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Formula Atlantic Labatts Championship Series Race

Hamilton, 7 Aug 1978

ResultsLapsTime/Speed
1 Keke Rosberg Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
#4 Excita/Fred Opert Racing
39 47m 24.585s
68.113 mph
2 Price Cobb March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#22 Ecurie Canada
39 47m 25.208s
68.098 mph
3 Bobby Rahal Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
#2 Pierre's Motor Racing
39
67.704 mph
4 Danny Sullivan March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
#34 Bluebonnet Foods/Quaker State
39
67.394 mph
5 Divina Galica Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Fred Opert Racing (see note 1)
39
66.255 mph
6 Chip Mead Ralt RT1/78 [106] - Ford BDN Willis
#31 Hanna Car Wash/Pierre's Motor Racing
38
7 John Mortensen March 78B [20?] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#9 Doug Shierson Racing
38
8 Rick Koehler Excalibur EE2B [March 77B] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#51 Brook Stevens
38
9 Bob Earl Chevron B34 [34.76.34] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#19 James Brolin ('Chevron B39')
38
10 Rick Bell Ralt RT1 [127] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#78
38
11 Jean-Pierre Alamy March 78B [7] - Ford BDN Hine
#13
38
12 Mike Rocke March 77B [29] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#15 (see note 2)
37
13 Gilles Léger Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Cosworth
#72
37
14 Jeff Smith Chevron B34 [34.76.15] - Ford BDN Smith
#50 Starr Racing
37
15 Jon Norman March 76B [3] - Ford BDA Cosworth
#58 Norman Racing (see note 3)
37
16 John Connolly Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#71
36
17 Jeff Wood March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
#20 Great Plains Racing (see note 4)
35 hit wall between corner 4 and corner 5
18 Peter Robinson Chevron B39 [39-77-07] - Ford BDN
#86 (see note 5)
34 mechanical problems after hitting wall
19 Kevin Cogan Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
#33 Brian Robertson/Ralt American
29 rear cross member
20 Tom Gloy March 76B - Ford BDN Jennings
#38 Tom Gloy/Lane Sports (see note 6)
26 transmission
21 Bill Brack March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson
#7 Stp Special/Ecurie Canada
22 collision with Rahal
22 Howdy Holmes March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
#8 Jiffy Mixes/Doug Shierson Racing
10 broken suspension/collision with backmarker
23 Robert J. Nelkin March 78B [8] - Ford BDN Stimola
#67 Hunter Mountain
10 mechanical problems
24 Mike Follett Ralt RT1 [128] - Ford BDN
#21
10 spun into infield
25 Ralph Manaker March 76B [8?] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#63 (see note 7)
3 mechanical problems
26 Cliff Hansen March 78B [4] - Ford BDN Willis
#62 Charles Gladding
2 suspension problems
27 Carl Liebich Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDN
#54 Liebrau Racing (see note 8)
0 accident at corner 3
28 Chris Gleason March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#75 Whalley BMW Sales
0 accident at corner 3
29 Bobby Brown March 78B [18] - Ford BDN
#79 Automatic Radios
0 accident at corner 3
30 Bertil Roos March 77B - Ford BDN Morris
#24 Acme
0 pulled off at corner 12 prior to green flag
UNKE Eje Elgh Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] - Ford BDN Smith
#5 Sheik Condoms (see note 9)
On entry list
UNKE Ian Ashley Chevron B45 [45-78-03] - Ford BDN
#11 Jethro Tull
On entry list
UNKE Page Roos Chevron B39 [39-77-09] - Ford BDN Cosworth
#14 (see note 10)
On entry list
UNKE Armando Trentini March 78B - Ford BDN
#17
On entry list
UNKE Joe Sposato March 77B [5] - Ford BDN Stimola
#28 Smokegard (see note 11)
On entry list
UNKE Les Hill Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN
#29 RPM Special
On entry list
UNKE Ken Briggs March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
#30 Tropicana Hotel
On entry list
UNKE Steve "Gas" Saleen March 77B - Ford BDN
#39 Clayton Bierke
On entry list
UNKE Allan Turner March 78B - Ford BDN
#40 Weight Loss Clinic [Wilbur Bunce Racing?]
On entry list
UNKE Dick Ferguson March 76B - Ford BDN
#44 ABC Mobile Brake (see note 12)
On entry list
UNKE Yves La France Lola T460 - Ford BDN
#45 Phoenix Racing
On entry list
UNKE Rich Bradley March 76B/77B - Ford BDN
#53 (see note 13)
On entry list
UNKE Terry Visger March 77B - Ford BDN
#55
On entry list
UNKE Dan Marvin March 76B - Ford BDN
#59 Norman Racing (see note 14)
On entry list
UNKE John Bauer March 77B [28?] - Ford BDN
#73
On entry list
UNKE Fred Greenfield Tui BH2 - Ford BDN
#77
On entry list
UNKE Willy T. Ribbs March 77B [23] - Ford BDN Hine
#78 (see note 15)
On entry list
UNKE Brad Abbott March 77B [6?] - Ford BDN Stimola
#98 Joe Stimola (see note 16)
On entry list
DNA Divina Galica Chevron B39 - Ford BDN Smith
#6 Olympus
Did not arrive

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

Qualifying
1 Bill Brack (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [15] - Ford BDN Nicholson 1.06.637
2 Price Cobb (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Morris
3 Keke Rosberg (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B45 [45-78-02] - Ford BDN Smith
4 Kevin Cogan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 - Ford BDN Willis
5 Howdy Holmes (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B [1] - Ford BDN Race Shop
6 Bobby Rahal (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Ralt RT1 [109] - Ford BDN Willis
7 Danny Sullivan (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Stimola
8 Jeff Wood (F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 78B - Ford BDN Willis
9 Divina Galica (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] - Ford BDN Smith
10 Carl Liebich (F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T362 [HU18] - Ford BDN

Notes on the cars:

  1. Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] (Divina Galica): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. This car was new for Keke Rosberg to race at Trois-Rivières in September 1977. It was retained by Opert for 1978, and raced by Eje Elgh at the opening two rounds as his #5 Sheik Condoms entry before his new Chevron B45 was available. The B39 is then thought to be the #5 car raced by Divina Galica at Hamilton in August. Then probably the pink #5 Chevron raced by Marco Tolama for Opert at Road America in July 1979. Then probably the #4 entry, still in Excita livery, for Doug Titus at two other races later that season.
  2. March 77B [29] (Mike Rocke): New Mike Rocke (Livermore, CA), who raced the car through 1977 and 1978 until a serious accident at Trois-Rivières which left Rocke very badly injured and destroyed the 77B.
  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 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.
  5. Chevron B39 [39-77-07] (Peter Robinson): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship by Gregg Young as the team's #6 Valvoline entry. Retained by Fred Opert Racing for the 1978 New Zealand series, where it was Bobby Rahal's T car. Sold to Peter Robinson (Madison, Wisconsin) and raced in SCCA Nationals and in a couple of Labatts Championship Pro races in 1978. He scored 19 points in Central Division in 1978. He was not seen in 1979, but reappeared with the car in Southwest Division in 1980, now as a member of Lone Star Region, and qualified for the Runoffs. He converted the car to Formula C for 1981, and retained it until 1984 at least, when it was advertised from Austin, TX. Subsequent history unknown, but some time around 2003, the car was acquired by Jeff Mckay (Tacoma, WA) from the estate of a collector in Texas. Mckay sold the car in 2004 to John Bradshaw (Manchester). A car with this chassis number later owned by Sandy Watson, and raced by him in European Historic F2 and HSCC Derek Bell Trophy from 2006 to 2009. Then raced by Roland Wiltschegg (Austria) from 2010 to 2013.
  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 [8?] (Ralph Manaker): Doug Shierson Racing ran a red March 76B for Dale Lang (Wilton, CT) in 1976. The only red 76B in March build records was 76B-8, suggesting this was Lang's car. Lang retained this car for 1977 and then sold it to Ralph Manaker (Erieville, NY) who raced it in 1978. Advertised by Manaker as a 76-77B in October 1978.
  8. Lola T362 [HU18] (Carl Liebich): Described as "the 1976 prototype", this car was loaned by Lola to the Wella team for Ted Wentz to drive in the last few races of the 1975 British Formula Atlantic season after Wentz' regular car was wrecked in testing at Silverstone by Roy James. It was loaned to Tony Trimmer for the start of the 1976 season, now as a Lola T362, and Trimmer won the first two races, only for the car to be sold from under him to Bruach Racing for Mike King, who raced it in Indylantic and Shellsport Group 8 for the rest of that season. Somehow then to Carl Liebich (Plymouth, WI) as a spare car to his Lola T460. Exactly when it was used is not known. Crashed at some point, and sold, still unrepaired, to Cy Moreland (Trainer, PA). Still with Moreland in 2003. Later to Steve Maxted (UK), fitted with a Cosworth BDG and raced by him in HSCC F2 races from 2006 to 2011. To Mark Piercy for HSCC F2 from 2012 onwards.
  9. Chevron B39 [39-77-12?] (Eje Elgh): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. This car was new for Keke Rosberg to race at Trois-Rivières in September 1977. It was retained by Opert for 1978, and raced by Eje Elgh at the opening two rounds as his #5 Sheik Condoms entry before his new Chevron B45 was available. The B39 is then thought to be the #5 car raced by Divina Galica at Hamilton in August. Then probably the pink #5 Chevron raced by Marco Tolama for Opert at Road America in July 1979. Then probably the #4 entry, still in Excita livery, for Doug Titus at two other races later that season.
  10. Chevron B39 [39-77-09] (Page Roos): New to Fred Opert Racing and raced in the Labatts Formula Atlantic Championship. One of two cars run by the team for Keke Rosberg, this one having wider track. Believed to have been new for Rosberg at Halifax in August. Then used by Didier Pironi at St-Félicien a week later after damaging his intended car in practice. Then raced by Jacques Laffite as the team's #1 entry at Trois-Rivières and Québec City. Sold to Formula Ford racer Page Roos (Hillsborough, CA), an heir to the Roos-Atkins clothing store chain, but it was only raced once, at Long Beach in early 1978. Advertised by Roos in January 1982, and apparently the car acquired by Dick Leppla and advertised by him in September 1982. Retained by Leppla until 1987 at least. Subsequent history unknown, but advertised in Hemmings in June 2009.
  11. March 77B [5] (Joe Sposato): New to Joe Sposato and used in SCCA Nationals in 1977. Retained for Pro Formula Atlantic for first half of 1978, then sold to Charles Crotts (High Point, NC) for remainder of 1978. Believed to be the car retained by Crotts and run in SCCA events up to 1985.
  12. March 76B (Dick Ferguson): Dick Ferguson (Los Angeles, CA) raced a #44 March 76B/77B at Long Beach at the start of the 1978 Pro season, and made a couple of entries at races later in the season. Nothing more known.
  13. March 76B/77B (Rich Bradley): Richard W. Bradley (Sunnyvale, CA/Mountain View, CA) raced a #53 March 76B/77B in a couple of races at the start of the 1978 season, but did not arrive for the second Pro race of the season and was not seen again. Nothing more known.
  14. 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.
  15. March 77B [23] (Willy T. Ribbs): New to Marcel Talbot (Granby, Quebec) and run for him by Colin Hine Racing Team in Formula Atlantic in 1977, sponsored by Tamaco. Retained by Colin Hine Racing for 1978, and entered for Willy T. Ribbs at Long Beach, then for Jean-Pierre Alamy at two further races. Subsequent history unknown.
  16. March 77B [6?] (Brad Abbott): Brad Abbott (Messapequa, NY) raced a March 77B in SCCA Nationals and then the Pro series in 1977, run by Stimola Racing. He retained the car for 1978, but was seen less often that season. Subsequent history 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

Results sheet provided by George Webster.