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  • David Phillips
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    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.
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    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.

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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!

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    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
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    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.

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    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."

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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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.

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 [...]

Loeb and Lopez lose front row places

April 19th, 2014

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Citroen’s provisional front row qualifiers Sebastien Loeb and Jose Maria Lopez have had their qualifying times cancelled at Paul Ricard’s second round of the World Touring Car Championship. A problem concerning a valve on a safety cut-off system, which restricts fuel to the engine in the event of an accident or emergency, was found in post-qualifying technical checks on the C-Elysee cars of Loeb and Lopez. The valve was found to be functioning correctly on the similar car of provisional third-place qualifier Yvan Muller, who has been promoted to pole position. Loeb and Lopez are set to start from the back of the grid. Citroen press officer Marie-Pierre Rossi said: “We take safety extremely seriously, in rallying for example we carry an extra fire extinguisher, so there is no way [...]

Lappi claims dominant Ireland win

April 19th, 2014

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Finland’s Esapekka Lappi moved to the top of the European Rally Championship standings with a commanding win on the Circuit of Ireland. Skoda driver Lappi led the event from start to finish, but his job was made more straightforward when rival and Irish hero Craig Breen dropped out with fuel pressure problems on Saturday’s opening stage. Breen’s Peugeot 208 T16 had been just 12.6 seconds behind the Fabia S2000 when it failed. Ahead of the event, the Irishman had made it clear that victory on his home round of the ERC would mean everything. He was distraught at his early bath. “I lost all the power,” he said. “The car wouldn’t start. I really don’t know what it was. C’est la vie; apparently. “This is one of the lowest times [...]

Plato denies Shedden pole

April 19th, 2014

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Jason Plato took pole position for the first British Touring Car race at Donington Park. The top spot changed several times in the initial flurry, with Plato leading the way after the first runs with 1m09.460s in his Triple Eight MG6. Like most, Plato failed to improve on his later run as the track got dirty with people running off track, but nobody was able to better his early mark. “It wasn’t a perfect lap – I made a mistake at Redgate, but the rest of the lap was pretty sweet,” said Plato. Gordon Shedden did improve on his second run, but stayed second with 1m09.591s in the new Honda Civic Tourer. Sam Tordoff made it two MGs in the top three, just ahead of Colin Turkington’s WSR BMW. After [...]

Loeb scores maiden WTCC pole

April 19th, 2014

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Sebastien Loeb delighted the home crowd at Paul Ricard by opening his World Touring Car Championship pole position account. As expected the Citroen drivers occupied the top three positions in the decisive Q3 segment of qualifying. The nine-time World Rally champion’s single-lap Q3 run produced a lap of 1m29.527s, edging out race one winner Jose Maria Lopez by 0.092 seconds. Reigning WTCC champion Yvan Muller was 0.011s up on Loeb after the opening sector of his super-pole run, but he dropped off over the remainder of his lap to end the afternoon third. Loeb improved throughout the three-part qualifying session. After finishing 0.1s behind Muller in Q1, Loeb closed the deficit to 0.07s in Q2 before finally taking pole. Lopez complained of losing confidence with his C-Elysee in braking zones [...]

Bleekemolen claims pole at Nogaro

April 19th, 2014

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Jeroen Bleekemolen topped a frantic Blancpain Sprint Series qualifying session at Nogaro. The Grasser Lamborghini driver dispatched early pacesetter Laurens Vanthoor in Q3 with four minutes to go, with a lap of 1m25.046s. That time sent a stunned Vanthoor back to the pits without a response, just over a tenth down on Bleekemolen. The two WRT Audi cars rounded out the top three spots, with Vanthoor beating Q2 pacesetter Rene Rast, who could only get within four tenths of the eventual session leader. Peter Kox led the Pro-Am category in his Blancpain Racing Lamborghini, closely followed by the three Audis of Markus Winkelhock, Gregory Guilvert and Marc Basseng. Caca Bueno was the highest placed BMW in ninth after a disappointing session. Former Formula 1 driver Nelson Piquet followed team-mate Bueno [...]

Ocon sweeps to Euro F3 win

April 19th, 2014

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Esteban Ocon swept to a commanding victory in the second race of the Formula 3 European Championship’s opening round at Silverstone. From pole position, the Lotus F1 Junior showed incredible pace on cold tyres to build up a 2.0 second lead within two laps, and was never threatened. Nicholas Latifi and Antonio Fuoco chased Ocon home to make it a 1-2-3 for the Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes squad, Ferrari protégé Fuoco taking advantage of his second excellent start of the weekend to vault Tom Blomqvist off the line and challenge Latifi for much of the race. Frenchman Ocon’s win moves him into the championship lead. “I was a bit disappointed with my start in race one, but I took a good one this race,” he said. “It was all about keeping [...]

Toyota beats Audi to Silverstone pole

April 19th, 2014

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Toyota snatched pole position from Audi for the opening round of the 2014 World Endurance Championship at Silverstone this weekend. The four-lap average of the #7 Toyota TS040 HYBRID shared in qualifying by Alex Wurz and Kazuki Nakajima was 1m42.774s, which put the car just 0.005s ahead of the best of the Audi R18 e-tron quattros driven by Tom Kristensen and Loic Duval Nakajima sent the Toyota to the top of the timesheets when he stayed out for a third flying lap and set his fastest time to improve his aggregate. Nakajima said: “I didn’t know about the time difference when I was in the car, but I knew I was P2. “On the next lap, I was going quicker, so I continued to push to the end of the [...]

Kiss clinches maiden Auto GP win

April 19th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss claimed his maiden Auto GP victory after benefitting from a strong performance on his first set of tyres at Paul Ricard. The result gives Zele Racing its first victory since last April, when Luciano Bacheta achieved a reversed-grid win in Marrakech. The former GP3 winner finished a comfortable 6.2 seconds clear of a tight battle for second involving last weekend’s winners Markus Pommer and championship leader Kimiya Sato. On worn rear tyres, rookie Pommer soaked up the pressure from Sato to secure the position by just over half a second. Sato had an unsettled start to the race when his Euronova machine failed to pull away from his front-row grid slot on the formation lap. He eventually got going but incorrectly recovered his original starting position, rather [...]

Tordoff tops Donington BTCC practice

April 19th, 2014

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Sam Tordoff led the British Touring Car pack during free practice at Donington Park. Aron Smith’s BMR VW Passat set the pace in the first session, recording two times faster than Gordon Shedden’s Honda Civic Tourer in second. Smith then dipped under the 1m10s barrier with a 1m09.874s in the second session. That compares favourably with Shedden’s 2013 pole time of 1m10.074s. But Tordoff’s Triple Eight MG6 then went even quicker, first recording a 1m09.794s, then leaving the benchmark at 1m09.684s in the final 10 minutes. Smith’s double BTCC champion team-mate Alain Menu failed to match the Irishman in either session, but ended up third quickest with 1m10.038s in FP2. Jason Plato made it two MGs in the top four, while Adam Morgan’s Mercedes improved in the final moments of [...]

Tincknell takes pole for ELMS opener

April 19th, 2014

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Sportscar newcomer Harry Tincknell claimed pole position for the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Silverstone on his prototype debut. The Briton took the pole with a lap of 1m47.702s aboard the Jota Sport Zytek-Nissan Z11SN. That compared with second-placed Franck Mailleux’s best of 1m48.854s in the Race Performance team’s ORECA-Judd/BMW 03. Third place went to Karun Chandhok with a time a time less than a tenth behind. Ferrari factory driver Andrea Bertolini ended up fastest in GTE aboard his SMP Racing-run 458 Italia with a 1m52.970s. Second place was taken by Daniel Zampieri in the British JMW Ferrari on a time six tenths behind. Team Ukraine squad took qualifying honours in the GTC class for GT3 machinery with Alessandro Pierguidi at the wheel of its Ferrari [...]

Breen’s Ireland victory bid ends

April 19th, 2014

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Craig Breen’s dream of a Circuit of Ireland victory has been dashed by engine problems on the opening Saturday stage. The Peugeot 208 T16 driver started the second and final day of Britain’s European Rally Championship round 12.6 seconds behind overnight leader Esapekka Lappi. Breen was reported to have stopped on the way into this morning’s first stage. He started the first run at Bulls Brook on time, but then failed to emerge at the finish. Watch ERC highlights videos on the AUTOSPORT rallying page Lappi’s lead has now mushroomed to 1m40s over Robert Barrable, but the Finn admitted he struggled to maintain focus after seeing his rival at the side of the road. “Two or three kilometres into the stage, they were stopped at the side of the road,” [...]

Lappi takes shock lead in Ireland

April 18th, 2014

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Rising Finnish star Esapekka Lappi rocked the Irish establishment with a stunning opening day to lead the European Rally Championship’s Circuit of Ireland. The Skoda driver put aside his lack of knowledge of the Northern Irish stages to reel off seven straight fastest times, building an 18-second advantage over Peugeot’s Craig Breen. Local hero Breen had been forced into an early third place before his team-mate Kevin Abbring damaged his radiator on SS6. The Dutchman’s 208 T16 was sidelined one stage later. There were no such dramas for Lappi, who admitted he had even surprised himself. “I didn’t expect this,” he said “I just felt comfortable with the car all day. “This morning was perfect, we could just fly over the bumps with no problems at all. “At service, all [...]

Rookie Ocon nets double pole

April 18th, 2014

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Lotus F1 Junior Esteban Ocon took a brace of pole positions in the second qualifying session for this weekend’s Formula 3 European Championship opener at Silverstone. The French F3 rookie outpaced his team-mate at the Prema Powerteam squad, Nicholas Latifi, to claim the fastest time by 0.136 seconds. Ocon also set the best second-fastest time, securing pole for Sunday morning’s third race from another of his fellow Prema runners, Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco. “This time I managed to put it all together,” said 17-year-old Ocon. “I did less mistakes and, although we still have to work for the races, I’m happy for the moment. “I really want to thank Prema for giving me such a good car and HWA for the Mercedes engine.” Canadian Latifi, on a track where he [...]

Audi on top in second practice

April 18th, 2014

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Audi blocked out the top two positions in second free practice for Sunday’s opening round of the World Endurance Championship at Silverstone. Lucas di Grassi topped the times aboard the #1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with a 1m43.134s on his first flying lap, an improvement of well over a second from the morning session for the German manufacturer. Andre Lotterer was four tenths behind in the second Audi on a 1m43.534s. The best Toyota TS040 HYBRID was third fastest in the hands of Kazuki Nakajima with a 1m44.097s. Porsche was a second slower than in the morning session, Mark Webber setting a 1m45.051s lap good enough for fourth. Nick Heidfeld put the best of the Rebellion Lola-Toyota B12/60 among the factory cars in sixth position with a 1m45.346s lap. The [...]

Lopez sets pace in Paul Ricard test

April 18th, 2014

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez set the fastest time in the test for round two of the WTCC at Paul Ricard on Friday. Lopez produced his quickest time of 1m31.227s within the final two minutes of the half-hour test to demote fellow Citroen driver Sebastien Loeb from the top of the timesheets by 0.138s. Former TC2000 champion Lopez had set the initial pace thanks to a time of 1m32.158s. It took the Argentine’s team-mates until approaching the final third of the test to offer a response, when Loeb found in excess of a one-second improvement over his previous best time. Zengo Motorsport’s Norbert Michelisz spilt up the C-Elysee trio, completed by Yvan Muller, and took top non-Citroen honours in third with two minutes left on the clocks. [...]

Porsche tops first Silverstone practice

April 18th, 2014

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The new World Endurance Championship challengers from Porsche, Audi and Toyota were separated by just over six tenths of a second in first practice for the Silverstone opener. Marc Lieb topped the times in the best of the Porsche 919 Hybrids on a 1m44.042s, which put him four tenths clear of the fastest of Audi’s latest R18 e-tron quattros in the hands of Loic Duval. The quickest of the two Toyota TS040 HYBRIDs was third on a time just two tenths slower from Anthony Davidson. The six factory entries, which blocked out the top positions at the end of the 90-minute session, were separated by just 1.1s. The most eagerly-awaited sportscar season ever Marcel Fassler ended up fourth in the second Audi, with Alex Wurz (Toyota) and Tim Bernhard (Porsche) [...]

Faren graduates to RX Supercar

April 18th, 2014

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Swede Eric Faren will graduate from the Super1600 support category to Supercar for selected rounds of the World Rallycross Championship this season. Faren will make his debut at the AUTOSPORT WorldRX of Great Britain as he embarks on a programme of five events in a race-winning Citroen DS3. “My whole career has been a preparation for this,” said Faren, who will drive for his own team run by his father Ronny Larsson. “We made a decision to work for a Supercar programme after last season, and it feels really good now to make my debut at Lydden Hill. We are still working to do as many races as possible. “We tested for about 18 kilometers at Kinnekulle, my local circuit in Sweden, which was really good. It felt quite comfortable. [...]

Wickens fastest as DTM testing ends

April 17th, 2014

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Robert Wickens ended BMW’s domination of the final DTM pre-season test at Hockenheim as he topped the times for Mercedes on Thursday. The Canadian was the only driver to break the 1m33s barrier with a best time of 1m32.845s, though that was still 0.8s shy of Marco Wittmann’s Tuesday benchmark. Wickens’ effort came in the morning session but was easily good enough to retain top spot despite several drivers improving in the afternoon. Audi’s reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller finished second, just under three-tenths back, while Wickens’ HWA Mercedes team-mate Gary Paffett completed the Three-Pointed Star’s testing resurgence with the third fastest time. The Audi RS5s of Abt driver Adrien Tambay and Rosberg’s Jamie Green, the latter having gone second quickest in the morning, completed the top five, while the best [...]

Barrable on top as ERC Ireland begins

April 17th, 2014

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Irishman Robert Barrable set the fastest time on the qualifying stage of the Circuit of Ireland Rally, round four of the European Rally Championship. Barrable made the most of running soft tyres on his Ford Fiesta R5, after an unexpected rain shower compromised conditions for the 2.54-mile Whinney Hill stage. Barrable elected to run fifth on the road for the start of the main event. “The plan is to push hard from the first stage,” he told AUTOSPORT. “We’re going to give it a go, but I think the pace is going to be really hot at the front.” Moffett brothers Josh and Sam will have the honour of leading the cars into the stage, with ERC leader Craig Breen fourth on the road. Breen was fastest of the cars [...]