This is one of the busiest weekends of the year for motorsports beyond NASCAR, with IndyCar, the TUDOR Championship, Pirelli World Challenge, the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb all going on.
Additionally, the FIA Formula E Championship concludes its inaugural season in London with its first ever double race weekend at Battersea Park.
Here’s some of the points battles that could be changing hands this weekend:
FIGHT FOR FIRST
A three-way battle between points leader Nelson Piquet Jr. (128), Lucas di Grassi (111) and Sebastien Buemi (105) will commence, although with Piquet in the driver’s seat it’s his title to lose. If Buemi can wrest the title away, he’ll have a very unique distinction: he’ll be champion of two FIA championships simultaneously, as he’s currently the reigning FIA World Endurance Championship driver’s champion. Although fourth-placed Nicolas Prost is not mathematically eliminated (82), he will be if he’s more than 30 points back after the first race of the weekend.
FOUR SCRAPPING FOR FOURTH
Prost leads a quartet of drivers within just more than a race win’s gap (27 points) of drivers fighting for best of the rest behind the top three. Jerome d’Ambrosio and Sam Bird are fifth and sixth, with Jean-Eric Vergne seventh heading into the weekend. Prost, d’Ambrosio and Bird have a win apiece this year while Vergne, one of the fastest drivers this year, has been unlucky not to score one himself.
GAGGLE SCRAPPING OVER FINAL TOP 10 PLACES
Just 17 points – one less than a second-place finish – separates ninth-placed Daniel Abt from Jarno Trulli in 20th. There may not be huge movement here but given the tightness in this group, expect positions nine to 20 to get shaken up a bit at the end of two races.
THREE TO FOUR FIGHTING OVER SECOND IN TEAM’S STANDINGS
The e.dams Renault team pretty much has the team’s championship locked up, with a 44-point gap over Audi Sport ABT entering the weekend. However, the ABT team will have to hold off two to three other teams for second, as the gap from second to fifth is just 39 points. NEXTEV TCR and Dragon Racing have their sights set on catching ABT, and Andretti FE could move up courtesy of a strong weekend.
DRIVER’S CHAMPIONSHIP ENTERING
TEAM’S CHAMPIONSHIP ENTERING