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2016 Series to Watch

Tom Stanley On January 11, 2016

The 2016 racing seasons is soon to be roaring away from the starting grid, but, with so much racing; I will be choosing a select few series to follow. Here why these series are on my watch list!

BTCC
This, this is the series which includes the British Touring Car Championship, Ginetta GT4, Renault Clio Cup, Ginetta Junior, Porsche Carrera Cup and MSA Formula. You have all these championship all on the Sunday, live on iTV4 starting at 10:30am all the way to 6pm. That is over 7 hours of motorsport all on a free to air channel in the UK. The format of 3 races per round brings some great racing and producing many different winners along the way. The aspect of another Honda Racing Civic and the return of Motorbase’s Eco-Boost Ford Focus, I believe that this season is going one of the closest ever. Shedden has alot of work to do to keep his championship.

Formula 1
This is what got me hooked on Motorsport. Formula 1 will be visiting a record 21 races with an additional 2 cars to the grid from the new entry Hass F1 Team. Lotus has sold their stake to Renault, bring the constructor back into the sport. With the BBC failing to bring the free-to-air coverage, Channel 4 has the same situation with 10 live races ad free and the rest being highlights. Will the coverage keep the audience interested, soon it will tell after a few races.

Formula E
The 2nd year of the all-electric season will be returning to finish off the remaining 8 rounds of 11. Sebastien Buemi leads the way with his 2 wins. It has been very close racing with the only difference being the drivetrains in the 18 cars, with Trulli Team sadly having to withdraw from the series due to problems with getting equipment to the races. With Jaguar due to be entering for the 2016/2017 season, the future is bright in this series.

iRacing Pro Series (Road and Oval)
I love my online racing, so much that I do watch a lot of different online championships. But the iRacing Pro Series in both the road and oval championships are the ones I’m going to watch fully this season. It may not be covered on TV, but it is always live on YouTube, Twitch and on iracing.com/live. With the new McLaren MP4-30 coming to the service, this will be interesting to watch to see if the drivers can adapt to the technology behind the car. With the dynamic tracks coming into play, it will make it interesting on the oval side too.

Some honorable mentions are any 24hr events, such as the Le Mans 24hrs and the Daytona 24 coming up in the next coming weeks. The BSRTC (British Sim Racing Touring Car) that happens live on YouTube and also shown on Motors TV every week and the IndyCar series. I may not get around to watch every race, but does produce some great racing!

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