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Racing with cars and other vehicles

autocross

noun

a sport in which cars race over rough ground

auto racing

noun

motor racing

chequered flag

noun

a flag with black and white squares on it that is waved at the end of a motor race

cockpit

noun

the part of a racing car where the driver sits

crash helmet

noun

a hard round hat that you wear to protect your head while driving a motorcycle or racing car

drag race

noun

a race between long and very powerful cars over a short distance

dragster

noun

a car used in a drag race

Grand Prix

noun

an international competition for racing cars or motorcycles that is part of a series to decide who is the best driver in the world

grid

noun

the starting place for cars in a race, marked by a pattern of lines on the ground

GT

abbreviation

Gran Turismo: used in the names of some fast cars

GTi

adjective

used for showing that a car has a fuel system that makes it go very fast

gymkhana

noun

a car race around a difficult track

Indy Car racing

noun

a type of motor racing in which cars race on a track that slopes

inside lane

noun

the part of a circular track for sports races that is nearest the centre and is the shortest distance round the track

motocross

noun

a sports event in which people race on motorcycles over rough land with a lot of bends and steep hills

motor racing

noun

a sports event in which fast cars race on a special track. The American word is auto racing.

the pits

noun

the area beside a race track where cars are repaired or get more petrol during a race

pit stop

noun

an occasion when a driver in a race stops for a short time to get fuel or to let people repair the car

pole position

noun

the front position at the start of a car race

racetrack

noun

a track used for racing cars

racing car

noun

a car that is designed and used for racing

rally

noun

a car race on public roads or land

scramble

noun

a motorcycle race over rough ground

speedway

noun

a sport in which motorcycles race each other on a small track with a surface of loose stones

spoiler

noun

a part on the back of a racing car that keeps it on the ground at high speeds

stock car

noun

an ordinary car that has been changed for racing, or an old car used for racing

three-day event

noun

a sports event lasting three days in which people ride horses in various competitions

trail bike

noun

a motorcycle designed for riding or racing on rough ground

drag racing

noun

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