My Top 5 Motorsport Moments Of 2018
5: The Opening Race Of The Fifth Season Of Formula E
The anticipation was high for the inaugural race of Formula E at the end of 2018. The introduction of the Gen 2 car added to this excitement. Alongside the Gen 2 car, there would also be no pit stops for car swaps and closer racing. Did the race disappoint? Definitely not. On the first lap, cars were jostling for position. Ex-F1 driver and season 4 champion Jean-Eric Vergne was looking favourite to win, but BMW I-Anderetti driver Antonio Felix Da Costa held on for long enough to win the opening race of a new and exciting season of Formula E.
4: Rothmans Porsche VS Ford GT At Le Mans
So it's no secret that endurance racing is a slow burner. In fact, some people go as far to say that it's like watching beige paint dry on a library wall. But, if you held on until there were three and a half hours left of this years 24 Hours Of Le Mans you would have seen something that's nothing short of magical... Ok I'll set the scene. The 68 Ford is gaining on the 91 Porsche and everyone in the respective garages is getting a tiny bit nervous, because they've been in the race for near enough 21 hours and don't want to end it prematurely. The GT is filling the 911 RSR's mirrors and what follows. I can't even describe...
3: Red Bulls Collide At Baku
As soon as you see another driver pull up behind Max Verstappen that little bit in the back of your brain activates and before you know it you've already said: "This won't end well" Imagine then how Christian Horner felt when his other (Australian shaped) driver pulled in behind Verstappen. He probably said the same thing as you did but only with more swearing and hair pulling. So the laps rolled by and the Red Bulls continued battling (surprisingly cleanly for Max) and nothing happened. Until turn 1. Ricciardo is weaving behind Max trying to get him to make a mistake (trust me Daniel, give it time and he'll make one himself). Then the braking zone happens and Ricciardo locks the fronts slightly. That minor mistake took all the points away from Red Bull that weekend. And gave them a hefty repair bill.
2: Alonso's Very Emotional Send Off
There it is. 2018. Fernando's last year in F1. He's had a good run and Abu Dhabi would be his last race. McLaren supplied him with a special livery and helmet and he supplied the tear inducing finale. On the last lap, Alonso decided to cut some corners just so he could get closer to his many fans. Basically, Alonso did the equivalent of putting two fingers up at your boss on your last day of work. And then the emotions came. Fernando, Lewis and Sebastien all did obligatory donuts on the main straight. 3 champions, many boxes of tissues and immeasurable tubs of Ben and Jerry's.
1: The Entirety Of The Blancpain Endurance Race At Paul Ricard
When it comes to GT racing I get a bit excited. Where else do you get to see modified supercars duke it out? Exactly, no where! The premier GT series is the Blancpain series. It's home to the best GT teams including WRT and AF Corse. But on this day in June, one of the underdogs reigned supreme. I will still stand by my opinion that this is the best GT race I have ever watched. It had everything. Crashes, insane battles and a last minute overtake for the win. On the last lap, one of the Emil Frey Lexus RCFs overtook a Bentley to give the team their maiden win...
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-Joseph Le Corre-