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Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières

Trois-Rivières, 4 Sep 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Price Cobb March 77B [20?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#22
60 1.12.38.017
2 Howdy Holmes March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDA Race Shop
#8 C. S. M. [Shierson Racing]
60 1.12.38.018
3 Patrick Depailler Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Ramada Inn [Fred Opert Racing]
60 1.12.41.890
4 Gilles Villeneuve March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris
#69 Direct Film [Ecurie Canada]
60 1.12.41.891
5 Craig Hill Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDN Titan
#26 Castrol [Ralt American]
60 1.12.47.247
6 Jacques Laffite Chevron B39 [39-77-09?] - Ford BDN Titan
#1 Ramada Inn [Fred Opert Racing]
60 1.12.53.494
7 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33
60 1.12.53.887
8 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre Phillips
60 1.12.54.081
9 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hart
#41 Jensen Plant
60 1.12.54.914
10 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDA Williams
#21 Hansen Racing (see note 1)
60 1.12.55.535
11 Juan Cochesa Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#36 Pierre Phillips
60
12 Rick Bell Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart
#78 Bell Racing
60
13 Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Hart
#72 Gilles Leger Racing
59
14 Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#67 Hunter Mountain
59
15 Jeff Wood March 77B [1] - Ford BDA Jennings
#20 R&R Racing
59
16 Bill Brack March 77B - Ford BDA Race Shop
#7 STP [Shierson Racing]
58
17 William Kneeland Chevron B39 [39-77-01?] - Ford BDA Hart
#14 Frame Place
58
18 Hugh Cree Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#16 Cree Family
58
19 John Gloviak Brabham BT35 [41] - Ford BDA Hart
#65 Stewart-Warner (see note 2)
58
20 David Oxton Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70 Germain Freres
48 Accident
21 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 Valcvoline [Fred Opert Racing]
48 Accident
22 Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDA Stimola
#98
39 Not known
23 Cliff Dawson Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford BDA Hart
#88 Kanes (see note 3)
33 Oil leak
24 Mauro Lanaro March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford BDA
#35 S.O.S. (see note 4)
17 Accident
25 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10 Tamaco
14 Clutch
26 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDA Titan
#3 Ramada Inn [Fred Opert Racing]
1 Accident
DNS Don McKnight Lola T460 [HU11] - Ford BDA Hart
#50 Webber Racing Team (see note 5)
Did not start
DNQ John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#11
Did not qualify
UNKE Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Morris
#11 Shea Racing (see note 6)
On entry list
(listed as practicing in first session)
UNKE Jeff Smith Chevron - Ford BDA
#55 Star Racing
On entry list
DNA Bobby Rahal March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#56 Morgan Racing/Red Roof Inns
(see note 7)
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Webber Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA
#50
Did not arrive
DNA Dave McMillan Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDN
#51 (see note 8)
Did not arrive
DNA Carl Liebich Lola T460 [HU18] - Ford BDA
#54 (see note 9)
Did not arrive
DNA Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#58 (see note 10)
Did not arrive
DNA Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN
#59 (see note 11)
Did not arrive
DNA Richard Spenard March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
Did not arrive

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 1.04.488
2 Patrick Depailler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDA Hart 1.05.478
3 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [20?] - Ford BDN Stimola 1.05.563
4 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDA Titan 1.05.664
5 Jacques Laffite (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-09?] - Ford BDN Titan 1.05.793
6 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.05.917
7 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDA Race Shop 1.06.177
8 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis 1.06.368
9 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis 1.06.533
10 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hart 1.06.709
11 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDN Titan 1.06.792
12 Gregg Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan 1.06.805
13 Juan Cochesa (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis 1.07.056
14 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine 1.07.111
15 David Oxton (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.07.161
16 Brad Abbott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDA Stimola 1.07.227
17 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [1] - Ford BDA Jennings 1.07.254
18 Don McKnight * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T460 [HU11] - Ford BDA Hart 1.07.551
19 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.07.584
20 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.07.696
21 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDA Williams 1.07.722
22 Gilles Léger (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Hart 1.07.777
23 John Gloviak (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [41] - Ford BDA Hart 1.08.991
24 Hugh Cree (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart 1.09.470
25 William Kneeland (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-01?] - Ford BDA Hart 1.10.041
26 Mauro Lanaro (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford BDA 1.10.761
27 Cliff Dawson (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Brabham BT38B [13] - Ford BDA Hart 1.11.156
28 John Connolly * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 1.12.529
29 Bobby Rahal * (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Stimola no time
 
* Did not start

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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 (Los Gatos, CA), who raced the car in SCCA Nationals in 1982 and has identified it as 76B-02. Meek sold it to Lee Follansbee (Temecula, CA) and it would be the 76B raced by him in the Sears Point Pro race in 1984.
  2. Brabham BT35 [41] (John Gloviak): Unknown in 1971, 1972 and early 1973. First seen when raced by David Ralston (Elmhurst, IL) in the latter part of 1973. To John Gloviak (Chicago, IL) for 1974 (sometimes entered by his brother Thomas Gloviak), and used in SCCA Nationals and some Pro events from 1974 to 1978. The Gloviaks continued to race the car up to 1982. They planned some suspension changes, but these were never made, and the car was sold to Gene Frings (Mayville, WI) who stored it for some years. Sold in 2002 to restorer David Irwin, at which time it had a BDD and FT200 gearbox. Sold to Lee Brahin (Philadelphia, PA) in 2004 or 2005, and raced in SVRA events.
  3. Brabham BT38B [13] (Cliff Dawson): New to Eligio Siconolfi (Montréal, Quebec, Canada), who raced in the Canadian FB series in 1972, sponsored by Downtown Datsun Ltd. To Peter Overing for 1973, but only seen at Sanair in June. To Reg Scullion (Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Montréal, Quebec) for 1974, and raced in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series, but still with a Ford twin cam engine. Then to Cliff Dawson (Mount Royal, Quebec), who raced it in Formula Atlantic in 1975, 1976 and 1977, and then reappeared with the car converted to Can-Am specification for 1980 to 1983. Dawson continued to use a Cosworth BDD engine in Can-Am.
  4. March 712M [71BM-2?] (Mauro Lanaro): New for Bill Gubelmann (Oyster Bay, NY) and used in British Formula Atlantic at the start of the season, winning at Oulton Park 21 March, and then in the SCCA Pro Formula B series. The car was often described as a 712M but it seems more likely that he used the same 712BM all season. Also raced with a BDA in the Formula A race at Lime Rock in Sep and in one round of the Canadian series. Sold via Joe Grimaldi's The Race Shop to Frank Del Vecchio (Trumbull, CT) and used in NEDiv FB and in a couple of rounds of the Pro series. Sold back via Joe Grimaldi at the end of 1972; Frank thinks it went to a Canadian, and it is very likely to have been the car driven by Ken Huband, Norm Joy and David Westgate in 1973 and 1974. Sold to Mauro Lanaro (Montréal, Quebec) to replace the 71BM he lost in a transporter fire in 1974. Fitted with a Cosworth BDA engine and raced as the LM Special until at least 1977. Whether it is the LM Special he raced from 1980 to 1983 is unclear. The car remained with Lanaro for many years and was eventually rebuilt to original 71BM specification about 1999. In late 2018, it was part of a package of cars bought from Lanaro by David Clubine (Brantford, ON), and was sold to a collector in Ontario.
  5. Lola T460 [HU11] (Don McKnight): New to Dave Webber (Mississauga, Ontario) for Canadian Formula Atlantic in 1976, but only seen at a couple of races that season. Entered by Webber Racing for Don McKnight in 1977. Webber then retained the car for many years, selling it to Derek Harling in 1994.
  6. 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. Shea and Gloy retained the car for 1978, when it was run as #38 and had a front-mounted radiator. Gloy last raced it at Hamilton in August, after which it was advertised by Bud Rude in September, noting that it had a new monocoque. It was then sold, still yellow and with its front radiator, to Gary Fernandez for 1979, who painted it red. Fernandez crashed the car in April 1979, and it was repaired by Arnie Loyning, who ended up owning it, and raced it a couple of times. It was subsequently traded (for a Sports 2000) to Bob Lesnett, owner of Pfieffer Ridge Racing, and during his ownership the tub was rebuilt by Marc Bahner. An "ex-Gloy" March was later advertised by Pfeiffer Ridge Racing in Richmond, CA, in January 1984. Larry Savage has a car in 2019 that is said to be ex-Gloy and has the SCCA Log Book from when Gary Fernandez owned it in 1979. The car is now on a 77B tub, but a different 77B tub to the one recorded by the SCCA in 1979.
  7. 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. 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.
  8. 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].
  9. Lola T460 [HU18] (Carl Liebich): New to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI/Two Rivers, WI) for Canadian and IMSA Formula Atlantic races late in the 1976 season. Liebich was said to have a new T560 for 1977, but it appears it was his nearly-new T460 updated. Retained for 1978, 1979, and the start of 1980. Chris Townsend's research shows this car was sold to Chuck Dietrich in 1980 and used by him in SCCA Central Division Formula Atlantic until 1982. It was then retained unraced by Dietrich until sold to Lowell Blossom in 1995. Sold by Blossom to Dave Jordano (Indianapolis, IN) in 2005.
  10. 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.
  11. March 76B (Dan Marvin): Dan Marvin (El Sobrante, CA) drove a #59 March 76B in 1977 as part of Jon Norman's Boxtrom-Berglen Norman Racing team. The car was built up using a tub that Norman had fabricated himself, using an unknown number of parts of unknown origin. It was, in effect, a new car. Marvin raced the car in bothPro Formula Atlantic and in SCCA Nationals in 1977 and 1978.

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.

Individual sources for this event

Chris Townsend's sources include Formula magazine, NZMA 23 Sep 1977, Motoring News 8 Sep 1977 pp15-17 and the entry list.