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 United Kingdom Silverstone (club) Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
11/03/79 Rd.2 United Kingdom Thruxton Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
25/03/79 Rd.3 United Kingdom Silverstone United Kingdom Nigel Mansell Unipart Team March 783/793-Triumph
01/04/79 Rd.4 United Kingdom Snetterton Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
08/04/79 Rd.5 United Kingdom Donington Park Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
16/04/79 Rd.5 United Kingdom Thruxton Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
07/05/79 Rd.7 United Kingdom Brands Hatch (Indy) Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
20/05/79 Rd.8 United Kingdom Donington Park New Zealand Brett Riley Unipart Team March 793-Triumph
28/05/79 Rd.9 United Kingdom Silverstone (club) Republic of Ireland Bernard Devaney Derek McMahon Racing with Chevron Cars Chevron B47B-Toyota
10/06/79 Rd.10 United Kingdom Brands Hatch (Indy) New Zealand Mike Thackwell March Racing Ltd March 793-Toyota
17/06/79 Rd.11 United Kingdom Cadwell Park Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
01/07/79 Rd.12 United Kingdom Silverstone (Club) Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
13/07/79 Rd.13 United Kingdom Silverstone New Zealand Mike Thackwell March Racing Ltd March 793-Toyota
05/08/79 Rd.14 United Kingdom Snetterton New Zealand Mike Thackwell March Racing Ltd March 793-Toyota
12/08/79 Rd.15 United Kingdom Mallory Park Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
27/08/79 Rd.16 United Kingdom Silverstone (Club) Brazil Chico Serra Sadia Racing with Project Four March 793-Toyota
15/09/79 Rd.17 United Kingdom Oulton Park New Zealand Mike Thackwell March Racing Ltd March 793-Toyota
30/09/79 Rd.18 United Kingdom Thruxton Italy Andrea de Cesaris Marlboro Team Tiga March 793-Toyota
07/10/79 Rd.19 United Kingdom Silverstone Sweden Stefan Johansson Marlboro Racing with Derek McMahon March 793-Toyota
28/10/79 Rd.20 United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom Donington Park Republic of Ireland Michael Roe David Clark Team Riva Watches Chevron B47-Toyota
15/07/79 Radio Trent Trophy United Kingdom Donington Park United Kingdom Kenny Acheson The RMC Group March 793-Toyota
09/09/79 John Player International F3 Trophy United Kingdom Donington Park United Kingdom Kenny Acheson The RMC Group March 793-Toyota
03/11/79 BARC TV Trophy United Kingdom Thruxton United Kingdom Kenny Acheson The RMC Group March 793-Toyota
Source:[4]

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