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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
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

Evans takes lead on wild stage

October 2nd, 2015

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Elfyn Evans surged into the Tour of Corsica lead on a wild final Friday stage, as erstwhile frontrunners Sebastien Ogier and Robert Kubica dropped to 10th and fifth respectively. Torrential rain in the region caused floods and landslides, causing the cancellation of SS2 while SS3 was delayed. Conditions were extremely wet and muddy when the third stage got going, and many drivers struggled for confidence. Ogier was not among them, and he looked set to surge clear with early split times half a minute clear of his Volkswagen team-mates. But it went awry when he picked up a puncture and had to stop to change a wheel. Though he was under way again in less than two minutes, the delay forced him down to 10th. Kubica was among the drivers [...]

Lotus has ‘tasty drivers’ in its sights

October 2nd, 2015

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Lotus is eyeing up “quite a few tasty drivers” as it seeks a replacement for Romain Grosjean following confirmation of his move this week to Formula 1 newcomer Haas. Grosjean’s departure after four years as a Lotus driver means the team – due to be taken over by Renault in the coming weeks – has one seat available as Pastor Maldonado has already been confirmed for next year. IAN PARKES: Has Grosjean committed career suicide? Reserve Jolyon Palmer, Jean-Eric Vergne and Kevin Magnussen are just a few of the names who have been linked with the vacancy. Assessing the situation, deputy team principal Federico Gastaldi said: “We know we can now publicly say ‘bonne chance’ to Romain who is headed to pastures new next year. “He’s been a real asset [...]

Venue change for World RX finale

October 2nd, 2015

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The venue for the World Rallycross Championship’s final round in Argentina has been moved from San Luis to Rosario. San Luis hosted World RX’s first visit to South America last November but according to a championship statement “local elections have meant that the work required to the rallycross track at San Luis has not been completed. “A new circuit in Rosario has now been chosen to stage the final round of the world championships, pending final approval of the circuit and final agreement between the championship promoter and local organiser.” The San Luis venue was one of five new circuits in the World RX championship in 2014, but did not live up to the standards set by other new venues such as Istanbul Park in Turkey and Franciacorta in Italy. [...]

WRC Corsica to resume with delay

October 2nd, 2015

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Stage three of the World Rally Championship’s Tour of Corsica will go ahead with a delay, but conditions are deteriorating again in the area. The second stage of the WRC’s French event was cancelled as torrential rain resulted in landslides and floods, primarily affecting the roads leading to the competitive sections. There was intense debate over whether the rest of leg one should be abandoned altogether, but organisers are now going ahead with the 22.63-mile Francardo-Sermano stage at 3.30pm local time, 43 minutes later than originally scheduled. Although the weather improved for a spell, there is heavy rain over the stage again now. AUTOSPORT understands there is disquiet among WRC crews about the decision to run the stage. A leading co-driver said: “They’ve sent a digger through to shovel the [...]

Hulkenberg: F1 practice should be cut

October 2nd, 2015

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Nico Hulkenberg says there is too much time set aside for practice during a Formula 1 grand prix weekend and believes it should be cut down. Currently, there are two 90-minute practice sessions on Friday followed by a one-hour session on Saturday ahead of qualifying. Force India driver Hulkenberg referenced the format in GP2, where there is just 45 minutes of practice, as something F1 should consider. “I am sometimes of the opinion that we have too much practice in Formula 1,” said Hulkenberg. “Two 90-minute sessions on Friday and on Saturday another hour – it is a lot of practice. “I think I would personally find it more interesting if we had a lot less like in GP2. “Maybe not quite as little but where you only had half [...]

Remainder of Corsica day one in doubt

October 2nd, 2015

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World Rally Championship and Tour of Corsica officials are currently meeting to decide whether the rest of day one will have to be cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Flooding and landslides have affected the route to stages two and three, with SS2 already cancelled. At present, SS3 is scheduled to begin at 2.47pm local time but the damage to the roads means this is in doubt. AUTOSPORT understands rally organisers are working on either a re-routing to get to the SS3 start, or a shortened version of the stage, which was planned at 22 miles. Another option, which the teams have been told is the organisers’ preference, is to run SS3 around three-quarters of an hour later than originally scheduled. Although rain remains heavy in the service park in [...]

Gilham stays on for BTCC finale

October 2nd, 2015

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Tony Gilham has confirmed he will drive his Team Hard outfit’s Toyota Avensis in the British Touring Car Championship finale at Brands Hatch. Gilham replaced season-long driver Kieran Gallagher for the last round at Silverstone at the last minute, after the rookie hit funding issues following a bruising Rockingham weekend in September. A best finish of 15th in race three meant Gilham doubled the team’s points tally for the season and the podium finisher will continue in the Avensis next weekend. “We were always up against it having had very little running in an NGTC car, and admittedly I was very nervous after three years away,” said Gilham. “You always worry that you may have been left behind but in truth I was happy with the pace. “We made big [...]

Ferrari progress ‘limited’ until 2016

October 2nd, 2015

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Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari is aware of its 2015 Formula 1 car’s weaknesses but is limited on what it can do to solve them in the remaining grands prix. Ferrari secured its third win and first double podium of the season in Singapore, but normal service resumed in Japan last weekend as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes a one-two. The Scuderia was second best, with Sebastian Vettel taking the final spot on the podium and Raikkonen recovering from sixth after an “average” lap in qualifying to finish fourth. With all teams now focusing more heavily on 2016 development, Raikkonen admitted Ferrari’s pursuit of Mercedes this term will be hampered. “We know where the weaknesses are but there are limited things we can do at this time of year,” [...]

Wolff joins Coulthard for 2015 RoC

October 2nd, 2015

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Williams Formula 1 test driver Susie Wolff will contest the Race of Champions again this year, joining David Coulthard in Team Scotland. Last December the pair, then representing Great Britain, reached the Nations Cup final, where they lost out to Nordic duo Tom Kristensen and Petter Solberg. Wolff went out in the group stages of the individual 2014 competition on the second day. “Last year was a fantastic experience so I’m delighted to be coming back to the Race of Champions,” said Wolff. “It’s a very challenging event, you just go in and try to find the limit as quickly as possible in all the different cars while trying to avoid mistakes – all of it against some of the world’s best drivers. “But it was great to have David [...]

Lydden Hill at risk if revamp rejected

October 2nd, 2015

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Lydden Hill chiefs say Britain’s World Rallycross Championship venue could be forced to close if proposed new plans to develop its facilities are rejected by Dover District Council. Circuit owner Pat Doran believes the Kent venue would almost certainly become unviable if income cannot be sought through a number of ventures included in upgrade plans released two weeks ago. “This is more than just the development and upgrade of the venue, which is what people look at and go, ‘that’s great’. It’s not about that,” said Doran. “Lydden has been sitting in limbo really since McLaren bought it, because of the planning restrictions surrounding what they wanted to do with it. “It’s been a hard struggle to try and get the place to pay its way.” Doran says that additional [...]

No 1000hp limit for LMP1 cars in WEC

October 2nd, 2015

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The maximum power of LMP1 hybrid systems has been capped for next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, clarifying an erroneous announcement made after this week’s FIA World Motor Sport Council. An upper limit of 300kW, equivalent to approximately 400bhp, has been introduced on safety grounds at Le Mans because it is an FIA grade 2 circuit. Hybrid power will not be restricted at other rounds of the World Endurance Championship on Formula 1 tracks. This is the rule that was initially announced after this week’s WMSC as a restriction on the combined power of a P1 car’s internal combustion engine and hybrid systems to 1000bhp. The manufacturers were previously not restricted in terms of hybrid power at Le Mans, only in the amount of energy they could deploy over a [...]

Kubica and Ogier share Corsica lead

October 2nd, 2015

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Robert Kubica and Sebastien Ogier hold a joint early lead on the World Rally Championship’s French round, the Tour of Corsica. Shakedown pacesetter Kubica’s Pirelli tyres were tipped to work well on the wet asphalt that has greeted WRC crews on the championship’s return to Corsica following the collapse of the previous French event in Alsace. On the 18-mile opener Plage du Liamone – Sarrola-Carcopino, Ford privateer Kubica was slightly slower than the Volkswagens of Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala through the splits, but he reached the finish in the exact same 19m44.0s time as world champion Ogier. Despite that performance, Kubica ended the stage “very upset” with what he described as a set-up mistake by his RK team that he felt compromised his performance. The ex-Formula 1 driver declined to [...]

WTCC adds cycling-style ‘time trial’

October 2nd, 2015

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The World Touring Car Championship will introduce a new, cycling-inspired team time trial in 2016, as part of a renewed focus on the manufacturers’ championship. Each manufacturer will nominate three cars after qualifying to contest the new session, dubbed MAC3 and inspired by the team component of cycling events such as the Tour de France. The drivers will start side-by-side and complete two or three laps – one on the Nurburgring Nordschleife – with the third driver’s total time representing each brand, in a fight for additional manufacturers’ championship points. VIDEO: WTCC LAUNCHES ‘MAC3′ TIME TRIAL “As a promoter, I usually find that we FIA world championships are not very good at promoting the world manufacturers’ title,” Francois Ribeiro told AUTOSPORT. “If you put the manufacturers in a room and [...]

IMSA launches new DPi LMP2 class

October 1st, 2015

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The Daytona Prototype name will be retained for rebodied LMP2 machinery competing in the renamed IMSA SportsCar Championship from 2017. IMSA’s P2-based formula will be known as Daytona Prototype international (DPi). It allows for manufacturers to develop their own bodywork incorporating road car styling cues for the four permitted P2 chassis and to use their own engines. DPi machinery will compete against standard LMP2 machinery, which will all be powered by a new Gibson normally-aspirated V8 engine, in the Prototype class at the front of the IMSA grid. Governing body IMSA will balance the performance of the DPi contenders with that of the pure LMP2 cars in the same way as they have P2 machinery with the current generation of aluminium-chassis Daytona Prototype. IMSA president Scott Atherton said that the [...]

Chevrolet retains main four drivers

October 1st, 2015

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Chevrolet has re-signed the four drivers who make up the core of its works GT line-up for next season’s programme with the Corvette C7.R. Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner have all had their contracts renewed for a programme that Chevrolet said is “expected to include” the full renamed IMSA SportsCar Championship and a return to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Chevrolet Racing director Mark Kent said: “We are pleased to have the Corvette Racing driver line-up set for 2016. “Antonio, Jan, Oliver and Tommy have been behind the wheel of the familiar yellow Corvettes for several seasons now. “Having our drivers in place provides Corvette Racing the opportunity to maintain its focus on preparing for the 2016 season. “With the addition of new cars and competitors [...]

DeltaWing unveils GT car concept

October 1st, 2015

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The DeltaWing organisation has taken the wraps off the chassis of a GT car that could enter competition next season. The DeltaWing Technology Group, which is headed by Don Panoz, unveiled the basis of the ‘GT concept race car’ alongside a full size mock-up of what a road-going DeltaWing might look like at Road Atlanta today ahead of this weekend’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship. Both designs borrow their distinctive architecture from the DeltaWing prototypes, the current DWC13 coupe that races in the USC and the original open car that competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2012. The race car concept has been conceived as a mobile test bed for future Panoz DeltaWing road vehicles. It is built around an aluminium spaceframe chassis, and is scheduled to begin testing [...]

Newgarden to stay with CFH for 2016

October 1st, 2015

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Josef Newgarden will remain at CFH Racing for the 2016 IndyCar season, the team has confirmed. The 24-year-old had a breakout 2015, scoring two victories – the same tally as Juan Pablo Montoya, Will Power and Graham Rahal, among others – and topping the field in laps led. He was known to have been in contact with at least one of the series’ traditional big teams over the past couple of months, however the lack of open seats at Penske and Ganassi for next year – coupled with the budget that would be required for a move to Andretti – meant remaining at CFH was always his most likely option. “I am very excited to be back at CFH Racing,” said Newgarden. “It all really comes down to the confidence [...]

DAMS joins GP3 grid for 2016 season

October 1st, 2015

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Multiple single-seater championship-winning team DAMS has announced it will enter GP3 for the first time in 2016. The move into GP3 comes at the expense of DAMS’ Formula Renault 3.5 programme, which will stop at the end of this season. Racing in FR3.5 alongside Formula E and GP2 this season is understood to have been a logistical complication, which running GP2 and GP3 at the same venues next year is set to ease. DAMS’ managing director Francois Sicard told AUTOSPORT: “Logistics played a part in the decision as having both GP2 and GP3 makes sense, but also we were approached by drivers expressing interest in GP3.” The seventh season of GP3 next year will feature a fresh technical package, including a new Dallara chassis and 3.4 litre, 400bhp, Mecachrome engine. [...]

Button backs direction of Formula 1

October 1st, 2015

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McLaren’s Jenson Button says he likes the direction Formula 1 is moving towards with the ideas being discussed for its future. Amid falling viewing figures, the current generation of Formula 1 cars has received criticism for not providing a spectacular enough excitement for the fans. From 2017, there are plans to introduce cars that are five seconds per lap faster, more aggressive looking with wider front and rear wings and bigger rear tyres. Button, speaking to AUTOSPORT the night before his 2016 deal with McLaren was confirmed, believes F1 is taking the right steps. “For me, 10 years ago, the sport was in a great place in terms of how the cars felt and I think they are going back in that direction,” he said. “People have realised that some [...]

February start for 2016 F1 testing

October 1st, 2015

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Formula 1′s 2016 pre-season test schedule will now start eight days earlier than planned, in light of the revised grand prix calendar for next year. The first test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya had been earmarked for March 1-4, with the second and final test a fortnight later at the same venue on March 15-18. Summer break reinstated in updated F1 calendar But with the season-opening race in Australia switched from April 3 to March 20, that has had a knock-on effect. The Spanish circuit will continue to host both tests, but with the initial four-day session to run from February 22-25. Rather than an 11-day gap between tests as had previously been scheduled, there is now only a four-day break, with the second test taking up the March 1-4 [...]