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Players (Canadian) Formula B Series Race

Debert, 10 Sep 1972

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Brian Robertson Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
52
2 John Powell Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart
#30 (see note 2)
52
3 Craig Hill Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart
#4 Fother Hill Ltd
52
4 Al Justason Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam
#32

5 Reg Scullion March 722 [71BM/1] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#95 Ecurie Canada Racing (see note 3)

6 Gilles Léger March 722 [71BM-8?] - Ford twin cam
#72 Gilles Leger Auto (see note 4)

7 Barry Fox Brabham BT38B - Ford twin cam
#22 Astro Shield

8 Eligio Siconolfi Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford twin cam
#35 Downtown Datsun [Mtl.] Ltd

9 Max Nerrière Lotus 59 ("69B") [59-F2/XB-41] - Ford twin cam
#42

10 Bill Eagles Brabham BT35 - Ford twin cam Hart
#46 Tex-Made Racing Team

11 Ian Coristine March 722 [71BM-10?] - Ford twin cam Greatorex
#50 (see note 5)

12 Ric Forest March 722 - Ford twin cam
#56 Ric Forest Racing

13 Bruce Jensen Chevron B17b [17B.70.04?] - Ford twin cam
#41 Jenmac Racing

R Jeff Parsons Lotus 35 - Ford twin cam

R Roy Folland March 722 [23] - Ford twin cam
#6
13 Accident
R Carl Liebich Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam
#79 (see note 6)
Spun
DNS Bob Isnor Brabham BT21 [4?] - Ford twin cam
#81 (see note 7)
Did not start
(Engine)
DNA Maurice McCaig Brabham BT35 [19] - Ford twin cam
#58
Did not arrive
DNA David McConnell GRD B72 [019-F2] - Ford twin cam
#86 DWM Racing
Did not arrive

All cars are 1.6-litre FB unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Brian Robertson (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B20 [20.72.05] - Ford twin cam Hart 1.16.4
2 John Powell (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18 [18.71.1] - Ford twin cam Hart 1.16.9
3 Carl Liebich (FB) 1.6-litre Chevron B18C - Ford twin cam 1.17.3
4 Al Justason (FB) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [10] - Ford twin cam 1.17.3
5 Craig Hill (FB) 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.5.FB] - Ford twin cam Hart 1.17.4
6 Reg Scullion (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 [71BM/1] - Ford twin cam Greatorex 1.17.6
9 Ric Forest (FB) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford twin cam

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Brabham BT21 [4?] (Bob Isnor): Sold new to Lou Sell (Fullerton, CA) and first seen in the Pro Formula B race at War Bonnet in late June where Sell qualified on pole and finished second. Then raced in SCCA Regionals and occasional Nationals in California, and in the pro races at Mont-Tremblant and Lake Tahoe at the end of the season. Sold to Sell's backer Dick Smothers (Woodland Hills, CA) for 1968, although Sell also raced it in one SoPac National early that year. To Fred Opert late 1968 in part-exchange for a new Chevron and from him on to Ken Duclos (Boxboro, MA) for 1969. Duclos believes he returned it to Opert at the end of 1969 when he acquired his new BT29 and it next turns up in 1971 with John Sorbello (Lafayette, MA) who widened the cockpit section into a two-seater and added a Chevron B16 body. However, it is possible that the dates of this are wrong and that Bob Isnor (Newton, MA) raced it as a FB before it went to Sorbello. Later to John Kauffman who thought he had bought a Chevron and then to Joe Maria (White Plains, NY) in the early 1990s. It was restored by David Irwin to BT21A spec and was still with Maria in 2007. To Bob Lima (Meadowbrook, PA) by October 2009 and later repainted in Sell's colours.

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.