Elio De Angelis
Emilio De Villota
Bernard De Dryver
Did not qualified:
Gerd Biechteler (March 781)
Did not started:
* David Kennedy (Wolf WR4)
40 laps - 168,24 Km.
1st - Gilles Villeneuve
2nd - Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT48)
3rd - Mario Andretti (Lotus 79)
4th - Jochen Mass (Arrows A1)
5th - Niki Lauda (Brabham BT48)
6th - Elio De Angelis (Shadow DN9)
Mario Andretti (Lotus 79)
Nelson Piquet (Brabham BT48)
chose to start its race from the left side of the grid, but in spite of his choice it is unexpectedly overtook at first turn by Lauda and Villeneuve, followed by Mass, Piquet and De Angelis. Immediately, Lauda led the race in the first lap. In the meantime, its teammate Piquet passed Mass, approaching Andretti in the next round. Watson is the last one and it is surprisingly slow from the very beginning. The first four riders carried on in compact way till the eighth lap when Lauda, De Angelis and Watson stopped to replace the front tires.
Andretti overtook Villeneuve at the tenth lap as Villeneuve had made a mistake leading its car into the grass. Meanwhile, Piquet had stopped too to replace the front tires. Andretti was still keeping its leading position followed by Villeneuve, Mass, Piquet and Lauda. After twenty laps Gilles began reducing this space moving behind the Lotus with a very strong effort. Having completed twenty-seven laps, Villeneuve started overtaking with his Ferrari in front of the pits and at the Paddock curve was clearly replacing Andretti leaving him unable of any reaction.
Meanwhile, Piquet started approaching the Lotus reaching qualifying times. A relentless approach, favoured by some problems to the car of Andretti and Nelson Piquet got the second place despite a broken exhaust pipe with only four laps missing to the finish. Gilles lapped Lauda and won the race. Guy Edwards was the winner in Formula Aurora and was classed outright seventh. "It was a difficult race
- Villeneuve said on the podium - the car was not so performing as T4, but it has a really good engine. I didn't face any problem with the drivers of Formula Aurora, all them drove very well.