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Royal Prix De Roma





Royal Prix De Roma, June 7, 1931

Seventeen cars started in the elimination heats for this event, held on the new Littorio track near Rome, on Sunday, June 7, 1931. This circuit is 2 1/2 miles round, and is rather more road than track, although very fast. The final event to decide the winner was run over 60 laps, and resulted in Italian Maserati cars achieving five of the first places out of six. The winner was Ernesto Maserati, on a Maserati car, with an average speed of 95.2 m.p.h.; Drefus finished two minutes behind and Biondetti was five minutes behind the winner, taking third place - these machines were all Maseratis, but Ruggeri brought a four-year-old Talbot racer into fourth place.