Motorsport’s best championship? It has to be MotoGP

With MotoGP concluding in an epic showdown in Valencia last weekend, Marc Marquez being crowned the 2017 World Champion in a bonkers 30 lap race to the chequered flag, it cemented the decision for me that MotoGP is currently motorsport’s hottest property.

I have been following the two-wheeled championship since the Mugello round in Italy last year after acquiring BT Sport on my TV. Since that first-action packed race and a mind-blowing last lap battle from Marquez and then-champion Jorge Lorenzo, I have been hooked. For me, at this moment in time, it remains the only racing series that without fail has me on the edge of my sofa every race, jumping up and down and shouting at the television: surely how motorsport is meant to be, right?

Where other mainstream motorsports have failed in my expectations over the last couple years, MotoGP has risen from strength to strength.

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Is Formula E the most misunderstood motorsport?

Can we just start off with me holding up my hands and saying ‘I get it’.

The noise isn’t quite soul-shattering, the speed might not be breath-taking and the lack of an actual engine is an unappealing factor for many, however Formula E continues to attract not only devoted fans and well-respected drivers, but major manufactures are flocking to the sport in outstanding numbers. Not bad when you consider that the championship is just about to wrap up its third season at a double-header in Montreal this weekend. Despite it’s success both on and off track, Formula E still hasn’t made it as a ‘fan favourite’ just yet. There is no denying that the sound and the battery have meant fans just can’t engage with the sport in the way they would like to but looking past those subjects, Formula E is one of motorsport’s strongest series. Yes, it is no IndyCar or Formula 1 but it isn’t trying to be.

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Is Kris Meeke Britain’s Next World Rally Champion?

If you watched Rally Mexico over the weekend, you will know Kris Meeke as the lunatic that lost control of his Citroen C3 in the final minutes of the last stage and ended up in a spectator car park. Importantly Meeke was just 750 meters away from a fourth World Rally Championship win and had just seconds to perform the perfect U-turn and get back on to the stage before crossing the crucial finish line. He did so in spectacular fashion, securing the fourth win of his WRC career and his first of 2017, as the rest of the world picked our jaws up off the floor after witnessing one of the most sensational finishes to a rally. Ever.

With 76 starts to his name Meeke, and his co-driver Paul Nagle, have all the right ingredients to win the championship this year. After Citroen spent a sabbatical year engineering a phenomenal car, in addition to Meeke’s experience, speed and agility, this is the first season in Meeke’s WRC career where he has been gifted a car that could see him win the drivers’ championship – the first Britain to do so since the late Richard Burns in 2001.

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What Happens in Vegas: the future of simulation racing

This weekend in Las Vegas at the CES show, home to the Consumer Technology Association, brands and businesses from all over the world will be exhibiting their designs and creations which will be available for the consumer in the near future. These innovative pieces of technology includes Faraday Future, a title sponsor to the Formula E Dragon Racing team, and their first car – an electric, self-driving, self-parking beauty that can accelerate from 0-60mph in 2.39 seconds.

As well as the technology on show, the FIA Formula E championship will also be very present at the event. CEO Alejandro Agag and FIA President Jean Todt will be involved in panel talks in which questions will be asked in how the sport can continue to grow and interact with fans of the future, all whilst using tech to help and guide that journey. In addition to the talks and promotion of the all-electric championship, Formula E will also be hosting the biggest simulation race the world has ever seen. 30 individuals racing for a share of an $1 million prize fund, 20 professional full-time Formula E drivers and ten of the best international sim racers. But what is simulation racing and what will its future look like?

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Simulation takes on Sin City: Formula E prepares for Vegas eRace

The FIA Formula E squad, alongside ten of the world’s best simulation drivers, are currently touching down in Las Vegas ahead of one of the most prodigious simulation races of all time. Competing to win a share of the $1 million prize fund, the eRace hopes to be the biggest and best spectacle that the world of simulation racing has ever seen. In this blog post I will take a look at what you can expect this weekend from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and learn all about the VISA Vegas eRace.
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What to get a Motorsport Addict for Christmas + GIVEAWAY

With Christmas fast approaching and the inevitable task of buying gifts for your motorsport-mad friends and family drawing ever closer, I wanted to compile a list of the best motorsport merchandise available to you this Christmas. All the items in this blog post are the perfect present for the motorsport lover in your life and range from best-selling books to quality clothing items.

In addition to my Christmas gift guide, many of you will notice the giveaway that is accompanying this blog post. This will be the first giveaway here on katyfairman.wordpress.com and I wanted to make it a special one. I have been lucky enough to collaborate with my favourite brands and events within motorsport to bring you a giveaway worth over £175.

Let’s begin!

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Behind the Scenes: How I create my blogs

As many of you will know, I created my first blog in the summer of 2013. I was bored and in need of something to do with all the spare time I had during the summer holiday. My friend had suggested that I make a blog and after thinking about it for a week or two, I gave it a try.

Now I am in no way claiming to be an expert blogger; this very post is a day late after I fell ill yesterday and didn’t get the chance to take the photographs that accompany this post. However after changing my attitude and becoming more organised ahead of next year, I wanted to share the improvements I have made to keep me motivated and producing new content that I hope will always be better than the last thing I have written.

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