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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.

HTP Mercedes gets surprise Zolder win

October 19th, 2014

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Maximilian Buhk and Maximilian Gotz pulled off a surprise Blancpain Sprint Series victory for the HTP Mercedes team at Zolder. The HTP Motorsport duo came from sixth on the grid in the main race to claim a victory by 2.8 seconds on a circuit that didn’t favour their Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG. Buhk, who had muscled his way up to sixth in Saturday’s qualifying event, jumped to fourth at the start, before a quick turn-around during the mandatory pitstops by the HTP squad got Gotz out just ahead of his pursuers. Jeroen Bleekemolen, who had taken over the Grasser Lamborghini Gallardo LFII from Hari Proczyk, was unable to mount a challenge and was powerless to prevent the Merc edging away to a clear victory. Laurens Vanthoor, who won the qualifying event [...]

Rowland dominates FR3.5 finale

October 19th, 2014

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Oliver Rowland took a dominant victory in the final race of the Formula Renault 3.5 season at Jerez, while Pierre Gasly moved up to second in the championship. After polesitter Roberto Merhi was relegated to third on the grid for holding up another car in qualifying, Rowland moved up to pole position and controlled the race from the off. He held off a fast-starting Gasly for the lead into Turn 1, and the Frenchman’s threat evaporated when he was delayed in his pitstop at the start of lap nine. While Rowland extended his lead, Gasly rejoined behind Will Buller and Nicholas Latifi. A mid-race safety car closed the pack up, but Rowland cruised away again at the restart, and Latifi edged past Buller with a move through Turns 1 and [...]

Kiss claims runner-up spot with win

October 19th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss took a well-judged victory in the first Auto GP race at Estoril. It was the Hungarian’s third win of the 2014 season, and his second with the Virtuosi UK squad. The win confirmed Kiss as the series runner-up behind Kimiya Sato, who was crowned champion at the Nurburgring in August. The race began under some confusion as an apparently clean initial start was red flagged due to what appeared to be a procedural issue involving the medical car at the back of the grid. The cars made the second start under safety car, with Kiss leading away and soon opening up a four second gap. Behind Kiss, ex-Formula 1 racer Antonio Pizzonia used all of his experience at the restart to sweep ahead of 2013 Auto GP [...]

DTM drops option tyres for 2015

October 19th, 2014

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The DTM will drop option tyres from its sporting regulations for 2015. It was announced during the Hockenheim weekend that just a single compound tyre will be used next season, spelling an end to the DTM’s option tyre era. The decision comes as part of what will likely be a wider ranging change of the sporting regulations, which have at times been criticised this season, particularly with the option tyre usage rule essentially forcing all cars to pit at the same time. “The many letters, emails and messages on the social networks that reached us during the season show one thing in particular: the races have to be decided behind the steering wheel and not behind the computer, and even less behind the green table,” said ITR chairman Hans Werner [...]

Merhi loses FR3.5 pole to penalty

October 19th, 2014

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Roberto Merhi has lost his pole position for the Formula Renault 3.5 season finale for impeding another car in qualifying. The Spaniard – who is fighting with Pierre Gasly to finish as runner-up to Carlos Sainz Jr in the standings – was one of three drivers given a two-place grid drop for holding up other cars. That penalty drops Merhi to third, promoting Gasly to the front row alongside new polesitter Oliver Rowland. Merhi was judged to have impeded Marlon Stockinger at the final chicane, while Zoel Amberg was also penalised for holding up Jazeman Jaafar at the last corner. The second Zeta Corse car of Roman Mavlanov picked up the same penalty for impeding Matthieu Vaxiviere at Turn 5, but that one makes no difference to his starting position [...]

Auer wins finale after Blomqvist duel

October 19th, 2014

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Lucas Auer finished the Formula 3 European Championship season with a superb win after a frantic opening lap in which he passed poleman Tom Blomqvist. Austrian Auer initially challenged Blomqvist on the long run down to the Spitzkehre hairpin, but was on the outside so could not find a way past. He tried again at the Mercedes Arena, going inside for the tight left-hander and then completing the move by running around the outside on the right-handed exit. The safety car appeared immediately, and at the restart Blomqvist had a hard look at passing Auer in the Mercedes Arena, but he ran wide, gifting the leading Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes an advantage of 1.4 seconds. Within a few laps the gap was out to two seconds and, although Blomqvist made tiny [...]

Tincknell claims ELMS pole for JOTA

October 19th, 2014

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Harry Tincknell claimed his fourth pole position of the European Le Mans Series season at Estoril on Sunday morning. The JOTA Sport Zytek-Nissan driver produced a laptime of 1m29.497s to beat Tristan Gommendy’s Thiriet by TDS Racing Ligier into second place. The Signatech Alpine will start third after Nelson Panciatici’s efforts, ahead of the Murphy Prototypes ORECA-Nissan qualified by Pipo Derani and ex-F1 driver Christian Klien in NewBlood by Morand’s Morgan-Judd. In LMGTE, birthday boy Stuart Hall scored the first 2014 pole for the Gulf Racing Aston Martin squad with a 1m37.269s, just 0.096s ahead of the JMW Motorsport Ferrari of Daniel Zampieri. In GTC, Luca Persiani took SMP Racing’s third pole in his Ferrari 458 with a lap of 1m38.783s, 0.091s ahead of the ART GP McLaren of Kevin [...]

Jerez FR3.5: Merhi hits back with pole

October 19th, 2014

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Roberto Merhi grabbed the advantage in the fight to be runner-up to Carlos Sainz Jr in Formula Renault 3.5, taking pole position for race two at Jerez. The Spaniard, whose title hopes were dashed by a first corner crash in race one on Saturday, moved to the top of the times with two minutes remaining. While his rivals were unable to beat his time, Merhi was one of the few drivers able to drag another quick lap out of his tyres, improving his benchmark by another tenth of a second as the chequered flag came out. It marked a big turnaround in fortunes for the Zeta Corse driver, who admitted that his team “started from zero” on Saturday morning after making some fundamental errors with his car during Friday practice. [...]

Rossi wins after Marquez crashes

October 19th, 2014

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Valentino Rossi claimed victory in his 250th premier class race as he won MotoGP’s Australian Grand Prix after Marc Marquez crashed out of the lead. Marquez had taken charge of the Phillip Island event from pole and was four seconds clear of the field when he lost the front end of his Honda, which was running Bridgestone’s new asymmetric tyre, under braking for the Turn 10 hairpin with nine laps to go. By that time, Rossi had finally won a huge battle for what had been second place with his Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. Rossi burst through from eighth on the grid to start chasing Lorenzo, who had managed to stay within a second of Marquez early on before his pace faded. The two Yamahas swapped position repeatedly in the [...]

Miller win trims Marquez’s Moto3 lead

October 19th, 2014

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Jack Miller trimmed five points back from Alex Marquez’s Moto3 championship lead by claiming a home win in an extraordinary finish at Phillip Island. In recent weeks Marquez, brother of MotoGP world champion Marc, had taken charge of a title race previously led by 2015 LCR MotoGP signing Miller all year, and looked set to further increase his advantage when he qualified on pole in Australia with Miller only eighth. But Miller was immediately a factor in an outstanding race featuring a nine-bike lead pack throughout. A minor moment with four laps to go dropped Marquez to the tail of that queue but he quickly fought back, while Miller came out unscathed from a late jostle in which Danny Kent and Brad Binder both crashed. As the final lap began [...]

Vickers tops bizarre qualifying

October 18th, 2014

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Brian Vickers ended up on Talladega NASCAR Sprint Cup pole at the end of a bizarre first attempt at the latest iteration of qualifying at the superspeedway. NASCAR adjusted its new-for-2014 knockout qualifying format for Talladega after the previous round at the track featured long periods of inactivity before cars ran single laps in huge packs to try to use the slipstream essential for a fast lap. But shortening the segments and splitting the field into two groups for the first part of qualifying made no difference, as again drivers mostly waited in the pitlane until the last possible moment then jostled to get to the tail of the drafting pack for a one-lap group run. Confusion followed as several drivers had times disallowed when NASCAR ascertained that they had [...]

Blomqvist claims lights-to-flag win

October 18th, 2014

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Tom Blomqvist led all the way in the second Formula 3 European Championship race of the Hockenheim finale. The Anglo-Swede made a good start and stretched a small advantage over Lucas Auer before the race was neutralised for a one-lap safety-car period after Michele Beretta’s damaged rear wing fell onto the track exiting the Sachskurve. After the restart, Blomqvist pulled out a 1.1-second margin on the first lap and was untroubled thereafter to take his sixth win in his Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen, leapfrogging Max Verstappen for second in the championship with one race to go. “From the outside it might have looked quite straightforward,” said Blomqvist, “but track conditions today have been quite tricky after the DTM cars were out on track. “I made a few little errors, [...]

Kiss on pole for Auto GP finale

October 18th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss will start from pole position for the penultimate round of the Auto GP season at Estoril. The Virtuosi UK driver beat returning 2013 champion Vittorio Ghirelli’s Super Nova Lola by just 0.083s. Ex-Formula 1 driver Antonio Pizzonia got to within a tenth of a second of being on the front row in his Zele-entered car but ultimately had to settle for third place after his tyre performance dropped off on the notoriously abrasive surface. Markus Pommer’s Super Nova-run machine completes the second row of the grid as he endeavours to overturn Pal Kiss for second in the title standings. The first session was interrupted by Luis Sa Silva stopped in his Zele Racing car with a suspected electrical problem. The Angolan was forced to park his car [...]

Molina takes final pole of 2014

October 18th, 2014

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Miguel Molina led an Audi 1-2-3 in the final DTM qualifying session of the 2014 season at Hockenheim. Molina and team-mate Mattias Ekstrom staged an impressive battle for pole in the closing minutes of Q3, Molina replacing the former champion at the top with a 1m33.316s with 90 seconds of the sessions remaining. Ekstrom fell just short of retaking top spot at the flag, his final effort a 1m33.332s, hading Molina pole for the second time in a Hockenheim finale, the Spaniard fastest in qualifying at the Baden-Wurttemberg circuit back in 2011. “It always feel really good,” Molina said. “We had some tough moments during the season, so this always helps to keep the confidence.” Edoardo Mortara, who was just eighth quickest in Q2, rounded out the Audi hat-trick by [...]

Vanthoor/Ramos win after clash

October 18th, 2014

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Laurens Vanthoor and Cesar Ramos claimed a dominant victory for the WRT Audi team in the Blancpain Sprint Series qualifying race at Zolder. Pole winner Vanthoor lost the lead to team-mate and fellow factory driver Rene Rast in the opening exchanges and trailed the sister Audi R8 LMS ultra for eight laps before his bid for the lead at the final corner ended up in contact and a quick spin for Rast. The mandatory mid-race pitstops all took place during a brief mid-race safety-car period, after which Ramos retained the lead ahead of Peter Kox in the Reiter-run NSC Motorsports Lamborghini Gallardo LFII. The Brazilian former GP2 driver was able to extend his lead over the Lambo to an eventual 15.9 seconds at the end of the one-hour race. Vanthoor [...]

Stevens wins as Sainz claims title

October 18th, 2014

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Will Stevens took his second win of the Formula Renault 3.5 season in the first race at Jerez, while Carlos Sainz Jr was crowned champion. As Stevens and fellow front-row starter Oliver Rowland made clean getaways at the front, Sainz’s title was confirmed just seconds later when his only rival, Roberto Merhi, was taken out in a first-corner collision. Merhi, who had made a good start and was trying to make up ground on the outside approaching Turn 1, was an innocent victim as Will Buller and Marlon Stockinger banged wheels, pitching Buller into Merhi and taking them both into the gravel. Sainz had a messy first couple of corners as well, making contact with Oscar Tunjo at Turns 1 and 2. The second impact was bigger than the first [...]

ELMS calendar unchanged for 2015

October 18th, 2014

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The European Le Mans Series is set to run to an unchanged schedule in 2015. The ELMS is planning to visit the same five venues at the same time of year as this season and retain the two-day format of the events and the four-hour race duration. Series boss Gerard Neveu said: “The 2015 provisional calendar represents stability for our teams and partners, and returning to the same five venues at the same time of year allows us to build awareness of the events.” The British round at Silverstone is planned to kick off the ELMS on the Saturday of the World Endurance Championship meeting. 2015 ELMS CALENDAR: April 11 Silverstone (GB)May 17 Imola (I)July 12 Red Bull Ring (A)September 6 Paul Ricard (F)October 18 Estoril (P)

‘End of the road’ for British F3

October 18th, 2014

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The British Formula 3 Championship will not happen in 2015, according to the man who runs the series’ teams’ group FOTA. Peter Briggs told AUTOSPORT that the championship, which has run continually since 1979, has been canned for 2015 after all avenues of reviving it failed. The most recent plan was to effectively merge with the German F3 Cup, with both series’ teams running a four-round British F3 schedule and a four-round German F3 calendar. But AUTOSPORT understands that the smaller teams from German F3 were against this move, with concerns over getting parity between the 2008-11 generation cars that run in Germany and the current 2012-spec machinery that predominates in Britain, and that the German series’ board decided not to proceed. Briggs said: “SRO [British F3's promoter] and the [...]

Wittmann tops practice at Hockenheim

October 18th, 2014

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Recently-crowned 2014 DTM champion Marco Wittmann set the pace in practice for the final race of the season at Hockenheim. The BMW driver was third quickest in the first hour-long session, before rocketing to the top just minutes from the end of second session with an unbeatable 1m33.585s effort. Joey Hand made it a BMW one-two with his own late improvement, setting a 1m33.690s inside the last five minutes of the second session, having been just 21st quickest in practice one. Miguel Molina was another driver to find pace between the two sessions, the Audi driver going from seventh fastest in FP1 to third fastest in FP2 with a 1m33.771s. Mike Rockenfeller and Antonio Felix da Costa were fourth and fifth fastest respectively in FP2, while Adrien Tambay, Timo Glock [...]

Kiss quickest in Auto GP practice

October 18th, 2014

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Tamas Pal Kiss topped the times in Auto GP free practice at Estoril on Saturday morning. In damp conditions the Hungarian set a best time of 1m42.601s in his Virtuosi UK-run Lola to head Markus Pommer by 0.7 seconds. Kiss is aiming to cement the runner-up in the 2014 Auto GP series this weekend, and currently has a 13-point cushion over Super Nova driver Pommer. 2013 champion Vittorio Ghirelli was third fastest on his return to the series with Super Nova. He replaces the injured Michela Cerruti this weekend. Antonio Pizzonia registered the fourth quickest time, setting his best lap of 1m43.558s on his final tour of the session. The former Williams and Jaguar Formula 1 driver is http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/116375 this weekend after winning the final race of the 2012 Auto [...]