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.
Austrian Markus Hottinger raced in the 1979 European F2 season for Bob Salisbury Racing team, sharing his time between F2, and turing cars with GS Tuning team in the DRM series and new BMW M1 Procar Championship. Hottinger started in five F2 races in 1979 finishing best 7th three times, and scoring no points.
|1979||Formula 2 European Championship|
|Markus Hottinger||26||Bob Salisbury Racing|