Rothmans International series 1979
If you design a points system that awards 15 points for a win and 14 for second place, you cannot be surprised if you end up with a champion who did not win a single race. Alfredo Costanzo won the first two races, finished third in the next race, and was leading the fourth and final race, on his way to a well-deserved championship, when a slower car got in his way and knocked him out of the race. In contrast, Larry Perkins had a seventh, a third and a second, but after Costanzo's elimination, he only had to finish to be crowned champion. The other leading drivers were reigning champion Warwick Brown, who crashed heavily in practice at the first race but recovered to win the final round from pole, and David Kennedy whose Formula 1 Wolf WR4 was hamstrung by having to use wooden Aurora type rubber.
Even the addition of a couple of F1 cars from the British Aurora series could not disguise the fact that Australia only had a handful of competitive F5000 cars and that the performance gaps to some of the older cars had become dangerous. This would be the last International series in Australia.
04 Feb 1979 > Sandown Park Cup
11 Feb 1979 > Adelaide '100' at Adelaide International Raceway
18 Feb 1979 > Surfers Paradise '100'
25 Feb 1979 > Oran Park "100"
1979 Rothmans International Series table
|1||Larry Perkins||(F5000) Elfin MR8-C - Chevrolet V8||35 pts|
|2||Alfredo Costanzo||(F5000) Lola T430 - Chevrolet V8||28 pts||2 wins|
|3||Warwick Brown||(F5000) Lola T333/T332C - Chevrolet V8||22 pts||1 win|
|4=||David Kennedy||(F1) Wolf WR4 - Cosworth DFV V8||18 pts||1 win|
|4=||John Wright||(F5000) Lola T400 - Chevrolet V8||18 pts|
|6||Colin Bond||(F5000) Brabham BT43 - Chevrolet V8||14 pts|
|7||Colin Trengove||(F5000) Lola T332 - Chevrolet V8||13 pts|
|8||Vern Schuppan||(F5000) Elfin MR8B-C - Chevrolet V8||12 pts|
|9||John McCormack||(F5000) McLaren M23 - Leyland P76 Repco V8||11 pts|
|10=||Graham McRae||(F5000) McRae GM3 - Chevrolet V8||10 pts|
|10=||Jim Richards||(F5000) Matich A51/A53 - Repco Holden V8||10 pts|
Previous: the 1978 Internationals
Points table from Autosport 1 Mar 1979 p7.