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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.

Piquet only 16th as Sarrazin gets pole

June 28th, 2015

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Points leader Nelson Piquet Jr will line up only 16th for Sunday afternoon’s Formula E championship after rain interrupted qualifying, while Stephane Sarrazin took pole. Team China Racing driver Piquet encountered the wettest of the conditions as part of the third five-car mini-session and will start the race 10 places behind nearest challenger Sebastien Buemi and five places down on the only other driver who can win the championship, Lucas di Grassi. The top times were set in the opening two sessions prior to Piquet’s group taking to the track. Sarrazin claimed pole in the opening session for Venturi with a 1m23.901s, which put him six hundredths up on Dragon Racing driver Jerome d’Ambrosio. Loic Duval put in a 1m24.107s lap good enough for third in the second session, during [...]

Priaulx takes first win of BTCC return

June 28th, 2015

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Andy Priaulx claimed the first win of his British Touring Car Championship comeback by defeating WSR team-mate Sam Tordoff in the opening encounter at Croft. Poleman Tordoff led the early stages after keeping Priaulx at bay at the start, while the third BMW 125i M Sport of Rob Collard assumed third having jumped Gordon Shedden off the line. Tordoff immediately pulled a gap that grew as large as 1.4 seconds, but Priaulx started to reel him in and took the lead at Tower on lap six following a mistake from his team-mate at the chicane. Collard, running on the soft tyre, briefly made it three cars almost line astern for the lead but could not keep with his team-mates as his tyres faded, leaving Priaulx to manage Tordoff’s pressure to [...]

Loeb dominates Ricard WTCC opener

June 28th, 2015

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Sebastien Loeb led from pole to flag at Paul Ricard to claim his third World Touring Car Championship win of 2015, as Citroen marked its home race by finishing 1-2-3-4. Loeb’s victory was dominant: he crossed the line six seconds ahead of Yvan Muller, who had to fend off the race long challenge of the seemingly quicker Jose Maria Lopez. Their battle allowed Ma Qing Hua to close on the pair as Lopez’s tyres began to fell away in the final laps, but he was unable to find a way past and took fourth. For Loeb it was far simpler than for his team-mates and once clear of the opening corners, he was able to build a gap of over a second for the early stages before the scrap for [...]

Buemi leads London Sunday practice

June 28th, 2015

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Sebastien Buemi ended up fastest over the two sessions of free practice for Sunday’s Formula E Championship finale in London. The e.dams driver, who moved to within five points of the championship lead with a race victory on Saturday, set the pace around the 1.81-mile track in Battersea Park with a 1m23.642s set in the second session. That put him more than two tenths clear of Dragon Racing’s Loic Duval, who was quickest in the opening session on a 1m23.642s. Buemi had been second to Duval in the 45-minute opening session before the positions reversed in the following 30-minute period. Formula E newcomer Oliver Turvey was third fastest for Team China Racing with a 1m23.909s. Lucas di Grassi and Nelson Piquet Jr, who lie first and third in the points [...]

Spengler puts BMW on Norisring pole

June 28th, 2015

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Bruno Spengler claimed his first DTM pole position since October 2013, as BMW crashed Mercedes’ Norisring party in Sunday qualifying. Mercedes has dominated the weekend, including a 1-2-3-4 finish led by Pascal Wehrlein in Saturday’s race, and its drivers looked strong again on Sunday morning. Saturday polesitter Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens both spent considerable time at the top of the order, and began the final minute with Vietoris just 0.009 seconds ahead. However, three-time Norisring winner Spengler improved on consecutive laps, with his 48.280s effort good enough to put him on top. By this time, Vietoris had already pitted, and while Wickens set a session-best time in the second sector, he could not snatch pole after the chequered flag “Unfortunately I didn’t improve on the second set of tyres, [...]

Giovinazzi revives title bid with win

June 28th, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi got his title charge back on track with victory in the third and final race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Norisring. The Jagonya Ayam protege made his customary storming start from third on the grid, and led home the sister Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell. Both poleman Alexander Albon and front-row partner Russell made poor getaways, Russell speculating that it was due to the earlier DTM practice starts on the first and second grid spots, and Albon adding, “I honestly thought I’d stalled – the engine went so quiet.” Russell had to fight his way past Jake Dennis at the first of what would become three restarts, and spent most of his race fending off the attentions of Albon, [...]

Battersea track repairs successful

June 28th, 2015

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A section of the London ePrix circuit in Battersea Park has been successfully resurfaced to allow the track to return to its original configuration for Sunday’s Formula E Championship finale. The new surface, which has eradicated a sequence of bumps at the Turn 1 left-hander, was given the all-clear after the morning’s first free practice session and will be used for the remainder of the meeting. The changes have allowed the removal of an arrangement of TECPRO barriers, which reprofiled the first corner and shrouded the rogue section of track on the opening day of the Battersea Formula E double-header on Saturday. Battersea race one report: Buemi win sets up title decider FIA Formula E championship manager Frederic Espinos told AUTOSPORT: “We had no problems at all; everyone has done [...]

Rahal wins controversial Fontana race

June 28th, 2015

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Graham Rahal ended a streak of 125 IndyCar races without a win in a frantic Fontana event that ended under a full course caution following a big incident. A red flag late on, caused by contact between Takuma Sato and Will Power, led to a three-lap sprint to the flag with a lead group encompassing Rahal, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Briscoe and Ryan Hunter-Reay. The battle lasted mere moments as Briscoe and Hunter-Reay made contact, launching the former into the air (pictured below) and spewing debris across the start/finish line. Both drivers were unhurt, as Sato and Power were in their crash, though Power was among those heavily critical of the pack-style racing seen throughout the 500-mile race. Rahal finished the final caution lap to win [...]

USC qualifying rained off at the Glen

June 27th, 2015

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Qualifying for the Tudor United SportsCar Championship’s six-hour race at Watkins Glen was cancelled due to heavy rain, putting Action Express pair Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi on pole. A downpour set in during the preceding Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge support race, and USC organisers decided not to attempt to start the qualifying session, instead setting the grid based on drivers’ championship points. Barbosa and Fittipaldi therefore share the front row with Spirit of Daytona’s Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante, with whom they are tied for the Prototype class points lead. The Michael Shank Racing Ligier had been quickest in all three practice sessions, but with qualifying abandoned drivers John Pew and Oswaldo Negri Jr will start sixth. GTLM pole goes to Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, who are using [...]

Loix takes 10th Ypres win amid drama

June 27th, 2015

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Veteran Belgian star Freddy Loix clinched a 10th Ypres Rally victory in a dramatic European Rally Championship round featuring incidents for Craig Breen, Bryan Bouffier, Kevin Abbring and Stephane Lefebvre. Factory Peugeot driver Breen had been in control for much of the classic event as he chased a fourth straight ERC win. But a puncture delayed him on Saturday afternoon, handing the lead to Bouffier, and he then damaged his engine in a trip off the road on the next stage, forcing him out. Bouffier’s lead was also shortlived as a puncture for the Citroen driver cost him several minutes soon after he had hit the front. That elevated Loix into a comfortable lead, which he held through Saturday evening’s final stages. The former factory World Rally Championship driver was [...]

Allmendinger secures Sonoma pole

June 27th, 2015

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AJ Allmendinger took NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at Sonoma ahead of Kurt Busch, while Kyle Larson broke the qualifying lap record in the first session. JTG Daugherty Chevrolet driver Allmendinger’s pole didn’t come easy, with Michael Annett’s stall causing a red flag when he was on a flying lap in the opening segment, but he rallied to secure a place in the cut-off before taking the top honours. The eventual pole time of 1m14.835s was set in the final moments of the top 12 shootout, as Allmendinger displaced the initial benchmark set by Jeff Gordon, who ended up fifth behind Busch, Matt Kenseth and Kyle Larson when his rivals improved late on. Larson had made the top 12 shootout after besting his Ganassi team-mate Jamie McMurray’s lap record from the [...]

Gunther gets F3 win from 12th on grid

June 27th, 2015

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German rookie Maximilian Gunther won a compelling second race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Norisring – from 12th on the grid. Gunther, driving the same Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes taken to victory here by Felix Rosenqvist in 2013, picked his way through the field largely due to incidents in front of him, and the fourth and final safety-car period played into his hands perfectly. The race boiled down to a five-lap sprint to the flag, with poleman Alexander Albon – who had led the majority of the race – ahead of George Russell (who had led the opening two laps before running wide at Turn 1) and Charles Leclerc, with Gunther in fourth. On the first lap of the restart, Albon ran deep into Turn 1, allowing [...]

Buemi win sets up Formula E decider

June 27th, 2015

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Sebastien Buemi claimed victory in the opening Formula E race in Battersea Park to move within five points of the championship lead ahead of Sunday’s series finale. Pole position and a third win of the season for Buemi closed the gap to championship leader Nelson Piquet Jr from 23 points to five. GARY WATKINS: Why London’s Formula E race is so important Together with seventh place for team-mate Nicolas Prost, Buemi’s win sealed the teams’ championship for the French e.dams squad. “I’m happy with what we did today and now we need to look at all the data to make sure we achieve the same tomorrow,” said the winner. Branson: Formula E will surpass Formula 1 within five years Buemi stretched a lead over Dragon Racing driver Jerome d’Ambrosio to [...]

Wehrlein leads all-Mercedes top four

June 27th, 2015

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Mercedes Formula 1 reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein led a clean sweep of the top four for the manufacturer in a wet-dry Saturday Norisring DTM race. Following a heavy rain shower 15 minutes before the race began, seven drivers elected to start on wet tyres. They spent the opening minutes behind the safety car, after a first corner pile-up triggered when Lucas Auer tagged Miguel Molina on the exit of Turn 1. When racing resumed, Christian Vietoris, Gary Paffett, Robert Wickens, Paul di Resta, Martin Tomczyk, Daniel Juncadella and Mike Rockenfeller built a lead at the head of the field as the track dried. Of that pack, Juncadella and Rockenfeller had come from 11th and 22nd on the grid respectively. Wehrlein bided his time as the best of the drivers on [...]

Tordoff edges Priaulx for Croft pole

June 27th, 2015

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Sam Tordoff beat Andy Priaulx to pole position as WSR dominated qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship round at Croft. The Oulton Park race winner edged his three-time world champion team-mate by just 0.070 seconds with a new qualifying lap record – 1m23.886s – in the dying embers of the session. “I just pulled a lap out of the bag when it counted,” Tordoff said. Priaulx had looked set to bag the second pole of his BTCC comeback but could not match his young team-mate, despite setting a personal-best first sector on the last lap of the session. Gordon Shedden’s Honda will line up third for Sunday’s first race, more than half a second slower than Tordoff but denying a 1-2-3 for WSR’s fleet of BMW 125i M Sports. [...]

Branson: FE will rival F1 in five years

June 27th, 2015

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Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson believes that Formula E can rival the appeal of Formula 1 within five years. Branson, who backs the team that carries the name of his Virgin Group, said: “There will come a time when Formula E will overtake F1. “In four or five years time, I think you’ll find that Formula E will overtake F1 in terms of number of people. “Formula E will grow quickly, as green energy is going to grow quickly. “People who come to see Formula E love it and that means it is will grow naturally.” But FIA president Jean Todt, who is present for Saturday’s race in London’s Battersea Park, said it was wrong to draw comparisons between F1 and FE. “It is a big mistake trying to compare [...]

Loeb claims WTCC pole at home

June 27th, 2015

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Citroen’s Sebastien Loeb grabbed pole for his and the team’s home World Touring Car Championship round at Paul Ricard in France. The nine time World Rally champion beat compatriot and team-mate Yvan Muller to pole by just over one tenth of a second in the top five shootout. Citroen locked out the top four positions with Jose Maria Lopez and Ma Qing Hua filling row two ahead of Chevrolet’s Tom Chilton. While Citroen dominated most of the three qualifying segments, Chilton impressed in the battle to get into the top five shootout, placing his Cruze between Muller and Loeb for third in Q2. Lopez had struggled for pace in the earlier sessions but unlocked the speed at the right moment to top that segment. Loeb was closest to matching Lopez’s [...]

FE plans overnight Battersea track work

June 27th, 2015

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An attempt will be made to resurface a small section of the London ePrix circuit overnight to return it to its original configuration for the second Formula E race. The dip between two bumps on the exit of Turn 1 will be filled in with asphalt, which if successful would allow for the removal of the TECPRO barriers that have been placed at the left-hander to change the racing line. Battersea track layout altered after practice problems Formula E manager Frederic Espinos told AUTOSPORT: “We will try it and see if it works. “If it doesn’t, we will leave the extra barriers in place for tomorrow.” An arrangement of TECPRO barriers was placed in front of the troublesome section of track between first and second practice for Saturday’s opening race [...]

Marquez and Rossi at odds over clash

June 27th, 2015

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Marc Marquez is adamant he deserved victory in the Assen MotoGP race and that Valentino Rossi’s actions in their final-lap collision were unfair. The pair made light contact going into the chicane at the end of the Dutch TT, with Marquez trying to pass Rossi for the lead down the inside under braking for the final complex. Assen MotoGP race report: Rossi beats Marquez after late touch After the touch, Rossi went wide across the gravel and rejoined still ahead, beating Marquez to victory by 1.2 seconds. Marquez believes he was fully alongside Rossi and correctly placed to take the lead, and that his rival therefore turned on him and only claimed the victory because he cut across the corner. “I feel that we won the race,” said Honda rider [...]

Citroen DS brand joins Virgin in FE

June 27th, 2015

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Citroen Racing is developing electric motor technology for the Virgin Racing Formula E team in a partnership between the British team and the French manufacturer’s DS sub-brand. DS Automobiles and Virgin confirmed the link-up – which was revealed by AUTOSPORT in May – at the London ePrix in Battersea Park on Saturday. It will result in the team’s cars competing under the DS Virgin Racing banner from the start of the 2015/16 Formula E season this autumn. Citroen Racing, which masterminds the French manufacturer’s World Touring Car Championship and World Rally Championship campaigns from its Versailles headquarters, is already well-advanced with the development of a new powertrain for Virgin, one of the eight so-called manufacturers allowed to produce their own technology for season two of the Formula E series. It [...]