Well the New Year is upon us and, after a fairly barren December, January brings more than enough to keep most motorsport fans entertained until the UK based seasons start in the Spring.
We start, however in South America with the biggest, baddest and trickiest rally of the lot. The Dakar. The Dakar is set to tax the cream of the rallying world, with its’ rich history and over 100 miles per stage it’s easy to see why the likes of Mikko Hirvonen, Sebastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz and up & coming British Rally star Harry Hunt all want to tame the beast.
The Dakar takes place from the 2nd to the 16th of January and highlights can be caught throughout the event on Eurosport.
Moving up the Americas we now head to Florida for the annual twice round the clock 24hr prototype extravaganza, the opening round of the 2016 TUSCCA championship. Daytona, LMP2 GTD and GTLM machinery takes to the infield layout of the famous “tri-oval” Motors TV and Radio Le Mans should bring you a mix of live and highlights over the weekend of the 29th – 31st of the month.
The Andros Trophy continues to slip and slide its’ way around the French ski resorts with events in Isola on the weekend of the 8th and 9th, Lans-En-Vencors on the 22nd and 23rd and Clermont Ferrand on the 30th. Motors TV will again bring the pictures.
Fans of GT endurance racing can tune into the 2016 24 Hour Series opening event at Dubai on the week ending the 16th January expect a real time live stream and again, Motors TV coverage of the event.
Sticking with endurance racing, Thailand is the destination for the Asian Le Mans Series with LMP2, 3 and GT machinery taking on the 3hr race on the 10th of the month. Once again Motors TV will bring pictures.
Moving away from the prototypes and GTs the World Rally Championship gets back underway at Monte Carlo from the 22nd to 24th of the month. From 2016 I believe BT Sport are taking over the coverage so, Rally fans, please check the listings!
Aside from the actual racing, tens of thousands of you will no doubt be heading to Birmingham for the annual Autosport International show.
It features all aspects of motor racing from F1 WEC, Touring cars, GTs right down to karts and oval stock cars, plenty of drivers and celebrities will be in attendance, answering questions, signing autographs and even demoing machinery in the Live Action Arena.
The show takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from the 14th to 17th of January, with the Saturday and Sunday being open to the public. Maybe we’ll see you there?
Well, plenty going on there and it’s only January! I have a feeling 2016 is going to be a good year.