OK, so I'll incur the wrath of many Americans and say that the 24 Heures du Mans is the worlds most famous motor race. The Indy 500 comes close but Le Mans is just ... special.
The official circuit name is Circuit de la Sarthe. Le Mans refers to the nearby town - the original race took place on the road between Le Mans, Arnage and Mulsanne. The circuit has gradually changed over the years - the current circuit is CIRCUIT N° 16!
The 1st race was held in 1923 and the 1st dominant manufacturer was Bentley with 5 wins up until 1930 when they withdrew, saying that they'd learnt enough about speed and reliability. When the race resumed after WWII in 1949, Ferrari became the dominant manufacturer, challenged in turn by Aston-Martin, Jaguar and Mercedes - Until the 1960's.
In 1955, a major crash caused large fragments of debris (like most of a car!) to fly into the crowd, killing 83 spectators and French driver Pierre Bouillin (who raced under the name Pierre Levegh) and injuring nearly 180...
It's difficult to describe the fanatical support given to Brazilian drivers at the Brazilian GP... perhaps the only thing that comes close is the Ferrari support at Monza.
But, the really weird thing is that Brazilian drivers actually have a fairly poor record at the race. Aryton Senna only won twice (while his great rival Alain Prost is the most winning driver with 6 wins), as did Nelson Piquet, Emerson Fittipaldi (who won the 1st 2 races) and Felipe Massa. It's also a race that Lewis Hamilton has had little success - also "only" winning twice.
There's been a World Championship GP in Brazil since 1973, initially at the fearsome 8km long orginal Interlagos track, then at Jacarepagua in Rio from 1978 until 1989 but moved back to the shorter version of Interlagos at is still used now in 1990.
Like our Majors series this year, Interlagos has often been the last race of the F1 season and has seen some remarkable championship clinching performances - maybe the most dramatic being Lewis H...
This year the Majors support series has grown in size & stature from something a very small number of people did occasionally to a fairly serious series in it's own right - particularly after the mid season change to the format. Let's consider some numbers we achieved this year (with 1 round to go!):
- 40 races in 13 rounds so far (43/14 by the end of the year). Why not 13 x 3? We had to split the Americas region for Indy :-)
- 176 Competitors who were classified finishers in at least 1 race
- 40 Different Race/Class winners
There won't be very many leagues on iRacing that can claim numbers like that - and we're "just" the support series.
One of the really great things about the support series is that it mixes up the regions so we race people we normally don't in the main events and so can expand our circle of friends. A great example of this was Adam Facciponti and I had an awesome battle at Spa and we've done a lot of friendly chatting since then even though we're on different teams, diff...