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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.

Drivers adjusting to F3 handbrake ban

May 5th, 2015

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Prema Powerteam boss Rene Rosin is confident that his driver Jake Dennis will not suffer any further problems with the revised start system for this year’s Formula 3 European Championship. Dennis, the 2012 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner, stalled on the green-flag lap of the second race of last weekend’s Hockenheim round, and had to start from the pitlane. F3 formerly used handbrake systems, developed by each team, to ‘preload’ the car and launch it off the line, but these have been banned from 2015. Dennis is the first frontrunning driver to suffer a stall, and said immediately after the race: “I’m finding it hard to get my head around this new system.” But Rosin believes the Racing Steps Foundation protege will soon adapt. “These drivers get used to things [...]

Domenicali flags junior class age limits

May 4th, 2015

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FIA Single Seater Commission president Stefano Domenicali has revealed that he is open to introducing limits on age and experience for the governing body’s junior categories. Ex-Ferrari F1 chief Domenicali, who took over the presidency from Gerhard Berger last December, is concerned that drivers staying on too long at the same level could hamper the development of younger competitors. “We don’t want the intermediate championships – Formula 3, even Formula 4 and in the future Formula 2 – to have drivers who stay there for many, many years,” Domenicali said in an interview in this week’s AUTOSPORT magazine. “That means that there is something that is not right. “If the system is right, it will pull the growth of the drivers and, for the others who are not really at [...]

Leclerc triumphs in thrilling finale

May 3rd, 2015

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Charles Leclerc won a thrilling wet Formula 3 European Championship finale at Hockenheim after an epic fight with Felix Rosenqvist. After a safety-car start, Rosenqvist got the hammer down at the green flag to begin the first proper lap of racing with a one-second advantage. The Swede had built this to 1.5s within three laps, but then F3 rookie Leclerc began to trim it back. Leclerc had moved right onto Rosenqvist’s tail by the 10th lap when he had a big moment at the Sachskurve, but gathered himself together and set off once more after the leading Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes, which was suffering from overheating rear tyres. On the 12th lap he was close enough to have a look at the Spitzkehre hairpin, but made light contact with Rosenqvist’s right-rear [...]

European F3 drops Moscow for Algarve

May 3rd, 2015

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The Formula 3 European Championship has canned its Moscow Raceway round and will visit the Algarve circuit instead. The Russian event proved unpopular last year, and was skipped by three teams, who all cited the cost of travelling to the venue. The current political situation regarding Russia has added to the unease about supporting the late-August DTM races this year, and teams began lobbying for an alternative at the Valencia test in March. Series organisers have lined up an alternative one week later, with F3 supporting the Blancpain Sprint Series at the Algarve track on September 4-6. They will also get a two-day official test at the Portimao-based venue on September 1-2. A series statement said: “Due to the huge logistical efforts and the accordingly high travel expenses, teams had [...]

Rosenqvist dominates at Hockenheim

May 2nd, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist pulverised his Formula 3 European Championship opposition in the second race of the weekend at Hockenheim to win by nine seconds. From pole position, the Swede made a great start and disappeared into the distance in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes. Rosenqvist was 8.6 seconds to the good on the 19th lap of 22 when he had his only difficulty of the race: lapping the stubborn Mahaveer Raghunathan. “It was perfect – a boring race for everyone except me!” said the Macau Grand Prix winner. “The car was just fantastic: we knew already from qualifying that there was extra pace to show. Perfect start; perfect race.” Top rookie Charles Leclerc settled into second place from his front-row starting position, but the Monegasque had no answer to Rosenqvist’s pace in [...]

Beer sidelined with broken vertebra

May 2nd, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship driver Nicolas Beer has been ruled out of the remainder of this weekend’s Hockenheim event due to fracturing his fifth vertebra in Friday’s opening race. The Dane was hit by Tatiana Calderon when the Colombian missed her braking into Turn 2, with Beer’s EuroInternational team telling AUTOSPORT that the impact was 20g. Beer stayed in hospital under observation on Friday night and has been declared unfit to race, with a further observation required before the next round in Pau in two weeks’ time. EuroInternational has repaired Beer’s Dallara-Mercedes, which would be ready to race if the driver was uninjured. It is a further blow not only for Beer, who was hospitalised with concussion after an Imola testing crash in March, but for EuroInternational , as the [...]

Giovinazzi beats Rosenqvist in wet

May 1st, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi held off Felix Rosenqvist in a wet first race at Hockenheim to take his first win of the season and extend his Formula 3 European Championship points lead. The Italian made a bold outside move on poleman Rosenqvist on the outside of the Spitzkehre hairpin on the opening lap, and was never headed thereafter. Despite the soggy conditions it was a proper racing start, but the race went three times under caution, and eventually finished behind the safety car with Giovinazzi’s Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen in front. The regular interruptions potentially prevented a Rosenqvist attack on the lead, as Giovinazzi found he was struggling towards the end of the race, while the Swede’s Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes looked relatively strong. Even so, Giovinazzi crucially held a speed advantage in Turn 2 [...]

Rosenqvist completes pole hat-trick

May 1st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist put in a sublime performance in second Hockenheim Formula 3 European Championship qualifying to complete a hat-trick of poles for the weekend. On a wet track and under light drizzle, the Swede was visibly quicker than the field, which he initially led by more than two seconds in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes. There was a red flag just before three-quarters distance, by which point rookie Charles Leclerc – on his first taste of Hockenheim in the wet – had cut the gap to Rosenqvist to just under a second, despite an off-track moment early in the session as he entered the final stadium section. The red flag was caused by an altercation at the final corner between George Russell and Matt Solomon, continuing Briton Russell’s miserable weekend – [...]

Kirchhofer pulls plug on F3 drive

April 30th, 2015

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GP3 racer Marvin Kirchhofer has pulled the plug on his parallel Formula 3 European Championship programme with EuroInternational at the eleventh hour. The Italian team’s boss Antonio Ferrari said that Kirchhofer notified the team by email last Sunday that he would not compete in this weekend’s round at Hockenheim because of the difficulties in readjusting his driving style from an F3 car to his GP3 machine, which is his priority this season. The German missed the opening F3 round at Silverstone due to a clashing GP3 test, but he was clear to compete in nine of the remaining 10 events. He took part in the pre-race Silverstone test, which he ended in eighth place. EuroInternational made no announcement of the situation, as the team was hoping that Kirchhofer would change [...]

Rosenqvist pips Giovinazzi to pole

April 30th, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist pipped Antonio Giovinazzi to pole position for the first Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Hockenheim. With traffic causing huge problems in the 35-car field, the Swedish F3 veteran had just one crack at a hot lap, and it was enough to deny the Italian by 0.014 seconds. Rosenqvist joined the session late in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes, and was yet to set a representative time when the red flags appeared after 10 minutes due to Alexander Albon skating into the gravel trap at the Sachskurve. The Thai, who reported brake problems, dived inside Brandon Maisano but was unable to make the corner and only narrowly avoided the barriers. Giovinazzi was seemingly alone among the frontrunners in finding a clear run of laps with his [...]

Rosenqvist storms free practice

April 30th, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist and the Prema Powerteam squad dominated free practice for the Formula 3 European Championship round at Hockenheim, with the Swede topping both 40-minute sessions. Rosenqvist, who has already won six times at the German track during his lengthy F3 career, was a tenth-and-a-half clear in the first session, with Jake Dennis, Lance Stroll and Brandon Maisano completing a 1-2-3-4 for Prema’s Mercedes-powered machines. On new tyres in the second session, Rosenqvist ended up just over a tenth ahead of Stroll – while the Canadian and fellow Euro F3 rookie Maisano have never raced an F3 car at the circuit, they have both tested one. “The track felt a bit strange,” said Rosenqvist. “It’s quite slippy, but the pace looked quite good and I had quite a big margin, [...]

Germany replacement close for GP2, GP3

April 28th, 2015

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Organisers of the GP2 and GP3 series are close to adding an extra round to replace the cancelled German Grand Prix support races. The deal is yet to be finalised, but AUTOSPORT understands that at the Bahrain season opener, team bosses were informed that Qatar is the leading contender. But this would be contingent on being able to find funding for the freight of the teams and drivers to Qatar. An alternative would be to hold a standalone event in Europe, and Michel hopes to be able to inform the teams of the definitive plan at the next GP2 round at Barcelona next weekend. “At the moment, it is not definite because we have several possibilities, but it is very likely we will put on another round and go back [...]

Vaxiviere snatches last-lap Aragon win

April 26th, 2015

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Lotus F1 Junior driver Matthieu Vaxiviere completed an audacious overtaking manoeuvre on the penultimate corner of the last lap to score his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 victory at Motorland Aragon. The Frenchman hunted down pole-sitter Nyck de Vries over the closing laps, and waited until the final tour before driving around the outside of the McLaren protege at the Turn 16 hairpin. Having lost the inside line to Vaxiviere for the following right hander, de Vries committed a swerve into his rival on the exit of the corner. The Dutch driver lost momentum after the contact, and conceded a three-and-a-half-second deficit to Vaxiviere at the flag. “It was really hard catching Nyck as the track was drying,” said Matthieu. “I am grateful to the team for giving me such a [...]

De Vries takes Sunday Aragon pole

April 26th, 2015

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McLaren protege Nyck de Vries mastered improving track conditions at Motorland Aragon to take pole position on his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 weekend. The top four were covered by just 0.081 seconds in a thrilling climax to qualifying for Sunday afternoon’s race. Last year’s Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion, de Vries will line-up ahead of Saturday pole-sitter Matthieu Vaxiviere. Saturday winner Oliver Rowland and Jazeman Jaafar make it an all-Fortec second row, while third-year driver Pietro Fantin continued his productive start to the season in fifth. A wet track was declared at the start of qualifying, although rain had ceased. In the preceding Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup session, drivers had commented that, despite the presence of some damp patches, slick tyres were working effectively for their last couple of laps. [...]

Rowland wins FR3.5 season opener

April 25th, 2015

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Oliver Rowland survived a first corner scare to kick off the Formula Renault 3.5 season with victory at Aragon. Jazeman Jaafar completed a Fortec one-two, finishing 2.1 seconds in arrears, ahead of top rookie Dean Stoneman. Improving Dutch racer Meindert van Buuren took the chequered flag first, having led throughout on the road, but the Lotus driver was penalised 20s for a jump start. Having made the error from his third place grid slot, van Buuren was committed to staging an attack into Turn 1. The aggressive charge between polesitter and team-mate Matthieu Vaxiviere on the outside and Rowland on the apex produced a perilously-close three-wide dice. Van Buuren exited the corner in the lead, while a compromised Vaxiviere dropped to fifth place on the road, behind Jaafar and Stoneman. [...]

Malja loses FR3.5 front row spot

April 25th, 2015

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Swedish Formula Renault 3.5 newcomer Gustav Malja has lost his front row qualifying position for Saturday afternoon’s opening race of the season at Aragon. Malja’s Strakka car encountered a ride-height issue in post-qualifying technical checks after going second fastest, and will start from the back of the grid for race one. Strakka chief engineer Mike Henderson explained: “The floor was very slightly under the limit. “We checked it last night and everything was OK. It’s obviously very disappointing. “Gustav did do a fantastic job, though. It was one of the best performances from a rookie making his debut that I think World Series has seen. “You can’t take that away from him.” Tio Ellinas in the second Strakka car is promoted to seventh on the grid as a result of [...]

Vaxiviere form continues with pole

April 25th, 2015

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Lotus Formula 1 Junior driver Matthieu Vaxiviere claimed the first pole position of the 2015 Formula Renault 3.5 season at Aragon, underlining that his outstanding pre-season testing pace was representative. The Frenchman moved ahead of Swedish rookie Gustav Malja by just 0.025 seconds, thanks to a final lap effort of 1m41.446s as the chequered flag was shown. Fortec’s Oliver Rowland secured third on the grid for Saturday afternoon’s opening race. The Racing Steps-backed Briton will line up ahead of Vaxiviere’s Charouz-Lotus team-mate Meindert van Buuren, who delivered one of the most impressive qualifying performances of his career. At the midway point of the half-hour session Jazeman Jaafar led the timing screens on his debut outing for Fortec, thanks to a time of 1m42.008s. Although the Malaysian found four tenths on [...]

Vaxiviere leads FR3.5 practice day

April 24th, 2015

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Pre-season pacesetter Matthieu Vaxiviere transferred his testing form into Friday practice for the Formula Renault 3.5 opener at Aragon. The Lotus Formula 1 Junior driver was quickest on both high-downforce in free practice one, and the mandatory low-downforce settings in the afternoon session. Vaxiviere recorded a lap of 1m42.013s in the morning to hold off Swedish newcomer Gustav Malja’s Strakka entry by 0.007 seconds. AVF’s Beitske Visser, who had also been quick in testing, took third in practice one, finishing 0.070s shy of the benchmark time. Vaxiviere extended his advantage over the opposition to a more comfortable 0.430s in practice two, in which his fastest lap was 1m42.337s. Fortec’s Jazeman Jaafar took second spot, ahead of the second Strakka car of Tio Ellinas. “It wasn’t so good this morning,” said [...]

Comtec to miss first FR3.5 round

April 24th, 2015

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Comtec Racing will miss the opening Formula Renault 3.5 meeting at Aragon this weekend. The Norfolk team had hoped to run 2013 GP3 runner-up Facu Regalia for round one. The Argentinian came onto the driver market at a late stage, having been unable to complete his planned deal with Zeta Corse, for which he had tested extensively over the winter. Comtec’s negotiations with Regalia had progressed to an advanced stage. Its truck had travelled to Spain during the week, and Regalia issued a press release announcing that he would complete the season with the Phil Blow-managed team. Comtec sat out pre-season FR3.5 testing, but its cars were understood to have been rebuilt and ready to go “at the turn of a key” according to sources. Both Comtec and Zeta are [...]

New team for European F3 in 2016

April 23rd, 2015

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Stalwart Formula 3 team Performance Racing is to step up to the category’s European championship in 2016. The Anglo-Swedish Silverstone-based squad is running Malaysian Formula Renault ALPS graduate Akash Nandy in a development programme this year geared towards a 2016 entry. Performance ran for several years in the British F3 championship before switching to the German F3 Cup – both series have collapsed and will not run in 2015. Nandy will drive Performance’s existing Dallara-Volkswagen – with some modifications – this year before the team orders new Dallaras for what is planned to be a two-car effort. His outings will include tests, plus races in the Austrian-organised Remus F3 Pokal at Monza (where he took two wins last weekend), Red Bull Ring and Hockenheim, and in the UK-based MSV F3 [...]