Juan Pablo Montoya, Penske, Barber Motorsport Park, 2014

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.


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.


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.


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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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.


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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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.


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: 440

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  1. 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.

    1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
      24th March 2014, 15:28

      @hunocs – GT is on Motors TV, and if you can’t get ITV4 for BTCC where you are then races are generally quickly uploaded here.

        1. @william-brierty
          Thanks for the tips, but for a while now we don’t have Motors TV here in Hungary, and obviously no ITV either. Also, these would be in my “probably” category anyway – if they were shown here, I’d watch that, but they are not my biggest interest so I don’t really try looking for streams either (like I do with GP2) because I watch quite a lot of other sports too, so these only have a place in my “very free time” :)

    2. Oh, and AutoGP is a “definitely” too.

  2. 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.

    1. 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!

      1. ^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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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 …..

    1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
      24th March 2014, 15:25

      @wsrgo – No DTM? No BTCC? No WEC, MotoGP, GP2, GP3, FR3.5 or FIA F3? Lightweight…

      1. @william-brierty I only wrote the names of the series which were not on the list..

        1. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
          24th March 2014, 16:12

          @wsrgo – Yeah I know that, I was joking. Do you tend to single seater series, because there are a number of GT and touring car series that I follow not on the list?

          1. @william-brierty I prefer single seaters because I don’t get much coverage of the other championships, plus I work for a site, PaddockScout.com, which covers single seaters mainly..

          2. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
            25th March 2014, 11:05

            @wsrgo – I think I’ve just fallen in love with that website…

          3. @william-brierty Glad to see you like it :)

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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..

  9. Chris (@tophercheese21)
    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.

      1. Chris (@tophercheese21)
        24th March 2014, 23:11


        The drivers aren’t bogans, in fact they seem like some of the nicest, most genuine people in Motorsport.

        But some of the fans (not all of them) that you see who follow the sport, and who go to races are very very bogan indeed: thongs on-foot, VB in-hand, stubby shorts, and a wife beater singlet on, oh, and very few teeth. Lol.

        I should stress that not all V8 Supercars fans are like this at all, but for some reason this series does tend to attract these types of people.

        1. mikeylikesit
          25th March 2014, 0:53

          Love watching V8 SC. Can’t get most motorsports where I live so I get them off of the net in the usual questionable

  10. 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???).

  11. None. switched to following Wrestling, the rules make more sense.

  12. Well, some of you can judge by my comments that I really dig NASCAR besides F1.

    Other than that I will rather follow certain events than whole seasons of categories. I’m more like an event- and track-based guy.

    So I’ll definitely root for Mark Webber and Porsche during the 24hrs of Le Mans, but I’ll probably not watch any other WEC round.

    I’ll try to watch classics such as the GP of Long Beach and the Sonoma rounds of IndyCar (and for the latter, WTCC as well), but I’ll not follow their whole season.

    I want to catch some hours of the Bathurst 1000, but no other rounds of the V8s.

    I will watch a lot of BTCC around the classic tracks of Brands Indy and GP, Donington, Oulton Park (back to the Intl circuit, woo), and Knockhill, but I won’t be bother by the flat airfield tracks of Snetterton, Croft and indeed Silverstone.

  13. I voted Moto Gp and Formula 3.5, because I will try to watch all the races of these series. But I will definitely watch the Indy 500, and I might watch the Formula E, because I am curious.

  14. I might follow WEC so I picked that, and I’ll probably watch MotoGP.

  15. Moto GP, Formula E and WEC.

  16. I can’t get enough of DTM, the field is superb, the cars look and sound great, although sometimes the mandatory pit-stop rule seems a bit stupid, overall it’s my favourite racing series. Also, every race is streamed live on YouTube! I can’t recommend it enough! Obviously WEC is unbelievably good, P1 cars are as fast as F1 cars, and look cooler, but sometimes the race for the lead can be a dull. GP2 and 3 are always fun, and with a great feild this year. I hope someone really experienced doesn’t win again, like the last 2 years, it devalues the championship (though I do rate Leimer, Valsecchi less so). Might try and watch the Indy 500 this year, I never have…

  17. IndyCar never really enticed me, I’ve tried to watch it before but it seems a bit too… American. Anyway, I’m keeping an eye on FR3.5 and GP3 for watching new drivers, WEC since I’m getting more into endurance racing, and Formula E because it could go either really well or horribly wrong!

  18. WilliamB (@william-brierty)
    24th March 2014, 16:09

    What do I watch? Well…

    Formula 1, DTM, World Endurance Championship, British Touring Car Championship, World Touring Car Championship, World Rally Championship, European Rally Championship, Indycar, MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, GP2, GP3, European FIA Formula 3, British Formula 3, Auto GP World Series, Formula Renault 3.5 World Series, Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, Formula Renault 2.0 Alps, ADAC Formel Masters, BRDC Formula 4, Blancpain GT Sprint, British GT, Porsche Supercup, British Porsche Carrera Cup, British Renault Clio Cup, British Ginetta Junior Cup, British Ginetta GT Cup, British Formula Ford.

    …note the lack of NASCAR and Formula E?

  19. My series list : WRC, Touring Car, GT, and endurance..

  20. WEC, GP2, GP3, FR3.5 and Formula E are the ones I will follow closely; Indycar, WRC, WTCC, MotoGP and (perhaps) DTM occasionally. In addition to that I am very much looking forward to the new season of the GT Series. I am very, very pleased to see F1F Live will be covering FR3.5 as well: always felt a bit awkward talking about it over the forums.

    The series I’m most curious about is Formula E: it’s really going to be something completely different on all levels, from cars to organization. I can’t wait to see how that will unfold (although the Vote to Pass and the Beijing circuit aren’t very promising).

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