Which other racing series are you following this year?

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The Formula One season is up and running but there’s a who world of other motor racing action to enjoy during the year.

With major new international championships being launched, more manufacturers returning to racing, current F1 teams blooding new talent in junior categories and former F1 stars plying their trade in new series there’s almost too much racing action to take in during the year ahead.

F1 Fanatic Live will follow an increased number of selected championships this year and F1 Fanatic’s groups are getting new content and functionality for different racing categories ahead of the new season.

But what will you be watching? Have your say below.

IndyCar

Juan Pablo Montoya, Penske, Barber Motorsport Park, 2014Two former Indianapolis 500 winners and F1 stars return: Juan Pablo Montoya for a full season with Penske and Jacques Villeneuve just for the big race – where NASCAR’s Kurt Busch will also appear. The 18 races in three months now include three double points rounds and a race on the Indianapolis road course.

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World Endurance Championship

Porsche 919 Hybrid, Geneva Motor Show, 2014Porsche arrive to make it a three-way fight between their V4-engined 919, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro with its turbodiesel V6 and Toyota’s TS040 V8 – all bristling with cutting edge energy recovery technology. And there’s the added intrigue of how Mark Webber will enjoy his return to sports car racing.

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World Rally Championship

Andreas Mikkelsen, Volkswagen Polo, WRC, Mexico, 2014Three of the 13 events are already in the books and Sebastien Ogier is leading the way as expected, though team mate Jari-Matti Latvala has also started the season well. Hyundai have returned to join Citroen and Ford’s attempt to catch the flying Volkswagens.

Moto GP

Marc Marquez, Honda, Sepang, Moto GP, 2014A turbulent winter which included some very dubious rule making was finally left behind yesterday as the new season began in spectacular fashion. Jorge Lorenzo stole the lead on the first lap then threw it away, leaving Marc Marquez and Valentino Rossi to a gripping duel for victory. Seventeen more races like that one, please.

GP2

Raffaele Marciello, Racing Engineering, GP2, Bahrain, 2014Ferrari, McLaren, Williams and Caterham all have junior drivers in the field in the shape of Raffaele Marciello, Stoffel Vandoorne, Felipe Nasr and Alexander Rossi respectively. Force India are also backing the Hilmer team as F1’s foremost feeder series has one of its bet line-ups for years.

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Formula Renault 3.5

Beitske Visser, Formula Renault 3.5, Motorland Aragon, 2014The uprated cars introduced two years ago, boasting more power plus a better implementation of DRS than F1, have helped make this a credible rival to GP2. For proof of that, look no further than reigning champion Kevin Magnussen who scored a podium on his F1 debut last week.

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Formula Three

Jordan King, Carlin, British Formula Three, Nurburgring, 2014Still a valuable and relevant stepping-stone on the path to Formula One despite the emergence of GP3 as a competitor. While the FIA-backed European series goes from strength to strength the British championship is rebuilding after being forced to cut back to just four rounds last year.

GP3

Daniil Kvyat, GP3, Yas Marina, 2013Three of the four GP3 champions are already in F1 and the fourth – 2012 victor Mitch Evans – is plugging away in GP2. Last year’s car upgrade has strengthened its place on the ladder to F1, and in a further boost this year every round will support a grand prix.

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DTM

Paul di Resta, Mercedes C-Class, DTMGreat cars and great drivers though the over-engineered racing (mandatory pit stops and DRS) too often fails to impress. The class of the field shines through, however, with young talent like Antonio Felix da Costa, Daniel Juncadella and Edoardo Mortara up against ex-F1 racers such as Paul di Resta and Timo Glock.

BTCC

2014 BTCC fieldA humongous 31-car field should ensure the British Touring Car Championship remains a crowd-pleaser. The welcome return of international talent to the series in the shape of Fabrizio Giovanardi and Alain Menu means there will be no fewer than seven champions on the grid.

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WTCC

Citroen C-Elysee, WTCC, 2014The manufacturer contest will be between Honda and Citroen in cars built to new rules which should make for more exciting cars whether or not they’re moving. All eyes will be on multiple WRC champion Sebastien Loeb following his latest change of codes.

Australian V8 Supercars

Jamie Whincup, Holden, Melbourne, Australian V8 Supercars, 2014The new V8 Supercars championship got off to a thrilling start in Adelaide with new arrivals Volvo proving competitive right from the first round. The non-points F1 support races in Melbourne gave further indication that this year’s series won’t fail to excite.

NASCAR

Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Bristol, NASCAR, 2014Five races down, thirty-one still to go in NASCAR’s dauntingly long calendar. To keep the championship alive until the final rounds the organisers have introduced a complicated new points system. But finding tyres that could go the distance was more of a problem in yesterday’s race.

Formula E

Virgin Formula E car liveryA fascinating new addition the the international motor racing scene pits all-electric cars against each other on city-centre race tracks. But will it sustain interest once the novelty has worn off, and are they really serious about their naff ‘fanboost’ idea? All we be revealed in September.

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World Rallycross Championship

Jacques Villeneuve, Albatec Peugeot 208, Lydden Hill, 2014Another new championship featuring explosively powerful cars racing on short, mixed-surface tracks in a series of heats. Top names including Jacques Villeneuve and Petter Solberg are already slated to feature in the inaugural 12-round series. Look out for a dedicated F1 Fanatic group soon.

Acceleration FA1

Acceleration FA1The new racing series just keep coming but the cars and premise of this one are familiar. The original generation A1 Grand Prix cars – which first saw action in 2005 – will be back for more nation-vs-nation action in a new ten-round European championship.

Over to you

Are you following any of these championships besides F1? What races do you always attend each year? And what about other series like Auto GP and Japan’s Super Formula?

Cast your votes below and tell us about your motor racing tastes beyond F1 in the comments.

Which other racing series are you following this year?

  • IndyCar (38%)
  • World Endurance Championship (47%)
  • World Rally Championship (29%)
  • Moto GP (45%)
  • GP2 (38%)
  • Formula Renault 3.5 (20%)
  • Formula Three (9%)
  • GP3 (22%)
  • DTM (22%)
  • BTCC (23%)
  • WTCC (16%)
  • Australian V8 Supercars (21%)
  • NASCAR (14%)
  • Formula E (40%)
  • World Rallycross Championship (7%)
  • Acceleration FA1 (3%)
  • Other (Describe below) (8%)
  • None (6%)

Total Voters: 439

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126 comments on Which other racing series are you following this year?

  1. Imre (@f1mre) said on 24th March 2014, 13:33

    WEC, BTCC, WTCC, Formula E

  2. N J (@jewishjarvis) said on 24th March 2014, 13:34

    I would watch all of them if they were broadcast on Freeview…

  3. Giu Canbera said on 24th March 2014, 13:44

    RallyCross cuz theyre about to conquer que world! Fast (with production base cars..YES!! Theres our Ford Fiestas or Citroen DS3), Loud (4cy. turbocharged, anti-lag, recuperation valv), Stadium-Tracks (full vision of the whole action)… shortcuts, dirt, ramps, bump racing… Its already the best thing ever! They just need to appear to more people

  4. Bullfrog (@bullfrog) said on 24th March 2014, 13:46

    Mostly WEC – will go to watch (and hear) one or two rounds of that, and drop in on the other races online (free and with great commentary)
    Not paying or going out of my way to watch Moto GP – it’s almost as much of a multi-class race as sportscars. Marc Marquez was a massive breath of fresh air – a bit like Lewis Hamilton in 2007 – but otherwise it’s a bit predictable, and in fact I’ll miss the pack racing of Moto3 more.

    I’ll watch the first Formula E race, but too early to say whether I’ll follow it.

    I’ll also keep an eye on Renault 3.5. Looks like GP3 is becoming the new GP2, and GP2 the new WEC2…

    • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 24th March 2014, 15:38

      @bullfrog – I would makes some amendments to that last statement…

      1) Formula Renault 3.5 is now unquestionably Formula 1’s main feeder series.

      2) GP3 retains its status as the penultimate wrung on the ladder to F1, but with FR3.5 the next step, not GP2.

      3) DTM and WEC now hold equal status as alternatives to those who failed to make the F1 cut.

      4) The main feeder for DTM is FIA F3, whereas the main feeder for WEC is Super GT.

      5) GP2 is now defunct, another FIA F2 series, and is now not so much a feeder series but a retirement home for well-backed but ultimately talentless racing drivers; as suggested in the way both the RBR and McLaren driver programmes ignore it.

      • Ryan Williams (@ryanwilliams) said on 24th March 2014, 22:33

        @William-Brierty

        5) GP2 is now defunct, another FIA F2 series, and is now not so much a feeder series but a retirement home for well-backed but ultimately talentless racing drivers; as suggested in the way both the RBR and McLaren driver programmes ignore it.

        Except for the fact that McLaren have placed Stoffel Vandoorne in the series for this year, and Ferrari have brought Marciello in too. You could argue Mitch Evans is a Red Bull driver with his backing from both the energy drink and Mark Webber (who remains a Red Bull athlete)

        Granted, there are some drivers in that series who have been there forever, and only remain there because of their funding, but there is some mega talent in the GP2 field.

        • WilliamB (@william-brierty) said on 25th March 2014, 11:03

          @ryanwilliams – McLaren placed Vandoorne in GP2 as a litmus test of his talents owing to the fact rookies have struggled to make much headway in recent years, as the very talented Mitch Evans proves. Had McLaren kept Vandoorne in FR3.5 he would have gone unchallenged in his surge to the title, so broadening his experience by placing him GP2 was a sensible decision and one where Ferrari showed similar logic with Marciello. But as much as 2014 is a litmus test of Vandoorne, 2014 is a litmus test for GP2 because based on previous results, there is nothing to suggest that any of the drivers have the talent to challenge Marciello and Vandoorne, but if the more experienced Palmer, Nasr, Rossi or Abt win out, thus concreting the status of experience over talent, then GP2 will indeed become defunct. The eventual champion of every year since Hulkenberg’s 2009 rookie title has had over three seasons of experience; this is a trend that must be broken or GP2 will become fundamentally nonviable.

  5. phildick (@phildick) said on 24th March 2014, 13:53

    Also, let’s not forget Robert Kubica races in the WRC this year. Well, it’s been only crashes and bruises in the first few events, but let us not lose hope ;)

  6. hunocsi (@hunocsi) said on 24th March 2014, 14:04

    So let’s see: definitely GP2, GP3, WTCC, WRC, WEC, FR3.5, DTM, MotoGP (and maybe WSBK or one of its supporting series if Talmácsi can return), Formula E, and probably European F3 (or whichever championship will be covered here), GT Open, ERC and Indycar (or at least I’ll give it a go, I haven’t really followed IC before but it’ll be shown here now). Maybe I’d watch some Blancpain, FIA GT, BTCC and V8 Series too if they were covered on TV.

  7. craig-o (@craig-o) said on 24th March 2014, 14:04

    As you may be able to tell by my avatar, I’ll definitely be watching IndyCar. Last season was just epic with lots of different winners. I’ve become hooked having started watching in 2011.

    Having started watching it last year, I plan to watch the whole of the WEC season this year. I did plan to go to Silverstone too but I had other plans.

    Like WEC, I started watching MotoGP last year too. The first race was absolutely EPIC last night, hoping for more like that!

    I’ll be watching the F1, so I may as well wake up earlier and watch GP2 and GP3 too. There’s some big names in GP2 this year!

    I also plan to watch as much BTCC as possible, and may as well give Formula E a go with the big names that it has.

    Out of all those, however, I am most excited about IndyCar! I’m primarily hoping James Hinchcliffe can build on his trio of wins last year, and hoping Will Power can challenge this year despite double points being introduced. I’m really excited to see Carlos Munoz and Juan Pablo Montoya jump straight into big teams too.

    • Sean Doyle (@spdoyle17) said on 24th March 2014, 14:27

      Munoz was an Andretti development driver, and JPM’s history justifies a strong team – it was just a surprise he didn’t take over for Franchitti.

      I do dislike the weighted points, and hope they make up for it by either adding distance and points to road courses which are long enough for better use of local yellows, (a major flaw in IndyCar is the hair trigger on a full-course caution). Now, 500-milers at Road America, Watkins Glen, and COTA would be epic!

      I’m looking forward to Sunday for my first two-race day of 2014!

      • Sean Doyle (@spdoyle17) said on 24th March 2014, 14:33

        ^Either distance & points OR more road/street courses.

        Laguna Seca, Road America, Portland Int’l Raceway, and Burke Lakefront Airport in particular. If they want to go to Suzuka, Interlagos, and Spa instead, I’ll take those in a heartbeat.

  8. W-K (@w-k) said on 24th March 2014, 14:14

    I watch Indycar when it’s not ovals, WEC and the American le Mans series, GP2 and 3, I like Aussie V8’s and will take a look at Formula E.

  9. Ean (@ean) said on 24th March 2014, 14:23

    Also follow ADAC GT Masters, British gt championship , Gt Open, Tudor championship, VLN, ELMS

  10. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 24th March 2014, 14:35

    Here I go: Auto GP World Series, Euroformula Open, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, Formula Renault 2.0 Alps, Protyre Formula Renault, ADAC Formel Masters, BRDC Formula 4, FIA Italian F4, French F4 Championship, Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior, Formula Renault 1.6 Alps Junior, Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic Championship, British Formula Ford, Formula BMW Talent Cup, Formula Masters China, MRF Challenge F2000 …..

  11. Sam (@) said on 24th March 2014, 14:37

    Besides F1, WEC and WRC are fun to watch. MotoGP is on my agenda for along time. Stoner leaving and Marquez stepping up. Brilliant. I follow most of them but can’t watch them all in Belgium. Mostly reviews of races via youtube.

  12. GeeMac (@geemac) said on 24th March 2014, 14:38

    Most likely to be following most of those series when possible (and whenever I can get hold of live coverage). Most looking forward to the new Indycar and WEC seasons, but after that MotoGP season opener I could be following that a lot more closely too. Interested to se what happens with Formula E…it could go either way at the moment I think.

  13. petebaldwin (@petebaldwin) said on 24th March 2014, 14:45

    I’m going to try and watch Indycar more this year. I usually try at the start of the season and lose interest but I’ll have another go!

    WEC could be good this year and I’m interested to see how Formula E gets on. I’ll certainly watch the first race and see where we go from there..

  14. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 24th March 2014, 14:46

    I’ve been thinking of starting to follow the V8 Supercars series some more. If you want hard fought, gimmick free racing, then the V8 Supercars are what you want.

    However, I’ve never really warmed to it, because it’s got an element of “bogan” to it. A strong element of bogan in fact.
    Another problem with it is the amount of sponsorship.

    I understand that sponsorship is what pays for events to happen, but it’s gotten absolutely out of hand. EVERYTHING has a sponsor. Anytime you go “onboard” with a driver, there are billboards in the cars carrying a buffet of sponsorship decals. It looks terrible, and doesn’t make a good impression.

    Also, I don’t think the cars are very good looking either.

    Other than that, I thought I’d start following GP2 more closely. I was watching some of the races on YouTube earlier today, and the racing is great! The drivers are absolutely crazy, but it’s high quality entertainment.

  15. R.J. O'Connell (@rjoconnell) said on 24th March 2014, 14:54

    Voted NASCAR, MotoGP, IndyCar, DTM, WEC, WRC.

    Then in other I voted for Autobacs Super GT. New regulations for the GT500 class and a solid GT300 field. Tried starting a thread about it last year, to almost zero interest (and one complaint about the success ballast, which, okay fine – but that’s not a problem for BTCC and Blancpain???).

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