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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    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 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.

  • 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
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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
    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.

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    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
    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.

Whincup/Dumbrell dominate Surfers

October 26th, 2014

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Jamie Whincup moved closer to retaining his V8 Supercars title with a dominant victory alongside co-driver Paul Dumbrell in the second race at Surfers Paradise. After dispatching the Volvo of polesitter Alex Premat, Dumbrell quickly took control of the race in the opening stint, establishing a lead of over five seconds before pitting at one-third distance to hand over the reins of the Triple Eight Holden to Whincup. The five-time series champion had to rebuild the gap when the safety car was deployed in response to Dale Wood’s Britek Holden grinding to a halt on track, his task made easier by a drive-through penalty for race one winner Shane van Gisbergen. The only driver seemingly with the pace to keep up with Whincup, van Gisbergen made the error of passing [...]

Miller keeps Moto3 title battle open

October 26th, 2014

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Jack Miller kept his Moto3 title battle with Alex Marquez alive by taking second at Sepang while his rival was only fifth. The result brings Marquez’s lead down from 20 to 11 points with just the Valencia finale remaining. The championship rivals made contact repeatedly in an extremely tense race in Malaysia, with Miller making sure Marquez was sent wide whenever the two came close through the corners. Marquez – brother of MotoGP world champion Marc – put himself on the outside of Miller again as they fought for the lead going into Turn 1 on the last lap. Although there was no touch this time, Marquez was edged wide enough to fall to fifth behind Miller’s Ajo team-mate Danny Kent, which is where he would finish – prompting remonstrations [...]

Lappi closes on ERC title with win

October 25th, 2014

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Esapekka Lappi moved to the brink of the 2014 European Rally Championship title with a commanding Rally of Valais win. The Finn was untroubled in Switzerland once he had overcome his factory Skoda team-mate Sepp Wiegand on Friday, repeating his 2013 triumph on the event. Lappi’s third victory of the year should make wrapping up the title in next month’s Corsica finale relatively straightforward. Craig Breen recovered from his Thursday puncture to reach second place, his first podium since winning the Acropolis in March. He was kicking himself for a pair of spins in the middle of the final leg that delayed his pursuit of Kajetan Kajetanowicz, but he still overcome the Pole – who then retired anyway with a fire on his Ford. That elevated Wiegand back to third [...]

Latvala trims Ogier’s lead in Spain

October 25th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier saw his Rally of Spain lead trimmed on Saturday morning, as title rival Jari-Matti Latvala reduced the gap by eight seconds with a trio of stage wins. After a tough opening day of the rally, Latvala seemed much more at home on the tarmac stages of the second day, knowing that he needed to put pressure on Volkswagen team-mate Ogier in order to keep his slim World Rally Championship title hopes alive. Latvala began by taking a second out of Ogier’s lead on SS8, before finding a further two seconds on the next stage – but it was the final test of the loop where the Finn made the biggest dent, reducing Ogier’s advantage by another 5.3s. That puts Latvala 28.3s adrift of the reigning champion with three [...]

Van Gisbergen/Webb take Surfers win

October 25th, 2014

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Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb took victory in the opening V8 Supercars race at Surfers Paradise, getting the better of Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell in a strategic battle. Scott McLaughlin led the opening part of the race, quickly dispatching poleman Webb at the restart after an early safety car period caused by a startline clash between Greg Murphy and David Russell. One of four series regulars to start the race, McLaughlin opted for an unconventional strategy by handing his Volvo over to Alex Premat relatively early on – passing the lead to Dumbrell, who had demoted Webb a few laps after the restart. A strong opening stint by Dumbrell allowed Whincup to take over the Triple Eight Holden close behind Premat, and with fresher tyres, the reigning champion [...]

Marquez flies to record Sepang pole

October 25th, 2014

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Marc Marquez flew to a record 13th pole of the 2014 MotoGP season as he denied Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying at Sepang. Marquez’s 1m59.791s was the first time the two-minute barrier had been broken during a MotoGP race weekend at the track, although slightly quicker laps had been achieved in testing at the start of the year. Pedrosa also got below 2m00s as he pushed to beat his team-mate. They had been 0.063 seconds apart after their first Q2 runs, which Marquez had led on a 2m00.245s, but the world champion then raised the bar considerably with his second attempt. Pedrosa had to back off from the first lap of his final run, before regrouping for a second bid. He beat Marquez’s pace in the [...]

Ambrose to make early V8 return

October 25th, 2014

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NASCAR racer Marcos Ambrose has brought forward his return to V8 Supercars and will contest the 2014 season finale in Sydney in a Penske-supported Dick Johnson Racing Ford. Double V8 champion Ambrose is rejoining the series full-time next year with the new partnership between Penske and DJR, having raced in NASCAR since 2006. He currently drives for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Sprint Cup. DJR will enter a third Ford for the December 5-7 race on Sydney’s Homebush street track. Personnel from Penske’s IndyCar operation will be part of the team in preparation for the American giant’s first proper V8 campaign next year. “This is a great opportunity to give Marcos a good hit out in one of the DJR Falcons before the Clipsal 500 next year,” said team boss [...]

Iannone and Pol Espargaro sidelined

October 25th, 2014

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Pol Espargaro and Andrea Iannone have both been sidelined by injuries ahead of qualifying for MotoGP’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. Espargaro broke a bone in his left foot in a heavy crash in morning practice. He will still attempt to race on Sunday, but Iannone has withdrawn from the weekend due to elbow pain from an accident on Friday. Pramac Ducati rider Iannone, already in hip pain from his heavy accident during last weekend’s Australian GP, sustained a severe contusion to his left arm when he fell following contact with world champion Marc Marquez at the final corner in Friday’s wet second session. Marquez apologised for the incident, which he put down to a misunderstanding as he had not realised Iannone was on a flying lap. Race direction evaluated [...]

Muller heads Suzuka free practice

October 25th, 2014

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Yvan Muller returned to form after an anxious Friday by leading the way in World Touring Car Championship free practice at Suzuka. Citroen’s reigning WTCC champion set the fastest time in both practice sessions on Saturday morning. Muller recorded a quickest time of 2m08.066s in practice one, before improving to 2m07.953s in the second half-hour session. The Frenchman’s efforts remained one second slower than Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez’s Friday time, which was achieved on new tyres. Given his struggles at the preceding meeting at Shanghai, Gianni Morbidelli was a surprise second-fastest in Munnich’s Chevrolet. The Hungaroring winner briefly moved to the top of the timing screens thanks to a time of 2m08.243s five minutes before the practice two chequered flag. Morbidelli’s glory was shortlived, as Muller displaced the Italian [...]

Pedrosa quickest in practice three

October 25th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa was fastest again in third Sepang MotoGP practice, a session interrupted by a big crash for Pol Espargaro. Friday pacesetter Pedrosa’s benchmark time of 2m00.454s came on his very first run and proved unbeatable. It put his Honda 0.165 seconds clear of Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo’s eventual best effort. Lorenzo edged out Pedrosa’s team-mate Marc Marquez by 0.044s as the world champion made a late improvement to go third. The session was red-flagged with 2m26s to go after Espargaro had a big high-side at Turn 1 that left him requiring medical attention while his Tech 3 Yamaha caught fire after it came to rest. Espargaro had earlier had a smaller crash, and just before the second incident was warned by the passing Scott Redding of a problem with [...]

McMurray beats Chase drivers to pole

October 24th, 2014

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Jamie McMurray upstaged the Chase contenders to steal pole position for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Martinsville. The Ganassi racer was quickest in the opening qualifying round on Friday afternoon, but he needed two laps in the second round to get ahead of early leader Matt Kenseth and secure P1. His 18.954s lap was a new qualifying record on Martinsville’s half-mile layout, but was still only barely enough to prevent Penske’s Joey Logano from beating him in the final minutes. “It’s a good start to our weekend, but the first pitstall here is a really big deal,” McMurray said. “When the team told me the [lap] time I figured it would be tough to beat, although you never know because those Penske cars have been so quick this year.” [...]

Piquet eyes European F3 move

October 24th, 2014

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Brazilian Formula 3 champion Pedro Piquet has tested with top team Carlin as he eyes a move to the F3 European Championship for 2015. The 16-year-old son of three-time world champion Nelson Piquet drove for two days – Thursday and Friday – at Silverstone. While Carlin ran its five Macau Grand Prix entrants in their regular cars, testing set-ups and tyres for the Far East street race, Piquet drove the Dallara-Volkswagen of Ed Jones, who is not competing in Macau. Team boss Trevor Carlin said: “He’s good – I have to say 100 per cent he’s done a good job. “We’re quite happy – there were no mistakes at all, he was very professional, spot-on. You couldn’t ask for any more. “He’s a very nice lad – very young but [...]

Ogier stretches lead in Spain

October 24th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier will take a lead of over 35 seconds into the second day of Rally of Spain, as nearest rival Thierry Neuville dropped out of contention with a puncture. Ogier began the second stage of the Friday afternoon loop with a lead of 9.9s after narrowly winning the first, and had his advantage slashed to just 4.6s on SS6 by Neuville, who set a blistering pace to win the stage. But a puncture for the Hyundai driver on the very next stage cost him over two minutes, which, combined with a devastating time by Ogier, allowed the reigning champion to stretch his lead by a whopping 32 seconds. Jari-Matti Latvala started the day in seventh, and despite being comprehensively outpaced by Ogier was able to climb all the way [...]

Westbrook back with Trackspeed

October 24th, 2014

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Chevrolet factory driver Richard Westbrook will return to the British Trackspeed Porsche team for the Blancpain Sprint Series finale in Baku on November 2. The Briton, who undertook partial British GT Championship campaigns with the team in 2012-13, will drive the team’s solo Porsche 911 GT3-R together with Porsche Supercup frontrunner Norbert Siedler in the two one-hour races in Azerbaijan. Westbrook told AUTOSPORT: “I haven’t race for them since Donington Park last year, but I know all the guys there and it seems like a pretty good entry. “My recollection of the Porsche on street circuits is that it pretty good and should go well at that kind of place.” Team boss David Ashburn said: “Westy is a Trackspeed driver and the plan was to have him and Nick [Tandy, [...]

Porsche GT drivers get LMP1 audition

October 24th, 2014

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Three more Porsche factory GT drivers have been given a try-out in the German manufacturer’s LMP1 World Endurance Championship contender. Nick Tandy, Patrick Pilet and Richard Lietz all drove the 919 Hybrid during Porsche’s final in-season test of the WEC season at the Aragon circuit in Spain this week. They followed fellow GT drivers Frederic Makowiecki and Michael Christensen, who sampled the P1 car at Magny-Cours in September. Porsche has given its GT drivers a chance in the 919 because it is evaluating an expansion of its squad from two to three cars for next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Porsche LMP1 team principal Andreas Seidl said that “internal promotion is important”. “The Porsche squad of GT works drivers is top-class and very well trained,” he continued. “Right from the [...]

Ogier leads as rivals struggle in dust

October 24th, 2014

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Sebastien Ogier leads the Rally of Spain despite running first on the gravel roads, as his main rivals were left furious over dust levels and poor visibility. Drivers had warned on Thursday that the combination of hot, still weather conditions and low early-morning sun was likely to cause visibility issues in dust clouds on the first full loop. Ogier was adamant that clearing the loose gravel from the surface by running first on the road was going to be a much bigger penalty for him than running in his dust would be for those that followed. But it was Ogier who emerged in the lead after stage four, 8.4 seconds clear of Hyundai driver Thierry Neuville. Ogier’s Volkswagen team-mates Andreas Mikkelsen and title rival Jari-Matti Latvala are back in fifth [...]

Lorenzo fastest after rain delay

October 24th, 2014

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Jorge Lorenzo set the pace in a rain-soaked second MotoGP practice session at Sepang, beating Marc Marquez by just over two tenths of a second to top the timesheets. The session was red-flagged almost as soon as it began due to the arrival of a heavy rain shower, with proceedings resuming after a 20 minute delay on a very wet circuit. The times rapidly tumbled as track conditions improved, and it was Lorenzo who took charge with a succession of fastest laps. Beating Marquez’s early benchmark by three tenths, the factory Yamaha rider proceeded to lower his time by a further 4.4 seconds over the course of his first stint as he explored the limit. Lorenzo’s best time of 2m14.503s would stand until the end of the session, with Marquez [...]

Lopez quickest on Friday at Suzuka

October 24th, 2014

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez produced a late run on new tyres to set the quickest time in Friday’s half-hour test at Suzuka. Lopez’s time of 2m06.987s was 0.791 seconds faster than his nine-time World Rally champion Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, who held the top spot on the timing screens for the final third of the session. Argentinean Lopez carries a 93-point lead in the drivers’ standings over defending champion Yvan Muller into this weekend’s penultimate round of the championship. Lopez requires just 17 points from the meeting’s potential maximum score of 55 to be crowned 2014 champion. Lopez would be the first Argentinean to win an FIA world championship since Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1957 Formula 1 crown. Four-time WTCC champion Muller completed a Citroen 1-2-3 on [...]

Pedrosa leads tight first practice

October 24th, 2014

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Dani Pedrosa edged out Aleix Espargaro and Jorge Lorenzo in a top three covered by just 0.037 seconds in opening practice for MotoGP’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. Pedrosa was fastest for most of the morning session, initially leading a Honda one-two with team-mate Marc Marquez. He was deposed by Lorenzo’s Yamaha, which in turn was then beaten by Forward Yamaha rider Espargaro with a lap 0.023s faster. That was despite Espargaro having suffered the only crash of the morning earlier in the session, when he lost his bike under braking into the final corner. Pedrosa responded on his last run with a lap of 2m01.379s to depose Espargaro by 0.014s. The performance came a day after Honda announced that it was promoting Ramon Aurin to replace Pedrosa’s long-time crew [...]

Sainz: Poor finale will be forgotten

October 23rd, 2014

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New Formula Renault 3.5 champion Carlos Sainz Jr believes the manner in which he sealed the crown last weekend at Jerez will soon be forgotten. The Red Bull junior went into the last double-header of the season with a commanding championship lead, thanks to winning seven of the first 15 races of the campaign. But Sainz and his DAMS team struggled all weekend, as he qualified 14th and 15th for the two races and failed to score a point as a result of being penalised after finishing ninth in race one. Title rival Roberto Merhi’s disastrous weekend meant that Sainz still became FR3.5′s youngest champion and the first Red Bull-backed driver to seal the crown, but he believes the over-riding achievement of winning the title is what people will remember [...]