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Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race

Sanair, 1 Oct 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bill Brack Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
80
2 Barry Fox Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
#22 Astro Shield
78
3 Craig Hill Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#4 Fother Hill Ltd
78
4 Roy Folland March 722 [23] - Ford twin cam
#6

5 Al Justason Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam
#32

6 Derek Johnson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 (see note 2)

7 Reg Scullion March 71BM [1] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#95 Ecurie Canada Racing (see note 3)

8 Bill Eagles Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
#46 Tex-Made Racing Team

9 Ric Forest March 722 - Ford twin cam
#56 Ric Forest Racing
71
10 Eligio Siconolfi Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford twin cam
#35 Downtown Datsun [Mtl.] Ltd

11 Ian Coristine March 722 [71BM-10?] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 (see note 4)

UNK Brian Robertson Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 5)

UNK Don Mason Hawke DL6B - Ford twin cam
#40

UNK John Powell Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#30 (see note 6)

UNKE Dave Ogilvy Brabham BT29 [49] - Ford twin cam
#9 Shabolt Cams
On entry list
UNKE Ken Huband Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam
#15 Huband Racing (see note 7)
On entry list
UNKE Wayne Ricciardi March 722 - Ford twin cam
#24
On entry list
UNKE Bruce Jensen Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam
#41 Jenmac Racing
On entry list
UNKE Max Nerrière Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
#42
On entry list
UNKE Gilles Léger March 722 [71BM-8?] - Ford twin cam
#72 Gilles Leger Auto (see note 8)
On entry list
UNKE Tom Haubert Chinook - Ford twin cam
#75 Tom Haubert Racing
On entry list
UNKE Aubrey O'Connor Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
#78 Fred Opert Racing (see note 9)
On entry list
UNKE Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
#79 (see note 10)
On entry list
UNKE Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 - Ford twin cam
#82
On entry list
UNKE David McConnell GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
On entry list
UNKE Michael Houselander Brabham BT23F [1] - Ford twin cam
#89 (see note 11)
On entry list

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B18 (Bill Brack): Freddy van Beuren (Estad de Mexico, Mexico) raced a orange/yellow Chevron B18 as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1971. Retained by van Beuren for 1972. Taken over by Bill Brack for two late-season races. Probably the car raced by Bobby Dennett at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert in February 1973. .Subsequent history unknown.
  2. Brabham BT29 (Derek Johnson): Derek Johnson (Montreal, Quebec) bought a Brabham BT29 for the 1972 season as part of his comeback after injury. The origins of the car are not known but The Montreal Gazette quoted his chief crew Bob Beale saying that nobody had driven it for a year, suggesting it might be the ex-Randy Fraser. Johnson bought the car the Friday before the opening race at Sanair and it was rented by Ian Coristine for that race after his new March 722 could not be redied in time.
  3. March 71BM [1] (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 (Montréal, Quebec) 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 (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montréal, Quebec) 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, and it was raced by partner Louis "Lou" Donolo once or twice. Subsequent history unknown.
  4. March 722 [71BM-10?] (Ian Coristine): Wilson Southam's operation was bought by Ecurie Canada and its mechanic Tom Greatorex for 1972 and one of the 71BMs was updated to side-radiator 722 specification and rented by Ian Coristine that season. Coristine stayed with the team for 1973 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 was destroyed in a transporter fire on its way to a race at Debert.
  5. 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 former Miss Canada pageant finalist Linda Wilson in Canadian Formula B. Not seen in 1974, when "former male model" 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Brabham BT29 [34] (Ken Huband): Ken Huband (Ottawa, Ontario) ran a red/black #15 Brabham BT29 in Canadian and US Formula B in 1970, first appearing at Mont-Tremblant 24 May 1970. He retained the car in 1971 and in 1972. Huband advertised the BT29 in CP&A 21 Oct 1972 as "Brabham BT29/34", implying it was chassis 34. Several BT29 owners had mentioned the chassis numbers of the cars in adverts, presumably to emphasise the newer cars. Peter Nye arranged the sale of the car to Bill Wolfe, a dentist in Austin, Texas, but Wolfe later pulled out of a deal with Nye to assemble the car for him. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. March 722 [71BM-8?] (Gilles Léger): A March 71BM acquired 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.
  9. Chevron B18 (Aubrey O'Connor): Raced by Aubrey O'Connor (Memphis, TN) as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1972, entered as either #78 or #88. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Chevron B18C (Carl Liebich): Carl Liebich (Plymouth, Wisconsin) raced a yellow Chevron B18 in SCCA Nationals in 1971, entered as #78. In 1972 he ran a yellow Chevron B18C, presumed to be the same car, entered as #79, and used in the Pro Formula B series, in the Players Canadian Formula B series, and in SCCA Nationals. Also raced by Liebich at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert as ex-Liebich, and blue-and-yellow in February 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. Brabham BT23F [1] (Michael Houselander): Sold to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and fitted with a Vegantune Ford twin cam engine for SCCA 'Pro' and NEDiv Formula B. Raced through 1968 and retained for a couple of races in 1969 as Gubelmann's BT29 was late arriving. Sold to Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) who used it in both the Canadian and US Pro series in 1970 and again in the Canadian FB series in 1971. Sold to Michael Houselander who appeared at two Canadian national events in 1972, Later sold to ‘Dino Delousis’ who fitted a turbocharged 2-litre Ford Pinto engine for libre events but found the car to be undrivable and stored it from about 1974 to 2004 when sold to Dave Darrow (Mississauga, Ontario) and fully restored. Retained until 2007 when sold via race-cars.com to Murray Bryden (Melbourne, Australia). Sold to David Kloster (Kinglake, Victoria) September 2011.

Sources

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.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen if you can add anything.