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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 SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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
    author

    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
    iRacing.com 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.

Euro F3 qualifying delayed to Sunday

August 16th, 2014

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Qualifying for races two and three at the Nurburgring has been switched to Sunday morning following damage to a barrier in the Vokswagen Scirocco R-Cup support race that preceded the session. The 20-minute qualifying session will now take place at 8.10am local time, with the race times remaining 11.00am and 3:25pm as planned. The fastest times in the session will determine the grid for race two, while each driver’s second-quickest time will set the line-up for race three. Max Verstappen will be looking to continue his domination of the weekend after taking the pole and the win in race one.

Cao pips Rao for maiden win

August 16th, 2014

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Martin Cao finally scored his first British Formula 3 Championship win at Thruxton to move back into the series lead after a race-long battle with Matt Rao. Poleman Rao had trouble getting the car out of first gear off the line, having to dip the clutch and conceding the lead to Fortec Motorsport team-mate Cao. The five-car field had already become four. Max Marshall had stalled on the green-flag lap, before erroneously retaking his third grid position – but not before spinning at the chicane as he tried to warm up his tyres. Marshall stalled again at the start and Double R Racing team-mate Camren Kaminsky wiped his right rear suspension out against the stricken car. The safety car emerged, allowing Marshall, who had pitted for a new left rear [...]

Verstappen wins wet/dry first race

August 16th, 2014

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Max Verstappen kicked off life as a Red Bull junior driver with a patient, measured European Formula 3 win in tricky conditions at the Nurburgring. The van Amersfoort Racing man started on pole, but his run to victory was far from straightforward on a circuit that offered only a patchy dry line after yet more morning showers in the Eifel mountains. Most of the field opted to start on slicks, but Spike Goddard, series debutant Andy Chang and Michele Beretta all took a chance on wets. Given the frequent arrival of heavy rain this weekend, it wasn’t the biggest risk in the world, especially given their starting positions at the back of the field, with T-Sport driver Goddard the highest-placed of the trio on the grid in 20th. Wets were [...]

Rao heads small but close F3 field

August 16th, 2014

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British Formula 3 Championship leader Matt Rao claimed a double pole position as the series limped on to Thruxton with just five cars. Few as the cars are in number, the remarkable thing is that F3′s ‘Famous Five’ were covered by less than 0.3 seconds after the half-hour session on the super-fast Hampshire circuit. Rao headed Fortec Motorsport team-mate and main title rival Martin Cao by just 0.034s on overall fastest times, which determine the grid for Sunday’s third race of the weekend. On second-best times, which decide the order for Saturday’s opener, the gap was a more comfortable 0.166s. The pair of Fortec Dallara-Mercedes completed relatively few laps compared to their opposition, theoretically giving them more tyre life across the weekend’s three races. Peter Li took the overall third-fastest [...]

Verstappen takes pole in damp

August 15th, 2014

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Max Verstappen delivered on the damp-weather promise he showed in morning practice by topping evening European Formula 3 qualifying in similar conditions at the Nurburgring. The Dutchman was the class of the field in the session, which started thoroughly wet but offered a dry line of sorts by the chequered flag. The early times ultimately held little relevance, but Verstappen topped those too, posting a 1m41.199s before a Tom Blomqvist off led to a brief mid-session red flag. Van Amersfoort driver Verstappen then chipped away at his time following the restart, ultimately coming down to a 1m37.660s. Points leader Esteban Ocon led the challenge for much of the way, but was bumped from second to fourth by Ed Jones and Santino Ferrucci, who along with Verstappen were the last three [...]

Blomqvist dodges rain to set pace

August 15th, 2014

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British driver Tom Blomqvist came out on top from a pair of European Formula 3 free practice sessions interrupted by rain and accidents at the Nurburgring. The circuit was at its driest at the very beginning of the first half of practice, and that was when the Carlin Motorsport-run Jagonya Ayam racer registered a time that had no chance of being beaten after light rain, and then a heavy shower, arrived midway through the first session. Blomqvist’s lap was just a fraction quicker than that of runaway points leader Esteban Ocon. The Prema Powerteam driver does have a mathematical chance of sealing the title at this third-last meeting of the year. Third, and only a tenth behind the two quickest men, was Carlin’s Jake Dennis, though the British racer did [...]

FFord racer Marshall to make F3 debut

August 8th, 2014

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British Formula Ford race winner Max Marshall will make his Formula 3 debut with Double R at Thruxton next weekend, replacing European F3-bound Andy Chang. Macanese driver Chang, who is currently fourth in the British F3 standings, is to replace Hector Hurst in West-Tec’s European F3 line-up from the Nurburgring event, which clashes with Thruxton. Chang will also contest the Hockenheim season finale, but has to miss the other remaining European series round at Imola in October due to a clash with a major karting event in Macau. Marshall formerly worked as a mechanic with Double R. The 19-year-old is third in the FFord standings following his maiden victory at Snetterton last weekend. Double R team boss Anthony Hieatt said: “Thruxton is an incredibly challenging track for your debut in [...]

Verstappen penalised for illegal pass

August 2nd, 2014

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Max Verstappen has been relegated from third place to fifth in the results of the opening race of the Formula 3 European Championship round at the Red Bull Ring. The 16-year-old Dutchman was adjudged by stewards to have made an illegal pass on Antonio Fuoco for fifth as he recovered from a first corner collision with series leader Esteban Ocon. Verstappen passed Ferrari protege Fuoco on the third lap on the inside of Turn 2, but ran wide into the runoff – and outside track limits – on the exit. Rene Rosin, team manager of the Prema Powerteam squad that runs Fuoco, immediately asked race director Sven Stoppe about the move, but there was insufficient evidence at the time to make a decision. Further evidence presented post-race resulted in the [...]

Blomqvist wins, Ocon/Verstappen clash

August 2nd, 2014

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Tom Blomqvist headed home Antonio Giovinazzi in the opening Formula 3 European Championship race at the Red Bull Ring, after Esteban Ocon and Max Verstappen tangled at the first corner. Verstappen got a slightly better start than poleman Ocon and went for the inside line at Turn 1. Ocon appeared to try to leave Verstappen room, but the Dutchman ran wide, sending the Lotus F1 junior spinning towards the barriers. Ocon rejoined a long way adrift of the field, while Verstappen ran wide and rejoined in sixth place. That left the Carlin Dallara-Volkswagens of Jagonya Ayam proteges Blomqvist and Giovinazzi at the front. On the ninth lap, Blomqvist made a mistake at the final corner and the Italian drew alongside his Anglo-Swedish team-mate on the run to Turn 3, but [...]

Giovinazzi surprises in Austria

August 1st, 2014

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Antonio Giovinazzi topped both free practice sessions for this weekend’s Formula 3 European Championship round at the Red Bull Ring. The Carlin-run Jagonya Ayam protege bounced back from a recent run of poor results to head championship leader Esteban Ocon by just under a tenth of a second in his Dallara-Volkswagen. Lotus F1 junior Ocon can theoretically wrap up the championship this weekend in Austria, in the unlikely event of his outscoring closest rival Max Verstappen by 60 points across the three races, and the Frenchman was always towards the front in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes. Jake Dennis proved the strength of the Carlin package on this circuit, the Racing Steps-backed Brit going second in the opening 40-minute session and running Ocon very close in the second period. So too [...]

Penalties hand Marciello a point

July 28th, 2014

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Ferrari Formula 1 junior Raffaele Marciello has been elevated into the points in the second Hungaroring GP2 race after eighth-placed Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was among those given post-event penalties. Rapax driver Quaife-Hobbs was judged to have been at fault in a last-lap collision that ended Caterham driver Tom Dillmann’s race. A 20-second penalty for Quaife-Hobbs drops him from eighth to 12th in the results and brings Marciello up to score the final point. The post-race elevation ends an up-and-down weekend for reigning European Formula 3 champion Marciello in which he was on course for feature race victory only to get penalties for speeding in the pitlane and passing Stoffel Vandoorne behind the safety car. That prompted public criticism of “two unacceptable driver’s mistakes” on Twitter from his Ferrari Driver Academy chiefs, [...]

Palmer calls Nasr’s driving dangerous

July 28th, 2014

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GP2 championship leader Jolyon Palmer has called title rival Felipe Nasr’s driving “dangerous” following their clash during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend. Nasr said he was “disappointed” with Palmer’s driving after the sprint race, where for the second day running the championship contenders had a fraught battle for position. Palmer accused the Brazilian of “crying” about the incident during the podium ceremony, and he said the stewards were right not to take any action over the race two incident. “It does not surprise me at all that it’s been cleared by the stewards because it’s completely normal racing,” said Palmer, who was Nasr’s team-mate at Carlin in 2013. “I went on the inside and in the braking zone he moved across a lot. I’ve not touched anyone in racing all [...]

Vandoorne takes second GP2 victory

July 27th, 2014

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McLaren Formula 1 junior Stoffel Vandoorne scored his second GP2 victory of the season for ART Grand Prix at the Hungaroring on Sunday morning. From second on the grid, Vandoorne outdragged reversed-grid polesitter Nathanael Berthon into Turn 1, and was followed through by Felipe Nasr from P3. From fifth on the grid, points leader Jolyon Palmer made a poor getaway but rescued fifth place by passing yesterday’s winner Arthur Pic at Turn 2 on the opening lap. He then passed Daniel Abt for fourth at Turn 1 on lap two, and then Berthon for third at Turn 2 on lap five. Palmer chased down Nasr and the two title protagonists, who battled mightily on Saturday, duelled once again. Palmer pulled a similarly-robust move on Nasr at Turn 1 on lap [...]

Coletti/Marciello lose podium/pole

July 26th, 2014

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Two post-race penalties have totally rearranged the outcome of Saturday’s Hungaroring GP2 race, with both of Racing Engineering’s drivers affected. Stefano Coletti has lost his second place finish after being found at fault for the collision with Julian Leal that removed the Colombian driver from the race on lap five. He had 20 seconds added to his time, which drops him to the bottom of the top 20. His team-mate Raffaele Marciello, who was due to start the sprint race from pole position after finishing the feature race in eighth, was found guilty of passing Stoffel Vandoorne under the safety car. He too was given a 20-second penalty, and will start behind Coletti. Marciello explained: “When I entered the pits, I had Vandoorne next to me, who all of the [...]

Jones holds off Gelael for win

July 26th, 2014

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Ed Jones made it a hat-trick of British Formula 3 Championship wins at Spa, but was made to work hard for Saturday’s victory by Carlin stablemate Sean Gelael. Gelael got a great run through Eau Rouge to take the lead on the opening lap and kept Jones at bay for the first five laps. On the sixth lap, Jones pulled off a pass on the run to Les Combes, with two wheels on the grass on the left-hand side. While Gelael stayed close, Jones was able to hang on to complete a perfect comeback weekend after injury. With Roberto Merhi not starting this race owing to concerns over his late engine problem in race two, John Bryant-Meisner took the maximum championship score, as the European F3-spec cars of Jones and [...]

Jones wins as Merhi claims top points

July 25th, 2014

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Ed Jones cruised to victory in the first British Formula 3 Championship race of the Spa weekend, while it was Roberto Merhi who claimed maximum points. When Sean Gelael – the other driver using a European F3-spec Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen – bogged down at the start and dropped to fourth, that meant Jones was in the clear. The safety car emerged immediately when Sam MacLeod came to grief at the first corner, deranging his left-front suspension, leaving Gelael less time to work his way past Merhi and John Bryant-Meisner. The Indonesian took two laps to get past – taking each in turn on the run to Les Combes – and stabilised the gap to Jones for the rest of the race. “It was quite straightforward,” said Jones. “I was working hard [...]

Vandoorne leads Hungary GP2 practice

July 25th, 2014

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McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne was fastest in practice for round seven of the GP2 Series at the Hungaroring, in a session that was overshadowed by an incident between series leader Jolyon Palmer and Johnny Cecotto Jr. With the track temperature soaring to way over 50 degress Celsius, the best times were set relatively early. ART’s Vandoorne recorded his 1m29.479s on his third flying lap on the medium-compound tyre, which beat the Carlin machine of Felipe Nasr’s 1m29.540s by 0.061s and would have put him 19th fastest in the earlier Formula 1 practice session. But the big news was the collision between championship frontrunners Palmer and Cecotto. Palmer was on an out-lap and keeping well out of the way at Turn 3 as Cecotto appeared to totally miss his braking point [...]

Jones secures double Spa pole

July 25th, 2014

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Ed Jones took a pair of dominant pole positions for this weekend’s British Formula 3 Championship, as Roberto Merhi just pipped his rivals among those who are eligible for points. Jones was comfortably clear of Carlin stablemate Sean Gelael, the duo running their European F3-spec Dallara-Volkswagen machinery and electing not to score points at the Belgian event. The Dubai racer, who has returned after a two-month layoff due to a back injury, made further adjustments to his seat overnight. “It was good, and I’m really happy with the margin,” he said. “We worked hard, tried a few things on the car and I really made use of the slipstream.” Gelael, who was 0.856 seconds off, did not get a tow and was baulked at Pouhon on his biggest effort on [...]

Carlin closing on FR3.5 return

July 24th, 2014

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship-winning team Carlin is closing on a deal to return to the series next season after a one-year absence. The British outfit pulled out of the 2014 campaign on the eve of the season after failing to secure suitably-funded drivers. However, team boss Trevor Carlin has been working to set up a return for 2015, and he is optimistic that he can put something together. Renault recently announced several changes aimed at strengthening FR3.5, including a reduction in budgets and signing contracts with key partners to safeguard the series for the next few years. “I think what they’ve done is encouraging and we’re working on a deal now to come back,” Carlin told AUTOSPORT. “I’m fairly confident that I can put a deal together as long as [...]

Merhi joins Spa British F3 field

July 22nd, 2014

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Formula Renault 3.5 title contender Roberto Merhi is planning to contest this year’s Macau Grand Prix – and will return to Formula 3 in this weekend’s British round at Spa. The 23-year-old Spaniard, winner of the 2011 F3 Euro Series before moving to the DTM with Mercedes in 2012-13, will return to the category in Belgium with a Double R Racing Dallara-Mercedes. In order to compete at Macau, he has to contest an F3 race in the current calendar year. Double R team boss Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt said: “Roberto loves F3, he loves Spa and he’s got a two-month break in the FR3.5 calendar and wants to stay sharp. “He wants to do it because he’s desperate to do Macau, and I’d love to have him in the car there [...]