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  • David Phillips
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    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.
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    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

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    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, 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 his aunt!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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."

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    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
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    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • Jason Lofing
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    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.
  • Dylan Sharman
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    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • Katier Scott
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    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.

Carlin could take FR3.5 sabbatical

March 24th, 2014

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Carlin is prepared to take a sabbatical from Formula Renault 3.5 if it cannot put together a suitable financial package with drivers for the 2014 season. The team, which took Mikhail Aleshin and Robert Wickens to the 2010 and ’11 titles, has missed both official pre-season tests this winter, including the Jerez sessions that kicked off on Monday. Team boss Trevor Carlin told AUTOSPORT that his outfit was close to running in Spain this week, but he has not ruled out skipping this season if it cannot make things work financially. “We’re still working on deals, and we haven’t quite managed to get anything together yet,” he said. “We were close this week but we didn’t quite manage it, unfortunately. We want to do it, but not at any cost. [...]

Lancaster ends Bahrain test on top

March 21st, 2014

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Jon Lancaster topped the final day of pre-season GP2 testing in Bahrain by less than a tenth of a second over Alexander Rossi. The Briton, who is optimistic of landing a deal with the MP Motorsport squad he has been testing for at Sakhir, led the way during a morning session where the frontrunners were pushing on soft tyres. Lancaster traded blows with McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne early on, and the Belgian was eventually edged out of second place by Felipe Nasr and then Rossi before lunch. The majority of drivers switched their attention to longer runs in the slower afternoon session, where Daniel Abt – fifth quickest in the morning – set the pace for the Force India F1-affiliated Hilmer Motorsport. Jolyon Palmer had led the way for the [...]

Haryanto keeps Caterham on top

March 20th, 2014

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Rio Haryanto and Caterham team-mate Alexander Rossi locked out the top two spots on the second day of GP2′s final pre-season test in Bahrain. Both men set their fastest times in the morning, with Haryanto just edging proceedings with a 1m39.129s – three tenths of a second quicker than last year’s pole time. Rossi – quickest on the opening day – finished just four hundredths of a second down the road, with both men establishing a comfortable gap to the rest of the pack. Julian Leal wound up as the pair’s closest challenger, just ahead of last year’s European Formula 3 champion Raffaele Marciello and DAMS’ title-hopeful Jolyon Palmer. 2012 GP3 champion Mitch Evans and McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne were the only other drivers able to crack the 1m40s bracket. [...]

Rossi leads GP2 test for Caterham

March 19th, 2014

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Alexander Rossi put Caterham at the top of the timesheets after the first day of GP2′s final pre-season test in Bahrain. The American hit the front with a 1m40.604s in the final 30 minutes of the day. That was just enough to withstand a late flyer from Hilmer Motorsport’s morning pacesetter Daniel Abt, who fell just 0.012 seconds shy of deposing Rossi. 2012 GP3 champion Mitch Evans also got within one tenth of Rossi, but had to settle for third overall. Conor Daly, who suffered a heavy roll one week ago in Abu Dhabi, edged Jolyon Palmer in the fight for fourth. Johnny Cecotto meanwhile beat Raffaele Marciello and Vittorio Ghirelli – champions in the 2013 European Formula 3 and Auto GP series respectively – to sixth. Ghirelli was the [...]

Hurst steps up into Euro F3

March 19th, 2014

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Ex-Formula 2 racer Hector Hurst has become the fourth British driver in this year’s Formula 3 European Championship after joining Team West-Tec. Hurst, who finished 10th in the F2 rankings in 2012, switched last year to the Spanish-based European F3 Open Series, where he took one win with De Villota Motorsport before joining West-Tec for the final round. The 21-year-old, who is managed by ex-F1 racer Mark Blundell, lines up alongside Puerto Rican Felix Serralles at the Corby-based squad, which will run a brace of Dallara-Mercedes. “This is a great opportunity for me,” said Hurst. “I would like to thank Mark Blundell and Team West-Tec for putting this deal together. “I was able to work with Team West-Tec towards the end of 2013 and really enjoyed it, and the chance [...]

Moreira wins in Cold Montreal!

by Marc Dorval on March 17th, 2014

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Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve hosted the 7th week of the Classic Lotus Grand Prix iRacing Series this past Sunday. Chilly temperatures of 65F (18C) and a light northerly wind greeted fans and drivers, causing setups to feature softer tires and more stable arrangements than usual. The week leading up to the main Sunday event featured five warm-up races. Nuno Moreira of Albilad Williams (x2), Renault Elf’s Pim Lagaay, RAM Occidental’s Giosue Leocata, and Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche won those races. Qualifying for Sunday’s race saw Fritsche get pole position with a time of 1:26.734, closely followed by Moreira with 1:26.879 and Lagaay with 1:27.138. The slowest qualifier came in at 1:37.610. 34 sim-racers and their pit crews joined the fun for this Sunday’s race. 28 of those drivers are members [...]

Lancaster hopeful of MP race deal

March 13th, 2014

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Jon Lancaster is hopeful he can secure a GP2 racing deal with MP Motorsport, after testing with the Dutch team for the first time in Abu Dhabi. Lancaster recorded the fastest time in today’s third and final session, the Briton’s time half a second shy of Jolyon Palmer’s overall fastest time set on Tuesday. Lancaster is set to continue testing for MP in the forthcoming test in Bahrain, and is working hard on finalising a deal to contest the season. “I believe we will be testing again at Bahrain with MP,” Lancaster said. “As for the full year, it is not confirmed yet and we have not signed anything. “We both want it to happen, but we’re still working on the financial thing at the moment. Putting in good performances [...]

Lancaster tops final day of testing

March 13th, 2014

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Jon Lancaster narrowly edged Johnny Cecotto and Jolyon Palmer to set the pace on the third and final day of GP2 pre-season testing in Abu Dhabi. The Briton hit the front early on in the morning session, but was then displaced as Stefano Coletti and then Cecotto made progress as track conditions improved. Lancaster, one of only three drivers at the test without a full-time drive, put MP Motorsport back on top however, dropping down to a 1m49.653s that would stay unbeaten for the remainder of the day. Trident’s Cecotto wound up second, two tenths down, with DAMS driver Palmer – quickest on the first two days of the test – just nine hundredths of a second further down the road. Daniel Abt, driving for new Force India junior team [...]

Palmer stays on top in GP2 testing

March 12th, 2014

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Jolyon Palmer continued his strong start to his 2014 GP2 preparations by topping the second day of pre-season testing in Abu Dhabi. The DAMS driver, who headed the timesheets on day one, hit the front late in the morning and was never dislodged. His ultimate best, a 1m50.311s, left him more than half a second clear of the field at lunch. Trident newboy Johnny Cecotto and ART’s Formula Renault 3.5 convert Stoffel Vandoorne both ate into Palmer’s advantage in the afternoon, but were still 0.4s adrift as the chequered flag came down. Their progress meant Palmer’s team-mate Stephane Richelmi, who had been second in the first session, had to settle for fourth overall. Jon Lancaster, one of three drivers at the test without a full-time drive, was fifth fastest for [...]

Palmer quickest on day one

March 11th, 2014

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Jolyon Palmer set the pace on the first day of GP2 2014 pre-season testing in Abu Dhabi. The Briton, who switched from Carlin to DAMS for a shot at this year’s title, worked his way down to a 1m49.126s in the final hour of the day. That left him just one tenth of a second clear of Mitch Evans, who will drive for 2013 teams’ champions Russian Time this season. Palmer’s team-mate Stephane Richelmi finished half a second down the road, in third overall. Daniel Abt, driving for Force India junior team Hilmer, wound up fourth, just ahead of Formula Renault 3.5 convert and McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne. GP2 race winners Johnny Cecotto and Stefano Coletti sandwiched Felipe Nasr in the fight for sixth, with Coletti the last man to [...]

FIA relaxes F3 series naming rule

March 7th, 2014

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The FIA has found a compromise that will enable the British Formula 3 International Series to continue using the ‘F3′ name. World motorsport’s governing body had warned national ASNs, including those of Britain and Germany, that because their F3 championships use old-spec engines they could not be considered as F3 cars. With the FIA introducing new-rules engines to its flagship F3 European Championship for 2014, only this and the Japanese championship, which adopted the new powerplants in 2013, would have been allowed to continue as F3. Following a meeting of the FIA Single-Seater Commission, the ASNs – including Britain’s MSA – have now been advised that their championships can be named as F3 as long as they run to the FIA regulations that were in place when the cars were [...]

Nasr stays with Carlin for 2014

March 7th, 2014

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Williams Formula 1 test driver Felipe Nasr will stay with Carlin for his third season in the GP2 series. The Brazilian, who finished fourth in the championship in 2013 after switching from DAMS to Carlin for that campaign, will combine his GP2 efforts with five free practice outings for Williams over the course of the F1 season. “I’m really happy to be with Carlin this year,” said the 21-year-old. “Although we missed out on the championship last year through some bad luck and some difficult races, overall the season was very positive for us. “This year I want to go one better and push hard to win the championship. “With a strong team like Carlin, and new rules in regards to the tyres I think we can do this.” Team [...]

Gilbert and Bryant-Meisner for Fortec

March 7th, 2014

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British single-seater powerhouse Fortec Motorsport will run a scaled-down two-car team in the Formula 3 European Championship in 2014. Australian Mitchell Gilbert and Swede John Bryant-Meisner have both been confirmed on the championship entry list. Gilbert’s deal represents a return to Fortec, with which he raced in Formula Renault UK in 2011 before switching to German F3 in ’12 and then undertaking his rookie Euro F3 season with Mucke Motorsport last year. Bryant-Meisner is another graduate of German F3, who contested late-season European events and the Macau Grand Prix with Fortec in 2013. Team manager Russell Dixon explained: “Everyone is extremely motivated to scale back, consolidate and then have a really good go at it the following year. “John arrived with us at the end of last season and did [...]

Berthon remains in GP2 with Lazarus

March 7th, 2014

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Nathanael Berthon will remain in GP2 for a third season in 2014 with the Lazarus team. The 24-year-old Frenchman previously drove for Racing Engineering and Trident, taking a maiden win in last year’s Hungaroring sprint race. He spent two years in Formula Renault 3.5 prior to joining the GP2 fray. The Lazarus team has had a low-key first two seasons in GP2 since taking Super Nova’s place in the entry. Rene Binder’s sixth place in last year’s Monaco sprint race is its high point so far. 2014 GP2 line-up so far: Russian Time Mitch Evans Artem Markelov Carlin Julian Leal Racing Engineering Raffaele Marciello DAMS Jolyon Palmer Stephane Richelmi ART Stoffel Vandoorne Takuya Izawa Hilmer Daniel Abt Facu Regalia Rapax Simon Trummer Arden Rene Binder Andre Negrao Caterham Alexander Rossi [...]

Calderon takes Renault F3 seat

March 6th, 2014

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Tatiana Calderon has joined the Renault-powered Signature team to form an all-Colombian line-up for the Formula 3 European Championship. Calderon, who contested her rookie Euro F3 season last year with Double R Racing, joins Formula Renault graduate Oscar Tunjo at the French Signature squad. The 20-year-old will arrive back in Europe after competing in the Florida Winter Series over the past few weeks. Signature boss Philippe Sinault, whose team is returning to F3 after a two-year sabbatical, said: “We’ve followed the progress of Tatiana for a long time and we met in Florida during the Winter Series, where her motivation and speed against the best European drivers convinced us. “She will progress alongside Oscar Tunjo, her compatriot, in European F3 and we look forward to our first test with our [...]

Quaife-Hobbs switches to Rapax

March 5th, 2014

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Adrian Quaife-Hobbs will remain in GP2 for 2014, moving to Rapax for his second year in the series. Quaife-Hobbs graduated to GP2 last season after winning the 2012 Auto GP title. The 23-year-old Briton began his rookie campaign with MP before making a mid-season switch to Hilmer and winning the reverse-grid race at Monza. He joins team returnee Simon Trummer at Rapax. “After a successful rookie year in the 2013 GP2 season I am looking forward to returning this season to fight for the championship,” said Quaife-Hobbs. “Together with Rapax I feel we can have a winning season.” Rapax driver Stefano Coletti was a title contender early in 2013, as three wins gave him the championship lead. But he faded as the season went on and ended up only fifth [...]

15-year-old American lands F3 deal

March 5th, 2014

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A 15-year-old American has completed EuroInternational’s line-up for the Formula 3 European Championship – but he won’t be able to race until after his 16th birthday in May. Santino Ferrucci, who contested a part-season last year in the States in Formula 2000 and Skip Barber cars, will make his series debut in EuroInternational’s Dallara-Mercedes at the Spa round in June. In common with new team-mate Michele Beretta, Ferrucci will combine this programme with a German F3 Cup campaign, also with EuroInternational. Ferrucci tested with the outfit at Valencia just before Christmas, and team boss Antonio Ferrari says he has enormous talent. “His speed is great and his general approach is exemplary,” said Ferrari. “I have seen a lot of top talents and I have to admit that none of Daniil [...]

Verstappen calm about son’s F3 move

March 5th, 2014

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Jos Verstappen says that the choice for his son to race in Formula 3 this season has been made to better prepare him for 2015. Sixteen-year-old Max Verstappen had planned to graduate from karting into Formula Renault this year, and proved extremely quick in post-season tests in 2013 with Tech 1 Racing and Josef Kaufmann Racing. But Verstappen Jr’s maiden F3 test at Valencia, with German F3 squad Motopark, prompted the decision to bypass FRenault. “He did most of his testing in Formula Renault,” Verstappen Sr told AUTOSPORT. “I must say that it all went very well, but he did one test in F3 and straight away it felt very good. “The way it handles, the downforce, the brakes and the grip level suited Max very well, and that’s why [...]

Verstappen seals Euro F3 deal

March 4th, 2014

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Max Verstappen, the son of ex-Formula 1 racer Jos, is to contest the Formula 3 European Championship for his first full season of car racing. The 16-year-old will compete with Van Amersfoort Racing, the Dutch team that provided Verstappen Sr with his first steps in car racing in 1992. Team boss Frits van Amersfoort told AUTOSPORT: “We’re very excited about it and of course we are very much looking forward to working with Max. His talent is undoubted so let it come!” Verstappen Jr, a World Karting champion, starred in his first F3 tests with the German F3 car of Motopark at Valencia before Christmas. He made his car racing debut earlier this year in the Florida Winter Series, taking two wins from the 12 races. But he has yet [...]

Beretta joins EuroInternational

March 4th, 2014

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Italian Michele Beretta will graduate to the Formula 3 European Championship this season with EuroInternational. The 19-year-old makes the move after two seasons in Formula Abarth, culminating in taking the runner-up spot in the 2013 Italian championship. Beretta, who is managed by international GT ace Andrea Piccini, tested with Van Amersfoort Racing in December, as well as with Motopark’s German F3 Cup team. But he has instead plumped for EuroInternational, with which he will also contest a programme of selected German F3 events in one of the team’s older-spec Dallara-Mercedes. Beretta will join Riccardo Agostini in the European F3 team, which should expand to run a third car. This appears most likely to be for American Santino Ferrucci, who is hoping to join the series in June. Beretta is a [...]