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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.

  • 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.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • 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.

Tanak must raise game again – Martin

July 29th, 2015

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Ott Tanak will have to take another step up to repeat his Poland World Rally Championship podium in Finland this weekend, says his multiple WRC rally-winning countryman Markko Martin. Estonian driver Tanak finished third and challenged for victory in Poland earlier this month. DAVID EVANS: How Tanak went from underwater to on the podium Martin said the M-Sport star was at a disadvantage arriving in Jyvaskyla this week without as much knowledge of the roads or the machinery beneath him as his rivals. Tanak has only started Finland once in a World Rally Car, in 2012. He did not compete at all in 2013, before returning in a Ford Fiesta R5 last season. “The other thing which Tanak will find a bit tricky is the extra speed from the World [...]

Singapore GP modifies track layout

July 29th, 2015

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Singapore’s Marina Bay Formula 1 circuit has been modified ahead of September’s grand prix, with organisers hopeful the tweaks will increase overtaking opportunities. The changes will affect Turns 11, 12 and 13 and have come about as part of enhancements to Singapore’s Civic District that tie with with the city-state’s 50th anniversary of independence. The FIA has approved the circuit modifications, which involve the Turn 11 right-hander remaining but sitting tighter with the left-hand side of Fullerton Road to slightly reduce corner speed. The Turn 12 right-hander is tighter, too, and now flows into the left lane of Anderson Bridge, while the Turn 13 hairpin has been widened by one metre. “It’s a win-win situation that the development of the new arts, culture and lifestyle precinct will provide an upgraded [...]

Macau World Cup luring GT marques

July 29th, 2015

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All but one of the major manufacturers involved in GT3 racing have expressed an interest in competing in the inaugural FIA GT World Cup in Macau later this year. Blancpain GT Series boss Stephane Ratel, who has been contracted to put together the grid for the November event, explained that so far only Ferrari had said no to taking part in an event that the FIA is billing as a “showcase for GT manufacturers”. Asked by AUTOSPORT who had committed to the event, Ratel said: “I can tell you hasn’t, which at the moment is Ferrari. “But there are Ferrari teams interested, so we will have to see what happens.” Ratel also expressed doubts that Lamborghini would be involved in the event, because the world finals for its European, US [...]

Force India certain of design integrity

July 29th, 2015

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The Force India Formula 1 team’s reliability and design integrity has not been compromised by its two failures at the Hungarian Grand Prix, says deputy team principal Bob Fernley. The team introduced a B-spec car at the British Grand Prix, with Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg giving the machine a double-points scoring debut. But the Hungarian GP weekend was tougher. Perez rolled the car in first practice after a right-rear suspension failure and Hulkenberg crashed during the race after his front wing failed. Force India identified the problem that afflicted Perez and introduced a fix for the following day and Fernley echoed chief operating officer Otmar Szafnauer’s belief the team will find a fix for the issue on Hulkenberg’s car. When asked if he was completely confident there will be [...]

Williams slump baffles Massa

July 29th, 2015

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Felipe Massa says he is at a loss as to why his Williams Formula 1 team was so far off the pace in Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix. Massa and team-mate Valtteri Bottas ran one-two in the opening stint of the previous race at Silverstone, but found themselves out of the points at the Hungaroring with Massa 12th and Bottas 13th. “The pace was really, really bad,” said Massa. “I don’t know why. “We were slow, especially me, behind in the traffic, especially with the prime [medium] tyres. “I couldn’t drive at all, we were missing the overall grip on the car. “I think maybe the best stint was the last one when I was free with the option [soft] tyres but even like that I was not quick. “I was [...]

Car swaps deter BMW from FE entry

July 29th, 2015

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BMW has ruled out an entry into the Formula E Championship in the short term. The German manufacturer, which has an ongoing deal to supply course vehicles to FE, has no interest in joining the series while the practice of drivers swapping cars mid-race remains, BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt has explained. “An issue that needs to be addressed is the change of car,” said Marquardt, who stated that the end of two-car races “would be a condition for our potential direct involvement”. “If you look at public discussions of electric mobility, the issue of reach is very important.” The technology road map laid out for FE calls for the mid-race change of car to come to an end in season five in 2018/19, but Marquardt said that he did [...]

Rally GB under threat from China

July 29th, 2015

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The World Rally Championship has been warned against emulating Formula 1′s pursuit of new markets over heritage, with European events including Rally GB threatened by moves to return to China. WRC Promoter’s Oliver Ciesla said GB was one of four current rounds that will have to fight for a 2016 calendar place. “We have a clear mandate from the FIA, from the manufacturers that we want to go global with the calendar and China is one of the first prospects to do that,” he told AUTOSPORT. “We have nine rallies [under agreement] and we are in the position that we have more events than we have capacity. “We don’t really have a process to deal with this, so we have to see how we handle it. “France, Germany, Britain and [...]

RLR to run Ligier LMP3 in 2016 ELMS

July 29th, 2015

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The British RLR Motorsport squad will field a new Ligier LMP3 alongside its race-winning Ginetta in next year’s European Le Mans Series. RLR, which won the P3 class at Imola in May, will run a Ligier-Nissan JSP3 purchased by historic racer Mike Smith. The two cars will race under the banner of the University of Bolton, in which RLR’s workshops are based. RLR boss Nick Reynolds told AUTOSPORT: “I looked after Mike’s Caterhams years ago and we have remained friends. “The Ligier was Mike’s preferred choice of chassis, but we will continue to run the Ginetta “It makes sense for us to be involved with two manufacturers, because it helps with placements for our students.” No drivers have been confirmed for the programme. Smith, who also races a Radical SR8, [...]

Stroll excluded after appeal hearing

July 29th, 2015

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Lance Stroll has been excluded from the result of the third Formula 3 European Championship race at Monza following an appeal hearing. Prema Powerteam driver Stroll was involved in a spectacular crash in race two at the Italian venue, rolling his car after making contact with Antonio Giovinazzi entering the Curva Grande (pictured below). Stewards ordered Stroll to start the weekend’s final race from the pitlane as a penalty, but he was able to take up his grid position of 11th after the decision was appealed and he finished the race in ninth. After the event, Prema served notice of its intent to withdraw the appeal. The International Court of Appeal ruled that Stroll should be excluded from the results, which only equates to the loss of one point since [...]

Full F1 fan survey results revealed

July 29th, 2015

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To find out what the most dedicated motorsport fans think of Formula 1, AUTOSPORT, F1 Racing and Motorsport News launched a global fan survey in May. Nearly 35,000 people responded, and the results, published in full below, cover everything from why you watch F1, your likes and dislikes, to how you would change it in the future. The idea of the survey was to help identify F1′s weaknesses while amplifying its strengths, and the thinking behind publishing the results in full is to give fans’ voices as much exposure as possible. Some of the findings are surprising, but they provide a fully-independent insight into the thinking of serious fans of Formula 1 – 36 per cent of respondents watch every session of a grand prix weekend, and nearly 65 per [...]

Honda identifies Stoner crash cause

July 29th, 2015

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Honda has identified the cause of the crash that left two-time MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner with multiple injuries on his return to racing in the Suzuka 8 Hours. Stoner sustained a broken shoulder blade and fractured tibia in the accident at the Formula 1 venue’s hairpin. He was making his first competitive start since retiring from MotoGP at the end of 2012. The Australian immediately cited a stuck throttle as the cause of the violent crash, and Honda has now narrowed the problem down to the throttle cable. “Checking the throttle, which is a particular specification for Endurance HRC Factory bikes, and different from the standard throttle used on the Honda CBR1000RR road version, a malfunction was discovered related to the throttle cable,” said a Honda statement. “This kind [...]

Hulkenberg: No doubts over car fixes

July 28th, 2015

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Nico Hulkenberg believes his Force India Formula 1 team will get to the bottom of the dramatic front wing failure that caused his Hungarian Grand Prix crash. The German hit the barriers at Turn 1 when his front wing failed at high speed and it was the team’s second big accident of the weekend after Sergio Perez rolled in practice following a suspension failure. Force India believes both failures were caused by big vibrations from riding over the Hungaroring kerbs for too long. Hulkenberg, who was on course to score points, said he was confident the team could solve the problems before the next race at Spa at the end of August. “It’s two different issues we had over the weekend and it’s not good,” he said. “I’m sure the [...]

Sainz questions strategy calls

July 28th, 2015

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Carlos Sainz Jr has questioned Toro Rosso’s decision-making after being left perplexed by the strategy calls made during the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix. Sainz feels he was overlooked during the race when he asked to pit, after a race where his team-mate Max Verstappen went on to finish fourth. “I am a bit disappointed with the way we planned the pitstops,” Sainz told AUTOSPORT. “I had a good start, but got stuck behind a Williams. “When I tried to overtake him I asked to go for the undercut, but they didn’t give it to me. “I don’t know why, but they gave it to Max who was behind me. “McLaren did the same with Fernando [Alonso], even though I was also in front of him. “Then for the last [...]

Zanardi wants to race in Indy 500

July 28th, 2015

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Alex Zanardi has revealed an ambition to compete in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time. The two-time CART champion, who lost his legs in an accident at the Lausitzring in 2001, said that racing at Indy remained one of his unfulfilled ambitions as a driver. “I’m not going to be an unsatisfied old man if it doesn’t happen, but I would love to do the Indy 500 if the right opportunity came up,” said the 48-year-old. Zanardi missed out on the chance to compete at Indianapolis when he was racing in US single-seaters courtesy of the split between CART and IndyCar. He explained that he had talked about racing at Indy with his friend and former team-mate Jimmy Vasser, boss of the KV Racing Technology IndyCar squad. “I’ve kind [...]

Emotional break well-timed – Manor

July 28th, 2015

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Manor sporting director Graeme Lowdon feels the forthcoming Formula 1 summer break has come at the right time for the team in the wake of Jules Bianchi’s death. Bianchi’s funeral last week was followed by a sombre Hungarian Grand Prix weekend, highlighted by a minute’s silence in the Frenchman’s honour shortly prior to the race start. The 20 F1 drivers formed a circle – that included the Bianchi family and Manor team principal John Booth – before putting their arms around one another. With the race finally out of the way, and with Manor poised for its enforced two-week break from next Monday, Lowdon told AUTOSPORT: “It was such a difficult weekend. “It’s been a time to think. It’s too easy to focus on what everybody has lost, so what [...]

Rockenfeller calls for softer tyre

July 28th, 2015

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Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller has called on the DTM to look towards a softer control tyre for 2016. The series introduced an option tyre in 2013, but scrapped the initiative amid an overhaul of its race formats this year, leaving Hankook’s standard control compound. With tyres proving more than durable enough to last Saturday’s 40-­minute sprint races, and not influencing strategy in Sunday’s hour-­long races, 2013 champion Rockenfeller feels a softer prime tyre would enhance the product. The DTM’s bold revamp is working “In general, the tyre needs to be a tyre where there’s degradation,” he said. “As soon as you have degradation naturally coming, you have to do a pitstop or whatever, where you can make a difference. “Let’s say I have a good race set­up and my tyre [...]

Ferrari focus on car, not 2016 line-up

July 28th, 2015

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Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says his team’s main focus is on improving its car and fighting Mercedes rather than deciding on Kimi Raikkonen’s Formula 1 future. Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari its second victory of the season in Hungary, with the team on course for its first one-two since the 2010 German Grand Prix until Raikkonen retired with an MGU-K problem. It was Raikkonen’s third retirement of the year and came at a time when his future is the subject of intense speculation as Ferrari has yet to decide whether to take up an option on his services for 2016. “Our goal now is to focus on the car,” said Arrivabene. “We have time to talk about drivers [later]. Hungarian GP: Ferrari resurgence or a gift from Mercedes? “I thought [...]

Hamilton expects unpredictable starts

July 28th, 2015

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Lewis Hamilton feels Formula 1′s new start procedure will make getting away off the line even more “unpredictable”, following Mercedes’ recent poor getaways in grands prix. For the Belgian Grand Prix following F1′s summer break, starts revert back into a driver’s hands, with the pitwall no longer involved when it comes to the necessary clutch settings. That could put more pressure on Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg who have been beaten off the line at the last two grands prix at Silverstone and Hungaroring despite front-row lock-outs. For the British Grand Prix Williams duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas swept by, while in Hungary it was Ferrari pair Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. That resulted in Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff describing what has unfolded as “unacceptable”. Reigning champion [...]

IndyCar introduces new rain tyre

July 27th, 2015

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IndyCar will introduce a new wet-weather tyre from this weekend’s Mid-Ohio round, following development work from series supplier Firestone. The new tyres are the result of a year-long process to improve on the previous generation of wets introduced 12 months ago. Several experimental tyre compounds were evaluated and put through testing at Bridgestone’s proving grounds in Texas, with IndyCar teams helping by supplying data on loads and speeds usually experienced during wet running on road and street courses. “We optimised the tyre to better fit wet conditions,” said Dale Harrigle, chief engineer for Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and manager of race tyre development. “The key feature of this new rain tyre is it’s a new tread compound. “It will be a learning process for teams and drivers. The biggest challenge for [...]

Ricciardo close to next engine penalty

July 27th, 2015

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Daniel Ricciardo stands on the brink of being hit with his second engine penalty of the season once Formula 1 resumes after its summer break. Ricciardo collected his first grid penalty in Austria for exceeding the permitted allocation of four engines per season given the problems encountered with the Renault power unit this year. He then suffered a spectacular engine failure during free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, and with power circuits Spa and Monza up next, Red Bull is anticipating another issue of some sort to occur soon. “I think we’re going to have to take another engine, particularly Ricciardo,” said Red Bull team boss Christian Horner. “Engine five is all he’s got for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays now so inevitably, probably in the next couple of races, [...]