It’s late January, and that means one thing: international motorsport is beginning to kick into gear.
There isn’t a whole lot happening this weekend, but there’s still a solid group of Kiwis to keep an eye out for.
Scott Dixon and Earl Bamber go head-to-head in the two Chip Ganassi Racing prototypes in the 60th running of the Daytona 24 Hour.
Meanwhile, Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans begin their respective Formula E seasons.
Here is your (mostly) weekly guide to it all.
Scott Dixon and Earl Bamber
- What: Daytona 24 Hour
- Where: Daytona International Speedway, United States
- When: SUN 7.30 am
- How to follow: Sky Sport 8
Scott Dixon goes for his fourth and Earl Bamber tries to win his first Daytona 24 Hour this weekend.
Next to Le Mans and the Nurburgring, te twice-around-the-clock race at Daytona International Speedway is one of the world’s most iconic endurance race.
Both Kiwis are with the Chip Ganassi Racing Team this weekend, albeit in different entries.
Dixon is racing the No.1 Cadillac, while Bamber is in the No.2.
For Bamber, this year is his first full IMSA season with CGR.
The two start the race from the third row following a P5 and P6 finish in a 100-minute qualifying race last Sunday.
Nick Cassidy and Mitch Evans
- What: Diriyah E-Prix
- Where: Riyadh Street Circuit, Saudi Arabia
- When: R1 SAT 5.30 am | R2 SUN 5.30 am
- How to follow: Sky Sport 5
Formula E has its first two rounds this weekend under lights in Saudi Arabia.
Mitch Evans has suffered championship heartbreak the last few seasons. But last year likely hurt the most.
Evans’ 2021 title hopes were cruelly dashed thanks to a electrical glitch in the final race of the season.
Maybe this year can be Evans’ redemption season?
“I’m extremely motivated for this year and I’ve got like a real internal fire inside me, which I’ve not experienced in a long time,” he said.
Cassidy’s rookie season had its share of brilliance.
He scored two podiums and claimed two poles with the Envision Virgin team.
Cassidy doesn’t have to prove a point this year. He did that last season.
Instead, 2022 will be all about whether he can mount a successful championship challenge.