April 2022 Preview

There is plenty of motorsport action set to take place this month, with just some of the series in action covered below.

MotoGP

For MotoGP the series will start April competing in Argentina for the first time since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The race is set to take place on 3 April before MotoGP then heads to America to compete at the Circuit of the Americas on 10 April.

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There is then a few weeks break before the series heads to Portugal to race there on 24 April. MotoGP will then end the month going to Jerez, although the race won’t take place until 1 May.

Enea Bastianini will start the month leading the rider standings thanks to his victory in Qatar and an eleventh place finish in Indonesia. The Italian is only two points ahead of second placed Brad Binder at this early stage of the season while reigning champion Fabio Quartararo completes the top three in the standings.

NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup series has another busy month in April where it will begin by competing at Richmond on 3 April before heading to Martinsville on 9 April. The Cup series will then go to Bristol on 17 April for the dirt race and finish the month’s racing in Talladega on 24 April. The series will be in Dover by the end of the month as it is set to compete there on 1 May.

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March saw Alex Bowman, Chase Briscoe, William Byron and Ross Chastain become the latest race winners of the 2022 season. Joining Austin Cindric and Kyle Larson.

Chase Elliott will start the month leading the points standings ahead of Ryan Blaney and Joey Logano. While the top three in the playoff rankings are Elliott followed by Bowman and Chastain.

Formula E

After a break Formula E returns to action this month with a double header in Rome from 9-10 April. The series will then finish the month competing in Monaco on 30 April.

The last time Formula E was in action was back in mid-February in Mexico which saw Pascal Wehrlein and Porsche claim their first victory in the series. The other two race winners so far this season being Edoardo Mortara and Nyck de Vries.

It is Mortara that leads the drivers’ championship heading into April, five points ahead of second placed de Vries. Joint third are the two Porsche drivers of Wehrlein and Andre Lotterer.

Formula 1

Having started its new era in March, Formula 1 is set to contest two Grand Prix this month with the series returning to Australia since 2019 on 10 April before then heading to Imola on 24 April, where it is set to be supported by Formula 2 and Formula 3.

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The opening two Grand Prix have seen Charles Leclerc win the season opener in Bahrain followed by reigning champion Max Verstappen claiming victory a week later in Saudi Arabia.

Leclerc goes into April leading the drivers’ championship 12 points ahead of teammate Carlos Sainz while Verstappen completes the top three.

IndyCar

IndyCar is due to contest only one event in April, at Long Beach on 10 April. Although the series is due to be at Barber Motorsports Park at the end of the month as it is set to race there on 1 May.

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The opening two Grand Prix of the season have been won by Penske drivers with Scott McLaughlin winning the season opener at St. Petersburg, while the Kiwi was pipped to the victory at Texas Motor Speedway by teammate Josef Newgarden.

McLaughlin leads the championship from Will Power and reigning champion Alex Palou, while Newgarden goes into April fourth in the championship.

Super Formula

Japanese Super Formula becomes one of the latest racing series to start its 2022 season this month with a double header at Fuji Speedway from 9-10 April. The series will then head to Suzuka on 24 April.

It is the same two venues that opened the 2021 season which saw both being won by Tomoki Nojiri who would go on to win the championship ahead of Nirei Fukuzumi and Yuhi Sekiguchi. The then defending champion Naoki Yamamoto finished the season down in thirteenth with a best finish of sixth.

World Rally Championship (WRC)

The WRC is set to return to action this month as it heads to Croatia for the latest event of its 2022 season, with the rally due to take place between 21-24 April.

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Kalle Rovanpera will enter the event leading the championship for drivers ahead of Thierry Neuville. There are 14 points separating the two with Rovanpera having finished fourth in Monte-Carlo and then going on to win in Sweden, while Neuville finished sixth and then second in the opening two rallies of the season.

Third in the championship is Sebastien Loeb who won the season opener in Monte-Carlo, although the Frenchman isn’t running a full campaign in 2022. It therefore means the next full time driver behind Rovanpera and Neuville is Gus Greensmith who has finished fifth in the opening two rallies of 2022.

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