When Gilles impressed Hunt

21. Sep 2020 
by Ziv Knoll

In September 1976, James Hunt participated in the Molson Grand Prix at Trois-Rivières in Québec (Canada), a very spectacular street race for Formula Atlantic cars.

Hunt (picture above), driving a March 76B finished a fine third, behind Alan Jones and race winner Gilles Villeneuve who was unknown to the Formula One community at the time.

Upon his return in Europe, Hunt impressed with the young Canadian talent (picture below), recommended John Hogan (Marlboro) and Teddy Mayer (McLaren) to give him a chance in a Formula One car.

We would soon discover a legend.

Source: DR

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