It’s not hard to see why motor sports are one of the most popular forms of entertainment across the globe. The rush you get when a fast car speeds past you is an incredibly unique feeling, while racing boasts an element of precision that few sports can claim. MotoGP, Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, you name it – the calendar is full of incredible races that will keep any self confessed motor-head happy all year long. 

Motor Sports Betting Tips

Whatever type of motor racing you prefer, there is precious little downtime in the world of racing. The major competitions cover almost every weekend throughout the year, so you’ll never be short of an opportunity to get your fix for the precision and power of fast cars and tight corners. Oh, and you will rarely miss an opportunity to place a winning bet. Here are the highlights. 

NASCAR – Daytona 500 (Opening Race) – February 18th – Daytona International Speedway, Florida

IndyCar – Race 1 – Firestone GP of St. Petersburg – March 11 – Streets of St. Petersburg, Florida

MotoGP – Race 1 – Gulf Oil Grand Prix of Qatar – March 18th – Losail International Circuit, Qatar

Formula 1 – Race 1 – Australian GP – March 25th – Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Australia

MotoGP – Race 3 – Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas – April 22nd – Circuit of the Americas, Texas

NASCAR – Monster Energy All-Star Race – May 19th – Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina

Formula 1 – Race 6 – Monaco GP – May 27th – Circuit de Monaco, Monaco

IndyCar – Race 6 – 102nd Indianapolis 500 – May 27th – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana

NASCAR – Coca-Cola 600 (Race 13) – May 27th – Charlotte Motor Speedway, North Carolina

Formula 1 – Race 7 – Canadian GP – June 10th – Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Canada

IndyCar – Race 12 – Honda Indy Toronto – July 15th – Exhibition Place, Toronto, Canada

MotoGP – Race 12 – Octo British Grand Prix – 26th August – Silverstone Circuit, England

NASCAR – Bojangles’ Southern 500 (Race 25) – September 2nd – Darlington Raceway, South Carolina

NASCAR – Big Machine Vodka 400 (Race 26) – September 9th – Indianapolis Speedway, Indiana

IndyCar – Race 17 – Grand Prix of Sonoma (Final Race) – September 16th – Sonoma Raceway, California

NASCAR – Cup Championship Playoffs Begin – September 16th – Las Vegas Speedway, Nevada

NASCAR – Alabama 500 – October 14th – Talladega Superspeedway, Alabama

Formula 1 – Race 18 – United States GP – Circuit of the Americas, Texas

MotoGP – Race 19 – Valencian MotoGP (Final Race) – November 18th – Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Spain

NASCAR – Ford EcoBoost 400 (Championship 4) – November 18th – Homestead-Miami Speedway, Florida

Formula 1 – Race 21 – Abu Dhabi GP (Final Race) – Yas Marina Circuit, United Arab Emirates

Motor racing has been around for a long time, and you have been able to place a wager on the sport for just as long. There are a few tried and tested betting strategies to consider when placing your hard earned down on a race.

History Repeats Itself

There’s no secret that particular drivers have certain skills and thrive in better conditions than others. For this reason, you should research which drivers have excelled on certain tracks and in similar weather conditions before placing your bet. For example, Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel may have a fantastic record in Japan and a far less dominant record in the Great Britain GP. These trends are easy to track (excuse the pun) and are important to consider.

Likewise, certain manufacturers may perform better on individual circuits. Again using Formula 1 as an example, Mercedes outstripped their closest competitors Ferrari in terms of raw speed in the 2017 season, meaning they were far more successful on tracks with plenty of long straights, whereas Ferrari made up ground on the more technical circuits with tighter turns.

Don’t be put off by the number of drivers in the field. Just like in horse racing, the real long shots are no chance of winning so don’t waste your time. In NASCAR, names like Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson will always appear at the top of the standings, and are safe bets to consider when attempting to win big bets.

You Don’t Have To Pick A Winner

All of the major race meets listed above offer more than just race winner lines. You can select who you believe will appear on the podium, the top six or even the top ten in most races, meaning that there is an opportunity to really showcase your betting knowledge.

There was no better example than Canada’s Lance Stroll in last season’s Formula One. Despite placing well down in the rankings for the majority of the season, Stroll managed a podium finish at his home GP in Montreal, and punters who jumped on at huge odds would have reaped a huge reward. 

MotoGP rider Andrea Iannone finished in the middle of the pack throughout the 2017 season, although a late form surge saw him collect three finishes in the top-six. If you followed the sport closely you would have seen this coming, and the odds on offer were fantastic leading into the final rounds.

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