If you are a race-loving maniac and a real petrolhead, then this article of the 10 of the best motorsport events on the 2019 calendar is totally for you. Since there are many mesmerising, great, must-see races, it was difficult for us to shortlist them and come down to a few in order to list the best events that have already taken place or are going to be held this year.
Keep reading the article and find out which one amazes you the most.
#1: Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix
Grand Prix de Monaco or Monaco Grand Prix is the famous Formula 1 motorsport race that was run on 26 May 2019 on the Circuit de Monaco. Held since 1929, the event is considered to be one of the most prestigious and prominent automobile races in the entire world.
Even though the race in Monte-Carlo is a race of slow-speed, it is one of the major challenging races of Grand Prix. This is why a majority of the F1 racers aim to include the race to their victory list. If you are already aware of this race, then you must be familiar with Ayrton Senna, the racer who was the victor of this motorsport race 6 times (5 times in a row).
#2: Le Mans 24 hours
Also known as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Heures du Mans is long in the tooth active motorsport race, which is run yearly since 1923 close to the city of Le Mans, France. The event symbolises one pillar of the Triple Crown of Motorsport. Other events are the Monaco Grand Prix (mentioned-above) and the Indianapolis 500.
Organised by the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest), the race takes place on the Circuit de la Sarthe that comprises of a combination of the specialist racing circuit and blocked public roads. As the name suggests, the racing teams are required to balance pace with the car’s ability of racing for 24 hours with no prolonging mechanical damage.
This year, the 87th 24 Heures du Mans took place on the 15th and 16th of June in France.
#3: Indianapolis 500
The most pronounced American race, Indianapolis 500 is one of the world’s oldest races that persist. The first 500-mile race was organised in 1911 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 103rd running of the race took place on May 26, 2019. Between these two years, 1911 and 2019, are thousands of tragedies, celebrations and heartbreaking stories.
The race that is held annually on the Memorial Day weekend, i.e., the last weekend in May, is a 200-lap long test of 2.5 miles of lap each. The drivers portray their bravery by driving at about 230mph in the extensive test.
#4: Bathurst 1000
The most admired Australian race, Bathurst 1000, outshined the borders of the country and grew to be a race that tempts drives from throughout the world. Although the race started at Philip Island from the Armstrong 500 race in 1960, it was repositioned to the Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst in 1963.
The 500-mile long race became a 1000-kilometre race in 1973. The record holder of the race on the 6.2-km track is Peter Brock with 9 triumphs. Posterior his demise, the trophy was renamed to Peter Brock Trophy.
#5: Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix – Monza
The Gran Premio d’Italia (Italian Grand Prix) is one of the lengthiest races in the 2019 calendar of Formula 1 motorsport events. One of the original races in the inaugural 1950 Formula One World Championship, the event takes place at Monza every year, except for the race in 1990 that took place at Imola.
#6: Daytona 500
Since Daytona 500 is believed to be the most prestigious and the most important stock motorsport race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup calendar, it is also known as the Great American Race.
The first race of 500-mile, in 1959, was held at the 2.5-mile track at Daytona International Speedway. The occasion is the opening event of the season of the Cup Series since 1982. Richard Petty is the most famous among the fans of the race since he is a record holder of 7 wins.
#7: Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix
Held since 1925, the Belgian Grand Prix was turned into one of the original F1 events in 1950. The spectators are awestruck when they see Formula 1 cars flying through Eau Rouge at Spa-Francorchamps. The place is well-known for its unpredictable weather, which is why the racers have competed in the rain for 20 years consecutively.
#8: The Isle of Man TT
The oldest race that has been running since 1907, The Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) is one of the craziest races ever since the organisers and racers are still equally fanatical about it as in the start even after its mortality rate. Since its inauguration, about 270 lives have been lost. The 37.7-mile-long Snaefell Mountain Course has taken a maximum of 9 lives in the year of 2005.
Every driver who has taken the ride even after knowing the risk deserves respect. Nonetheless, the people who deserve respect the most are Michael Dunlop, the man who has claimed 19 victories and his uncle, Joey Dunlop, who is a record holder of 26 times.
#9: 24 Hours of Nurburgring
The 24-hour annual GT endurance and touring car racing event, 24 Hours Nurburgring, is held on the north loop of Nurburgring in central Germany. The motorsport event, which is being held since 1970, is a 25-mile-long lap that permits more than 700 drivers and over 200 cars to participate.
The second endurance race in the record of motorsport events, Nurburgring has a track that is loved by the spectators more than the drivers.
#10: Super GT Suzuka 1000km
The annually held race of 1000 km Suzuka is an endurance race for the sports cars that are run for 173 laps at the Suzuka Circuit. The lap is the lengthiest of the Japanese Super GT contest.
Although various kinds of motorsport events are held across the world, the aforementioned events are the ones that attract both, the drivers and the spectators, due to their unique qualities.