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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Regalia makes FR3.5 switch

February 27th, 2015

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Former GP2 driver Facu Regalia will join Zeta Corse for his debut season in Formula Renault 3.5 this year. The Argentinean was eventual champion Daniil Kvyat’s closest title challenger in GP3 two seasons ago, before graduating to GP2 with Hilmer Motorsport in 2014. Regalia parted company with Hilmer after the fourth round of the season at the Red Bull Ring in June. “Following seven months of intense work I can confirm my participation in World Series by Renault,” said Regalia, whose CV also includes campaigns in Auto GP, European F3 Open and Italian F3. “It is another season racing in Europe and it’s fantastic to join such a Formula 1 feeder series with Zeta Corse. “It is an opportunity, and we must do everything in our power to seize it, [...]

Rossi gets Racing Engineering drive

February 27th, 2015

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Alexander Rossi will return to GP2 with Racing Engineering for the 2015 season, completing the team’s line-up alongside Jordan King. The American, a race winner with Caterham in 2013, completed a part-season with the team last year, before switching to Campos for a one-off appearance at Hockenheim and then sitting out the rest of the campaign while he pursued opportunities in Formula 1. Rossi, who made his GP2 debut in the Asia series in 2009, said a deal with Racing Engineering had been a long time coming. “After several years of discussions, at last we have found a way to work together,” said the 23-year-old. “After my 2014 season as the reserve driver at the Caterham and Marussia F1 teams, it is public knowledge that I have been carefully looking [...]

Fittpaldi gets European F3 deal

February 25th, 2015

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Pietro Fittipaldi, the grandson of Brazilian racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi, is to contest the Formula 3 European Championship with Fortec Motorsport. The 18-year-old steps up from Formula Renault – last season he won the BARC championship for older-spec cars in dominant style, and he also took in some rounds of the ALPS series for current machinery. Although no announcement has yet been made by Fortec, Fittipaldi tweeted the news on Wednesday afternoon. The deal follows Fittipaldi shining in tests in a Fortec Dallara-Mercedes during December, while he also tested with Carlin. He will be the third generation of Fittipaldi to race in F3 in Europe – his grandfather raced in Britain in 1969, and his uncle Christian in ’90. Fittipaldi is the first driver to be firmly connected with Fortec’s [...]

BRDC star Maini steps up to Euro F3

February 24th, 2015

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BRDC Formula 4 Championship runner-up Arjun Maini has taken the final seat with Van Amersfoort Racing for this season’s Formula 3 European Championship. The 17-year-old from Bangalore steps up after just one season in car racing, and started 2015 by finishing fourth in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand with two race wins. Maini joins Formula Renault ALPS runner-up Charles Leclerc and Italian karting superstar Alessio Lorandi in an extremely youthful all-rookie line-up in VAR’s trio of Dallara-Volkswagens. The team believes it has the drivers to build on Max Verstappen’s third place in the 2014 rankings. Team boss Frits van Amersfoort, whose squad never tested Maini, said: “We are thrilled to have Arjun in our team for 2015. “We saw in winter testing already his natural speed and he [...]

Carlin completes six-car F3 line-up

February 23rd, 2015

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Colombian Tatiana Calderon has taken the sixth and final full-time seat in Carlin’s line-up for the Formula 3 European championship. This will be the third season in Euro F3 for the 21-year-old, who made big steps forward with a Mucke Motorsport-run car last year. It comes after tests with Carlin’s Dallara-Volkswagen at Valencia and Monteblanco last December. “I love the team’s working atmosphere and everyone’s determination to succeed; I’m sure together with the support from Volkswagen Motorsport we will achieve great things,” said Calderon. “I’m in a great position, surrounded by great people, and I want to make the most of the opportunity.” Team boss Trevor Carlin added: “We’ve wanted Tatiana in the team for some time now and we’re delighted that everything came together this season. “She was very [...]

Ellinas moves to FR3.5 with Strakka

February 23rd, 2015

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Former GP3 frontrunner Tio Ellinas will drive for Strakka Racing in Formula Renault 3.5 this year, completing the team’s 2015 line-up. The 23-year-old Cypriot, who started eight GP2 races in 2014, joins fellow rookie Gustav Malja at Strakka. “Strakka is the complete package with the best support and equipment on and off the track,” said Ellinas, who tested for the team late last year. “We worked really well at the test and it was clear that Strakka could engineer a quick car.” Ellinas has also signed a long-term deal with Strakka’s driver management division. Strakka team principal Dan Walmsley said: “In Tio, we see a driver with fantastic natural talent and the ability to work hard and learn. “Managing him means that we can unleash and guide the potential he [...]

Brazilian kart star joins Motopark

February 23rd, 2015

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Brazilian karting star Sergio Sette Camara is the latest driver to join Motopark for the Formula 3 European Championship. This will be the 16-year-old’s first full season in car racing, although he contested around half of last year’s Brazilian F3 Championship, made a one-off Euro F3 appearance at Imola with EuroInternational, and took in the final two rounds of the 2015 Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand. Sette Camara is the fourth driver on the roster at Motopark, which has already confirmed Briton Sam MacLeod, German F3 Cup champion Markus Pommer and Indian Mahaveer Raghunathan, who steps up from the Italian Formula 4 Championship. Motopark boss Timo Rumpfkeil said: “We have all the means to make sure Sergio learns his ropes as quickly as possible. “He has proven that he’s [...]

Russian Time retains 2014 drivers

February 20th, 2015

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Russian Time has announced that it will retain Mitch Evans and Artem Markelov for the 2015 GP2 season. The pair helped the 2013 teams’ champion to fifth in the standings last year, with Evans winning two races. Team principal Svetlana Strelnikova said: “I’m pleased that we have continuity for 2015 with both drivers. “It was a good team environment last year and Mitch and Artem worked well together. “Mitch’s results proved that he belongs at the top level and I would be delighted if he can take that final step and challenge for the championship.” 2015 GP2 FIELD SO FAR DAMSPierre Gasly, Alex Lynn CarlinMarco Sorensen, Julian Leal ARTStoffel Vandoorne, Nobuharu Matsushita Racing EngineeringJordan King, tba Russian TimeMitch Evans, Artem Markelov TridentRaffaele Marciello, Rene Binder CamposArthur Pic, Rio Haryanto RapaxSergey [...]

Prema signs Rosenqvist for Euro F3

February 20th, 2015

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Macau Grand Prix winner Felix Rosenqvist has signed for Prema Powerteam in the Formula 3 European championship for 2015. The Swede, an F3 veteran and a two-time victor in the Zandvoort F3 Masters race, spent the last four seasons with Mucke Motorsport, finishing as runner-up in the championship in 2013. Rosenqvist is Prema’s fourth signing for 2015, joining Jake Dennis, Lance Stroll and Brandon Maisano. “I am highly excited about what I view as a new phase of my career,” said the 23-year-old. “Prema have been the undisputed pacesetters in F3 for as long as I’ve been around. “They are operating at their own level, and I am thrilled to join them at a time when the European championship is stronger than ever before. “The championship is the one thing [...]

Virtuosi to run Russian Time GP2 team

February 19th, 2015

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Race-winning Auto GP team Virtuosi UK has concluded a deal to run the Russian Time GP2 squad. The entry will remain under the Russian Time moniker, with Svetlana Strelnikova continuing as team principal, but Virtuosi UK will replace iSport in managing the team. Virtuosi team director Andy Roche was involved in GP2 in its early years before setting up the Auto GP project with owner Declan Lohan. “I am very, very pleased that the qualities of our team have been recognised and to be able announce this move into GP2,” Lohan told AUTOSPORT. “Andy Roche was involved in GP2 right from the beginning, and he will act as team manager. We think we have the right personnel to do the job. “We got the call from GP2 and Russian Time, [...]

Ex-Ferrari junior joins Euro F3 field

February 19th, 2015

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Former Ferrari junior driver Brandon Maisano will step up to the Formula 3 European championship with Prema Powerteam in 2015. The 21-year-old drove for the team in Italian F3 in 2012, and after being unable to race full-time in 2013 he returned to Prema in Italian F4 last year. “I am very happy for the opportunity to participate in the F3 European championship,” said Maisano, who finished second to fellow Prema F3 driver Lance Stroll in the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series this winter. “I am aware this will be a difficult and decisive step in my career but I will do my best to be in the top positions as often as possible.” Team boss Rene Rosin added: “We know Brandon really well, and we felt he deserved a [...]

Russians facing F3 legality fight

February 19th, 2015

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The constructors of a new Russian car are pushing ahead with plans to contest the Formula 3 European championship despite legality concerns. ArtLine Engineering is building its new Dallara challenger – the ArtTech P315 – with a central-exhaust system, but it has run into a buffer with the FIA over the philosophy. ArtLine is in negotiation with engine builders NBE and ORECA, but both firms’ units have been homologated in a format that was designed to fit the side-exhaust Dallara, and would not fit the ArtTech. The NBE raced in this format with T-Sport in 2014, scoring a Macau Grand Prix podium with Nick Cassidy, while the Renault-badged ORECA was withdrawn on the eve of the season but is targeted for a return with Ma-Con Motorsport this year. AUTOSPORT understands [...]

Lynn carries out DRS test for GP2

February 18th, 2015

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Williams Formula 1 reserve driver Alex Lynn carried out a GP2 test session focused on the category’s new DRS in Bahrain on Wednesday. The Briton spent the day at the wheel of the GP2 development car at Sakhir, completing an aero-based programme built around the new drag reduction system that will be introduced for this season. The Brit forging his own path to F1 The day started with straightline aero tests, and finished with long runs to evaluate the reliability of the system. The test came about as a prize for Lynn winning last year’s GP3 title. “I have really enjoyed driving the GP2 development car today,” he said. “It has been a very studious test session so far. I am grateful for this prize and opportunity. “I hope that [...]

Sirotkin switches to GP2 with Rapax

February 17th, 2015

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Former Sauber Formula 1 test driver Sergey Sirotkin will switch to the GP2 Series with Rapax for 2015. Sirotkin has spent the past two seasons in Formula Renault 3.5, winning one race and finishing fifth in last year’s standings, having previously taken third in Auto GP in 2012. The 19-year-old Russian drove in practice for his inaugural home grand prix last year as part of his affiliation with Sauber, a relationship that was initially billed as a fast-track move towards an F1 race seat. He tested Rapax’s GP2 car in Abu Dhabi for two days after the end of the 2014 season and has now sealed a full-season deal with the team. “First of all, I want to thank the team’s owners and executives for the push they made in [...]

Blomqvist cautious on Verstappen leap

February 17th, 2015

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Formula 3 European championship runner-up and new DTM BMW signing Tom Blomqvist says that karting graduates should be wary of making a Max Verstappen-style leap straight to F3. Blomqvist, who spent two years in Formula Renault and one in German F3 before moving into European F3, said he was impressed with the job rookies Verstappen (who was third in the 2014 championship) and champion Esteban Ocon did last year. “To be fair to those two, it’s been a while since anyone stepped into F3 and did as well as they did last year so young,” he said. Spurning the F1 path for BMW “Obviously there was a lot of media hype, and it was me and those two who were the most competitive throughout the year, and it really has [...]

Arden completes GP2 driver line-up

February 16th, 2015

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Arden Motorsport has completed its GP2 driver line-up by retaining Andre Negrao to partner Formula Renault 3.5 convert Norman Nato this year. Brazilian Negrao finished 12th in his rookie season of GP2 last year, taking best finishes of fifth in both Monza races. The 22-year-old scored all of his points at the Spa, Monza and Sochi rounds late in the campaign, and both team and driver hope to build on that progress in his second season. “Last year we achieved our target of scoring points in the second half of the championship,” said Negrao. “I had a very good feeling with the whole Arden team so we decided to continue for the 2015 season.” Team boss Garry Horner added: “We are very pleased to retain Andre for the forthcoming season. [...]

German champ moves up to Euro F3

February 13th, 2015

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German Formula 3 champion Markus Pommer will graduate to the F3 European championship this season with Motopark. The 24-year-old, a race winner in Formula 2 in 2012, returned to single-seaters last season after a year in the Porsche Supercup. As well as taking 14 wins on his way to the German F3 title, he finished third in the Auto GP series. Pommer was also the driver when Motopark returned to top-level F3 competition for the first time since 2011 in last November’s Macau Grand Prix (pictured) – he finished 11th, and was quick enough to place in the top six had he not stalled at the start of the qualification race. The German joins Briton Sam MacLeod in Motopark’s line-up of Dallara-Volkswagens, with the Oschersleben-based team expected to announce further [...]

Honda places protege in ART GP2 team

February 13th, 2015

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Honda-supported Japanese Formula 3 champion Nobuharu Matsushita will partner McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne at ART in GP2 this season. Matsushita, who is backed by McLaren’s new Formula 1 engine supplier, tested for ART in Abu Dhabi at the end of last year, completing 74 laps across two half-day sessions. “I would like to thank ART for giving me the opportunity to race in GP2,” said the 21-year-old. “This is a big challenge but I am determined to do my best as GP2 is the best way to race in F1, which is my dream. “I would like to express my thankfulness to Honda, who support my challenge.” As part of the launch of its 2015 motorsport programme, Honda explained in a statement that it is working with McLaren to get [...]

Bonifacio, Nissany secure FR3.5 seats

February 12th, 2015

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Formula Renault Eurocup race winner Bruno Bonifacio and Formula 3 European championship driver Roy Nissany will race in Formula Renault 3.5 this year with Draco and Tech 1 respectively. Brazilian Bonifacio was a factor in the FR2.0 Eurocup title race in the early part of 2014, although he slumped to fifth in the standings as McLaren junior Nyck de Vries went on to take the title. Nissany graduates to FR3.5 after spending two years in F3, taking a best finish of sixth and a highest championship position of 17th last year. “It’s impossible to imagine how happy I am for having secured a ride with Draco,” said Bonifacio, who completes an all-Brazilian line-up at the team alongside Pietro Fantin. “I have never had any doubt that this was going to [...]

Red Bull places British karter in F3

February 12th, 2015

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British teenager Callum Ilott will move straight from karts to the Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin as part of the Red Bull junior scheme this year. The 16-year-old from Hertfordshire won last year’s CIK-FIA European KF karting title and has carried out a comprehensive F3 test programme with Carlin during the winter, beginning when he was still 15. He made his car racing debut in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, where his best results so far are a fourth place finish at Hampton Downs and a front-row start at Taupo. “Being in the Red Bull Junior Team is a privilege, you just have to look at the history of the drivers that have gone before,” said Ilott. “Last season was very good for me so I was [...]