Unbeknownst to most Australian F1 or V8 fans, there is actually a wider world of motorsport out there, and it’s bloody fascinating. Of course, we can’t expect you to keep up to date on every form of racing, so as we hit the midpoint of the season for most elite racing series across the world, we thought we’d give you a quick chance to catch up.
Series leader: Sebastian Vettel
Margain: 1 point
This year’s F1 season is shaping up to be the most interesting in years. The reason? Well, for once, two teams at the top of the championship are actually as good as eachother. Ending years of dominance by Mercedes (and Red Bull before that), Mercedes have finally found a challenger in the new and improved Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen.
Mercedes‘ Lewis Hamilton is hoping to defend his championship, but so far has faced stiff competition from not only Vettel, but his team mate Valterri Bottas. It’s also the first real year Vettel and Hamilton, probably the two best drivers in the world at this point, have been pitted in direct competition for the title, and the rivalry has turned into one of the fiercest in modern times.
World Endurance Championship
Championship Leaders: Porsche, Jackie Chan DC Racing, Ford, Ferrari
Going into Le Mans it almost looked like Toyota were set to make this year’s LMP1 title their own. Then, in classic Porsche fashion, fortune turned in favour of the Germans at Le Mans. Following on from their win at the 24 hours, Porsche took back their championship lead with a 1-2 at the 6 hours of Nurburgring.
Meanwhile, Jackie Chan Racing hold a commanding lead in the LMP2 category, and Ford and Ferrari are locked on points at the top of the GTE standings. As the championship hits its midway point at the upcoming 6 Hours of Mexico, there’s a hell of a lot of competition still to be had across the entire championship.
World Rally Championship
Series Leader: Sebastian Ogier
Margain: 11 Points
It’s the first year since new regulations were brought into the WRC, producing some frankly batsh*t crazy cars to go with it. The end of the 2016 season also saw the end of Volkswagen’s dominant rally program, leaving a power vacuum which the remaining superpowers in the championship have spent the first half of this season squabbling to fill.
The leader at this point comes as a surprise to literally no one, in the form of reigning 4-time world champion Sebastian Ogier. Now driving for the Ford M-Sport rally team in their new Fiesta WRC, he enjoys a slim lead over Hyundai‘s Thierry Neuville. Interestingly, Neuville has won more rallies this season than Ogier, and he potentially has the momentum to overtake Ogier at the next rally of Finland.
World Rallycross Championship
Series Leader: Johan Kristofferson
Margain: 31 Points
The 2017 World RX championship has just hit its midway point, and the fastest growing motorsport in the world could have a new champion in the form of Volkswagen‘s Johann Kristoffersson. He currently enjoys a 31 point lead over his teammate, 2015 champion Petter Solberg, with 2016 champ Mattias Ekstrom also in hot pursuit. Also, if you haven’t ever watched a proper rallycross race, we highly recommend you do so as soon as you can.
Series Leader: Martin Truex Jr.
Margain: 48 points
The NASCAR regular season is on its way to being done and dusted, with the final race happening in late August at Richmond Raceway. Martin Treux Jr leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup standings over Kyle Larson and Kevin Harvick, with the top 16 set to go through to the playoffs commencing in early September.
Series leader: Scott Dixon
Margain: 3 Points
While the Indycar series may be winding down, it looks set to go well and truly down to the wire. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon leads the series over all 4 Team Penske drivers in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, including Aussie Will Power. Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato sits 7th in the standings, and just 23 points separate 1st and 4th place as things stand.