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From muffler sellers in the Philippines down to the most dedicated motorsport fan, 2017 is another exciting year of motorsports across the world. With some of the world’s best drivers competing for the biggest prizes, it is always bound to become competitive. As we are about to end the year, here are some classic car events that you should not miss, as they are heading into their crucial stages.
Perhaps the world’s most popular and racing event, this season’s edition of Formula One aims to provide you with the excitement and the intensity that has been their calling card for the past few decades. The races are held all across the globe in beautiful countries such as Italy, Belgium, Japan, Singapore, Monaco, and so much more.
The main storyline this year is who will hoist up the championship trophy after the retirement of the previous champion, Nico Rosberg? Many people believe that two former champions, namely Ferrari’s ace Sebastian Vettel, and Mercedes’ own Lewis Hamilton, have the best chances of winning. Expect the action to heat up even more as the season doesn’t end until December.
The 44th season of the World Rally Championship aims to provide some of the most intense off-road action. With races in countries like France, Mexico, Finland, and Australia, drivers would have to skillfully maneuver their way through harsh terrain.
People are wondering who can challenge the four-time champion Sebastien Ogier as he has dominated the competition for the past few seasons. With drivers like Theirry Neuville and Ott Tanak, he is in for some intense competition this year. Another interesting story is the return of Toyota as a manufacturer, which is a team that has dominated the competition two decades prior. Expect the competition to get close by the season’s end.
The world’s premier endurance racing event was a spectacle to behold once more, as drivers all over the world aimed for victory at the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe in France. The yearly event saw the Porsche LMP Team of Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, and Brendon Hartley take the championship crown against some intense competition.
The 39th season of the prestigious Dakar Rally was another season of intense rally action across some dangerous terrain. This year’s event is hosted by Paraguay, Argentina, and Bolivia. The events are divided into five categories according to the vehicle used by the drivers, namely car, truck, bike, quad, and UTV’s. This is considered to be one of the most dangerous races in the world.
In the end, champions emerged in their respective categories. For the bikes, it was Great Britain’s Sam Sunderland, for the cars, it was Stephane Peterhansel of France, for the Trucks, it was Russia’s Eduard Nikolaev, for the quads it was Sergey Karyakin of the same nation, and Leandro Torres of Brazil for the UTVs.
The world of motorsport is always exciting and intense every season, and these events prove that they can up the ante even more. With awesome racing events this 2017 about to come to a close, people have begun to speculate what is in store next year.