The British Formula One Racing Championship will continue in 1980 with backing from Aurora AFX, producers of model motor racing sets. The series of 15 races will have a prize fund of £200,000 and cater for Formula One of Formula Two cars manufactured after December 31st 1975.
Turbocharged engines and ground-effect skirts are banned and only Goodyear tyres of a specified size and construction may be used, As the Aurora teams rely on cast-off Grand Prix machinery, the effect of the ban on ground effects seems illogical and will leave most 1979 cars redundant at the end of their Grand Prix careers.
Aurora British Formula One Championship dates are: Oulton Park, April 3rd/4th; Brands Hatch, April 6th/7th; Silverstone, April 19th/20th; Mallory Park, May 4th/5th; Thruxton, May 26th; Monza, June 29th; Misano, July 6th; Mallory Park, July 26th/27th; Snetterton, August 9th/10th; Mallory Park, August 16th/17th; Brands Hatch, August 24th/25th; Thruxton, September 7th; Oulton Park, September 19th/20th; Silverstone, October 4th/5th. One extra overseas round may be accommodated.