We bring you a guide to the biggest racing events in 2018, get these dates in your diary:
About: The Absolutely Karting Open Championship welcomes drivers of all skill levels to join. Whether your goal is to win, simply improve or have a bit of competitive fun. This OPEN championship will be exactly that.
The Absolutely Karting Open Championships consist of up to 10 races over a 10 month race season that runs from January through to October featuring an Adults championship (14+ yrs) and a Cadet championship (8-13yrs).
At the end of each race there will be a trophy ceremony on the podium and the race season leader board will be updated to keep all your fans up to speed on your progress throughout the season.
Fantastic prizes and trophies will also be up for grabs for 1st, 2nd and 3 place drivers at the end of the Championship series, at each karting track
When: January 2018 – October 2018
Where: Across all go karting venues
Race Academy Graduation
About: Absolutely karting Race Academy provides a fantastic course of instruction from trained and experienced staff, turning you into the racing driver you’ve always wanted to be. As a result, 90% of the fastest children to race at Absolutely Karting learned their skills through our Race Academy. Racing driver Dino Zamparell will be presenting the awards at the graduation where graduates will be presented with their very own Absolutely Race License allowing them to take part in competitive events, saving money too!
When: Sunday 18th February 2018
Where: Absolutely Karting Bristol
About: The Daytona 500 is a 500-mile-long (805 km) Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series motor race held annually at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. It is the first of two Cup races held every year at Daytona, the second being the Coke Zero 400. It is one of the four restrictor plate races on the Cup schedule. The inaugural Daytona 500 was held in 1959 coinciding with the opening of the speedway and since 1982, it has been the season-opening race of the Cup series.
The Daytona 500 is regarded as the most important and prestigious race on the NASCAR calendar, carrying by far the largest purse.
When: Sunday 18th February, 2018
Where: Daytona Beach, Florida.
24 Hours Nürburgring
About: 24 Hours Nürburgring is a 24-hour annual touring car and GT endurance racing event on the Nordschleife (north loop) of the Nürburgring in central Germany. Held since 1970, over 25 km (15.5 mi) lap length allows more than 200 cars and over 700 drivers to participate.
When: Thursday 10th May – Sunday 13th May
Monaco Grand Prix
About: The Monaco Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race held each year on the Circuit de Monaco. Run since 1929, it is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world and, with the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, forms the Triple Crown of Motorsport. The circuit has been called “an exceptional location of glamour and prestige”.
When: 27th May 2018
Where: Circuit de Monaco, Monaco
About: The Indianapolis 500 is an automobile race held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event is contested as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the top level of American Championship Car racing, an open-wheel formula colloquially known as “Indy Car Racing”. The name of the race is often shortened to Indy 500 and is billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world, also including the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
When: 27th May, 2018
Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana
24 Hours of Le Mans
About: This year marks the 86th 24 Hour endurance race organised by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest. It is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. It is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and has been called the “Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency”. Racing teams have to balance speed with the cars’ ability to race for 24 hours without sustaining mechanical damage.
When: 16th – 17th June 2018
Where: Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France.
About: Rally Finland is a rally competition held in Jyväskylä in the Finnish Lakeland in Central Finland. The rally is driven on wide and smooth gravel roads, featuring blind crests and big jumps. It is the fastest event in the World Rally Championship and has been dubbed the “Grand Prix of Rallying” and the “Grand Prix on Gravel”. Rally Finland is among the largest annually organised public events in the Nordic countries, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators each year.
When: 26th – 29th July
Where: Jyväskylä, Central Finland
British Grand Prix
About: The British Grand Prix is a race in the calendar of the FIA Formula One World Championship. It is currently held at the Silverstone Circuit near the village of Silverstone in Northamptonshire in England. The 2018 event will be the sixty-ninth time that the race will run as a World Championship event since the inaugural season in 1950, and the fifty-second time that a World Championship round had been held at Silverstone.
The British and Italian Grands Prix are the only Formula One World Championship Grands Prix staged continuously since the championship was introduced in 1950, opening with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
When: 6th – 8th July 2018
Where: Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England
2018 Italian Grand Prix
About: The Italian Grand Prix (Gran Premio d’Italia) is one of the longest running events on the Formula One calendar. Every Formula One Italian Grand Prix since 1950 has been held at Autodromo Nazionale Monza except in 1980 when it was held at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari
When: Sunday, 2nd September 2018
Where: Autodromo Nazionale Monza