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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Québec City, 25 Sep 1977

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Gilles Villeneuve March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris
#69 Motor Racing Company of Canada
80 1.27.11.702
$12000
2 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#36 Pierre's Motors
80 1.27.39.811
$7000
3 Patrick Depailler Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Hart
#2 Fred Opert Racing/Gitanes
80 1.28.19.019
$5000
4 Jacques Laffite Chevron B39 [39-77-09?] - Ford BDN Titan
#1 Fred Opert Racing/Gitanes
79
$4000
5 Howdy Holmes March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Doug Shierson Racing
79
$3500
6 Chip Mead Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Pierre's Motors
79
$3000
7 Price Cobb March 77B [20?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#22
78
$2300
8 Jeff Wood March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings
#20 Steve Jennings
78 Spun $2000
9 Craig Hill Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDN Titan
#26 Ralt American
78
$1800
10 Dan Marvin Chevron B29 - Ford BDN Hine
#59
78
$1600
11 Richard Spenard March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris
#96 Motor Racing Company of Canada
78
$1400
12 Keke Rosberg Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDN Titan
#4 Fred Opert Racing
76
$1200
13 Rick Bell Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart
#78 Bell Racing
75
$1000
14 Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Hart
#72
74
$900
15 Robert J. Nelkin March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#67 Nelkin Racing Organisation
70
$800
16 Bruce Jensen Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine
#41 Jensen Exotic Plants
65
 
17 Gregg Young Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan
#6 Fred Opert Racing
62
 
18 Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Stimola Racing
51
 
19 Marcel Talbot March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#10 Tamaco Industries
47
 
20 Dave McMillan Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDN Hart
#51 Ralt American (see note 1)
45 Collision with Cogan  
21 Cliff Hansen March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Willis
#21 Hansen Racing (see note 2)
42
 
22 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#33 Ralt American
41 Collision with McMillan  
23 Bill Brack March 77B - Ford BDN Race Shop
#7 Shierson Racing-STP
21 Clutch  
24 Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#58 Norman Racing/Boxtrom-Berglen
(see note 3)
21
 
25 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Race Shop
#11 Tom Gloy Racing (see note 4)
14 Suspension damage  
26 Tom Klausler Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70
14
 
DNA David Oxton Tui BH2 - Ford BDN Nicholson
#70
Did not arrive
DNA Juan Cochesa Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis
#36 Pierre's Motors
Did not arrive
DNA Don McKnight Lola T460 [HU11] - Ford BDA Hart
(see note 5)
Did not arrive
DNA Mike Rocke March 77B - Ford BDN Rocke
#15 R&R Racing (see note 6)
Did not arrive
DNA Eddie Cheever Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#26 Ralt American
Did not arrive
DNA Dave Webber Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Hine
#50 WRE Electric
Did not arrive
DNA Carl Liebich Lola T460 [HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils
#54 Liebrau Racing (see note 7)
Did not arrive
DNA Bobby Rahal March 76B [10 or 15?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#56 Morgan Racing/Red Roof Inns
(see note 8)
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.04.03
2 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-12] - Ford BDN Titan 1.04.39
3 Gilles Villeneuve (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris 1.04.40
4 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 1.04.45
5 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [78] - Ford BDN Willis 1.04.53
6 Dave McMillan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [36] - Ford BDN Hart 1.04.53
7 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [20?] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.04.57
8 Patrick Depailler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Hart 1.04.86
9 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.04.92
10 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [1] - Ford BDN Jennings 1.05.01
11 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [11] - Ford BDN Willis 1.05.12
12 Richard Spenard (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [27 or 26] - Ford BDN Morris 1.05.12
13 Craig Hill (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [73] - Ford BDN Titan 1.06.62
13 Jacques Laffite (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-09?] - Ford BDN Titan 1.05.13
14 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [21 or 22] - Ford BDN Race Shop 1.05.77
15 Gregg Young (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN Titan 1.06.09
16 Bruce Jensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDN Hine 1.06.64
17 Dan Marvin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDN Hine 1.06.98
18 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [14?] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.07.14
19 Marcel Talbot (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine 1.07.21
20 Brad Abbott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola 1.07.51
21 Tom Klausler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 [3] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.07.87
22 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B34 [34.76.18] - Ford BDA Hart 1.08.03
23 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [2] - Ford BDN Willis 1.08.19
24 Gilles Léger (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDA Hart 1.09.41
25 Jon Norman (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth 1.10.55

Notes on the cars:

  1. 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].
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  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 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

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 Dec/Jan 78 pp40-42, NZMA 21 Oct 1977 p4, MN 29 Sep 1977 p1, 4 and the programme.