Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race
Mosport Park, 15 Oct 1972
|1||Brian Robertson||Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
|2||Craig Hill||Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#4 Fother-Hill Limited/Castrol Kleen-Flo Special
|3||Ric Forest||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#56 Ric Forest Racing (see note 2)
|4||David McConnell||GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
|5||Ian Coristine||March 722 [71BM-10?] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 J.P. Seitz (see note 3)
|6||Al Justason||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
#32 Alistair Justason (see note 4)
|7||Reg Scullion||March 722 [71BM/1] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#95 Ecurie Canada Racing (see note 5)
|8||Barry Fox||Brabham BT38B  - Ford twin cam
#22 Barry Fox/Astroshield (see note 6)
|9||Ted Coconis||Lotus 69B - Ford twin cam
#88 T/C Racing Inc.
|10||Wayne Ricciardi||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#24 Raceshop (see note 7)
|11||Roy Folland||March 722  - Ford twin cam
#6 Roy Folland (see note 8)
|12||Gilles Léger||March 722 [71BM-8?] - Ford twin cam
#72 Gilles-Leger Auto (see note 9)
|13||Max Nerrière||Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
#42 Max Nerriere (see note 10)
|14||Ken Huband||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#15 Huband Racing/Permatex Special
(see note 11)
|15||Eligio Siconolfi||Brabham BT38B  - Ford twin cam
#35 Downtown Datsun (Mtl.) Ltd (see note 12)
|16||Bill Eagles||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam Hart
#46 Tex-Made Racing Team (see note 13)
|R||Bruce Jensen||Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam
#41 Jenmac Racing (see note 14)
|R||Jim Sarich||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#76 Quicksilver Racing (see note 15)
|R||John Powell||Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#30 John Powell (see note 16)
|R||Bill Brack||Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam Hart
#74 Bill Brack Racing Ent. (see note 17)
|R||Bill Hallandal||Lotus 41C [41C-FL-35] - Ford twin cam
#11 Bill Hallandal Racing Ent.
|R||Brian Pegg||Hawke DL6B - Ford twin cam
#43 Brian Pegg
|R||Chuck Sarich||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#57 Quicksilver Racing (see note 18)
|DNS||Derek Johnson||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 Derek Johnson (see note 19)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Gordon Green||Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
#10 Ecurie Portland
|Did not start|
|DNA||Don Mason||Hawke DL6B - Ford twin cam
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Bill O'Connor||Chevron B15b - Ford twin cam
#25 Bill O'Connor Racing (see note 20)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Roger Seacrist||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#29 Seacrist Racing (see note 21)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Bob Criss||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam CRW
#64 (see note 22)
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Tom Haubert||Chinook - Ford twin cam
#75 Tom Haubert Racing
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Hugh "Wink" Bancroft||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#82 Bancroft Motorsport (see note 23)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||Ric Forest||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam||1m 23.5s|
|2||Bill Brack||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam Hart||1m 24.2s|
|3||Craig Hill||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart||1m 24.3s|
|4||David McConnell||(FB) 1.6-litre GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam||1m 24.9s|
|5||Brian Robertson||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart||1m 24.9s|
|6||John Powell||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart||1m 25.1s|
|7||Jim Sarich||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam||1m 25.1s|
|8||Ian Coristine||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [71BM-10?] - Ford twin cam Greatorex||1m 26.2s|
|9||Barry Fox||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B  - Ford twin cam||1m 26.7s|
|10||Al Justason||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam||1m 27.2s|
|11||Chuck Sarich||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam||1m 27.3s|
|12||Ted Coconis||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69B - Ford twin cam||1m 27.7s|
|13||Roy Folland||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford twin cam||1m 27.8s|
|14||Derek Johnson *||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam||1m 29.6s|
|15||Gilles Léger||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [71BM-8?] - Ford twin cam||1m 30.3s|
|16||Bill Eagles||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam Hart||1m 30.6s|
|17||Wayne Ricciardi||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam||1m 31.1s|
|18||Bill Hallandal||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C [41C-FL-35] - Ford twin cam||1m 31.2s|
|19||Ken Huband||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam||1m 34.3s|
|20||Bruce Jensen||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam||1m 34.7s|
|21||Eligio Siconolfi||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B  - Ford twin cam||1m 34.7s|
|22||Max Nerrière||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam||1m 35.7s|
|23||Brian Pegg||(FB) 1.6-litre Hawke DL6B - Ford twin cam||1m 37.7s|
|24||Gordon Green *||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam||1m 37.9s|
|25||Reg Scullion||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [71BM/1] - Ford twin cam Greatorex||1m 43.5s|
|* Did not start|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B20 [20.72.05] (Brian Robertson): Sold via Fred Opert and entered for Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) in Formula B in 1972. To Ferguson/Wilson Racing Team for 1973 and raced by former Miss Canada pageant finalist Linda Wilson in Canadian Formula B. Not seen in 1974, when "former male model" Peter Ferguson raced the team's other car in Formula Atlantic. Advertised by Fred Opert in June 1975, suggesting it had returned to Opert in part exchange for Ferguson's new Chevron B29. Advertised again by Opert in early November 1975. Subsequent history unknown until bought as a rolling chassis by Ed Swart from somebody on the east coast who had been trying to restore it. It was black at that stage, and Ed repainted it to orange, the Dutch racing colours, and fitted a BDA engine as he completed the restoration. Raced by Swart from 1989 to February 1993, winning VARA's historic Formula Atlantic West coast title in 1992. Swart then acquired a Chevron B45, and the B20 was sold to Richard Morrison in Tennessee in February 1996.
- March 722 (Ric Forest): Ric Forest (Edmonton, Alberta) raced a #56 March 722 in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1972. In 1973, the car went to Al Lader, and was entered by him for John Holloway (Gresham, OR) for the first two races of 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 [71BM-10?] (Ian Coristine): The talented but cash-strapped Ian Coristine (Montréal, Quebec) had run his own March 71BM in 1971, but for 1972 rented an updated car from Ecurie Canada. The 71BM, probably Wilson Southam's old car, was updated to side-radiator 722 specification by team mechanic Tom Greatorex. Coristine stayed with the team for 1973 but the car was put back to 71BM specification. The team almost ran out of money mid-summer, but were rescued by a sponsorship deal with Schweppes. The 71BM was then sold to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) and used in Canadian Formula Atlantic in 1974. Coristine recalls that this car was destroyed in a transporter fire on its way to a race at Debert, but the exact date of this has yet to be determined. Lanaro then bought another 71BM to replace it.
- Brabham BT35  (Al Justason): New to Brian Robertson (Brockville, Ontario, Canada) and raced by him in the Canadian Formula B series in 1971, entered by Fred Opert Racing. To Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario) for Canadian FB in 1972 and 1973. To Fred Beyer (Ottawa, Ontario) for the Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic series in 1974 and 1975.
- March 722 [71BM/1] (Reg Scullion): Gordie Dewar was appointed March importer into Canada for 1971 and his first purchase, chassis 71BM-1, went to Delta Racing Developments for Ian Coristine (Montréal, Quebec) to race in the Players FB series. Coristine finished the season fifth in the red #50 March but crashed in practice for the final race, at Circuit Ste-Croix in October. The car went to Reg Scullion (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montréal, Quebec) for 1972 and it was entered for him by Kris Harrison's Ecurie Canada, and prepared by Andy Roe and Tom Greatorex. Ecurie Canada had also bought Wilson Southam's engine manufacturing business, acquiring Greatorex with it, and were preparing the engines in Scullion's car. Scullion started the season racing in Nationals in Texas before returning to Canada for the Players season. He ended the Canadian season in ninth place but then returned to the US to finish second in the SCCA Run-Offs. He retained the car for 1973 as a Scullion-Donolo Racing entry, and it was raced by partner Louis "Lou" Donolo (Montréal, Quebec) once or twice. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT38B  (Barry Fox): New to Barry Fox (Edmonton, Alberta) and raced in the Canadian Formula B series. To Lorne Progosh (Ottawa, Ontario) for 1973, but crashed during practice at Edmonton when the throttle stuck open. The car was badly damaged and Progosh was unable to continue. He towed it back to Ottawa and sold it to Ron Rogers (Trenton, Ontario), who repaired it with his racing partner Vince Murray and fitted an ex-Craig Hill Ford twin cam. Rogers raced it in mainly club events in 1973 and 1974, and appeared in at least one Players event in 1975, only for the engine to break during practice. In 1975 or 1976, he sold it to Steve Van Vlaenderen (Winnipeg, Manitoba) and maintained it for him for a season or two. Van Vlaenderen advertised the car in February 1977. What must surely be the same car was advertised by Stew McNair (Winnipeg) in April 1980, then with a "tired Hart 416B" engine, and it is likely that this was the car raced by Martin Handforth (Kanata, Ontario) in Quebec events in 1981. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 (Wayne Ricciardi): Wayne Ricciardi (N. Haldon, NJ) raced a #24 March 722 in Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by The Race Shop, the US March importer in which Ricciardi and Joe Grimaldi were partners. Ricciardi retained the car for Pro events in 1973, competing in most Canadian events plus the US GP support race at Watkins Glen. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722  (Roy Folland): Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) raced a blue March 722 in the early rounds of the British Formula Atlantic series in 1972, before taking the car to Canada and running in the Players Canadian Formula B series. Sold for 1973 to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and raced in the Players Canadian series. Sold to Edmond Villa (Clark, NJ), and raced in a New England Region SCCA Regional at Lime Rock in April 1974. In January 1976, he advertised a 722 in Competition Press & Autoweek from Port St Lucie, FL. Ed sold it to Folis Jones (Chesapeake, VA), who raced a March in SEDiv events in 1976 and 1977. This would be the March 722 with '77 bodywork advertised by Folis Jones in December 1978 and February 1979. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 [71BM-8?] (Gilles Léger): Wilson Southam acquired two red March 71BMs for Canadian Formula B in 1971, one for Randy Fraser and one for himself. Fraser's was the first to appear, running as the #54 Tartan Fraser entry and is most likely to have been 71BM-8. In early 1972, the car was sold to Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) and updated to 722 specification by Tom Greatorex, who also prepared the car for Léger. Then to Patricia Smith (Montréal, Quebec) in 1973 entered as #51 by P.S. Translations. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lotus 59 [59-F2/XB-41] (Max Nerrière): New to Craig Hill (Mississauga, Ontario) and run in the Canadian Road Racing Championship and the SCCA Continental Championship for Formula B, entered by Bill Brack Racing Enterprises. Hill ran in a team with Brack's Formula 5000 Lotus 70, with both cars in marching Castrol GTX livery. Unlike the two JRDS cars, which were entered as Lotus 69Bs, Hill's car first raced in Lotus 59 bodywork and was generally billed through the season as the "Castrol GTX Lotus 59". For 1971, the car was sold to Max Nerrière (Toronto, Ontario), who raced it in the Players Canadian Formula B series. Retained by Nerrière for 1972 and for 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT29  (Ken Huband): Ken Huband (Ottawa, Ontario) ran a red/black #15 Brabham BT29 in Canadian and US Formula B in 1970, first appearing at Mont-Tremblant 24 May 1970. He retained the car in 1971 and in 1972. Huband advertised the BT29 in CP&A 21 Oct 1972 as "Brabham BT29/34", implying it was chassis 34. Several BT29 owners had mentioned the chassis numbers of the cars in adverts, presumably to emphasise the newer cars. Peter Nye arranged the sale of the car to Bill Wolfe, a dentist in Austin, Texas, but Wolfe later pulled out of a deal with Nye to assemble the car for him. Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT38B  (Eligio Siconolfi): New to Eligio Siconolfi (Montréal, Quebec, Canada), who raced in the Canadian FB series in 1972, sponsored by Downtown Datsun Ltd. To Peter Overing (Montreal, Quebec) for 1973, but only seen at Sanair in June. Entered by Overing for Reg Scullion (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montréal, Quebec) in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1974, but still with a Ford twin cam engine. Overing then acquired a March 74B for Scullion, and the Brabham was sold to Cliff Dawson (Mount Royal, Quebec), who fitted a BDA engine and raced it in Formula Atlantic in 1975, 1976 and 1977. After racing it in Regionals in the late 1970, Dawson converted the car to Can-Am specification with a body built in Montreal by Francis Cordolle and ran it in this form in Can-Am from 1980 to 1983, still with the 1600cc Cosworth BDA engine. According to Doug Waters, it was "sold in July 1984 to Martin Handforth in Ottawa, who soon sold it to Pennsylvania". (Note that Handforth had owned and raced a different BT38 in Quebec events in 1981.) Subsequent history unknown.
- Brabham BT35  (Bill Eagles): New to Roy Folland (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian Formula B series in 1971, prepared by mechanic Andy Aitken. Some reports suggest Folland raced an older BT29 towards the end of that season, but an article in the Montreal Gazette in late August only mentions a BT35. An annotation to the entry list for the Canadian GP support race in September identified this car as chassis BT35/18. To Bill Eagles (Lasalle, Montréal, Quebec, Canada) for the 1972 Canadian FB series, entered by Tex-Made Racing Team. Then to Scott MacKenzie for 1973, entered and supported by Bryant Cougle of Astro Sports, but crashed heavily at Edmonton in June. The chassis was too badly damaged to be repairable, and MacKenzie suffered neck injuries that brought his season to an end. The car was then used as a source of spares for the team's replacement BT35, before being sold. It was acquired by Doug DeFresne (Portland, OR) in 1979, when it still had Astro Sports bodywork with it. It was acquired by Bob Slusher (Portland, Oregon) in September 2005.
- Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] (Bruce Jensen): Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) raced a Chevron B17b in Canadian Formula B in 1971, entered by Jen-Mac Racing. His car was white, and was entered as #41. Jensen retained the car for 1972, again running as #41. Leighton Irwin recalls that in 1972, the car was modified with a sports car nose designed by Terry Welch and larger rear wing. This created too much downforce, and not realising that stiffer springs were needed, his team struggled with the car on faster circuits. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 (Jim Sarich): Jim Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #67 or #56 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Jim finished eighth in the Southeast Division FB championship. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, in January 1976, C.L. Phillips (Palos Park, IL) advertised a March 722 which he said was metallic blue, had a 1975 nose, and was a "former Quicksilver championship car". Steve Jizmagian at that time had a red 722 that was described similarly, so Philips' car is likely to have been the Chuck Sarich car.
- Chevron B18 [18.71.1] (John Powell): A new car built for Brian Redman after he wrecked the development B18 while testing in South Africa. Fitted with a 1.8-litre Cosworth FVC engine and raced by Redman in two races in South Africa in January 1971. This car returned to Bolton and became the works entry in F2 for Chris Craft during the 1971 F2 season. It was then sold to Canadian John Powell and rebuilt to Formula B specification. Powell raced it in the Brands Hatch Boxing Day meeting at the end of 1971 and then loaned it to Brian Robertson to race in the two Bogotá FB races in February and March 1972. Raced by Powell (Ottawa, Ontario) in the Canadian FB series in 1972, Sold to Paul Wheatley (Montréal, Quebec) and raced in the Canadian series in 1973. Wheatley appeared on a couple of early-1974 entry lists but the car was not seen again until he advertised it in April 1975.
- Chevron B18 (Bill Brack): Freddy van Beuren (Estad de Mexico, Mexico) raced a orange/yellow Chevron B18 as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1971. Retained by van Beuren for 1972. Taken over by Bill Brack for two late-season races. Probably the car raced by Bobby Dennett at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert in February 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 722 (Chuck Sarich): Chuck Sarich (McLean, VA) raced a midnight blue/white #57 March 722 in SCCA Nationals and Pro Formula B in 1972, entered by Quicksilver Racing Enterprises, Inc of Rockville, Maryland. Chuck finished second in the Southeast Division FB championship and qualified for the Runoffs, which he won. Sarich and his team moved into Formula 5000 for 1973, and the subsequent history of his March 722 is unknown. However, an advert by Steve Jizmagian in 1976 strongly suggested he had acquired the ex-Chuck Sarich car.
- Brabham BT29 (Derek Johnson): Peter Roberts (Granby, Quebec) raced a Brabham BT29 in 1970, appearing as #71 in the main Canadian series and as #1 in the Molson (Quebec Region) Championship. His best results came in the Molson series with two third places at Mont-Tremblant. Roberts had earlier raced a BT29 that he had borrowed from "an Ontario racer" but whether this 1970 car was the same one is unknown. Robert did not continue in Formula B after 1970 and after sitting around unused for 18 months, the BT29 was sold to Derek Johnson (Montreal, Quebec) who was making a comeback after injury. The Montreal Gazette quoted Johnson's chief crew Bob Beale saying that nobody had driven it for a year, and Roberts' mechanic John Lo Bosco confirmed that Roberts' BT29 went to Johnson. Johnson bought the car the Friday before the opening race at Sanair and it was rented by Ian Coristine for that race after his new March 722 could not be readied in time. Raced by Johnson for the rest of the 1972 season. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B15b (Bill O'Connor): Bill O'Connor (Chicago, IL/Highland Pk, IL) raced a blue/orange/yellow Chevron B15b in SCCA Formula B in the fall of 1972. He scored 13 points in Central Division FB and also entered several Pro races in the fall, but failed to start any, the closest being when he retired on the pace lap at Road America. O'Connor then acquired a Brabham BT38 for 1973 so the Chevron may have been traded back to Fred Opert. Nothing more known.
- Brabham BT29  (Roger Seacrist): Cliff Phillips (Palos Park, IL) acquired a red Brabham BT29 for 1970 but his first known appearance wasn't until Road America 18 Jul 1970 where he recorded 41st fastest time. The car appeared on several more entry lists later in the season but Phillips started to advertise the car from early September onwards. Still being advertised in July 1971. The car is then unknown until mid-1972 when it has been identified (with chassis number and AM number) as the car driven by Roger Seacrist (Chicago, IL). Retained by Seacrist for 1973 but then unknown until acquired by Gary Dausch (Indianapolis, IN) some time before Apr 1987. To Dave Vegher and raced once at Palm Springs then to Tony Podell (Rolling Hills, CA), then Randall Smith (Petaluna, CA) and retained 2012.
- Brabham BT29 (Bob Criss): In 1972, Stephen M. Cole (Orange, CA) entered a Brabham BT29 in Pro Formula B races for Bob Criss (originally from Terre Haute, IN, but by 1972 of Newport Beach, CA). The car was blue and wore #64 when raced by Criss. Cole himself also raced in Nationals and is thought to have been racing the same car at Riverside in May 1972. Criss signed with Mary & Tom Page's Page Racing for Indy racing in 1973 but was killed in a testing session in April 1973. Criss was Robert Dale Criss, born 1938, and should not be confused with the Bob Criss from Bethel Park, PA, who drove an Austin-Healey Sprite in SCCA racing as a member of Steel Cities Region at about this time. According to Richard vPaul, Cole sold the Brabham via Chuck Willis to Jeff Alkana (Azusa, CA), who registered it with CSCC in July 1974, and went on to race it in the Formula B class in southern California from July 1974 to March 1975. The car was given as chassis BT29-16, but had been rebuilt on a new frame "WM74" fabricated by Wayne Mitchell. The car passed to William Nair in 1975, then at some later date from Nair to Terry Peterson, this sale being brokered by Wayne Mitchell. The car was acquired from Peterson by Peter McGlone in 1991, and remained with him until sold to Mark Shillingburg in 2018.
- March 722 (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA) raced a blue-and-white #82 March 722 in Formula B in 1972, under his own Bancroft Motorsport banner. He retained the car for 1973, when it ran as #12 and was fitted with Falconer bodywork. Later that season, the car was rented to Rocky Moran for a few races. Bancroft appeared in a few SCCA races at Riverside in the car during 1974, when it was still wearing Falconer bodywork. Subsequent history unresolved, but Richard Paul recalls buying this car for the 1975 season, when BDA engines were allowed in Pro races but not in SCCA races, fitting 732 bodywork and using it as a spare car.
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.
The 1971-1973 Canadian Formula B race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Canadian Motorsport Bulletin, results sheets where available and from information drawn from Canadian newspapers.