The sun has set on 2018 and the world of motorsport is gearing up for a brand new year of racing across both four and two wheels.

With the competitive action getting underway for real this week at the start of the 2019 Dakar Rally, here is a comprehensive guide to the rest of the month’s main action.

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2019 Dakar Rally - 6-17 January

Dakar is back for the 41st edition of the event, with South America once again playing host for the 11th successive year.

The action in Lima has already begun in an event that will be decided on 17 January after 10 stages and two weeks of competition across numerous surfaces including gravel, dirt and sand.

Peugeot’s withdrawal from this year’s event leaves the race wide open in Peru. Defending champions Carlos Sainz, Stephane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres have switched to drive for Mini and are expected to be among the frontrunners once more, along with the Toyota duo of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Gil de Villiers. Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will also be eyeing the title in a private Peugeot entry.

In the bikes class, KTM will be looking to keep up its Dakar domination of recent years following Matthias Walkner’s 2018 triumph and wins for Sam Sunderland in 2017 and Toby Price in 2016.

Formula E: Marrakesh E-Prix - 12 January / Santiago E-Prix - 26 January

The 2018/19 Formula E season continues this weekend with the second round of the championship in Marrakesh, following the dawn of the all-electric series’ new ‘Gen2’ era at the inaugural Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

Antonio Felix da Costa made a perfect start to BMW’s factory effort as he beat reigning champion Jean-Eric Vergne to victory in an action-packed race in Saudi Arabia.

With new drivers finding their feet and every team still growing accustomed to their Gen2 machinery at a new circuit, the competitive order has been hard to glean.

A further glimpse of the pecking order should be provided in Marrakesh - which marks the first venue of the new season that Formula E has previously been to. Formula E fans are treated to a double helping of races this month, with the Santiago E-Prix taking place in Chile a fortnight later on January 26.

2019 Race of Champions - 19-20 January

The Race of Champions is back and this year Mexico’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez plays host to the event, following the event’s first trip to Saudi Arabia in 2018.

A star-studded line-up featuring F1’s Sebastian Vettel and ex-driver David Coulthard, Formula E’s Lucas di Grassi, IndyCar champions Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay, and reigning World Rallycross victor Johan Kristoffersson, will contest the 30th running of the event.

Coulthard will be aiming to follow up on his 2018 success, with Team Germany going for a third straight Nations’ Cup win at the Mexican Grand Prix venue.

WRC: Rallye Monte-Carlo - 21-27 January

The first round of the 2019 World Rally Championship kicks off later this month with reigning drivers’ and co drivers’ champions Sebastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia heading into the season looking to make it back-to-back wins in Monaco, albeit in new colours following a winter move to Citroen.

2019’s 16-stage event will be the shortest since 2004 following an alteration to the rally route, which is made up of a combination of tarmac and snow.

Following his switch from Citroen, Sebastien Loeb makes his debut for Hyundai just days after completing Dakar.

IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona - 26-27 January

The first major endurance race of the year takes place on the final weekend of January at the Daytona International Speedway, marking the first round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The Rolex 24 at Daytona field is made up of some of the world’s greatest sportscar drivers, while two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso is targeting victory on his return to the event, following a maiden outing last year.

Alonso joins the Wayne Taylor Racing team that claimed victory at Daytona in 2005 and 2017, racing alongside Jordan Taylor, Renger van der Zande and fellow Toyota World Endurance Championship driver Kamui Kobayashi in a car that topped the timesheets on the opening afternoon of the official ‘Roar Before the 24’ test.