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Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race

Halifax, 8 Aug 1976

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada (see note 1)
65 1.10.21.4
2 Bill Brack Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart
#1
65
3 Howdy Holmes Chevron B34 [34.76.26] - Ford BDA BSR
Bill Scott Racing
64
4 Richard Spenard Ralt RT1 [34] - Ford BDA Hart
#93 Planter's Peanuts
64
5 Héctor Rebaque Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor
Carl Haas
64
6 Price Cobb March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing (see note 2)
64
7 Bertil Roos Ralt RT1 [30] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Brian Robertson
63 Spun and stalled
8 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart
#41
63
9 Craig Hill Lola T460 [HU12] - Ford BDA Hart
#25 Quick-Trans/Gabriel
63
10 Juan Cochesa Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA Hart
Fred Opert Racing
63
11 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart
Fred Opert Racing (see note 3)
63
12 Marcel Talbot Chevron B34 [34.76.32?] - Ford BDA Hart
#10 Tamaco
63
13 Tom Klausler Lola T460 [HU6] - Ford BDA Traylor
#63
63
14 Lloyd Callaway Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
#52 Callaway Racing
63
15 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDA Willis
#31 Cavanaugh Racing
62
16 Lynn Bentson Modus M3 [041-FA] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#77
61
17 Robert J. Nelkin Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart
#67 Bob Nelkin Racing
60
18 Bobby Brown March 76B [18] - Ford BDA Hart
#79 Audiovox-Carroll Smith (see note 4)
52 Accident
19 Tim Cooper March 76B [75B?] - Ford BDA CRW
#17 Wilbur Bunce Racing (see note 5)
52 Driver fatigue
20 Rick Bell Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart
#78 Bell Racing
44 Mechanical
21 Kevin Cogan Chevron B34 [34-76-20] - Ford BDA Swindon
#3 Cogan Racing
43 Driver fatigue
22 Tom Gloy Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#70
29 Handling
23 Bob Beyea March 722 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#11 Krazy Glue-Rick Shea (see note 6)
19 Fuel leak
24 Bobby Rahal March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy
#9 (see note 7)
17 Ignition
25 Seb Barone March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth
#28 Isola Racing (see note 8)
16 Oil leak
26 Marty Loft March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop
#4 Doug Shierson Racing
4 Master switch
DNS Tim Coconis Lola T460 [HU17] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#83
Did not start
DNSC Gary Magwood Lola T360 [HU6] - Ford BDA
#27 (see note 9)
Did not start (crashed)

All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.

Qualifying
1 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDA Morris 1.01.800
2 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.14] - Ford BDA Hart 1.02.026
3 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [4?] - Ford BDA McCoy 1.03.225
4 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU6] - Ford BDA Traylor 1.03.294
5 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [30] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.710
6 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.03.727
7 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.26] - Ford BDA BSR 1.03.750
8 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.03.964
9 Héctor Rebaque (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU1] - Ford BDA Traylor 1.03.977
10 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDA Willis 1.04.434
11 Richard Spenard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [34] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.439
12 Seb Barone (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.04.563
13 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.25] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.621
14 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU12] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.693
15 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart 1.04.916
16 Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.16] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.223
17 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [13] - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.05.238
18 Marty Loft (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.05.336
19 Lloyd Callaway (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.652
20 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.32?] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.739
21 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.943
22 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34-76-20] - Ford BDA Swindon 1.06.040
23 Tim Coconis * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU17] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.06.189
24 Tim Cooper (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [75B?] - Ford BDA CRW 1.06.204
25 Lynn Bentson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Modus M3 [041-FA] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.06.226
26 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.06.791
27 Bob Beyea (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 722 - Ford BDA Nicholson 1.06.918
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B [10 or 15?] (Gilles Villeneuve): Ecurie Canada ran a pair of green #69 March 76Bs in 1976 for Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Quebec) with support from Skiroulle. Skiroule's signature green colour suggests they were the two cars listed in March records as being "leaf green", 76B-10 and 76B-15. Villeneuve had several crashes during 1976 and probably raced both cars, but exactly how they were used is not known. Two 76Bs were sold to Jim Morgan who raced them in early 1977 SCCA races alongside Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) and then entered them for Rahal in the 1977 Pro series with sponsorship from Red Roof Inns. Rahal also had a 77B but this was crashed at the opening race. One 76B then went to Ron Levanduski (Elmira, NY) and the other to Bob Earl.
  2. March 76B [13] (Price Cobb): An orange March 76B invoiced to Shierson in March 1976.
  3. Chevron B34 [34.76.16] (Hugh "Wink" Bancroft): New to Hugh "Wink" Bancroft (Newport Beach, CA/Costa Mesa, CA) and run for him by Fred Opert Racing in North American Formula Atlantic in 1976. His car was entered by Performance Marketing, and this apparently disguises a move to Shierson Racing in time for the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières in early September. Bancroft wrecked the B34 in practice at Trois-Rivières, and replaced it with a March 76B.
  4. March 76B [18] (Bobby Brown): New to Bobby Brown (Hicksville, NY) to replace a Chevron B34 and raced in Pro events and in SCCA NEDiv FB in 1976, winning the 1976 Run-Offs. Brown won an early-season SCCA National at Charlotte in April 1977 before moving into Can-Am with a March 77S. The 76B was advertised in November 1977.
  5. March 76B [75B?] (Tim Cooper): Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) raced a yellow #8 March 75B for Doug Shierson Racing in 1975 with backing from Rutledge Oil. Photographs show that this car had all the features of a 75B, so is unlikely to have been his older 73B updated, although this remains a possibility. Cooper moved to Wilbur Bunce Racing for 1976, and the "75B/76B" that Bunce built up for him is likely to have been based on this 75B (but could have been based on Cooper's older 73B). Cooper raced this car in the Players Canadian and IMSA championship in 1976. He appeared at a few races in early 1977 in a March "77B", thought to be this same car further updated. Subsequent history unknown.
  6. March 722 (Bob Beyea): Rick Shea's Shea Racing ran a March "72-75" in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1976. The car was black, and ran as #11. It was driven by Dave Walker at the start of the season, but later by Bob Beyea, Shea himself, and by Damien Magee at Trois-Rivières in September. The car was then sold to Frank Monise (Pasadena, CA), so is presumably the blue-and-white #25 March "75B" that he raced in southern Californian SCCA Nationals in 1977 and 1978. Subsequent history unknown.
  7. March 76B [4?] (Bobby Rahal): Doug Shierson Racing ran an orange #9 March 76B in 1976 for Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL). There were four orange March 76Bs according to March records but only one was built as part of the first batch of cars, 76B-4, strongly suggesting this was Rahal's car. The subsequent history of this car is not known until it was advertised in 1985 as "ex-Villeneuve".
  8. March 76B (Seb Barone): Seb Barone (Portland, CT or Dilliner, PA) drove a white #28 March 76B in 1976, entered by Isola Racing but run by Doug Shierson Racing. As a white car, March records suggest this would have been 76B-9, 76B-11 or 76B-12. Barone crashed the car at Trois-Rivières in September and it was not seen again.
  9. Lola T360 [HU6] (Gary Magwood): New via North American agent Carl Haas and Canadian agent Brian Robertson to Jack Burnett for Gary Magwood (Toronto, Ontario) to race in the Canadian John Player Formula Atlantic series in 1974. Also raced by Magwood at the US GP Formula Atlantic support race at Watkins Glen in October 1974, but then not seen until Magwood returned to Formula Atlantic in July 1976. Comprehensively destroyed in Magwood's accident at Halifax in August 1976.

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.

North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Formula and On Track, information drawn from Canadian newspapers and results sheets where available.

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.