This year’s whopping 21-race Formula One calendar didn’t leave an awful lot of time for following over championships. Watch up on ten great races you may have missed.
IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama
IndyCar served up an early-season nailbiter at the sinuous Barber Motorsport Park circuit in Alabama. Graham Rahal went on the attack in the closing stages but contact was made as he forced his way inside Simon Pagenaud for the lead. The Penske driver fought back a few laps later and Rahal made contact with a backmarker, leading to a loss of grip which Pagenaud ultimately capitalised on.
Nurburgring 24 Hours
The expression ‘this race had it all’ is well-worn, but in this case it’s probably true. Snow and rain forced stoppages, a spate of engine problems hit the front-runners and the lead was still being disputed on the final lap of the monstrous Nordschleife.
BTCC Thruxton race one
The ultra-fast Thruxton circuit and the dependably entertaining British Touring Car Championship usually makes for a potent mix. This year was no exception. Following a three-way tangle at the start of the race and battles throughout the field, proceedings had to be red-flagged after a multi-car crash by the pit lane entrance.
WTCC Hungary race one
The Hungaroring doesn’t always produce the best races but the World Touring Car Championship arrived at the circuit to find a freshly laid surface which made for unpredictable grip levels. It then rained before the start of the first race, though not enough to deter a few optimistic drivers from starting on slicks. Mehdi Bennani reaped the rewards of fitting wet weather tyres to claim victory.
Formula Renault 2.0 Red Bull Ring race one
Hotly-tipped young British racer Lando Norris scooped three championships during the course of 2016, the most prestigious of which was the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup crown. Belgian Max Defourney was his closest adversary for most of the year and at the Red Bull Ring they battled thrillingly for the win, swapping the lead time and again.
Formula V8 3.5 Circuit de Catalunya race two
Tom Dillmann went into the Formula V8 3.5 title-decider on the back foot. Rival Louis Deletraz held a six-point lead over him and started six places ahead on pole position. But when the lights went out Deletraz saw his title hopes unravel quickly. He slipped back into the field, Dillmann arrived on his tail and jumped ahead through the pit stops. A wayward backmarker handed Dillmann the chance to take the lead and his victory sealed a remarkable championship win.
Formula E 2015-16 Buenos Aires
Formula E’s third championship is already underway but the fourth round of the 2015-16 season remains the pick of this year’s action so far. A Safety Car aided Sebastien Buemi’s quest for victory from last on the grid, passing championship rival Lucas di Grassi on the way. But he was denied by Sam Bird.
Euroformula Open Monza race two
As the European Formula Three field dwindled, producing a mostly dreary and predictable campaign, it fell to Euroformula Open to produce the best Formula Three action of 2016. The no-holds-barred last-lap fight between eventual champion Leonardo Pulcini and Ferdinand Habsburg at Monza was the season’s highlight.
Le Mans 24 Hours
The final minutes of the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours surely rank as one of the most incredible in the history of this great race. Toyota’s decades-long pursuit of victory appeared to be at an end until, with just a few minutes remaining, Kazuki Nakajima’s TS050 hit trouble. Toyota’s heartbreaking loss was Porsche’s gain.
If there was a more stunning moment in motor racing in 2016, it had to be this. Alexander Rossi learned a thing or two about fuel-saving during his brief time in Formula One and it served him well when he made his first start at the Indianapolis 500. A late caution period opened the door for anyone who could stretch their fuel to the end. With judicious slip-streaming of team mate Ryuan Hunter-Reay and a disciplined right foot, Rossi snatched an unbelievable victory in the 100th running of the race.
Watch more great racing from 2016
Relive the entire 2016 season from a range of championships plus a host of guest series in Weekend Racing Wrap:
- FIA GT World Cup ends in farce
- Late crash sets up NASCAR season finale
- Stunning turnaround in Formula V8 title-decider
- Japanese Super Formula title decided at Suzuka
- Four more drivers knocked out of NASCAR title fight
- Title-winning weekend for Red Bull drivers
- Formula E returns while protest sours Bathurst 1000
- Formula Three, Formula Renault and BTCC titles won
- Disqualifications hit DTM title fight
- Technical trouble decides IndyCar title at finale
- Last-lap position swap decides Indy Lights title
- Crash puts IndyCar title decider in doubt
- Closest-ever finished in delayed IndyCar Texas race
- Three points covers Super Formula top five
- Chaos in rain-hit NASCAR feeder series race
- Red flags interrupt NASCAR at Watkins Glen
- Cameraman unharmed as car vaults barrier in BTCC smash
- WEC returns to action after Le Mans at Nurburgring
- Crane incident in Euro F3 raises safety fears
- The curse of second place strikes again in IndyCar
- Grandstand finish for IndyCar’s Road America return
- Shocking twist in final minutes of Le Mans 24 Hours
- IndyCar race postponed for two months due to rain
- IndyCar gets sixth different winner in eight races
- Shock as rookie wins 100th Indianapolis 500
- Happy ending after weekend of huge crashes
- European F3 title fight wide open after nine races
- Wide open Le Mans in prospect after drama at Spa Six Hours
- 21-car wreck in NASCAR’s traditional Talladega crash-fest
- Gripping IndyCar showdown and debut rally winner
- Winners disqualified in WEC season-opener
- Huge field for GT Series season-opener
- Punctures hit leaders in IndyCar’s Phoenix return
- Heavy crashes send NASCAR race into overtime
- IndyCar pole sitter misses out, Formula E winner loses out
- Rain and rules produce shock V8 Supercars winner
- Landmark victory in NASCAR round two
- Closest-ever finish at Daytona 500
- Swedish rally shortened and Toyota title won
- Gripping end to first Formula E race of 2016
With thanks to @bradley13 and @mathers.
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17 comments on “Watch the top ten non-F1 races of 2016”
Alianora La Canta (@alianora-la-canta)
27th December 2016, 12:03
I saw the WTCC Hungary one live, and can confirm it was excellent fun to watch :)
27th December 2016, 12:09
I’d add International GT Open at Paul Ricard Race One, one hell of a race in the final few laps!
27th December 2016, 13:02
Only saw a couple of races in this list but they were great. Indy Alabama was nail-biting. Indy 500 win was a true fairly tale, incredible. The crushing last few minutes of Toyota at Le Mans was a heartbreak of epic proportions. All around a great year of racing for the record books
27th December 2016, 17:05
That le mans… I wonder how the wec will shape up this year. No audi and rebellion to lmp2 (which makes a lot of sense) it’s just porsche vs Toyota. Will it have a future? I really hope so, cause i love it.
Neel Jani (@neelv27)
27th December 2016, 17:15
Since we don’t really talk about MotoGP too much here but the following MotoGP races were worth a watch especially Mugello.
If not any other, do watch Mugello as it went to the final meters of the race!
27th December 2016, 19:02
Not four wheels, but three… there are some excellent sidecar races on YouTube
27th December 2016, 19:43
That was moment of the year for me when Rossi won the 500. In front of a huge crowd at Indy, the 100th running of one of the worlds great sporting events and it was an outsider, a rookie, an underdog that did it. I loved the radio reaction after the race, and for his face to be on the Borg Warner trophy for ever was incredible. That and it was a really good race.
27th December 2016, 21:45
It was a bit of a lottery with every other car running out of fuel. To me he wasn’t ‘the best driver on the day’ if that makes any sence and what I’ve seen from him in GP2 and F1 I don’t think too highly of his prowess.
31st December 2016, 22:24
I agree with you @jeffreyj. To me the indy500 winner was a joke and didn’t deserved it. It was won by a driver that didn’t deserved to win the race and whose only good performance was that he kept the car in one piece and that he was good at saving fuel, nothing else nothing more. There was a colombian driver who really deserved the win and he only finished 2nd even after having pitted for fuel just 3 laps before the end of the race. According to some reporters, Munoz needed half a lap more in order to having caught up and passed Rossi, so basically he run out of time and laps. With all that Rossi has showed so far in Formula one and what he has shown in other places, I’m more than satisifed to see and hear that nobody will hire or give this guy a fomula one seat next year. Rossi is a mediocre driver and since he is a mediocre driver and has not sporsorship or money to buy his way into a f1 seat, then i’m happy to knkw that he will not get an f1 seat for next year or in the not so distant future.
27th December 2016, 21:58
You know what is funny? All those races are avaliable on Youtube… But not F1… Impossible to see F1 in good quality these days. Hear that Liberty media? Demand is out there…
28th December 2016, 3:26
it is very easy these days to find p2p sharing sites that have every single video file an f1 enthusiast could want. I never see FOM lifting the youtube ban
28th December 2016, 7:54
Watching the F3 you can see exactly where Max V gets his driving from. Maybe some f1 drivers should have look back down the formulas or some new ideas 💡
Also the FIA should see where exactly they should start enforcing track limits 😀
Craig Woollard (@craig-o)
28th December 2016, 9:48
I thought that one of the best races this year was at the very start of the year.
The 24 Hours of Daytona was so dramatic all through the field. Pipo Derani produced a truly epic performance. Here are the highlights.
28th December 2016, 18:53
What, no GP2? There were no shortage of immense races in that series last season. Made F1 look stupid most of the time.
29th December 2016, 11:11
Baku sprint race and feature race were great. Monza, Hockenheim and Monaco feature races also standout.
29th December 2016, 12:08
The Austrian race that was too wet for slicks but not wet enough for inters was a classic as well. And the Silverstone round was very good too.
30th December 2016, 4:28
I can’t stand any series with “success ballast” or any other form of penalty weight, so I tend to avoid the touring car racing.
As for open-wheel, I watched all the non-oval IndyCar races, and the Grand Prix of Alabama has rapidly turned into a “must watch” race for IndyCar.
Now if we could only get IndyCar to show up at CotA, so we could find out how the two series compare– come to think of it, with Liberty talking major week-long events, perhaps there should be a combined F1 / IndyCar event at CotA (even though I know the Firestone 600 sponsors would never allow it).
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