Heav­en­for revheads

Get set for a huge sea­son on the track and of­froad, writes Mark Hinch­liffe

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

YOU will hardly have a chance to dab the brakes all year as the motorsport cal­en­dar hits the road, start­ing with the Dakar Rally that be­gan on New Year’s Day. It’s pedal to the metal right up to the che­quered flag in De­cem­ber when the V8 Su­per­car sea­son con­cludes in Syd­ney.

Along the way there will be many op­por­tu­ni­ties for revheads to ogle gleam­ing new prod­ucts at mo­tor shows and old ma­chin­ery in clas­sic dis­plays, take part in ral­lies and gymkhanas, or watch a wide va­ri­ety of two and four-wheeled mo­tor­sports.

Apart from cheer­ing on favourite driv­ers and rid­ers here in Aus­tralia, plenty of Aussies are bat­tling on the world stage, in­clud­ing Mark Web­ber in For­mula 1, Mar­cos Am­brose in Nascar, Will Power and Ryan Briscoe in IndyCar, Chad Reed in world and Amer­i­can su­per­cross and mo­tocross, and Ja­son Crump in world cup speedway.

ONE-OFF EVENTS

JAN 1-16, Dakar Rally, South Amer­ica JAN 6-9, Sum­mer­nats, Can­berra JAN 27-30, 24 Hours of Day­tona FEB 4-6, Bathurst 12-Hour MAR 19-20, Phillip Is­land Clas­sic APR 20-23, Four Day En­duro, Mackay MAY 29, In­di­anapo­lis 500, In­di­ana JUN 10-13, Finke Desert Rally, NT JUN 11-12, Le Mans 24-Hour, France JUL 1-3, Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed, UK JUL 29-31, Scouts Rally, SA AUG 13-18, Six Day En­duro, Fin­land AUG 21, Ju­nior Mo­tocross World Cham­pi­onship, Italy AUG 27-28, Ley­burn Sprints, Dar­ling Downs SEP 23-30, Aus­tralasian Sa­fari. SEP 3-4, Speed on Tweed, Mur­willum­bah SEP 16-18, Good­wood Re­vival, UK SEP 25, Mo­tocross of Na­tions, St Jean d’Angely, France SEP 25, Bay to Bird­wood, SA SEP 30-Oct 1, Deni Ute Muster, NSW OCT 16-23, World So­lar Chal­lenge, Ade­laide to Dar­win OCT 21-23, Mo­tor­clas­sica, Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Con­cours d’El­e­gance and Clas­sic Mo­tor Show, Mel­bourne’s Royal Ex­hi­bi­tion Build­ing

V8 SU­PER­CAR SE­RIES

JAN 29, Pre-Sea­son Test Day, East­ern Creek FEB 10-12, Yas V8 400, Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit, Abu Dhabi MAR 17-20, Clip­sal 500, Ade­laide (F) MAR 24-27, Aus­tralian Grand Prix, Al­bert Park, Mel­bourne* APR 15-17, ITM 400, Hamil­ton, NZ APR 29-May 1, Barba­gallo Race­way, Perth (F) MAY 20-22, Win­ton Mo­tor Race­way, Vic­to­ria JUN 17-19, Hid­den Val­ley, Dar­win JUL 8-10, Townsville 400 (F) AUG 19-21, Queens­land Race­way, Ip­swich (F) SEP 16-18, L&H 500, Phillip Is­land OCT 6-9, Bathurst 1000, Mount Panorama (F) OCT 21-23, Gold Coast 600, Surfers Par­adise NOV 11-13, Tas­ma­nia Chal­lenge, Sym­mons Plains, Launce­s­ton NOV 18-20, Nor­ton 360 Sandown Chal­lenge, Mel­bourne (F) DEC 2-4, Tel­stra 500, Syd­ney Olympic Park (F) (* Non-Cham­pi­onship round) (F Fu­jitsu V8 Su­per­car Se­ries)

FOR­MULA ONE WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

MAR 11-13, Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir MAR 25-27, Aus­tralian Grand Prix, Mel­bourne APR 8-10, Malaysia Grand Prix, Kuala Lumpur APR 15-17, Chi­nese Grand Prix, Shang­hai MAY 6-8, Turk­ish Grand Prix, Is­tan­bul MAY 20 - 22, Span­ish Grand Prix, Catalunya MAY 27 - 29, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo JUN 10-12, Cana­dian Grand Prix, Mon­treal JUN 24-26, Euro­pean Grand Prix, Va­len­cia JUL 8-10, Bri­tish Grand Prix, Sil­ver­stone JUL 22-24, Ger­man Grand Prix, Nur­bur­gring JUL 29-31, Hun­gar­ian Grand Prix, Budapest AUG 26-28, Bel­gian Grand Prix, Spa-Fran­cor­champs SEP 9-11, Ital­ian Grand Prix, Monza SEP 23-25, Singapore Grand Prix, Singapore OCT 7-9, Ja­panese Grand Prix, Suzuka OCT 14-16, Korean Grand Prix, Yeongam *OCT 28-30 In­dian Grand Prix, Delhi NOV 11-13, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Ma­rina Cir­cuit NOV 25-27, Brasil­ian Grand Prix, Sao Paulo * Sub­ject to cir­cuit ap­proval

AUS­TRALIAN EN­DURANCE CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

APR 8-10, Calder, Vic­to­ria JUN 3-5, Win­ton, Vic­to­ria AUG 5-8, Ip­swich, Queens­land OCT 28-30, Wake­field, NSW

WORLD RALLY CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

1 FEB 13, Swe­den 2 MAR 6, Mex­ico 3 MAR 27, Por­tu­gal 4 APR 17, Jor­dan 5 MAY 8, Italy 6 MAY 29, Ar­gentina 7 JUN 19, Greece 8 JUL 31, Fin­land 9 AUG 21, Ger­many 10 SEP 11, Aus­tralia 11 OCT 2, France 12 OCT 23, Spain 13 NOV 13, Great Bri­tain

AUS­TRALIAN RALLY CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

APR 16-17, Quit For­est Rally, Western Aus­tralia MAY 13-15, Rally of Queens­land* JUL 30-31, Scouts Rally, South Aus­tralia SEP 9-11, Rally Aus­tralia, Coffs Har­bour NOV 12-13, Rally Vic­to­ria * Sub­ject to FIA ap­proval

AUS­TRALIAN V8 UTES

MAR 1-2, Clip­sal 500, Ade­laide MAY 6-8, Barba­gallo Race­way, Perth JUN 17-19, Hid­den Val­ley Race­way, Dar­win JUL 8-10, Townsville 400 OCT 6-9, Bathurst 1000 OCT 21-23, Gold Coast 600, Surfers Par­adise NOV 18-20, Sandown Chal­lenge, Vic­to­ria DEC 2-4, Syd­ney Tel­stra 500, Olympic Park

AUS­TRALIAN TARGA CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

NOV 5-7, Targa High Coun­try, Vic­to­ria JAN 29-30, Targa Wrest Point, Tas­ma­nia APR 5-10, Targa Tas­ma­nia

BIKES MO­TOGP (PRO­VI­SIONAL)

MAR 20, Lo­sail, Qatar* APR 3, Jerez, Spain APR 24, Motegi, Ja­pan MAY 1, Es­to­ril, Por­tu­gal MAY 15, Le Mans, France JUN 5, Catalunya, Spain JUN 12, Sil­ver­stone, Great Bri­tain JUN 25, Assen, Nether­lands** JUL 3 Mugello, Italy JUL 17, Sach­sen­ring, Ger­many JUL 24, La­guna Seca, United States*** AUG 14, Brno, Czech Re­pub­lic AUG 28, In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana SEP 4, Misano, San Marino SEP 18, Mo­torLand, Arag#aa­con, Spain OCT 16, Phillip Is­land, Aus­tralia OCT 23, Sepang, Malaysia NOV 6, Va­len­cia, Spain * Evening Race ** Satur­day Race *** Only Mo­toGP class

SU­PER­BIKE WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

FEB 27 Phillip Is­land MAR 27, Don­ing­ton, UK APR 17, Assen, the Nether­lands MAY 8, Monza, Italy MAY 30, Miller Motorsport Park, United States JUN 12, Misano, San Marino JUN 19, Mo­torland Aragon, Spain JUL 10, Brno, Czech Re­pub­lic JUL 31, Sil­ver­stone, Great Bri­tain SEP 4, Nur­bur­gring, Ger­many SEP 25, Imola, Italy OCT 2, Magny Cours, France OCT 16, Por­ti­mao, Por­tu­gal

AUS­TRALIAN SU­PER­BIKE CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

FEB 25-27, Phillip Is­land, Vic MAR 4-6, Sym­mons Plains Tas APR 14-17, Hid­den Val­ley NT MAY 6-8, Barba­gallo Race­way, WA JUN 3-5, Queens­land Race­way, Ip­swich AUG 19-21, Queens­land Race­way, Ip­swich NOV 11-13, Sym­mons Plains, Tas NOV 18-20, Phillip Is­land, Vic

AMA AND WORLD SU­PER­CROSS CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

JAN 8, Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia JAN 15, Phoenix, Ari­zona JAN 22, Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia JAN 29, Oak­land, Cal­i­for­nia FEB 5, Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia FEB 12, Hous­ton, Texas FEB 19,San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia FEB 26, At­lanta, Ge­or­gia MAR 5, Day­tona, Florida* MAR 12, In­di­anapo­lis, In­di­ana MAR 19, Jack­onsville, Florida MAR 26, Toronto, Canada APR 2, Ar­ling­ton, Texas APR 9, St Louis, Mis­souri APR 16, Seat­tle, Washington APR 30, Salt Lake City, Utah MAY 7, Las Ve­gas, Ne­vada

AUS­TRALIAN MO­TOCROSS

MAR 6, Broad­ford, Vic­to­ria MAR 20, Ray­mond Ter­race, NSW APR 10, Ap­pin, NSW MAY 8, Mur­ray Bridge, SA MAY 22, Toowoomba, Qld JUN 19, Coon­abarabran, NSW JUL 3, Al­bury, NSW JUL 23/24, Moree, NSW JUL 30-31, Coolum, Qld

MO­TOCROSS WORLD CHAM­PI­ONSHIP

MAY 15, Broad­ford, Aus­tralia MAY 29, Nether­lands JUN 6, Great Bri­tain JUN 19, Teutschen­thal, Ger­many JUN 26, Kegums, Latvia JUL 3, Ud­de­valla, Swe­den JUL 17, Bellpuig, Spain JUL 24, Agueda, Por­tu­gal AUG 7, Lom­mel, Bel­gium AUG 14, Loket, Czech Rep. AUG 28, Campo Grande, Brazil SEP 11, Glen Helen, USA SEP 18, TBA, USA OCT 9, Sevlievo, Bul­garia OCT 16, Italy

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