1949 Australian Grand Prix

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The 1949 Australian Grand Prix was a motor race held at the Leyburn Airfield in Queensland, Australia on 18 September 1949.[1] The race was staged over 35 laps of the 7.0 kilometre circuit, which was laid out on the runways and taxiways of a World War II airbase located six kilometres north of the town of Leyburn.[1] The total race distance was 150.5 miles (242.2 kilometres).[1]

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1949 Australian Grand Prix
Formula Libre race
Race details
Date 18 September 1949
Location Leyburn Airfield, Leyburn, Queensland
Course Airfield circuit
Course length 6.92 km (4.3 miles)
Distance 35 laps, 242.2 km (150.5 miles)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
  • Australia Frank Kleinig
Hudson Special
Fastest lap
Driver Australia John Crouch
Australia Frank Kleinig
Delahaye 135MS
Hudson Special
Time 2'52
  • Australia John Crouch
Delahaye 135MS
  • Australia Ray Gordon
MG TC Special
  • Australia Arthur Rizzo
Riley Special

The race is recognised by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport as the fourteenth Australian Grand Prix.[2] It was the first Australian Grand Prix to be held in Queensland[1] and the first to feature a mass start of the entire grid.[1] The 1949 Australian Grand Prix was the first Australian Grand Prix to be held with grid positions decided by practice times.[1] The race, which was organised by the Queensland Motor Sporting Club, attracted a crowd of approximately 40,000 people.[3]

John Crouch won the race driving a Delahaye 135MS. Ray "Laddie" Gordon (MG TC Special) finished second ahead of third placed Arthur Rizzo (Riley Special).