Career notes and milestones Edit
In 1907, he won the Coppa Florio and the 50,000 Lira prize at the Corse di Brescia driving an Isotta-Fraschini for 485.7 km (301.8 mi) in 4 hours 39 minutes.
In the 1925 24 Hours of Le Mans he finished 25th driving a 2 litre Officine Meccaniche (O.M.) Tipo 665 Superba with Vincenzo Coffani.
In 1927, Minoia won the inaugural Mille Miglia with Giuseppe Morandi, leading an O.M. 123 at average of 48.27 mph (77.68 km/h) for 21 hours 4 minutes 48seconds.
At the 1923 Italian Grand Prix at Monza he finished fourth in the world’s first mid-engine Grand Prix car, the Benz Tropfenwagen, trailing behind the superior supercharged Fiats. Edmund Rumpler’s ground breaking design used a normally aspirated, 1991 cc, 6 cylinder, twin cam Benz engine delivering only 65 bhp (48 kW) which was mounted behind the driver in the ‘tear drop’ design. The car also featured swing axle independent rear suspension and inboard brakes.
In 1924, at the Targa Florio he drove 4.9 litre Steyr VI Kausen, but retired after 3 laps because the mechanic was exhausted. He also finished 4th in the Italian Grand Prix in the Alfa Romeo P2.
In 1926, he finished 5th in a Bugatti 39A at the Grand Prix of Europe at Circuito Lasarte
In 1927, he raced a Bugatti 35C at the Targa Florio and finished 4th at the Italian Grand Prix in an O.M. 865.
In 1931, the A.I.A.C.R. introduced a European Championship for drivers, that was nominally contested over the three 10-hour Grands Prix, the Italian Grand Prix, French Grand Prix, and Belgian Grand Prix. He accrued sufficient points to become champion without winning a race, narrowly beating his Alfa Romeo teammate Giuseppe Campari, who had jointly won the Italian Grand Prix with Tazio Nuvolari driving the Alfa Romeo Monza. Minoia shared second place in the Italian Grand Prix and shared 6th place in the French Grand Prix driving an Alfa-Romeo 8C-2300. He then finished joint 3rd in the Belgian Grand Prix having changed to the Alfa-Romeo 6C-1750.
Complete European Championship resultsEdit
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
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