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It’ll be an interesting year for Formula 1 next season. With new turbocharged V6 engines added to the vehicles and tweaks to the rules concerning aerodynamics, there could be a race Sebastian Vettel doesn’t win. Though that is unlikely.
It’s an exciting time for Formula 1 however. Jenson Button believes the first outing in the new cars in January will be “hilarious”, whilst many experts believe it will tighten the gap, making 2014 one of the best championships yet.
However, it isn’t just Vettel and Fernando Alonso who will be revving their engines this coming year, there are hundreds of great race days across the world to look forward to, from 24 hours in Le Mans to a gruelling rally across the Bolivian desert.
We take a look at just some of the great races that are set to enthral us, all the way to the finish line.
The Dakar Rally
Perhaps the world’s most famous race, is the Dakar Rally. Once an endurance race from Paris to Dakar, Senegal, the last few years have seen competitors have to cross the open terrain of South America. The inaugural race took place in 1979 and has become infamous amongst sporting fans ever since.
Testing the mind, skill, and indeed tyres, of over 500 drivers every year, the 2014 edition will see cars, bikes, and trucks cross through Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile throughout January.
Expected to be hotly contested this year, the rally will pass through the birthplace of Che Guevara as Stephane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret look to claim a stake on their third title in a row.
As most motor racing fans know, the atmosphere of a NASCAR race day is one of the most exhilarating experiences in world sport. None more so than the season-opening weekend in Florida for the Daytona 500.
Taking place on Sunday 23 February in the heart of the Sunshine State, it’s the most prestigious race on the calendar and often referred to as the ‘Super Bowl of Stock Car Racing’. The likes of Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch and Bobby Lamonte are all set to be there as the festival of Speedweeks draws to its conclusion at the home of NASCAR.
It’s a carnival atmosphere like no other in Daytona on the 500 weekend, with tickets starting at as little as $32, making it not only one of the most thrilling races of the year, but one of the most reasonably priced too.
Cannonball Run Europe
But of course, if you want to really feel the adrenaline rush you get in motorsport, then valet your car, head over to clickontyres.co.uk for some premium tyres online, and hit the roads for the Cannonball Run.
The world famous event is the subject of a number of movies and was brought back to life in Europe in 2002 after a hiatus. Taking in a top secret route that guarantees breath-taking scenery, first-rate hospitality and a world-class racing circuit, the Run is not only a great way to see Europe but a way to test your endurance and enjoy the winding roads in the luxury of a sports car.
Travelling across 2,500 miles of Europe over six days, around 50 drivers take to the roads each year, spare tyres in the boot and a map in the front, to experience one of the world’s great motoring events, and 2014 promises to be no different.
Monaco Grand Prix
And the Cannonball Run isn’t the only event taking to the streets of Europe. The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the most lavish events on the Formula 1 circuit. It’s the undisputed jewel in the F1 crown and next season will be no different.
Vettel will be desperate to get his hand on the title that sees drivers wind their way through the narrow, unforgiving streets of the principality, whilst fans sip champagne from Casino Square and the luxurious yachts that line the marina.
Between May 22 and 25, the glamorous city on the Mediterranean turns into a series of grandstands for the sixth race of the season and sees the casinos, restaurants and entire principality come alive with anticipation for a truly unique motoring weekend.
Isle of Man TT
The Isle of Man TT is one of the most dangerous motorcycle races in the world. And thousands flock to the small island in the UK every May to watch the world’s greatest riders take on the bends, bumps, and jumps of the 37-mile Mountain Course.
With over 100 years of racing, the TT is rich in history and is currently undergoing a golden period, with plans even to open a museum on the island. Returning once again this year will be John McGuinness who already has 20 wins under his belt and broke the record for the fastest lap just last year.
With teams hoping to beat that this year, expect another fast and furious few weeks in the Isle of Man.