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. Rahim.RG (@rahim-rg) said on 24th March 2014, 17:09

    MotoGp….Seriously what a race on sunday…Young vs the Old…amazing first race surely gonna follow it well this year…

  2. Xuma (@xuma) said on 24th March 2014, 17:13

    TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

  3. Jared H (@thejaredhuang) said on 24th March 2014, 17:45

    USCC

  4. Rigi (@rigi) said on 24th March 2014, 18:10

    mainly gp2 and gp3, ever since i went to the nurburgring last i’m hooked to those series. i’m also following the wec and probably will follow the formula e once it starts.

  5. Adam Blocker (@blockwall2) said on 24th March 2014, 19:15

    IndyCar (as an American it is readily available to me, been following for years), MotoGP (although it will have to be off some sketchy internet stream), BTCC via YouTube, and Formula E (just to check it out/see if I like it).

    I will also probably try to watch Le Mans and some DTM (it is exciting and high quality racing, it is a shame that no American stations carry it, might be via YouTube)

  6. SauberS1 (@saubers1) said on 24th March 2014, 19:50

    I will follow GP2, GP3, WSR and the AUTOGP series from Hungary as well. I’m very happy, because the Zele Racing hired Tamas Pal Kiss. He completed many race with the AUTOGP in the former year, but not entire season. Now, i hope he will get many championship points to the team!
    Go Zele Racing, Hajrá Tamás! :)

  7. Hamilton Fan (@hamilton-fan) said on 24th March 2014, 20:20

    BSB and WSB too

  8. Jimmy Hearn (@alebelly74) said on 24th March 2014, 21:14

    I watch MotoGP on Fox. Really would like to watch WEC, DTM and V8 Supercars, just don’t know how/where to watch them.

  9. Bazza Spock (@bazza-spock) said on 24th March 2014, 21:22

    I only watch what I can get on free-to-air here in Australia (except for motoGP). Love V* supercars, and for a year or two I’ve been following Nascar. Initially I thought it was ridiculous but the rules that impose parity among manufacturers keeps it interesting.

  10. PMccarthy_is_a_legend (@pmccarthy_is_a_legend) said on 24th March 2014, 21:56

    Moto GP all day. Great personalities throughout the grid. Crazy fast bikes, less politics and BS. Awesome racing. Yesterday’s race saw a back and forth battle to the last lap between Rossi and Marques. It is everything F1 should be but can’t.

  11. Jimmy Hearn (@alebelly74) said on 24th March 2014, 22:07

    Seeing that BTCC was recommended, anywhere I can watch that as a Yank?

  12. Ryan Williams (@ryanwilliams) said on 24th March 2014, 22:29

    All bar Acceleration FA1, and a few others, namely the Blancpain Endurance and Sprint series, British & World Superbikes, European Le Mans Series, the new EUROV8 Series (used to be Superstars), Global Rallycross, Super GT, Trophée Andros and the United SportsCar Championship.

    Yes, I realise I am a huge motorsport nerd, but I’m studying for a degree in Motorsport Engineering, so watching a ton of racing counts as coursework, right?

  13. xivizmath (@xivizmath) said on 24th March 2014, 22:43

    World Superbike Championship receives way too few attention.

    On sunday, you get 4 short, action-packed races: one for Superstock bikes, which are pretty much street bikes with few modifications, one for Supersport, the ferocious 600ccm bikes with extra-close battles at the top, and the main dish – 2 Superbike races on one day, with a grid full of well experienced, usually ex-MotoGP riders that will battle for the win like there’s no tomorrow. I’ve been a huge fan of the series since 2003, and battles for the lead happen so often, that a race is declared dull when they’re nowhere to be seen. I used to visit the Czech Republic round of the championship, but sadly, this year it’s gone.

    I strongly recommend this series to every 2-wheel motorsport fan.

  14. crooky369 (@crooky369) said on 24th March 2014, 23:40

    WEC, Moto GP, BTCC are for certain. Indycar if I can find a way to watch it, USCC if it improves from the drab “caution-fest” it was at Sebring, WTCC if Loeb can mount a strong challenge or as long as Muller doesn’t run away with it again and finally Formula E is also very intriguing…

  15. JackySteeg (@jackysteeg) said on 25th March 2014, 1:26

    For me, it’s Indycars, WEC, MotoGP, GP2, GP3, DTM, BTCC, NASCAR and Formula E.

    Other championships I’m taking an active interest in are the new United Sportscar Championship, the European Le Mans Series, and both MotoGP feeder series, Moto2 and Moto3.

    For a while I’ve also been wanting to follow Aussie V8s as well as Japan’s Super GT and Super Formula championships, but the time zone differences have always made it a little difficult for me, as a little Englander, to follow the racing live. But I still will try to watch at least the Suzuka and Bathurst 1000km races. Other racing I shall try to follow will be the 24 hour races at Spa and the Nurburgring.

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