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1931 AIACR Grand Prix Season
Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
Champion Constructor: None
Putative Constructor: SA ALFA Romeo (IT,1,3)
Champion Driver: Ferdinando Minoia (IT,1,0)
Putative Driver: Baconin Borzacchini (IT,0,1)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model 8C 2300, 2.34-liter, eight-cylinder inline, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, supercharged, four-speed, Zagato body/steel ladder frame, 185 horsepower (Vittorio Jano).

Unable to placate the disparate views among the major manufacturers, the AIACR establishes the European Drivers' Championship comprising three ten-hour, two driver events across the 1931 racing season. ALFA Romeo with its 8C 2300 entry prevails for the Grand Prix putative constructors' title for the first time since the 1925 season as its driver Ferdinando Minoia snares the first series drivers' championship in motorsport history without winning a single slated event. Departures: Luigi Arcangeli, 29, b. Forli, Italy 1902, d. at practice, GP Italy, Monza, May. New Suppliers: Japanese Bridgestone.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

SA Alfa Romeo42     Borzacchini24
Bugatti29     Campari20
Birkin Maserati; Alfa Romeo6     Nuvolari20
Maserati5     Minoia (SC)14
Wimille Bugatti3     Chiron12
Ivanowski Mercedes2     Varzi12
Stoffel Mercedes2     Grover Williams12
Senechal Delage2     Conelli12

Noteworthy 1931 Races

1931 III Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1931 1931 III Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (318 kilometers, non-championship) in April, the race comes to a French Bugatti T51 under local Monégasque favorite Louis Chiron (MC) in 3:39:09.2 (average 54.1 mph), under four minutes ahead of a Maserati entry. Chiron laps the entire field in a dominating performance for his only victory in the principality as well as piloting the third consecutive triumph for a French Bugatti make. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.