Most Popular Types of Motorsports


For many decades motorsports have been popular with people who like to compete as well as those who are simply happy to watch the action. These fast-paced sports stir up a lot of excitement among people of all ages. Here is an overview of some of the most popular motorsports in the world.


This type of motorsport is ideal for novice racers as well as people who are looking for an introduction into the exciting world of motorsports. Motorists race along a temporary course over a field that runs for between 800 and 1,200 metres. In addition to being the first to cross the finish line, motorists have to race against a clock, so there is a real emphasis on speed. This is a budget motorsport, meaning that it is open to racers and spectators from all walks of life.

Street Circuit Racing

This type of racing is energy packed and the stakes, as well as the danger levels, tend to be very high. As the name suggests, Street Circuit Racing uses regular streets to put drivers through their paces and many motorists take part in these races to warm up before competing in the Monaco Grand Prix. Street circuits typically feature tight corners and narrow lanes and motorists need high skill levels and a lot of daring to take turns at speeds that can range up to 150 miles per hour. Of course, the streets will also be lined with excited spectators, which can boot the adrenaline levels of the drivers and sometimes make the circuits even more dangerous.

Drag Racing

This type of motorsport started in the United Kingdom and has become popular throughout Europe. Drag Racing is perhaps the loudest and fastest motorsport of all and features just two cars at a line. The two drivers manoeuvre their vehicles to the start line so that they are next to each other. The winner is the first person to cover a quarter of a mile. A large number of races are usually held over the course of the day and the winners of different races will often race each other to see who can cover the distance in the fastest time and be the ultimate drag racing champion.

Hill Climb

This is another type of motorsport that is exactly what it sounds like. However, the name cannot capture the excitement and danger of the reality as racers tackle long, twisting roads that wind up the sides of hills. Some of the most famous and dramatic hill climb races in the world include the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb and the Mount Washington Climb to the Clouds.


Most people who set their sights on competing in the Grand Prix start their racing careers karting. These specially built karts resemble scaled down versions of Formula One cars and give drivers the chance to hone their skills and attract devoted fans along the way. While karting circuits tend to be rather small, the fun and excitement tend to reach fever pitch as drivers do whatever it takes to complete the designated number of laps in record time.