Wow, halfway already! By now most series are in full flow but, there are one or two event that need a little extra consideration this month.
We start in Northern France and Le Mans more specifically as the WEC complete with a few ELMS, TUSCC and Asian LMS interlopers descend on La Sarthe for the high point of many people’s motor sports year.
The Le Mans 24 Hour. WEC regulars aside the LM24 also sees the debut of the front wheel drive Nissan LMP1 machines, the return of Rebellion to the LMP “lightweight” category and LMP2 entries from the European, Asian and American (TUSCC) championships joining the party.
UK Based fans not making the trip to La Sarthe can see the action live on Eurosport on the weekend of the 14th / 15th June. Be sure to cheer on the Jota, Strakka and Greaves squads in LMP2 who along with Aston Martin will give the best chances of a British class victory.
2 wheeled fans will be readying themselves for their annual trip across water this month, this time to the Isle of Man for the legendary TT races. 2 weeks (if you include the practice and qualifying) of closed public roads and 200+ mph racing along the mountain circuit with action from Superbikes, Supersport, Superstock, Sidecars and electric prototype with more beside.
ITV4 again will have its fantastic coverage nightly from 9.00pm from the 1st through to the 13th of June. And believe me even if you’re not a biker it is definitely worth watching.
Once the two and four wheeled miniature festivals have finished many fans will be heading to Goodwood for the annual Festival of Speed. 3 days of motorsport action as many classic race cars and drivers take to the hill at Goodwood house, expect contemporary and classic machinery from F1, WEC/Sportscars, GT, NASCAR, Superbikes, MotoGP, Touring cars and much more besides.
As always the cars and bikes are only half the story as a strong driver / rider lineup is expected including Valentino Rossi (on Sunday) and NASCAR legend Richard “The King” Petty. Carwitter will of course be covering the event, say hi if you see us! ITV4 will present a highlights package for those of you who cannot make it.
Moving back trackside June sees plenty of other action to keep you occupied both in the lounge and the grandstands, Formula E reaches it’s inaugural climax with events in Moscow (June 6th) before heading to London for the final 2 events on the 27th and 28th, as ever ITV4 will keep you up to date and live.
The BTCC continues its trip around the country with events at Oulton Park 6th/7th and Croft 27th/28th again if you can’t get trackside, ITV4 is the place to view the action.
GT fans will be kept busy this month too as Blancpain heads to Zolder for the Sprint series on the 5th, 6th and 7th, while Paul Ricard in France host the 1000km endurance event on the weekend of the 19th-20th, before heading to Spa for the pre 24hr test day. BT Sport and MotorsTV have this covered for you.
MotorsTV also brings the next instalment of the USCCA in the form of the 6hrs of the ‘Glen on the 28th, all USCCA classes will be in action here.
Isle of Man aside bikers have a lot to look forward to as the British Superbike championship heads to Snetterton (19th/20th/21st) and the World Superbike to Potugual (5th/6th/7th) and Italy (19th/20th/21st).
Eurosport is the biker’s friend here, while the MotoGP championship heads to Spain (12th/13th/14th) and Holland (25th/26th/27th) remember the Dutch round happens on the Saturday and, as a result a few riders including Valentino Rossi will be heading to the Festival of Speed on the Sunday. BT Sport and ITV4 have MotoGP action.
Aside from what has been mentioned above there is plenty more to view this month including:
V8 Supercars (19th-21st – MotorsTV)
NASCAR (7th/14th and 28th – Premier Sports)
IndyCar (6th/14th/27th – BT Sport)
WRC (12-14th – MotorsTV)
If that’s not enough there is plenty more if you look around. 6 months in, where has the time gone!