Get your Television Set ready – 2019 Racing Season is Here!
Yes, after months of having to watch national singing/dancing contests on the TV across the weekend it’s almost time that Motorsport wakes up for 2019! With many series already deep into testing, we’re just a few weeks away from the start of the season and we’ve summarised a few series that we’re looking forward to seeing back on our screens this year!
No real reason needed for why we’re looking forward to seeing F1 back on our screens this year. After a few seasons (4) of Mercedes domination, is this the year that the other big teams can make a challenge for the title? Ferrari will be their strongest competitor but also McLaren, Renault and Red Bull we expect to be challenging for podiums throughout the season, each with a host of new drivers in their roster!
A few new cars, a few new drivers and a lot of great racing once again will be expected from the UKs biggest race series! 30 races over 10 meetings will again make the format for a door to door contest throughout 2019 ending in October on the Brands Hatch GP circuit. Can an independent take it to the manufacturers again this year or will we see the new cars from Toyota (with Tom Ingram aboard) and BMW (the 3.0 Series is back!) dominate?! One thing we’re looking forward to though is seeing the local (Oxford based) Touring Car legend that is Jason Plato back in a Front Wheel Drive Vauxhall… let the battle commence!
As much as we enjoy the frantic racing in the Indycar series (which will now be covered all season on Sky Sports F1) however the main attraction for the year from the US will be the Indianapolis 500 race. The 4 turn superspeedway will again see the return of Fernando Alonso as he now looks to claim that illusive triple crown! 240mph, flat out, wheel to wheel for 3 hours in front of 250,000 screaming American’s… nothing beats it!
With the 4 year rallycross boom having plateaued out – we’re now in for what is said to be a fantastic World Rallycross championship despite some of the manufacturer supported entries being pulled out (most notably Audi)! Nevertheless, the 8 minute heats and hectic 6-8 car finals are a sight to be seen especially with 600bhp cars on mixed surface 1km short tracks!
Now into the second half of the World Endurance Championship’s ‘super season’ which spanned 2018 and 2019 we’re still waiting to see whether Fernando Alonso will be victorious in what is his first season racing sports prototypes. Alonso will also be gunning for his second Le Mans 24hour victory in as many attempts!
Despite the season now being well underway already, these single car Gen2 races have been nothing short of thrilling with cars running out of battery power on the last lap, team mates taking each other out in Webber/Vettel style, and street circuits being literally tested to their limits (and beyond)!
- GT3 Racing Worldwide
Lastly, but definitely not least, is the world of GT3 racing recoups shortly for their thrilling season of racing with the Blancpain European championship being the most thrilling. A multitude of new cars from Honda, Lamborghini, Audi, Aston Martin, McLaren and others means this season is likely to provide an even closer series of races with one of the highlights being the 24 Hour race at Spa-Francorchamps!