8 Motorsport Events To Look Forward To In May
1) WEC-(6 Hours of Spa 1st-4th May)
There is the possibility of the first championships of the season being claimed at Spa for the World Endurance Championship in the LMP1 category with the trio of Sebastian Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and of course Fernando Alonso. This will also be the penultimate time we see the two time F1 World Champion in a Toyota LMP1 car as he will leave the program after the 2019 24hours of Le Mans next month who will be replaced next season by former F1 driver Brendon Hartley. As well as Alonso there is a host of former F1 drivers to be competing in the race such as Stoffel Vandoorne for SMP in LMP1 and Jean-Eric Vergne as well as many more stars not only from Formula 1 but the world of sports cars and endurance racing. These motorsport behemoths take to the track to do battle at one of the world's most iconic circuits; Spa for the second time this Super Season as the championship opener hailed from the Belgian track. With what is at stake you sure don't want to miss out on the possibility of watching history take place as we might see the first ever WEC Super Season Champions be crowned.
2) W Series-(Hockenheim 3rd-4th May), (Zolder 17th-18th May)
The first ever Women only racing Series debuts at the start of the month as a support race in the DTM championship, the heavily anticipated championship will come from the world famous Hockenheim race track in Germany and will take place around the Grand Prix layout. Nobody honestly knows what to expect from the championship but this doesn't stop the optimism surrounding the championship as it will offer a huge opportunity to the top drivers to be brought into a Formula 1 program by moving to Formula 3 or Formula 2 where they will be given a clearer path to enter a premier motorsport category, such as WEC or Formula 1. Some early standout names to look out for include Jamie Chadwhick and Marta Garcia. But quite frankly it is pointless me making any predictions as we don't really have a clue who will not only take the first ever win but who will prevail as the maiden champion of this exciting new series.
3) MotoGP-(Spanish GP 3rd-5th May), (French GP 17th-19th May)
There is a double dose of MotoGP to look forward to this month with rounds in both Spain and France which will hopefully give us a clearer understanding of who is a true title contender and who just happened to be in the right place at the right time after the mistake that cost Marc Marquez from from taking a dominating victory in Austin. Jerez is always a track that provides surprises and excitement so it is the perfect type of circuit that a rider such as Jorge Lorenzo or Valentino Rossi could finally claim another win and really kick start their championship battle and not allow the young guns from getting everything go there way. Two riders who seriously need good performance are the Honda riders, Cal Crutchlow who has been very unfortunate recently with a ride-through penalty in Argentina that was very controversial and then last time out he crashed out from third when battling with The Doctor. The other surprisingly is Marc Marquez who won the race in Argentina by an absolute mile but a small mistake cost him the opportunity to win at COTA once again by a considerable amount of time, I am pretty sure that Marc won't have this too imprinted into his memory as he still seems to be the most consistent and the quickest rider in the field so don't be surprised if all is forgotten very soon.
4) World Rally Championship (Chile 9th-12th May)
The World Rally Championship has been unpredictable in spite of its predictability as at the start of the season everybody expected there to be three main championship contenders with Ott Tanak, Sebastien Ogier and Thierry Neuville and it is no surprise to see these three names at the top of the championship standing but I don't think anybody really thought that it would be the Belgian who is on the top. Thierry is not necessarily the fastest driver but over the course of the season so far he has been the most consistent of the trio and has been in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the misfortunes of others, such as in Corsica when Welshman Elfyn Evans was leading into the final stage Neuville was in the perfect position to take advantage of the puncture that bestowed Evans and his Fiesta. Talking of Elfyn Evans and M-Sport Chile has to be a good result for the team as they have had nothing but bad luck of late with only his second ever Rally win being snatched away from him in such cruel circumstances and last time out in Argentina him hitting the only rock for miles and compromising his chance of claiming what could have been a third successive podium. WRC Chile is going to be as exciting as always and a certain must watch.
5) Formula 1 (Spanish GP 9th-12th May), (Monaco GP 23rd-26th May)
Another huge month for Formula 1 as we head to Europe for the first time this season with the championship table in a very different state to how everyone predicted it would be. After a record third consecutive 1-2 finish the two Mercedes drivers are comfortably building a lead at the top. Everyone thought that this season would be a lot tighter at the top end of the table with Ferrari supposedly being the quicker car, however, with errors from both drivers as well as catastrophic misjudgments from the team (particularly towards Leclerc) has meant that they are still without a victory this season. Spain is one of the tracks that Ferrari should have confidence at due to the strong performances at the pre-season tests but you can never bet against Mercedes when they are in this kind of form. What might, however, be surprisingly harder to predict is which of the two drivers it will be to take the maximum points as they are both at one win apiece but notably it is Bottas who is narrowly at the top of the standings meaning the championship is anybody's to win this season. At the end of the month we once again return to the jewel in the motorsport crown with the Monaco Grand Prix where we don't expect the most exhilarating race in terms of racing action but especially after the tacks that normally supply good action being slightly lacklustre, this being said we always love to see the Grand Prix cars fighting their way through the narrow streets and I'm pretty sure that you won't be missing it.
6) ABB Formula E (Monaco 11th May), (Germany 25th May)
Well here we are eight races in eight different winners seven different constructor wins, and yet people are still hating on the series which is somehow understandable. Don't get me wrong I am a huge advocate for Formula E and electric racing, however, there are just too many small things that are wrong with it such as the almost bumper car mentality that has come into play of late, which certainly does add excitement like the race in Paris for example but when cars are simply punting each other off the track which makes a bit of a joke of the entire series especially considering the money involved and they affect it has on drivers who are trying to have good clean racing. Current world champion Jean-Eric Vergne has stated that he thinks the front wings should be made more fragile to decrease the amount of this style of racing which I kind of agree with as it gives drivers more to lose. This being said it is still as if not more exciting than Formula 1 and as they are returning to the iconic streets of Monaco we could be about to see something special.
7) British Touring Car Championship (Thruxton 18th-19th May)
The ever-popular British Touring Car Championship only has one round this month but it is still better than none, the circuit in question is Thruxton which is always entertaining as it is one of the fastest tracks in the country and offers wheel to wheel racing. The championship is to close to call at the moment and quite frankly it would be ridiculous for me to make a prediction for even one of the race winners but I do feel like the brand new BMW 3 series touring cars are showing great potential and are proving tough beasts to beat, this being said Ash Sutton in his Subaru is currently at the top of the standings by a small margin and has many hungry competitors around him. We also might have the chance to see one of the old BTCC legends up battling for the win if the recent performances from Matt Neal in his Honda Civic are anything to go by. We will be watching avidly to see what happens in the next round of Britain's premier motorsport has in store for us.
8) IndyCar (Indy 500 24th-26th May)
Arguably one of the most famous races in the world takes place at the back-end of this month and we could possibly be on the verge of witnessing history in the making as Two-time Formula one champion and 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Fernando attempts to claim the final necessary victory of his triple-crown. With all of the attention being given to Alonso it is easy it forget that this will by no means be a walk-over as there are some extremely fierce and capable drivers in the field such as former F1 drivers with Sebastien Bourdais and Alexander Rossi as well as Felix Rosenqvist who is in his debut season in IndyCar but is showing impressive pace despite his results. IndyCar returns to its home two weeks prior to the 500 to hold a round on the Grand Prix circuit infield section which will act as an appetizer to the main event two weeks later. Neither race should be missed as there is guaranteed action from start to finish in both.
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