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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributin 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.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Raymond Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Latvala leads Rally Finland

July 31st, 2014

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Jari-Matti Latvala narrowly leads his home World Rally Championship round from Volkswagen team-mate Sebastien Ogier following the first afternoon of Rally Finland. Latvala won Thursday afternoon’s wet first two stages, shared the SS3 stage win with Ogier as they set identical times and then lost eight tenths of a second to his rival when he had a brush with a hay bale on the city-based Harju stage that finished the day. That left Latvala 4.5s ahead of Ogier going into Friday’s nine-stage itinerary. Citroen’s Kris Meeke is the only man able to keep VW’s lead duo in sight so far, completing the evening just 4s behind Ogier after a very encouraging start to the first of the three rallies that will determine whether he gets a 2015 deal (http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/115214). Juho [...]

Toyota Japan starts new WRC project

July 31st, 2014

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Toyota’s potential return to the World Rally Championship has taken a further step forward with the news that a GT86 WRC has been built. The car has been built by Tommi Makinen Racing in Finland with the blessing of Akio Toyoda, the president and CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation. The car is believed to be running at a private test in Finland today – with more news expected on Friday. Toyoda is present in Jyvaskyla this week to meet with Makinen and WRC officials. The GT86, which is being described as a test mule, has nothing in common with the Yaris WRC that has been produced by Toyota Motorsport GmbH in Cologne. It is also independent of the GT86 CS-R3 revealed by TMG this week – and will run at [...]

Latvala tops Finland shakedown

July 31st, 2014

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Volkswagen driver Jari-Matti Latvala won Thursday morning’s Rally Finland shakedown stage and is now focused on re-establishing home domination of the event. Rally Finland has traditionally been one of the toughest events for non-Finns to win, but it is now four years since the locals celebrated Latvala’s 2010 victory. Sebastiens Loeb and Ogier have locked out the top step of the podium in Jyvaskyla for the last three rallies. “I’m happy with shakedown,” Latvala told AUTOSPORT. “And I was very happy with the test, everything is feeling good right now. “I’m really, really happy with the car. I feel confident. “We need a Finn to win this rally. We need to keep the passion up for this rally. If we don’t have a Finnish driver winning the rally then the [...]

Formula Renault UK to return in 2015

July 31st, 2014

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Formula Renault UK will be revived next season after a three-year hiatus, AUTOSPORT can reveal. The current Tatuus-designed FR2.0/13, used in Renault’s flagship Eurocup and also the Northern European Cup and ALPS categories, will form a two-tier championship alongside the pre-existing two-litre machines used in the club-level Formula Renault BARC series. FR UK was axed before the start of the 2012 season due to a lack of interest, though FR BARC continued with the Tatuus chassis first introduced in 2000. It experienced a surge in entries after the main championship’s demise but grids have fallen in the two subsequent seasons and next year will be absorbed into the reintroduced UK championship as a secondary class. AUTOSPORT understands teams provisionally agreed to the promoter’s proposal, which will bring the current-spec Formula [...]

Formula E postpones Malaysian round

July 30th, 2014

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The second round of the inaugural Formula E season has been postponed by five weeks, with the race in Putrajaya in Malaysia now taking place on November 22. The Malaysian city venue had been due to host its event on October 18, but it has since been delayed after a request from the office of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak. Due to other commitments, he will be unable to attend the race on its original date and has asked for it to be rescheduled for a more convenient time. Formula E boss Alejandro Agag confirmed the deferment, saying: “The Prime Minister has been fundamental to the Formula E Championship racing in Malaysia and, following lengthy consultation with the FIA and local motorsport federation, Formula E has decided to [...]

Next rallies vital for Citroen drivers

July 30th, 2014

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Citroen drivers Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg will have the next three rounds of the World Rally Championship to stake their claim on a DS3 WRC for next season. Citroen team principal Yves Matton says he will not make a decision on who will be in his team before the end of Rally Australia in September. Matton told AUTOSPORT: “The plan for the first part of the year was always for Kris and Mads to learn the car and gain their experience and when we start the second half of the year, they need to start to try gain some results. “I need to give them at least three rallies before I think about next year. They will have Finland, Germany and Australia and then I will see.” Meeke has [...]

Isachsen joins World RX for Canada

July 30th, 2014

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Three-time European Rallycross champion Sverre Isachsen will race at the seventh round of the World Rallycross Championship in Trois-Rivieres in Canada next week. The Norwegian will drive the Subaru Rally Team USA Impreza that he uses in the American-based Global Rallycross Championship, where he finished second last time out at Charlotte to Gymkhana star Ken Block, who is also making selected appearances in the world series this season. Isachsen was the last driver to beat reigning European rallycross champion Timur Timerzyanov to a crown, winning his three consecutive titles at the wheel of a Ford Focus from 2009-11, before moving to compete in America. “I’m very excited for Canada and to compete again against some of the same teams and under the same race format from my years in Europe,” [...]

BMR to run four VW Passats in BTCC

July 29th, 2014

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British Touring Car squad BMR will run four Volkswagen Passats for the rest of the season. Warren Scott’s outfit ran Passats for Alain Menu and Aron Smith and a brace of Vauxhall Insignias for Jack Goff and Scott in the first half of the season. Smith took the squad’s first win at Oulton Park and from this weekend’s round at Snetterton Goff and Scott will switch to Passats. “It was always part of the plan but we weren’t absolutely sure we’d be ready by mid-season,” said Scott. “Thankfully all the effort has paid off and we’re delighted to be able to start the second half of the season at full strength. “It’s an exciting time for us. This is all part of the overall development and progression of Team BMR [...]

NASCAR investigates Hamlin’s car

July 28th, 2014

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NASCAR has confiscated parts from the Joe Gibbs Toyota that carried Denny Hamlin to third in last weekend’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis to investigate a possible technical breach. Series spokesperson Kerry Tharp told NASCAR.com that there were “possible issues with several rear firewall block-off plates” on Hamlin’s Camry. The plates are designed to serve as a driver protection device by shielding them from fluids or fumes, however if they become detached during the race they can potentially increase downforce by influencing the airflow from inside the car. Rule 20-3.4.5 of the NASCAR regulations states: “Block-off plates/covers used in rear firewalls in place of blowers, oil coolers, etc, must be constructed of 22 gage (0.031 inch thick) magnetic sheet steel. Block-off plates/covers must be installed with positive fasteners and sealed to [...]

Plato insists title bid not over

July 28th, 2014

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British Touring Car Championship frontrunner Jason Plato believes he can still win the 2014 title despite currently lying 49 points behind leader Colin Turkington. The Triple Eight MG driver had a mixed first half of the season and currently lies fourth in the standings. “It’s pretty simple; we have to be absolutely bang-on from here on in,” said Plato, who has traditionally been strong after the summer break, which ends this weekend with the Snetterton round. “We must be challenging for pole position, taking wins and scoring maximum points. If we do that, then we’re in with a shout. “This championship is nowhere near over yet, we’ve got plenty of races left to play with. “While Colin is a bit up the road, all it takes is one bad weekend, [...]

Ratel proposes new GT3 World Cup

July 28th, 2014

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A ‘World Cup’ for GT3 cars organised along national lines has been put forward by Stephane Ratel. Ratel, boss of the Blancpain Endurance and Sprint Series and architect of the GT3 cartegory, has made the proposal to the FIA in reaction to an idea from the governing body for a World Cup announced late last year. It floated plans for an FIA label that could be taken by national championships and then these series would come together for an end-of-season event. No series have taken up the proposal, so Ratel has come up with his own idea to create a one-off GT3 spectacular at the end of each season. “It is not about taking the best cars from particular series, but getting as many brands on the grid, with each [...]

Penalties hand Marciello a point

July 28th, 2014

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Ferrari Formula 1 junior Raffaele Marciello has been elevated into the points in the second Hungaroring GP2 race after eighth-placed Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was among those given post-event penalties. Rapax driver Quaife-Hobbs was judged to have been at fault in a last-lap collision that ended Caterham driver Tom Dillmann’s race. A 20-second penalty for Quaife-Hobbs drops him from eighth to 12th in the results and brings Marciello up to score the final point. The post-race elevation ends an up-and-down weekend for reigning European Formula 3 champion Marciello in which he was on course for feature race victory only to get penalties for speeding in the pitlane and passing Stoffel Vandoorne behind the safety car. That prompted public criticism of “two unacceptable driver’s mistakes” on Twitter from his Ferrari Driver Academy chiefs, [...]

Palmer calls Nasr’s driving dangerous

July 28th, 2014

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GP2 championship leader Jolyon Palmer has called title rival Felipe Nasr’s driving “dangerous” following their clash during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. Nasr said he was “disappointed” with Palmer’s driving after the sprint race, where for the second day running the championship contenders had a fraught battle for position. Palmer accused the Brazilian of “crying” about the incident during the podium ceremony, and he said the stewards were right not to take any action over the race two incident. “It does not surprise me at all that it’s been cleared by the stewards because it’s completely normal racing,” said Palmer, who was Nasr’s team-mate at Carlin in 2013. “I went on the inside and in the braking zone he moved across a lot. I’ve not touched anyone in racing all [...]

Gordon takes fifth Brickyard victory

July 27th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon took an emphatic victory in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, grabbing the advantage at the final restart to cement his place atop the NASCAR Sprint Cup points standings. The Hendrick Motorsports driver led initially before falling back at the first round of stops, gradually working his way back up the order before passing team-mate Kasey Kahne with 17 laps to go en route to a second victory of the season and his fifth at the Brickyard. “I don’t think there’s a greater feeling for a race car driver than to be here in Victory Lane in Indianapolis,” said Gordon. “I’m not usually good at restarts, but I made the restart of my life today when it mattered most.” Gordon passed polesitter Kevin Harvick to take the lead on [...]

Injured Mahy brought out of coma

July 27th, 2014

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British amateur driver Marcus Mahy is conscious in the wake of the accident that caused the Spa 24 Hours to be red-flagged shortly before one-third distance. The Kessel Ferrari driver has been woken from a medically-induced coma, is reacting to stimulation and can move all of his limbs. The 53-year-old will remain in the CHU hospital in Liege for an undisclosed period and is expected to undergo surgery on his neck in the coming days. Mahy was airlifted to hospital after an incident on the exit of Stavelot Corner involving the Rinaldi Ferrari driven by Vadim Kogay. The race had to be halted for the medical helicopter to land on the track.

Vandoorne takes second GP2 victory

July 27th, 2014

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McLaren Formula 1 junior Stoffel Vandoorne scored his second GP2 victory of the season for ART Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on Sunday morning. From second on the grid, Vandoorne outdragged reversed-grid polesitter Nathanael Berthon into Turn 1, and was followed through by Felipe Nasr from P3. From fifth on the grid, points leader Jolyon Palmer made a poor getaway but rescued fifth place by passing yesterday’s winner Arthur Pic at Turn 2 on the opening lap. He then passed Daniel Abt for fourth at Turn 1 on lap two, and then Berthon for third at Turn 2 on lap five. Palmer chased down Nasr and the two title protagonists, who battled mightily on Saturday, duelled once again. Palmer pulled a similarly-robust move on Nasr at Turn 1 on lap [...]

#1 WRT Audi leads Spa after 18 hours

July 27th, 2014

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Audi led the Spa 24 Hours at three-quarters distance with the WRT R8 LMS ultra shared by Rene Rast, Markus Winkelhock and Laurens Vanthoor. Winkelhock held a 49-second advantage over the Marc VDS BMW Z4 in the hands of Lucas Luhr when the double-points round of the Blancpain Endurance Series hit the 18-hour mark. The Audi and the BMW, which Luhr shares with Dirk Werner and Markus Palttala, have been swapping positions with pitstops after getting out of sequence early in the race. Third place was held by the WRT Audi driven by three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winners Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler, which was a further 29s behind. The leading Audi has stopped for a brake change on two occasions, while the #2 R8 and the [...]

Niederhauser wins second GP3 race

July 27th, 2014

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Patric Niederhauser scored his first GP3 victory since 2012 at the Hungaroring on Sunday morning, the Swiss driver grabbing the lead at the start and then dominating from there. Niederhauser rocketed off P3 on the grid to pass poleman Dino Zamparelli of ART, who made a slow getaway, and his Arden team-mate Jann Mardenborough. Zamparelli remained within a second for the opening three laps but then fell away from Niederhauser, who cruised to a 1.5s win, his first with the Arden team that ran the last two series champions. Mardenborough clung to third despite late-race pressure from series leader Alex Lynn, who passed the third Arden car of Robert Visoiu on the opening lap for fourth. Behind Visoiu, yesterday’s winner Richie Stanaway passed Emil Bernstorff and Dean Stoneman to finish [...]

Spa 24 Hours red-flagged after crash

July 26th, 2014

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The Spa 24 Hours was red-flagged shortly before one-quarter distance with the #3 WRT Audi leading the race in the hands of Christopher Mies. The double-points round of the Blancpain Endurance Series had been running for four laps behind the safety car, the fifth of the race, after a major accident involving two Ferrari 458 Italias. The #111 Kessel car driven by Marcus Mahy and the #333 Rinaldi entry with Vadim Kogay at the wheel came together on the exit of Stavelot. The race was stopped because the air ambulance was called to transport British driver Mahy to hospital. The race organiser has issued no other statement on the driver’s condition The #1 WRT Audi R8 LMS ultra was leading the race with pole winner Laurens Vanthoor driving when the [...]

Harvick dominates Indy qualifying

July 26th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick dominated qualifying for the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis, taking his fourth NASCAR Sprint Cup pole position of the 2014 season. The Stewart-Haas Chevrolet driver topped the timesheets in all three sections of qualifying, establishing an early benchmark of 47.753 seconds in the final segment that would stand for the duration. The only other man able to break the 48s barrier was current points leader Jeff Gordon, who will start alongside Harvick on an all-Chevrolet front row after denying Brad Keselowski, winner of the previous round at New Hampshire, in the closing stages of the session. Last year’s Indianapolis winner Ryan Newman lines up in fourth place, ahead of top Toyota driver Brian Vickers, then Harvick’s team-mates Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch. Juan Pablo Montoya qualified eighth for only [...]