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Bill Brack's immaculate Lotus 42B is prepared for the Edmonton race in June 1969.  Copyright unknown; provided from the CMSHF Archives by Mike Atkins.  Used with permission.

1969 Canadian Formula A/Formula B

The season started as a three-way fight between Bill Brack, George Eaton and Eppie Wietzes but after opening a narrow championship lead, Eaton dropped out to focus on the Can-Am Championship. Once Wietzes had fixed his problem with rear wing failures, the Thornhill driver won the next three races on the series western tour but a succession of second placed finishes lifted Horst Kroll into contention. After Wietzes retired from the Harewood Acres races, Kroll was just one point behind him with Brack, who had limped to victory with a broken suspension arm a further eight points behind.

Brack then crashed in a US Formula A race at Lime Rock, badly damaging his Lotus 42B and he had to hire Al Pease's Lola T140 for the rest of the series. Kroll led from the start at Trois-Rivières but he crashed and when Wietzes' engine started to overheat, Brack took the lead. Again his suspension broke and Rex Ramsey took over to win fortuitously in his LeGrand Mk 11. Brack took pole in the penultimate race but spun, handing the lead to Wietzes. Brack managed second but Kroll fell back with overheating, leaving Wietzes with an almost unassailable points lead. Wietzes won again at Mosport in the final race to take a deserved title.

The races

18 May 1969 > Mosport Park

25 May 1969 > Mont-Tremblant

22 Jun 1969 > Edmonton

29 Jun 1969 > Westwood

13 Jul 1969 > MacDonald Airport

17 Aug 1969 > Harewood Acres

14 Sep 1969 > Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

27 Sep 1969 > Harewood Acres

14 Oct 1969 > Mosport Park

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