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1979

The World Championship takes place at Estoril (PRT), on a temporary track using part of the automobile course. Ayrton Senna da Silva (BRA) victoriously crosses the finishing line of the third and last final believing that he has won the world title. However, he has the same number of cumulated points as his team-mate after the finals, and this tie is settled by an article of the regulations which he had overlooked and is favourable to Peter Koene (NLD), his team-mate in the DAP Team; so Senna is only second – he will regret all his life not having been crowned Karting world champion. Winner of the first of the three finals and leader of the second one, Peter de Bruijn (NLD) sees his world title hopes vanish into thin air when he is betrayed by his chain. At Fano (ITA), Thomas Glauser (CHE) prevails in the CIK-FIA Juniors’ Cup ahead of the Italians Filippo Bertuzzi and Yvan Capelli, while within the framework of the same meeting the CIK-FIA Ladies’ Cup is awarded to Luigina Guerrini (ITA). The individual European 100cc Championship (Formula Europe category) is landed by the female Driver Cathy Muller (FRA) at Biesheim (FRA). Giancarlo Vanaria (ITA) takes the European 125cc C1 title and Jan Svaneby (SWE) the 125cc C2 one. Poul Vilhelm Petersen (DNK) is European Formula E/250 Champion at the wheel of a Superkart of his manufacturing with his initials as moniker.