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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.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
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    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, 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 his aunt!

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • 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.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • 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.

Lancaster to make Le Mans debut

April 23rd, 2014

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GP2 driver Jon Lancaster will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut with the Swiss Race Performance LMP2 team in June. The 25-year-old Briton will share the Race Performance ORECA-Judd/BMW 03 with team owner Michel Frey and prototype regular Franck Mailleux, who finished second in last weekend’s European Le Mans Series opener at Silverstone. Lancaster, who finished third on his P2 debut with the Greaves Zytek team at last year’s World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain, told AUTOSPORT: “Michel wants a good result at Le Mans and knows that I’ll do a good job and won’t crash. “With the driver line-up we have, I think we have got to be in with a chance if we don’t have any major dramas. “This will be good for my CV and could [...]

Ekstrom World RX team to field Audi S1

April 23rd, 2014

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Newly-formed World Rallycross Championship team EKS, founded by double DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom, will run a pair of Audi S1 Supercars at select rounds of the series this season. The Swedish squad will build the new machines from scratch at their base in Stockholm for Ekstrom and reigning JWRC champion Pontus Tidemand. “This year our plans are to complete as much research and development of the car as we can for the future,” said Ekstrom. “Our goal is to build the best car. I grew up the in rallycross paddock because of my father, and I’m very excited about driving a Supercar this year, and to witness the sport growing into a world championship.” He raced alongside Tidemand in the Swedish round of the RallycrossRX series last season. Ekstrom drove [...]

Ekstrom World RX team to field Audi S1

April 23rd, 2014

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Newly-formed World Rallycross Championship team EKS, founded by double DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom, will run a pair of Audi S1 Supercars at select rounds of the series this season. The Swedish squad will build the new machines from scratch at their base in Stockholm for Ekstrom and reigning JWRC champion Pontus Tidemand. “This year our plans are to complete as much research and development of the car as we can for the future,” said Ekstrom. “Our goal is to build the best car. I grew up the in rallycross paddock because of my father, and I’m very excited about driving a Supercar this year, and to witness the sport growing into a world championship.” He raced alongside Tidemand in the Swedish round of the RallycrossRX series last season. Ekstrom drove [...]

Castroneves on probation for tweet

April 23rd, 2014

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Helio Castroneves has been placed on probation until the end of June for violating IndyCar’s social media policy. The Penske driver will remain under a warning until June 30 following a tweet issued from his Twitter account immediately after the race at Long Beach two weeks ago. The message read: ‘IndyCar officials continuing not punishing some drivers and giving green flag during accident’, and was accompanied by an image of an IndyCar logo with a red thumbs down icon superimposed over the top. Castroneves deleted the tweet within minutes of its appearance and issued a swift apology, claiming that it had been authored by his sister Kati without his knowledge. “I apologise for the earlier tweet degrading IndyCar series which I did not write or agree with,” he wrote. “Unfortunately [...]

Stanaway secures Status GP3 seat

April 22nd, 2014

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Ex-Lotus Formula 1 junior Richie Stanaway will return to full-time single-seater racing this year with Status Grand Prix in GP3. The 22-year-old, who has not raced a single-seater since suffering back injuries in a Formula Renault 3.5 crash in 2012, has tested for the team in recent weeks, and completes its 2014 line-up alongside Nick Yelloly and Alfonso Celis Jr. “For my single-seater career, I always hoped my injury was a bump in the road, not the end of the road,” said Stanaway, who has raced in the Porsche Supercup and World Endurance Championship since returning to racing. “I am extremely grateful to have another opportunity on the single-seater ladder, and the GP3 series is an ideal place for me to have that.” Team boss Teddy Yip Jr added: “Richie [...]

AUTOSPORT involved in ‘Grid’ game

April 22nd, 2014

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AUTOSPORT has been involved in the development of a motorsport game for the first time in its history, working with Codemasters Racing on its new title ‘Grid Autosport’. The game, which is released on June 24 in the USA and June 27 in Europe, has been created with the intention of taking the ‘Grid’ series back towards the classic ‘TOCA Touring Cars’ racing games. When the BTCC was king of the racing games The game will feature several areas of motorsport, ranging from touring cars to endurance racing, single-seaters, street racing and drift events. Journalists from AUTOSPORT have been involved in the development of the handling model for the cars, with the emphasis being on creating a title that will appeal to racing fans as well as gamers. “The design [...]

Giorgio Pianta 1935-2014

April 22nd, 2014

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Giorgio Pianta, who had a long and varied career as a test driver, motorsport manager and racer, has died at the age of 78. The Italian is perhaps best remembered as test driver, his role when he joined the Fiat Group’s Abarth competitions department in the mid-1970s. He helped develop the Fiat 131 Abarth with which Walter Rohrl took the 1980 World Rally Championship drivers’ title and Fiat the manufacturers’ crown Pianta’s abilities meant he was quickly promoted within the Abarth organisation and he took on more management responsibilities on the Lancia Rallye 037 and Delta S4 Group B progammes. That led on to him being put in charge of racing activities at Alfa Romeo after it was incorporated into Fiat in 1986. Former Lancia motorsport boss Cesare Fiorio told [...]

Audi in battle to be ready for Spa

April 22nd, 2014

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Audi is facing a race against time to ready its fleet of R18 e-tron quattros for the next round of the World Endurance Championship at Spa on May 3. The two R18s entered in last weekend’s opening round of the WEC at Silverstone both sustained chassis damage in the accidents that put them out of the race. Audi is also having to ready the additional car it will run in Belgium, to be driven by Oliver Jarvis, Marco Bonanomi and Filipe Albuquerque, in preparation for its three-car assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. Audi Sport boss Wolfgang Ullrich said: “Both tubs are damaged to the extent that they will have to be sent away to be repaired and it is unlikely that we will get them back [...]

Crutchlow forced to miss Argentina

April 22nd, 2014

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Ducati MotoGP rider Cal Crutchlow will miss this weekend’s race in Argentina after it emerged that the injuries he sustained at Austin were worse than originally thought. The Briton was diagnosed with a dislocated little finger after crashing during the Grand Prix of the Americas, but further medical checks revealed that the finger was also fractured, requiring surgery. Crutchlow had been expected to be fit to ride in Argentina, but the pain in his hand means he cannot use the front brake properly so he will be replaced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro. “I’m very sad to let the team down like this because I was really looking forward to racing in Argentina,” said Crutchlow. “Unfortunately I’m still feeling too much pain in my right hand, my knuckles are [...]

Webber: podium a "massive step"

April 21st, 2014

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Mark Webber has heralded Porsche’s podium in the Silverstone World Endurance Championship opener at the weekend as “massive step” for the German manufacturer on its return to top-flight sportscar racing. The nine-time grand prix winner finished third with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley behind the two Toyota TS040 HYBRIDs, after what he described as an “astronomical” effort from the Porsche team. “It is a great day for sportscar racing to have Porsche back on the podium and it is a massive step for us,” he said. “It is a nice surprise for us to be as competitive as we were. It’s been a brilliant day — and we are going to work hard for the next race [Spa on May 3]. “I’m happy to have played a small role in [...]

NBE a ‘match’ for engine rivals

April 21st, 2014

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The new Formula 3 engine from British tuner Neil Brown Engineering is a serious rival to Mercedes and Volkswagen, according to NBE’s Gavin Harrison. Only British team T-Sport is running the engine this season, with drivers Spike Goddard and Alexander Toril. Australian Goddard qualified 11th for the first race of the F3 European Championship at Silverstone, his best grid position since entering the series full-time at the beginning of 2013. He finished 14th, passing several cars after pitting for a new front wing following an early incident, and set the seventh fastest lap of the race. Spaniard Toril, making his debut in the series, set the eighth fastest lap in the third race, with Goddard ninth fastest, yet consistently among the quickest four in the last half of the race. [...]

Belgian star Coox eyes World RX

April 21st, 2014

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Double Belgian rallycross champion Jochen Coox will race at the AUTOSPORT World RX of Great Britain in May with a view to adding further World Rallycross Championship events. Coox could expand his programme if things go well at the Lydden Hill event next month. “We will race at Lydden to measure ourselves against the top World RX drivers and try to make the final,” said Coox. “But, with more than 30 of the best Supercars in the world at Lydden, that’s going to be hell of a job.” Volkswagen Scirocco racer Coox wants to assess his performance against competitors contesting the European Rallycross Championship, which runs over five rounds of the world series, starting at Lydden. “We will see where we are against drivers like Lukas Walfridson, Tommy Rustad, Tord [...]

Shedden wins in last-corner tussle

April 20th, 2014

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Gordon Shedden gave the Honda Civic Tourer its first British Touring Car Championship victory with a last corner effort in the Donington Park finale. Shedden was only sixth in the early stages, while Colin Turkington’s WSR BMW led comfortably from pole, even after a safety car period. But after a superb fight with team-mate Matt Neal and the Motorbase Ford Focus of Mat Jackson, Shedden closed on the second-placed MG6 of Jason Plato. The MGs started to struggle on the soft Dunlop tyre that all the runners were on for race three and Shedden dived by Plato into the chicane around two-thirds distance. At that stage, Turkington’s lead was five seconds and victory looked certain. But the BMW’s tyres started to go off and Shedden closed in. He arrived on [...]

Toyota starts 2014 WEC with one-two

April 20th, 2014

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Toyota claimed first blood in the new era of the World Endurance Championship with a dominant one-two finish at Silverstone. Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Nicolas Lapierre took victory by a clear lap over the sister TS040 HYBRID shared by Alex Wurz, Kazuki Nakajima and Stephane Sarrazin at the end of a race that was red-flagged just under 30 minutes before its scheduled finish courtesy of heavy rain. The #8 car triumphed courtesy of the decision to put it on intermediate tyres when light rain started to fall late in the opening hour of the six-hour event. The #7, which had been ahead of its sister car when they pitted, was sent out on full wets, which proved to be the wrong decision. Buemi said: “We are so delighted to [...]

Lopez flies from last to take win

April 20th, 2014

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Citroen’s Jose Maria Lopez produced a fearless, attacking drive from last on the grid to take a sensational second victory of the World Touring Car Championship season at Paul Ricard. The triple TC2000 champion was relegated to the back of the grid when a valve controlling an automatic fuel shut-off safety system was found to be non-functioning after qualifying. The Argentinean had already fought past Citroen team-mate and 10th-placed starter Yvan Muller by the end of the first lap to run seventh. Muller stayed in close pursuit of Lopez to finish second, 1.886 seconds adrift at the chequered flag. “I didn’t expect this,” said Lopez. “Obviously that makes it more satisfying than when you win from pole.” Watch Ricard highlights videos on the AUTOSPORT WTCC page Early leader Tiago Monteiro [...]

Giovesi gets first Auto GP victory

April 20th, 2014

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Kevin Giovesi finally converted his qualifying pace into an Auto GP victory in race two at Paul Ricard. The sometime GP2 racer’s success is also the first win for series newcomer Eurotech Engineering, set up by former Durango GP2 boss Ivone Pinton. In a wet but drying race, Giovesi held off charging race one winner Tamas Pal Kiss by just 0.9 seconds at the chequered flag. But having built up a nine-second cushion at mid-distance, Giovesi was in a position to manage his pace deficit to Kiss over the closing laps. “We have been very fast over one lap, as everyone can see by our pole positions,” said Giovesi, who won twice on the road last year only to lose the victories to penalties each time, and who had topped [...]

Tordoff beats Plato in race two

April 20th, 2014

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Sam Tordoff beat MG team-mate Jason Plato to win a dramatic wet second British Touring Car Championship race at Donington Park. Tordoff, with 36kg of success ballast compared to Plato’s 45kg, made a good start and was able to slot ahead into Redgate. In an action-packed race, there was little chance for anyone to challenge Tordoff in the early stages due to a number of incidents. James Cole’s United Autosports Toyota Avensis and Alain Menu’s BMR VW Passat both went off on lap one, Menu being narrowly missed by the midfield as he spun back across the pack. At the restart, Rob Collard – who had risen to third thanks to a fine start – spun off down the Craners, and a multi-car crash at Redgate put Rob Holland and [...]

Vanthoor and Ramos win in Blancpain

April 20th, 2014

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WRT Audi duo Laurens Vanthoor and Cesar Ramos dominated the Blancpain Sprint Series qualifying race at Nogaro in rainy conditions. Vanthoor started the car and capitalised on a mistake by polesitter Jeroen Bleekemolen in the Grasser Lamborghini to take the lead. He set about building a 14.3-second lead before handing over to Ramos with 26 minutes remaining. The Brazilian cruised home with a 17.677s advantage at the end of the race. The fight for second was decided with 16 minutes to go, when Enzo Ide in the second WRT Audi made an ill-judged move on Hari Proczyk, sending him into the gravel trap. Proczyk had taken over the Grasser Motorsport Lamborghini from Bleekemolen, but a poor pitstop destroyed any lead built up by the Dutchman over Ide’s team-mate Rene Rast [...]

Muller wins as Loeb charges to second

April 20th, 2014

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Yvan Muller scored his first World Touring Car Championship victory for Citroen at a damp Paul Ricard. Reigning WTCC champion Muller inherited pole position following the demotion of provisional pole-winner Sebastien Loeb and second-fastest qualifier Jose Maria Lopez due to problems with their automatic fuel cut-off systems in post-qualifying technical checks. Loeb and Lopez’s misfortune was offset by the Citroen’s performance advantage. Cheered on by a partisan home crowd, Loeb recovered to second position at the chequered flag, some 12.7 seconds behind Muller. Lopez lost time in a minor off-track moment at Turn 1 on the opening lap, plus door-banging antics with Tiago Monteiro, and was further delayed behind a stubborn Lada Granta driven by an inspired Rob Huff. The Argentinean would have to settle for fourth behind the factory [...]

Gommendy leads TDS to ELMS win

April 19th, 2014

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Tristan Gommendy came from behind to seal victory in the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone with TDS Racing team-mates Pierre Thiriet and Ludovic Badey. The four-hour race turned into a 20-minute sprint when the safety car was deployed in the final hour. Michel Frey led in the Race Performance ORECA-Judd/BMW 03, but quickly came under pressure from Gommendy in the TDS Morgan-Nissan LMP2. Gommendy struggled to find a way past Frey, who was paired with Franck Mailleux, and then came under pressure from Gary Hirsch in the Morand Racing Morgan-Judd/BMW. That appeared to give Frey breathing space, but Gommendy made better work of the traffic entering the Maggotts/Becketts complex with four laps to go to sneak past into the lead. Gommendy said: “We knew Frey [...]