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Coppa Citta

Enna-Pergusa, 11 Aug 1974

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gérard Larrousse (G5) 2-litre Alpine A441 [4411] - Renault V6
#15 Switzerland Archambeaud (see note 1)
60 1h 26m 59.5s
201.665 kph
2 Jean-Pierre Jabouille (G5) 2-litre Alpine A441 [4412] - Renault V6
#12 Société Alpine (see note 2)
60 1h 28m 14.2s
3 Alain Serpaggi (G5) 2-litre Alpine A441 [4410] - Renault V6
#14 Société Alpine (see note 3)
60 1h 28m 20.6s
4 Chris Craft (G5) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 [004] 4
Scuderia Osella
60 1h 28m 45.4s
5 Jorge de Bagration (G5) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 [001] 4
Esc. Tergal Montjuich
59
6 Jean Ragnotti (G5) 2-litre March 74S [10] - Ford BDG
March Engineering (see note 4)
59
7 Jean-Louis Lafosse (G5) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 [003] 4
#8 Gitanes/Scuderia Osella
58
8 Christian Melville (G5) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA1 [007] 4
Christian Melville
57
9 Rafael Barrios (G5) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD Richardson
Chevron Cars [Roger Hire] (see note 5)
56
R Cosimo Turizio (G5) 2-litre Lola T294 - BMW M12
Trivellato Team
42 2:Accident
R Vittorio Brambilla (G5) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 [002] 4
Scuderia Osella
4 1:Engine
R Arturo Merzario (G5) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 - BMW M12
Citta Dei Mille
3 1:Accident
R Emanuele Fichera (G5) 2-litre GRD S73 - Ford BDG
Emanuele Fichera
1 1:Accident
R John Lepp (G5) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-02] - Hart 420R
#5 Chevron Cars [Roger Hire] (see note 6)
1:Accident
R Javier Juncadella (G5) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU67] - Ford BDG
#19 Roger Heavens (see note 7)
1:Overheating
DNA Bernard Darniche (G5) 2-litre Alpine A440 [4401] - Renault V6
(see note 8)
Did not arrive
Qualifying
1 Gérard Larrousse (G5 2.0) 2-litre Alpine A441 [4411] - Renault V6 1m 23.1s
2 Jean-Pierre Jabouille (G5 2.0) 2-litre Alpine A441 [4412] - Renault V6 1m 24.1s
3 John Lepp (G5 2.0) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-02] - Hart 420R 1m 24.2s
4 Arturo Merzario (G5 2.0) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 - BMW M12 1m 24.5s
5 Alain Serpaggi (G5 2.0) 2-litre Alpine A441 [4410] - Renault V6 1m 25.2s
6 Rafael Barrios (G5 2.0) 2-litre Chevron B26 [74-08] - Cosworth FVD Richardson 1m 25.6s
7 Vittorio Brambilla (G5 2.0) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 [002] - Abarth 4 1m 25.7s
8 Cosimo Turizio (G5 2.0) 2-litre Lola T294 - BMW M12 1m 25.9s
9 Jorge de Bagration (G5 2.0) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 [001] - Abarth 4 1m 26.3s
10 Jean-Louis Lafosse (G5 2.0) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 [003] - Abarth 4 1m 26.6s
11 Chris Craft (G5 2.0) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA2 [004] - Abarth 4 1m 27.0s
12 Javier Juncadella (G5 2.0) 2-litre Lola T294 [HU67] - Ford BDG 1m 27.2s
13 Jean Ragnotti (G5 2.0) 2-litre March 74S [10] - Ford BDG 1m 29.1s
14 Christian Melville (G5 2.0) 2-litre Abarth Osella PA1 [007] - Abarth 4 1m 30.0s
15 Emanuele Fichera (G5 2.0) 2-litre GRD S73 - Ford BDG 1m 32.6s

Notes on the cars:

  1. Alpine A441 [4411] (Gérard Larrousse): Team Archambeaud acquired a new A441 for 1974 for lead driver Gérard Larrousse. The car was used as a test chassis for the 2.1-litre turbo engine and won at Mugello at the beginning of 1975. It was kept as a backup car for Le Mans in 1976 but it is not yet certain whether chassis 4411 then became chassis 4420.
  2. Alpine A441 [4412] (Jean-Pierre Jabouille): The third A441 was the regular car of Société Alpine team leader Jean-Pierre Jabouille. This car was sold to Japan in 1975 and was raced by Jabouille at Fuji in October and by Beaumont at Fuji a month later. The car remained in Japan and raced in 1976, 1977 and 1978, winning the Fuji 500 km in April 1978 driven by Hasemi and Hoshino. It is believed to have remained in Japan.
  3. Alpine A441 [4410] (Alain Serpaggi): Société Alpine entered two new A441s in 1974 and chassis 4410 was Jean-Pierre Jabouille's car for the first race and then became Alain Serpaggi's regular car for the rest of the season. This car was sold to 'Jimmy' Mieusset for the 1976 French hillclimb season and then to Jean Ortelli for 1977 and 1978, after which it was on display in the Mougins museum, still owned by Ortelli. The car was still in the Musée de l'Automobile at Mougins in June 2008 and appeared at Retromobile in 2010.
  4. March 74S [10] (Jean Ragnotti): Built new for 1974, fitted with a BMW engine and entered by March Engineering for Jean Ragnotti in the European 2-litre Sports Car championship, with Antar sponsorship. Fitted with a Richardson FVC after the first few races, and later with a Cosworth BDG. Retained by March for 1975, fitted with a Hart 420R engine, updated to 75S specification and plated as '75S-U2' for John Lepp to race. The car was retained again for 1976, now to 76S specification and reportedly using the identity '76S-1', now raced by Lepp as part of the Ultramar team. Sold to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) for the 1977 Can-Am season, now using the identity '77ST-1'. Sold to Greg Sorrentino (Troy, Michigan) and raced in 1979. In 1980, it was converted to centre-seat specification with a new body fabricated by Dave Craddock and campaigned in this form by Sorrentino in 1981, described as a March 802. To Charlie Monk (Sarnia, Ontario) for 1982, and then via John Adams Racing & John Kalagian to J. Byron Walker (Detroit, Michigan). Raced by Walker in 1983 and 1984 before being stored. Walker later acquired the 1977 bodywork from EB Lunken, who had used it on his March 73S, and found Lepp's Ultramar livery under the layers of paint. In 2013, Walker was in the process of restoring the car to its 1975 specification.
  5. Chevron B26 [74-08] (Rafael Barrios): After the closure of Red Rose Racing, Roger Hire struck a deal to run works-assisted Chevron B26s in 1974 under the name Forge Mill Racing. John Lepp ran the main car and Rafael Barrios joined the team to run a second B26, now positively identified as chassis 74-08. This car only raced once in 1975 but was then bought by Robin Smith to be used in endurance and Interserie in 1976. Gary Gove (Tacoma, WA) acquired it for Can-Am in early 1977 and raced it for three seasons, winning the Pacific Coast title in 1978 and the last BSR title at the Run-Offs. It went to John Graham in Canada for the 1981 season and then to Luc Behar-Bannelier for 1982. The B26 was sold to Gil Baird for Thundersports in England in 1983 then to Richard Piper for another three seasons during which time it was converted to DFV power before moving to Ireland in the late 1980s where it stayed for nearly 15 years. It was sold back to the US again around 2003 and has raced in US vintage racing.
  6. Chevron B26 [74-02] (John Lepp): Although described by some sources as the "prototype", the Gunston-liveried car raced by John Watson and Jody Scheckter in the 1973-74 Springbok series in South Africa was the second B26, chassis 74-02. This car was then sold to Derek Buller-Sinfield and prepared by Roger Hire's Forge Mill Racing for John Lepp (Altrincham, Cheshire) to drive in Europe in 1974. Then the "works development car" advertised by Hire and the "ex-works development" "B36" raced by Bob Marsland (Bromsgrove, Worcestershire) from 1976 to 1978. Sold to Richard Simms (Ossett, West Yorkshire) late in the 1978 season and used briefly in libre racing before being converted over the close season into a Skoda "Super Saloon". Raced in this form from 1979 to 1981 and then restored to B36 specification for use in Thundersports in 1983 and 1984, sharing with Warren Booth. After passing through several more hands in England and, it would seem, Sweden, it was sold to Jack Russeli (Ohio) in June 1997. To Murray Smith (Washington, CT) in 2005. To Roger Wills (London) 2011.
  7. Lola T294 [HU67] (Javier Juncadella): This car was sold new to Roger Heavens for 1974 and was entered under the Escuderia Montjuich Tergal banner for Javier Juncadella. It was also raced by Hervé Leguellec, Richard Lloyd and Manrico Zanuso. In January 1976, it was advertised by Heavens, noting that it had last raced in the Boxing Day meeting at Brands Hatch. Martial Legou told Philippe Rafesthain, as reported on the Autodiva thread, that he bought this car from Heavens via Leguellec after the 1975 season. According to Philippe's research, this car later ran as the #25 Pronuptia entry at Le Mans in 1978.
  8. Alpine A440 [4401] (Bernard Darniche): New for the Nürburgring in Sep 1973, chassis 4401 was sold to Equipe Archambeaud for 1974 and raced by Gérard Larrousse, Marie-Claude Beaumont and Bernard Darniche that year. From Larrousse's team, the car is understood to have gone to Jean-Paul Barbier for hillclimbs in 1977 and then to Jean-Pierre Theuil who ran it from 1978 to 1980. In May 2005, chassis "A440-01" was auctioned by Bonhams at Monaco but the history assigned to the car was that of the prototype, an understandable mistake given Alpine's unusual numbering system. Its current location is uncertain.

Sources

The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' orginal results.

Individual sources for this event

Motoring News 15 Aug 1974 pp6-7. A photo in MN shows that Lepp was in his usual Domecq/Forge Mill Racing car, not 'Chocolate Drop'.