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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Lime Rock, 4 Jul 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed Winnings
1 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Red Roof/Morgan [Pierre's Motor Racing]
65 0.54.55.024
$10000
2 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Jiffy Mixes [Doug Shierson Racing]
65
$6500
3 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
#20 Great Plains Racing (see note 1)
65
$4000
4 Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 Excita Condoms [Fred Opert Racing]
(see note 2)
65
$3500
5 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Direct Films [Ecurie Canada]
64
$3000
6 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
#38 Lane Sports (Tigre JD-1) (see note 3)
64
$2500
7 Bertil Roos March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris
#24 Acme/Racetune
64
$2100
8 Bill Brack March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 Doug Shierson Racing
64
$1800
9 James Crawley Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Fred Opert Racing
63
$1600
10 Bobby Brown March 78B [13] - Ford BDN
#79 Automatic Radio
63
$1300
11 Ken Duclos Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDN Duclos
#84
63
$1100
12 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Sigmon [Pierre's Motor Racing]
63
$800
13 John Mortensen March 78B [9] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Race Shop [Doug Shierson Racing]
63
$700
14 Rick Bell Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#78
62
$600
15 Carl Liebich Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils
#54
62
$500
16 Peter Neumahr Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#42
62
 
17 Mike Rocke March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 Rocke Racing (see note 4)
62
 
18 Joe Sposato March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola
#28 C.B. Sports
61
 
19 Rick Koehler Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#51 Brooks Stevens
61
 
20 Skeeter McKitterick Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
#11 Shea Racing
59
 
21 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Parnelli Jones [Ralt American]
58
 
22 Ken Briggs March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#30 Tropicana Hotel
58
 
23 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#71
56
 
24 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34 Bluebonnet
40 Engine  
25 Cliff Hansen March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis
#62
33 Mechanical  
26 Jean-Pierre Alamy March 77B [23] - Ford BDN
#13 Greenpeace
27 Engine  
27 Mike Follett Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#21
25 Spun  
28 Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98
22 Mechanical  
29 Chris Gleason Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDN Morris
#75 Whalley BMW Sales
21 Spun  
30 Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Palm Beach Gem Lab [Hunter Mountain]
11 Electrics  
UNKE Eje Elgh Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Sheik Condoms [Fred Opert Racing]
(see note 5)
On entry list
UNKE Marcel Talbot Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#11 Jethro Tull
On entry list
UNKE Bruce Jensen March 78B - Ford BDN
#41 Maritimes Special
On entry list
UNKE J B Kendrick Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#42 Paragon Industries
On entry list
UNKE Jeff Smith Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN
#50 Starr Racing
On entry list
UNKE Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN
#59 (see note 6)
On entry list
UNKE Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#72 Laval Motors
On entry list

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

Qualifying
1 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop 48.321s
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 48.479s
3 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola 48.519s
4 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Nicholson 48.541s
5 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis 48.662s
6 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-04] - Ford BDN Smith 48.882s
7 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis 48.890s
8 Tom Gloy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings 49.065s
9 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis 49.102s
10 Bobby Brown (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [13] - Ford BDN 49.491s
11 Cliff Hansen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis 49.553s
12 John Mortensen (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [9] - Ford BDN Race Shop 49.583s
13 Ken Briggs (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris 49.617s
14 Ken Duclos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [119] - Ford BDN Duclos 49.669s
15 Chip Mead (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis 49.728s
16 Joe Sposato (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola 49.738s
17 Chris Gleason (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1/78 [135] - Ford BDN Morris 50.029s
18 Peter Neumahr (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 50.097s
19 Bertil Roos (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [26 or 27] - Ford BDN Morris 50.107s
20 Carl Liebich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T560 [T460 HU18] - Ford BDN Bertils 50.191s
21 Mike Rocke (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B - Ford BDN Nicholson 50.289s
22 Rick Bell (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth 50.336s
23 Rick Koehler (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth 50.710s
24 James Crawley (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-06] - Ford BDN Smith 50.724s
25 Robert J. Nelkin (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola 50.726s
26 John Connolly (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN 50.964s
27 Brad Abbott (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola 50.977s
28 Skeeter McKitterick (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN 51.343s
29 Mike Follett (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN Cosworth 51.611s
30 Jean-Pierre Alamy (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 77B [23] - Ford BDN 52.168s

Notes on the cars:

  1. March 78B (Jeff Wood): Jeff Wood (Studio City, CA) drove a March 78B for Great Plains Racing in Formula Atlantic in 1978 and raced the same car in New Zealand in December 1978 and January 1979. He moved to a 79B for 1979 and the 78B is believed to have been sold to Greg Sun who ran it (as a 78-79B) in SCCA events in 1979. It was then acquired by Bob Schader and raced on through 1980 and early 1981, including appearances at the Long Beach and Road America pro races in 1980 and at Long Beach again in 1981. Schader then moved into FSV and the 78B was sold to Dorsey Schroeder (Manchester, MO) and used extensively in SCCA in 1981 and 1982.
  2. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Keke Rosberg): To Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. Later to Robin Boucher and Steve Raine for Sprints in 1987 and then to Stuart Ridge. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Chevron B45 [45-78-04] (Eje Elgh): To Fred Opert Racing for North American Formula Atlantic as a second car. Used as a spare by Keke Rosberg and as his race car at Lime Rock. Also raced by Eje Elgh and by Arturo Merzario at Trois-Rivières. Raced by Rosberg at Macau in November 1978. Then sold to Mike Peers and entered in the revived British series for Jim Crawford. Fitted with a BDX engine for 1980 and run by Plygrange Racing for Crawford in the F2 class of the Aurora series. Stayed with Plygrange for 1981 when raced by Vin Malkie (Northwich, Cheshire) in libre racing. Reappeared in 1983 when raced by Duncan Gray in the British Formula Atlantic series. Later to Robin Boucher and Steve Raine for Sprints in 1987 and then to Stuart Ridge. To John Lloyd then to Simon Hadfield (Shepshed, Leicestershire) but damaged in an accident at Mallory Park. Restored with original Excita condoms bodywork and sold in 1998 to Jeff Wright, a Scotsman then living in Canada. Still with Wright (Wilmington, NC) in 2014 and raced regularly in vintage racing.
  6. 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 if you can add anything.