Daily: 7th April 2011

7 April, 2011 at 00:51 (GMT+01:00)

By Pat W

Hi everyone.

Two weeks is the ideal time gap between Grands Prix isn't it? Not so close as to run over the top of the last race and overwhelm us, yet just long enough that by this 2nd Thursday of the cycle you are desperate for another F1 race. I'm all for watching as much racing as possible because there's no reason to keep F1 as the be-all and end-all of racing, but there's nothing quite like an F1 race to satisfy the bug we all have. Still, it is an early race for us Europeans so what else is happening, what more can be watched?

Races This Weekend

  • Formula 1, Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang. Get your Race Information here!
  • IndyCar Series, Grand Prix of Alabama, Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama (with Grand-Am and Indy Lights). Roughly 8.30pm GMT+1.
  • FIA GT1 World Championship, Zolder, Belgium. 1.45pm GMT+1.
  • NASCAR Cup, Texas Motor Speedway, Ft.Worth, Texas (with Nationwide Series). Cup race 12.30am Saturday night / Sunday morning.
  • Grand National, Aintree. The UK's biggest horse race. I know nothing at all about horse racing but everyone here seems to get into this one! Saturday 4pm GMT+1 with seemingly a whole day of build-up on the BBC.

Then there's the US Masters at Augusta which starts today and runs until Sunday, I'll probably have that on my TV whenever there's a gap between other things. What will you be watching?

If all this isn't enough for you there is an epic weekend next week with a full 13 major or semi-major series holding races with events for: F1, WRC, IndyCar, Indy Lights, ALMS, Formula Renault 3.5, Formula 2, NASCAR Cup and Nationwide, BTCC, V8 Supercar, World Superbike and the new Blancpain Endurance Series.

The highlights of all that would be the Chinese GP and the IndyCar/ALMS double at the Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Further Reading

How about some reading and listening to set you going for the day?

The latest Aside With Joe is very much worth a listen, as usual I felt much smarter after listening to it. I must say I thought this was a particularly good edition.

Did you catch Spanish Wednesday? Are you even allowed to read it on a Thursday?

Leigh's site is always worth a visit if you are stuck for things to read, he seems to be as prolific as our Sidepodcast hosts in that if nothing takes your fancy at the moment, you won't have to wait long for something new. (No pressure though.) He's off following British F3 around this season - in person - so let's get up to speed with some names in the series with some testing reports for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Another busy blogger on Wednesday was Maverick, who found a weird stat in a Renault (engine) press release which bizzarely bragged about how they were using more fuel. He also asks where might be the best location for the DRS zone at Sepang, I think we should have confirmation of that later today.

I don't know about you but the amount of content coming out at the moment is fantastic, sadly I'm unable to keep up with everything and my Google Reader is stacked full. Can my full time job please be to monitor motorsport blogs and podcasts and to share information between different racing communities? Thanks.

Okay that's it I think, so have a great day! Especially if you are in Malaysia for the GP weekend, like Amy and Pamela.

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