Get up to speed this weekend: 11- 12 September
The weekend is nearly here, and with it comes a wide range of motorsport events taking place across the UK and overseas. Motorsport UK looks ahead at all the racing on offer on Saturday and Sunday.
British GT Championship – Rounds 7 & 8 at Oulton Park
After nearly a month of waiting, the British GT Championship returns to Oulton Park. In the previous round at Snetterton, British drivers James Kell and Jordan Collard secured the win in the first GT4 race, with Academy Motorsport drivers Will Moore and Matt Cowley racing ahead in race two. Fellow Brit Ian Loggie, alongside Yelmer Buurman, claimed a podium finish in race two of the GT3 class in their Mercedes-AMG GT3.
How will the drivers perform at Oulton Park this weekend? Watch the action live here.
GB3 Championship – Rounds 19, 20 & 21 at Oulton Park
The penultimate race event in the GB3 Championship calendar is taking place this upcoming weekend at Oulton Park. As it currently stands, British driver Zak O’Sullivan leads the championship by over 100 points, with the fight for second place between Christian Mansell and Roberto Faria closer than ever.
With the odds in favour of Sullivan claiming the championship title before the final at Donington Park in October, this is not a race weekend to miss.
Stream all the action here.
British Drag Racing Championship – Santa Pod Raceway
This weekend, Santa Pod Raceway will host ‘The Euro Finals Shootout 2021’ and feature several of Europe’s finest teams. Nick Davies tops the championship standings in his Pontiac Firebird, with Kevin Slyfield behind by just eight points.
With the Pro Mod vehicles reaching upwards of 200mph, this event promises great entertainment for spectators.
British Sporting Trials Championship –David Ayers Trial (Camelford)
After an intense double-header, the British Sporting Trials Championship heads to Camelford for the David Ayers Trial hosted by the Launceston and North Cornwall Motor Club (Sunday 12 September). As part of our Motorsport Month South West event, this trial will see competitors will test their skills across the challenging terrain the Southern county has to offer, but who will claim the overall win?
Find out more about this and all other Motorsport Month South West events here.
British Hill Climb Championship – Round 25 & 26 (Craigantlet)
The British Hill Climb Championship, which hosts the next two rounds at Craigantlet, is approaching the end of the 2021 season. The visit to this unique course spread over closed public roads marks a pivotal moment in motorsport history. It is the only Northern Ireland venue to play host to the British Hill Climb Championship since its establishment in 1947.
With a win each in the previous round at Prescott Hill Climb, will Alex Summers or Wallace Menzies take the event win? Click here to stay up to date.
British Car Trial Championship – Gaby Mohr Trial
The British Car Trial Championships returns after a one-month hiatus. Leading driver Rupert North looks to heighten his chances of securing the championship victory at the Gaby Mohr Trial before the final event in Clywd in October. Or can runner-up drivers Mark Hoppe and Trevor Moffatt collate those last points to claim the 2021 championship title?
Get all the updates from the event here.
FIA Formula One Heineken Gran Premio D’italia 2021
The global motorsport event heads to Italy to race around the infamous Autodromo Nazionale Monza, with the F1 Sprint Qualifying making a return to the race format. The Dutchman will seek to continue his championship lead after getting ahead of British driver Lewis Hamilton at Zandvoort. But with only three points between Hamilton and the top spot, the seven-time World Champion could reclaim his lead ahead of the Red Bull driver.
Former Motorsport UK Academy Lando Norris still has time to finish the season third in the 2021 Driver Standings, with less than ten points in the way of achieving his most successful season finish.
Watch all the action on Channel 4, Sky Sports F1 or the F1 app. Also, get all the updates on the F1 website here.
FIA Formula 2
Alongside Formula 1, the F2 drivers will be competing in the fifth round of the championship at the Italian racetrack. Earlier this week, HWA Racelab announced Jake Hughes’ return to Formula 2 since his debut in Sochi last year, who will replace Jack Aitken as he continues to recover from his accident at the 24 Hours of Spa last month (1st August 2021). Fellow British driver Dan Ticktum currently sits fourth in the championship standings and could move up to third, with only two points separating him and Robert Schwartzman.
Watch all the action on Sky Sports F1 or get the live timings here.
FIA World Rally Championship – Acropolis Rally Greece
The next round of the FIA World Rally Championship is nearly upon us, with the drivers returning to the toughest round of the championship, the Acropolis Rally Greece, for the first time since 2013. A mixture of brutal rocky surfaces and gravel roads is sure to challenge even the top rally drivers.
Sébastian Ogier leads overall by 38 points, ahead of British driver Elfyn Evans and his co-driver Scott Martin. In the WRC3 championship, Chris Ingram and Ross Whittock sit within the top ten. As for the Junior WRC, up and coming British driver Jon Armstrong and co-driver Phil Hall are within close range of claiming the championship, with Sami Pajari only three points ahead.
Watch the action live on WRC+ or get live updates on the website here.
IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland
This weekend at the IndyCar Grand Prix of Portland, British driver and Motorsport UK Academy Team UK member Callum Ilott will make his championship debut racing for Juncos Hollinger Racing. Following Ilott’s success in the last season of Formula 2, where he finished second in the standings, the team recognised his potential and brought him on board for this race.
Watch the race or get all the updates here.