1926 German Grand Prix

1926 German Grand Prix
Race details
Date11 July 1926
Official nameI Großer Preis von Deutschland
LocationAVUS, Berlin, Germany
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course length19.573 km (12.162 mi)
Distance20 laps, 392.29 km (243.76 mi)
Fastest lap
DriverItaly Ferdinando MinoiaOM 665
Time7'17.6
Podium
FirstMercedes "Monza"
Second
  • Germany Christian Riecken
NAG
Third
  • Germany Willy Cleer
Alfa-Romeo

The 1926 German Grand Prix was an auto race held at the AVUS track on 11 July 1926. It was the first ever German Grand Prix. The race was held in heavy rain, and was won by Germany's native son, Rudolf Caracciola.

Recognising a lack of available vehicles for the new Grand Prix formula (for example, the 1926 French Grand Prix had just three starters), the organisers decided to admit a diverse field vaguely described as sports cars. These were divided into three classes based on engine capacity: Class D (2L-3L), Class E (1.5L-2L) and Class F (1.1L to 1.5L).[1] The race start was staggered, with class D released first, followed by class E, and finally class F, at 2-minute intervals.

The race was marred by an accident involving driver Adolf Rosenberger, whose car crashed into one of the marshals' huts, killing three people.

The German Grand Prix would not return to the AVUS track until 1959.

Classification

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A look at the crowd
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Winner Rudolf Caracciola in a parade lap
PosNoClassDriverCarLapsTime/Retired
114EGermany Rudolf CaracciolaMercedes202:54'12.8
25DGermany Christian RieckenNAG202:57'33.2
37DGermany Willi CleerAlfa Romeo RLSS203:00'16.8
420EFrance Pierre ClauseBignan203:02'07.4
532FGermany Georg KlöbeNSU203:07'27.0
616EGermany Max zu Schaumburg-LippeOM 665203:10'57.4
728FGermany Jakob SchollNSU203:11'54.2
837FGermany Franz IslingerNSU203:13'58.8
923EGermany Hans SantnerOM 665203:16'54.2
1054FGermany Josef MüllerNSU203:18'25.4
1144EGermany Hans BakaschBrennabor203:21'26.2
1241EGermany Edard ReichsteinBrennabor203:26'33.8
1310DGermany Fritz FeldmannHansa203:27'45.8
149DGermany Erwin OrskaNAG203:28'11.0
1525EGermany Fritz MitzlaffBrennabor203:29'01.6
1642FGermany Hugo Urban-EmmerichTalbot203:29'37.8
1733FGermany Max WältiBugatti203:31'17.8
DNF24FGermany Hans HanftBugatti17
DNF31FGermany Hermann FriedrichPluto16
DNF38FGermany Georg KimpelBugatti16Conrod
DNF15EGermany Josef LudwigBugatti15
DNF4DGermany Paul von GuillaumeAustro-Daimler14
DNF18EGermany Otto KomnickKomnick13Conrod
DNF4DGermany Carl DeilmannAustro-Daimler12
DNF13EGermany Rudolf BreierBugatti9
DNF36FFrance Jean ChassagneTalbot8Accident
DNF26FGermany Alfred MedererPluto8Accident
DNF40FGermany R. van HornGM8Broken valve
DNF19EGermany Adolf RosenbergerMercedes6Accident
DNF27FItaly Ferdinando MinoiaOM 8656Tyres, engine
DNF1DGermany Hans LohmannKomnick6
DNF2DGermany Hans BertholdNAG5
DNF8DGermany R. C. KrügerAlfa Romeo3Clutch
DNF45FGermany Willy LogeAGA2Radiator
DNF3DGermany Ernst HoferSteiger1Radiator
DNF30FGermany Max Georg FielderBFA1Flat tyre
DNF34FGermany Otto FettkenheurBob0Retired
DNF46FGermany Heinz ErblichAlfi0Retired
DNS11DGermany Wilhelm HeineNAGAccident in practice
DNS12EArno HänselBugattiEngine
DNS21EGermany Hans KolbBugattiEngine
DNS35FItaly Luigi "Gigi" PlatéChiribiriAccident in practice
DNS39FGermany August MombergerNSUEngine
DNS43FCord von EinemPlutoEngine
Sources:[1][2][3][4]

References

  1. ^ a b Posthumus, Cyril (1966). The German Grand Prix. pp. 16–20.
  2. ^ Darren Galpin. "1926 Grands Prix, The GEL Motorsport Information Page". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2019-01-13.
  3. ^ "1926 German Grand Prix". Motor Sport Magazine Database. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ Etzrodt, Hans. "1926 Grand Prix Season - Caracciola wins German Grand Prix with Mercedes". The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing. Retrieved 6 March 2019.


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