Damon Meek in his ex-John Sheldon Tiga FA82 at Sears Point in 1984.  Copyright Dan Wildhirt 2015.  Used with permission.

WCAR Formula Atlantic 1984

Wearing No 1 as the defending WCAR champion, Dan Marvin won five of the nine races held in 1984 in Jon Norman's Ralt RT4/83 and led almost half the laps, but found it hard to shake off the persistent challenge of Chris Bender. Bender won just one race in his Ralt RT4/83 but finished second four times and third twice, not too shabby in a car run just by Bender and one friend.

Some good young talent was showcased by WCAR Atlantic in 1984 - JC Myers in particular - but the veteran John-David Briggs did rather it it all in perspective when he appeared for two races in his two-year-old Ralt RT4/82, winning at Laguna Seca and finishing second to Marvin at Sears Point. The other race winners were Hubert Phipps who won the opening race in his Ralt RT4/83 and Davy Jones who won at Riverside in October on a one-off appearance.

Unsurprisingly, the Ralt RT4 won all nine races, took all nine pole positions and set all nine fast laps. A total of 68 drivers took part in the series, 46 scoring points. John Herne won the flat-bottomed class in a March 77B.

The races

08 Apr 1984 > Willow Springs

03 Jun 1984 > Sears Point

09 Jun 1984 > Portland International Raceways

24 Jun 1984 > Laguna Seca

08 Jul 1984 > Seattle

22 Jul 1984 > Westwood

23 Sep 1984 > Seattle

30 Sep 1984 > Sears Point

07 Oct 1984 > Riverside

21 Oct 1984 > American Road Race of Champions (F/Atl class) at Road Atlanta

WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship events shown in bold

1984 WCAR Formula Atlantic Championship table

1Dan MarvinRalt RT4/82 - Ford BDD116 pts5 wins
2Chris BenderRalt RT4/83 - Ford BDD112 pts1 win
3John Della PennaRalt RT4/83 - Ford BDD74 pts 
4Ron McKayRalt RT4/83 - Ford BDD68 pts 
5=Rod BennettRalt RT4/82 - Ford BDD66 pts 
5=J C MyersMarch 79B - Ford BDD
Ralt RT4/83 - Ford BDD
66 pts 
7John HerneMarch 77B - Ford BDD41 pts 
8John David BriggsRalt RT4/82 - Ford BDD36 pts1 win
9Joe SposatoMarch 79B - Ford BDD
Ralt RT4/82 - Ford BDD
35 pts 
10Jimmy SantosRalt RT4/82 - Ford BDD34 pts 

Previous: 1983

Inevitably, WCAR had to be built from the rubble of the CASC series and there were no new cars to be seen until Hubert Phipps raced the Briggs Racing Ralt RT4/84 at Riverside in October.