As the 2014 motorsport season draws to an end and the teams and drivers take a few weeks well earned rest over the festive period, many of us are usually left waiting until March or April before we can start to get our motorsports fix once again.
Fortunately you don’t have to wait that long for your next batch of action with our motorsports guide for 2015. Let’s start with January.
1st up is the mighty Dakar Rally. This time starting and ending in Buenos Aries, Argentina – but not before taking on two weeks worth of mountains and desert via Chile and Bolivia en route. Teams and competitors in and on cars, bikes, quads and trucks will attempt the marathon, many will fail. TV coverage will be limited however the event website will certainly keep fans posted on what is happening over the rally fortnight.
The inaugural Formula E Season continues with race 4 – also in Argentina on the 10th of the month, with three different winners in 3 events thus far it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top on the streets of the capital. ITV4 in the UK brings you live coverage.
GT and Prototype endurance racing also starts early in 2015 with the Dubai 24hr taking place on the weekend of the 8-10th January while over in America the prototype season gets underway with the USCC at Daytona for the annual twice ‘round the clock event featuring LMP2 and Daytona Prototype machinery. Again if 2014 is anything to go by Motors TV (and the internet) is your friend.
The WRC kicks off in Monte Carlo between the 22nd and 25th of the month with VW, Citroen, Ford and Hyundai all chasing glory on the wet icy asphalt. Motors TV gives live coverage while ITV 4 brings you a highlights show if last year is anything to go by, while fans of snow and ice racing will be able to enjoy the continuation of the Andros Trophy also on Motors TV on the weekends of the 10th, 17th and 31st of the month.
Away from the TV screens however many UK based motorsport nuts will be heading to Austosport International at the NEC, Birmingham for what is probably the largest show of its kind – certainly in Europe.
Stars from F1, WEC, BTCC and more come to Birmingham to meet the fans, answer questions and sign autographs, there’s often a launch or two, Radical have used the show to announce new models and many a team have used the show as an excuse to show off a new signing or two, plus you also get to get up close to some of the cars from past seasons, expect a good showing from BTCC, plenty of GTs from Porsche and Aston Martin.
I would expect the WEC to have a presence with Anthony Davidson and Toyota having won their respective championships, and a grid of recent F1 cars, not to mention the older, historic and privateer exhibits!
The show is open to the public on the 10th and 11th of January and team Carwitter will be out in force. See you there?