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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
  • Matt A Kingsbury

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributin 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • Jordan Hightower

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • 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.

  • Raymond Kingsbury

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary

    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.

  • 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.

Merhi dominates wet qualifying

July 13th, 2014

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Roberto Merhi dominated a wet Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying session at the Nurburgring to take pole position for race two on Sunday. The ex-DTM racer, who finished second to championship leader Carlos Sainz in race one, set the pace for much of the session, and was able to respond every time any of his closest rivals made gains. With track conditions improving, most of the key laps came in the final minute of the session, and Merhi – who rejoined the track later than anyone else for his second run – ended up setting two laps good enough for pole. Title contenders Sainz and Oliver Rowland appeared set to line up behind the Zeta Corse driver, but they were pipped at the end by Oscar Tunjo. Behind them, row three [...]

Ocon claims pair of Euro F3 poles

July 12th, 2014

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European Formula 3 championship leader Esteban Ocon qualified on pole for races two and three in the second qualifying session at Moscow Raceway. Ocon, who won from pole in race one, is on course to dominate the weekend as he produced a time 0.3 seconds quicker than Prema team-mate Antonio Fuoco. Third fastest Tom Blomqvist was the only other driver to set a time below 1m28s, and qualified highest of the Carlin cars. Ocon’s championship rival Max Verstappen, whose run of six consecutive victories ended in the first Moscow race, starts fourth for the second race of the weekend. Lucas Auer did well to qualify sixth and lines up ahead of the Carlin duo of Jordan king and Jake Dennis. Dennis van der Laar was the early pacesetter, but he [...]

Sainz survives rain drama to win

July 12th, 2014

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Carlos Sainz Jr survived a late-race rain shower to take victory in the opening Formula Renault 3.5 encounter at the Nurburgring on Saturday. The championship leader controlled the race from the start, gradually edging away from title rival Oliver Rowland after the Briton appeared to have the edge in the opening couple of laps. From there, Sainz set about dominating the race, increasing his gap with a spell of five consecutive fastest laps at one stage to keep Rowland out of reach. But with the win seemingly in the bag, the Red Bull junior was the first driver to encounter rain in the final sector during the final couple of laps. Sainz hung on as the conditions worsened dramatically, while behind him Merhi and Sergey Sirotkin both passed Rowland on [...]

Ocon ends Verstappen’s win streak

July 12th, 2014

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Lotus Formula 1 team protege Esteban Ocon cruised to victory in the first race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Moscow Raceway. The French teenager, who decimated the field in qualifying, appeared content to keep the gap between 1.5 and 2.0 seconds on the way to his sixth win of the year in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes, extending his championship lead. Front-row starter Jordan King took his third successive podium finish with second place in his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen. The Briton came under pressure in the latter stages from Max Verstappen, whose run of six consecutive European F3 wins came to an end. Verstappen, from fourth on the grid, had to fend off Lucas Auer into the first corner, before hunting down Tom Blomqvist. The Dutchman’s Van Amersfoort Racing [...]

Sainz snatches pole from Fortec duo

July 12th, 2014

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr robbed Fortec Motorsports of a front row lockout for race one at the Nurburgring in the closing seconds of qualifying. The session, which was delayed due to fog at the German venue, started an hour late and was shortened to 25 minutes. Fortec duo Sergey Sirotkin and Oliver Rowland seemed in control throughout, leading the way after the first runs and asserting themselves at the top again as the times tumbled in the last couple of minutes – this time with the Briton ahead. But DAMS driver Sainz, who had not sat on top of the order once during the session, moved to the head of the field with less than 10 seconds remaining. By that time both Rowland and Sirotkin were [...]

GP2 could switch to low-profile tyres

July 10th, 2014

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GP2 could switch to low-profile tyres next season, if Formula 1 decides to do the same in the long-term. Pirelli plans to start a track-testing programme of larger rubber with a GP2 car soon with a view to a possible change. AUTOSPORT understands that should F1 decide to commit to moving to 18/20-inch tyres for either 2016 or 2017, Pirelli will push for GP2 to make the change because it sees the series as the ideal place to understand the demands of such rubber and accelerate development. “It clearly needs a substantial amount of development work,” said Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery when asked about the potential for racing with larger tyres in F1. “We’re going to start a programme on 18-19-inch now with a GP2 car. “Probably the question [...]

Nasr wins sprint race for Carlin

July 6th, 2014

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Felipe Nasr won the Silverstone GP2 Series sprint race to record his third victory of the season and close the gap to championship dominator Jolyon Palmer. Carlin’s Nasr grabbed the lead from the start as poleman Stephane Richelmi made a poor getaway and also lost places to Racing Engineering’s Stefano Coletti and Trident’s Johnny Cecotto Jr. Nasr led from start to finish, having lost valuable points on Saturday when a wheelnut cross-threaded itself. Coletti looked poised to challenge after seven laps, having closed the gap to 0.8s, but Nasr got the hammer down and pulled away to score a dominant win. Coletti reported a loss of power as he slipped over six seconds behind, but pulled the gap back to 4.3s at the finish. Cecotto held third, despite a late [...]

Marciello sets GP2 practice pace

July 4th, 2014

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Raffaele Marciello set the fastest time in the 45-minute GP2 free practice session at Silverstone on Friday morning for Racing Engineering. The Ferrari protege was in sparkling form, recording lap after lap that kept him at the top of timing screens. He set out his stall with a 1m41.322s, before lowering it to 1m41.167s then 1m41.127s. Both of the latter times were good enough for the top spot, as his team-mate Stefano Coletti’s best effort was a 1m41.261s, before he visited the Club gravel after a big lock-up. Alexander Rossi was third fastest for Caterham, his session notable in that he was wearing the helmet of his team-mate Rio Haryanto, and for a huge spin at Becketts, from which he was lucky to escape without hitting anything. Points leader Jolyon [...]

F3 gets night race in Bahrain

July 3rd, 2014

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The FIA’s new Bahrain-based Formula 3 Middle East Cup will consist of six races over two meetings, one of which will be a night race, AUTOSPORT has learned. The governing body is seeking a promoter for its January winter series, which will take place at the Sakhir Formula 1 circuit over a 10-day period. Testing and racing will be held over two configurations of the circuit, one of which will be the Grand Prix layout. Although logistical details are still far from sorted, this is the schedule that was approved by last week’s meeting of the World Motor Sport Council. Days 1/2: testingDays 3/4: three qualifying sessions and three racesDays 5/6: no action, as track is changed to different configurationDays 7/8: testingDays 9/10: three qualifying sessions and three races Teams [...]

F3 teams welcome new technical rules

July 2nd, 2014

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Two of Formula 3′s leading teams have given the thumbs-up to the FIA World Motor Sport Council’s extension of the current chassis’ life by two seasons. The World Council announced last Friday that the current-generation cars, which were originally scheduled to compete from 2012-15, will go on until the end of 2017. Carlin boss Trevor Carlin said: “I was quite shocked and pleasantly surprised when they said the cars can go on until 2017. “Considering the money we spent this year [on the new-spec engines, gearboxes and electronics] it puts us back on an even keel.” Van Amersfoort Racing chief Frits van Amersfoort agreed, adding: “It’s a good decision, because the teams need air to start breathing again.” AUTOSPORT has also uncovered more details surrounding the technical changes to the [...]

Merhi feared he couldn’t re-adapt

July 2nd, 2014

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Moscow Formula Renault 3.5 race winner Roberto Merhi has revealed that he had doubts about being competitive in single-seaters again after his first test with Zeta Corse last winter. The 2011 F3 Euro Series champion raced in the DTM for Mercedes in 2012-13, but after missing out on a place in the manufacturer’s line-up for 2014 he turned his attention back to single-seater racing. Speaking after his maiden FR3.5 win in Russia last weekend, the Spaniard revealed that his initial struggles to get back up to speed in an Aragon test had him fearing that he would not be able to adapt after two years away from single-seaters. “When I first came back from the DTM for a test I said it was impossible to drive,” said Merhi. “Too much [...]

Lotus reserve Sorensen gets GP2 seat

July 2nd, 2014

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Lotus Formula 1 reserve driver Marco Sorensen will make his GP2 debut with MP Motorsport at Silverstone this weekend. The 23-year-old Dane replaces Tio Ellinas alongside Daniel de Jong at the squad. Ellinas had occupied the seat – in which Jon Lancaster began the year – since Barcelona in May. Sorensen is competing in Formula Renault 3.5 with Tech 1 this season, and has not previously raced or tested a GP2 car. “My plan is to get up to speed quickly and get the best results I can for MP Motorsport, but the practice is only 45 minutes and then we have qualifying on the same day,” he said. “For sure it will be difficult, but there isn’t a lot of pressure so I’m going to enjoy it – that’s [...]

Verstappen wins scrappy F3 race

June 29th, 2014

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Max Verstappen was on top in yet another dramatic round of the Formula 3 European Championship, which this time featured three safety cars and one red flag due to mid-race rain. The race started on a track that was dry on the racing line but wet otherwise, and Verstappen led the first half under light drizzle. His Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen had a reasonable advantage over Tom Blomqvist and championship leader Esteban Ocon when the safety car was called for a second time, and while the field circulated slowly the worsening rain meant the call was taken for red flags, enabling everyone to fit wet-weather Hankook tyres. When racing resumed, Ocon looked down the inside of Blomqvist into Turn 1. Blomqvist gave him racing room but as they exited the [...]

Verstappen claims double pole

June 28th, 2014

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Max Verstappen will start both of Sunday’s Formula 3 European Championship races at the Norisring from pole position. The Dutch racer headed championship leader Esteban Ocon by 0.088 seconds just after the midway point of Saturday afternoon’s qualifying session when it started to rain, and everyone returned to the pits. Although he has won five races, these are only the third and fourth poles for Verstappen’s Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen – and one of those he did not take up after mechanical problems struck at Hockenheim. On second-fastest times, Ocon’s Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes slips to fourth on the grid for race three, allowing Tom Blomqvist to move onto the front row for the weekend’s finale in his Carlin-run Dallara-VW. Blomqvist is third on the grid for race three, while Felix [...]

Sainz penalised for Rowland clash

June 28th, 2014

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Carlos Sainz Jr has been given a grid penalty for colliding with title rival Oliver Rowland in race one at Moscow Raceway. Sainz and Rowland clashed at the final corner on lap seven of the race, as both were trying to recover from their cars stalling on the grid before the start. Replays of the incident were not conclusive, only showing that Rowland had made a move down the inside into the 90-degree left-hander and the cars made side-to-side contact. The crash, which occurred while the drivers were fighting over 17th place, brought an end to Rowland’s race, while Sainz rejoined and finished 14th. However, race officials investigated the incident after the race and handed the Spaniard a two-place grid penalty for causing the collision. [...]

Sirotkin takes maiden FR3.5 victory

June 28th, 2014

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Sauber Formula 1 test driver Sergey Sirotkin took his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 victory on home soil at Moscow Raceway, while title rivals Carlos Sainz Jr and Oliver Rowland collided. Russian teenager Sirotkin led the field away at the second attempt, after the first start was aborted when all three of the championship leaders – Sainz, Rowland and Pierre Gasly – were left stranded on the grid. With front row starter Gasly out of the picture, Sirotkin spent the entire race in a duel with Zoel Amberg, and the gap fluctuated between the two from start to finish. Amberg got within half a second of the leader in the closing stages, having maintained the gap below a second once he recovered from Sirotkin’s blistering opening two laps that enabled him [...]

Verstappen wins again in chaotic race

June 28th, 2014

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Max Verstappen took his fourth consecutive Formula 3 European Championship race win at the Norisring after a thrilling, but chaotic, race. The Dutchman was the last of three different race leaders – or four, if you count the safety car that was called on no fewer than four occasions. A sluggish start dropped Verstappen from third on the grid to fourth, behind poleman Felix Rosenqvist, Esteban Ocon and Tom Blomqvist. One lap after the first restart, Blomqvist inadvertently tapped Ocon into the first hairpin, and Verstappen was forced to cut the corner in avoidance. A lap later, Verstappen got a run on Blomqvist – who had a damaged front wing – out of the chicane and passed him for third into the final corner, just before the safety car appeared [...]

Sirotkin claims home FR3.5 pole

June 28th, 2014

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Sergey Sirotkin took pole position for the opening Formula Renault 3.5 race of his home event at Moscow Raceway on Saturday morning. The Sauber Formula 1 test driver, who also topped Friday’s free practice running, was one of the first drivers to improve when the field started its second runs, moving fastest with the first sub-1m21s lap of the weekend. Low track temperatures meant that there was not much time remaining once the drivers had their new tyres up to speed, and with fewer improvements than usual Sirotkin’s benchmark did not come under much threat. Roberto Merhi appeared to have sealed second on the grid just before the chequered flag came out, but he was pipped by one of the last cars across the line as 2013 Formula Renault Eurocup [...]

Rosenqvist snatches last-gasp pole

June 27th, 2014

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Felix Rosenqvist snatched pole position on the very last lap of a thrilling qualifying session for this weekend’s opening Formula 3 European Championship race at the Norisring. The Swede found a chunk of time thanks to finally nailing the final corner, with which he had been having trouble all day, in his Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes. The lap denied championship leader Esteban Ocon of pole by just three thousandths of a second – the Lotus F1 junior’s Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes had languished in the lower reaches of the top 20 halfway through the session, before the Frenchman leapt up the order with a few minutes remaining. The early pacesetter was Max Verstappen, who sat on pole by three tenths at the mid-point in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen. He ended up [...]

Verstappen heads Norisring practice

June 27th, 2014

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Max Verstappen topped both free practice sessions for this weekend’s Formula 3 European Championship round at the Norisring. The 16-year-old Belgo-Dutchman belied the fact that he had never driven on the Nuremberg street track, and at the end of the two 40-minute free practice sessions his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen was 0.085 seconds clear. It was Tom Blomqvist who emerged in second place, the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara-VW driver edging out Lucas Auer in the leading Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes. Championship leader Esteban Ocon, like Verstappen a Norisring virgin, was fourth fastest in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes, with his team-mate Antonio Fuoco and the Team West-Tec Dallara-Merc of Felix Serralles completing the top six. Felix Rosenqvist was third in the opening session, which began on a dusty track in bright [...]