Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race
Debert, 10 Sep 1972
|1||Brian Robertson||Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
|2||John Powell||Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#30 (see note 2)
|3||Craig Hill||Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#4 Fother Hill Ltd
|4||Al Justason||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
|5||Reg Scullion||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#95 Ecurie Canada Racing (see note 3)
|6||Gilles Léger||March 722 [71BM-8?] - Ford twin cam
#72 Gilles Leger Auto (see note 4)
|7||Barry Fox||Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
#22 Astro Shield
|8||Eligio Siconolfi||Brabham BT38B  - Ford twin cam
#35 Downtown Datsun [Mtl.] Ltd
|9||Max Nerrière||Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
|10||Bill Eagles||Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
#46 Tex-Made Racing Team
|11||Ian Coristine||March 722 [71BM-10] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 (see note 5)
|12||Ric Forest||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#56 Ric Forest Racing
|13||Bruce Jensen||Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam
#41 Jenmac Racing
|R||Jeff Parsons||Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam
|R||Roy Folland||March 722  - Ford twin cam
|R||Carl Liebich||Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
|DNS||Bob Isnor||Brabham BT21 [4?] - Ford twin cam
#81 (see note 6)
|Did not start
|DNA||Maurice McCaig||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||David McConnell||GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||Brian Robertson||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart||1.16.4|
|2||John Powell||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart||1.16.9|
|3||Carl Liebich||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam||1.17.3|
|4||Al Justason||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam||1.17.3|
|5||Craig Hill||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart||1.17.4|
|6||Reg Scullion||(FB) 1.6-litre March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Greatorex||1.17.6|
|9||Ric Forest||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B20 [20.72.05] (Brian Robertson): Sold via Fred Opert and entered for Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) in Formula B in 1972. To Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team for 1973 and raced by Linda Wilson in Canadian Formula B. Not seen in 1974, when Peter Ferguson raced the team's other car in Formula Atlantic. Advertised by Fred Opert in June 1975, suggesting it had returned to Opert in part exchange for Ferguson's new Chevron B29. Subsequent history unknown but reported to have been the orange B20 racing in US vintage racing by Ed Swart from 1989 to 1993.
- Chevron B18 [18.71.1] (John Powell): A new car built for Brian Redman after he wrecked the development B18 while testing in South Africa. Fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC engine and raced by Redman in two races in South Africa in January 1971. This car returned to Bolton and became the works entry in F2 for Chris Craft during the 1971 F2 season. It was then sold to Canadian John Powell and rebuilt to Formula B specification. Powell raced it in the Brands Hatch Boxing Day meeting at the end of 1971 and then loaned it to Brian Robertson to race in the two Bogotá FB races in February and March 1972. Raced by Powell (Ottawa, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series in 1972, Sold to Paul Wheatley (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian series in 1973. Appeared on a couple of early-1974 entry lists but not seen again.
- March 71BM  (Reg Scullion): Gordie Dewar was appointed March importer into Canada for 1971 and his first purchase, chassis 71BM/1, went to Delta Racing Developments for Ian Coristine to race in the Players FB series. Coristine finished the season fifth in the red #50 March but crashed in practice for the final race, at Circuit Ste-Croix in October. The car went to Reg Scullion for 1972 and he started the season racing in Nationals in Texas before returning to Canada for the Players season. Run by Ecurie Canada and Tom Greatorex, Scullion ended the Canadian season in ninth place but then returned to the US to finish second in the SCCA Run-Offs. He retained the car for 1973 as a Scullion-Donolo Racing entry. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 [71BM-8?] (Gilles Léger): Wilson Southam acquired two red March 71BMs for Canadian Formula B in 1971, one for Randy Fraser and one for himself. Fraser's was the first to appear, running as the #54 Tartan Fraser entry and is believed to have been 71BM-8. Probably the car driven by Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) in 1972 and updated to 722 specification. Then believed to be the orange/dark green 71BM driven by Patricia Smith (Montréal, Quebec) in 1973 entered as #51 by P.S. Translations. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 [71BM-10] (Ian Coristine): One of two red March 71BMs acquired by Wilson Southam for Canadian FB and believed to be the car raced by Southam. Southam's operation was bought by Ecurie Canada and its mechanic Tom Greatorex for 1972 and this is the car believed to have been updated to side-radiator 722 specification and rented by Ian Coristine that season. Coristine stayed with the team for 1972 but the car was put back to 71BM specification. Then to Mauro Lanaro for 1974 and retained for a total of four seasons in Canadian FB and F/Atlantic. Coristine recalls that this car destroyed in a transporter fire on its was to a race at Debert.
- Brabham BT21 [4?] (Bob Isnor): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) and first seen in the Pro Formula B race at War Bonnet in late June where Sell qualified on pole and finished second. Then raced in SCCA Regionals and occasional Nationals in California, and in the pro races at Mont-Tremblant and Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Sold to Sell's backer Dick Smothers (Woodland Hills, CA) for 1968, although Sell also raced it in one SoPac National early that year. To Fred Opert late 1968 in part-exchange for a new Chevron and from him on to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for 1969. Duclos believes he returned it to Opert at the end of 1969 when he acquired his new BT29 and it next turns up in 1971 with John Sorbello (Lafayette, MA) who widened the cockpit section into a two-seater and added a Chevron B16 body. However, it is possible that the dates of this are wrong and that Bob Isnor (Newton, MA) raced it as a FB before it went to Sorbello. Later to John Kauffman who thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria (White Plains, NY) in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007. To Bob Lima (Meadowbrook, PA) by October 2009 and later repainted in Sell's colours.
The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.
The 1971-1973 Canadian Formula B race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Canadian Motorsport Bulletin, results sheets where available and from information drawn from Canadian newspapers.
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