Your quarantine motorsport guide
The 2020 motorsport season maybe on hold due to COVID-19 but that doesn't mean you can't get your motorsport fix over the coming weeks. Here’s our pick of seven ways you can still enjoy the sport.
1. The Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix
The F1 ESports season got underway last weekend (22 March) with drivers including Lando Norris, Jonny Herbert, Nico Hulkenberg, and Sir Chris Hoy, taking part in the Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix.
The dramatic race was cut short due to technical issues and won by FIA F2 driver Guanyu Zhou.
The next Virtual Grand Prix will be in two weeks' time on 5 April when the drivers will be racing around the Australian Grand Prix circuit in Melbourne.
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3. New British Touring Car Championship Podcast
The new Lamb & Flag podcast – endorsed by the BTCC – is opening its doors to fans this season in a series of 12 episodes looking inside Britain’s premier motorsport championship.
With backing from Cataclean, the Lamb & Flag will be presented by Motorsport News Editor Matt James, ITV4 commentator David Addison and trackside commentator Alan Hyde.
The Lamb & Flag, powered by Cataclean, will be looking at the BTCC and its support series’, as well as the people involved and the background stories.
Episode 1 of the Lamb & Flag is out now via Spotify. Click here to listen.
If you’re in need of your World Rally Championship fix, you can save an exclusive 15% off a subscription to WRC+. Relive the first three rounds of the 2020 World Rally Championship season and enjoy on board footage from the 2014 championship onwards.
Throughout the Coronavirus outbreak the platform will be providing you with plenty of reasons to remain at home. Every Wednesday, WRC+ Focus will be digging deep into their archives to releasing another piece of WRC classic content onto WRCplus.com and provide you with exclusive highlights from some of the best moments in the history of the WRC. This week, WRC+ released, "Richard Burns - The making of a champion."
They will also be creating a number of special features exclusively for WRC+ subscribers.
Once the season is up-and-running again, enjoy all-live coverage, live maps and onboards from every round.
5. Compete in a virtual rally
If you own a PC, Playstation 4 or XBox One, download a copy of WRC 8 game and you can compete in the e-sports World Rally Championship.
Now in its fifth season, the championship welcomes players from around the world to race for a chance to be in the eSports WRC Grand Final, which takes place in front of a live audience and is broadcast around the world.
The eSports WRC 2020 season consists of 10 rounds, beginning with Rallye Monte-Carlo from 23-27 January and concluding with Rally Finland, from 6-10 August. In each of the 10 rounds, competitors have five chances to record their fastest time, with their best result counting towards their standings in the eSports WRC Championship standings.
At the conclusion of the championship, the eight highest ranked players will be invited to compete in the Grand Final. The next round, Rally Chile, takes place next week (2-5 April).
6. Win some M-Sport goodies
Feeling creative? M-Sport are running a competition and want you to bring an image of their EcoBoost-powered Ford Fiesta WRC to life.
You can use any medium to fill the page and be as adventurous as you like in creating your favourite stage. Malcolm and Matthew Wilson, and Team Principal Richard Millener, will pick three winners for some M-Sport goodies.
To enter send a scan or photo of your masterpiece to firstname.lastname@example.org with the artists’ name and age and they’ll pick a winner on Friday 3 April.
Click here to download the template. Good luck!
7. Contact your local motor club!
Motor clubs across the country are organising online e-sports championships, quizzes and table-top rally events. Why not join a community of fellow motorsport enthusiasts or perfect your map reading skills with a table-top rally?
Click here to find your local motor club and then contact them or find them online or on social media to see what online club activities they are planning over the coming weeks.