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History of first editions of the Tunis Grand Prix : 2nd edition

The Second Tunisia Grand Prix

 

The Second Tunisia GP took place on November 17, 1929, and to counter 11 Bugatti, Alfa Romeo declares 2 Alfa P2 driven by Gaston Brilli-Peri and Achille Varzi, and one V4 driven by Borzachini.

 

The Count Arco Zinneberg introduces an imposing Mercedes SSK, 4 Amilcar, 3 Salmson, and 1 Derby completed this departure grid. Varzi , first on the front line, missed his departure and was flown past by Borzachini, but managed nevertheless to be second ahead of Berilli-Peri and his Alfa P2.

 

Dramatic turn of events at the 5th lap, the two leading men stopped due to engine trouble, leaving Brilli-Peri fighting like crazy against the pack of pursuers: Lehoux, Lamy, Dreyfus, Etancelin, the 4 of them on Bugatti 35.

 

 

The rest of the race was “a trial of strength” between Alfa and Bugatti. Brilli-Peri managed to stand out, 22 seconds ahead of Marcel Lehoux after a race of 2h 23’ and 29”and 40 laps at an average speed of 134 km/h.

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