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Can-Am Challenge Race

Riverside, 4 Oct 1981

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Al Holbert Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
#14 CRC Chemicals
60 1h 16m 50.868s
119.319 mph
2 Jeff Wood Lola T530 [HU2 or HU10] - Chevrolet V8
#1 Carl Haas Racing Team (see note 1)
60 1h 16m 51.876s
3 Tom Klausler Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#8 U.S. Racing [Herb Caplan]
60
4 Randy Lewis Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8
#2 Cribari
57
5 John Morton Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#46 Phil Conte
57
6 Michael L. Allen Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8
#59 Michael Allen
56
7 Graham McRae McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8
#22 Circus Circus Hotel
56
8 John Gunn Lola T332/T333 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
#39 Gunn's Goodies (see note 2)
56
9 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March [782] - Hart 420R
#68 Elite Racing (see note 3)
56
10 Tim Evans (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-106] - Ford BDG
#51 Red Roof Inns
55
11 Michael Brayton (Can-Am) Wolf-Brayton 001
#12 Michael Brayton (see note 4)
54
12 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
#25 Red Roof Inns
45 Engine
13 Geoff Brabham VDS 001 - Chevrolet V8
#3 Racing Team V.D.S. (see note 5)
41 Engine
14 Bill Blackledge (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80 [172] - Hart 420R
#42 William Blackledge
22 Engine
15 Teo Fabi March 817 - Chevrolet V8
#6 Paul Newman Racing
21 Left wheel
16 Bobby Rahal March 817 - Chevrolet V8
#5 Paul Newman Racing
19 Broken suspension
17 Robb Woltring Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
#47 Western Fleet
14 Gearbox
18 Gerre Payvis Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
#31 Gerre Payvis (see note 6)
3 Flat tyre
19 Danny Sullivan Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
#4 Garvin Brown Racing
2 Electrical
DNS Merle Brennan Frissbee-Lola T332 ["76-13"] - Chevrolet V8
#19 Reno Automotive
Did not start
DNS Robin Smith (Can-Am) 3-litre Surtees TS19/TS20S [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
#21 Robin Smith (see note 7)
Did not start
DNQ John Graham (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt - Ford BDG
#77 (see note 8)
Did not qualify

All cars are 5-litre Can-Am unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Teo Fabi (Can-Am) 5-litre March 817 - Chevrolet V8 1m 10.319s
2 Geoff Brabham (Can-Am) 5-litre VDS 001 - Chevrolet V8
3 Bobby Rahal (Can-Am) 5-litre March 817 - Chevrolet V8
4 Al Holbert (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-2 - Chevrolet V8
5 Jeff Wood (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T530 [HU2 or HU10] - Chevrolet V8
6 Danny Sullivan (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
7 John Morton (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
8 Tom Klausler (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee - Chevrolet V8
9 Randy Lewis (Can-Am) 5-litre Holbert CAC-1 - Chevrolet V8
10 Graham McRae (Can-Am) 5-litre McRae GM9 - Chevrolet V8
11 Jim Trueman (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/79 [153] - Hart 420R
12 John Gunn (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332/T333 [HU47] - Chevrolet V8
13 Michael L. Allen (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 ["33-790"] - Chevrolet V8
14 Tim Evans (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Cicale-Ralt RT1½ [RT1-106] - Ford BDG
15 Merle Brennan * (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T332 ["76-13"] - Chevrolet V8
16 Michael Brayton (Can-Am) Wolf-Brayton 001
17 Robin Smith * (Can-Am) 3-litre Surtees TS19/TS20S [04] - Cosworth DFV V8
18 Bill Blackledge (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre Ralt RT2/80 [172] - Hart 420R
19 Gerre Payvis (Can-Am) 5-litre Lola T332 [HU53] - Chevrolet V8
20 Richard Guider (Can-Am 2l) 2-litre March [782] - Hart 420R
23 Robb Woltring (Can-Am) 5-litre Frissbee-Lola T333CS - Chevrolet V8
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. Lola T530 [HU2 or HU10] (Jeff Wood): Built July 1980 and invoiced to Bobby Rahal for Herb Caplan's U.S. Racing but the team decided to focus on their existing Prophet Can-Am cars and HU10 was returned to Carl Haas. It then appears to have gone to VDS as a backup car after their HU3 was wrecked at Road America in July 1980. If so, it is not known whether it was raced. Carl Haas then acquired the car again to replace HU2, after that car was wrecked at Watkins Glen in 1981 by Jeff Wood. Sold to John Foulston 1982 together with HU1 for use in Thundersports. When Foulton's car first appeared, it had red livery almost identical to Wood's usual car and with the same high rollhoop that only appeared on Wood's 1981 car(s). In September 1983, this car was observed to be wearing the HU10 chassis plate. Raced by Foulston and co-drivers HSCC Chairman Brian Cocks and John Brindley in Thundersports during 1983 and 1984. At that point Foulston wanted to modify the T530 to VDS form but too many modifications were required and the project was abandoned. Instead Foulston bought VDS-001 from Carl Haas and transferred the T530 HU10 plate onto it, inferring that he had modified HU10. After Foulston's death, his family sold the car to David Brazell (Towcester, Northamptonshire) 1996.
  2. Lola T332/T333 [HU47] (John Gunn): See full history: Lola T332 HU47.
  3. March [782] (Richard Guider): Richard Guider (Ben Lomond, CA) bought a March 782 from the Toleman team at the end of 1979, and fitted it with Tony Cicale's original blue 1978/79 body from the Cicale-Ralt Can-Am car. Guider named this creation the Marguey CA80, and raced it in Can-Am in 1980 and 1981. Guider shared the car with Bertil Roos at the August 1981 Lumbermens 500, and Roos then raced the Marguey in 1982, a couple of races in 1983, and the first half of the 1984 season. Guider then took over the car, but crashed heavily in practice at Green Valley in October 1984, breaking both ankles and wrecking the March.
  4. Wolf-Brayton 001 (Michael Brayton): Michael Brayton (Newport Beach, CA) acquired a Talon Formula 5000 car for 1977, but previous history of the car is unknown. During 1977, he rebodied the car for SCCA A Sports Racing, and then raced the car, as the "Wolf-Brayton 001" in Can-Am from 1978 to 1981. The car was later acquired by Mike McComas, who was then under the impression it was the Wolf-Dallara WD1. He sold it to Tony Roberts and Duncan Fox in New Zealand in 2003, where it was restored to F5000 specification. Raced by Roberts in the F5000 Tasman Revival from 2003 to 2005, when it was sold to Aaron Burson, then raced by him from 2005 onwards.
  5. VDS 001 (Geoff Brabham): New for the VDS team in 1981 and raced by Geoff Brabham, winning from pole first time out at Edmonton in August 1981. Raced with great success by Geoff Brabham in 1981 and then by Al Holbert in 1982 alongside a new car VDS-002. Sold to Jerry Hansen for 1983 and 1984, winning the ASR class at the Runoffs both years. Bought by John Foulston for 1985 but presented by him at the time as a rebuild of the standard T530 that he had raced in 1984. As part of this, it was fitted with the chassis plate of Foulston's previous Lola T530 HU10. VDS-001 then raced by Foulston and his co-drivers in UK Thundersports from 1985 until his death in 1987. Sold at auction by the Foulston estate in 1997 when the car still wore the HU10 chassis plate and no mention was made of its life as VDS-001. Bought by dealer and racer Nick Whale (Evesham, Worcestershire) 1997 and run by him at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 1998. Sold to Don Braaten (Janesville, WI) 2000.
  6. Lola T332 [HU53] (Gerre Payvis): See full history: Lola T332 HU53.
  7. Surtees TS19/TS20S [04] (Robin Smith): Alan Jones received a new car, Surtees TS19/04, in time for the 1976 Austrian GP, and raced this for the rest of the season. It was raced by Vittorio Brambilla in the South American races at the start of 1977, before being sold to Olympus Cameras for Divina Galica to race in Shellsport Group 8. It was acquired by Alo Lawler in 1978, but was quickly sold to John Cooper, then to Robin Smith. Smith updated it to "TS20S" specification in 1980, and added sports car bodywork for a couple of Can-Am events in 1981. It was sold to Ken Moore and then Rod Tolhurst, both of whom ran it in HSCC F1 in 1983 for Willie Green and John Narcisi. Its next seven owners did not race it, but it returned to competition in TGP in 1999, then raced regularly until 2012. It returned for Monaco in 2016.
  8. Cicale-Ralt (John Graham): Hugh Kleinpeter (Key Biscayne, FL/Hiawassee, GA) had a Cicale-bodied Ralt RT1 for Can-Am in 1979, but only appeared once, at Road America in July where he failed to start. He retained the car for 1980, again appearing only once in Can-Am, at Road Atlanta in September, but also appeared at least once in SCCA Nationals, scoring six points in Southeast Division A Sports Racing. For 1981, the car was sold to John Graham (Willowdale, Ontario) and entered by Midland Racing Enterprises for him in three Can-Am races that season. He returned for 1982, but after competing in two early-season races, the car was not seen until driven by Scott Goodyear at Mosport Park in September. The Cicale-Ralt then went to Chuck Storrie, who installed a Chevrolet V6 engine for the 1983 Can-Am season. Mike Freberg drove the car for Storrie Racing but it did not prove competitive with the 5-litre cars in its class. Freberg drove it again in early 1984 as a Mike Freberg Racing entry. Subsequent history unknown, but this may be the ex-Cicale Ralt RT1 that later turned up in Northern Ireland.

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.

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