Molson Quebec Formula B 1971
The Molson Quebec series continued into 1971 but it has proved difficult to get a complete picture of the season. The main contenders, as in the new national FB series, were Jacques Couture and Dave McConnell in a pair of new Lotus 69s (called 69Bs) and Brian Robertson in a Fred Opert Canada Brabham BT35. The three were virtually inseparable over the season but the March 71BMs also proved very quick.
A table after the 15 August race showed a seven-round series with races on 16 May, 31 May, 4 Jul, 15 Aug, 29 Aug, 12 Sep and 9 Oct. Dominic St-Jean's excellent autocourse.ca has been our sources for the September and October races, the season-decider being a race at the new Circuit Ste-Croix at Ste-Croix de Lotbinière, Québec. David McConnell had won the penultimate round from teammate Couture and held a one-point advantage for the title. Like the Players round the weekend before at Westwood, the Ste-Croix race was held in pouring rain and again Couture failed to make the start, this time because of an accident. So McConnell cruised to victory against a very weakened field and clinched the Molson title.
16 May 1971 > Mont-Tremblant
30 May 1971 > Mont-Tremblant
04 Jul 1971 > Mont-Tremblant
15 Aug 1971 > Mont-Tremblant
29 Aug 1971 > Trois-Rivières
12 Sep 1971 > Mont-Tremblant
10 Oct 1971 > Circuit Ste-Croix
1971 Molson Championship (Quebec Region Formula Cars) table
|1||David McConnell||Lotus 69 'B' - Ford twin cam||109 pts|
|2||Jacques Couture||Lotus 69 'B' - Ford twin cam||88 pts|
|3||Brian Robertson||Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam||75 pts|
|4||Ian Coristine||March 71BM - Ford twin cam||54 pts|
|5||John Powell||Chevron B17B - Ford twin cam||50 pts|
|6||Randy Fraser||March 71BM - Ford twin cam||38 pts|
|7||Bill Eagles||Chevron B15 - Ford twin cam||26 pts|
|8||Bill Alsup||(Formula Ford) Caldwell||20 pts|
|9||Wilson Southam||March 71BM - Ford twin cam||18 pts|
|10||Eligio Siconolfi||Lotus 59 - Ford twin cam||17 pts|
With the success of the Players national championship, the Molson series did not continue in 1972.