During a winter when even Formula One sponsorship stopped being the right of every team one could be forgiven for thinking that 1979 might be a very tough season indeed for those racing primarily in Britain.
In fact the opening races of the British season proved that we are likely to see some of the most entertaining and financially well-supported motor racing seasons of all.
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December24: The RAC MSA hands over management of the British Rallycross Championship to the BRSCC.
27: Belgian former racer André Pilette dies, aged 75.
January4: Lamborghini's future in F1 looks uncertain, as Larrousse confirms that it will switch to Ford's HB V8.
4: Talk is rife that there will be mid-week F3 races on summer evenings. The idea gets the thumbs-up from team managers.