II° CIRCUITO DEL MONTENERO

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1922 27 agosto Percorso (lunghezza 22,5 km): Ardenza Mare (Rotonda)  Ardenza Terra  Montenero  Savolano  Castellaccio  Romito  Calafuria  Antignano  Ardenza Mare. Elenco dei Corridori iscritti: N°1) CERCIGNANI Ferruccio, su Wanderer (Categ. 1350); N°2) BALESTRERO Renato, su O.M. (Categ. 1350); N°3) RODINIS Nicolò, su Chiribiri (Categ. 500); N°4) CHELONI Giorgio, su O.M. (Categ. 1500) (non partito) ; N°5) MARCONCINI Alete, su Fiat (Categ. 1500); N°6) SCHEBMAN, su Fiat (Categ.1500); N°7) CECCHI Guido, su Fiat (Categ.1500); N°8) GIOVANNINI Corrado, su Fiat (Categ. 1500); N°9) GUINDANI Carlo, su O.M. (Categ. 1500); N°10) BECCARI E., su Fiat (Categ. 1500); N°11) BONAMICO Armando, su O.M. (Categ. 1500); N°12) MASETTI Carlo, su Bugatti (Categ. 1500); N°13) MATERASSI Emilio, su Opel (Categ. 2500); N°14) FOSSATI Enrico, su C.M.N. (Categ. 2500); N°15) ARDIZZONE Filippo, su Diatto tipo 20; N°16) NOVI Dante, su C.M.N. (Categ. 2500); N°17) LOTTI Corrado, su Ansaldo (Categ. 2500). ”II.a Coppa del Montenero” (8 giri  Km 180). Classifica Generale 1) MASETTI Carlo, su Bugatti 1500, in 2h.52’.42’’.1/5 (media: 62,534 km/h); 2) BECCARI E. , su Fiat 1500, in 2h.54’.58’’; 3) CECCHI Guido, su Fiat 1500, in 2h.55’.17’’.2/5; 4) SCHEBMANN, su Fiat 1500, in 3h.13’.05’’; 5) CERCIGNANI Ferruccio, su Wanderer 1350, in 3h.02’.54’’.1/5; 6) FOSSATI Enrico, su CMN 2500, in 3h.31’.12’’.3/5; 7) MARCONCINI Alete, su Fiat 1500, in 3h.37’.55’’.3/5; 8) BALESTRERO Renato, su O.M. 1350, in 3h.50’.39’’.3/5; Giro più veloce: l’8° di Masetti Carlo in 19’.46’’ a 68,296 km/h. Classe 2000 cmc. (8 giri  km 180) 1) FOSSATI Enrico, su C.M.N., in 3h.31’.12’’.3/5 (media: 51,133 km/h); Classe 1500 cmc. (8 giri  km 180). 1) MASETTI Carlo, su Bugatti, in 2h.52'.42’’.1/5 (media: 62,534 km/h); 2) BECCARI E., su Fiat, in 2h.54’.58”; 3) CECCHI Guido, su Fiat, in 2h.55’.17”.2/5; 4) SCHEBMANN, su Fiat, in 3h.13’.05”; 5) MARCONCINI Alete, su Fiat, in 3h.37’.55”.3/5; Classe 1350 cmc. (8 giri  km 180). 1) CERCIGNANI Ferruccio, su Wanderer, in 3h.02’.54’’.1/5 (media: 59,047 km/h); 2) BALESTRERO Renato, su O.M., in 3h. 50’.39’’.3/5. (Da: Maurizio Mazzoni: “Lampi sul Tirreno”, Firenze 2006) CIRCUITO MONTENERO 1922 Circuito Montenero  Livorno (Italy), 27 August 1922 8 laps x 22.5 km (13.98 mi) = 180 km (111.85 mi). Drivers First Category up to 1350 cc N°1) Ferruccio Cercignani, Wanderer 5/15 W4; N°2) Renato Balestrero, O.M. 465 (1350cc); Second Category 13511500cc; N°3) Nicolò Rodinis, Chiribiri Roma 5000; N°4) Giorgio Cheloni, O.M. 4C; N°5) Alete Marconcini, Fiat 501; N°6) Schebman, Fiat 501; N°7) Guido Cesare Cecchi, Fiat 501; N°8) Corrado Giovannini, Fiat 501; N°9) Carlo Guindani, O.M. 467; N°10) Guido Beccari, Fiat 501; N°11) Armando Bonamico, O.M. 467; N°12) Carlo Masetti, Bugatti T22; Third Category 1501  2500 cc N°13) Emilio Materassi, Opel; N°14) Enrico Fossati, CMN 20HP; N°15) Filippo Ardizzone, Diatto tipo 20; N°16) Dante Novi, CMN 20HP; N°17) Corrado Lotti, Ansaldo Tipo 4; Carlo Masetti wins the Coppa Montenero with Bugatti. The 17 entries were divided into three categories for the 8lap race around the Coppa Montenero circuit along twisting mountain roads. Count Carlo Masetti (1500 Bugatti) and Lotti (2000 Ansaldo) were the favorites. Lotti led the first lap ahead of Masetti, and the Fiats of Beccari, Cecchi and Marconcini. When Lotti retired on the second lap, Masetti took the lead which he held until the finish to win the 180 km race in 2h.52m.42.1s. The Fiats of Beccaria, Cecchi and Schebman followed next with Cercignani (Wanderer) in fifth place. Fossati (CMN) was sixth, ahead of Marconcini (Fiat) and Balestrero (OM). Amongst the seven retirements was Lotti's Ansaldo and Materassi's Opel. The races on the Montenero Circuit near Livorno had been held since September 25, 1921 when the sportsman Paolo Fabbrini launched an event to show that Livorno could organize an automobile race of some importance. Corrado Lotti with an Ansaldo was the first winner. The course was also called Circuito del Romito from 1922 onwards. The start was in Ardenza Mare at the Principe di Napoli bridge  then along Via della Torre  Via del Pastore  Via del Littorale (Ardenza)  under the railway  Via di Montenero  Via del Castellaccio  Savolano  climbing up to Castellaccio  Via di Quercianella and then the descent to the sea at Romito  Via Littorale – Maroccone  Via Amerigo Vespucci  Via Duca Cosimo  Via dei Bagni  Viale Vittorio Emanuele II  to the finish at Ardenza Mare. The course was full of natural beauty and remained unchanged over the years. It was considered difficult without being dangerous. The narrow road twisted through 164 turns with steep gradients through the mountains. It was a small replica of the Madonie in Sicily, but considerably shorter and did not allow high speeds. Eight laps had to be completed around the 22.500 km circuit, a total of 180 km. The AutoMoto Club Livorno held the 1922 Coppa Montenero for the second time. The cars were divided into three categories, at 1350 cc, 1500 cc, and 2500 cc. The overall winner was presented with the Coppa Montenero, a challenge trophy gifted by the Livorno Mayor and would receive also 5.000 lire. In addition, prizes were given for each of the individual categories, where the first received 1.000 lire and a silver medal, second 500 lire and a silver medal and third 250 lire and a silver medal. Entries: The favorites amongst the 17 entries included Corrado Lotti the 1921 winner with Ansaldo and Guido Cecchi who came second last year in his Fiat. Count Carlo Masetti in a 1500 Bugatti also was a respected contender. CMN (Costruzioni Meccaniche Nazionali SA) was an Italian aviation factory in Milan and Pontedera (Officine Toscane di Pontedera, Pisa, after Piaggio). After WWI in 1920, they switched to car production with a conventional, rather dated, high built design with a 4cylinder sidevalve engine in 2.3L and 3L forms. They had entered the 1919 Targa Florio and several hill climbs. Two 2.3Liter cars were entered for Enrico Fossati and Dante Novi. The 1500 category comprised ten cars, eight of which started. The 1500 Fiats were tipo 501, the 501S appeared in 1923. The Chiribiri was Tipo Roma 5000 while the Chiribiri Monza appeared in 1923. Local drivers from Livorno included Guido Cecchi (1500 Fiat). Race: The circuit was closed at seven in the morning and cleared of all traffic when a car with a red flag and a white center started from the finish line with the race commissioner on board. Long before the start, a large crowd lined up along the circuit and occupied the stands at Ardenza Mare start and finish. The cars lined up behind the starting line. Because of the dusty roads, they were started individually in order of their race number at intervals to the next car. Giorgio Cheloni (OM) and Corrado Giovannini (Fiat) did not appear for the start, which began at 8:00 in the morning. The surrounding fences were very crowded, the engines were cranked up to the first loud rumble. To great applause the Wanderer with Cercignani was the first car to be sent off, leaving a curtain of dust that soon thinned out. After intervals followed the remaining 14 cars, Balestrero (OM), Rodinis (Chiribiri), Marconcini (Fiat), Schebman (Fiat), Cecchi (Fiat), Guindani (OM), Beccari (Fiat), Bonamico (OM), Masetti (Bugatti), Materassi (Opel), Fossati (CMN), Ardizzone (Diatto), Novi (CMN) and Lotti (Ansaldo) last. During the first lap Lotti was the fastest with his Ansaldo, leading Masetti by 8 seconds. Materassi was struggling for a long time with his engine between Castellaccio and Paradiso, then retired with a broken gearbox on the Castellaccio climb. Guindani, who suffered a puncture, stopped at the pits to change a wheel. Lotti was leading the 14car field in the following order after the first lap: 1. Lotti (Ansaldo) 21m.32.2s: 2. Masetti (Bugatti) 21m.40.0s; 3. Beccari (Fiat) 22m.03.2s; 4. Cecchi (Fiat) 22m.38.4s; 5. Marconcini (Fiat) 22m.52.0s; 6. Bonamico (O.M.) 22m.54.8s; 7. Ardizzone (Diatto) 23m.20.6s; 8. Novi (CMN) 23m.41.0s; 9. Schebman (Fiat) 23m.42.2s; 10. Fossati (CMN) 24m.12.6s; 11. Rodinis (Chiribiri) 25m.08.4s; 12. Guindani (O.M.) 25m.08.4s; 13. Cercignani (Wanderer) 25m.17.2s; 14. Balestrero (O.M.) 28m.29.6s. During the second lap Masetti took the lead ahead of Beccari by over one minute. Lotti retired the Ansaldo. When he eventually reached the finish line the spectators received him with sensational applause, as he was one of the local drivers and very popular. Schebman (Fiat) advanced from 9th to 5th place. Bonamico dropped from sixth to ninth place. Ardizzone ended his race after several accidents with his Diatto and Novi (CMN) retired due to engine malfunction. Masetti's second lap in 20m14.2s at 66.7 km/h average speed was a new record. He was leading the 11car field in the following order after the 2nd lap: 1. Masetti (Bugatti) 41m.54.2s; 2. Beccari (Fiat) 43m.33.8s; 3. Cecchi (Fiat) 44m.26.6s; 4. Marconcini (Fiat) 45m.33.2s; 5. Schebman (Fiat) 47m.47.0s; 6. Fossati (CMN) 49m.08.2s; 7. Cercignani (Wanderer) 50m.17.4s; 8. Rodinis (Chiribiri) 50m.20.0s; 9. Bonamico (O.M.) 52m.07.0s; 10. Guindani (O.M.) 52m.18.4s; 11. Balestrero (O.M.) 1h.09m.17.4s. Masetti was still in the lead after the third lap, ahead by over one minute to Beccari, followed by Cecchi and Marconcini with Schebman in fifth place over ten minutes behind. The order remained as before, but Bonamico (O.M.) retired. Masetti completed the third lap in 21m.40.8s at 62.3 km/h average speed. He was leading the 10car field in the following order after the 3rd lap: 1. Masetti (Bugatti) 1h.03m.35.0s; 2. Beccari (Fiat) 1h.05m.22.0s; 3. Cecchi (Fiat) 1h.06m.16.9s; 4. Marconcini (Fiat) 1h.08m.30.2s; 5. Schebman (Fiat) 1h.14m.15.0s; 6. Fossati (CMN) 1h.15m.16.2s; 7. Cercignani (Wanderer) 1h.15m.42.2s; 8. Rodinis (Chiribiri) 1h.15m.54.4s; 9. Guindani (O.M.) 1h.19m.40.0s; 10. Balestrero (O.M.) 1h.34m.06.0s (1 lap behind). During the fourth lap Masetti maintained the lead by over four minutes ahead of Cecchi, followed by Beccari and Marconcini with Schebman in fifth place over 14 minutes behind. The order had changed when Cecchi passed Beccari for second place, and Cercignani passed Fossati for sixth position. Masetti finished the fourth lap in 20m.17.6s at 66.5 km/h average speed. He led the field in the following order after the 4th lap: 1. Masetti (Bugatti) 1h.23m.52.6s; 2. Cecchi (Fiat) 1h.28m.01.0s; 3. Beccari (Fiat) 1h.28m.29.0s; 4. Marconcini (Fiat) 1h.31m.58.4s; 5. Schebman (Fiat) 1h.38m.13.8s; 6. Cercignani (Wanderer) 1h.40m.54.4s; 7. Fossati (CMN) 1h.41m.15.8s; 8. Rodinis (Chiribiri) 1h.44m.02.0s; 9. Guindani (O.M.) 1h.47m.41.8s (1 lap behind); 10. Balestrero (O.M.) 2h.05m.31.4s (2 laps behind). During the fifth lap Masetti held on to first position, still over four minutes ahead of Cecchi, followed by Beccari and with Schebman now in fourth place nearly 17 minutes behind, as Marconcini (Fiat) dropped from 4th to 7th place. Near the finish Rodinis slowed down to retire his Chiribiri with a loose piston pin. Guindani stopped at the pits with carburetor trouble. Masetti's fifth lap in 21m43.7s at 62.1 km/h average speed kept him in the lead of the 9car field in the following order after the 5th lap: 1. Masetti (Bugatti) 1h.45m.36.2s; 2. Cecchi (Fiat) 1h.49m.53.4s; 3. Beccari (Fiat) 1h.50m.22.8s; 4. Schebman (Fiat) 2h.02m.13.4s; 5. Cercignani (Wanderer) 2h.06m.12.0s; 6. Fossati (CMN) 2h.07m.57.2s (1 lap behind); 7. Marconcini (Fiat) 2h.13m.46.2s (1 lap behind); 8. Guindani (O.M.) 2h.19m.27.6s (1 lap behind); 9. Balestrero (O.M.) 2h.32m.16.0s (2 laps behind). During the sixth lap, Masetti remained in the lead over four minutes ahead of Cecchi, followed by Beccari and Schebman fourth, over 18 minutes behind. Guindani retired with a carburetor problem but completed only four laps as he had been lapped once. Marconcini lost five minutes after an accident. Masetti's sixth lap of 21m.40.4s at 62.3 km/h average speed kept him out front of the 8car field in the following order after the 6th lap: 1. Masetti (Bugatti) 2h.07m.16.6s; 2. Cecchi (Fiat) 2h.11m.49.4s; 3. Beccari (Fiat) 2h.12m.00.0s; 4. Schebman (Fiat) 2h.26m.00.4s; 5. Cercignani (Wanderer) 2h.31m.15.8s (1 lap behind); 6. Fossati (CMN) 2h.38m.36.6s (1 lap behind); 7. Marconcini (Fiat) 2h.51m.02.0s (1 lap behind); 8. Balestrero (O.M.) 2h.58m.10.6s (2 laps behind) At the beginning of lap seven Masetti made his third pit stop to change a wheel. He started again quickly amid the thunderous applause of the crowd. He had not lost the lead, but his advantage had shrunk to less than a minute. As Masetti passed at the end of the lap, he made a sign giving the impression of speeding up with great applause from the crowd. His seventh lap of 25m.29.8s at 52.9 km/h average speed was his slowest lap due to his pit stop. He was leading the field in the following order after the 7th lap: 1. Masetti (Bugatti) 2h32m46.2s; 2. Beccari (Fiat) 2h.33m.30.0s; 3. Cecchi (Fiat) 2h.33m.31.0s; 4. Schebman (Fiat) 2h.49m.22.2s; 5. Cercignani (Wanderer) 2h.57m.00.6s; 6. Fossati (CMN) 3h.04m.02.2s (1 lap behind); 7. Marconcini (Fiat) 3h.14m.21.8s (1 lap behind); 8. Balestrero (O.M.) 3h.24m.27.0s (2 laps behind). On the eighth lap Count Masetti raised his pace beating all previous lap records with one in 19m.56s at 67.725 km/h. The spectators received the Count with great applause for his effort and also wide of applause for all others. Masetti won after 2h.52m.42.2s at 62.535 km/h average speed. Beccari finished second, just over two minutes behind and Cecchi followed 20 seconds further back. Schebman, Cercignani and Fossati were one lap behind and kept driving to complete the 8lap distance. Marconcini and Balestrero, who were two laps behind, were the last finishers. There were seven retirements. Results 1°(N°12): Carlo Masetti, Bugatti T22, 2h.52m.42.2s (8 Laps); 2°(N°10): Guido Beccari, Fiat 501, 2h.54m.58.0s (8 Laps) (+ 2m.15.8s); 3°(N°7): Guidi Cesare Cecchi, Fiat 501, 2h.55m.17.4s (8 Laps) (+ 2m35.2s); 4°(N°6): Schebman, Fiat 501 3h.13m.05.0s (8 Laps) (+ 20m.22.8s); 5°(N°1): Ferruccio Cercignani, Wanderer 5/15 W4, 3h.22m.54.2s (8 Laps) (+ 30m.12.0s); 6°(N°14): Enrico Fossati, CMN 20HP, 3h.31m.12.6s (8 Laps) (+ 38m.30.4s); 7°(N°5): Alete Marconcini, Fiat 501, 3h.37m.55.6s (8 Laps) (+ 45m.13.4s); 8°(N°2): Renato Balestrero, O.M. 465 1350cc, 3h.50m.39.6s (8 Laps) (+ 57m.57.4s); DNF(N°3): Nicolò Rodinis, Chiribiri Roma 5000, (5 Laps) (piston pin); DNF(N°9): Carlo Guindani, O.M. 467, (5 Laps) (carburetor); DNF(N°11): Armando Bonamico, O.M. 467, (2 Laps); DNF(N°17): Corrado Lotti, Ansaldo Tipo 4, (1 Lap); DNF(N°15): Filippo Ardizzone, Diatto Tipo 20, (1 Laps) (accident damage); DNF(N°16): Danti Novi, CMN 20HP, (1 Lap) (engine); DNF(N°13): Emilio Materassi, Opel, (1 Lap) (gearbox). Fastest lap: Carlo Masetti (Bugatti) on lap 8 in 19m.56.0s at 67.7 km/h (42.1 mph). Winner's average speed 62.5 km/h (38.9 mph). Weather: sunny and warm. (by Hans Etzrodt in The Golden Era of Grand Prix Racing) 

CARLO MASETTI 
