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Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race

Sanair, 4 Jun 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Ian Coristine March 722 [71BM-10?] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 Ecurie Canada (see note 1)
50 1.00.47.6
2 Derek Johnson Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam
#36 (see note 2)
50 1.00.52.4
3 Roy Folland March 722 [23] - Ford twin cam
#6
50 1.01.38.5
4 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft March 722 - Ford twin cam
#82 Bancroft Motorsport
50 1.01.39.5
5 John Powell Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#30 (see note 3)
50 1.02.33.4
6 Eligio Siconolfi Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford twin cam
#35
49 1.01.11.4
7 David/Dan Burrett Titan - Ford twin cam
#188
49 1.01.16.4
8 Nick Cook Brabham BT35 [6] - Ford twin cam
#87 (see note 4)
49 1.01.32.8
9 Reg Scullion March 722 [71BM/1] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#95 Ecurie Canada Racing (see note 5)
48 1.01.56.0
10 Ken Huband Brabham BT29 [34] - Ford twin cam
#15 (see note 6)
47 1.01.15.0
11 Gilles Léger March 722 [71BM-8?] - Ford twin cam
#172 (see note 7)
46 1.01.25.7
12 T Brown Titan - Ford twin cam
#66
45 1.01.53.0
R Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
#79 (see note 8)
32
R Bill Middleton Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#34 (see note 9)
6
R Aubrey O'Connor Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
#78 Fred Opert Racing (see note 10)
1
DNS T Doublas Palliser - Ford twin cam
#33
Did not start
DNS Brian Robertson Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 11)
Did not start
(Engine)
DNS David McConnell GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
Did not start
(Engine)

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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 sold to Mauro Lanaro for 1974 and retained for a total of four seasons in Canadian FB and F/Atlantic. 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. 1974 is the most likely date. Lanaro then bought another 71Bm to replace it.
  2. Brabham BT29 (Derek Johnson): Derek Johnson (Montreal, Quebec) bought a Brabham BT29 for the 1972 season as part of his comeback after injury. The origins of the car are not known but The Montreal Gazette quoted his chief crew Bob Beale saying that nobody had driven it for a year, suggesting it might be the ex-Randy Fraser. 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 redied in time.
  3. 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. Appeared on a couple of early-1974 entry lists but not seen again.
  4. Brabham BT35 [6] (Nick Cook): Chassis number given for Nick Cook's car in Autosport report of Arco Trophy race at Castle Combe, April 12, 1971, where the car debuts [AS 15 Apr 1971 p20]. Chassis number observed by Adam Ferrington on Cook's car at Oulton Park, 18 Mar 1972. Does not appear in the UK after the end of April and probably the car taken by Cook to the USA to use in the SCCA series. Used by Rob Turnbull in hillclimbs in 1974 and then sold to Andrew Fraser in 1975.
  5. 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 once or twice. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. Brabham BT29 [34] (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.
  7. March 722 [71BM-8?] (Gilles Léger): A March 71BM acquired by Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) in 1972 and updated to 722 specification. Then to Patricia Smith (Montréal, Quebec) in 1973 entered as #51 by P.S. Translations. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. Chevron B18C (Carl Liebich): Carl Liebich (Plymouth, Wisconsin) raced a yellow Chevron B18 in SCCA Nationals in 1971, entered as #78. In 1972 he ran a yellow Chevron B18C, presumed to be the same car, entered as #79, and used in the Pro Formula B series, in the Players Canadian Formula B series, and in SCCA Nationals. Also raced by Liebich at Caracas in March 1973. Advertised by Opert as ex-Liebich, and blue-and-yellow in February 1973. Subsequent history unknown.
  9. Lola T240 (Bill Middleton): Bill Middleton (Newport Beach, CA) bought a yellow #31 Lola T240 late in the 1971 Southern Pacific FB season to replace an elderly Brabham BT21C. He won enough points in this car to clinch second place in the division. Retained for 1972 and used in both Pro and SPDiv events, winning the division by a considerable margin. Last seen in late July 1972, after which Middleton acquired a Brabham BT38B. Subsequent history unknown.
  10. Chevron B18 (Aubrey O'Connor): Raced by Aubrey O'Connor (Memphis, TN) as part of the Fred Opert team in Formula B in 1972, entered as either #78 or #88. Subsequent history unknown.
  11. 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. Subsequent history unknown but reported to have been the orange B20 racing in US vintage racing by Ed Swart from 1989 to 1993.

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.

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.

All comments, clarifications, corrections and additions are most welcome. Please email Allen (allen@oldracingcars.com) if you can help in any way with our research.