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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.

Haryanto claims third GP2 win of year

July 5th, 2015

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Rio Haryanto claimed his third GP2 sprint-race victory of the 2015 season with a lights-to-flag win at Silverstone. The Campos Racing driver picked up reversed-grid pole position thanks to penalties for Arthur Pic and Oliver Rowland on Saturday and made good on his advantage. This meant that he salvaged a decent haul of points from the weekend despite his qualifying being stymied by a sensor problem. Haryanto held the lead from the lights and immediately established a small cushion over fast-starting Trident driver Raffaele Marciello. He was never seriously threatened as he, the Italian and third-placed Pierre Gasly circulated in the podium positions throughout. Alexander Rossi finished fourth despite being hit with a five-second penalty for putting all four wheels off the track at the exit of Copse as he [...]

Pic penalised for clash with King

July 4th, 2015

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Arthur Pic has lost his sixth-place finish in the GP2 feature race at Silverstone as a punishment for clashing with Jordan King. The Campos Racing driver hit the rear of King’s Racing Engineering car at the final corner of the race, tipping it into a spin. While Pic survived the clash and crossed the line sixth, King could not get going again so did not complete the final lap. As a result, stewards have hit Pic with a 20-second time penalty, issued in lieu of a drive-through penalty – relegating him to 14th place. “I was struggling to get onto the power and he just knocked into the back of me and spun me round,” King told AUTOSPORT. “I don’t think he did it maliciously, he just misjudged it and [...]

Sirotkin secures first GP2 win

July 4th, 2015

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Sergey Sirotkin converted pole position into his maiden GP2 victory in the Silverstone feature race. The Russian lost the lead at the start when third-placed Richie Stanaway made a lighting getaway to dive between the pole man and second-place starter Stoffel Vandoorne off the line. The safety car was deployed moments later after Artem Markelov spun and was collected by Nathanael Berthon. At the restart, Stanaway either tried to back up the field too much or failed to realise that passing is allowed from the safety-car restart line rather than the start/finish line, with Sirotkin getting ahead through Club. This forced Stanway wide and also allowed Nobuharu Matsushita, who had passed ART Grand Prix team-mate Vandoorne on the run to the first corner after the Belgian lost momentum when he [...]

Rowland gets Silverstone GP2 debut

July 2nd, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland will make his GP2 debut at his home round at Silverstone this weekend with MP Motorsport. The 2011 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner replaces Sergio Canamasas in the one-off deal for the British Grand Prix support event. Canamasas did not race for the team in the previous round at the Red Bull Ring, where MP fielded just a single car for Daniel de Jong. Racing Steps Foundation protege Rowland competed for the team’s Manor MP Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup team in 2013, finishing second between Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon in the championship. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to race in front of my home crowd,” said Rowland. “I can’t thank MP Motorsport and the RSF enough for setting this up for [...]

Cecotto in at Carlin for Silverstone

July 1st, 2015

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Johnny Cecotto Jr will replace Marco Sorensen in Carlin’s GP2 line-up for this weekend’s Silverstone round. Sorensen failed to score a point in the opening four weekends of the 2015 campaign, having switched to Carlin following a part-season with MP Motorsport last year that yielded a maiden victory at Sochi. Carlin team boss Trevor Carlin said: “We’re very sad to see Marco leave us at such an early stage before he had the chance to fulfil his potential with us. “But we fully understand the decision to now focus on his GT racing activities [with Aston Martin in the World Endurance Championship]. “He’s a very likeable guy and we wish him lots of luck for the future. “At such short notice we wanted a driver who could jump in and [...]

Albon, Russell declare breakthroughs

June 29th, 2015

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Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon and 2014 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell have pledged to build on their breakthrough weekends in the Formula 3 European Championship at Norisring. London-born Thai Albon described his runner-up position after leading most of race two as “probably the worst second place you can ever get – it hurts.” Albon had taken two pole positions – the first in F3 for the returning Signature team since Marco Wittmann at the 2011 Macau Grand Prix – but failed to win any races. His second race unravelled due to continuous safety-car interruptions, having once held a lead nearing two seconds. One lap after the final restart, a three-abreast run into Turn 1 ended in Albon, Russell and Charles Leclerc all running wide, allowing Maximilian Gunther [...]

Giovinazzi revives title bid with win

June 28th, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi got his title charge back on track with victory in the third and final race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Norisring. The Jagonya Ayam protege made his customary storming start from third on the grid, and led home the sister Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell. Both poleman Alexander Albon and front-row partner Russell made poor getaways, Russell speculating that it was due to the earlier DTM practice starts on the first and second grid spots, and Albon adding, “I honestly thought I’d stalled – the engine went so quiet.” Russell had to fight his way past Jake Dennis at the first of what would become three restarts, and spent most of his race fending off the attentions of Albon, [...]

Gunther gets F3 win from 12th on grid

June 27th, 2015

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German rookie Maximilian Gunther won a compelling second race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Norisring – from 12th on the grid. Gunther, driving the same Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes taken to victory here by Felix Rosenqvist in 2013, picked his way through the field largely due to incidents in front of him, and the fourth and final safety-car period played into his hands perfectly. The race boiled down to a five-lap sprint to the flag, with poleman Alexander Albon – who had led the majority of the race – ahead of George Russell (who had led the opening two laps before running wide at Turn 1) and Charles Leclerc, with Gunther in fourth. On the first lap of the restart, Albon ran deep into Turn 1, allowing [...]

Leclerc wins behind safety car in wet

June 27th, 2015

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Charles Leclerc took the win in a safety-car-marred Formula 3 European Championship race to kick off the Norisring weekend. While Leclerc fully deserved his win after proving the master of wet conditions, the second half of the race was run entirely under caution, with just 15 laps of racing having been completed. The race had also begun under the safety car, and poleman Leclerc initially found it tough to escape the attentions of Alexander Albon, who had passed front-row man Maximilian Gunther with ease into the Turn 1 hairpin when the race went green. After eight laps of racing, an error caused Albon to skate straight on at Turn 1, dropping him to fifth behind Gunther, Felix Rosenqvist and Antonio Giovinazzi. From seventh on the grid, Giovinazzi was on a [...]

Albon takes double pole at Norisring

June 26th, 2015

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Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon took a double pole position for races two and three of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Norisring. In so doing, the London-born Thai put the French Signature team on top for the first time since it returned to F3 at the end of last season after a three-year absence. Albon headed first-race polewinner Charles Leclerc in the odd-numbered group by a gargantuan – by Norisring standards – 0.196 seconds, thanks to a slipstream on the run out of the final corner, but his second-fastest time, which decided the grid for race three, was unassisted and he was able to beat Antonio Giovinazzi by 0.078s. “In Q1 the car was there – I just needed to find that extra bit,” said Albon. “For Q2 [...]

Leclerc pips Albon to Norisring pole

June 26th, 2015

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Charles Leclerc grabbed pole position for the first race of the Norisring Formula 3 European Championship weekend after a seesaw battle with fellow Formula Renault 2.0 graduate Alexander Albon. The two rookies, neither of whom had seen the Nuremberg street circuit until free practice on Friday morning, swapped the top spot numerous times, with the Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen shading it by 0.009 seconds from the Signature car of Lotus F1 junior Albon. Championship leader Leclerc, who was also fastest in both his sessions in free practice, paid tribute to the VAR squad and blamed himself for making life more difficult than it could have been. “I did an error by locking the right-front tyre at the beginning, then had to set quicker times with a flat-spot,” said the Monegasque. [...]

Karts-to-F3 ban under discussion

June 25th, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship teams and FIA officials have started discussions to ban drivers from stepping to the series straight from karts, AUTOSPORT has learned. The point was raised during a meeting at the FIA’s Geneva headquarters last week, called in the wake of concerns over driving standards. Max Verstappen finished third in the championship last year in his first season out of karting, while Red Bull junior Callum Ilott and Alessio Lorandi have made the graduation from karting to F3 for 2015. With the growing impetus of FIA Formula 4, the teams and the FIA are now considering making it compulsory to spend at least one season racing at F4 (or similar) level or in Formula Renault 2.0 before moving to Euro F3. Leading team boss Frits van Amersfoort, [...]

Analysis: Pirro’s role as an F3 steward

June 24th, 2015

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Following a number of high-profile crashes at Monza and Spa, driving standards in the Formula 3 European Championship have been in the spotlight. One race at Monza was halted, team managers were summoned by the FIA, drivers have been lectured and three handed bans. Five-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Emanuele Pirro joined the panel of stewards for the first time at Spa, and spoke to MARCUS SIMMONS about his impressions and the role. Teams and drivers in the Formula 3 European Championship were almost universally positive about Emanuele Pirro’s first weekend as a steward during last weekend’s Spa round. In the wake of the Monza crashfest there was no doubt that driving standards needed improving, yet Formula 1 and Le Mans veteran Pirro carried out the role in conciliatory [...]

Menezes: Crash ‘skimmed my head’

June 23rd, 2015

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Spa crash victim Gustavo Menezes says his aerial crash and upside-down landing “skimmed my head” in last weekend’s Formula 3 European Championship round. The rollhoop on the 20-year-old American’s Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen snapped loose as he skated upside down, and backwards, across an access road, the grass verge and the inside kerb at Les Combes. The accident happened as Menezes tried to take fourth place from Brandon Maisano up the Kemmel straight. Maisano moved across to defend the inside line, only for Menezes to hit his rear wheel, lifting the front of the car. As air got underneath, it caused the car to take off and flip backwards before landing upside down. “The race was going really well,” said Menezes, who had fought through from 12th on the grid. “Maisano and [...]

Rosenqvist furious about F3 rivals

June 22nd, 2015

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Formula 3 veteran Felix Rosenqvist has slammed the driving tactics of his F3 European Championship rivals after being taken out of potentially winning positions in all three races at Spa. Rosenqvist was hit by pre-weekend series leader Antonio Giovinazzi as they battled for the lead of race one, pushing him down the escape road. He rejoined in second place and finished there behind eventual winner Charles Leclerc, while Giovinazzi was given a grid penalty for race two. The Swede was a victim of Prema team-mate Lance Stroll’s driving in race two, spearing into the Les Combes barriers as they fought for the lead with Mikkel Jensen. Stroll was banned from participating in race three. Finally, Rosenqvist was pushed wide by Markus Pommer as they battled for third in race three. [...]

Markelov excluded from eighth place

June 21st, 2015

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Russian Time driver Artem Markelov has lost his point for finishing in eighth place in the GP2 sprint race at the Red Bull Ring. The 20-year-old ran second during the first half of the race before going off while attempting to take the lead from Rio Haryanto, meaning he dropped back and took the chequered flag in the final points position. Sprint race report: Haryanto denies Vandoorne double win But in post-race scrutineering, it was found that his fuel tank had less than the mandatory one litre of fuel required to give a fuel sample, meaning he was disqualified. His exclusion means that Alexander Rossi picks up the final point in the race, closing the gap to points leader Stoffel Vandoorne from 77 to 76 points.

Dennis wins again in final Spa race

June 21st, 2015

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Jake Dennis took his second win of the weekend in a superb – but sometimes wild-and-woolly – Formula 3 European Championship race at Spa. The 2012 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner started from pole, but lost the advantage at the start to front-row partner Mikkel Jensen. Jensen led the first two laps, before the race went under caution for one lap due to a clash at La Source between Arjun Maini and Raoul Hyman that left Hyman stranded with deranged suspension. Jensen stayed ahead of the threatening Dennis for one more lap, but then the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Prema Powerteam man attacked into Les Combes. Dennis locked up, but managed to retrieve it so the two ran side by side through the first element, but the Dane then spun into [...]

Haryanto denies Vandoorne double win

June 21st, 2015

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Rio Haryanto denied Stoffel Vandoorne a double GP2 victory at the Red Bull Ring by holding off the McLaren junior to win the sprint race. Haryanto took the lead at the start after pole-position starter Nick Yelloly bogged down off the line. The Campos Racing driver had the inside line into the first corner, with Yelloly sandwiched between him and the fast-starting Alexander Rossi. Yelloly and Rossi made contact in the Turn 1-squeeze, with the American sliding onto the asphalt runoff and Yelloly retiring to the pits at the end of the lap. That left Haryanto up front ahead of the Russian Time machine driven by Artem Markelov. Markelov pressured Haryanto until halfway through the race, when he made a late dive into the Turn 3 right-hander. But it was [...]

Ferrari protege Stroll gets race ban

June 21st, 2015

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Ferrari protege Lance Stroll has been banned from Sunday’s third race of the Formula 3 European Championship round at Spa. The Canadian has been handed the punishment after causing the accident that ended in him crashing out with Mikkel Jensen and Felix Rosenqvist as they battled for the lead of the second race. Spa race two report: Dennis wins as more crashes mar race The penalty was given to the 16-year-old on Saturday evening by a panel of stewards that, for the first time, includes multiple Le Mans 24 Hours winner and 1982 European F3 runner-up Emanuele Pirro. It is the second time in two race weekends that Danish racer Jensen has clashed with Stroll: their collision in race three at Monza ended in the race being red-flagged amid concerns [...]

FIA summons F3 drivers after crashes

June 20th, 2015

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The Formula 3 European Championship field will be called to a Saturday evening meeting over driving standards for the second race weekend in succession, FIA president Jean Todt has confirmed. While the first race of the Spa weekend ran without a safety car, the second featured a return of the spectacular crashes that marred the previous round at Monza. Spa race two report: Dennis wins amid huge crashes Foremost among these was an accident triggered by Lance Stroll moving across on Mikkel Jensen, who in turn crashed into Felix Rosenqvist as they battled for the lead, putting all three out of the race. There was also an aerial backflip for Gustavo Menezes when he clipped the rear wheel of Brandon Maisano as they fought for fourth. Todt said: “We need [...]