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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, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Matt A Kingsbury

    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
    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 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

    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 Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower

    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

    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 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.

  • Ray Kingsbury

    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 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 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

    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

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

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

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

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

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

  • Jason Lofing 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.

TC3 announces three GP support races

October 31st, 2014

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The new TC3 International touring car series has announced a provisional calendar incorporating three Formula 1 support races. The championship expects to race alongside the Malaysian, Chinese and Singapore Grands Prix in its first season, with the Sepang event TC3′s inaugural race. TC3 will also visit F1 venues Monza and Sochi for separate events within its 12-round calendar, plus ex-Argentinian GP circuit Buenos Aires. It includes lesser-known tracks Codegua in Chile – which will host TC2000 later this year – and Buriram in Thailand, which was recently used as a Super GT venue. Events at Valencia, Algarve and the Salzburgring complete the confirmed races. Amid suggestions that the World Touring Car Championship could lose its Macau slot, TC3 has also left a November date open following two other Asian events. [...]

Menu: I can still win BTCC titles

October 31st, 2014

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Double British Touring Car champion Alain Menu is confident he is still fast enough to win more titles in the series, and hopes to continue his comeback into 2015. Menu and fellow two-time champion Fabrizio Giovanardi returned to the BTCC this year. Neither won a race, with Menu coming out two places better off in the championship standings in 11th, with two podiums to his name. The 51-year-old Swiss driver believes the progress he and his relatively-young BMR team made during the second half of the season proves it is worth staying on. “There’s a good chance, but if you’d have asked me that in the first half of the season I’d have said no,” Menu told AUTOSPORT when asked about his chances of returning in 2015. “I don’t think [...]

Renault evaluating 18-inch tyres

October 31st, 2014

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Renault and Michelin are evaluating low-profile tyres for a possible switch to 18- and 17-inch wheels for the Formula Renault 3.5 and Formula Renault 2.0 series in 2016. Renault had already said earlier this year it was open to a switch in a near future after Formula 1 trialled an 18-inch Pirelli tyre at Silverstone, as the sport also considered a move to bigger wheels. Michelin and Renault have so far carried out two tests at Valencia and Barcelona with the new wheels. “Given the positive results achieved at these tests, Renault Sport Technologies and Michelin are pleased to announce their intention to pursue this joint-development programme, and further sessions are planned over the months ahead,” said Renault in a statement. The French manufacturer said the early results were positive [...]

Bushell eyes BTCC move after test

October 31st, 2014

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Renault Clio Cup champion Mike Bushell is aiming to graduate to the British Touring Car Championship next season after testing with the Motorbase Ford squad. The 23-year-old clinched the Clio Cup in a dramatic final round at Brands Hatch and tested one of Motorbase’s Ford Focus STs at Snetterton this week as part of a Dunlop Tyres prize initiative. Bushell is now hoping to graduate to the BTCC. “I’m extremely grateful for getting the experience,” he said. “I was surprised at how easy it was to take the life out of the soft tyre in a long run. “That was a very valuable lesson learned for me on the test as I may not get the chance to experience this in winter testing should the BTCC dream become a reality. [...]

Toyota heads Shanghai practice

October 31st, 2014

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Toyota headed both sessions of free practice on the opening day of the Shanghai World Endurance Championship meeting. Sebastien Buemi ended up quickest in the morning session with a 1m49.833s lap in the #8 Toyota TS040 HYBRID before team-mate Anthony Davidson improved on the time in the afternoon. Davidson ended up on a 1m49.134s set before rain started to fall 20 minutes into the session, which was eventually stopped with 17 minutes after the rainfall intensified. The #7 Toyota was second fastest in the two 90-minute sessions, Stephane Sarrazin ending up on 1m50.981s in the morning and Alex Wurz putting in a 1m49.806s in the afternoon. The Toyota drivers maintained their dominance once the rain started, setting times quicker than their rivals from Audi and Porsche. The two Audis R18 [...]

Doran to make World RX return

October 30th, 2014

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British World Rallycross Championship driver and team owner Liam Doran will return to the series for the final round in Argentina next month after his suspension. Doran last raced for his Monster Energy-branded LD team at Mettet in Belgium in July, but was forced onto the sidelines for following events after his racing licence was suspended while an incident that took place at the second round of the championship, the AUTOSPORT World RX of Great Britain, was investigated. In the Lydden incident, Doran went onto the racetrack to attend to father Pat, whose Ford RS200 had caught fire in a Group B demonstration race. “It’s been an incredibly difficult year, and I’m glad that we have now reached a stage where I can be back racing the car, ” said [...]

IndyCar reveals revamped calendar

October 30th, 2014

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Two new venues and a road course season finale are the main features of the 2015 IndyCar Series schedule, released on Thursday, but a mooted Middle East race is absent. As previously reported, the 2015 season will open with the series’ first visit to Autodromo Internacional Nelson Piquet in Brasilia on March 8 before moving to the United States for the first domestic race of the year on the streets of St Petersburg three weeks later. The third date on the calendar is reserved for the other new venue, NOLA, which will host the series in mid-April. The long-rumoured Dubai event, which series officials had earmarked for February, has been left off the schedule. Leading the list of notable date changes for already-established events is the selection of Sonoma to [...]

Stoner tests 2015 Honda MotoGP bike

October 30th, 2014

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Casey Stoner tried both Honda’s 2015 MotoGP bike and the 2016 Michelin tyres as he returned to testing duty at Motegi this week. The 2007 and ’11 MotoGP world champion has made sporadic test appearances for Honda since his shock retirement from competition at the end of 2012. The Motegi run on Wednesday and Thursday was Stoner’s first time on the bike in a year. Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa first tested Honda’s 2015 bike in August, though they decided against requesting its early introduction before the end of this season. Stoner’s main duty at Motegi was continuing work on the new bike. “It took some time to get used to riding the bike again after a year off it,” Stoner admitted. “But everything felt good, I got back into [...]

Hawksworth lands Foyt seat for 2015

October 29th, 2014

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IndyCar rising star Jack Hawksworth will join AJ Foyt Racing for 2015 in a deal that marks the realisation of the team’s long-held ambitions to add a full-time second entry. The Briton, who made his debut this year with Bryan Herta Autosport, will race alongside Takuma Sato in Foyt’s #41 car. “This is a great opportunity for me,” said Hawksworth, who will move to Texas to be close to the team’s base. “Ultimately, I want to win races and I feel that this is the place I can do that. We’ve got everything in place. so we have the potential to build something really special. “That’s what excites me. It’s a growing project and I want to grow with it, be a part of it and be a part of [...]

O’Donovan plans World RX outings

October 29th, 2014

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Ollie O’Donovan, the 2007 British Rallycross champion, will contested selected rounds of the World Rallycross Championship next season. The Irishman returned to the sport this year and raced at the French round of the world series at Loheac, but suffered differential problems throughout the event. “I will definitely do some of the world championship rounds based in Europe next year,” said O’Donovan. “I raced in Loheac this year and that was epic, so I will go back there for sure. I can’t get over how good it was, it was a pity we had diff issues but we made every start and I really want to do it again. “Of course, I can’t not race at the British round of World RX at Lydden next year, and I’ve never been [...]

Baku track revamped for BSS finale

October 29th, 2014

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This weekend’s Blancpain Sprint Series finale in Azerbaijan will be fought out on a revised Baku street circuit. The Baku World Challenge, which has attracted a capacity 30-car entry, will run on a shorter version of the track that hosted the final round of last year’s FIA GT Series. The circuit has been revised in five key locations, resulting in a reduction of length from 2.7 to 2.4 miles: 1) The tight second chicane after the first hairpin has been removed courtesy of construction work in the city. 2) The following right-hander that takes the cars onto the narrow streets of the old city has been tightened to approaching 90 degrees as a result of the higher speeds at which the cars will be arriving. 3) The controversial third chicane, [...]

Award finalists evaluation under way

October 29th, 2014

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The two on-track assessment days for the 26th McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award took place at Silverstone earlier this week. Formula Renault Eurocup frontrunner Alexander Albon, FR Northern European Cup champion Ben Barnicoat and title rival Seb Morris, British Formula Ford runner-up Harrison Scott, BRDC Formula 4 champion George Russell and series race winner Sennan Fielding took part in the two-day process. The finalists are competing for a McLaren Formula 1 test drive – which 2013 winner Matt Parry completed during the assessment days – as well as £100,000, full BRDC membership and a Arai GP-6 RC carbon helmet. Having previously completed simulator and fitness assessments, the drivers began the on-track evaluation, which took place on the Grand Prix circuit after being moved from the International layout, on Monday with old- [...]

BTCC makes several 2015 rule changes

October 28th, 2014

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The British Touring Car Championship has announced substantial 2015 rule changes encompassing boost and success ballast regulations, grid formats and measures to equalise start performance between front- and rear-wheel-drive cars. Calls for revisions to the regulations were prevalent during the 2014 season as Colin Turkington swept to the title in WSR’s rear-wheel drive BMW, with a number of leading rivals arguing that their front-wheel-drive machinery was unfairly pegged back. A series statement said that success ballast would “considerably increase” from the current 45kg maximum, with exact levels to be finalised, and that “rear-wheel-drive cars will carry their success ballast as far forward in the cabin as possible, in order to better equalise the front to rear weight balance between both drivetrain formats”. It added that “Cosworth and Xtrac will independently [...]

Abt eyes IndyCar move after test

October 28th, 2014

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GP2 and Formula E racer Daniel Abt says that he is more keen than ever to pursue a career in the US after testing an Andretti Autosport IndyCar on Monday. The 21-year-old German spent a day in the car at Barber Motorsports Park, and said that the experience exceeded his expectations. “I’d heard a lot about the car and the squad before, and all the positive things I was told were confirmed,” he said. “I had a fantastic day with plenty of fun and learned a lot. I didn’t do this test out of boredom, but would like to explore options for next year. The test was a cool experience that definitely whets my appetite for more.” The test was the culmination of a fact-finding visit that Abt made to [...]

Analysis: Debate over DTM format

October 28th, 2014

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After a season of debate over its race format in 2014, the DTM declared at its season finale that its race format will be overhauled for next year. The series made big changes for this season in an attempt to simplify its races, limiting strategic options and making the race easier for spectators to follow. However, its 2014 solution came under fire, as the races were effectively divided into two halves and nearly all of the drivers pitted on the same lap due to restrictions on the use of the faster ‘option’ tyre. Hans Werner Aufrecht, boss of series promoter ITR, has already revealed that the ‘option’ tyre will be dropped for next year, but he added that not much more has been decided. “The message sent out by the [...]

Ogier ‘disturbed’ by WRC future rows

October 27th, 2014

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World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier says he became so dispirited by the debate over the future of the series that it damaged his motivation during the 2014 season. Ogier secured his second straight WRC title with victory in last weekend’s Rally of Spain. The 2014 WRC season has been dominated by the series’ promoter’s efforts to introduce a radical format revamp – a push that finally ended earlier this month when it became clear that the FIA was unlikely to change its stance after rejecting the initial proposal. Volkswagen driver Ogier admitted that the turmoil around the WRC had played on his mind. “I had some difficult moments this season,” he said. “I was a bit weak mentally, I was disturbed by the future of the sport, and my motivation [...]

Verstappen: Macau a fitting climax

October 27th, 2014

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New Toro Rosso signing Max Verstappen sees the Macau Grand Prix as the perfect way to end his rookie season in car racing before graduating to Formula 1. The 17-year-old Dutchman, who is second in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, had no need to compete in Macau from a career point of view, but he always wanted to contest the classic November street race in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen. “It was always the plan to do Macau, and it’s because of racing in Formula 3 that I’m now in Formula 1, so we have to finish the season as planned,” Verstappen told AUTOSPORT. “Red Bull told me I could learn something from it, to drive between such close walls, and anyway, maybe I will never get the chance [...]

Moto3 title rivals in protest row

October 27th, 2014

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MotoGP race direction rejected two protests against Jack Miller and his Ajo team from Moto3 title rival Alex Marquez’s Monlau outfit following Sunday’s Sepang race. Miller cut Marquez’s championship lead to 11 points heading into the Valencia finale by finishing second with the Spaniard only fifth. But the pair made contact several times during the race, prompting Monlau to allege that “Miller intentionally made contact several times with rider #12 Alex Marquez with the intention of taking Marquez off his line, to make him lose positions or to make him crash”. After reviewing video evidence and interviewing both riders and team representatives, race direction ruled that there was no case to answer. Monlau also lodged a protest against Miller’s Ajo team-mate Danny Kent, who finished fourth ahead of Marquez, arguing [...]

Earnhardt fends off Gordon for win

October 26th, 2014

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Dale Earnhardt Jr denied his title-contending Hendrick team-mate Jeff Gordon victory as the Eliminator round of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase began at Martinsville Speedway. Earnhardt burst through to the front in a frantic five lap run to the finish after the second of two red flags. The majority of the field pitted for fresh tyres and Earnhardt made the swiftest progress forward to beat Gordon, who led the most laps but also had a pitlane speeding penalty, by three tenths of a second. Ryan Newman – still win-less in 2014 – kept himself in the thick of title contention by finishing third, with Tony Stewart the best of those to try to brave it out on old tyres in fourth. Chase men Joey Logano and Matt Kenseth completed [...]

Marquez takes 12th win of 2014

October 26th, 2014

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Marc Marquez took his first MotoGP victory since August as he defeated Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo in the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. After his astounding streak of 10 wins in the first 10 grands prix of 2014, Marquez had only won once in the following six races, and crashed in three of them. He finally put that right in Malaysia, though only after a first-corner brush with Lorenzo that dropped him to eighth. Lorenzo had made a good start to put his Yamaha between Honda duo Dani Pedrosa and Marquez as they approached Turn 1, where contact between the two champions sent both wide. While Marquez dropped all the way to eighth, Lorenzo pulled back onto the line in third place, and then swiftly overtook both fast-starter Andrea [...]