The big thrills of motorsports come from the sound of roaring engines, high speeds and dramatic collisions that invariably happen. Most people probably think about F1 racing when considering motorsports, but there are many different forms of the sport that happen across the world.
Motorsports provides plenty of betting opportunities across different markets from season outrights to individual race options. The live betting angle allows punters to make wagering judgements based on what they are seeing unfold before them on the track or the street circuit.
Formula One is one of the top disciplines of motorsport. It has a very long history and has created some tremendous champions down the years from the likes of Juan Manuel Fangio, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Lewis Hamilton.
Cars have gotten faster and faster of course through the development of the sport, which is always at the cutting edge of technology.
The F1 championship has been in place since 1950 and throughout a season hosts Grands Prix right around the world from Australia, Canada, Brazil and numerous venues across Europe in a mix of track and street races.
There is no bigger motorsport presence in North America than NASCAR. The Stock Car Auto Racing has expanded beyond its USA origins with races having been hosted in other countries such as Mexico and Canada and even exhibition fixtures as far away as Australia.
The top tier of this immensely popular motorsport is the NASCAR Cup Series, within which are famous races like the Daytona 500. All NASCAR races are hosted on oval-style speedway tracks.
Another of the big North American motorsports is the IndyCar Series which is the highest tier of open-wheel racing in the USA. Indy racing follows more of the F1 style of cars but with their own specifications, rules and regulations.
Even non-motorsports enthusiasts have probably heard of the Indy 500, one of the most famous races of any motorsport format in the world. Hosted at the famous “Brickyard” the Indianapolis 500 is hosted annually over Memorial Day weekend.
Sports betting for motorsports is not of course, just limited to four wheels. There are major international motorbike racing tournaments and arguably none of those come bigger than the Superbike World Championship.
While this motorsports championship is mostly played out across Europe, like all sports it has gradually spread its wings to having rounds on other continents. Superbike races have cropped up in Russia, New Zealand, Canada and Japan among other places.
One of the newer additions to the world of motorsport betting is Formula E which can be thought of as a more eco-friendly offshoot of F1. In Formula E only electric-powered cars are used. The first edition of the Formula E championship was hosted in 2020 and the sport features unique things like Attack Mode and Fanboost.
The list of motorsport events just goes on and on, from things like motocross, speedway, rallying, powerboat racing, air racing and touring cars there are many wonderful and high-octane events in motorsport most of which a sports betting market can be found for.
There’s a lot more that goes on for motorsport betting than just picking the winner of a race. Things like Pole Position, Fastest Lap, Not To Finish a Race and even winning margins can be looked at as options.
With huge aerodynamic downforce, F1 speeds can regularly get up to speeds of more than 350 km/h. The sport boasts the fastest regulated cars in all of motorsport.
Because in the early 1900s the track was paved with brick. It is almost all asphalt now, with one yard of brick still in place at the starting/finish line as a nod to the history.
There is no older endurance motorsport race in the world than the Le Mans 24 Hours. The race in France takes a different approach to most motorsports. Instead of a fixed distance, the winning car is determined by the amount of distance covered in 24 hours. It’s common for teams to have three drivers taking shifts in a car.