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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.

Sainz: Poor finale will be forgotten

October 23rd, 2014

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

Vaxiviere fastest as FR3.5 test ends

October 22nd, 2014

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Matthieu Vaxiviere led a one-two for the Lotus Formula Renault 3.5 team on the second day of post-season testing at Jerez on Wednesday. The Frenchman, who raced for the Charouz-run squad this season, comfortably set the pace ahead of Nicholas Latifi, who took his maiden FR3.5 podium for Tech 1 last weekend. Tuesday’s pacesetter Pietro Fantin was third fastest, with Jazeman Jaafar – switching from a season with ISR to drive for Fortec – next up, as all of the fastest times were set in the morning for the second day running. “This morning I was blocked on my best lap,” said Vaxiviere. “Had it not happened it would have been possible to go even faster. “The important thing is that we did a good job. The package looks promising, [...]

Fantin fastest in Jerez FR3.5 test

October 21st, 2014

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Pietro Fantin set the pace on the first day of post-season Formula Renault 3.5 testing at Jerez on Tuesday. The Brazilian, staying on with his 2014 team Draco, set the fastest lap in both races at the same track last weekend, and he led the way from Lotus pairing Alex Fontana and Matthieu Vaxiviere during the faster morning session. “We improved the car,” said Fantin. “While I set the best time in both races, the car lacked consistency. “We ran new tyres this morning, but I think it was a little too late. “For 2015 we are likely to be back. We were unlucky this season, but we have never doubted the potential.” The only driver to improve his time in the afternoon session was GP3 frontrunner Dean Stoneman, who [...]

Ferrari man Stroll tipped for F3

October 21st, 2014

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Ferrari looks set to have two of its proteges racing in the Formula 3 European Championship next season. Canadian Lance Stroll, who won this season’s Italian Formula 4 Championship in his rookie year of car racing, is increasingly likely to join two-time Euro F3 race winner and fellow Ferrari Driver Academy member Antonio Fuoco at Prema Powerteam. Stroll, who is 16 next week, recently had his first F3 test in a Prema Dallara-Mercedes at Fiorano. He was out again with Prema at Hockenheim on Monday, where he was joined by fellow F4 racer Brandon Maisano. Frenchman Maisano competed in Italian F3 in 2011-12 and has already tested with Prema in Euro F3 this autumn at Vallelunga and the Red Bull Ring. Prema team manager Rene Rosin would only say “maybe” [...]

De Vries to race in FR3.5 with DAMS

October 20th, 2014

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McLaren junior driver Nyck de Vries will race for reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion team DAMS in 2015. The 19-year-old Dutchman, who won the FR3.5-supporting Formula Renault Eurocup this year, confirmed his move to the French team at last night’s end-of-season awards ceremony in Jerez. Speaking to AUTOSPORT before the announcement, de Vries repeated his belief from earlier this year that FR3.5 makes sense as the next move in his career. “The most logical step forward is Formula Renault 3.5,” he said. “Other than a Formula E car, I haven’t driven any car other than a two-litre (Formula Renault), so I’m quite excited to see how it feels to drive something else. “You hear so many driver comments about the bigger categories and how much more downforce they have, so [...]

Vandoorne could switch to DAMS

October 20th, 2014

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McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne could switch teams from ART to DAMS for a 2015 title push. The Belgian, who has won three races in his rookie campaign with ART, is in the running to finish second to 2014 champion Jolyon Palmer this season. Vandoorne says that while it is not definite that he will return for a second season in the series, a switch to DAMS – which has won three of the last four drivers’ titles – is a possibility. When asked if he could switch to DAMS for 2015, Vandoorne told AUTOSPORT: “I know we are in discussions with both winning teams so we will see where we end up. “Most likely, I will be doing GP2 again, but nothing has been decided yet. “Whatever team I will [...]

FR3.5 back to Silverstone in 2015

October 19th, 2014

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The World Series by Renault package will return to Silverstone in 2015, the French manufacturer has confirmed. The package, headlined by the Formula 1 feeder series Formula Renault 3.5, last held one of its free-ticket events at the home of the British Grand Prix in 2011. Renault Sport CEO Patrice Ratti said: “The most important change on the calendar for next year is that we go back to Silverstone. “We closed the deal with [BRDC chairman] Derek Warwick this weekend. “Silverstone was a big request from the teams, [because] it’s in Britain, and a lot of them are based there. “It took a few weeks of discussion, because the track is much more expensive than other circuits, so we had to discuss a few things.” The return of Silverstone is [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

‘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 [...]

Verstappen starts finale with victory

October 18th, 2014

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Max Verstappen took a lights-to-flag win in the first Formula 3 European Championship race of the final round at Hockenheim. The Toro Rosso Formula 1 signing got a great start in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen, while front-row partner Lucas Auer was slower away – he got briefly stuck in gear – and had to fend off a first-corner challenge from Tom Blomqvist. Auer looked quick in the early stages and the orange Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes was on the tail of the leader within three laps, but after a couple more laps Verstappen began to draw away and he was nearly four seconds to the good at the flag. “After second qualifying yesterday we had to change some stuff on the car,” said Verstappen, “and we had an engine problem [...]

Stevens on pole, title rivals struggle

October 18th, 2014

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Will Stevens led a British lockout of the top three places in Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying at Jerez, while title contenders Carlos Sainz Jr and Roberto Merhi struggled. Strakka driver Stevens, who has struggled for much of the year with his team to get the most out of FR3.5′s Michelin tyres over a single lap, went to the top of the times with three minutes remaining. His lap came just seconds after Oliver Rowland and Will Buller had moved to the front, and nobody would challenge their places at the head of the field after that. While most of the attention in the session focused on whether Merhi and Zeta Corse could bounce back from a bad Friday of free practice, the championship outsider ended up having a better session [...]

Blomqvist storms to Hockenheim poles

October 17th, 2014

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Tom Blomqvist set a searing pace in the Formula 3 European Championship’s early-evening qualifying session at Hockenheim to take pole position for the second and third races of the weekend. Blomqvist’s stable-mate Antonio Giovinazzi was on pole position when the session was red-flagged at exactly five-eighths distance after Roy Nissany went off at the right-hander entering the final stadium section. Although barely had the flags appeared when the Israeli emerged to get back to the pits under his own steam. Blomqvist was fifth at this point, but the Anglo-Swede unleashed a stunning effort when the session restarted. On the penultimate lap he lowered Giovinazzi’s time by two tenths, despite having to catch a flick of understeer in the Sachskurve, but on the final time around the Anglo-Swede got it absolutely [...]

Verstappen pips Auer to pole

October 17th, 2014

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Max Verstappen just pipped Lucas Auer and Tom Blomqvist in the battle for pole position for the first race of the Formula 3 European Championship finale at Hockenheim. The trio all shaded early pacesetter Felix Rosenqvist in the third quarter of the 20-minute session, and then – unusually for the Hankook tyres used in the series – there were no improvements in the final five minutes. New Toro Rosso Formula 1 signing Verstappen’s Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen shaded the Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes of Auer by just 0.018 seconds, with Blomqvist’s Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara-VW only 0.074s adrift of pole. Times were considerably faster than in free practice, in which Auer topped both sessions. Blomqvist’s team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi will line up alongside him on the second row, with another Carlin [...]

Vaxiviere sets Jerez practice pace

October 17th, 2014

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Matthieu Vaxiviere set the pace during Formula Renault 3.5 free practice at Jerez, as high temperatures in the afternoon prevented anyone from beating his morning benchmark. The Lotus driver led the way in the cooler first session, heading Will Buller by nearly two tenths of a second. Of the championship’s regular frontrunners Pierre Gasly had the best day, setting the fourth fastest time in the morning and topping the afternoon session on new tyres. But despite Gasly chipping away at his best effort in the final 15 minutes of the day’s running, his afternoon time of 1m29.652s was more than half a second adrift of Vaxiviere’s lap from earlier in the day. Gasly was joined at the front during the qualifying simulation runs by championship favourite Carlos Sainz Jr, who [...]

Status acquires Caterham GP2 team

October 17th, 2014

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Leading GP3 squad Status has acquired the Caterham GP2 operation from ex-Formula 1 team owner Tony Fernandes. The acquisition takes effect immediately, but the cars will continue to run under the Caterham Racing branding for the GP2 season finale in Abu Dhabi next month before becoming Status GP entries in 2015. Fernandes retained ownership of the GP2 team as well as the Caterham motorcycle racing project when he sold his F1 outfit to a group of investors at the start of July. Status team boss Teddy Yip said: “Having been multiple winners in GP3, as well as A1GP World Cup champions with A1 Team Ireland, we have always had the ambition to move further up the motorsport ladder when the time is right. “The opportunity to take over an established [...]