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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Québec City, 25 Sep 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#69 Motor Racing Company of Canada
(see note 1)
80 1.27.11.702
$12000
2 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#36 Pierre's Motors
80 1.27.39.811
$7000
3 Patrick Depailler Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Hart
#2 Fred Opert Racing/Ramada Inns/Gitanes
(see note 2)
80 1.28.19.019
$5000
4 Jacques Laffite Chevron B39 [39-77-09?] - Ford BDN Titan
#1 Fred Opert Racing/Gitanes (see note 3)
79
$4000
5 Howdy Holmes March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
79
$3500
6 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motors
79
$3000
7 Price Cobb March 77B [20?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#22
78
$2300
8 Jeff Wood March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings
#20 Steve Jennings
78 Spun $2000
9 Craig Hill Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDN Titan
#26 Ralt American
78
$1800
10 Dan Marvin Chevron B29 - Ford BDN Hine
#59
78
$1600
11 Richard Spenard March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Motor Racing Company of Canada
(see note 4)
78
$1400
12 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDN Titan
#4 Fred Opert Racing/Excita (see note 5)
76
$1200
13 Rick Bell Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart
#78 Bell Racing
75
$1000
14 Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Hart
#72
74
$900
15 Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#67 Nelkin Racing Organisation (see note 6)
70
$800
16 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine
#41 Jensen Exotic Plants (see note 7)
65
 
17 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 Fred Opert Racing (see note 8)
62
 
18 Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Stimola Racing (see note 9)
51
 
19 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10 Tamaco Industries [Colin Hine Racing]
(see note 10)
47
 
20 Dave McMillan Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDN Hart
#51 Ralt American (see note 11)
45 Collision with Cogan  
21 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Willis
#21 Hansen Racing (see note 12)
42
 
22 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#33 Ralt American
41 Collision with McMillan  
23 Bill Brack March 77B - Ford BDN Race Shop
#7 Shierson Racing-STP
21 Clutch  
24 Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#58 Norman Racing/Boxtrom-Berglen
(see note 13)
21
 
25 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Race Shop
#11 Tom Gloy Racing (see note 14)
14 Suspension damage  
26 Tom Klausler Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70
14
 
DNA David Oxton Tui BH2 - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70
Did not arrive
DNA Juan Cochesa Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#36 Pierre's Motors
Did not arrive
DNA Don McKnight Lola T460 [HU11] - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 15)
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Rocke March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Rocke
#15 R&R Racing (see note 16)
Did not arrive
DNA Eddie Cheever Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#26 Ralt American
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Webber Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Hine
#50 WRE Electric
Did not arrive
DNA Carl Liebich Lola T460 [HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils
#54 Liebrau Racing (see note 17)
Did not arrive
DNA Bobby Rahal March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#56 Morgan Racing/Red Roof Inns
(see note 18)
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.04.03
2 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDN Titan 1.04.39
3 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Morris 1.04.40
4 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 1.04.45
5 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis 1.04.53
6 Dave McMillan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDN Hart 1.04.53
7 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [20?] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.04.57
8 Patrick Depailler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Hart 1.04.86
9 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.04.92
10 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings 1.05.01
11 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis 1.05.12
12 Richard Spenard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Morris 1.05.12
13 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDN Titan 1.06.62
13 Jacques Laffite (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-09?] - Ford BDN Titan 1.05.13
14 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.05.77
15 Gregg Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan 1.06.09
16 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine 1.06.64
17 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDN Hine 1.06.98
18 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.07.14
19 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine 1.07.21
20 Brad Abbott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola 1.07.51
21 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.07.87
22 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.08.03
23 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Willis 1.08.19
24 Gilles Léger (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Hart 1.09.41
25 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.10.55

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 77B (Gilles Villeneuve): To Ecurie Canada for Gilles Villeneuve to drive in the Labatts Formula Atlantic series in 1977, supported by Direct Film. The car was white, and ran as #69. The two Ecurie Canada cars, both now described as "ex-Villeneuve", went to Bertil Roos and Chris Gleason for 1978. Roos and Gleason are understood to have run together, and it is believed that Roos had Villeneuve's usual car. After four races, Roos moved to AME Racing to drive a Ralt, and the March was only used once more. Advertised by Joe Solvino Racing in December 1978, then sold to Paul Tavilla (Miami, FL), who crashed it Sebring in early 1979. Then to R.J. Capone (Riviera Beach, FL) and raced by him later in 1979. This car was later sold to Hubert Phipps and "destroyed" at Roebling Road in April 1980 in a collision with Sandy Brandt.
  2. Chevron B39 [39-77-06] (Patrick Depailler): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. Believed to be the car raced by Francisco Romero at the opening round. Believed to be the car intended for Didier Pironi at St-Félicien in August, but crashed in practice. Repaired and entered for Patrick Depailler at Trois-Rivières and Québec City as the team's #2 car. Retained by Fred Opert Racing for the 1978 New Zealand series, where it was the team's #2 entry raced by Bobby Rahal. Then raced by Jim Crawley in two North American races in early 1978. Subsequent history unknown, but "77-06" was advertised on the Autosport Forum in January 2006 by "Joe" from northern New Jersey. At the Monterey Historics in 2013, this car with this chassis number was driven by Chris Cord. It was driven by Bill Cord at Monterey in 2014 in pale blue Excita livery.
  3. Chevron B39 [39-77-09?] (Jacques Laffite): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. One of two cars run by the team for Keke Rosberg, this one having wider track. Believed to have been new for Rosberg at Halifax in August. Then used by Didier Pironi at St-Félicien a week later after damaging his intended car in practice. Then raced by Jacques Laffite as the team's #1 entry at Trois-Rivières and Québec City. Sold to Formula Ford racer Page Roos (Hillsborough, CA), an heir to the Roos-Atkins clothing store chain, but it was only raced once, at Long Beach in early 1978. Advertised by Roos in January 1982, and apparently the car acquired by Dick Leppla and advertised by him in September 1982. Retained by Leppla until 1987 at least. Subsequent history unknown, but advertised in Hemmings in June 2009.
  4. March 77B (Richard Spenard): To Ecurie Canada for Richard Spenard to drive in the Labatts Formula Atlantic series in 1977, supported by Direct Film. The car was white, and ran as #96. The two Ecurie Canada cars, both now described as "ex-Villeneuve", went to Bertil Roos and Chris Gleason for 1978. Roos and Gleason are understood to have run together, and it is believed that Gleason had Spenard's usual car. After three races, Gleason acquired a new 1978 Ralt RT1, and the only other time the 77B was used was at Hamilton in August. Then sold to Giovanni Distasio (Edgewater, NJ) to replace his March 75B, and raced by him at Trois-Rivières and Montréal in September. Advertised by DiStasio in January 1980. Subsequent history unknown.
  5. Chevron B39 [39-77-12] (Keke Rosberg): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. This car was new for Keke Rosberg to race at Trois-Rivières in September 1977. It was retained by Opert for 1978, and raced by Eje Elgh at the opening two rounds as his #5 Sheik Condoms entry before his new Chevron B45 was available. The B39 is then thought to be the #5 car raced by Divina Galica at Hamilton in August. Then probably the pink #5 Chevron raced by Marco Tolama for Opert at Road America in July 1979. Then probably the #4 entry, still in Excita livery, for Doug Titus at two other races later that season.
  6. March 77B [14?] (Robert J. Nelkin): Robert J. Nelkin (Roslyn, NY/Woodbury, NY) raced a March 77B in SCCA Nationals and then the Pro series in 1977, sponsored by Hunter Mountain. Retained for the opening race of the 1978 season after he had engine trouble in his new 78B. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. Chevron B29 [29-75-14] (Bruce Jensen): New to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and used in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series in 1975, sponsored by Jensen Exotic Plants. Retained by Jensen for 1976, and retained again for 1977. Subsequent history unknown, but believed to be the car later converted to A Sports Racing by Lou Infante Motoracing and raced by Jerry Molnar (Lathrup Village, MI) in Can-Am in 1982. To Frank Jellinek (N. Hampton, NH) for 1983.
  8. Chevron B39 [39-77-07] (Gregg Young): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship by Gregg Young as the team's #6 Valvoline entry. Retained by Fred Opert Racing for the 1978 New Zealand series, where it was Bobby Rahal's T car. Sold to Peter Robinson (Madison, Wisconsin) and raced in SCCA Nationals and in a couple of Labatts Championship Pro races in 1978. He scored 19 points in Central Division in 1978. He was not seen in 1979, but reappeared with the car in Southwest Division in 1980, now as a member of Lone Star Region, and qualified for the Runoffs. He converted the car to Formula C for 1981, and retained it until 1984 at least, when it was advertised from Austin, TX. Subsequent history unknown, but some time around 2003, the car was acquired by Jeff Mckay (Tacoma, WA) from the estate of a collector in Texas. Mckay sold the car in 2004 to John Bradshaw (Manchester). A car with this chassis number later owned by Sandy Watson, and raced by him in European Historic F2 and HSCC Derek Bell Trophy from 2006 to 2009. Then raced by Roland Wiltschegg (Austria) from 2010 to 2013.
  9. March 77B [6?] (Brad Abbott): Brad Abbott (Messapequa, NY) raced a March 77B in SCCA Nationals and then the Pro series in 1977, run by Stimola Racing. He retained the car for 1978, but was seen less often that season. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. March 77B [23] (Marcel Talbot): New to Marcel Talbot (Granby, Quebec) and run for him by Colin Hine Racing Team in Formula Atlantic in 1977, sponsored by Tamaco. Retained by Colin Hine Racing for 1978, and entered for Willy T. Ribbs at Long Beach, then for Jean-Pierre Alamy at two further races. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. Ralt RT1 [36] (Dave McMillan): Consigned by Ralt to Ralt American in summer 1976. Run by Dave McMillan in New Zealand Gold Star series, late 1976. Chassis number observed on Dave McMillan's car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described there as ex Kevin Cogan, so one of the four RT1s [chassis 30; 33; 34; 36] shown in Ralt build records [reproduced Autosport 1977] sent to Brian Robertson for Formula Atlantic series in 1976. Since 30 is known to be the car of Bertil Roos, and 33 that of Craig Hill, we can assume that Cogan indeed used 36 [except at the last race of the year when he is known to use Hill's RT1-33], and 34 was that of Richard Spenard - a car originally intended for McMillan's use in North America, until his sponsorship fell through. Retained by McMillan until at least 1980, and used in both North America and New Zealand. McMillan says took his own car to Canada NZMA 29 Jul 77 p5. NZMA report of the race at Halifax says car used in NZ. Chassis number given for McMillan's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978 [NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4].
  12. March 76B [2] (Cliff Hansen): Cliff Hansen (Laguna Beach, CA) campaigned a blue/red #6 March 76B in 1976 as part of the Doug Shierson Racing operation. Hansen retained the car as a spare in 1977 (he had a 77B but crashed it). This would be the car raced by Tom Contino (Ontario, CA) between 1979 and 1981, then sold by him to Damon Meek (Los Gatos, CA), who raced the car in SCCA Nationals in 1982 and has identified it as 76B-02. Meek sold it to Lee Follansbee (Temecula, CA) and it would be the 76B raced by him in the Sears Point Pro race in 1984.
  13. March 76B [3] (Jon Norman): Tom Pumpelly (McLean, VA) raced a yellow #34 March 76B, entered by National Tire Wholesale. The only yellow 76B shown in March records was chassis 76B-3. Pumpelly raced the car until it was damaged in a collision with Bancroft at Mosport Park in August, after which it was acquired by Ecurie Canada whose regular driver Gilles Villeneuve had damaged both his cars. It is therefore believed to be the car driven by Villeneuve to win at Trois-Rivières and Road Atlanta in September but this is by no means certain. Then bought by John Lane who rented it back to Pumpelly for the SCCA Run-Offs at Road Atlanta, where Pumpelly crashed it again. Sold to John Norman (Oakland, CA) who raced it as part of a two-car team with Dan Marvin in 1977 and 1978. Norman then sold the car but later bought it back and restored it to Villeneuve's livery.
  14. March 76B (Tom Gloy): Rick Shea Racing Team ran a #11 March 76B in 1977 for Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA) but the origins of the car are unclear. The current owner of 76B-9 has history indicating it is the ex-Gloy car but Shea's recollection is that this car was Mortensen's which can be identified with confidence as 76B-7. Shea and Gloy retained the car for 1978, when it was run as #38 and had a front-mounted radiator. Gloy last raced it at Hamilton in August, after which it was advertised by Bud Rude in September, noting that it had a new monocoque. It was then sold, still yellow and with its front radiator, to Gary Fernandez for 1979, who painted it red. Fernandez crashed the car in April 1979, and it was repaired by Arnie Loyning, who ended up owning it, and raced it a couple of times. It was subsequently traded (for a Sports 2000) to Bob Lesnett, owner of Pfieffer Ridge Racing, and during his ownership the tub was rebuilt by Marc Bahner. An "ex-Gloy" March was later advertised by Pfeiffer Ridge Racing in Richmond, CA, in January 1984. Larry Savage has a car in 2019 that is said to be ex-Gloy and has the SCCA Log Book from when Gary Fernandez owned it in 1979. The car is now on a 77B tub, but a different 77B tub to the one recorded by the SCCA in 1979.
  15. Lola T460 [HU11] (Don McKnight): New to Dave Webber (Mississauga, Ontario) for Canadian Formula Atlantic in 1976, but only seen at a couple of races that season. Entered by Webber Racing for Don McKnight in 1977. Webber then retained the car for many years, selling it to Derek Harling in 1994.
  16. March 77B [29] (Mike Rocke): New Mike Rocke (Livermore, CA), who raced the car through 1977 and 1978 until a serious accident at Trois-Rivières which left Rocke very badly injured and destroyed the 77B.
  17. Lola T460 [HU18] (Carl Liebich): New to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI/Two Rivers, WI) for Canadian and IMSA Formula Atlantic races late in the 1976 season. Liebich was said to have a new T560 for 1977, but it appears it was his nearly-new T460 updated. Retained for 1978, 1979, and the start of 1980. Chris Townsend's research shows this car was sold to Chuck Dietrich in 1980 and used by him in SCCA Central Division Formula Atlantic until 1982. It was then retained unraced by Dietrich until sold to Lowell Blossom in 1995. Sold by Blossom to Dave Jordano (Indianapolis, IN) in 2005.
  18. March 76B [10 or 15?] (Bobby Rahal): Ecurie Canada ran a pair of green #69 March 76Bs in 1976 for Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Quebec) with support from Skiroulle. Skiroule's signature green colour suggests they were the two cars listed in March records as being "leaf green", 76B-10 and 76B-15. Villeneuve had several crashes during 1976 and probably raced both cars, but exactly how they were used is not known. Two 76Bs were sold to Jim Morgan who raced them in early 1977 SCCA races alongside Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) and then entered them for Rahal in the 1977 Pro series with sponsorship from Red Roof Inns. Rahal also had a 77B but this was crashed at the opening race. One 76B then went to Ron Levanduski (Elmira, NY) and the other to Bob Earl.

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.

North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Formula and On Track, information drawn from Canadian newspapers and results sheets where available.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.

Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources include Formula magazine Dec/Jan 78 pp40-42, NZMA 21 Oct 1977 p4, MN 29 Sep 1977 p1, 4 and the programme.