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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.

Berger slams European F3 officialdom

June 15th, 2015

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Former FIA Single Seater Commission president Gerhard Berger has slammed the officials in the Formula 3 European Championship. In an interview with leading Italian weekly Autosprint, Berger waded into the debate on driving standards following the chaotic round at Monza. Team bosses and race officials have been called to a meeting with the FIA in Geneva on Monday to try to hammer out a way forward before this weekend’s Spa round. Berger, who stood down from the Commission last December to make way for Stefano Domenicali, said: “It’s not the drivers who are wrong, but the race director. “What do they want? To transform F3 into F1, even though everyone in the grand prix paddock knows the mania of penalising drivers for everything is wrong? “I heard that now they [...]

Rowland defeats Vaxiviere in race two

June 14th, 2015

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Oliver Rowland emerged from an enthralling duel with Formula Renault 3.5 title rival Matthieu Vaxiviere to claim his third win of the season at the Hungaroring. Racing Steps-backed Fortec driver Rowland and Lotus F1 junior Vaxiviere occupied their own private battle at the front of the field, finishing almost 20 seconds clear of Strakka Racing’s Gustav Malja. The scrap became most heated on lap 13, when Rowland was forced to defend the inside line into Turns 1 and 2, as Vaxiviere gained an overlap. Despite a string of fastest laps by Vaxiviere, Rowland eked out a 1.5s margin of victory. The Briton’s win is, however, under investigation. From fifth on the grid, Rowland made a sensational launch away from the lights; first swerving around the outside of team-mate Jazeman Jaafar [...]

Vaxiviere claims race two pole

June 14th, 2015

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Lotus Formula 1 junior driver Matthieu Vaxiviere claimed his third pole position of the Formula Renault 3.5 season at the Hungaroring. The Frenchman’s time of 1m29.221s edged out race one winner Egor Orudzhev by just 0.019 seconds. Fortec’s Jazeman Jaafar endured a troubled Saturday race in Hungary, including sustaining a puncture after contact with Dean Stoneman. However, the Malaysian recovered from languishing in last place mid-way through the session to take third on the grid for Sunday afternoon’s race. Manor F1 driver Roberto Merhi confirmed the competitive resurgence of Pons Racing. The Spaniard joins Jaafar on the second row, and will be aiming to go one better than his race one runner-up position. Championship leader Oliver Rowland in fifth heads Strakka Racing’s Gustav Malja. Both men enjoyed turns occupying provisional [...]

Orudzhev wins five-way FR3.5 fight

June 13th, 2015

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Rookie Egor Orudzhev claimed his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 victory after emerging on top from a thrilling five-car battle at the Hungaroring. The Russian outdragged fishtailing polesitter Oliver Rowland into the lead away from the lights, and spent the rest of the race fiercely and skilfully defending his position. “I was lucky that it was almost impossible to pass on this track, as I was completely destroyed in 20 minutes,” said Orudzhev. “I saved my DRS for the last five laps, but it was really tough, the most difficult race of my life, probably.” Rowland initially dropped behind championship rival Matthieu Vaxiviere on the run down to Turn 1, but recovered the position later round the opening tour. A wrong-footed Vaxiviere was also demoted by Orudzhev’s Arden team-mate Nicholas Latifi, [...]

Rowland beats Orudzhev to pole

June 13th, 2015

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Championship leader Oliver Rowland claimed pole position for the opening Formula Renault 3.5 race at the Hungaroring. The result follows the Fortec racer’s pole at the preceding meeting at Spa-Francorchamps a fortnight ago. The Briton’s two closest pursuers in the title race, Matthieu Vaxiviere and Jazeman Jaafar, will also be in contention for victory in Saturday afternoon’s race, and will head the second row of the grid. Both were overshadowed by the surprise of qualifying, Arden racer Egor Orudzhev. The SMP-backed Russian was a consistent presence towards the top of the timing screens, and held provisional pole with just a minute of the half-hour session remaining. Rowland’s late effort of 1m28.897s would deny Orudzhev a maiden pole position by 0.210 seconds. GP2 race-winner Tom Dillmann recovered from a lowly 16th [...]

F3 teams summoned by FIA

June 12th, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship teams have been summoned to a meeting next Monday at the FIA’s Geneva base, in the wake of the disastrous Monza round two weeks ago. The teams, together with the championship’s stewards and officials, will discuss with FIA personnel ways to improve matters in time for next week’s Spa round. The second race of the Monza weekend saw two barrel-rolls amid widespread concern over driving standards. MARCUS SIMMONS: How to fix poor driving standards While two drivers were subsequently banned from the weekend’s third race, some of those involved with drivers and teams were angry that other manoeuvres, which they viewed as similarly reckless, went relatively unpunished. After an emergency meeting on the Saturday night of the Monza weekend, the third race was terminated at half-distance [...]

Vaxiviere fastest in Hungary practice

June 12th, 2015

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Matthieu Vaxiviere set the quickest time in both Formula Renault 3.5 practice sessions at the Hungaroring on Friday. The Lotus F1 junior driver recorded a 1m31.232s in the morning, before improving his time to 1m29.514s in the afternoon’s second 50 minute session. “Everything was fine, except I had some sweat in my eyes while I was driving,” said Vaxiviere, who is chasing his third win of the season this weekend. “The heat here was really horrible.” Strakka Racing’s Tio Ellinas ended the morning second fastest, just 0.021s ahead of Draco driver Pietro Fantin. In the afternoon, Carlin’s Tom Dillmann was Vaxiviere’s closest challenger, while championship leader Oliver Rowland took third spot. ALBON STANDS IN FOR VAN BUUREN On his debut outing in a FR3.5 race weekend, Signature European Formula 3 [...]

FR3.5 changes format mid-season

June 5th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 has abandoned the mandatory low-downforce format that had been in place for its Saturday races in 2015, following a controversy in the last round at Spa. From the next event at the Hungaroring on June 13-14, teams will have a free choice of aero settings and eight DRS uses available – as has been the case on Sundays – for all races. A crash for Draco driver Pietro Fantin in Friday practice at Spa had raised questions over the low-downforce format (LDF). Spa recap: Crash prompts FR3.5 format vote Although there was no certainty that LDF caused the accident, a subsequent vote in the drivers’ briefing indicated that a majority wanted the format dropped. Carlin team manager Ricky Taylor was among those calling for changes at Spa. [...]

Tveter waiting for medical clearance

June 3rd, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship driver Ryan Tveter is waiting to be declared fit to take part in the next round after being hospitalised by a crash at Monza last weekend. The American driver was eliminated at the beginning of the final race on Sunday morning when he hit the rear of Fabian Schiller’s car under braking for the first chicane. Tveter’s Carlin-run Dallara was launched into the air before coming to a rest, and he was taken to hospital for evaluation. He is hoping to be cleared to race at Spa-Francorchamps on June 19-21. “The doctors and care at San Gerardo in Monza were great, but with the Italians being on holiday until Wednesday, they were working with a reduced staff and services, so Ryan was transferred to Switzerland, where [...]

Fittipaldi concerned by Monza crashes

June 2nd, 2015

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Double Formula 1 world champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi has warned that competitors in the Formula 3 European Championship need to drive with more respect. The 68-year-old Brazilian was at last weekend’s Monza round to support his grandson Pietro, but he only arrived in time for the last two races, both of which were red-flagged after a series of crashes. It was Fittipaldi Sr’s first presence at an F3 event since he saw Lewis Hamilton win the 2006 Euro Series round at the Norisring, and then got to know the young Briton over dinner. “I think it’s very impressive, the amount of teams, the effort the drivers make to compete,” Fittipaldi told AUTOSPORT. “But some of the drivers went over the limit. They have to respect each other, [...]

Stroll ‘couldn’t see Giovinazzi’ in crash

June 1st, 2015

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Ferrari Driver Academy protege Lance Stroll says the contact that triggered his barrel-roll in the Formula 3 European Championship at Monza happened because he could not see rival Antonio Giovinazzi. The 16-year-old Canadian was battling for fifth with championship leader Giovinazzi when the crash happened entering the Curva Grande in last Saturday’s second race. European F3 race abandoned due to poor driving standards Stroll had just repassed Giovinazzi into the Rettifilo chicane, but his compromised line meant he was slow on the exit. Giovinazzi drew to the outside as they approached the right-handed Curva Grande, but Stroll left the Italian no room on the left, squeezing him onto the grass. Contact between the two cars pitched Stroll over the front of Giovinazzi and into the roll, in which he hit [...]

Rowland wins second Spa FR3.5 race

May 31st, 2015

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Oliver Rowland gathered fresh momentum in his title assault with a second victory of the Formula Renault 3.5 season at Spa-Francorchamps. From pole position, the Racing Steps-backed Fortec driver commanded the race throughout, and only slowed in the closing laps to minimise risks when a light shower hit the circuit. McLaren protege Nyck de Vries equalled the best result of his three-round FR3.5 career by successfully fending off the advances of race one victor Matthieu Vaxiviere in the fight for second. DAMS racer de Vries jumped ahead of slow-starting front row man Tio Ellinas into the La Source hairpin away from the lights to slot in behind Rowland. The Dutchman only came under attack when Vaxiviere closed in on him at nearly two seconds a lap in the dying stages [...]

F3 race called off due to poor driving

May 31st, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship race director Nils Wittich felt he had no choice but to abandon the third race of the weekend at Monza over concerns about driving standards. FIA Single Seater Commission president Stefano Domenicali, who is not at Monza, is understood to have been furious about the driving in Saturday’s second race, and is believed to have been in contact with an FIA official during Sunday’s finale. Wittich, who stepped into the race-director role this weekend as the usual official, Sven Stoppe, is on DTM duty at Lausitz, called an emergency meeting on Saturday night with drivers and team managers to explain what would happen if standards did not improve on Sunday. He explained that the competitors were told that in the event of a crash caused by [...]

Rosenqvist wins red-flagged race

May 31st, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist completed a Monza hat-trick in the final race of the Formula 3 European Championship round, which was red-flagged and not restarted after nine laps. Officials had warned drivers at an emergency meeting last night, in the wake of a shambolic second race, that continuing bad behaviour would not be tolerated. The abandoned race, like the second, will only count for half-points. Rosenqvist converted his pole position into an early race lead, with front-row partner Charles Leclerc in second place and Jake Dennis squeezing past Antonio Giovinazzi into the Rettifilo chicane for third. But the race immediately went under a safety car as Ryan Tveter launched over Fabian Schiller and crashed to a stop. On the second lap of the restart, Dennis pulled off a beautiful move around the [...]

Rowland denies Ellinas pole at Spa

May 31st, 2015

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Fortec’s Oliver Rowland waited until his final lap before snatching pole position from Tio Ellinas for the second race of the Spa-Francorchamps Formula Renault 3.5 weekend. Racing Steps-backed racer Rowland edged out Strakka driver Ellinas by 0.062 seconds, thanks to a fastest time of 1m59.092s – set after the chequered flag had appeared. Reigning Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup champion Nyck de Vries held provisional pole with two minutes left on the clocks, but the Dutchman was demoted to third, one place ahead of Rowland’s Fortec team-mate and championship leader Jazeman Jaafar. Race one winner Matthieu Vaxiviere heads the third row after finishing the session 0.028s clear of Red Bull junior Dean Stoneman. A third of the way into the half-hour session, Indonesian rookie Philo Paz Armand crashed at Stavelot, sustaining [...]

Stroll penalised for huge Monza crash

May 31st, 2015

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Ferrari protege Lance Stroll has been censured by race officials for the incident that caused his spectacular roll in the Formula 3 European Championship at Monza. Stroll left championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi with nowhere to go as they entered the Curva Grande, and the resulting collision pitched the Canadian into a barrel roll. The Prema Powerteam mechanics have repaired his car overnight, but Stroll has been ordered to start the final race of the weekend from the pitlane. Officials took action against other drivers following a turbulent race, with two of them excluded. Monza race two report: Two rolls, one red flag and lots of controversy Matt Rao has been barred from starting race three as a punishment for clashes with Michele Beretta and Alessio Lorandi, while Dorian Boccolacci has [...]

Rosenqvist wins crash-filled race two

May 30th, 2015

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A chaotic second race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Monza featured two barrel rolls, three safety cars, a red flag and an investigation into winner Felix Rosenqvist. As he did earlier, Swede Rosenqvist led from start to (truncated) finish, with only his fellow Prema Powerteam runner Jake Dennis able to offer a challenge. The win enables Rosenqvist to take an enormous chunk out of Antonio Giovinazzi’s championship lead and leapfrog Charles Leclerc for second in the points, as both Giovinazzi and Leclerc failed to finish. Rosenqvist got away in first from fellow front-row man Leclerc and Giovinazzi, but on the long drag to the first corner Giovinazzi was swallowed up by Dennis and Mikkel Jensen, who funnelled into the Rettifilo chicane in combat. Leclerc and Dennis made [...]

Albon withdraws from rest of Monza

May 30th, 2015

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Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon has been forced to withdraw from the remainder of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Monza. The Anglo-Thai qualified third for the opening race, but pitted after the reconnaissance laps due to engine trouble caused by a gearing issue, and joined the race a lap down. Now the Signature team that runs Albon’s car has elected to pull him out of the rest of the weekend so that repairs can be made at Volkswagen engine tuner Spiess, rather than change the powerplant and take a trio of 10-place grid penalties that would carry over to include the first race of the next round at Spa. “It was a bit of a mess,” said Albon. “We were overrevving the engine and damaged it pretty badly, [...]

Vaxiviere takes Spa race one victory

May 30th, 2015

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Matthieu Vaxiviere recovered from a poor getaway to become the first two-time Formula Renault 3.5 race winner of the season at Spa-Francorchamps. Monaco victor Jazeman Jaafar claimed second place for Fortec, finishing 6.8 seconds ahead of Red Bull junior driver Dean Stoneman, and retains the lead in the championship by five points over Vaxiviere. Away from the lights, Canadian rookie Nicholas Latifi jumped poleman Vaxiviere from the outside of the front row to lead a chaotic opening lap. Behind, Vaxiviere’s Lotus team-mate Meindert van Buuren was tapped into a spin after being hit by Sean Gelael on the entry to La Source and received a puncture. The run into Les Combes for the first time proved frantic. At a congested apex, Manor Formula 1 driver Roberto Merhi was punted into [...]

Visser loses Spa FR3.5 front row spot

May 30th, 2015

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Dutch driver Beitske Visser has lost her front row grid position for Saturday afternoon’s Formula Renault 3.5 race, after her AVF car failed post-qualifying technical checks. Visser had been set to start from her highest FR3.5 grid position of second, but a non-conforming position of the flat-bottomed floor has breached article 19.14 of the sporting regulations. The #16 car is relegated to the back of the grid, while Nicholas Latifi is promoted to the front row alongside polesitter Matthieu Vaxiviere. “I didn’t do any proper laps in the first run on new tyres, which put more pressure on the second,” said Latifi. “Then obviously there was red flags and traffic, but I got a good lap in at the end. I was happy and we’re now promoted a position because [...]