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April 2015

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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.

ESM shakes down new Ligier LMP2s

April 27th, 2015

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The Extreme Speed Motorsports squad gave its pair of Ligier coupes a shakedown today ahead of their race debuts in this weekend’s round of the World Endurance Championship at Spa. US squad ESM, which ordered the cars after abandoning the new-for-2015 HPD ARX-04b in early March, ran the HPD/Honda-powered JSP2s at Magny-Cours on Monday. All six of the team’s drivers took to the wheel in a test held in cold and rainy conditions. Team boss and driver Scott Sharp said: “The entire team is impressed with the build and finish on the Ligier. “All the drivers remarked how confidence-building, even in the wet, the car was – it’s a very refined and balanced piece.” The two Ligiers replace the HPD ARX-03c open-top LMP2s to which ESM reverted for the Tudor [...]

Macau plan for BTCC racers dropped

April 27th, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship machinery will not compete in the 2015 Macau Grand Prix’s tin-top support race. The event’s organising body, the Macau Grand Prix Committee, approached TOCA earlier this year about the possibility of BTCC teams running the series’ NGTC-specification cars in the Guia race and offered to cover transport costs. It then announced last week the race would be open to two-litre turbocharged touring cars, such as those that compete in the BTCC. However, AUTOSPORT understands the proximity of the BTCC finale – which takes place at Brands Hatch on October 10-11 – to the November 21-22 event means it would not be possible to sea freight the cars. Transporting them by air would have been too expensive and the idea has been dropped. A medley of cars [...]

Meeke hadn’t even expected podium

April 27th, 2015

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Rally Argentina winner Kris Meeke says he never expected to even get near the podium on the South American event, having pledged to be cautious following recent accidents. Meeke knew his career was on the line after crashing on all three previous World Rally Championship rounds this season, and that he had to get his Citroen to the finish in Villa Carlos Paz last weekend. “All I wanted was points,” he told AUTOSPORT. “I was thinking of fifth or sixth something like that – just keep out of trouble and bring her to the finish. “Winning was not something I’d even considered! “I haven’t been able to get to the finish line [previously in 2015] and for the manufacturers’ [championship] it is so important to get to the end and [...]

Revised suspension and brakes for FE

April 27th, 2015

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Formula E chassis manufacturer Spark Racing Technology will make changes to the car’s suspension and braking systems for the electric single-seater series’ second season. The French firm, which supplies identical cars to all of the teams in the championship, has been working to identify the main areas it wants to improve for the 2015-16 campaign. Certain circuits – particularly those with chicanes featuring high kerbs – have proved punishing on the SRT_01E’s suspension, leading to failures, while drivers have also complained about the feeling of the carbon brakes. Spark technical director Theophile Gouzin said: “We’re constantly improving the car’s mechanical components in order to meet street circuit requirements. “We already have an idea of which parts need further development such as upgrades to the car’s suspension and braking system. “Recently, [...]

New Ferrari built to suit Raikkonen

April 27th, 2015

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Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene says he asked the Scuderia’s design team to build a 2015 Formula 1 car that would suit Kimi Raikkonen’s driving style. The 35-year-old Finn endured the worst season of his F1 career in 2014 with a solitary fourth place in Belgium his best result. Raikkonen, who was Ferrari’s last world champion back in 2007, struggled with the handling of the Ferrari, which did not suit his style of being heavy on the front tyres and gentle on the rear. How Raikkonen got his mojo back The Finn has been much happier with the feel of this year’s SF15-T and scored his first podium since the 2013 Korean Grand Prix last time out in Bahrain. “I remember it was 10th or 12th December, I was speaking [...]

Williams posts substantial losses

April 27th, 2015

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Williams has reported that its Formula 1 team lost £42.5million last year, as its entire group lost £34.3million. Although the team enjoyed its best season for years in 2014, finishing third in the constructors’ championship, increased costs in F1 and its poor results from ’13 meant its financial performance suffered. However, with increased sponsorship income on the back of that successful 2014 campaign, plus more commercial rights revenue, the team remains upbeat about the future. Mike O’Driscoll, its group chief executive officer, said: “The decision to invest in the team has been more than validated, with a third place finish in the 2014 constructors’ championship, up from ninth in 2013. “Mid-way through 2013 we set out on an ambitious turnaround strategy to reinvigorate the Formula 1 team, create a strong [...]

Newgarden takes dramatic maiden win

April 26th, 2015

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Josef Newgarden survived a late charge from Graham Rahal to take his first career IndyCar win in a thrilling race at Barber. Newgarden had announced himself as an early contender by jumping from his starting position of fifth to third in the first corner. He moved into the lead for the first time by beating Helio Castroneves off pit road after the first round of stops, and later reclaimed the position by doing the same thing to Scott Dixon at the beginning of the final stint. At that point the CFH driver had amassed a comfortable lead, but he and Dixon were also having to carefully watch their fuel and tyres over their final stint. That created an opportunity for Rahal, who had gone off strategy earlier in the race [...]

Mick Schumacher takes first victory

April 26th, 2015

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Mick Schumacher, the son of seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher, claimed his first car racing victory at Oschersleben on Sunday, during the opening round of Germany’s ADAC Formula 4 championship. The karting graduate was ninth and the best of the rookies in race one and 12th in race two. From second on the grid in the final, the 16-year-old passed pole-sitter Thomas Preining on the opening lap and was never headed. The race eventually ended behind the safety car, with Schumacher’s Van Amersfoort Racing team-mate Joseph Mawson second and Preining third. “I’m ecstatic, of course. My first race weekend could not have gone better,” Schumacher said post-race. “We had a good start, because my tyres were still fresh, and it went well from then on, apart from at [...]

Kurt Busch ends wait for victory

April 26th, 2015

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Kurt Busch claimed the first victory of his 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season in commanding fashion at Richmond, leading 291 of the 400 laps. Busch has shown impressive form since returning to competition after missing the first three events due to suspension during an off-track legal case, and headed to Richmond as the driver who had led the most laps in 2015 without taking a win. He changed that in the rain-delayed Richmond race. The 2004 champion started third and was rarely challenged after moving into the lead just before one-quarter distance. During a long green flag run in the middle third, he was caught and passed by Jamie McMurray, before the leaders pitted with about 140 laps remaining. Just laps later, the race went under caution when Brett Moffitt [...]

Pigot completes Barber double

April 26th, 2015

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Spencer Pigot completed a clean sweep of this weekend’s Indy Lights double-header at Barber with another commanding win on Sunday morning. In similar scenes to Saturday’s race, Pigot got out ahead of Jack Harvey early on and spent most of the race managing the gap. He survived a brief scare late on when he made light contact with Ed Jones while attempting to lap the Carlin driver, but survived to take the flag 5.9 seconds clear of Harvey. The result moved the Juncos driver ahead of Jones in the points and into the championship lead. “I got alongside [Jones] but he wasn’t going to let me by and we touched wheels,” Pigot said. “I decided to let him run his race at that point. But I knew I was pulling [...]

Kristoffersson wins Portugal opener

April 26th, 2015

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Swede Johan Kristoffersson began his first full campaign in the World Rallycross Championship with victory at the opening round in Portugal. Fast all weekend, the former circuit racer won the second semi-final to qualify on the front row for the final alongside reigning champion Petter Solberg, before beating the Norwegian star in a frenetic race. Solberg had topped the Intermediate Classification and won the first semi-final. Kristoffersson made a strong start in torrentially wet conditions and dove directly into the joker lap section, while Solberg led Peugeot driver Timmy Hansen on the main circuit. Hansen’s new team-mate Davy Jeanney made a strong start and he too took a lap one joker on the outside of Turn 1, but was passed by former JWRC champion PG Andersson, who had also leapt [...]

Meeke claims maiden WRC victory

April 26th, 2015

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Kris Meeke scored his maiden World Rally Championship victory on Rally Argentina and became the first Brit to win in 13 years, heading Citroen team-mate Mads Ostberg and first-time podium scorer Elfyn Evans. Meeke survived a puncture, spin and restarting his car after an alarm scare to hold an under-the-weather Ostberg at bay by 18.1 seconds, becoming the first British driver to win a WRC event since Colin McRae on the 2002 Safari Rally. “This one is for Colin,” an emotional Meeke said of the Scot, a mentor in his early career, after jumping out of his DS 3. Meeke was helped by the cancellation of SS9 on Saturday evening – because of a crash in which spectators were injured – as it took valuable stage time away from Ostberg’s [...]

Vaxiviere snatches last-lap Aragon win

April 26th, 2015

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Lotus F1 Junior driver Matthieu Vaxiviere completed an audacious overtaking manoeuvre on the penultimate corner of the last lap to score his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 victory at Motorland Aragon. The Frenchman hunted down pole-sitter Nyck de Vries over the closing laps, and waited until the final tour before driving around the outside of the McLaren protege at the Turn 16 hairpin. Having lost the inside line to Vaxiviere for the following right hander, de Vries committed a swerve into his rival on the exit of the corner. The Dutch driver lost momentum after the contact, and conceded a three-and-a-half-second deficit to Vaxiviere at the flag. “It was really hard catching Nyck as the track was drying,” said Matthieu. “I am grateful to the team for giving me such a [...]

De Vries takes Sunday Aragon pole

April 26th, 2015

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McLaren protege Nyck de Vries mastered improving track conditions at Motorland Aragon to take pole position on his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 weekend. The top four were covered by just 0.081 seconds in a thrilling climax to qualifying for Sunday afternoon’s race. Last year’s Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion, de Vries will line-up ahead of Saturday pole-sitter Matthieu Vaxiviere. Saturday winner Oliver Rowland and Jazeman Jaafar make it an all-Fortec second row, while third-year driver Pietro Fantin continued his productive start to the season in fifth. A wet track was declared at the start of qualifying, although rain had ceased. In the preceding Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup session, drivers had commented that, despite the presence of some damp patches, slick tyres were working effectively for their last couple of laps. [...]

WRC spectator in intensive care

April 26th, 2015

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One man remains in intensive care following Saturday’s Rally Argentina crash in which Hayden Paddon’s Hyundai i20 WRC collided with spectators. Six people were taken to hospitals in the Cordoba area – two by helicopter and four by road. A 25-year old man is in under observation in intensive care having suffered multiple fractures. One of the six fans has been discharged, but the remainder are under observation or have received surgery for a variety of broken bones. “The accident happened in a fast right over a crest,” Paddon told AUTOSPORT. “We were flat out over the crest in the morning and the car lifted, but with some more ruts in the road after all the cars had gone through, when we went flat over there this afternoon, the car [...]

Rain delays Richmond NASCAR race

April 25th, 2015

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The Richmond NASCAR Sprint Cup race has been postponed until Sunday afternoon due to poor weather. The event had been scheduled for a Saturday night timeslot, but persistent rain through the afternoon and evening – and a grim forecast for the rest of the night – convinced organisers that getting the race on the planned day would be impossible. A week ago NASCAR persisted for over nine hours to run the full distance of its Bristol round amid rain showers. The lack of breaks in the forecast rain, and cool temperatures that would have hampered track-drying attempts, prevented a similar effort at Richmond. Penske driver Joey Logano will start on pole for the delayed race, now due to commence at 1pm local time on Sunday. Denny Hamlin secured the outside [...]

Castroneves beats rain for Barber pole

April 25th, 2015

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Helio Castroneves will start Sunday’s IndyCar race at Barber Motorsports Park from pole position after heading a Team Penske one-two-three in a weather-affected qualifying session. The entire session was conducted as a race against approaching electrical storms, although in the end there was just 90 seconds of green flag time left for the Fast Six when the weather intervened. Drivers had one minute’s notice that the session would end early, but worsening rain meant left little chance for anyone to depose Castroneves from his second pole in a week. The Brazilian’s 1m07.1925s was just under 0.2 seconds quicker than team-mate Will Power, with Simon Pagenaud a further 0.2s in arrears. “We worked during the break and each session we were improving,” Castroneves said. “The car is really good. It’s so [...]

Pigot dominates for first Lights win

April 25th, 2015

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Spencer Pigot ended Ed Jones’s unbeaten run in Indy Lights with a dominant win in the first of this weekend’s two races at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday. Juncos driver Pigot started from pole and held command all the way, eventually crossing the line almost seven seconds clear of second-placed Jack Harvey. “I made a good jump at the start and I knew Jack wasn’t beside me so I could take a good line into Turn 1,” Pigot said. “It’s a very difficult place to pass anyway, but especially when you’re close to each other in speed. “I knew that first lap would be really important to get out in front and stay in front. “I worked at hitting my marks, using up all the road and not looking in [...]

Meeke rebuilds Argentina advantage

April 25th, 2015

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Kris Meeke re-established his Rally Argentina lead as an accident in which spectators were injured marred Saturday afternoon’s loop. Rally organisers said an undisclosed number of fans were taken to hospital in Cordoba for treatment after being hurt when Hayden Paddon rolled his Hyundai. That accident led to the cancellation of the Capilla del Monte stage and meant the shortened Characato test was the only one to run after midday service. Meeke’s lead had shrunk from over a minute to just 32 seconds over Citroen team-mate Mads Ostberg during a messy morning. But he rebuilt it to 38s on SS10, despite a scare when he had to restart the DS 3 when an alarm came on after a watersplash. Prior to that slight delay, he had been vying with Volkswagen’s [...]

Marquez injures hand in training crash

April 25th, 2015

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MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez has undergone surgery after injuring his left hand in a training crash on Saturday. Marquez had an accident while riding on a dirt track and fractured his little finger. He was operated on by regular MotoGP surgeon Dr Xavier Mir at Barcelona’s Quiron Dexeus University hospital and had a titanium plate fitted. The next MotoGP round is just a week away, as the European season starts with the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez. Dr Mir said: “The patient presented a deformity to the little finger of his left hand and a subsequent x-ray showed a fracture of the proximal phalanx, with displacement. “Therefore, we decided to treat the injury – as we would in the case of any other patient – by fixing a titanium [...]