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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon iRacing.com and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

British quartet get BMW DTM auditions

November 30th, 2014

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Four young British drivers will have a chance to sample BMW’s DTM car this week, as part of the brand’s post-season test. BMW’s DTM teams will all be in action at Jerez this week between Tuesday and Thursday, running for the first time since the season came to a close at Hockenheim in October. The test will feature four British drivers having their first taste of DTM machinery, with European Formula 3 runner-up Tom Blomqvist, Indy Lights runner-up Jack Harvey, GP3 champion Alex Lynn and Formula E race winner Sam Bird all to taking part. The quartet of Brits will be joined by Kiwi Richie Stanaway, who finished eighth in this year’s GP3 series, as well as BMW factory sportscar driver Lucas Luhr and 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robin [...]

Solberg wins RX finale in Argentina

November 29th, 2014

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World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg finished his title winning season in style by dominating the final round at San Luis in Argentina. The Norwegian was on top at the Intermediate Classification, then won his semi-final and started on pole position for the final. Reinis Nitiss joined Solberg on the front row, with the pair running side-by-side towards Turn 1. They were challenged by second-row starter Toomas Heikkinen, who made a mega getaway and tried a move around the outside but wasn’t able to pull it off. He then immediately took his joker. Solberg and Nitiss waited until the final lap to take their jokers, with Solberg exiting in the lead and securing his fifth win of 2014, while Nitiss had a relatively quiet run to second. “It’s been a fantastic [...]

Porsche secures first WEC pole

November 29th, 2014

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Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard claimed the first pole position for the #20 Porsche 919 Hybrid in a thrilling qualifying session ahead of Sunday’s World Endurance Championship finale in Brazil. The Australian was only third in the times after his initial run before Bernhard hauled the car up to second, just 0.026 seconds behind the sister Porsche of Neel Jani and Marc Lieb, with two laps in the 1m17s bracket. Webber then asked to go back into the car for a second run and posted a further two laps in the 1m17s to claim the pole with a four-lap average of 1m17.676s. “I thought I was in one of Adrian’s [Newey] cars and I was driving way over the top; I was expecting way too much from the car,” said [...]

Gasly completes GP2 test dominance

November 29th, 2014

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Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly completed a dominant week of Abu Dhabi GP2 testing with DAMS by setting the pace in both Saturday sessions. The Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up, who told AUTOSPORT earlier this month that GP2 was his preference for 2015, contested the final part of this season with Caterham and did not manage to score. But he has proved unstoppable with champion team DAMS in post-season testing, heading all three days of running at Yas Marina. Gasly was half a second clear of the field in both Saturday sessions. European Formula 3 champion and Lotus Formula 1 junior Esteban Ocon was second in the sister DAMS car in the afternoon, while Jordan King – testing for MP – had been next best in the morning. Both Ocon and [...]

Porsche stays ahead in WEC practice

November 29th, 2014

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Porsche remained on top in final free practice ahead of qualifying for the World Endurance Championship finale at Interlagos. Neel Jani topped the one-hour Saturday morning session with a time of 1m17.572s, which put him just under three tenths up on team-mate Mark Webber in the second Porsche 919 Hybrid. The two Toyota TS040 HYBRIDs were third and fourth in the times with Sebastien Buemi and Mike Conway. Buemi’s 1m18.427s left him nine tenths back on Jani, while Conway was a further two tenths back. Marcel Fassler and Tom Kristensen were fifth and sixth aboard their Audi R18 e-tron quattros on 1m18.719s and 1m18.918s respectively. The G-Drive Racing Ligier-Nissan JSP2 led the way in LMP2 with a 1m24.241s set by Roman Rusinov. Aston Martin Racing topped the times in GTE [...]

ART joins DTM with Mercedes

November 29th, 2014

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Multiple single-seater champion team ART Grand Prix will join the DTM in 2015 as Mercedes increases its line-up to eight cars. Mercedes fielded just seven cars in 2014, one less than stipulated by a standing agreement between the three manufacturers in the DTM. As late as the end of September, Mercedes was still predicting it would only field seven cars again in 2015, which sparked an angry reaction from both Audi and BMW. But now the three-pointed star has officially confirmed there will be eight C-Coupes on the grid next season, and that ART will join HWA and Mucke Motorsport under the Mercedes banner. ART and Mercedes already have a long history, the French team having used Mercedes power in European Formula 3 from 2003-10. ART also took both of [...]

Webber tops WEC practice for Porsche

November 28th, 2014

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Porsche led the way on the opening day of this weekend’s World Endurance Championship finale at Interlagos. The two factory Porsche 919 Hybrids ended up one-two in each of the two Friday free practice sessions ahead the rival Audis and Toyotas. Mark Webber recorded the best time of the day with a 1m18.349s set in the second of the two 90-minutes sessions. That put him just under one hundredth of a second ahead of Romain Dumas in the sister car, who also recorded his time of 1m18.440s in the second period. Best of the rest was the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro in the hands of Lucas di Grassi. It finished just one tenth down on the fastest Porsche with a 1m18.455s. The second Audi was fourth in the hands [...]

Solberg holds Argentina RX lead

November 28th, 2014

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World Rallycross champion Petter Solberg heads the order after day one of the 2014 season finale at San Luis in Argentina. Fastest in the first heat, Solberg was beaten in his second heat race by Latvian Reinis Nitiss, but second fastest time was enough to put the Norwegian on top of the overnight standings. “It’s been a very good day. The car is fast here and it’s working very well,” said Solberg. “Pole position is very slippy, I lost a lot of time there in the second race, but things are going very good. “This is my best position of the year after two heats.” Nitiss was fourth fastest in heat one before his defeat of Solberg in heat two, putting him second overall, ahead of Marklund Motorsport Volkswagen driver [...]

Tuscher fastest in GP3 testing

November 28th, 2014

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Matheo Tuscher kept the Jenzer team on top of the times on the second day of GP3 testing at Yas Marina. While Kevin Ceccon put Jenzer ahead on Thursday, it was Tuscher who topped the times on Friday by going quickest in the afternoon session. The Swiss driver’s 1m55.583s laptime put him ahead of Formula Renault NEC race winner Seb Morris, who was second fastest for Status. Trident’s Luca Ghiotto rounded out the top three, the Italian also having posted the best time in the morning session. The 13 quickest times of the day were, however, set in the afternoon. Spaniard Alex Palou was fourth fastest after switching from Trident to ART, which put him ahead of GP3 race winner Jimmy Eriksson in the Koiranen car. Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco [...]

Russell keen on European F3 move

November 28th, 2014

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McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalist George Russell could graduate to the Formula 3 European Championship in 2014. The BRDC Formula 4 champion originally targeted a full-time move into the Formula Renault Eurocup after a race-winning wildcard appearance in the category’s Jerez finale. Russell, 16, is now evaluating a move straight to F3 instead. “In F3 you get two practice sessions, qualifying and three races,” he said. “It’s massive at the moment and seems to be where all the big boys are looking. “It’s going to be a difficult choice but the good thing is we’ve got the options.” Russell has also not ruled out a jump to the Formula 1-supporting GP3 series after a strong test debut in Abu Dhabi on Thursday with Arden International, part of his prize for [...]

Fittipaldi gets FIA Academy place

November 28th, 2014

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi’s grandson Pietro has been selected as part of the FIA Institute’s 2015 list of ‘Academy’ drivers. The 18-year-old Brazilian, who won the Formula Renault BARC series in the UK this season, is one of 12 drivers selected to take part in the academy’s workshops, which are built around a fully-funded training programme. Fittipaldi is one of six ‘Wildcard’ picks in the 2015 line-up, along with McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalist Seb Morris, who is testing for Status in GP3 this week at Yas Marina. The remaining six drivers, including last year’s British F3 champion Jordan King, earned their places through winning regional selection events. Former World Rally Championship winning co-driver Robert Reid, who works alongside ex-F1 racer Alex Wurz to lead the scheme, [...]

Brabham eyes more Formula E outings

November 28th, 2014

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Matthew Brabham says he is hoping to start more Formula E races for Andretti Autosport this season. Brabham made his FE debut at Putrajaya, stepping in for Charles Pic, who drove for the team at the season-opener in Beijing. The Frenchman was unavailable for the Malaysian round due to his reserve driver duties with the Lotus F1 team. After qualifying an impressive ninth, Brabham’s race was compromised by a lap-one incident at the hairpin, where he tagged Nick Heidfeld after making an ambitious lunge down the inside of Bruno Senna. He went on to finish 13th. Brabham is now looking ahead to more potential starts in the all-electric series – maybe even as soon as the next round. “Nothing is set in stone yet, so hopefully there’s an opportunity that [...]

Gasly fastest in Abu Dhabi GP2 test

November 27th, 2014

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Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly topped the first day of post-season GP2 testing at Yas Marina on Thursday. The Formula Renault 3.5 runner-up set the pace in the cooler evening session, edging out 2014 star rookie Stoffel Vandoorne to take top spot. McLaren junior Vandoorne, who tested the Formula 1 team’s Honda-powered car earlier in the week, was the pacesetter in the first session, being the first driver to dip under the 1m50s mark. Gasly and Mitch Evans joined Vandoorne in the 1m49s before the end of the session, but the leading times tumbled when the cars took to the track again later in the day. While Vandoorne initially continued to set the pace under the Abu Dhabi lights, Gasly beat his new benchmark three quarters of an hour into [...]

Hulkenberg joins Porsche for Le Mans

November 27th, 2014

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Nico Hulkenberg will contest the Le Mans 24 Hours with Porsche in 2015 alongside his Force India Formula 1 programme. Porsche has signed the German for the third 919 Hybrid entry that it announced earlier this week, and will also field him in the Spa round of the World Endurance Championship in preparation. “Porsche and Le Mans – this combination probably attracts every race driver,” said Hulkenberg. “I’ve been a Porsche fan for a long time and have been watching their return to the LMP1 class closely. “The desire grew to drive that car at Le Mans. “I am very pleased the 2015 Formula 1 calendar allows for it and I’m grateful to my Force India Formula 1 team’s generosity to let me go for it. “Now it’s up to [...]

Ceccon tops Abu Dhabi GP3 test

November 27th, 2014

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Kevin Ceccon led the opening day of post-season GP3 testing in Abu Dhabi on Thursday, with Formula Renault Eurocup race winner Andrea Pizzitola best of the newcomers. Driving for the Jenzer team with which he contested the latter part of the 2014 season, Ceccon topped the first test session with a 1m55.501s lap before handing over to regular team-mate Matheo Tuscher for the afternoon. European Formula 3 racer Ed Jones was second for Carlin in the first session, albeit six tenths down on Ceccon. He only narrowly shaded McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalist and BRDC Formula 4 champion George Russell, who starred on a prize drive with Arden by taking third place. Pizzitola was fourth in the first session, but took his ART car to the top later on, ahead [...]

Newey concerned about young drivers

November 27th, 2014

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Red Bull Formula 1 design chief Adrian Newey believes more needs to be done by motorsport’s governing bodies to clamp down on young drivers putting racing before their education. Newey’s 16-year-old son Harrison recently made his single-seater debut and contested the opening round of the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Series at Snetterton, but skipped last weekend’s Brands Hatch races due to educational commitments. Newey Sr believes that the FIA, which allows drivers as young as 14 in some countries to race single-seaters, needs to set a precedent by stopping “ridiculous amounts of testing” during term-time. “The kids have to go to school,” Newey told AUTOSPORT. “The testing Harrison has done is over half-term. We’re trying to balance it without compromising his school. “I do feel very strongly that the FIA [...]

WRC plans in-car split times ban

November 26th, 2014

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World Rally Championship crews will no longer be given in-car split times from 2015 as the FIA seeks to increase unpredictability. Teams can currently supply drivers with split times – sent to the car via a text message – during stages to help them judge gaps to their rivals. FIA rally director Jarmo Mahonen believes this is damaging the WRC’s spectacle and wants harsh punishments. “What we’ll try to achieve is that they don’t control the drivers so much,” he said. “When the top drivers get big gaps they start to cruise and control the gap and this takes away the interest. “Of course we cannot police this 100 per cent, but the consequence will be a big enough deterrent. “If you get caught, you can be excluded from the [...]

BRDC F4 gets F3′s British GT slot

November 26th, 2014

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The BRDC Formula 4 Championship will replace British Formula 3 on the British GT package in 2015. British F3′s future is in serious doubt after a season averaging less than six cars, and it has been dropped from British GT promoter SRO’s programme for next year. AUTOSPORT revealed last month that a final effort to save British F3 via a tie-up with the German series had failed. BRDC F4, described by SRO boss Stephane Ratel as “the premier UK single-seater series”, will now run alongside British GT at its six UK meetings, and will also have standalone meetings at Snetterton – when British GT is at Spa-Francorchamps – and Brands Hatch. Ratel said the partnership would “form an exciting new headline collaboration of GTs and single-seaters, making up for the [...]

Ducati breaks ‘tough’ on small teams

November 26th, 2014

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Ducati’s rules break hurt MotoGP’s leading non-factory teams in 2014, reckons Yamaha chief Lin Jarvis. At the start of the year Ducati controversially chose to run to ‘Open’ regulations, allowing greater development scope plus tyre and fuel advantages in exchange for running a standard ECU. Yamaha and Honda’s satellite teams Tech 3, Gresini and LCR remained under ‘Factory’ rules, and Jarvis believes they were deprived of chances to star because of Ducati’s dispensations. “For the factory teams it’s not a big issue, because with four riders at the front, Ducati’s advantage has not really affected the championship,” said Jarvis. “I think it’s made it a bit difficult for some of the satellite teams to maintain motivation. “There are some circumstances where their riders are performing exceptionally well and they may [...]

Heidfeld labels Montagny ‘crazy’

November 25th, 2014

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Nick Heidfeld says that Franck Montagny is “slightly crazy” after the pair clashed during Formula E’s Putrajaya ePrix last weekend. Heidfeld has had a crash-affected start to his Formula E career, having now been involved in four incidents across the two race weekends that have so far been held. The German was launched into a violent crash by Nicolas Prost as the pair fought over the lead on the final lap of the race in Beijing, before his Venturi entry hit trouble again when Heidfeld nudged the wall during practice in Putrajaya. He was then involved in two more crashes during the race on the Malaysian streets, firstly being hit on lap one by Matthew Brabham, whose lunge on Bruno Senna at the hairpin went awry, before Montagny took him [...]