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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Lynn denies Vandoorne Sochi pole

October 9th, 2015

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Williams Formula 1 development driver Alex Lynn clinched his second GP2 pole position in a wet qualifying session at Sochi, ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne who misjudged his final run. At the beginning of the session the track was perilously wet in places yet relatively dry in others. With conditions constantly improving it seemed as though whoever crossed the line last would take pole. McLaren protege and ART Grand Prix driver Vandoorne took this too literally. The Belgian, who was blocked by Status Grand Prix’s Marlon Stockinger on what was going to be his penultimate lap, slowed down to gear up for one final run. But he left it marginally too late and crossed the line less than a second after the chequered flag fell, meaning he would have to settle [...]

Hilmer missing Russian GP2 round

October 8th, 2015

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The Hilmer Motorsport GP2 team will skip this weekend’s event on the Russian Grand Prix bill at Sochi. The team has struggled to find a stable line-up all season, having missed the opening event in Bahrain and run only one car in the last two rounds at Spa and Monza. In between, Johnny Cecotto Jr, Nick Yelloly, Simon Trummer, Jon Lancaster and Sergio Canamasas have all made appearances in its entries. Trummer represented Hilmer solo at Monza last month, but he is on World Endurance Championship duty with ByKolles at Fuji this weekend. A Hilmer statement said: “Unfortunately, our team will not be in Sochi this weekend, but we will keep on fighting to be back in Bahrain [for the penultimate round].” Other GP2 entry changes this weekend include returns [...]

Macau GP 2015 entry list revealed

October 7th, 2015

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Formula 3 European champion Felix Rosenqvist tops the Macau Grand Prix entry list as he bids for a second successive victory in the November F3 classic. Rosenqvist, who won with Mucke Motorsport in 2014, will attempt to emulate Edoardo Mortara to become only the second two-time winner of the Macau GP since it switched to F3 rules in 1983. The Swede leads the line-up of Prema Powerteam, which for the third year is aligned with the Theodore Racing name established by Macau GP godfather Teddy Yip and revived by his son, Status GP team principal Teddy Yip Jr, in 2013. The Theodore link-up has assisted with a Macau debut for Briton Jake Dennis, whose backer the Racing Steps Foundation is traditionally ambivalent to the race, with Ferrari protege and F3 [...]

Prema joins GP2 field for 2016

October 7th, 2015

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Top Formula 3 squad Prema Powerteam is expanding into the GP2 Series for 2016, replacing the Lazarus squad. The Italian team, which has run each of the past five European F3 champions, has bought the entry of Lazarus for its entry to the series. A move into GP2 has long been rumoured for Prema, which competed in the series’ predecessor – Formula 3000 – for one season only in 1998. Prema talked about a collaboration with Trident for the inaugural GP2 season in 2005, before deciding not to go ahead with the plan. Team manager Rene Rosin said: “Prema always followed the evolution of the GP2 concept as an interested spectator, and it is now finally time to join the game in first person. “The move to GP2 is a [...]

F4 champ gets F3 debut with ArtTech

October 6th, 2015

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Newly crowned German Formula 4 champion Marvin Dienst is to make his Formula 3 European Championship debut in the final round at Hockenheim. The 18-year-old from Worms will line up for the October 16-18 event alongside Latvian Harald Schlegelmilch in the second of the brand-new ArtTech-NBE cars run by Artline Engineering. AUTOSPORT understands that Dienst has already tested the ArtTech at Artline’s Rustavi International Motorpark facility in Georgia. Dienst won the Formula BMW Talent Cup in 2012 before contesting Germany’s Formel Masters series in 2013 and ’14. FMasters was replaced by F4 in Germany in 2015, with Dienst taking eight wins among a bumper field on his way to the title with the HTP Junior Team. Schlegelmilch gave the ArtTech P315 its competition debut in last month’s round at the [...]

Stoneman gets Carlin GP2 drive

October 5th, 2015

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Dean Stoneman will make his GP2 Series debut with Carlin at Sochi this weekend in place of Julian Leal. Last year’s GP3 runner-up, Stoneman’s main campaign this season is in Formula Renault 3.5, where he currently sits third in the standings in a Red Bull-backed DAMS entry. “I’m excited; this will be a new challenge for me to get into a GP2 car,” said Stoneman. “I’m not going to know what to expect really until I get out there and get a feel of the car. “It’s going to be a great experience though and I’m going out to do a good job. “It’s nice to go back to a track I have good memories of; last year in GP3 was a great weekend for me, winning from pole in [...]

FIA monitors Formula 3 test loophole

October 1st, 2015

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The FIA has said that it is “looking into” the Formula 3 European Championship’s testing regulations in the wake of controversy over teams using cars from other formulae to gain track time. While it is common for F3 teams to send rookie drivers to learn circuits with Formula Renault cars, top squad Prema Powerteam has reportedly used Formula Master machinery, replicating F3 set-ups as closely as possible. The issue blew up at the recent Algarve round, where Prema was dominant, taking all three wins, while the fastest lap of any non-Prema driver in race two was over eight tenths of a second off the pace. Teams are limited to six ‘joker’ days of testing per season with their F3 cars outside the official tests, and may not run an F3 [...]

DAMS set to leave Formula Renault 3.5

September 30th, 2015

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DAMS is set to bow out of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series at the end of the year. The French outfit took Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Sainz Jr to titles in 2013 and ’14 before they graduated to Formula 1, and currently fields Dean Stoneman and Nyck de Vries. However, it does not appear on a list of teams to have committed to the renamed Formula 3.5 Series in 2016, when RPM Racing takes sole control following Renault Sport’s withdrawal. Of the 11 current teams, DAMS is the only absentee. Comtec features despite only having appeared once so far this season. Newcomer Spirit of Race – run by the owner of the AF Corse sportscar team, Amato Ferrari – appears, and RPM is in negotiations with “other new teams in [...]

Barnicoat gets F3 test with Prema

September 30th, 2015

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Formula Renault Eurocup title contender Ben Barnicoat is to get his first Formula 3 test next week with top squad Prema Powerteam. The 18-year-old Briton, who won last year’s Formula Renault NEC title in his first season of car racing, is one of two F3 newcomers Italian team Prema is trying out at Vallelunga on Monday and Tuesday. Barnicoat is backed by the Racing Steps Foundation, whose existing F3 driver Jake Dennis lies fourth in the European Championship points with the Mercedes-powered Prema team. Team manager Rene Rosin said: “With Racing Steps everything started two years ago when we first tested Jake [before he joined Carlin for 2014], then he was with us for this year and everything worked very well, and he is fighting for the top three in [...]

Russians pledge to close gap to Dallara

September 29th, 2015

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The firm behind the new Russian ArtTech chassis that is taking on Dallara in the Formula 3 European Championship has promised not to let up in its quest to take on the Italian constructor. Harald Schlegelmilch, a race winner in the F3 Euro Series in 2007, gave the ArtTech P315 its debut at the Nurburgring last weekend, and ran at the back of the field. Constructor Artline Engineering cut the gap from 1.2 seconds to the slowest Dallara in the first free practice period to 0.6s in the final qualifying session, to 0.3s in the last race. The lack of pace was due to difficulty in getting tyre temperature – the ArtTech’s testing has taken place at the Rustavi track in Georgia, often in ambient conditions of over 40 degrees, [...]

AF Corse owner sets up FR3.5 team

September 29th, 2015

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Amato Ferrari, owner of top-line sportscar team AF Corse, will enter Formula Renault 3.5 in 2016 with the creation of a new team called Spirit of Race. AF Corse has a major presence on the GT Open grid, and Jaime Alguersuari Sr’s RPM Racing concern recently announced a tie-up with GT Open organiser Jesus Pareja for several rounds of the rebooted FR3.5 Series in 2016. “Formula Renault 3.5 always attracted me by representing an excellence in the single-seater worldwide competition,” said Ferrari, who will be Spirit of Race’s team principal. “I am enthusiastic ahead of this new challenge, where I will bring long term experience and relationships gathered in decades of motor racing activities. “The level of the series represents a great challenge for me and I will work hard [...]

Rowland’s prize F1 test in doubt

September 29th, 2015

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Recently-crowned Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland must wait to find out if he will receive the traditional prize of a Formula 1 test for winning the title. The Renault-backed series has always offered a test with one of its associated Formula 1 teams to the FR3.5 champion – in recent years with Red Bull. However, the uncertainty surrounding Renault’s future in Formula 1, and the collapse of its relationship with Red Bull, appears to have left the opportunity of a test for 2015 FR3.5 champion Rowland in doubt. Renault’s association with the FR3.5 series will stop at the end of 2015, with co-promoter RPM Racing taking full control of the championship. “Renault has not confirmed anything regarding the Formula 1 test,” said Derek Walters, co-ordinator from Rowland’s backer the [...]

Rosenqvist Q and A: F1 has ignored me

September 28th, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist sealed the 2015 Formula 3 European championship with a dominant display at the Nurburgring last weekend. After completing a hat-trick of wins from pole position, the Swede spoke to AUTOSPORT about what happens next in his career. Mercedes has backed you in Formula 3 since 2011, so can you use your European F3 title win to progress with them? FR: Obviously if I can do something with them it’s always really good, but I also want to use this championship win to extend my formula career if it’s possible. You just have to sit down in November or December to see what the options are. If you have options – you never know in this world! Obviously the Macau Grand Prix could have an impact as well. So [...]

Rowland claims title as Orudzhev wins

September 27th, 2015

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Egor Orudzhev picked up his second Formula Renault 3.5 victory at Le Mans after an enthralling battle with Matthieu Vaxiviere, but Oliver Rowland secured the 2015 title by finishing eighth. Saturday winner Rowland started 14th after losing two quick laps in qualifying for track limit infringements, but the Fortec driver fought his way up six positions to clinch a title that had appeared a formality entering the race. “I wasn’t well this morning, which also didn’t help in qualifying, but I think we would have started seventh without losing my quickest lap,” said Rowland, who becomes the first Briton to win the FR3.5 championship, having already equalled Carlos Sainz Jr’s record of seven wins. “I want to say a massive thank you to Fortec and the RSF [Racing Steps Foundation], [...]

Michelin commits to 2016 FR3.5 series

September 27th, 2015

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Michelin has confirmed it will continue to supply tyres to the rebranded Formula Renault 3.5 championship in 2016. The series is set to lose its overt Renault Sport support, leaving current co-organiser RPM and as the sole promoter and organiser of the championship. Jaime Alguersuari Sr’s RPM company has a relationship with Michelin dating back to 1998 and the creation of the Spanish-based Formula Nissan 2.0 Series, Open Fortuna by Nissan. “Challenges are always a gamble,” said Alguersuari. “But, as owner of RPM Racing, regaining the responsibility of the organisation of Formula Renault 3.5 is a winning bet when a company like Michelin trusts us and continues 17 years of support.” Philippe Mussati, Michelin customer competition director, added: “Our strong determination to contribute in helping RPM retain FR3.5 for the [...]

Rosenqvist claims title with race win

September 27th, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist has won the Formula 3 European Championship after a chaotic final race of the penultimate round of the season at the Nurburgring. The Swede continued his domination of the weekend, signing off with a haul of all three pole positions and all three race wins in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes. The thin hopes of Antonio Giovinazzi of taking the title battle to the final round at Hockenheim disappeared at the first corner. The Italian, along with Lance Stroll and Jake Dennis, ran almost three-abreast into the first corner, only for fifth-on-the-grid Mikkel Jensen to dive down the inside, clipping Stroll and collecting Giovinazzi’s car. While Jensen pulled off at the following corner, Giovinazzi visited the pits for repairs to rejoin almost one lap down. The first of four [...]

Ellinas on pole, Rowland only 14th

September 27th, 2015

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Strakka Racing’s Tio Ellinas claimed pole for the second Le Mans Formula Renault 3.5 race, but Oliver Rowland starts only 14th on the day he can become champion. Silverstone and Nurburgring victor Ellinas was in stunning form on the way to his second 2015 pole, setting a fastest lap of 1m20.648s that was half a second clear of the chasing pack. Behind him, track limits – a source of grievances throughout the weekend – continued to prove troublesome. Race one victor and champion-elect Rowland was among at least nine drivers to have quick laps deleted. The Fortec driver’s impeccable run of consistency ended after he lost two flying laps, leaving him an uncharacteristic 14th. With Rowland in the midfield, a trio of Frenchmen will line up in Ellinas’s mirrors on [...]

Rosenqvist wins again in race two

September 26th, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist won again in the second race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Nurburgring to continue his dominant weekend. Once again the title favourite made a perfect getaway, and he also aced two safety-car restarts in a race that was more dramatic than the earlier event. The Swede initially led the sister Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes of rookie team-mate Lance Stroll, but Stroll was noticeably less sharp than his experienced team leader at the restarts. At the second one, Antonio Giovinazzi saw his opportunity and barrelled down the inside of Stroll at the final corner to muscle his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen into second place. “I made a little mistake at the chicane [when Rosenqvist hit the throttle],” said Stroll. “I defended a bit, then went back to the [...]

Vaxiviere upset with race officials

September 26th, 2015

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Lotus Formula 1 junior Matthieu Vaxiviere gave a defiant defence of his driving following criticism from rivals after the opening Formula Renault 3.5 race of the weekend at Le Mans. Vaxiviere was handed a 10 second time penalty during the race for being judged to have gained an advantage by breaching track limits when maintaining his second position from Arden driver Egor Orudzhev. The Frenchman dropped from the runner-up position at the chequered flag to tenth as a consequence of the race officials’ decision, but Orudzhev felt strongly that a penalty should have been awarded earlier in proceedings. The result effectively ends Vaxiviere’s title hopes, as championship leader Oliver Rowland is 74 points clear in the drivers’ standings, with 75 on offer over the last three races of the season. [...]

Rowland on brink of title with win

September 26th, 2015

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Oliver Rowland stands on the brink of the Formula Renault 3.5 title after taking his seventh victory of the season in the opening race of the weekend at Le Mans Bugatti. The Fortec racer scored a dominant win after engaging in a fierce tussle over the lead with his title rival Matthieu Vaxiviere in the early laps. The leading pair made contact on the approach to the Dunlop Chicane on lap 11, the impact of Vaxiviere’s front wing against Rowland’s left-rear tyre sending debris flying. The touch effectively ended Lotus Formula 1 junior driver Vaxiviere’s challenge for victory. He finished second on the road, but was hit by a ten-second time penalty for repeatedly running off-track, including cutting the first corner twice to maintain track position when challenged by Egor [...]