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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

St-Félicien, 14 Aug 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
100 1h 11m 56.955s
$12000
2 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Morris
#11 Shea Racing (see note 1)
100 1h 12m 12.312s
$7000
3 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motors
99 1h 12m 12.673s
$5000
4 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33
99 1h 12m 12.995s
$4000
5 David Oxton Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70
99 1h 12m 18.302s
$3500
6 Howdy Holmes March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
98 1h 12m 04.276s
$2300
7 Didier Pironi Chevron B39 [39-77-09] - Ford BDN Titan
#5 Fred Opert Racing
98 1h 12m 12.973s (inc 15s penalty)
$3000
8 Craig Hill Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDN Titan
#26
98 1h 12m 17.124s
$2000
9 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 Fred Opert Racing
97 1h 12m 05.489s
$1800
10 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10
97 1h 12m 26.710s
$1600
11 Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67
94 1h 12m 37.175s
$1400
12 Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Stimola Racing
83
$1200
13 Bobby Rahal March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#56 Morgan Racing/Red Roof Inns
(see note 2)
80
$1000
14 Bill Brack March 77B - Ford BDN Race Shop
#7 STP-Doug Shierson Racing
77 Accident $900
15 Juan Cochesa Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#36 Pierre's Motors
75
$800
16 Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth
#59 (see note 3)
74
 
17 Price Cobb March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Stimola
#22
65 Throttle cable  
18 Jeff Wood March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings
#20 Robert Wood
62 Accident  
19 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Willis
#21 Performance Marketing Team (see note 4)
32 Accident  
20 Mike Rocke March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 R&R Racing (see note 5)
23 Accident  
21 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan
#3 Fred Opert Racing
4 Accident  
22 Richard Spenard March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
3 Water pump belt  
DNS Dave McMillan Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDN
#51 Ralt American (see note 6)
Did not start
(Sponsorship not arrived)
DNS Dave Webber Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Hine
#50 Webber Racing Team
Did not start
(Accident)
DNS Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#58 Norman Racing/Boxtrom-Berglen
(see note 7)
Did not start
(Accident)

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

Qualifying
1 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris 38.914s
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [20] - Ford BDN Stimola 39.252s
3 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Stimola 39.262s
4 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Race Shop 39.325s
5 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings 39.485s
6 Didier Pironi (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-09] - Ford BDN Titan 39.526s
7 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Morris 39.562s
8 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-08] - Ford BDN Titan 39.586s
9 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop 39.975s
10 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis 40.008s
11 David Oxton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson 40.029s
12 Brad Abbott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola 40.070s
13 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Willis 40.132s
14 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDN Titan 40.347s
15 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Cosworth 40.395s
16 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis 40.466s
17 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis 40.521s
18 Gregg Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan 40.525s
19 Richard Spenard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris 40.585s
20 Mike Rocke (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson 41.009s
21 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine 41.017s
22 Dave McMillan * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDN 41.035s
23 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Stimola 41.419s
24 Jon Norman * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [3] - Ford BDN Cosworth 43.176s
25 Dave Webber * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Hine 43.548s
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 76B (Tom Gloy): Rick Shea Racing Team ran a #11 March 76B in 1977 for Tom Gloy (Lafayette, CA) but the origins of the car are unclear. The current owner of 76B-9 has history indicating it is the ex-Gloy car but Shea's recollection is that this car was Mortensen's which can be identified with confidence as 76B-7. The ex-Shea car can be identified with west coast owners from 1979 to 1984.
  2. March 76B [10 or 15?] (Bobby Rahal): Ecurie Canada ran a pair of green #69 March 76Bs in 1976 for Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Quebec) with support from Skiroulle. The identity of the two cars is currently unclear but the colour suggests they were the two cars listed in Marc records as being "leaf green", 76B-10 and 76B-15. The only other green car in those records, 76B-5, is likely to be James King's car which was a darker shade. Villeneuve had several crashes during 1976 and probably raced both cars. One or other was also raced by James Hunt at Trois-Rivières and by Howdy Holmes at Road Atlanta, where he crashed. Two 76Bs were sold to Jim Morgan who raced them in early 1977 SCCA races alongside Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) and then 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.
  3. March 76B (Dan Marvin): One of two March 76Bs run by Jon Norman for himself and Dan Marvin in 1977 and 1978. The origin and fate of the car are both unknown.
  4. March 76B [2] (Cliff Hansen): Cliff Hansen (Laguna Beach, CA) campaigned a blue/red #6 March 76B in 1976 as part of the Doug Shierson Racing operation. Hansen retained the car as a spare in 1977 (he had a 77B but crashed it). It was later bought from Tom Contino (Ontario, CA) by Damon Meek, who has indentified the car as 76B-02. Meek sold it to Lee Follansbee and it would be the 76B raced by him in the Sears Point Pro race in 1984.
  5. March 77B (Mike Rocke): Mike Rocke (Livermore, CA) had a new March 77B for 1977 but its identity has not yet been confirmed. He ran the car through 1977 and 1978 until a serious accident at Trois-Rivières which left Rocke very badly injured and destroyed the 77B. As most other 77Bs have now been identified, it appears that Rocke's car may have been chassis 77B-19.
  6. Ralt RT1 [36] (Dave McMillan): Consigned by Ralt to Ralt American in summer 1976. Run by Dave McMillan in New Zealand Gold Star series, late 1976. Chassis number observed on Dave McMillan's car by Dave McKinney at Baypark, 2 Jan 1977, and published NZMA 28 Jan 77 p5. Described there as ex Kevin Cogan, so one of the four RT1s [chassis 30; 33; 34; 36] shown in Ralt build records [reproduced Autosport 1977] sent to Brian Robertson for Formula Atlantic series in 1976. Since 30 is known to be the car of Bertil Roos, and 33 that of Craig Hill, we can assume that Cogan indeed used 36 [except at the last race of the year when he is known to use Hill's RT1-33], and 34 was that of Richard Spenard - a car originally intended for McMillan's use in North America, until his sponsorship fell through. Retained by McMillan until at least 1980, and used in both North America and New Zealand. McMillan says took his own car to Canada NZMA 29 Jul 77 p5. NZMA report of the race at Halifax says car used in NZ. Chassis number given for McMillan's car at Bay Park, 2 Jan 1978 [NZMA 20 Jan 78 p4].
  7. March 76B [3] (Jon Norman): Tom Pumpelly (McLean, VA) raced a yellow #34 March 76B, entered by National Tire Wholesale. The only yellow 76B shown in March records was chassis 76B-3. Pumpelly raced the car until it was damaged in a collision with Bancroft at Mosport Park in August, after which it was acquired by Ecurie Canada whose regular driver Gilles Villeneuve had damaged both his cars. It is therefore believed to be the car driven by Villeneuve to win at Trois-Rivières and Road Atlanta in September but this is by no means certain. Then bought by John Lane who rented it back to Pumpelly for the SCCA Run-Offs at Road Atlanta, where Pumpelly crashed it again. Sold to John Norman (Oakland, CA) who raced it as part of a two-car team with Dan Marvin in 1977 and 1978. Norman then sold the car but later bought it back and restored it to Villeneuve's livery.

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 if you can add anything.

Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources include Formula magazine Nov 77 p45 and NZMA 9 Sep 77 p3, p7. A CASC announcement on 17 August 1977 mentions a penalty given to Didier Pironi (who Formula showed finishing sixth) and CASC's end-of-season points table shows Holmes sixth and Pironi seventh.