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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.

Formula E drops formation lap

November 21st, 2014

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Formula E’s decision to drop pre-race formation laps has been met with a mixed response from the drivers. The first race in Beijing featured a traditional formation lap, but it wound up being too slow thanks to teams and drivers being highly mindful of the 28kW per hour limit on the battery output. The series has since decided to the drop the idea of a formation lap entirely, with the cars to complete a ‘to-grid’ lap from the pits, before lining up on the main straight pre-race, five rows back from their starting position. They will then be driven the last few metres to the actual grid boxes before the race is started. While the drivers admitted they understand the reasoning for the decision, it has not been met with [...]

Vandoorne takes fourth straight pole

November 21st, 2014

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McLaren Formula 1 protege Stoffel Vandoorne claimed his fourth consecutive GP2 pole in qualifying for the series finale in Abu Dhabi. His Yas Marina performance immediately halved the eight-point gap to Felipe Nasr in his quest to overhaul the 2015 Sauber F1 signing for second in the GP2 standings. Nasr starts fifth. Vandoorne put his ART car on top with a 1m48.736s during the first runs, before being pushed back to fourth behind DAMS duo Jolyon Palmer and Stephane Richelmi plus Russian Time man Mitch Evans when the final pole shots began. Champion Palmer’s provisional pole time of 1m48.187s was six tenths faster than Vandoorne’s initial effort, but the Belgian still squeezed ahead by 0.099 seconds. Although the frontrunners backed off to cool their tyres before trying one last time, [...]

Lynn champion as Kirchhofer gets pole

November 21st, 2014

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Alex Lynn became the 2014 GP3 Series champion after his only title rival Dean Stoneman failed to take the Abu Dhabi pole position necessary to keep him in contention. Stoneman was second fastest around the Yas Marina circuit, but like everyone else he had no answer to the pace of Marvin Kirchhofer, the German taking pole by 0.471 seconds in his ART Grand Prix car. Kirchhofer led Stoneman after the field had made their first runs, and it was Dino Zamparelli who was the first to lower the poletime on the second runs. That time was quickly beaten by Lynn and then Emil Bernstorff before Kirchhofer put in his final effort. Stoneman then moved up to second place in his Koiranen GP car and set a purple time in sector [...]

Vandoorne leads GP2 finale practice

November 21st, 2014

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McLaren Formula 1 test driver Stoffel Vandoorne began his bid to beat 2015 Sauber racer Felipe Nasr to the GP2 runner-up spot with the fastest time in Abu Dhabi practice. While Jolyon Palmer has already wrapped up the GP2 title, Nasr is only eight points ahead of series rookie Vandoorne for second place. Vandoorne led the way in Friday’s opening session, clocking a 1m50.437s lap for ART to beat DAMS’ Stephane Richelmi by 0.075 seconds. DAMS held a one-two for a spell with Richelmi and Palmer, but they were first demoted, then separated, as Arthur Pic slotted his Campos entry into third. Johnny Cecotto Jr completed the top five ahead of Nasr. Ferrari and Red Bull proteges Raffaelle Marciello and Pierre Gasly were next up in seventh and eighth, followed [...]

Dahlgren parts with Volvo V8 team

November 21st, 2014

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Swedish driver Robert Dahlgren will leave the Garry Rogers Motorsport-run Volvo Polestar V8 Supercars team at the end of 2014 after a single season. Dahlgren has been the only European driver competing in V8s full-time this year, but he has struggled to make an impression in his rookie campaign. The 34-year-old sometime World Touring Car Championship racer, who replaced Alexandre Premat at GRM when it began its Volvo programme, is last among the V8 regulars in the championship and has a best finish of 13th. His team-mate Scott McLaughlin has taken the new Volvo S60 to four wins in championship rounds and another in one of the non-points Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix support races in Melbourne. But team boss Garry Rogers said long-time Volvo man Dahlgren’s contribution to getting [...]

Hendrick extends Kahne’s deal to 2018

November 21st, 2014

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Kasey Kahne will stay on with Hendrick Motorsports in the NASCAR Sprint Cup until at least 2018. The 34-year-old joins team-mates Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr on a long-term deal with Rick Hendrick’s Chevrolet squad. Kahne joined Hendrick for 2012 after a stint with the Red Bull team. He has been a race-winner and Chase participant every season since, although he was eliminated from title contention in the first cut-off under the 2014 system. “I’ve found a home at Hendrick Motorsports,” said Kahne. “We have incredible people and partners supporting us, and I couldn’t be more excited about the direction we’re headed as a team and a company. “It’s the right place for me, and I’m looking forward to being here for a long time.” Team boss [...]

Auto GP team Virtuosi to BRDC F4

November 19th, 2014

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Auto GP race-winning team Virtuosi Racing will run two selected drivers in a free BRDC Formula 4 test next month ahead of a planned move into the championship in 2015. The British squad, established in 2012, has fielded the runner-up in the Auto GP drivers’ standings in two of its three seasons, doing so with Tamas Pal Kiss this year and Pal Varhaug two years ago. It is inviting drivers to apply to take part in its Snetterton test on December 2, which will act as a precursor to a driver-development programme and BRDC F4 campaign next year alongside its existing Auto GP commitment. “Junior formulas are there to teach drivers and hone their skills ready to move up the ladder,” Virtuosi co-founder Andy Roche told AUTOSPORT. “In the current [...]

Villeneuve splits with World RX team

November 19th, 2014

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1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve will not complete his maiden season in the World Rallycross Championship, and is unlikely to return next year. British squad Albatec Racing will replace Villeneuve with 2007 British Rallycross champion Ollie O’Donovan for next week’s season finale in Argentina. Villeneuve made his rallycross debut at the 2014 season-opener in Portugal, but in seven events failed to make it into the semi-finals. He also missed four rounds of the series while absent on F1 commentating duty, but despite there being no date clash for the final round, Villeneuve has elected not to race. “Jacques has made some statements where he wasn’t supportive of the team or the championship,” said Albatec team owner and driver Andy Scott. “I don’t think he really gets or appreciates [...]

Kristensen announces retirement

November 19th, 2014

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Nine-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Tom Kristensen will retire from racing at the end of this year’s World Endurance Championship. The 47-year-old Dane made the announcement on Wednesday in his homeland in the company of Audi Sport boss Wolfgang Ullrich, who brought Kristensen to the German marque ahead of the 2000 season. Kristensen told the press conference in Copenhagen: “I have been told that you know when it’s time to stop and I have not had that feeling until now. “Over the past couple of months, my thoughts of retiring have been stronger, and therefore, it feels right to inform you today that I am retiring from motor racing. “I still feel I am in peak physical form and possess the necessary mental toughness both in and outside of [...]

Fittipaldi to make racing comeback

November 19th, 2014

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Two-time Formula 1 world champion Emerson Fittipaldi will make a return to racing at the age of 67, at his home round of the World Endurance Championship at Interlagos. The Brazilian is coming out of retirement to help boost the profile of the race that he promotes and will drive an AF Corse Ferrari 458 Italia in the six-hour race on November 30. Fittipaldi, who will be racing a Ferrari for the first time in his career, will share the GTE Am entry with Alessandro Pierguidi and Jeff Segal after Belarusian Alexander Talkanitsa Sr stepped down to make way for the racing legend. Team boss Amato Ferrari, who confirmed that the entry for Fittipaldi was made yesterday, said: “Emerson was a hero of mine when I was young, so it [...]

Kruger champion after court decision

November 19th, 2014

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Jayde Kruger has been confirmed as the 2014 British Formula Ford champion, after the Motor Sport Association’s national court of appeal ruled in favour of the South African. The JTR driver beat McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalist Harrison Scott to the title by six points after a final-round shootout at Brands Hatch last month but his success remained provisional pending an MSA court hearing. The finale featured a clash between the title rivals early in the second race when Scott attempted to pass Kruger at Druids, an incident which eliminated Scott almost immediately while Kruger went on to win. The 26-year-old was excluded from the race by the clerk of the course for “driving in a manner incompatible with general safety” but was reinstated when his JTR team appealed, and [...]

Verstappen: No regrets over Macau

November 19th, 2014

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Max Verstappen says he left the Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix with no regrets, despite his crash in the qualifying race costing him a shot at victory. An impressive recovery from the back of the grid to finish seventh, with the fastest lap, showed that the Toro Rosso-bound Dutchman had the pace to fight for the win. But when asked if that sensational charge through the field meant it was even more frustrating what happened on Saturday, Verstappen told AUTOSPORT: “I don’t look back at what happened any more. “These things happen and, for my first year in Macau, I think I did a good job. “We did the fastest lap and, if I didn’t make the mistake [on Saturday], then for sure we had the chance to win.” Verstappen’s [...]

ISR leaves FR3.5 for GT programme

November 18th, 2014

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ISR is to withdraw from Formula Renault 3.5 to focus on GT racing in the Blancpain championships in 2015. Igor Salaquarda’s team won FR3.5 races with Esteban Guerrieri, Daniel Ricciardo and Sam Bird during its five years in the category, but only fielded a single entry for Jazeman Jaafar this season. It also had an exploratory GT programme when it entered an Audi R8 LMS ultra in the Spa 24 Hours. Salaquarda said ISR would now move fully into sportscars, starting with next month’s Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi. “Looking to challenging future goals has always been in the DNA of our team and at the end of this year’s campaign we decided to focus exclusively on a very high level project in GT racing, which means stopping our [...]

WEC to simplify qualifying in 2015

November 18th, 2014

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The World Endurance Championship’s system of aggregate qualifying is set to be simplified for 2015. Under the current format introduced at the beginning of last season, the grid is determined by the fastest two laps set by each of a pair of drivers in a 25-minute session. Next year, the idea is that the aggregate will be calculated by just one lap set by each driver in a slightly shorter session, most likely running to 20 minutes. Vincent Beaumesnil, sporting manager of series organiser the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, said: “We wanted to make it a bit more simple: having two drivers doing the qualifying is good, but why not take the average of just two laps? “We are not doing it for sporting reasons, but some people do not [...]

Ferrari protege Fuoco to test GP3

November 18th, 2014

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Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco has been lined up for a possible move to the GP3 Series in 2015. The 18-year-old Italian, who won two races in this season’s Formula 3 European Championship with Prema Powerteam, will test for three different teams in the Abu Dhabi test that takes place after this year’s GP3 finale. Fuoco will run with ART Grand Prix, Carlin and Koiranen GP. A move to GP3 would split Fuoco from fellow Ferrari Driver Academy member Lance Stroll – the reigning Italian Formula 4 champion is likely to graduate to F3 next year with Prema. FDA chief Luca Baldisserri told AUTOSPORT: “GP2 is very good preparation for Formula 1, and it could be good for him to race in GP3 to get used to the Pirelli tyres.” Baldisserri [...]

Meeke retains Citroen WRC drive

November 18th, 2014

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Kris Meeke will stay on as a Citroen driver for the 2015 World Rally Championship. The Northern Irishman, who has scored four podiums and led Rally Germany in his debut season in a DS3 WRC, will contest a full programme with co-driver Paul Nagle. “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to continue to work together,” said Meeke. “Since the end of last year, Citroen Racing has given me the chance to prove my worth. “This first full season has been spent learning about the WRC. “In the second half of the year, I was able to show part of my potential. “There’s room for improvement, but I now have some decent foundations to build on next year, in order to keep progressing. “With experience, everything becomes that bit easier. I [...]

Prema confirms Dennis for 2015

November 17th, 2014

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Prema Powerteam has confirmed it has signed Jake Dennis for the 2015 Formula 3 European Championship, as predicted by AUTOSPORT. Dennis, the 2012 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner, raced for Carlin in his F3 rookie season this year, finishing ninth in the championship with three podiums. He will continue to be backed by the Racing Steps Foundation. “It’s where I want to be, for sure,” Dennis said of his switch to Prema, which has taken Esteban Ocon, Raffaele Marciello, Daniel Juncadella and Roberto Merhi to the last four Euro F3 titles. “I learned an awful lot in my rookie season and am extremely grateful to all those helped me along the way. “I now look forward to returning to the series with Prema which has a fantastic pedigree in F3. [...]

Ducati no longer ‘embarrassing’

November 17th, 2014

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Ducati is no longer in an “embarrassing” position in MotoGP after the progress it has made during the 2014 season, according to sporting director Paolo Ciabatti. The Italian team has not won a race since Casey Stoner’s victory in the 2010 Australian Grand Prix, but ’14 was its most encouraging campaign since then, as it closed the gap to the frontrunners and took three podium finishes with Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow. Ducati controversially opted to run under ‘Open’ regulations this year, allowing it more scope for development in exchange for running a standard ECU. As this dispensation was originally intended for satellite and private teams, MotoGP adjusted the rules to create a halfway-house ‘Factory 2′ category for the Ducatis. Ciabatti admitted that the rules breaks had helped Ducati regain [...]

Ocon says crash cost him Macau win

November 17th, 2014

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Formula 3 European champion Esteban Ocon reckons he would have been on course to win the Macau Grand Prix if he had not clashed with Tom Blomqvist at Lisboa on the first lap. The pair banged wheels as they turned through the right-hander, with the collision breaking Ocon’s left front suspension. Unable to steer his car, Ocon then ran off into the barriers at San Francisco bend, taking Blomqvist with him and triggering a spectacular pile-up that brought out the red flags. Ocon said the situation was particularly annoying because he felt set-up changes to his car had given him what he needed to win. “I did everything I planned to do,” Ocon told AUTOSPORT. “I did a great start. “At Mandarin I was on the outside to get a [...]

Harvick clinches title with victory

November 16th, 2014

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Kevin Harvick became 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion with victory in a highly dramatic decider at Homestead. The Stewart-Haas driver had to fight back from 12th place in the closing stages after taking on four tyres in the final pitstops while others changed just two or stayed out. He made it to the front just before the last caution of the yellow-strewn race and then held off fellow title contender Ryan Newman for the win. Harvick, polesitter Jeff Gordon and Chase protagonist Denny Hamlin all had spells in control of the event, with fourth championship hopeful Joey Logano also in the thick of the lead battle and Newman making rapid progress from 21st on the grid to join them. The title quartet’s fortunes varied through the race as their cars’ [...]