The moments that defined Gilles

The moments that defined Gilles

As part of our Gilles Villeneuve celebration, Edd Straw picks out 10 moments that defined the career of one of F1's most exciting talents


The sight of Gilles Villeneuve winning a Formula Atlantic race in 1976 wasn't unusual. When he won the late-season race on the Trois Rivieres street circuit, it was his eighth win in nine starts that year. But what was very different was the quality of the entry in Canada, with Alan Jones, James Hunt, Vittorio Brambilla and Patrick Tambay all gunning for the prize money.

Villeneuve put his March 76B on pole position by 0.360s ahead of Atlantic regular (and two-times Trois Rivieres winner) Tom Klausler and took the lead at the start. He would never be headed. As Tom Waddell wrote in his AUTOSPORT report, this was a big surprise.

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