Canadian Formula B 1973
With the US series having died after 1972, US driver Al Lader invaded the Players Canadian series and won four races in his red Brabham BT40. Craig Hill also opted for a Brabham BT40, as did Fred Opert customer Bertil Roos, so Brabham regained their dominant position in Formula B.
The surprise package was Bill Brack's Lotus, a three-year-old spaceframe Formula 3 car that had been rebuilt by Doug Crosty for FB. Although it couldn't compete with Lader's Brabham, Brack knew that he would pick up maximum points as long as he stayed ahead of his fellow Canadians so he went the season without a single overall victory but still won the title.
27 May 1973 > Westwood
03 Jun 1973 > Edmonton
17 Jun 1973 > Sanair
02 Jul 1973 > Mosport Park
16 Jul 1973 > Debert
05 Aug 1973 > Gimli
19 Aug 1973 > Players International Championship for Formula B cars at Mosport Park
02 Sep 1973 > Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières
Players (Canadian) Formula B Championship events shown in bold
1973 Players (Canadian) Formula B Championship table
|1||Bill Brack||Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam||109 pts|
|2||John Powell||Brabham BT38 - Ford twin cam||92 pts|
|3||Peter Ferguson||Chevron B20 - Ford twin cam||86 pts|
|4||Craig Hill||Brabham BT40 - Ford twin cam||78 pts|
|5||Roy Folland||March 73B - Ford twin cam||72 pts|
The Players series was down to six races but grids were up to an average of nearly 30. Of the starters, over 30% were new 1973 models and 25% were one year old.