When and Where to Watch Motor Race Series (P2)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, you cannot go to the motor racetrack. However, you can watch the motor racing events on the TV. Here are some of the motor race series you must wait for.

3/Endurance and touring cars

WEC

Le Mans, the biggest race of the year, has been delayed to September 2020. The event would take place from September 12 to September 20, with the race over the final double days. You can watch it on Eurosport in the UK.

BTCC

The British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) was kicked off at Donnington Park in August. The motor race will take place until November 11 with the final race at Brands Hatch. You can watch on ITV in the UK.

DTM

DTM is a Germany’s motor race equivalent to the BTCC. Sometimes, it is held in Belgium and the Netherlands. This year, the first DTM race was organized at Spa-Francorchamps in August. The final race will take place at the Hockenheimring on November 16. You can watch BT Sport.

NASCAR

The American stock car race has been taking place all year. The NASCAR will continue until November 16. You can watch the series via Premier Sports in the UK.

Supercars

Instead of Lamborghinis or Ferraris, the Australian Supercars series features good old fashioned Holden and Ford saloons. The event opened on February 20 and will close on December 11. You can watch an official SuperView app as it is not on the TV.

4/Rally

WRC

The World Rally Championship (WRC) had to be suspended after three first events. It was projected to resume in September. The final session of the race will take place in Japan on November 19. The race is available on the official WRC website. You can watch the WRC’s highlights on ITV.

World Rallycross

The World Rallycross was kicked off in Sweden in late August. The event will run until December 11 with the final race at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. This event is broadcast on BT Sport in the UK.

When & Where to Watch Motor Race Series (P1)

The Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused lockdown in most regions in the world, negatively affecting many sectors in the first half (H1) of this year. Of which, people wondered that the sports of motor racing would do when every racing series was delayed or cancelled.

Now, we are entering the second quarter (Q2) of this year when plenty of racing action going on. However, most events are organized behind closed doors without the attendance of the spectators. You can only watch such motorsports racing events on the TV.

The following are some of the leading motorsports that you can look forward to.

1/Open-wheel racing

Formula 1

Formula One or F1 is the biggest motorsport event in the world. The 2020 season was kicked off at the Austrian Grand Prix on July 3. The championship will conclude in Abu Dhabi on November 27, 2020.

You can watch the series of F1 via Sky Sports F1 or Channel in the United Kingdom (UK).

Formula E

This year’s season of Formula E ended. Therefore, you have to wait for watching the next season which is projected to be kicked off on January 16, 2021, with the Chilean season opener in Santiago.

Indy 500

The exciting motor race Indy 500 is taking place right now from August 12 to August 2020. You can watch the races in the UK on the Sky Sports F1 channel.

2/Motorbikes

Moto GP

Moto GP started with the Spanish GP at Jerez in July and will finish at Portugal’s Algarve International Circuit on November 20. You can watch the races on BT Sport or wait for the highlights on Quest channel.

World Superbikes

The World Superbike began in New Zealand on February 27 and will end at Misano in Italy on November 6. In the UK, you can watch World Superbikes on Eurosport.

Formula One Fleshes out 2020 Calendar: Turkey Back, China Cancels

Formula One (F1) has released its 2020 calendar to 17 races, with the cancellation of the Chinese Grand Prix due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the comeback of the Turkish race for the first time since 2011.

Accordingly, Turkey would hold a race in the Istanbul Park circuit on November 15 before a Bahrain double will take place in late November and early December.  Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi will end the season on December 13 at Yas Marina.

Turkey will be the only non-European or Middle Eastern round on this year’s calendar as the circuit is on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Vural Ak, chairman of Turkish circuit organizer Intercity, said that the firm felt great happiness and honor to bring the biggest motor sporting event in the world to Turkey once again.

Under the new calendar, a limited number of fans could attend some of the 17 races. Of which, Russian Grand Prix organizers have already sold tickets for their race in September. The race is expected to take place in Sochi.

Earlier, all six grands prix held so far since the delay have been organized behind closed doors without any audience.

As the original schedule published before the COVID-19 pandemic, the F1 would have had a record of 22 races.

However, the competition in Monaco had been canceled and a new calendar was created with a mix of old venues and old favorites. 

Chinese race in Shanghai had faced doubts for some time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Formula One said that it is sad that the race would not be organized in China this season. It hoped that the race will return China next year.

The first Vietnamese Grand Prix, which was postponed from April, will not happen although the official cancellation has yet to be confirmed.

Besides, Japan, Azerbaijan, Singapore, and Australia have been canceled, mainly due to the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top Ten Nations Winning MotoGP

Despite the 70 years of operation, there are only 18 nations to lay claim to winners in that category. The followings are the top ten nations to have gained the highest number of champions in the MotoGP.

9/ Brazil (7 wins)

Instead of the tenth place, two nations are sharing the ninth position with seven champions, namely Brazil and Ireland. Alex Barros mainly contributes to Brazil’s spot. Alex Barros achieved three in the four-stroke MotoGP era and another four on 500cc two-strokes. He started in 1993 with a champion on a Suzuki at Jarama and ended a dozen years later with a victory at Estoril in 2005. 

9/ Ireland (7 wins)

With seven wins, Ireland is put on a par with Brazil. However, the wins have been spread over a wider number of riders and years. 

Reg Armstrong was the first and the most prolific winner in Ireland to start with a win at the 1952 IoM TT and another three victories. Meanwhile, Tom Herron was the most recent winner in the country with a champion at the Isle of Man in 1976.

8/ Netherlands (8 wins)

The Netherlands ranked the eighth position with eight wins, which were mainly contributed by Wil Hartog with five out of eight victories between 1977 and 1980. His champion at his home race at Assen in 1977 was the first top-level win of this nation.

The most recent win of the Netherlands came from Jack Middelburg at Silverstone in 1981. 

6/ Japan (12 wins)

We continue skipping seventh place to consider Japan and Rhodesia in sixth place with 12 wins each. All Japanese GP wins came in eight years from 1996 to 2004. The Japanese riders to win top-tier GP races are Norick Abe, Tadayuki Okada, Tohru Ukawa, and Makoto Tamada.

6/ Rhodesia (12 wins)

Rhodesia is the only country on the list not to exist anymore. Known as Zimbabwe now, the country with multiple victors Jim Redman, Gary Hocking, and Ray Amm has so far achieved 12 wins. 

Of which, Amm brought the first win to the country at the 1953 IoM TT, while Redman gained the last victory at Hockenheim in 1966.

MotoGP Detects First COVID-19 Case in Paddock

MotoGP, the premier motorcycle racing World Championship, has recently detected its first positive COVID-19-infected case in a member of Dorna Sports’ TV crew, Motorsport.com revealed. 

The website quoted Dorna as saying that after over 5,500 tests performed on all paddock personnel before their participation in the Spanish, Andalusia, and Czech GPs, one member in the FIM MotoGP World Championship paddock has tested positive for the COVID-19. 

The result was returned during the testing ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix. Following the positive results, the infected person was immediately informed and quarantined in their hotel. 

The person was tested further to confirm the result. The second test proved the positive and the staff member and all close contacts had been isolated. The local health authorities have yet to decide on the duration of self-isolation they are required to undertake. 

The championship has taken to test any persons in secondary contact with individual, and each of them has returned a negative result. 

This case was detected one week after the Racing Point Formula 1 driver Sergio Perez tested positive for the COVID-19, which forced him out of Silverstone race and this week’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. 

Despite the infection, the Czech Grand Prix weekend is expected not to be affected as the MotoGP has deployed strict protocols amid the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Among the virus prevention measure, the MotoGP has reduced the paddock size permitted to each event and races organized without the attendance of fans. Those who want to enter the paddock must submit the negative COVID-19 test upon the arrival to each race, with the frequent temperature checks carried out. 

The paddock has also carried out its own trace app, with the operation of social bubbles to prevent the interaction from reducing the possible virus spread. 

World’s Most Extreme Motorcycle Races (Part 3)

The followings are three more extreme motorcycle races in the world.

5/ Erzberg Rodeo

Known as the “toughest enduro competition in the world,” Erzberg Rodeo attracts the participation of the best endure riders from the bottom of a huge quarry to the top of the “Iron Moutain.”

The riders only have four hours to finish the race, with the top one just making its across with minutes to spare.

The Erzberg Rodeo has developed year by year to increase the difficulties with each new section added. In 2015, all four leading riders had to help each other complete the last sector with the impassable hill. The event has made legendary riders such as David Knight and Tadeusz Błażusiak.

6/ La Bañeza road race

European nations have the luxury of space and high investment. Therefore, after World War II, they moved off the roads and designed special tracks.

It is not surprising that Spain has its every real road race. The event was held in a small archaic two of La Bañeza. It is madder than any races we see in the United Kingdom.

The event started in 1954 and has continued despite the inherent dangers. The racing only allows modern bikes limited to 125cc.

7/ Gold Cup Oliver’s Mount Scarborough

Oliver’s Mount is one of the most awesome tracks in the UK. However, not many people known of its existence. It is a natural road racing circuit above the famous coastal town of Scarborough. It is a very demanding track for riders who have to negotiate the tight Mere Hairpin and the ridiculously steep Quarry Hill.

The circuit held the first race in 1946 and has seen the champion of the world’s famous motor racers. Mike Hailwood, Carl Fogarty, and Giacomo Agostini all won races at Scarborough.

World’s Most Extreme Motorcycle Races (Part 2)

The followings are two more extreme motorcycle races in the world.

3/ International Irish road racing

There are two major international Irish road races, which are impressed by many audiences worldwide, namely the North West 200 and the Ulster Grand Prix. Both race tracks are fast and flowing, allowing riders to break 190 mph regularly.

Of which, the North West 200 is made up of a triangle of fast B-roads running via Portstewart, Coleraine, and Portrush. The track allowed Martine Jessopp to hit a GPS-verified 208mph on his way in 2012. The fantastic racing event attracts top riders from road racing and the British championships.

However, most riders are more interested in the natural layout of the Ulster GP. With the fast corners and lack of chicanes, the Ulster GP encourages high average lap speeds. In 2010, Kiwi Bruce Anstey set an incredible 133.977mph lap record.

This race track is lined with trees, brick walls, and houses, making it extremely dangerous. However, the safety work was carried out in 2015 and partly saved the life of Guy Martin.

4/ The Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally has everything we love about motor racing, including camaraderie, high speeds, and adventure. The first classic route was run in 1978 from Paris to Dakar, Senegal. The track was a brilliant mix of terrain, including iconic African Dunes, which could trap racers for days on end.

However, after many security threats, the event had to be moved to South America in 2009 and remains to this day.

When racing in this track, riders need to have a deep inner resolve to handle challenges thrown at them. Notably, they need good mechanical knowledge to fix any problems on the fly.

Australian motor racer Toby Price dominated this year’s event, winning multiple stages and finished ahead of the next best racer by a whole 40 minutes. Notably, he is the only racer ever to win twice Dakar.

World’s Most Extreme Motorcycle Races (Part 1)

Many audiences are keen on motorcycle racing thanks to the skilled racers. However, some others are impressed by the motor races. The followings are some of the most extreme motorcycle races in the world.

1/ Isle of Man TT

The first of the list is the Isle of Man TT. Launched in 1907, it is one of the oldest and most dangerous motor races in the world. The Isle of Man TT is held on the public roads around the Island, the Snaefell Mountain Circuit, with a total length of 37.73 miles. The racers have to go over villages, glens, bridges, and country roads.

A motor racer must take about three years to learn about the track thoroughly. Unlike other forms of motorsport, outright power and technological advantage will not ensure your victory, but the experience is key.

After the death of David Jefferies, a star of the Isle of Man TT, at the 2003 event, the organizers have continually made efforts to improve safety at the race. They have asked all marshals to be in the line of sight of one another, especially at the dangerous corners.

However, it isn’t easy to make a race completely safe. With the average speed of about 132mph, the fatalities still record in the race.

2/ National Irish road racing

The National Irish road races are all mad in their ways. Of which, Tandragee is undulating; Cookstown is fast while Skerries is extremely narrow. However, the Armoy Race of Legends is the most favorite motor race in recent years.

The race is extremely fast and narrow, with some huge jumps. The old-school nature of the race has drawn many top road racers, including fans’ favorite Guy Martin and even ex-GP star Jeremy McWilliams.

Although the event has been blighted in recent years due to the bad weather, the organizers usually run the races anyway.

F1 racing: Lewis Hamilton finished first at GP Styria 2020

Heavy rains at the Red Bull Ring racetrack led to the cancellation of GP Styria test runs, and there were concerns that the qualifying marathon would also be postponed.

However, this stage of the rankings could finally take place a few hours later – with the results can be said to be quite unexpected.

With an advantage in the starting position, with a better engine than the rest and the help of the DAS multi-axis control system, Lewis Hamilton did not face any difficulties in the race at the Red Bull Ring today.

The world champion’s W11 glided faster and the rest through each round. It was no surprise that the British rider won. This was Hamilton’s 85th victory and was the second time he finished first at the Red Bull Ring racetrack.

Later Hamilton was Valtteri Bottas, so once again, Mercedes won 1-2. The Finnish driver persisted in pursuing Max Verstappen and took second place after a pass in the 65th round. If he could not improve his performance, perhaps the other racing teams would also have to witness two cars. Black comes from Germany crowned again this season. Behind Hamilton and Bottas are Red Bull’s drivers Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon.

Đua xe F1: Lewis Hamilton về nhất tại GP Styria 2020 - Ảnh 3.

Contrary to the not so unexpected developments of the first group, GP Styria is a very memorable memory for Ferrari. Right in the first round, Charles Leclerc collided with Sebastian Vettel. The tail of the German driver and Leclerc’s front wing were badly damaged, resulting in both of them entering the pit. Vettel gave up soon after, and Leclerc also only ran a few more rounds to break up the race. Obviously, in addition to the bad engine, Ferrari also faces the internal conflict situation that has occurred for many recent seasons.

Winning at GP Styria, Lewis Hamilton got 37 points, only 6 points behind Valtteri Bottas on the individual table. The next leg of the F1 2020 season will take place on July 19 at the Hungaroring racetrack, Hungary.

World Top Seven Motorcycle Race Tracks- Part 2

In the previous article, we listed four out of seven motorcycle race tracks in the world, namely Assen in the Netherlands, Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo in Argentina, Brno in the Czech Republic, and Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spane.

In today’s article, let’s name the others of the list, including Losail International Circuit in Qatar, Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy, and Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Australia. 

5/ Losail International Circuit

Located in Doha, Qatar, Losail International Circuit is one of the most famous motorcycle race tracks in the world. It was constructed within one year and was launched in 2014 to inaugurate the Marlboro Grand Prix of Qatar.

The total length of the Losail International Circuit is 5.38 kilometers, longer than the other tracks in this top. The sum included a main straight of over one kilometer.

In 2007, the race track had permanent outdoor lighting. However, it had a limited capacity of only 8,000 spectators.

The interesting fact of Losail International Circuit is surrounded by artificial grass to prevent sand from reaching the track.

6/ Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli

The circuit was built in the Province of Rimini, in Italy in 1970-1972 with a total length of 4.2 kilometers and 16 turns.

In 2006, it was repaired, including changing the circuit direction to clockwise and widening the track width to 14 meters.

In 2012, the name of the circuit was changed to commemorate a local motor racer, Marco Simoncelli, who died the year before in a race in Malaysia.

Previously, this circuit was called Misano World Circuit or Circuito Internazionale Santa Monica.

7/ Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit

Located on Philip Island, Victoria, Australia, the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit is another famous race track in the world with a total length of 4.45 kilometers and a total of 12 turns.

The race track has hosted some famous motor competitions, including MotoGP, the 500cc Grand Prix in 1999, the 250cc Grand Prix in 2008, the Moto2 in 2013, and World Superbikes in 2013.