Motor Sport Betting

More Motor Sport: Formula One

Motor racing offers some of the fastest, most exciting action of all sports, and betting on the outcome of major events has become increasingly popular over the years. The two broad categories of motor sports on which bets are taken are auto racing and motorbikes. There are numerous variations of each for wagering, and not a week goes by without a number of events scheduled.

At the top of the list of motor sport betting opportunities is the Formula One Grand Prix circuit, or so-called F1 season. It begins in Bahrain in March and concludes in Abu Dhabi in November, including 19 races in total, conducted on five contents. Ante post betting is heaviest on who will gain the most points and win the F1 Drivers Championship Trophy and which race team will be named the Formula One World Champion for Constructors at the end of the season.

Each individual F1 race offers plenty of ways to wager and win, too, including betting on the outright winner and dual forecasts on the drivers to finish first and second in either order. Bets are also taken on winning nationality, winning constructor, first retirement of the race, podium finish, fastest qualifier, and pole fastest lap, among other markets.

Open-wheel auto racing is not limited to the F1 Grand Prix. Under the auspices of the IndyCar Series, events are held in Brazil, Canada, and Japan as well as the United States. The most famous IndyCar race is the Indianapolis 500 held in late May.

Another major racing series popular with punters is the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, better known as NASCAR, which pits standard showroom vehicles against one another, albeit with some seriously powerful mechanical enhancements. The NASCAR season starts with Florida’s Daytona 500 in February. It features 36 races en route to the crowning of the Sprint Cup Series Champion at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. NASCAR also manages a Nationwide Series of auto racing that follows the Sprint Cup schedule, as well as a concurrent 25-event truck racing season sponsored by Camping World.

Again, ante post betting on the driver and team that will triumph is heavy. Wagers for each race can also be made on the pole winner, outright winner, first retirement, average speed over/under, number of cautions over/under, and other aspects of the race. Except for an occasional trip to Montreal, all races are held in the United States.

The world’s most prolific promoter of auto racing events is the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) based in Paris. It organizes some 28 different racing series and championships, ranging from F1 and F2 to autocross, rallycross, drag racing, karting, truck racing, endurance racing, and hill climbs. Among these, the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) challenges cars and drivers in a series made up two, three or four-day events that take place under some of the toughest conditions in the world, such as Scandinavian ice and snow and the dusty, hot roads of Jordan.

In the world of motorcycle racing, FIA’s equivalent is Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM). It represents some 50 world championships and prizes, while encompassing five disciplines: road racing, motocross, trials, enduro, and track racing. FIM was also responsible the creation of a Grand Prix series in 1948. Today known as known as MotoGP, its annual calendar comprises 18 races conducted in 14 countries and features three levels of racing: 125cc, 250cc, and the MotoGP class up to 800cc. Various weight and stroke restrictions apply, and the bikes that are used are so greatly modified, they are not allowed on regular streets.

The form of racing that uses standard production motorcycles adapted for racing is the Superbike World Championship, a series of 13 events featuring four-stroke engines with displacements of 750cc to 1000cc. Two titles are up for grabs each season—the Riders Championship and the Constructors Championship—and as in auto racing, ante post wagering concentrates on who will win these.