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1961 Syracuse Grand Prix

Gran Premio di Siracusa

Tuesday, April 25, 1961
Fastest Lap:
Gurney, 1m54.9
1961 season:

An unbelievable race

Siracusa, Sicily, April 25th.

This year the Siracusa Grand Prix was held on the unusual day of Tuesday, it being a public holiday in Sicily to celebrate their liberation in the last war. Having it on this day also meant that a number of drivers and cars that had competed at Aintree the previous Saturday could be flown over to compete in the Grand Prix. The first practice session was on Sunday afternoon and saw thirteen of twenty-six entries turn out, the most important being the two works Porsches driven by Bonnier and Gurney, these being the two cars they used at Bruxelles earlier in the month, and the American driver had flown to Sicily directly after the Aintree event. The Scuderia Ferrari had entered their new 120-deg V6-cylinder rear-engine car for Ritchie Ginther to drive but had to withdraw it at the last moment due to oil scavenging troubles during testing at Modena. However, they arrived with a 60-deg V6-engined car of the 1961 rear-engined type and this was on loan to Giancarlo Baghetti, though the Scuderia were looking after it.