1979 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Round 1 of 3 of the 1979 Australian Drivers' Championship
Barbagallo Raceway AKA Wanneroo Park (Australia) track map.svg
Date 11 March 1979
Official name XLIV Australian Grand Prix
Location Wanneroo Park, Wanneroo, Western Australia
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 2.411 km (1.498 mi)
Distance 63 laps, 151.893 km (93.374 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Lola-Chevrolet
Time 0'52.11
Fastest lap
Driver Australia John Wright
Australia Johnnie Walker
Lola-Chevrolet
Lola-Chevrolet
Time 0'54.92
Podium
First Lola-Chevrolet
Second Elfin-Chevrolet
Third Lola-Chevrolet

The 1979 Australian Grand Prix was an open wheel racing car race held at Wanneroo Park north of Perth on 11 March 1979.

It was the 44th Australian Grand Prix and was open to Australian Formula 1 cars (incorporating Formula 5000 and Formula Pacific). The event was also the first round of the 1979 Australian Drivers' Championship and the only time the AGP was held at the Wanneroo circuit.

Classification[edit]

Results as follows:[1]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Car Qual Gap
1 84 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:52.11
2 12 Australia Larry Perkins Elfin MR8 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:52.77 +0.66
3 25 Australia Johnnie Walker Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:53.00 +0.89
4 15 Australia Terry Hook Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:53.20 +1.09
5 24 Australia Jon Davison Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:54.20 +2.09
6 76 Australia John Wright Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:54.27 +2.16
7 7 Australia John McCormack McLaren M23 / Leyland 5.0L V8 0:54.67 +2.56
8 11 Australia John Bowe Elfin MR8 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:55.30 +3.19
9 10 Australia Rob Butcher Lola T332 / Chevrolet V8 0:55.85 +3.74
10 71 Australia John Smith Ralt RT1 / Ford 1.6L I4 0:56.59 +4.48
11 38 Australia Ivan Tighe Chevron B37 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:57.11 +5.00
12 30 Australia Peter Larner Chevron B39 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:57.30 +5.19
13 19 Australia Barry Singleton Gardos GL1 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0:58.20 +6.09
14 8 Australia Rod Housego Elfin 622 / Ford 1.6L I4 1:00.70 +8.59
15 Australia Bob Creasy Birrana 273 / Ford 1.6L I4 1:01.00 +8.89
16 40 Australia Geoff Nicol Elfin 622 / Ford 1.6L I4 1:01.89 +9.78
17 3 Australia Bill Downey Minos / Ford 1.6L I4 1:03.35 +11.24
18 17 Australia Bob Kingsbury El Toro / Alfa Romeo 1.6L I4 1:05.45 +13.34

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Car Laps Time
1 25 Australia Johnnie Walker Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 63 59m 09.72s
2 11 Australia John Bowe Elfin MR8 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 63 59m 22.13s
3 10 Australia Rob Butcher Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 61
4 71 Australia John Smith Ralt RT1 / Ford 1.6L I4 61
5 15 Australia Terry Hook Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 59
6 19 Australia Barry Singleton Gardos GL1 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 59
7 38 Australia Ivan Tighe Chevron B37 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 49
8 40 Australia Geoff Nicol Elfin 622 / Ford 1.6L I4 45
Ret 76 Australia John Wright Lola T400 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 62 Engine
Ret 17 Australia Bob Kingsbury El Toro / Alfa Romeo 1.6L I4 39 Battery
Ret 7 Australia John McCormack McLaren M23 / Leyland 5.0L V8 36 Gearbox
Ret 8 Australia Rod Housego Elfin 622 / Ford 1.6L I4 33 Exhaust
Ret 3 Australia Bill Downey Minos / Ford 1.6L I4 30 Transmission
Ret 24 Australia Jon Davison Lola T332 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 20 Fuel Pump
Ret 30 Australia Peter Larner Chevron B39 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 8 Brakes / Suspension
Ret 12 Australia Larry Perkins Elfin MR8 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0 Accident
Ret 84 Australia Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 / Chevrolet 5.0L V8 0 Accident
DNS Australia Bob Creasy Birrana 273 / Ford 1.6L I4 0 Gearbox

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, Stewart (1986). "1979". In Howard, Graham. The Official 50-race history of the Australian Grand Prix. Gordon, NSW: R & T Publishing. pp. 426–434. ISBN 0-9588464-0-5. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
1978 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix
1979
Succeeded by
1980 Australian Grand Prix