June 2022 Preview

We enter another month of motorsport action with plenty to choose from, of which some is covered below.

World Rally Championship (WRC)

The WRC is due to contest two rallies this month, with the first being Rally Italia Sardegna taking place from 2 June to 5 June. The other rally is the Safari Rally Kenya which is set to take place from 23 June to 26 June.

Kalle Rovanpera will start the month leading the championship for drivers having won the last three rallies. It means the Finn has a 46 point advantage over second placed Thierry Neuville while Takamoto Katsuta completes the top three in the standings, 22 points behind Neuville.

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In the championship for manufacturers it is Toyota who heads the table, 59 points ahead of second placed Hyundai who themselves have a 22 point advantage over M-Sport Ford in third.

ABB Formula E

The FIA ABB Formula E World Championship is set to contest only one race this month in Jakarta, Indonesia on 4 June. This is after the event was delayed in part due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mercedes Stoffel Vandoorne will head to the ninth round of the season leading the drivers’ championship by 12 points after following up his victory in Monaco with two third place finishes in the Berlin double header.

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Edoardo Mortara is second in the standings having claimed a race victory and a second place finish across the Berlin double header having failed to finish in the two races prior. The Swiss driver has a four point advantage over third placed Jean-Eric Vergne in the standings.

The other race winner in Berlin was Nyck de Vries, the Dutchman’s second race victory of the season, which sees him in sixth in the driver standings heading to Indonesia. He is 46 points behind championship leader, and teammate, Vandoorne.

IndyCar

The NTT IndyCar series is set to hold two races this month, starting off with the Detroit Grand Prix on 5 June followed by Road America on 12 June.

Marcus Ericsson will start the month leading the driver standings after finishing twelfth at the Grand Prix of Alabama, fourth in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis before claiming victory at the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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The Swede has a 13 point advantage over second placed Pato O’Ward who won at Barber Motorsports Park, finished nineteenth on the Indianapolis road course before finishing second in the Indianapolis 500. The Mexican has a one point advantage over third placed Alex Palou.

The other race winner during May was Colton Herta who won the Indianapolis Road Course event. The American will start June tenth in the standings, one point ahead of teammate Alexander Rossi in eleventh and 12 points behind ninth placed Felix Rosenqvist.

MotoGP

MotoGP is set to travel to Montmelo for the Catalan Grand Prix on 5 June before heading to Germany on 19 June and then finishing the month in Assen on 26 June.

Fabio Quartararo will start the month at the top of the riders’ standings with an eight point advantage over second placed Aleix Espargaro. Completing the top three in the standings is Enea Bastianini who is 20 points behind Espargaro.

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Bastianini won the French Grand Prix last month, while the other two races which were held in Spain and Italy were won by Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia who starts June fourth in the championship and 41 points behind Quartararo.

NASCAR

The NASCAR Cup Series is expected to hold three races this month as it goes to the World Wide Technology Raceway on 5 June, then Sonoma Raceway on 12 June before finishing the month in Nashville on 26 June.

Chase Elliott will start the month leading the driver standings from Ross Chastain and Kyle Busch. Meanwhile the top four in the playoff rankings at the start of the month sees Chastain on top followed by Elliott, William Byron and Kyle Busch.

World Endurance Championship (WEC)

The WEC is in action once again this month as it holds its centrepiece event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans across 11-12 June, which is the third of six events that make up the WEC’s 2022 schedule.

Alpine continue to lead the Hypercar drivers’ championship after following up their race win at the season opening 1000 Miles of Sebring with second place at the 6 Hours of Spa. Second in the standings is occupied by the #708 Glickenhaus which has finished third across the two opening races of the season. Lastly third in the standings is currently occupied by the #8 Toyota as its second place at Sebring counts for more points than the #7 Toyota’s victory at the 6 Hours of Spa.

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In LMP2 it is the #31 WRT leading the driver standings after following up its second place finish at Sebring with victory at Spa. The #23 United Autosports is second after it finished sixth in Spa and won the season opener. They are followed in the standings by the #41 RealTeam by WRT which finish second in Spa, building on their third place finish at Sebring.

In the GTE Pro class it is the #92 Porsche leading the Drivers’ Championship ahead of the #51 AF Corse and then the #64 Corvette in third. This is after the #51 AF Corse won at Spa ahead of the #92 Porsche while the #64 Corvette finished fourth.

Lastly in the GTE Am Drivers’ Championship it is the #98 Northwest AMR at the top of the standings, following up its win at Sebring with third in Spa. Second is the #33 TF Sport followed by the #77 Dempsey-Proton in third, the latter of the two having won in Spa.

Formula 1

This month sees Formula 1 head to Azerbaijan on 12 June before then going to Canada on 19 June for the first time since 2019. The series is also set to be joined by Formula 2 in Azerbaijan.

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Max Verstappen will start the month leading the Drivers’ Championship, nine points ahead of nearest challenger Charles Leclerc. This is after Verstappen won the inaugural Miami Grand Prix and the Spanish Grand Prix which the Dutchman followed up by finishing third in Monaco. By comparison Leclerc finished second in Miami, retired from a commanding lead in Spain and finished down in fourth in Monaco.

Completing the top three in the championship is Sergio Perez who is only six points behind Leclerc and has a 26 point advantage over fourth placed George Russell.

Super Formula

Lastly the Japanese based Super Formula championship is set to be in action for the fifth race of its 2022 season as it heads to Sugo on 19 June.

Tomoki Nojiri will enter the event leading the drivers’ championship by seven points from Ryo Hirakawa with Sacha Fenestraz completing the top three in the standings, 25 points behind Hirakawa.

Super Formula has seen three different race winners across the four races contested so far this season with Hirakawa winning the first race at Fuji and in Autopolis, Nojiri claiming the victory in the second race at Fuji while Nobuharu Matsushita took victory in Suzuka.

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