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October 2014

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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.

  • 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.

Honda still wants Dynamics for BTCC

September 29th, 2014

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Honda is likely to continue with current works squad Team Dynamics if its 2015 British Touring Car Championship plans come to fruition. The Japanese firm, which has taken the last three BTCC drivers’ and four manufacturers’ titles, has yet to confirm its 2015 BTCC programme. But Honda UK MD Philip Crossman says the target is to carry on in the championship. “It’s a great series to be in,” Crossman told AUTOSPORT. “We love the action and the coverage. “It’s our ambition to be in it, but we want to do it right, so we need to get the package in place. “Our big challenge is 2015 is a seminal year for us. “With cars, engines and gearboxes, we have about 11 launches – and we’re back in F1.” Crossman believes [...]

FR3.5 ‘logical’ for McLaren’s de Vries

September 29th, 2014

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McLaren junior Nyck de Vries believes that moving into Formula Renault 3.5 in 2015 is the “logical step” following his title success in the Formula Renault Eurocup this year. The 19-year-old sealed the Eurocup crown with a double victory at the penultimate round of the season at Paul Ricard last weekend. If he moves into FR3.5 he will receive a €500,000 contribution to his 2015 budget from Renault as part of his Eurocup prize. “Now I think it would be quite a logical step forward to graduate to 3.5, so let’s hope we will be able to make that step,” said de Vries. “But it’s not up to me to decide what is going to happen. I will go where I am told to go and do the best I [...]

BRDC F4 expects Tatuus sell-out

September 29th, 2014

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BRDC Formula 4 organisers have confirmed 23 orders have been received for the new Tatuus-built FIA F4 car it will introduce for its 2015 winter series. Series promoter Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision company ordered 26 chassis from the Italian constructor last month, with nine of the championship’s existing teams purchasing cars and committing to BRDC F4 until the end of 2018. Though it has not been officially confirmed which teams have placed orders and for how many chassis, AUTOSPORT understands 2013 champion Lanan Racing has committed to a three-car team again, with title rival HHC Motorsport doing the same. The winter series-winning Douglas Motorsport squad is likely to slim from three cars to two, while Hillspeed and Petroball – both race-winning outfits – have confirmed they will return to the [...]

Gordon wins first knockout Chase race

September 28th, 2014

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Jeff Gordon claimed an ultimately dominant NASCAR Sprint Cup win at Dover as the original 16-strong Chase field was whittled down to 12. With the race up front an uneventful affair commanded in turn by Kevin Harvick, Brad Keselowski and finally Gordon, most of the interest was in which four drivers would be eliminated from the 2014 championship hunt as the three-race ‘Challenger round’ of the Chase ended. Greg Biffle, AJ Allmendinger and Aric Almirola were off the pace all day, and their title hopes duly fizzled out with 21st, 23rd and 28th place finishes. Kasey Kahne had the most nerve-wracking afternoon, dropping two laps down with a loose wheel early on. He mounted a steady fightback and his eventual 20th position was sufficient to get him through to the [...]

Solberg claims RX title, Hansen wins

September 28th, 2014

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Timmy Hansen claimed victory in the tenth round of the World Rallycross championship at Franciacorta, while Petter Solberg finished third and was crowned champion. The Norweigan scored enough points at the Italian-based event to ensure that nobody can catch him, even with two rounds remaining, and he became the first person to win a World Rallycross title. The event was won by Hansen, who topped the intermediate classification and his semi-final heat before emerging victorious in the final to score Team Peugeot-Hansen’s first victory with their Peugeot 208. Joined on the front row by team-mate Timur Timerzyanov, Hansen made the best start to lead into Turn 1 ahead of Timerzyanov and Solberg. Johan Kristoffersson made a poor start from the back row and trailed Andreas Bakkerud, while Supercar debutant Richard [...]

Marquez: I should have pitted sooner

September 28th, 2014

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Championship leader Marc Marquez admitted he should have pitted earlier to swap bikes during Aragon’s MotoGP race. The Honda rider decided to stay on track with a slick-shod bike long after the rain had hit the circuit and after most of his rivals had pitted to switch to a bike with rain tyres. In the end, Marquez crashed in the difficult conditions while leading. He managed to return to the track and change bikes, but finished down in 13th position. The Spaniard said in hindsight he should have pitted earlier. “Today’s race was difficult because I, like many other riders in MotoGP, had never experienced track conditions like this before,” said Marquez. “I think that we did a good job all weekend – it was just a pity about the [...]

Rossi suffered concussion at Aragon

September 28th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi has suffered a concussion as a result of his big accident during the MotoGP race at Aragon. Yamaha rider Rossi crashed heavily on lap four of the race after losing control of his bike at Turn 8. He was stretchered off and taken to the medical centre and later to a local hospital for a CT scan, although the team reported he had not suffered any serious injuries. Yamaha said Rossi suffered a concussion with a suspected loss of consciousness, but the CT scan ruled out any bleeding in the brain. He will be under observation in the coming hours, but the team said there are no reasons for concern. The next race takes place in Japan on October 12.

Sainz nears title with dominant win

September 28th, 2014

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Carlos Sainz Jr moved to within touching distance of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with a dominant victory in race two at Paul Ricard. The Spaniard stole the lead from polesitter Pierre Gasly with a fast start, squeezing his Red Bull stablemate to the inside of the track before swooping around the outside to move ahead. Gasly ran wide at the first corner as a result, and had to spent the first couple of laps fending off Jazeman Jaafar to hang onto second place. Jaafar tried everything he could to get past Gasly, but in the end his attacks left him open to a challenge from Roberto Merhi, who pounced on him for third. Merhi would lose the place to the Malaysian during the pitstops, but he once again found [...]

Plato beats Turkington in race one

September 28th, 2014

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Jason Plato took a narrow victory in the first British Touring Car race at Silverstone to keep his 2014 title hopes alive. Championship leader Colin Turkington jumped poleman Plato to lead into Copse in his rear-wheel-drive BMW, but the WSR machine has not had the straightline speed of its TOCA-engined rivals this weekend. Turkington was forced to defend into Brooklands on the opening two laps, before Plato neatly dived down the inside there on the third tour. The BMW gave the MG room and Plato held the lead for the rest of the race, albeit only really pulling clear of Turkington in the final stages. Mat Jackson’s fast-starting Motorbase Ford Focus held on to the leading duo throughout and attacked Turkington as the BMW faded late on. He nevertheless fell [...]

Marquez leads Moto3 after Miller clash

September 28th, 2014

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Alex Marquez, brother of MotoGP world champion Marc, moved into the Moto3 championship lead after a controversial tangle with rival Jack Miller at Aragon. The younger Marquez had closed to within nine points of season-long leader Miller – who will move straight into MotoGP with LCR Honda next year – heading into this weekend’s race. They then came together while battling for the race lead in the early stages of the Aragon race, which took place on a track still drying after earlier rain. Miller was attempting to hang on around the outside of Marquez at the end of the Spanish venue’s back straight when the two riders drifted into each other. While Marquez stayed on his bike, Miller was pitched into the air. He was able to recover to [...]

Forward extends Yamaha MotoGP deal

September 28th, 2014

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Forward Racing has renewed its deal to run Yamaha-based Open class bikes for the 2015 MotoGP season. The team took advantage of the new Open rules this year to begin a relationship with Yamaha, using a mixture of its own chassis package with Yamaha engines and a version of the factory outfit’s bike. Lead rider Aleix Espargaro has been a frontrunner throughout the season, taking pole for the Dutch TT at Assen, and finishing fourth both in the Netherlands and Qatar. A Forward statement said the 2015 agreement provided “A very competitive package that includes upgraded engine, frame, swingarm and linkage system” from Yamaha. Forward team boss Giovanni Cuzaro said the Yamaha deal had been even more successful than expected so far. “Last year, when we started this new adventure [...]

Greg Strange obituary: 1953-2014

September 28th, 2014

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Renowned radio broadcaster Greg Strange passed away on Friday following a short illness. He was 61. Most recently known for his work on iRally, Strange was always at his best on the radio, talking touring cars or rallying. The BBC correspondent for the World Rally Championship, Strange’s inimitable tone and character chartered the title glories of both Colin McRae and Richard Burns. His time with the BBC also took him into numerous other sporting arenas, including international rugby. While the demands of the BBC inevitably faded with the loss of British presence at the sharp end of the World Rally Championship, so Strange ramped up his own station’s coverage of the series. He was a true pioneer in bringing radio to rallying and the fan’s current consumption of live, stage-end [...]

Gasly takes first FR3.5 pole

September 28th, 2014

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Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly took his first Formula Renault 3.5 pole position in qualifying for race two at Paul Ricard. The Frenchman, who is looking for his maiden win in the series on home soil this weekend, moved to the top of the times inside the final minute, deposing championship leader and his Red Bull stablemate Carlos Sainz Jr in the process. Sainz attempted to respond and there was little to choose between them after the first two sectors of the Spaniard’s lap, but he was unable to finish it as the red flags came out with 23 seconds to go when Zoel Amberg went off. Speaking to AUTOSPORT after finishing second in race one, Gasly had stressed the importance of qualifying in his quest to land a race [...]

Mortara handed grid penalty

September 28th, 2014

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Edoardo Mortara is the second Audi driver to be given a grid penalty for the penultimate DTM race of the season at Zandvoort. Mortara qualified third for the race, having been less than a tenth behind pole-sitter Mike Rockenfeller in Q3, but will now start from the back of the grid after his RS5 failed the post-session technical inspection. It was found the front diffuser on the Italian’s car was too low, resulting in the cancellation of his qualifying times. Mortara is the second Audi driver to be penalised following qualifying, with Mattias Ekstrom having already been handed a five-place grid penalty for impeding Gary Paffett during Q1. With Mortara and Ekstrom dropping backwards, fellow Audi drivers Jamie Green and Nico Muller will now occupy the second row on the [...]

Ekstrom penalised for blocking

September 27th, 2014

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Mattias Ekstrom has been handed a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s DTM race at Zandvoort. The Audi driver was judged to have blocked Gary Paffett while warming his tyres during Q1 at the Dutch circuit, earning him a ‘drop of five positions in the grid for the next race the driver will participate’ according to the regulations. That means Ekstrom will now start the Zandvoort race from ninth position, with Jamie Green moving up to fourth, Nico Muller up to fifth, Pascal Wehrlein up to sixth, Martin Tomczyk up to seventh and Joey Hand up to eighth. Reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller will start the race from pole, as Audi looks to break a winless streak that stretches back to the Moscow round in August 2013.

Plato takes pole ahead of Turkington

September 27th, 2014

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Jason Plato took pole position for the penultimate round of the British Touring Car Championship at Silverstone. The Triple Eight MGs set the pace throughout practice and Plato duly secured pole by 0.064s, reducing his deficit to title leader Colin Turkington (WSR BMW) to 54 points. Plato set the benchmark at 58.511s early in the session, despite 36kg of success ballast. He failed to improve with his later runs, recording two 58.6s and one 58.7s, but remained just out of reach of the pack. Having spent some of the session around the back-end of the top six, Turkington (45kg of ballast) improved in the late stages to snatch second. Plato’s MG team-mate Sam Tordoff battled with the BMR VW CC of Aron Smith for third, eventually securing the spot with [...]

Kristoffersson heads first day in Italy

September 27th, 2014

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Swede Johan Kristoffersson heads the order after two heats of round 10 of the World Rallycross Championship in Italy. The VW Polo driver was second fastest in heat one behind Timmy Hansen and fastest in heat two to be top ahead of Hansen, who was second fastest in heat two. Another Swede, Anton Marklund, sits in third position. The drama of the day was left to championship leader Petter Solberg, who had an oil leak in heat one. His team worked hard to complete a repair in time for heat two, where Solberg was able to set the ninth best time, equalling his heat-one time to lie seventh overnight. The team will change the engine tonight back to a previously used unit and will not incur any points penalties. Solberg [...]

Rockenfeller grabs Zandvoort pole

September 27th, 2014

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Mike Rockenfeller will start Sunday’s DTM race from pole position after winning out in a lap record-breaking qualifying session at Zandvoort. The Audi driver was not quickest in either Q1 or Q2, saving his best lap of the session for when it mattered in Q3 with a 1m30.713, the fastest ever DTM pole position at the Dutch circuit. “It feels great, of course,” said Rockenfeller. “We knew it was going to be close, it’s really tough this championship, therefore when you’re on pole you can be really proud. “I was quite ill the last few days with my stomach, so it feels good to be here, and to be on pole.” The pole position lap record’s previous owner Marco Wittmann finished the session second, missing out on pole by just [...]

Marquez beats Pedrosa to pole

September 27th, 2014

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MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez beat Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa to pole position for the 800th premier class grand prix at Aragon. Marquez went to the top of the order after his first flying lap and broke his own circuit record by 0.124 seconds in doing so, before going even quicker next time around with a 1m47.572s. It looked like the reigning champion would then cruise to pole, but Pedrosa sprung a surprise by going 0.020s quicker than his compatriot before Marquez reclaimed pole with a last-gasp lap of 1m47.187s. Andrea Iannone jumped up to third at the end to take his second consecutive front row start on Pramac’s revised Ducati and starts ahead of Pol Espargaro and the hugely impressive Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi on the second row. [...]

Plato sets Silverstone practice pace

September 27th, 2014

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Jason Plato set the pace as the Triple Eight MG squad dominated British Touring Car free practice at Silverstone. The former double champion, who has to score well this weekend to keep his title hopes alive, was fastest in the morning with 58.614s. He only managed second to team-mate Sam Tordoff, who recorded 58.624s, in the later session but remained ahead overall. Plato was also able to record a number of laps in the 58s bracket. Tordoff, who conceded he will probably return to Plato’s set-up after trying something different in the afternoon, said: “We’re where we need to be in terms of balance. We know we’re quick here.” Gordon Shedden (works Honda Civic Tourer) improved on his Silverstone form of recent years with third overall thanks to his 58.695s [...]