Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

Trois-Rivières, 24 Aug 1980

1 Price Cobb March 80A [21] - Ford BDD Hasselgren
#22 Clegg Signom Racing
48 1h 12m 43.925s
2 Tom Gloy Ralt RT1/76 [34] - Ford BDD Jennings
#38 Lane Sports (see note 1)
48 1h 12m 53.344s
3 Dan Marvin Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
4 Rogelio Rodriguez Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
#11 Lane Sports
5 Rick Bell Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
6 Whitney Ganz Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
7 Steve "Gas" Saleen Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
8 Robert J. Nelkin March 80A - Ford BDD
9 Mauro Lanaro LM Special [March 71BM-2] - Ford BDD
#45 (see note 2)
10 Bob Earl Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD
11 Charles Cass March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
12 Jon Milledge Ralt RT1/79 [164] - Ford BDD
13 John Mortensen March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#89 Shierson Racing (see note 3)
14 Jeff Wood Ralt RT4/80 [162] - Ford BDD
#2 Landmark-Agapiou
15 Jacques Villeneuve Sr March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
#6 Shierson Racing
16 Ralph Manaker March 80A [4] - Ford BDD
17 Jean-Pierre Alamy Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Ford BDD
18 Tommy Grunnah March 80A [16] - Ford BDD
#53 Relco
DNSC Ed Midgley March 79B [78B-19] - Ford BDD
#40 (see note 4)
Did not start (crashed)

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

1 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [21] - Ford BDD Hasselgren
2 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/76 [34] - Ford BDD Jennings
4 Jacques Villeneuve Sr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [6] - Ford BDD Race Shop
4 Bob Earl (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [142] - Ford BDD
5 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT4/80 [162] - Ford BDD
6 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [9] - Ford BDD Race Shop
7 Steve "Gas" Saleen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [165] - Ford BDD Jennings
8 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 - Ford BDD
9 Rogelio Rodriguez (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [147] - Ford BDD Jennings
10 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [127] - Ford BDD
11 Jon Milledge (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [164] - Ford BDD
12 Tommy Grunnah (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [16] - Ford BDD
13 Whitney Ganz (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDD
14 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A - Ford BDD
15 Ralph Manaker (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [4] - Ford BDD
16 Jean-Pierre Alamy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/79 [148] - Ford BDD
17 Charles Cass (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 80A [8] - Ford BDD Race Shop
18 Mauro Lanaro (F/Atl) 1.6-litre LM Special [March 71BM-2] - Ford BDD

Notes on the cars:

  1. Ralt RT1/76 [34] (Tom Gloy): New to Brian Robertson's Quick-Trans/Gabriel International Warranty team in the middle of the 1976 season, replacing the team's Lola T460s, and run for Richard Spenard in the 1976 Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in yellow Planter's Peanuts livery. Both the Robertson team cares were offered for sale by Fred Opert in early 1977 so this must be the yellow RT1 that was bought from Opert by Dave Webber (Mississauga, Ontario) and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship in 1977. Badly damaged in a practice accident at St-Félicien in August and Webber spent much of 1978 rebuilding it. Webber advertised the car in February 1979 with a Can-Am body. This is then very probably the car acquired by Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA) as a spare to his newer RT1/79 for the 1979 season, when he was run by Lane Sports. Retained by Lane Sports for 1980. CT
  2. LM Special [March 71BM-2] (Mauro Lanaro): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in British Formula Atlantic at the start of the season, winning at Oulton Park 21 March, and then in the SCCA Pro Formula B series. The car was often described as a 712M but it seems more likely that he used the same 712BM all season. Also raced with a BDA in the Formula A race at Lime Rock in Sep and in one round of the Canadian series. Sold via Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and used in NEDiv FB and in a couple of rounds of the Pro series. Sold back via Joe Grimaldi at the end of 1972; Frank thinks it went to a Canadian, and it is very likely to have been the car driven by Ken Huband, Norm Joy and David Westgate in 1973 and 1974. Sold to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) to replace the 71BM he lost in a transporter fire in 1974. Significantly modified in 1976 as the Lanaro Special with triangular sidepods, a different nose, and with its Cosworth BDA engine laid on its side. This car went through many evolutions, and was still being raced by Lanaro right up to 1995 when it was used in a vintage event. Lanaro eventually rebuilt to original 71BM specification about 1999. In late 2018, it was part of a package of cars bought from Lanaro by David Clubine (Brantford, ON), and was sold to a collector in Ontario.
  3. March 80A [9] (John Mortensen): Run in 1980 by Doug Shierson Racing for John Mortensen in North American series then to Howard Cherry for 1981 and 1982 (prepared and run by Dennis Eades of Competition Preparation). Sold to an Italian-American 1982 and disassembled; to John Barrett 1990 and rebuilt with the help of Ed Midgley but not raced; to Jim Ozane 1999 (used in vintage racing); to Christian Forrer 2005 (US vintage racing); to Kim Jones (Australia) 2008.
  4. March 79B [78B-19] (Ed Midgley): Sold new to Jerry Hansen and used in SCCA Nationals, winning the 1978 Run-Offs. Sold to Ed Midgley for 1979 and used again only in Nationals. Updated to 79B specification for 1980 and raced by Midgley in the Pro championship until wrecked at Trois Rivieres. Midgley completed the season in a borrowed 78B. The damaged car sold to Carl Berggren and rebuilt. Later with Bruce Cambern.


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.

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