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September 2015

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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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

So You Want to Be a Race Car Driver?

by Thiago Izequiel on August 27th, 2015

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Me among the other academy drivers, Roberto Pupo Moreno, José Minelli (constructor), Francisco Lameirão (a great Brazilian driver from the 60's) and Marcos Galassi (just behind the drivers' seat) the entrepeneur behind the idea.

When I started to pursue my life’s dream, I had no idea of what I would have to go through, what I would need to sacrifice, neither how far I would go to get there. When you imagine yourself on the ideal scenario, doing what you want to do, it’s one thing. To actually make that happen and understand that nothing is going to be exactly the way you had imagined, it’s another. It takes guts, sweat and, why not, blood as well? It’s a long, painful, heartbreaking process, that will make you cry and make you want to quit. And this won’t happen one or two times. It will happen regularly, especially when you see yourself having to be away from what you love; in our case, a racing [...]

Extensive testing for Russian F3 car

August 24th, 2015

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The new Russian Formula 3 European championship contender has completed 1400 miles of testing as its race debut looms next month. Constructor ArtLine Engineering has reported a successful birth for the ArtTech P315, which has been running in temperatures of over 40 degrees at the Rustavi International Motorpark in Georgia. Latvian Harald Schlegelmilch, formerly a leading contender in the German F3 Cup, has been the test driver for the car, which is powered by an NBE engine. ArtLine says that the car has beaten the previous quickest F3 time set at Rustavi, by a previous-generation Dallara F311, by 1.7 seconds – this advance is in line with the performance step taken by the current cars and engines over the older machinery. The company also outlined the performance of the cooling [...]

Gasly surprised by De Jong move

August 24th, 2015

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Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly says he didn’t expect Daniel de Jong to be on his outside at Blanchimont following their collision in GP2 at Spa that injured the Dutchman. De Jong was attempting a move on Gasly during Saturday’s feature race, but the pair rubbed wheels and collided, sending De Jong into the tyre wall at high speed. He was transferred by helicopter to hospital in Liege where doctors confirmed he had suffered a fractured vertebra, and he underwent a successful four-hour surgery on Saturday night. Gasly admitted after the race that he didn’t leave de Jong enough room because he wasn’t expecting him to be on the outside. “To be fair I wasn’t looking in the mirror, I was already looking at Blanchimont and I didn’t leave him [...]

Rossi claims his first GP2 win of 2015

August 23rd, 2015

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Alexander Rossi led Jordan King in a Racing Engineering one-two and claimed his first win of the 2015 season in the GP2 sprint race at Spa. From third on the grid Rossi jumped ahead of Nathanael Berthon into La Source and quickly set about catching poleman King. Rossi looked to have the lead down the Kemmel straight but King defended well, only to run wide coming out of Les Combes and gift the place to Rossi. The American managed the gap for the majority of the race, although King did managed to bring it down to as low as 0.6 seconds towards the end. Rossi was never under any serious pressure and crossed the line 1.5s clear of his team-mate to take his first GP2 win since Abu Dhabi 2013. [...]

De Jong has back surgery after crash

August 23rd, 2015

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MP Motorsport driver Daniel de Jong suffered a fractured vertebrae in his GP2 feature race collision with Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly at Spa. De Jong, who was described as being conscious and in good spirits after the crash, was transferred by helicopter to hospital in Liege for further assessment following the race. Doctors there confirmed the Dutchman had fractured his sixth vertebrae and that it needed immediate attention. AUTOSPORT understands de Jong underwent a successful four-hour surgery last night. He is in now in a stable condition, but will remain in Liege hospital next week. The GP2 series issued the following statement from de Jong’s family: “We would like to thank the medical team that treated him with success and would also like to thank their colleagues, the GP2 [...]

Vandoorne wins dramatic Spa GP2 race

August 22nd, 2015

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McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne claimed his first home GP2 win at Spa in an incident-strewn feature race that included a huge crash for MP Motorsport driver Daniel de Jong. ART Grand Prix driver Vandoorne was sluggish away from pole and was instantly overhauled by several rivals, including Rapax driver Sergey Sirotkin who led into La Source. The Russian then went way too deep into the corner and Vandoorne reclaimed the lead instantly. Behind him Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland, who started second on the grid, was defending from Honda junior Nobuharu Matsushita at La Source. The Japanese driver was left with nowhere to go and hit the back of Rowland, leaving him with a puncture and more than a lap down on the field. MP driver de Jong’s [...]

De Jong escapes huge GP2 crash

August 22nd, 2015

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MP Motorsport driver Daniel de Jong escaped a huge crash in the GP2 feature race at Spa following a collision with Red Bull protege Pierre Gasly. De Jong and Gasly ran side by side through Blanchimont with the MP car on the outside early in the race. The pair rubbed wheels and collided, the contact sending de Jong hurtling towards the barrier on the outside. The MP Dallara had a high-speed, near head-on impact in which it was engulfed by and rode up on the tyre wall. The race was red-flagged and suspended as medical staff worked to carefully extract de Jong from the difficult position in which the car had ended up. AUTOSPORT understands that the Dutchman was not seriously injured in the crash. He was taken by ambulance [...]

Vandoorne resists Rowland for pole

August 21st, 2015

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McLaren Formula 1 protege Stoffel Vandoorne stormed to his eighth GP2 pole at his home race at Spa for ART Grand Prix ahead of Formula Renault 3.5 leader Oliver Rowland. Runaway championship leader Vandoorne set the initial pace early on in the session and never looked like missing out on pole position. The Belgian ran a different strategy in qualifying to the rest of the field. As others entered the pits for their mid-session tyre changes Vandoorne, who was hampered by traffic in qualifying in Hungary, stayed out on the empty track to set the fastest time, a 1m56.278s. This alternative strategy meant Vandoorne could sit out the final few minutes of the session, which he did as he waited nervously on the pitwall to see if anyone could beat [...]

Vandoorne tops GP2 practice at home

August 21st, 2015

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McLaren Formula 1 protege Stoffel Vandoorne led GP2 free practice for his home round at Spa for ART Grand Prix, 0.154 seconds ahead of Mitch Evans. Vandoorne set a time of 1m57.499s in the opening stages of the 45-minute session and remained at the top untouched thereafter. Racing Engineering driver Alexander Rossi, who finished the session third, set the initial pace with a 1m57.731s on his first competitive run but Vandoorne quickly topped that with a 1m57.499, before improving further on the following lap. Williams F1 development driver Alex Lynn was fourth, closely followed by Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland, who ground to a halt at the end of the session at the Bus Stop chicane. Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly jumped up from 13th to sixth late [...]

Japanese F3 leader Cassidy to Prema

August 19th, 2015

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Japanese Formula 3 points leader Nick Cassidy is to join Prema Powerteam for the next two F3 European championship rounds. The 21-year-old New Zealander will replace Brandon Maisano, who split with Prema in the middle of the most recent round at the Red Bull Ring. Cassidy will step into the team’s vacant Dallara-Mercedes for the Algarve round in early September and the penultimate event at the Nurburgring, but he cannot contest the Hockenheim finale as it clashes with the last round of the Japanese championship at Sugo. It is the first time Cassidy has raced in F3 for a European team since he took a surprise podium in last year’s Macau Grand Prix with T-Sport – that was just his fifth race outing in an F3 car, and played a [...]

FR3.5 racers join GP2/3 for Spa

August 19th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 regulars Gustav Malja and Beitske Visser will race in GP2 and GP3 respectively at Spa-Francorchamps this weekend, both for the Trident team. 19-year-old Swede Malja will be making his GP2 debut in place of an ill Rene Binder at the Italian squad, partnering Ferrari protege Raffaele Marciello. “I have spent the last few days preparing with the team in Italy, and I’m fully aware of the challenge I will be facing this weekend,” said Malja, who currently sits 10th in the FR3.5 standings in his rookie season. “I have yet to drive the GP2 car and will have just 45 minutes of practice on Friday before going into qualifying, so my only target will be to learn as much as possible and to make a solid job [...]

Rowland rejoins GP2 field for Spa

August 14th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland is to make his second appearance in GP2 in next week’s Belgian Grand Prix support round at Spa. Rowland, the 2011 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner, will once again drive alongside Daniel de Jong for MP Motorsport, the Dutch-based squad with which he contested the Silverstone event. The 23-year-old finished 10th in the feature race at Silverstone, before claiming seventh in the reversed-grid sprint race. “It’s another great opportunity for me to show what I can do,” said Racing Steps Foundation-backed Rowland. “I’ve driven the car now, and I’ve raced at Spa already this year [taking a win in the FR3.5 round], so I reckon I’m probably on a par with everyone this time around – podium finishes are the target.” MP boss [...]

Hitech name to return to F3 with Sims

August 13th, 2015

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The Hitech name will return to Formula 3 for a one-off outing in the next round of the European championship at the Algarve circuit, with Alexander Sims driving. A new team – Hitech Grand Prix – will field a single Dallara-Mercedes for BMW GT works driver Sims for the early-September Portuguese round as it gears up for a full-time European F3 entry with two cars in 2016. Hitech GP is fronted by David Hayle, who founded Hitech Racing in time for the 2003 British F3 season. He sold Hitech Racing in ’07 to Walter Grubmuller Sr, before the operation passed to Ryan Sharp – its last year of operation was 2011. The new team, which is operating from a facility in Silverstone, has undertaken a test programme at Pembrey, Misano, [...]

ORECA F3 engine makes race debut

August 11th, 2015

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The ORECA Formula 3 engine made its belated race debut last weekend in the Austrian F3 Cup round at Czech circuit Most. Series regular and sometime GP3 racer Christopher Hoher took the powerplant to second place in the first race of the weekend in a Dallara run by German squad Ma-Con Motorsport but entered by the team of Austrian F3 prime mover Franz Woss. The engine was launched with a Renault badge and was supposed to be run by the Signature team in 2014, before the squad pulled out on the eve of the season opener. Ma-Con, which competed in the F3 European Championship in 2012 and ’13 with Volkswagen power, took over the ORECA project and began a test programme late last summer, predominantly with Nick Cassidy driving. Ma-Con [...]

Stroll: Calming down the key to form

August 4th, 2015

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Ferrari academy racer Lance Stroll says he has calmed down and learned from his mistakes, after recording his maiden European Formula 3 Championship podium finish at the Red Bull Ring. After a brief fight with Antonio Giovinazzi in the early laps, Stroll soaked up race-long pressure from fellow rookie Charles Leclerc to finish third in the second F3 race of the weekend in Austria. The Prema Powerteam racer was involved in a violent accident with Giovinazzi in the second race of the Monza round, rolling his car. The Canadian raced under appeal in the third race of the Monza weekend, only to be later excluded from the results after Prema withdrew its appeal. Stroll was then banned from the final race at Spa a fortnight later after clashing with Felix [...]

Rosenqvist backs F3 race stoppage

August 3rd, 2015

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Prema Powerteam’s Felix Rosenqvist has backed the FIA stewards’ decision to abandon the final European Formula 3 Championship race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring. Heavy rain on Sunday morning delayed the start of the third and final F3 race of the weekend by two hours. The race eventually got under way behind the safety car, but was red-flagged after three laps of running. After a further 20-minute delay the race resumed, again behind the safety car, only for officials to throw a second red flag, this time halting the event indefinitely. According to Rosenqvist, who started second behind title rival Antonio Giovinazzi, the stewards made the right call to call the race off as conditions deteriorated. “The first couple of laps [behind the safety car] I was [...]

Giovinazzi wins rain-curtailed finale

August 2nd, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi won a red-flagged final Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring. After heavy rainfall throughout the morning, and a delay of nearly two hours, the race got under way behind the safety car before it was red flagged after just four laps. The race resumed behind the safety car after a 20-minute delay, only to be red-flagged again after just two additional laps of running, handing poleman Giovinazzi the win by default. Race two winner Felix Rosenqvist was classified second, ahead of Sergio Sette Camara and Markus Pommer, with the final result decided by grid order and all race laps run under yellow. Behind Pommer, Lance Stroll, Charles Leclerc, race one victor Jake Dennis, Alexander Albon, George Russell and Callum Ilott rounded [...]

Rosenqvist beats Giovinazzi to win

August 1st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist took a lights-to-flag victory for Prema Powerteam in the second Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring. The Swede converted pole into an early lead, and despite a late safety car, held off Jagonya Ayam-backed Carlin racer Antonio Giovinazzi to claim his seventh win of the season. Rosenqvist and current championship leader Giovinazzi traded fastest lap times throughout the 24-lap race, but the Italian was unable to get by, with the pair separated by just 1.3 seconds at the chequered flag. Ferrari protege Lance Stroll soaked up race-long pressure from Charles Leclerc to come home third and record his maiden European F3 podium finish. Leclerc was forced to settle for fourth for Van Amersfoort Racing, seeing off a late challenge from Signature’s [...]

Maisano parts with Prema F3 team

August 1st, 2015

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Former Ferrari protege Brandon Maisano has parted company with Prema Powerteam with immediate effect, mid-way through the Red Bull Ring Formula 3 European Championship weekend. The 22-year-old Frenchman had been affiliated with Prema since 2012, when he finished third in Italian F3 with the team. He returned to try to revitalise his career with the squad in Italian Formula 4 last year after a difficult 2013 and earned a European F3 seat alongside Lance Stroll, Felix Rosenqvist and Jake Dennis for this season. Prema finished one-two in Saturday morning’s opening race at the Red Bull Ring with Dennis and Rosenqvist, while Maisano was only 26th. The team then announced that he was leaving and would not contest the rest of the weekend. Team boss Rene Roisin said: “We are saddened [...]

Dennis resists Rosenqvist in race one

August 1st, 2015

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Prema Powerteam’s Jake Dennis beat team-mate Felix Rosenqvist to win the opening Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring. Dennis, starting second, passed poleman Rosenqvist on the run down to Turn 1 off the start to take an early lead. Rosenqvist shadowed Dennis throughout the race, but could not deter his team-mate, who went on to claim his fifth win of the campaign, 0.6 seconds clear of the Swede. Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi jumped Lance Stroll off the start to claim the final podium spot in third for Carlin. Ferrari protege Stroll was forced to settle for fourth, ahead of George Russell and Charles Leclerc, who passed Signature racer Alexander Albon for sixth late on at Turn 3. Gustavo Menezes was seventh for Carlin, [...]