Highlights of the 2014 Australian car racing season

Posted by: Cal on 17/01/2014

Category: Racing

Australian is a nation of car-lovers, and many families and groups of friends have long been divided over their love of competing manufacturers.

Whether you're a Ford fan, die-hard Holden supporter or prefer to follow the European circuit, you'll be interested to read through this preview of Australian racing events.

Formula 1 Grand Prix

Melbourne will yet again host round one of this year's FIA Formula 1 World Championship, where drivers, cars and teams racing to change car tyres at every pit stop will be put to the test.

Albert Park will transform into a world-class playground for motor enthusiasts during March 13-16, hosting the motorsport elite and homegrown hero Daniel Ricciardo on the track.

This event is particularly exciting as it gives fans worldwide the first chance to see new driver lineups, car designs and regulations delivering the new 1.6 litre V6 turbo power engine.

The turbo engine is being used in Formula 1 for the first time since 1988, replacing the old 2.4 litre V8 engines. These new models have around 600 horsepower and can rev up to 15,000 RPM.

Cars will look different to last season as they have a new exhaust system and fresh nose designs with a lower tip.

Ticket prices vary depending on where you sit and how long you want to go for, allowing all motor sports enthusiasts the chance to get up close and personal with the cars. For the rest of us, there's always televised coverage!

Tasmania 400

Fans of V8 supercars will flock to Tasmania on March 28 for the three-day Tasmania 400 event. Symmons Plains will host Ford, Nissan, Holden, Mercedes-Benz AMG and Volvo as they battle it out for early championship points in the series.

Spectators will see new car liveries and team lineups in action, and a clean slate for drivers to start racking up points on. Action-packed racing is guaranteed through the SuperSprint format, which will see two 100km races on Saturday and a 200km stretch on Sunday.

The event aims to be a family-friendly day for all, and kids 14 and under receive free general admission when accompanied by a paying adult. There's a dedicated family zone and plenty of off-track activities to get involved in on the day.