DRIVERS: MARCEL BALSA

Name: Marcel Balsa
Nationality: France
Date of birth: January 1, 1909 - St Frion
Date of death: August 11, 1984

From a remote area of the Limousin, Balsa did not make any impression in racing until after World War II when he acquired a Bugatti Type 51 and was quite competitive in French national events. When the Bugatti was no longer competitive he built a BMW-engined Formula 2 special and showed well before trying his hand at the wheel of a Jicey-BMW in which he finished third in the GP of Cadours, an event which was overshadowed by the death of Raymond Sommer. He went back to his BMW Special in 1951 and 1952 and took part in the German GP that year at the Nurburgring, retiring after six laps of the race.

In the Spring of 1953 he won a race against mediocre opposition at Montlhery but then faded from the racing scene.

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