14 reasons why it's not just about F1 in 2014
The F1 season has kicked off, but there's lots more motorsport happening this year to get excited about...
Posted: 16 Mar 2014
14. It might be time to invest in satellite television
2014 looks set to be a classic in more ways than one, but there are plenty of reasons to seek out some less obvious forms of motorsport. In DTM, four teams and eight drivers will contest the new series in the angry-looking BMW M4 DTM, joining the Audi A5 DTM and DTM Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Coupe in a battle of the Big Three Germans. Expect serious rivalry and even more serious aero.
In the US, NASCAR is introducing new rules which should amount to "closer, tighter, faster racing", which, given that there's barely a cigarette paper between the cars at the moment, presumably means that drivers will sit in each other's cars for half the race. Still, it should make the inevitable 40-car pile-up even more grotesquely fascinating.
There's also set to be some seriously close racing in Formula Renault this year. It's an interesting series, mainly because many teams have been looking at the formula to scout for new driving talent that hasn't been picked up by the usual channels (early-years karting, F3 or GP2), and newbie McLaren F1 pilot Kevin Magnussen has appeared direct from the World Series by Renault 3.5 Championship - so it's worth getting used to a few of the names now.
There's also frantic championships in rallycross, karting, V8 Supercars in Oz, including the Bathurst 12-Hour race, Super GTs, the Porsche Supercup, truck racing, Trophy Truck LOORS short-course racing (think BTCC in pickup trucks, jumping and sideways), and even some X Games rallying madness.
If you prefer your racing by the quarter mile, then it's hard to ignore the Top Fuel series, where cars are bombs with men attached.
And if you like it dirty, then it's worth looking out for the new Land Rover Defender race series that's being championed by Drew Bowler (he of the Bowler Wildcat). Pitched as feeder/training for events like the Dakar, it looks like enormous fun, as you can find out here.