (Antony), 282 km. 894.