October 2022 Preview

This month sees many racing series either conclude or begin to reach the final stretch of their seasons. Below are just some of the racing series in action this month.

World Rally Championship (WRC)

The WRC start this month mid-rally as it concludes the Rally New Zealand which began on 29 October.

Heading into the eleventh round of the season Kalle Rovanpera had a 53 point advantage in the championship for drivers over second placed Ott Tanak with Thierry Neuville completing the top three in the standings, 23 points behind Tanak.

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In the championship for manufacturers Toyota started the month with a 63 point gap over Hyundai in second while M-Sport Ford were third, 127 points behind second place.

After Rally New Zealand the WRC will contest the penultimate rally of its 2022 season, the Rally Catalunya de Espana, which will take place between 20-23 October.

W Series

Having not raced during August or September, the W Series returns this month and is set to conclude its 2022 season with four races spread across three venues.

On 2 October the W Series will race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit at Singapore before then concluding the season with a race at the Circuit of the Americas in the United States on 22 October followed by a double header season finale at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on 29 and 30 October.

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Jamie Chadwick will begin the month with a 75 point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship over Alice Powell and Beitske Visser who are joint second in the standings. Fourth in the championship, and only three points behind Powell and Visser, is Abbi Pulling.

Chadwick has won five of the six races contested so far this season, finishing second in the other. Visser is the only other race winner so far this season.

Formula 1

After contesting two races in September, which were both won by Max Verstappen, Formula 1 is set to hold four races this month.

The series will start with the return of the Singapore Grand Prix on 2 October followed by the return of the Japanese Grand Prix on 9 October. Both having not been held since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Formula 1 will finish the month with the United States Grand Prix on 23 October followed by the Mexico City Grand Prix on 30 October

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Verstappen will start the month with a 116 point advantage over second placed Charles Leclerc. It means that the Dutchman has the possibility to seal his second Formula 1 drivers’ title early in October. Completing the top three in the standings is Sergio Perez who is nine points behind Leclerc and has a seven point advantage over fourth placed George Russell.

In the constructors standings Red Bull starts October with a 139 point gap over second placed Scuderia Ferrari with Mercedes occupying third, 35 points separating the two.

MotoGP

MotoGP is racing in Asia this month with racing returns to Thailand (2 October), Australia (16 October) and Malaysia (23 October) taking up its month of action.

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Fabio Quartararo will start October at the top of the rider standings and an 18 point advantage over nearest rival, Francesco Bagnaia. The latter went on an impressive run of finishing inside the top two in five consecutive races, which included four victories, before crashing out at Motegi in Japan.

Completing the top three in the standings is Aleix Espargaro who is seven points behind Bagnaia at the beginning of the month.

NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series playoffs continue with five events set to take place this month, starting with Talladega on 2 October which is then followed by the Charlotte Roval (9 October), Las Vegas (16 October), Miami (23 October) and Martinsville (30 October).

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At the start of the month the top four in the playoff standings are Joey Logano, Ross Chastain, defending champion Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney.

Japanese Super Formula

Super Formula in Japan is another racing series set to conclude its 2022 season this month, with a double header at Suzuka across 29-30 October.

Tomoki Nojiri heads the drivers’ championship with a 32 point gap over second placed Sacha Fenestraz heading into the double header season finale. There is then a two point gap between Fenestraz and third placed Ryo Hirakawa, who is the only two time race winner so far this season, having won the season opening race in the Fuji double header and then at Autopolis.

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