This year, new racing series seem a touch like the Number 7 bus: nothing for ages, then three arrive at the same time.
It could, of course, be argued, that GP2 is nothing other than F3000 updated, but a quick peek at cars and teams, and, more importantly, GP2's spectacle and format, shows the series introduced at Imola in April is a totally different animal. Then, regardless of reception given to A1 Grand Prix, it cannot be disputed that this (European) winter-centric series is a brand new formula.
Finally, following hot in the tyre tracks of A1 GP's inaugural race at Brands Hatch in September, comes Grand Prix Masters: a series over two years in the making and aiming to emulate the successes of masters tours in golf and tennis.
Formulated by former international windsurfer Scott Poulter, GP Masters debuts this weekend at South Africa's only FIA-licensed Grand Prix facility, Kyalami.