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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 Shierson Racing
60 1.12.38.018
3 Patrick Depailler Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDA Hart
#2 Fred Opert Racing
60 1.12.41.890
4 Gilles Villeneuve March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris
#69 Ecurie Canada Direct Film
60 1.12.41.891
5 Craig Hill Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDN Titan
#26 Ralt American
60 1.12.47.247
6 Jacques Laffite Chevron B39 [39-77-09] - Ford BDN Titan
#1 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
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
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 Shierson Racing-STP
58
17 William Kneeland Chevron B39 [39-77-01?] - Ford BDA Hart
#14
58
18 Hugh Cree Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#16
58
19 John Gloviak Brabham BT35 [41] - Ford BDA Hart
#65
58
20 David Oxton Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70
48 Accident
21 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 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
33 Oil leak
24 Mauro Lanaro March 712M [71BM-2?] - Ford BDA
#35 (see note 2)
17 Accident
25 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10
14 Clutch
26 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDA Titan
#3 Fred Opert Racing
1 Accident
DNS Don McKnight Lola T460 [HU11] - Ford BDA Hart
#50 Webber Racing Team
Did not start
DNQ John Connolly March 76B - Ford BDN Morris
#11 Shea Racing (see note 3)
Did not qualify
DNA Bobby Rahal March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#56 Morgan Racing/Red Roof Inns
(see note 4)
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 5)
Did not arrive
DNA Carl Liebich Lola T460 [HU18] - Ford BDA
#54
Did not arrive
DNA Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#58 (see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN
#59 (see note 7)
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 March 76B - Ford BDN Morris 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, 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.
  2. 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 leats 1977. Whether it is the LM Special he raced from 1980 to 1983 is unclear. The car remained with Lanaro for many years. By early 2019, it was back in 71BM specification.
  3. March 76B (John Connolly): 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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].
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

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.