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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.

Rowland beats Stockinger to pole

July 11th, 2015

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Championship leader Oliver Rowland claimed his third Formula Renault 3.5 pole position of the season at the Red Bull Ring. The Racing Steps-backed Briton set his fastest lap of 1m17.641s two minutes before the chequered flag in the half-hour session. Fortec driver Rowland edged out Lotus twins Marlon Stockinger and title contender Matthieu Vaxiviere by two tenths of a second, and admitted the result had been a surprise after a tough free practice session on Saturday morning. “To be honest, I just drove like a nutter and the car stayed on the road,” said Rowland. “I wasn’t expecting to set pole. We were in trouble in practice this morning, but we made quite a lot of changes and the car is better. “The times are a lot slower than this [...]

Giovinazzi wins Zandvoort F3 opener

July 11th, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi held off Felix Rosenqvist in a tense chase throughout the first Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Zandvoort to take victory. Giovinazzi made a decent start from pole, and the Italian Jagonya Ayam protege moved his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen across to defend his line into the first corner from Rosenqvist. Rosenqvist rarely relented in his chase, the Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes frequently less than half a second behind Giovinazzi, but with around four laps to go the leader begin to pull away again, and by the end of the race he had eked out just over a second on the Swede, whose tyres were fading badly from his close pursuit. “When I saw I was P1 after the first corner I just managed the gap,” said Giovinazzi. [...]

Stoneman fastest on Red Bull’s turf

July 11th, 2015

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Red Bull-backed Dean Stoneman set the fastest time in Saturday morning Formula Renault 3.5 practice at the drinks company’s own track in Austria. The DAMS driver found his stride in the final five minutes of the 50-minute session, working his way down to quickest lap of 1m16.647s. Friday pacesetter Tio Ellinas took second for Strakka, 0.139 seconds in arrears. Both Stoneman and Ellinas are striving to break their 2015 win duck this weekend, and last year’s GP3 runner-up has experimented with different mental techniques in the build-up to the meeting. “I’ve been working with Dr Aki Hintsa so that we can start the weekend one step ahead of the game instead of having to catch up,” said Stoneman. “It has been very interesting, working on the mental preparation, on focus [...]

GP2 applies to run new FIA F2 series

July 10th, 2015

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The GP2 Series has applied to the FIA to run the new Formula 2 championship that the governing body wants to introduce. A revived F2 category is the next step in the FIA Single-Seater Commission’s push to streamline the Formula 1 feeder categories, following the rise of the Formula 3 European Championship and the introduction of a global Formula 4 system. The new F2 has been given top billing in the new points-based superlicence system to be introduced next year. What should new Formula 2 be? AUTOSPORT revealed in April that GP2 organisers were interested in their series becoming F2. Friday’s meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Mexico did not result in a firm announcement about the nature of F2, despite commission chief Stefano Domencali’s hope that [...]

Rosenqvist and Giovinazzi share poles

July 10th, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist pipped Antonio Giovinazzi to the fastest time in second Zandvoort Formula 3 European Championship qualifying, but the Swede only earned one of the two pole positions on offer. While Rosenqvist will start at the front for race two, he was unable to get anything like a clear lap thereafter and will line his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes up third for Sunday’s finale. Instead, it was Giovinazzi who topped the second-fastest laps, meaning he takes pole for the third race with his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen. The majority of the field, in a departure with the F3 norm, headed for new tyres halfway through the session on a Zandvoort track that is extremely grippy this weekend. Rosenqvist instantly eclipsed Giovinazzi’s earlier best, which stood as pole for race three, while the Italian [...]

Ellinas leads FR3.5 practice in Austria

July 10th, 2015

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Tio Ellinas topped the 50-minute Formula Renault 3.5 test session at the Red Bull Ring on Friday afternoon. The Strakka driver, who is chasing his first win of the season, recorded a fastest time of 1m18.222s. Brazilian Pietro Fantin squeezed in a final flying lap just before the chequered flag, and used it to good advantage by taking second spot, 0.146 seconds behind the Cypriot. Championship leader Oliver Rowland took third on an afternoon when his championship rival, Lotus Formula 1 junior driver, Matthieu Vaxiviere was an atypical 18th as his team experimented with a medium-downforce set-up and focused on high-fuel running. Briton Rowland has kept busy since the preceding meeting at the Hungaroring, including making a strong impression on his maiden GP2 outing at the British Grand Prix-support race [...]

Giovinazzi takes first pole of 2015

July 10th, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi grabbed pole position for the first Formula 3 European Championship race of the weekend at Zandvoort. On a clear track, the Jagonya Ayam protege from southern Italy nailed two successive hot laps very early in the session in his Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen that could not be beaten by anyone else for his first pole of 2015. Felix Rosenqvist came closest, although the Swede fell 0.097 seconds short in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes. In a session in which traffic played a major part, Rosenqvist took until his seventh flying lap to set his time, whereas Giovinazzi had set his fastest on his third, when the tyres were at peak performance. On theoretical bests combining the three sectors, Rosenqvist would have been fastest. Motopark runner Markus Pommer pitted halfway through the [...]

Stockinger, van Buuren in FR3.5 switch

July 10th, 2015

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GP2 racer Marlon Stockinger has returned to his former team Lotus for the Formula Renault 3.5 meeting at the Red Bull Ring this weekend. The Filipino-Swiss driver takes the seat regularly occupied this season by Meindert van Buuren, who moves across to Pons Racing alongside Manor Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi. There were indications of fractures in the van Buuren/Lotus relationship at the preceding meeting in Hungary, when Gravity-managed Formula 3 driver driver Alexander Albon replaced the Dutchman in Friday practice. Van Buuren’s opportunity at Pons was created when Philo Paz Patric Armand was forced to remain in his native Indonesia owing to an expired visa. “Lotus called me up and said they wanted to cancel the contract, I heard around one week ago,” said van Buuren (pictured below). “I [...]

Rosenqvist tops Zandvoort practice

July 10th, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist kicked off the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Zandvoort by comfortably setting the fastest time in free practice. ‘Mr Zandvoort’, twice a winner of the Masters of F3 at the Dutch circuit, took his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes around the sand-dune-lined track three tenths faster than team-mate Jake Dennis. Rosenqvist was way ahead of the opposition when a red flag left quarter of an hour of running remaining, with most of the competitors fitting new tyres for a qualifying simulation. Dennis came closest to Rosenqvist’s time, closely followed by the Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of Antonio Giovinazzi, Prema driver Lance Stroll, and the Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-VW of Charles Leclerc, all of whom were within a few hundredths of each other. Leclerc had topped the opening 40-minute session by 0.073 [...]

Sunday double-header a FR3.5 one-off

July 9th, 2015

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The Formula Renault 3.5 Series holding both of this weekend’s Red Bull Ring races on Sunday, for the first time in a decade, is likely to be a one-off. Although formats have been tweaked through the years, each round’s opening race has been held on a Saturday since 2005. Neither race will feature a pitstop, and the changes are a result of the FR3.5 series sharing the bill with the European Le Mans Series. “It is just a special case for this weekend,” said FR3.5 category manager Pablo Martino. “We had to adapt our timetable to the ELMS. “For sure it can create a little bit more work for the organisation and the teams, but at the end it’s something positive to be alongside a championship like ELMS. “The teams [...]

Rowland eyes further GP2 outings

July 6th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland says he may be back in a GP2 car as soon as the Hungaroring following his impressive debut at Silverstone. Rowland, whose priority remains the FR3.5 title, scored points in both races with a 10th-place finish in race one and seventh in race two. The Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver could have been in the fight for a Sunday win had he not received a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits on Saturday, which cost him reversed grid pole. Speaking to AUTOSPORT, Rowland revealed he is eyeing a quick return to GP2 thanks to a schedule gap with FR3.5 between its Red Bull Ring and Silverstone events. “I’m going to concentrate on next weekend in Formula Renault but I’ve got a big gap after [...]

Haryanto claims third GP2 win of year

July 5th, 2015

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Rio Haryanto claimed his third GP2 sprint-race victory of the 2015 season with a lights-to-flag win at Silverstone. The Campos Racing driver picked up reversed-grid pole position thanks to penalties for Arthur Pic and Oliver Rowland on Saturday and made good on his advantage. This meant that he salvaged a decent haul of points from the weekend despite his qualifying being stymied by a sensor problem. Haryanto held the lead from the lights and immediately established a small cushion over fast-starting Trident driver Raffaele Marciello. He was never seriously threatened as he, the Italian and third-placed Pierre Gasly circulated in the podium positions throughout. Alexander Rossi finished fourth despite being hit with a five-second penalty for putting all four wheels off the track at the exit of Copse as he [...]

Pic penalised for clash with King

July 4th, 2015

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Arthur Pic has lost his sixth-place finish in the GP2 feature race at Silverstone as a punishment for clashing with Jordan King. The Campos Racing driver hit the rear of King’s Racing Engineering car at the final corner of the race, tipping it into a spin. While Pic survived the clash and crossed the line sixth, King could not get going again so did not complete the final lap. As a result, stewards have hit Pic with a 20-second time penalty, issued in lieu of a drive-through penalty – relegating him to 14th place. “I was struggling to get onto the power and he just knocked into the back of me and spun me round,” King told AUTOSPORT. “I don’t think he did it maliciously, he just misjudged it and [...]

Sirotkin secures first GP2 win

July 4th, 2015

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Sergey Sirotkin converted pole position into his maiden GP2 victory in the Silverstone feature race. The Russian lost the lead at the start when third-placed Richie Stanaway made a lighting getaway to dive between the pole man and second-place starter Stoffel Vandoorne off the line. The safety car was deployed moments later after Artem Markelov spun and was collected by Nathanael Berthon. At the restart, Stanaway either tried to back up the field too much or failed to realise that passing is allowed from the safety-car restart line rather than the start/finish line, with Sirotkin getting ahead through Club. This forced Stanway wide and also allowed Nobuharu Matsushita, who had passed ART Grand Prix team-mate Vandoorne on the run to the first corner after the Belgian lost momentum when he [...]

Rowland gets Silverstone GP2 debut

July 2nd, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland will make his GP2 debut at his home round at Silverstone this weekend with MP Motorsport. The 2011 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner replaces Sergio Canamasas in the one-off deal for the British Grand Prix support event. Canamasas did not race for the team in the previous round at the Red Bull Ring, where MP fielded just a single car for Daniel de Jong. Racing Steps Foundation protege Rowland competed for the team’s Manor MP Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup team in 2013, finishing second between Pierre Gasly and Esteban Ocon in the championship. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to race in front of my home crowd,” said Rowland. “I can’t thank MP Motorsport and the RSF enough for setting this up for [...]

Cecotto in at Carlin for Silverstone

July 1st, 2015

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Johnny Cecotto Jr will replace Marco Sorensen in Carlin’s GP2 line-up for this weekend’s Silverstone round. Sorensen failed to score a point in the opening four weekends of the 2015 campaign, having switched to Carlin following a part-season with MP Motorsport last year that yielded a maiden victory at Sochi. Carlin team boss Trevor Carlin said: “We’re very sad to see Marco leave us at such an early stage before he had the chance to fulfil his potential with us. “But we fully understand the decision to now focus on his GT racing activities [with Aston Martin in the World Endurance Championship]. “He’s a very likeable guy and we wish him lots of luck for the future. “At such short notice we wanted a driver who could jump in and [...]

Albon, Russell declare breakthroughs

June 29th, 2015

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Lotus F1 junior Alexander Albon and 2014 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell have pledged to build on their breakthrough weekends in the Formula 3 European Championship at Norisring. London-born Thai Albon described his runner-up position after leading most of race two as “probably the worst second place you can ever get – it hurts.” Albon had taken two pole positions – the first in F3 for the returning Signature team since Marco Wittmann at the 2011 Macau Grand Prix – but failed to win any races. His second race unravelled due to continuous safety-car interruptions, having once held a lead nearing two seconds. One lap after the final restart, a three-abreast run into Turn 1 ended in Albon, Russell and Charles Leclerc all running wide, allowing Maximilian Gunther [...]

Giovinazzi revives title bid with win

June 28th, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi got his title charge back on track with victory in the third and final race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Norisring. The Jagonya Ayam protege made his customary storming start from third on the grid, and led home the sister Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell. Both poleman Alexander Albon and front-row partner Russell made poor getaways, Russell speculating that it was due to the earlier DTM practice starts on the first and second grid spots, and Albon adding, “I honestly thought I’d stalled – the engine went so quiet.” Russell had to fight his way past Jake Dennis at the first of what would become three restarts, and spent most of his race fending off the attentions of Albon, [...]

Gunther gets F3 win from 12th on grid

June 27th, 2015

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German rookie Maximilian Gunther won a compelling second race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Norisring – from 12th on the grid. Gunther, driving the same Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes taken to victory here by Felix Rosenqvist in 2013, picked his way through the field largely due to incidents in front of him, and the fourth and final safety-car period played into his hands perfectly. The race boiled down to a five-lap sprint to the flag, with poleman Alexander Albon – who had led the majority of the race – ahead of George Russell (who had led the opening two laps before running wide at Turn 1) and Charles Leclerc, with Gunther in fourth. On the first lap of the restart, Albon ran deep into Turn 1, allowing [...]

Leclerc wins behind safety car in wet

June 27th, 2015

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Charles Leclerc took the win in a safety-car-marred Formula 3 European Championship race to kick off the Norisring weekend. While Leclerc fully deserved his win after proving the master of wet conditions, the second half of the race was run entirely under caution, with just 15 laps of racing having been completed. The race had also begun under the safety car, and poleman Leclerc initially found it tough to escape the attentions of Alexander Albon, who had passed front-row man Maximilian Gunther with ease into the Turn 1 hairpin when the race went green. After eight laps of racing, an error caused Albon to skate straight on at Turn 1, dropping him to fifth behind Gunther, Felix Rosenqvist and Antonio Giovinazzi. From seventh on the grid, Giovinazzi was on a [...]