1979 British Formula Three season

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1979 British Formula Three season
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The 1979 British Formula Three season was the 29th season of the British Formula Three Championship.

Only Project Four Racing and Team Tiga appeared properly prepared for the 1979 season, with respective drivers Chico Serra and Andrea de Cesaris. It would be Serra’s consistency that saw him take the BARC/BRDC Vandervell British Formula Three Championship after a number of avoidable accidents and mistakes from de Cesaris, dropped him from contention. The Kiwi teenage sensation, Mike Thackwell was also very consistent,[1] winning four of the last eight races for the works March Racing team.[2]

B.A.R.C./B.R.D.C. Vandervell British F3 Championship[edit]

Champion: Brazil Chico Serra

Runner Up: Italy Andrea de Cesaris [3]

Results[edit]

Date Round Circuit Winning driver Winning team Winning car
04/03/79 Rd.1 England Silverstone (club) Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
11/03/79 Rd.2 England Thruxton Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
25/03/79 Rd.3 England Silverstone United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Unipart Team March 783/793-Triumph
01/04/79 Rd.4 England Snetterton Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
08/04/79 Rd.5 England Donington Park Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
16/04/79 Rd.5 England Thruxton Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
07/05/79 Rd.7 England Brands Hatch (Indy) Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
20/05/79 Rd.8 England Donington Park New Zealand Brett Riley Unipart Team March 793-Triumph
28/05/79 Rd.9 England Silverstone (club) Republic of Ireland Bernard Devaney Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars Chevron B47B-Toyota
10/06/79 Rd.10 England Brands Hatch (Indy) New Zealand Mike Thackwell March Racing Ltd March 793-Toyota
17/06/79 Rd.11 England Cadwell Park Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
01/07/79 Rd.12 England Silverstone (Club) Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
13/07/79 Rd.13 England Silverstone New Zealand Mike Thackwell March Racing Ltd March 793-Toyota
05/08/79 Rd.14 England Snetterton New Zealand Mike Thackwell March Racing Ltd March 793-Toyota
12/08/79 Rd.15 England Mallory Park Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
27/08/79 Rd.16 England Silverstone (Club) Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
15/09/79 Rd.17 England Oulton Park New Zealand Mike Thackwell March Racing Ltd March 793-Toyota
30/09/79 Rd.18 England Thruxton Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
07/10/79 Rd.19 England Silverstone Sweden Stefan Johansson Marlboro Racing with Derek McMahon March 793-Toyota
28/10/79 Rd.20 England Thruxton New Zealand Mike Thackwell March Racing Ltd March 793-Toyota
Source: [4]

Table[edit]

Place Driver Car - Engine Total
1 Brazil Chico Serra March 793-Toyota 103
2 Italy Andrea de Cesaris March 793-Toyota 90
3 New Zealand Mike Thackwell March 793-Toyota 71
4 Sweden Stefan Johansson Chevron B47-Toyota
March 793-Toyota
54
5 New Zealand Brett Riley March 783/793-Triumph 40
6 United Kingdom Kenny Acheson Ralt RT1-Toyota
March 793-Toyota
35
7 Republic of Ireland Bernard Devaney Chevron B47-Toyota 27
8 United Kingdom Nigel Mansell March 783/793-Triumph 24
9 Republic of Ireland Michael Roe Chevron B47-Toyota 15
Colombia Roberto Guerrero Argo JM3-Toyota 15
11 Republic of Ireland Eddie Jordan Chevron B47-Toyota
March 793-Toyota
9
12 France Alain Prost Martini Mk27-Renault 4
New Zealand Rob Wilson March 793-Toyota 4
United Kingdom John Bright March 793-Toyota 4
Spain Jorge Caton Ralt RT1-Toyota 4
Brazil Placido Iglesias Ralt RT1-Toyota 4
17 Spain Fernando Jorge Ralt RT1-Toyota 3
United Kingdom Mike Blanchet Lola T670-Chevrolet
Lola T670-Toyota
3
19 Belgium Thierry Boutsen March-Toyota 793 2
20 United Kingdom Ken Eady March 783/793-Triumph 1
France Richard Dallest Martini Mk27-Toyota 1
United Kingdom Alan Smith Chevron B47B-Toyota 1
Sweden Bengt Trägårdh Ralt RT1-Toyota 1
Sweden Jon Hedström Ralt RT1-Toyota 1
Source: [3]

Non-Championship Races[edit]

Results[edit]

Date Race Circuit Winning driver Winning team Winning car
03/06/79 RAC FOCA Trophy England Donington Park Republic of Ireland Michael Roe David Clark Team Riva Watches Chevron B47-Toyota
15/07/79 Radio Trent Trophy England Donington Park United Kingdom Kenny Acheson The RMC Group March 793-Toyota
09/09/79 John Player International F3 Trophy England Donington Park United Kingdom Kenny Acheson The RMC Group March 793-Toyota
03/11/79 BARC TV Trophy England Thruxton United Kingdom Kenny Acheson The RMC Group March 793-Toyota
Source: [4]

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