The 1979 Rothmans International Series was an Australian motor racing series open to Australian Formula 5000, World Formula 1 and Australian Formula Pacific cars.[1] It was the fourth and final Rothmans International Series.[2] The series was won by Larry Perkins driving an Elfin MR8 Chevrolet.

Calendar

The series was contested over four rounds with one race per round.[3]

Round[3] Circuit[3] Date[3] Winning driver[3] Car Entrant
1 Sandown Park 4 February Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 Chevrolet Porsche Cars Australia
2 Adelaide International Raceway 11 February Alfredo Costanzo Lola T430 Chevrolet Porsche Cars Australia
3 Surfers Paradise 18 February David Kennedy Wolf WR4 Ford Cosworth DFV Theodore Racing
4 Oran Park 25 February Warwick Brown Lola T332 Chevrolet Racing Team VDS

Points system

Points were awarded on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the first ten places at each of the first three rounds.[4]

Points were awarded on a 15-14-13-12-11-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the first fifteen places at the fourth round.[4]

Series results

Position[4] Driver[4] No.[5][1] Car[5][1][4] Entrant[5][1] San[6] Ade[6] Sur[6] Ora[6] Total points[4]
1 Larry Perkins 12 Elfin MR8 Chevrolet Ansett Team Elfin 4 8 9 14 35
2 Alfredo Costanzo 84 Lola T430 Chevrolet Porsche Cars Australia 10 10 8 - 28
3 Warwick Brown 111 Lola T332 Chevrolet Racing Team VDS - - 7 15 22
4 David Kennedy 6 Wolf WR4 Ford Cosworth DFV Theodore Racing 8 - 10 - 18
= John Wright 76 Lola T400 Chevrolet J Wright - 5 - 13 18
6 Colin Bond 14 Brabham BT43 Chevrolet Thomson Motor Auctions Pty Ltd - 2 - 12 14
7 Colin Trengrove 34 Lola T332 Chevrolet Trengrove Racing Cars - 3 - 10 13
8 Vern Schuppan 11 Elfin MR8 Chevrolet Ansett Team Elfin 6 - 6 - 12
9 John McCormack 7 McLaren M23 Leyland McCormack Uniparts Team - - - 11 11
10 Graham McRae 1 McRae GM3 Chevrolet Thomson Motor Auctions Pty Ltd 3 7 - - 10
11 Geoff Lees 8 Ensign MN09 Ford Cosworth DFV Theodore Racing 9 - - - 9
= John Walker 25 Lola T332 Chevrolet Magnum Wheels - 9 - - 9
= Bob Johns 32 Ralt RT1 Ford G Johns - - - 9 9
= Jim Richards 9 Matich A53 Repco Holden J Richards 5 - 4 - 9
15 Kevin Bartlett 3 Lola T400 Chevrolet Thomson Motor Auctions Pty Ltd 7 - - - 7
= Rob Butcher 10 Lola T332 Chevrolet R Butcher 1 6 - - 7
17 Jon Davison 24 Lola T332 Chevrolet JD Davison - - 5 - 5
18 Bob Creasy 16 Birrana 273 Ford Robert Creasy - 4 - - 4
19 Salt Walther 77 McRae GM1 Chevrolet Thomson Motor Auctions Pty Ltd - - 3 - 3
20 Terry Hook 15 Lola T332 Chevrolet TA Hook 2 - - - 2
= Barry Singleton 19 Gardos BL1 Repco Holden Barry Singleton Motors - - 2 - 2
22 Ivan Tighe 38 Chevron B37 Chevrolet B Allison - - 1 - 1

References

  1. ^ a b c d Programme, Oran Park International, 25 February 1979
  2. ^ The Macquarie Dictionary of Motoring, 1986, page 414
  3. ^ a b c d e Rothmans International Series, Australian Motor Racing Yearbook 1979/80, pages 178 to 189
  4. ^ a b c d e f Wolfgang Klopfer, Formula 5000 in New Zealand & Australia: Race by Race, pages 204 to 208
  5. ^ a b c Official Programme, Adelaide international Raceway, Sunday 11 February (1979)
  6. ^ a b c d Points for each round have been calculated by applying the points system as published in Wolfgang Klopfer's Formula 5000 in New Zealand & Australia: Race by Race to the round results as published in Australian Motor Racing Yearbook 1979/80