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Villeneuve, Gilles

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Born: 1952? AD
Died: 1982 AD.

Nationality: Canadian
Categories: Race Drivers

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1950 - Born in Richelieu on the 18th of January.

1967 - Villeneuve started competitive driving in local drag-racing events, entering his road car, a modified Ford Mustang.

1970 - He married Joann Barthe, with whom he had two children, Jacques and Melanie.

1975 - He won his first Atlantic race at Gimli Motosport Park in heavy rain.

1976 - Teamed with Chris Harrison's Ecurie Canada and factory March race engineer Ray Wardell, he dominated the season by winning all but one of the races and taking the US and Canadian titles.

1977 - He won the Canadian championship.

         - After Villeneuve impressed McLaren driver James Hunt by beating him, and several other Grand Prix stars, in a non-championship Formula Atlantic race at Trois-Rivières, McLaren offered Villeneuve a deal for five races in a third car and the young Canadian made his debut at the British Grand Prix.

1979 - Villeneuve was joined by Jody Scheckter after Carlos Reutemann moved to Lotus.

1982 - Died on the 8th of May.

 

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