[045] offseason #2

as a follow-up of last year’s post, i’ll quickly check what happened in 2017 in my cute motorsport universe:

the 2017 NASCAR season was nothing too special, i’d say. the newly invented stage racing format killed a good part of the “endurance” factor but my personal nightmare was something else: somewhere in the midst of the season rumors emerged saying 2017 could mark matt kenseth’s final season. time creeped by until matt himself announced the fact that he indeed didn’t have a seat for the upcoming cup series. erik jones will take over the #20 and all the other available seats were given to wtf names. even though hope is known for dying last, it eventually did and therefore i quit my subscription of raceview. unlike in the early 2000s when rusty wallace waved goodbye to the cup, there is no successor this time, no too interesting young gun. well, erik jones maybe, ok… or william byron? we’ll see.

the WRC season was a complete success. the new cars are fantastic, gone was vw dominance, warmly welcomed were different manufacturers and driver’s names on the podiums – and the thrill! hell yeah! it was a purely exciting season, the first one in more than a decade. in the end the champion was the same though, but winning the whole thing in a ford gained ogier a ton of respect. thumbs up, WRC!

world rallycross championship lost almost all of its fascination and attractivity again in the blink of an eye. everything started good and interesting but soon turned into a hyperboring vw dominance show. not only that lydden hill was permanently kicked off the schedule, they also will skip hockenheim for the 2018. thumbs down! it all will depend on the first few races whether or not RX will go across the styx soon.

highlights 2017: the NASCAR whelen euroseries made its first stop in hockenheim which was a very cool thing to attend (still lots of potential for growth and optimization though). the outstanding highlight clearly was the 24 hours of le mans live at porsche museum in zuffenhausen. the 919 hybrid took the heavily celebrated win in porsche’s last LMP 1 season.

in 2018 i hopefully will finally manage to go to le mans… in any case i’m gonna focus on the endurance series and finally turn myself towards my longer lasting but always shy love for LMP3 cars…

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[045] offseason #2

[026] offseason

the timeframe between end of november and mid january (rallye monte carlo) or mid february respectively (daytona 500), motorsport nerds traditionally are busy with speculating on rumors, contingencies and expectations concerning driver seat swaps, rule changes and stuff. 2016 edition: “what might the launch season of the NASCAR monster energy cup be like?”, “can’t wait to see the power-enhanced cars and especially the all new toyota yaris WRC performing!”, “will dodge really announce the comeback to the NASCAR cup series?”, “what might happen to the drivers of the former volkswagen motorsports WRC team?” and so on and so on. it’s also the time to recall the past season, watch the missed races, take a look to other motorsport series – or even explore new things like “australian v8 ute racing series”. it’s also the time to download and install the new mods and updates for the big three.

my personal retrospection on the 2016 motorsport year brings out first and foremost the live discovery of the world rallycross championship with the attendance at our lovely hockenheimring earlier this year. even though i knew this genre before (more from the global rallycross championship) i was charmed, fascinated and taken away by the live action and tension right away. it certainly outshines the pop duo in some way – but NASCAR as well as WRC had solid seasons too.

so, what to expect from 2017 finally? besides all usual stuff i’ll try to follow the “veranstaltergemeinschaft langstreckenpokal nürburgring” endurance series as close as possible (maybe even with a live attendance?) as well as the german national rallye championship. world RX makes its stop again in hockenheim in early may and the NASCAR whelen euro series in july. see you there!

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[026] offseason