The world of motorsports is one that is becoming increasingly competitive and hard to predict the results of. This article will look at a few of the sportsmen and women likely to be challenging for the big prizes in 2016.
When it comes to the Formula One Driver’s Championship, the patriotic among us will be delighted to learn that Britain’s Lewis Hamilton is the hot favourite with bookmakers – at 8/13.
Hamilton is the holder of this title, and also won it in 2014, making it easy to see why the bookies fancy him – although he has competition from the likes of Sebastian Vettel (4/1) and Nico Rosberg (11/4).
Hamilton has a superb chance to make it three-in-a-row, but if you don’t like betting on the favourite, a wager on Rosberg to upstage his teammate and win his first championship is worth considering.
When it comes to the annual Le Mans 24 Hour Race, the bookmakers have not yet released odds for the 2016 event, but hot favourites are likely to be the team of Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas, driving for Porsche.
Their combination of experience and youth brought them this title last year – and another Porsche team also took second place in the LMP1 category. Competition may come from the Ford team, although they have not yet announced their drivers.
Ford will be entering a GT for this race and has ex-NASCAR and Indianapolis 500 driver Chip Ganassi as part of its backroom team, but Porsche definitely has an excellent chance of retaining this championship.
The 2016 Camping World Truck Series gets underway in February, meaning again it is too soon for odds to be available, but one of the favourites seems likely to be Erik Jones, who won the championship this year, and Matt Crafton – who came third in 2015 but was the champion the previous two years.
Another driver that it may be worth looking at is Daniel Hemric, who came in seventh this year, but is on the rise and will be driving for the Brad Keselowski Racing team in 2016. He is still young and hungry, but it would be a relatively high-risk gamble with the likes of Crafton and Jones still the clear favourites to win again.
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