Grand Prix History in Scale Models

1979, Formula 2, Kazuyoshi Hoshino, March, Minichamps

1979 March 792 Hoshino

From 1978, March concentrated on Formula Two, running the works BMW team. Bruno Giacomelli and his 782 was a strong contender in the 1978 season, and would eventually go on to win the F2 title. For 1979 March constructed their first ground-effect car, the 792. It was powered by 300 hp 2000 cc four cylinder BMW M Power engine. Swiss Marc Surer drove the 792 to  the 1979 championship. There were 32 examples of the 792 constructed, driven by many drivers in the European F2 Championship and All Nippon F2 Championship.

All-Nippon championship, top-level formula racing series in Japan, started in 1973 as All-Japan Formula 2000. The series was based on the European Formula Two Championship. But unlike European F2, which only allowed the use of racing engines based on mass production models, the JAF approved the use of purpose-built racing engines from manufacturers such as Mitsubishi Motors. In 1976, the FIA modified the Formula Two regulations to allow the use of purpose-built racing engines. With this change, the reasoning behind the name “Formula 2000” had disappeared, which led to the series being renamed the All-Japan Formula Two Championship from 1978.

Kazuyoshi Hoshino won the Japanese Formula 2000 championship in 1975 and 1977, before winning the Japanese Formula Two championship in 1978. In the 1979 season he drove his four season for Heroes Racing Corporation. In 1979 he won the final round of the series, JAF Grand Prix at Suzuka, and finished 2nd overall. He then competed in the Japanese Top Formula Championship  until 1996 and won three more titles in the Japanese Formula 3000 championship in 1987, 1990 and 1993.

1979All-Nippon Formula 2 Championship
Driver No.Entrant
Kazuyoshi Hoshino5Heroes Racing Corporation
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