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Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

Trois-Rivières, 3 Sep 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Bill Brack March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 Ecurie Canada
21 58m 51.990s
44.94 mph
2 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Ecurie Canada
21 58m 53.303s
3 Didier Pironi March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Ecurie Canada-Ramada Inns
21 58m 54.689s
4 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Pierre's Motor Racing
21 59m 02.23s
5 Ken Duclos Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDN Duclos
#84
21 59m 05.28s
6 Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Hunter Mountain
21 59m 07.54s
7 Rick Bell Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#78
21 59m 13.02s
8 Jean-Pierre Alamy March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Hine
#13
21 59m 15.74s
9 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motor Racing
21 59m 18.36s
10 Rick Koehler Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#51 Brook Stevens (see note 1)
21 59m 33.01s
11 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#71
20
12 John Mortensen March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Doug Shierson Racing
20
13 Bertil Roos Ralt RT1/78 [111] - Ford BDN Jennings
#24 AME Racing
20
14 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
#20 Great Plains Racing (see note 2)
19 Electrics
15 Jeff Smith Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN Smith
#50 Starr Racing
18
16 Mike Follett Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#21
17
17 Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth
#59 Norman Racing (see note 3)
17
18 Cliff Hansen March 78B [17] - Ford BDN Willis
#62 Charles Gladding
17
19 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
16 Battery
20 Skeeter McKitterick Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDN Jennings
#12 AME Racing
16
21 Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#58 Norman Racing (see note 4)
14
22 Bob Earl Chevron B34 [34.76.34] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#19 James Brolin
14
23 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#88 Ralt American
14
24 Mike Rocke March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 (see note 5)
8 Accident
25 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34 Bluebonnet Foods/Quaker State
2 Accident
26 Chris Gleason Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDN Jennings
#75 Whalley BMW Sales
0
DSQ Arturo Merzario Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 6)
21 Overtaking under white flag
DNS Riccardo Patrese Chevron B39 - Ford BDN Smith
#6 Fred Opert Racing
Did not start
(Wet electrics on pace lap)
DNS Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Cosworth
#72
Did not start
DNS Giovanni Distasio March 77B - Ford BDN Jennings
#46 Bluebonnet Foods/Quaker State
(see note 7)
Did not start
DNS Ralph Manaker March 76B [8?] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#63 RM Racing (see note 8)
Did not start
DNS Sans Thompson March 722/77B - Ford BDN
#36 Pierre's Motor Racing (see note 9)
Did not start
DNS Pierre Gadoury Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDN
#91 (see note 10)
Did not start
DNA Len Campbell March 74B [733] - Ford BDN
#70
Did not arrive
DNA John Bauer March 77B [28?] - Ford BDN
#73
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.28.643
2 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis 1.28.679
3 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.28.789
4 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola 1.29.235
5 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis 1.29.238
6 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [17] - Ford BDN Willis 1.29.337
7 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.29.347
8 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDN Duclos 1.29.382
9 Riccardo Patrese * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 - Ford BDN Smith 1.29.455
10 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis 1.29.574
11 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 1.29.771
12 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [111] - Ford BDN Jennings 1.29.805
13 Didier Pironi (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 1.29.993
14 Arturo Merzario (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith 1.30.180
15 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.30.565
16 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis 1.30.877
17 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola 1.30.941
18 Bob Earl (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.34] - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.31.076
19 Mike Rocke (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.31.252
20 Mike Follett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.32.270
21 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.32.278
22 Gilles Léger * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.32.406
23 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.32.520
24 Chris Gleason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDN Jennings 1.33.133
25 Jean-Pierre Alamy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Hine 1.33.137
26 Skeeter McKitterick (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [136] - Ford BDN Jennings 1.33.511
27 Jeff Smith (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN Smith 1.33.651
28 Rick Koehler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.33.929
29 Giovanni Distasio * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Jennings 1.34.301
30 Ralph Manaker * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [8?] - Ford BDN Cosworth 1.34.173
31 Sans Thompson * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722/77B - Ford BDN 1:34.973
32 John Connolly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 1:37.697
33 Pierre Gadoury * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDN 1:38.065
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] (Rick Koehler): Rick Koehler (Milwaukee, WI) raced an Excalibur EE2B in Formula Atlantic in 1978, with sponsorship from Brooks Stevens. The car was essentially a March 77B and was described as ex-Shierson and ex-Brack in adverts in late 1978 and 1979. It was leased to Joe Castellano for the Long Beach race in April 1979, and then sat unused until the end of 1980 when it was sold to David Locke (Cambridge City, IN). Locke fitted the car with Cicale Can-Am bodywork and an 1850cc Hart BDA engine and used it in Can-Am races in 1981 and 1982. He returned in 1984, now reportedly using a full F2 Hart 420R engine, and raced it in Can-Am and then CAT until 1987. Chris Townsend advises that it was sold to Lee Johnson in Colorado in April 1988, and was still with Johnson in 2012.
  2. March 78B (Jeff Wood): Jeff Wood (Studio City, CA) had a pair of March 78Bs in 1978, entered by Great Plains Racing in Formula Atlantic in 1978 and he then raced one of them in New Zealand in December 1978 and January 1979. He started the 1979 season with one of the 78Bs at Long Beach, and then had a new 79B at either the second or third race. One of the 78Bs was sold to Greg Sun who ran it (as a 78-79B) in SCCA events in 1979. It was then acquired by Bob Schader and raced on through 1980 and early 1981, including appearances at the Long Beach and Road America Pro races in 1980 and at Long Beach again in 1981. Schader then moved into FSV and the 78B was sold to Dorsey Schroeder (Manchester, MO) and used extensively in SCCA in 1981 and 1982.
  3. March 76B (Dan Marvin): Dan Marvin (El Sobrante, CA) drove a #59 March 76B in 1977 as part of Jon Norman's Boxtrom-Berglen Norman Racing team. The car was built up using a tub that Norman had fabricated himself, using an unknown number of parts of unknown origin. It was, in effect, a new car. Marvin raced the car in both Pro Formula Atlantic and in SCCA Nationals in 1977 and 1978.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Arturo Merzario): New to Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford in 1979, winning five races and finishing second in the championship. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. It was entered by Peers himself in libre in 1984. Then to Steve Raine for Sprints, co-driven by Robin Boucher, and then hired to Bob Fearnley's RK Racing for Tiff Needell to drive in a pair of races in India in early 1985. Then reportedly to Stuart Ridge for 1986. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing.
  7. March 77B (Giovanni Distasio): 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.
  8. March 76B [8?] (Ralph Manaker): Doug Shierson Racing ran a red March 76B for Dale Lang (Wilton, CT) in 1976. The only red 76B in March build records was 76B-8, suggesting this was Lang's car. Lang retained this car for 1977 and then sold it to Ralph Manaker (Erieville, NY) who raced it in 1978. Advertised by Manaker as a 76-77B in October 1978.
  9. March 722/77B (Sans Thompson): Tom Crowther (Kentfield, CA, later Novato, CA) raced a March in Formula B/Atlantic from 1974 to 1976 and this is believed to have been the same March 722 throughout. At first the car was entered by "Pollard Racing, a division of Donald Pollard Associates". By the start of 1975, it had Falconer bodywork, but later that season it had acquired 75B bodywork, and was entered as a 75B at the 1975 Run-Offs and at a single Pro appearance in late 1976. Crowther ran the "75B" regularly through 1977, winning the Portland National in September. It was then sold via Pierre Phillips to Nick Lingren and was driven by Sans Thompson at Trois-Rivières in 1978. In February 1979, Pierre Phillips Racing was advertising the "ex-Crowther March" as a rolling chassis. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Chevron B29 [29-75-08] (Pierre Gadoury): Unknown in 1975, 1976 and 1977. To Pierre Gadoury (Saint-Lambert, Quebec) for 1978 but failed to start at its two appearances, at Trois-Rivières and Montréal. It went to Frank Vella for 1979, then to Andy Falbo in 1980. Falbo sold it to somebody in Florida who was planning to fit a Mazda engine. Later acquired as a project via race-cars.com in 2004 by Bill Murray (Durham) and brought back to the UK. After Murray died in 2013, the car passed to his son-in-law David Beatty.

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.