Well there race fans, October comes and goes quickly in the Motorsport world as the remaining races in European series are squeezed in alongside the showdowns in most championships in far flung locations. Most of the victors of the past 12 months have been confirmed with few series left to complete:
Lewis Hamilton is the 2015 F1 Champion, while Stoffel Vandoorne wrapped up an impressive GP2 season and will likely race for McLaren in 2017. In GP3 the title is still open with 2 round (4 races) left to go with the steady Frenchman Estebhan Ocon trailing the Itailian Luca Ghiotto by only 2 points. Ocon is setting the junior categories on fire at the moment with both pace and consistancey after winning the Euro F3 title last year at the first time of asking and is lining himself up to do the same in GP3. While Ghiotto is recovering after a dissapointing 2014 in FR 3.5 (which looks like it could of been a step up too early) he too has a stellar Junior career and it could well be witnessing the too bang wheels time and time again over the next few seasons.
Looking outside of F1 Scott Dixon took the Indy Car title, Sebastian Ogier the World Rally Championship and Jose Maria Lopez (of fleeting USF1 fame) took the WTCC crown. Pascal Wherlein wrapped up the DTM title putting him on the path to F1 and Gordon Sheddon took another BTCC series win. The World Endurance Championship has still one round left to go with the Porsche Team of Bernhard/Webber/Hartley in the prime seat to take the title in Bahrain but endurance racing is a cruel mistress.
On two wheels Johnathan Rea dominated the Superbike championship while Danny Kent should wrap up the Moto 3 title at the last round after Johan Zarco polished up Moto 2 earlier this year.
That all leaves us with one very big motorsport championship hole to fill in the shape of Moto GP and with the title to be deicded at the traditional season finale in Valencia this weekend the last round in Malaysia certainly ramped up the drama. Rossi and Marquez (whos out of the title race) got into a ding dong during the Thursday press conference and then qualifying and then during the race there was an almighty battle until Rossi lost patience and force Marquez outwide and sat him up (and made him crash/kicked up/ whatever). The result has been Rossi leads the standings going into the last race looking for that 10th World Title (and 8th Premier Class title) 7 points clear in the standings but looks likey to start from the back of the grid. It should make for good viewing thats for sure!
F1 still has two more events to go after the refreshing visit to the Mexician GP last weekend, while the racing was poor due to the new tarmac (as is often the case for new races) visiting an historic track with a passionate full house of fans brought a smile to many a face. The classic track has been upgraded well and the loss of the Peraltada is great (and lets face it unavoidable for a corner that was too dangerous in 1992 and is now completly blind thanks to the stadium) it has been ofset by that stadium section which worked incredibly well. Next up is Brazil which rarely surves a dud with its gritty old schoolness unlike the glitz and glamour of Tilkdrome Island (or Yas Marina if you prefer), which will finish the season off.
The off season is likely to be dominated by Red Bull and their search for an engine, the team have 4 cars on the grid as they operate STR as a junior team and have used Renault engines in the hybrid era which have been woefulyl underpowered and un-reliable. It appears that there is no other option availble for the main team while STR could well be running 2015 Ferrari units which could lead to STR out performing the “main” Red Bull team if they end up running re-badged Renault PUs. Meanwhile it looks 100% certain that Renault will take over Lotus once more – although they may not immediatly re-brand the team and the big rumour on the street is that Vijay Mallya’s finally come undone and Diago are backing a buy out of the team to run it as a Johnnie Walker sponsored Aston Martin Mercedes team, now that could well be a potent mix!