Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race
Circuit Ste-Croix, 23 Jul 1972
|1||Brian Robertson||Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
|2||Ric Forest||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#56 Ric Forest Racing
|3||Carl Liebich||Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
#79 Fred Opert Racing
|4||Eligio Siconolfi||Brabham BT38B  - Ford twin cam
#35 Downtown Datsun [Mtl.] Ltd
|5||Barry Fox||Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
#22 Astro Shield
|6||Max Nerrière||Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
|7||Bill Eagles||Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
#46 Tex-Made Racing Team
|8||Gilles Léger||March 722 [71BM-8?] - Ford twin cam
#72 Gilles Leger Auto (see note 2)
|9||John Powell||Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#30 Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
|10||Ian Coristine||Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart
#50 J.P.Seitz Racing (see note 4)
|11||David McConnell||GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
|12||Bruce Jensen||Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam
#41 Jenmac Racing
|13||Al Justason||Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam
|R||Don Mason||Hawke DL6B - Ford twin cam
|R||Tom Haubert||Chinook - Ford twin cam
Tom Haubert Racing
|R||Gordon Green||Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam
|R||Dave Ogilvy||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
|R||Wayne Ricciardi||March 722 - Ford twin cam
|R||Roy Folland||March 722  - Ford twin cam
|DNS||Ken Huband||Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam
#15 (see note 5)
|Did not start|
|DNS||Craig Hill||Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#4 Fother Hill Ltd
|Did not start
|DNS||Peter W Nye||March 71BM - Ford twin cam
(see note 6)
|Did not start|
|DNSC||Reg Scullion||March 71BM  - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#95 Ecurie Canada Racing (see note 7)
|Did not start (crashed)|
|DNA||Hugh "Wink" Bancroft||March 722 - Ford twin cam
#82 Bancroft Motorsport
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Aubrey O'Connor||Chevron B18 - Ford twin cam
#88 Fred Opert Racing
|Did not arrive|
|DNA||Michael Houselander||Brabham BT23F  - Ford twin cam
(see note 8)
|Did not arrive|
All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.
|1||John Powell||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart||0.59.7|
|2||Ric Forest||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam||1.00.3|
|3||David McConnell||(FB) 1.6-litre GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam||1.00.6|
|4||Brian Robertson||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart||1.01.6|
|5||Carl Liebich||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam||1.01.7|
|8||Roy Folland||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722  - Ford twin cam||1.02.3|
|9||Barry Fox||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam||1.02.6|
|10||Wayne Ricciardi||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam||1.02.8|
|11||Dave Ogilvy||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam||1.02.9|
|12||Al Justason||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35  - Ford twin cam||1.03.3|
|13||Ian Coristine||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29 - Ford twin cam Hart||1.04.0|
|14||Eligio Siconolfi||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B  - Ford twin cam||1.04.6|
|15||Ken Huband *||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT29  - Ford twin cam||1.04.6|
|16||Bruce Jensen||(FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam||1.05.0|
|17||Max Nerrière||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam||1.05.0|
|18||Bill Eagles||(FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart||1.06.0|
|19||Gordon Green||(FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 41C - Ford twin cam||1.07.8|
|20||Tom Haubert||(FB) 1.6-litre Chinook - Ford twin cam||1.10.3|
|21||Don Mason||(FB) 1.6-litre Hawke DL6B - Ford twin cam||1.10.8|
|22||Gilles Léger||(FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [71BM-8?] - Ford twin cam||1.11.1|
|* 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Brabham BT29 (Ian Coristine): 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.
- 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.
- March 71BM (Peter W Nye): Raced by Geoff Freeman (Ohio) in SCCA events in Central Division in 1971 but this 71BM did not appear in Pro events until bought by Peter Nye for the 1972 season. Nye crashed the car early in the season but rebuilt it on a new tub supplied by March and raced through 1972 and 1973 in Pro events and in SCCA. In 1974, Nye loaned the car to Galen Lyons and he raced it in one or two SCCA Nationals before it was sold to the Northwest US where its new owners planned to rebuild it as a sports car.
- March 71BM  (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.
- Brabham BT23F  (Michael Houselander): Sold to Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and fitted with a Vegantune Ford twin cam engine for SCCA 'Pro' and NEDiv Formula B. Raced through 1968 and retained for a couple of races in 1969 as Gubelmann's BT29 was late arriving. Sold to Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) who used it in both the Canadian and US Pro series in 1970 and again in the Canadian FB series in 1971. Sold to Michael Houselander who appeared at two Canadian national events in 1972, Later sold to ‘Dino Delousis’ who fitted a turbocharged 2-litre Ford Pinto engine for libre events but found the car to be undrivable and stored it from about 1974 to 2004 when sold to Dave Darrow (Mississauga, Ontario) and fully restored. Retained until 2007 when sold via race-cars.com to Murray Bryden (Melbourne, Australia). Sold to David Kloster (Kinglake, Victoria) September 2011.
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.
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