My Top 6 Motorsport Moments Of 2019
Despite what some people say, 2019 was a brilliant year for motorsport. We had unlikely podiums, legendary overtakes and awesome races that will be etched into fans' minds for years to come. With that in mind, I'm counting down my top 6 motorsport moments of 2019.
6: Jean-Eric Vergne Becomes Formula E's First Double Champion - FE
With 3 wins out of a total of 13 rounds, it didn't seem likely that JEV would emerge from season 5 from as, not only a champion, but the catagory's first double champion. It was a championship that went down to the wire with the championship being decided in the last 2 races in New York. The big question is: can he retain it for another year?
5: The Comical Case Of Qualifying In Monza - F1
It's very rare that qualifying is more entertaining than the race, but when it came to the Italian GP at Monza, the qualifying made me wet myself with laughter. If you didn't see it, I'll set the scene: when it comes to a track like Monza, the slipstream is golden. As a result, nobody want to be the first in the queue and so all the drivers started jostling position. The outcome was that no one bar a couple of drivers set a second lap in Q3. It was even better when combined with bits of old Top Gear audio.
4: All Of The German GP - F1
Despite not actually watching this race live, I was still on the edge of my proverbial seat listening to it on the radio. It seemed like a different car was going off the track every lap and it wasn't far off from that. Even the top teams and drivers were being caught out by the shite conditions. Mercedes had a shocker of a pit stop that left Hamilton with a lot of fighting to do. Whilst this was going on, cars were flying off the track and the second best podium of 2019 was being set up. The race ended with Torro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat in third place. Not a bad way of coming back to F1, eh?
3: 3-Wide Up Eau Rouge - British GT
I haven't photoshopped that (I'm not that skilled), that is 3 GT3 cars going side by side up Eau Rouge. One of them is a Bentley, a GT3 car that is renowned for being on the porky side of the width spectrum. After all was said and done, the Ram Racing AMG GT3 came out on top followed by the Conti and the McLaren respectively. I think it's fair to say this was the best overtake of 2019, and I'm willing to fight anyone who says otherwise.
2: McLaren's First Podium Since 2014 - F1
As a McLaren fan, it was pretty safe to say that this was going to be on this list. Afterall, this was the team's first podium since the opening round of the 2014 season in Australia. If someone can tell me what made the two podiums similar, I'll be impressed. Some argued that it wasn't as special as Gasly's podium, becuase Sainz was handed third after Hamilton was given a penalty. I'd argue that it was better the way it happened, becuase it meant the whole team could share that moment up on the podium. After recent years, I think they've earned it.
1: The BTCC Finale
Here it is. My favourite motorsport moment of 2019 was the finale of the BTCC. Heading into the final 3 races at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, it was possible that 1 of 5 drivers could walk away at the end of the day as the champion. In the end it was West Surrey Racing's Colin Turkington who was the victor. However, it wasn't an easy job. The race 1 victory went to championship rival Dan Cammish, leaving Turkington with some work to do. On the first lap of race 2 the BMW driver was pitched into a spin and ended up coming across the line in 25th place. This left all the cards on the table for the final race of the day (and season). Throughout most of the race Cammish was controlling the race and looking like he would take the championship from under Colin's nose, but then the unthinkable happened. Heading onto the GP portion of the circuit, Cammish's Honda suffered a brake failure and sent him into the barriers. His loss was Turkington's gain. For BMW, the stuff of dreams. For Honda, the stuff of nightmares.