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: 440

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

  1. Mlracing (@mlracing) said on 25th March 2014, 2:15

    F3 – Max Verstappen
    MotoGP – real men, real tracks

  2. Neil (@neilosjames) said on 25th March 2014, 3:32

    I’ll be religiously watching GP2 and GP3, as well as FR3.5.

    Will try to watch BTCC when I remember it’s on, but don’t really like it as much as I used to. MotoGP as well, and might watch a bit of Formula E as it’s on ITV4.

    Would watch DTM too, but don’t believe there’s any live coverage in the UK apart from online, and I don’t really do online TV.

  3. HawkAussie (@hawkaussie) said on 25th March 2014, 4:27

    I will be following the NASCAR, V8s, MotoGP and maybe some Formula E

  4. Ldom (@ldom) said on 25th March 2014, 6:28

    MotoGP and Supercross. No other car series…

  5. PaxJes (@paxjes) said on 25th March 2014, 7:58

    i’ll also be following the Irish & Ulster Road Racing Championship, the Irish Road Racing Championship and the International Road Races ( Isle of Man TT, Northwest 200 and Ulster GP)

  6. MEF said on 25th March 2014, 9:26

    GP2 – the Real F1

  7. juan fanger (@juan-fanger) said on 25th March 2014, 9:51

    Webbo, Iannone and maybe some E if it works.

  8. anaomii (@anaomii) said on 25th March 2014, 10:31

    WRC, ERC and maybe Formula E.

  9. forzaferrari (@forzaferrari) said on 25th March 2014, 10:51

    In Australia we don’t get DTM, WRC, Indy car or WEC :( so I would have added that to my list of V8’s, Moto GP, NASCAR and BTCC.

  10. DominikWilde (@dominikwilde) said on 25th March 2014, 11:01

    All of the above, besides MotoGP, plus Red Bull GRC and British GT

  11. danieru said on 25th March 2014, 11:12

    Thinking about it, and even in light of a lot of things I don’t like about it, I don’t consistently watch a whole lot other than F1.

    Indycar – Will tune in from time to time as absolutely loved it in the 1990s when I would actually argue it was a superior, purer racing series than F1. Ever since the split though it’s been hard to get too excited about it but each year I live in hope! Ditched too many great road courses (Laguna Seca, Road America in particular) and miss the variety of different chassis providers too. Not a great talent pool of drivers if I’m honest too.

    GP2 – watch the odd race but has become bit of a rich boy’s series over the past 4 years or so. There’s not been a Hamilton or (back in F3000 days) a Montoya who’s made me think “this kid is incredible”. I would watch Formula Renault 3.5 in stead but is always bit hapharzardly scheduled on Eurosport and Motors TV.

    Will follow Le Mans every year but not really got the time to watch the other WEC races although the Audi v Toyota v Porsche battle this year could change my mind.

    Moto GP – Nah. Probably too set in my ways but motorbikes have never rocked by boat for some reason. The only 2 wheelers I’m into are in the Tour de France.

  12. montreal95 (@montreal95) said on 25th March 2014, 11:39

    Indycar, GP2, GP3, WSbR, WRC, Moto GP, F3 Euro and that’s about it. WEC is a high speed engineering exercise that’s so boring not even MW’s presence will make me follow it. The only touring car series worth following are V8 supercars and BTCC but I can’t watch them anyway so why follow them? Formula E I might watch should I ever need a sleeping pill in the form of the all-electric whizzing which the stupid organizers dare call “futuristic”. Among the other things I don’t like about it. First time I heard about this “Acceleration” nonsense was here and now, and the notion excites me a lot(not at all)
    Nascar, as per usual I will watch the 2 road course races but nothing much else

  13. Win7Golf (@win7golf) said on 25th March 2014, 13:42

    Any info about witch TV channels with transmit the Formula E Championship in each country?

  14. motocan (@motocan) said on 25th March 2014, 14:56

    I will also be following TUSC if it survives the bad management. I hear rumours that some are looking to start a new series? Sebring was a disaster with the loss of 5 hours of racing mainly due to the officiating. I cannot see how they will manage the yellows in a 2 hour race at long Beach if it takes 30 minutes to pass a full course yellow. Fans will be screaming for a return on the cost of their tickets. I want to see sport car racing not Nascar style officiating, club racing will be more exciting.

  15. John Harvey (@jrhonf1) said on 25th March 2014, 16:06

    If E is on TV and I can find it, I’ll watch, but just took Indycar as other series to watch.

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