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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
    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.

  • 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.

  • Ray 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.

  • 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.

Status acquires Caterham GP2 team

October 17th, 2014

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Leading GP3 squad Status has acquired the Caterham GP2 operation from ex-Formula 1 team owner Tony Fernandes. The acquisition takes effect immediately, but the cars will continue to run under the Caterham Racing branding for the GP2 season finale in Abu Dhabi next month before becoming Status GP entries in 2015. Fernandes retained ownership of the GP2 team as well as the Caterham motorcycle racing project when he sold his F1 outfit to a group of investors at the start of July. Status team boss Teddy Yip said: “Having been multiple winners in GP3, as well as A1GP World Cup champions with A1 Team Ireland, we have always had the ambition to move further up the motorsport ladder when the time is right. “The opportunity to take over an established [...]

Sainz ‘deserves’ FR3.5 championship

October 16th, 2014

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Carlos Sainz Jr deserves to be crowned Formula Renault 3.5 champion this weekend, reckons his Red Bull junior stablemate Pierre Gasly. Sainz leads fellow Spaniard Roberto Merhi by 44 points heading into this weekend’s Jerez finale, meaning that he only needs to finish seventh in race one on Saturday to seal the title. FR3.5 rookie Gasly, who was eliminated from title contention last time out at Paul Ricard but can still catch Merhi for second in the points race, believes that Sainz would be a deserving champion. “Before Paul Ricard, Carlos had a bad weekend in Hungary so I didn’t know what to expect,” Gasly told AUTOSPORT. “But now it’s done, and I think it’s sure he will get the title. [He's had] seven wins in the year, even with [...]

Comtec withdraws from FR3.5 finale

October 15th, 2014

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Comtec Racing has withdrawn from the Formula Renault 3.5 finale at Jerez this weekend due to unforeseen circumstances regarding its driver Cameron Twynham. The British team received late notice that Twynham would be unable to travel to Spain for the race, leaving it without a driver for the second time this year. Comtec also had to skip the Spa and Moscow rounds earlier in the season when Nikolay Martsenko withdrew from the series. While the team ran a second car for Formula 3 European champion Esteban Ocon alongside Twynham at the last couple of rounds, that deal was never scheduled to include the finale due to a clash with the F3 round at Hockenheim. Comtec team manager Phil Blow said: “This new problem is exceptionally frustrating for us all. “Similarly [...]

Blomqvist wins as Verstappen stuns

October 12th, 2014

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Tom Blomqvist dominated the second Formula 3 European Championship race at Imola to keep his title hopes alive, as Max Verstappen put in a sensational charge from 11th to second. Blomqvist beat championship leader Esteban Ocon, who was second on the grid, away from the line and built up a huge advantage over fellow Jagonya Ayam with Carlin runner Antonio Giovinazzi, who passed Ocon into the first corner to take second. The safety car, caused by a crash for Alexander Toril at Piratella, eradicated Blomqvist’s advantage, but he made a good restart and was never threatened thereafter. Verstappen was up to sixth by the time the safety car appeared after seven laps. Straight after the restart, he passed Nicholas Latifi for fifth into Tamburello.He then hunted down Ocon – who [...]

Blomqvist and Verstappen share poles

October 11th, 2014

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Tom Blomqvist and Max Verstappen kept their tenuous hopes of lifting the Formula 3 European Championship alive by taking a pole position apiece for Sunday’s two races at Imola. New Toro Rosso Formula 1 signing Verstappen set the two fastest times of the session, but must serve the last of his three 10-place grid penalties, incurred for an engine change last time out at the Nurburgring, in race two. Verstappen had just set a lap time three tenths clear of the opposition in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen when the session was red-flagged with just under seven minutes remaining due to an enormous shunt at the Villeneuve chicane for Ed Jones. Emirati Jones, who has been suffering back problems since he crashed heavily in May at Pau, complained of a [...]

Leal loses GP2 pole after penalty

October 11th, 2014

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Julian Leal has lost his pole position for GP2′s reversed-grid race at Sochi after being penalised for a collision in Saturday’s opener at the Russian Grand Prix event. Carlin driver Leal finished eighth on the road in race one, which would have placed him on pole for Sunday morning. But he was under investigation for a tangle with Marco Sorensen during the race. The officials have subsequently deemed Leal at fault and switched their positions, moving MP Motorsport’s Sorensen up to eighth in race one and giving him sprint race pole. Stephane Richelmi has also been given a post-race penalty. A 20-second time addition for a track limits infringement drops the DAMS driver from 17th to 22nd. Richelmi’s team-mate Jolyon Palmer secured the 2014 title by winning the opening race.

Palmer clinches GP2 title with win

October 11th, 2014

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Jolyon Palmer scored the most important victory of his career in the Sochi GP2 feature race, as the fourth win of his season sealed the 2014 title in his favour. DAMS driver Palmer took full advantage of early race dominator Stoffel Vandoorne losing his chance of victory when the poleman failed to pit after the safety car was called out onto the track. This handed Palmer the 25 points he required for the title. Palmer’s nearest rival in the points, Carlin’s Felipe Nasr, suffered a wretched race and was forced to serve two drive-through penalties (he served his first under the safety car so it was discounted) for exceeding track limits and gaining an advantage at the second corner of the race. From fourth on the grid, Palmer tigered through [...]

Verstappen’s suspended ban ‘harsh’

October 11th, 2014

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Max Verstappen’s team boss has said his driver’s one-race suspended ban in the Formula 3 European Championship is unfair. The new Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver was handed down the penalty in the wake of a collision with Roy Nissany as they disputed 11th place in the late stages of the opening race at Imola. Verstappen had damage to both rear pushrods and the right-rear trackrod on his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen from hitting the kerbs at the Tamburello chicane while battling with Jake Dennis. He had also been pushed by Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco at Rivazza in a move that earned the Italian a drive-through penalty and cost Verstappen more places. The collision with Nissany forced both cars out of the race, Verstappen with a deranged left-front wheel. Frits [...]

Vandoorne takes Sochi pole for ART

October 10th, 2014

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Stoffel Vandoorne scored his third GP2 pole position on the trot at Sochi in Russia on Friday afternoon, but by no margin at all as Arthur Pic equalled his time. After an amazingly close session, ART Grand Prix’s Vandoorne set his 1m45.402s just as the chequered flag came out. Moments later, Pic crossed the line in his Campos Racing car with exactly the same laptime but, having set it later than the Belgian, will have to settle for a place on the front row rather than the four points for pole. Another shock arrived in the pace of Takuya Izawa, the 30-year-old Japanese driver who was third fastest in the second ART entry, just over a quarter of a second off pole. Points leader Jolyon Palmer will start fourth for [...]

Fuoco tops disrupted Imola practice

October 10th, 2014

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Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco headed free practice for this weekend’s Formula 3 European Championship round at Imola, as the 80 minutes of running were punctuated by five red flags. Fuoco, a race winner at Imola on his way to the 2013 Formula Renault ALPS title, was second to Prema Powerteam stable-mate Esteban Ocon in the first session, but lowered the overall fastest time by a tenth in the second period. Ocon, who can clinch the championship this weekend, was third in the second session, behind Fuoco and closest title rival Max Verstappen’s Van Amersfoort Racing car. Felix Rosenqvist was fourth, and it was the Swede who caused the final red flag when he spun into the gravel at Rivazza just as the session was due to finish anyway. The closely [...]

Palmer fastest in Sochi practice

October 10th, 2014

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Points leader Jolyon Palmer set the fastest time in the first ever GP2 Series track running at Sochi Autodrom in Russia, as he bids to wrap up the title this weekend. In the 45-minute free practice session, series dominator Palmer was straight out of the blocks and went to the top of the timesheets. He started off on 1m48.816s, then worked down to 1m47.809s after 10 minutes, which was 1.8s clear of the rest of the field at the time. His next quick lap was a 1m47.287s, which was soon beaten by ART’s Stoffel Vandoorne, who lapped in 1m46.740s halfway through the session while Palmer was in the pits. Arthur Pic spent a short time at the top of the times for Campos Racing thanks to his 1m46.618s with three [...]

Verstappen ends Imola test on top

October 8th, 2014

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Max Verstappen put himself at the top of the times for the second and final day of the Formula 3 European Championship test at Imola. The Toro Rosso Formula 1 recruit sat at the head of the order for most of the day in his Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Volkswagen, with his morning best being the overall fastest over the two days as the field prepares for this weekend’s penultimate round of the championship. Tuesday pacesetter Jake Dennis was second quickest, just under three tenths adrift of Verstappen in the morning with his Carlin Dallara-VW. The biggest surprise of the test was Sean Gelael’s third-fastest time of the day – the Indonesian has been increasingly a fixture in the points over the summer but made a big leap forward to pip [...]

Ellinas stands in for Quaife-Hobbs

October 8th, 2014

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Tio Ellinas will return to GP2 at Sochi this weekend in place of Adrian Quaife-Hobbs at Rapax. A GP2 Series statement said that Quaife-Hobbs had been advised not to race due to an unspecified neck injury. Ellinas, a GP3 title contender last year and a sometime Marussia Formula 1 test driver, made his GP2 debut with MP Motorsport earlier this season. The 22-year-old from Cyprus contested three rounds with a best finish of seventh in the Barcelona feature race, his first start in the series. He joins Simon Trummer in the Rapax line-up for GP2′s first visit to Russia.

Ocon and Verstappen lead Macau entry

October 8th, 2014

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Lotus F1 junior Esteban Ocon and new Toro Rosso Formula 1 signing Max Verstappen top the entry list for November’s Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix. Frenchman Ocon and Dutchman Verstappen will drive the same cars in which they have fought out this year’s F3 European Championship title. They will face stiff opposition, as the current top 11 drivers from the European F3 rankings are among the 28-car field, as well as Formula Renault 3.5 title contender Roberto Merhi and GP2 race winner Stefano Coletti. Ocon is part of a three-car line-up of Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes, with the team again running in conjunction with Theodore Racing. Theodore was the team set up by Macau GP godfather, the late Teddy Yip Sr, and was revived last year by his son, Teddy Yip [...]

Dennis, Auer pip Verstappen in test

October 7th, 2014

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Britain’s Jake Dennis topped the times in the first of two days of Formula 3 European Championship testing at Imola that herald the end of the series’ long autumn break. The Carlin-run F3 rookie, who is yet to win a race in the category, pipped Mucke Motorsport driver Lucas Auer with just three minutes remaining to edge out the Austrian by 0.027 seconds. Auer in turn had only just leapfrogged Max Verstappen – just four days after starring in Japanese Grand Prix free practice with his new Formula 1 team Toro Rosso, the Dutchman headed the order for most of the day at Imola. Verstappen’s Van Amersfoort Racing machine was four tenths clear of the field in the morning session, with team-mate Gustavo Menezes going third on the final lap, [...]

FR3.5 ‘logical’ for McLaren’s de Vries

September 29th, 2014

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McLaren junior Nyck de Vries believes that moving into Formula Renault 3.5 in 2015 is the “logical step” following his title success in the Formula Renault Eurocup this year. The 19-year-old sealed the Eurocup crown with a double victory at the penultimate round of the season at Paul Ricard last weekend. If he moves into FR3.5 he will receive a €500,000 contribution to his 2015 budget from Renault as part of his Eurocup prize. “Now I think it would be quite a logical step forward to graduate to 3.5, so let’s hope we will be able to make that step,” said de Vries. “But it’s not up to me to decide what is going to happen. I will go where I am told to go and do the best I [...]

Sainz nears title with dominant win

September 28th, 2014

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Carlos Sainz Jr moved to within touching distance of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship with a dominant victory in race two at Paul Ricard. The Spaniard stole the lead from polesitter Pierre Gasly with a fast start, squeezing his Red Bull stablemate to the inside of the track before swooping around the outside to move ahead. Gasly ran wide at the first corner as a result, and had to spent the first couple of laps fending off Jazeman Jaafar to hang onto second place. Jaafar tried everything he could to get past Gasly, but in the end his attacks left him open to a challenge from Roberto Merhi, who pounced on him for third. Merhi would lose the place to the Malaysian during the pitstops, but he once again found [...]

Gasly takes first FR3.5 pole

September 28th, 2014

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Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly took his first Formula Renault 3.5 pole position in qualifying for race two at Paul Ricard. The Frenchman, who is looking for his maiden win in the series on home soil this weekend, moved to the top of the times inside the final minute, deposing championship leader and his Red Bull stablemate Carlos Sainz Jr in the process. Sainz attempted to respond and there was little to choose between them after the first two sectors of the Spaniard’s lap, but he was unable to finish it as the red flags came out with 23 seconds to go when Zoel Amberg went off. Speaking to AUTOSPORT after finishing second in race one, Gasly had stressed the importance of qualifying in his quest to land a race [...]

Sainz extends lead with victory

September 27th, 2014

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Carlos Sainz Jr reclaimed the initiative in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship fight with victory in the first race of the weekend at Paul Ricard. The championship leader’s advantage in the points race had been slashed to just 16 over the last few rounds by an in-form Roberto Merhi, but Sainz responded to that threat in the best way possible by winning comfortably from pole position. He led home a one-two for the Red Bull junior programme, as Pierre Gasly converted a front row start into a second place finish, ahead of fellow Frenchman Matthieu Vaxiviere. Behind Sergey Sirotkin in fourth, Merhi had a quiet race to complete the top five, losing 15 points to Sainz in the process. Merhi was rarely able to put pressure on Sirotkin ahead of [...]

Sainz takes Paul Ricard pole

September 27th, 2014

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Carlos Sainz Jr led a Red Bull lockout of the front row in Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying at Paul Ricard on Saturday morning, with Pierre Gasly taking second place. Championship leader Sainz responded well to a disappointing weekend last time out in Hungary, being a factor in the fight for pole throughout the 30-minute session. In the end it was a lap he put in with around two minutes left on the clock – which initially put him 0.4 seconds clear of the field – that was good enough for pole. Sainz had to sweat it out in the final seconds though, as second-placed Gasly closed to just 0.062s of his best lap and was improving again on his final effort. However, the Frenchman’s lap fell away in the final [...]