Swedish Formula 3 1979
Ground effects had arrived in Formula 1 in 1978, and over the winter of 78/79, all the major F3 constructors were experimenting with the new technology. March fitted their 783 with ground effect sidepods and managed to make it work, but Chevron's efforts to do the same, turning the B43 into the B47, was an abject failure. Ralt decided to build an entirely new car, the RT3, but it did not work either. So this opened the door for Martini (with Renault, ELF and Alain Prost) to dominate in Europe and gave an opportunity in the national championships to succeed with a well-developed one-year-old car.
In Sweden, Slim Borgudd had managed to raise £30,000 from sponsors, enough for a full season but not enough for the latest cars. He took his 1978 Ralt to Chris Schirle who developed and redesigned the RT1's rear end. Sidepods were also "tacked on", and Borgudd emerged as one of the quickest runners in Europe. Although he could not challenge Prost's Martini, he picked up a string of third place finishes in European rounds, and his second place at the final round boosted him to third in the European championship. His budget just stretched to covering his national championship, and despite the efforts of Thorbjörn Carlsson in his three-year-old Ralt, and Jan Ridell in the ex-Stefan Johanssen Argo JM1, Borgudd did enough to win the championship.
29 Apr 1979 > Knutstorp
06 May 1979 > Anderstorp
20 May 1979 > Västkustloppet at Falkenburg
24 Jun 1979 > Kinnekullering
08 Jul 1979 > Falkenburg
05 Aug 1979 > Kvällspostens Newsrace at Knutstorp
12 Aug 1979 > Vredstein Racing Show at Kinnekullering
Svenska Formel 3 Mästerskapet events shown in bold
1979 Svenska Formel 3 Mästerskapet table
|1||Tommy 'Slim' Borgudd||Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor||28 pts||2 wins|
|2=||Thorbjörn Carlsson||Ralt RT1/76 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor||24 pts||1 win|
|2=||Jan Ridell||Argo JM1 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor||24 pts||1 win|
|4=||Bengt Trägårdh||Ralt RT1/78 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor||12 pts|
|4=||Mats Peterson Paninder||Martini MK27 - Renault Danielsson||12 pts|
|6=||Pär Olsson||Chevron B38 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor||9 pts|
|6=||Anders Olofsson||Ralt RT1/77 - Toyota 2T-G Novamotor||9 pts|
Points table from Autosport 22 Nov 1979 p27.