Motorsports

UK and international motorsports from June 2021

Top 4 Event schedule

FIA World Rally Championship: 21st January – 14th November 2021

The action packed annual World Rally Championship (“WRC”) is the highest level of global competition in rallying, governed and organised by the FIA. There are separate championships for drivers, co-drivers and manufacturers, with a new teams championship added in 2021.

Portugal – 16 April 2021: Ott TÄNAK (EST), Martin JÄRVEOJA (EST), HYUNDAI SHELL MOBIS WORLD RALLY TEAM, HYUNDAI I20
Coupe WRC, action during a test day for WRC Portugal 2021

The series currently consists of 12 2 – 3 day events driven on surfaces ranging from gravel and tarmac to snow and ice. Each rally is usually split into 15–25 special stages which are run against the clock on closed roads, bringing together drivers of turbo versions of all the popular hatchbacks like the Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Gazoo and Hyundai i20, on some of the toughest routes.

World Rally Cars are built on production 1.6-litre four-cylinder engines, featuring turbochargers, anti-lag systems, four-wheel-drive, sequential gearboxes, aerodynamic parts and other enhancements bringing the price of a WRC car to around €700,000 (£601,464).

Nine races will take place in Europe and three outside Europe with Croatia hosting a race for the first time, from it’s stunning and historic capital city, Zagreb.

After narrowly missing out on his first world title in a dramatic final round this year British hopes will be pinned on Welshman Elfyn Evans, driving for Toyota alongside seven-time world champion Sébastien Ogier.

The 2021 World Rally Championship will start from 21 January at the WRC Rallye Monte Carlo and will go on for the next 10 months, till 14 November, where the final race will take place in WRC Rally Japan.

FIA F1 World Championship: 21st March – 12th December 2021

The 2021 FIA Formula One World Championship is the 72nd running of the Formula One World Championship. It is recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (“FIA”), the governing body of international motorsport, as the highest class competition for open-wheel racing cars.

The 2021 F1 calendar can be viewed here.

The championship is being contested over twenty-three Grand Prix, which will be held around the world. Drivers and teams are scheduled to compete for the titles of World Drivers’ Champion and World Constructors’ Champion respectively.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are the defending World Drivers’ and World Constructors’ champions respectively, having won the titles in 2020.

The Formula One Grand Prix will start in Sakhir, Bahrain, with the final race in Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit.

Lewis Hamilton, driver for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team is the undefeated leader following a superb performance in 2020 seeing him bag his 17th championship title.

Isle of Wight Diamond Races: 20th – 24th October 2021

After the Diamond Race was postponed due to Covid-19, a new version of the previously cancelled Diamond Races is here, taking place on public roads on the Isle of Wight starting across the 4-day event from 20th October 2021.

The event is held on a 12.4 mile public road course in the south west of the beautiful island, with panoramic views of the stunning white cliffs and rolling countryside.

The circuit will pass through the villages of Chale Green, Kingston, Shorwell and Brighstone, then on to the five-mile coastal stretch along the Military Road, where we are likely to see riders exceed 200 miles per hour.

The Isle of Man TT Clerk, Gary Thompson has been appointed as Clerk to the Course for the new Isle of Wight race, with former Honda ace with 21-years racing experience, Neil Tuxworth, with over 60 TT wins under his belt, managing liaison.

. Two-time TT winner Steve Plater will work as rider liaison and safety advisor, having already had a taste of the track after riding it alongside current road racer James Hillier, while former Honda boss Neil Tuxworth will take care of team liaison and recruitment management, with 21 years of race experience behind him as well as more than 60 TT wins as Honda racing manager.

Spectators attending the 4-day event will experience the thrill of the Supersport, Superbike, and SuperTwin series racing along with a Sidecar racing demonstration. Organisers are allowing attending motorcyclists to ride on the Diamond Races course after the racing under the supervision of Steve Plater as safety advisor.

With the Isle of Wight Planning Authority approving the Diamond Races, this event will give a much needed boost to bike racing and the Island’s tourism after the Covid-19 downturn, along with the famous Cowes Week regatta from 31st July – 6th August, then the Isle of Wight music festival on 16th – 19th September 2021.

MotoGP: 28th March – 14th November 2021

The 2021 Moto GP is the premier class of the 73rd F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season, essentially the two-wheeled version of F1, the highest echelons of motorbike racing.

MUGELLO – ITALY, MAY 31: Spanish Honda Repsol rider Marc Marquez

The 2021 MotoGP calendar can be viewed here and the rider’s line up can be viewed here.

Joan Mir began the season as defending riders’ champion. MotoGP is the two-wheeled equivalent of F1 and the very top level of global motorbike racing.

The season’s opening race started in Qatar on Sunday 28 March, with the final in Comunitat Valenciana on Sunday 14 November.

Miguel Oliveira just had a fantastic weekend of racing, claiming the MotoGP Italian podium of 2021 after finishing second in Mugello despite his late penalty for exceeding track limits.

Sadly we announce the death of Switzerland’s 19-year old Jason Dupasquier who lost his life on Sunday after Saturday’s horror at Mugello crash following being airlifted to hospital in Florence in a “very serious condition“.

From 4th – 6th June 2021 MotoGP moves 25km north of Barcelona to the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya circuit, being host to the MotoGP since 1992 and the annual visit to this venue is enjoyed by riders and fans alike. A superb venue for anyone lucky enough to make it.

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