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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 71BM [1] - Ford twin cam
#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
32
R Bill Middleton Lola T240 - Ford twin cam
#34 (see note 8)
6
R Aubrey O'Connor Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
#78 Fred Opert Racing
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 9)
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): One of two red March 71BMs acquired by Wilson Southam for Canadian FB and believed to be the car raced by Southam. Southam's operation was bought by Ecurie Canada and its mechanic Tom Greatorex for 1972 and this is the car believed to have been updated to side-radiator 722 specification and rented by Ian Coristine that season. Coristine stayed with the team for 1972 but the car was put back to 71BM specification. Then to Mauro Lanaro for 1974 and retained for a total of four seasons in Canadian FB and F/Atlantic. Coristine recalls that this car destroyed in a transporter fire on its was to a race at Debert.
  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 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 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 for 1972 and he started the season racing in Nationals in Texas before returning to Canada for the Players season. Run by Ecurie Canada and Tom Greatorex, Scullion 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. 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): 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 believed to have been 71BM-8. Probably the car driven by Gilles Léger (Lachute, Quebec) in 1972 and updated to 722 specification. Then believed to be the orange/dark green 71BM driven by Patricia Smith (Montréal, Quebec) in 1973 entered as #51 by P.S. Translations. Subsequent history unknown.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 Linda Wilson in Canadian Formula B. Not seen in 1974, when 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 if you can add anything.