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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.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

German champ moves up to Euro F3

February 13th, 2015

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German Formula 3 champion Markus Pommer will graduate to the F3 European championship this season with Motopark. The 24-year-old, a race winner in Formula 2 in 2012, returned to single-seaters last season after a year in the Porsche Supercup. As well as taking 14 wins on his way to the German F3 title, he finished third in the Auto GP series. Pommer was also the driver when Motopark returned to top-level F3 competition for the first time since 2011 in last November’s Macau Grand Prix (pictured) – he finished 11th, and was quick enough to place in the top six had he not stalled at the start of the qualification race. The German joins Briton Sam MacLeod in Motopark’s line-up of Dallara-Volkswagens, with the Oschersleben-based team expected to announce further [...]

Honda places protege in ART GP2 team

February 13th, 2015

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Honda-supported Japanese Formula 3 champion Nobuharu Matsushita will partner McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne at ART in GP2 this season. Matsushita, who is backed by McLaren’s new Formula 1 engine supplier, tested for ART in Abu Dhabi at the end of last year, completing 74 laps across two half-day sessions. “I would like to thank ART for giving me the opportunity to race in GP2,” said the 21-year-old. “This is a big challenge but I am determined to do my best as GP2 is the best way to race in F1, which is my dream. “I would like to express my thankfulness to Honda, who support my challenge.” As part of the launch of its 2015 motorsport programme, Honda explained in a statement that it is working with McLaren to get [...]

Bonifacio, Nissany secure FR3.5 seats

February 12th, 2015

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Formula Renault Eurocup race winner Bruno Bonifacio and Formula 3 European championship driver Roy Nissany will race in Formula Renault 3.5 this year with Draco and Tech 1 respectively. Brazilian Bonifacio was a factor in the FR2.0 Eurocup title race in the early part of 2014, although he slumped to fifth in the standings as McLaren junior Nyck de Vries went on to take the title. Nissany graduates to FR3.5 after spending two years in F3, taking a best finish of sixth and a highest championship position of 17th last year. “It’s impossible to imagine how happy I am for having secured a ride with Draco,” said Bonifacio, who completes an all-Brazilian line-up at the team alongside Pietro Fantin. “I have never had any doubt that this was going to [...]

Red Bull places British karter in F3

February 12th, 2015

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British teenager Callum Ilott will move straight from karts to the Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin as part of the Red Bull junior scheme this year. The 16-year-old from Hertfordshire won last year’s CIK-FIA European KF karting title and has carried out a comprehensive F3 test programme with Carlin during the winter, beginning when he was still 15. He made his car racing debut in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, where his best results so far are a fourth place finish at Hampton Downs and a front-row start at Taupo. “Being in the Red Bull Junior Team is a privilege, you just have to look at the history of the drivers that have gone before,” said Ilott. “Last season was very good for me so I was [...]

Stoneman with Red Bull, DAMS for 2015

February 12th, 2015

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GP3 runner-up Dean Stoneman will move into Formula Renault 3.5 with champion team DAMS in 2015 and become part of Red Bull’s junior programme. Stoneman joins McLaren protege and 2014 Formula Renault Eurocup champion Nyck de Vries at DAMS, which took Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Sainz Jr to the last two FR3.5 titles. “To be part of the Red Bull Junior Team has been one of my life goals and it is fantastic to be given the chance,” said Stoneman. “You just have to look at the names that have gone before to see that only the best drivers get into the programme. “I’m thrilled about the year ahead, to be in the DAMS team in World Series is a perfect opportunity. “I’m aiming very high, Carlos came from GP3 [...]

FR3.5 changes British date for MotoGP

February 11th, 2015

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The return of the World Series by Renault package to Silverstone in 2015 has been moved as a result of the recent shuffle surrounding the British MotoGP round. Donington Park’s decision not to host MotoGP in place of the Circuit of Wales this year has resulted in Silverstone taking the race back, but that caused a date clash with the Formula Renault 3.5-headlined weekend. That led to Renault and Silverstone agreeing to move the free-ticket event to the following weekend of September 5-6. Renault Sport Technologies managing director Patrice Ratti said: “Through our close relationship with Silverstone we have been able to quickly find a fully-satisfactory solution. “This will allow fans to come in droves on September 5 and 6 to attend this comeback in Great Britain which gathered an [...]

Ferrari confirms Stroll’s F3 deal

February 11th, 2015

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Ferrari has confirmed that its protege Lance Stroll will race for Prema Powerteam in the 2015 Formula 3 European Championship, as predicted by AUTOSPORT last year. The 16-year-old Canadian won last season’s Italian Formula 4 Championship with Prema, and is currently leading the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series. Stroll joins 2012 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Jake Dennis at Prema, with the team still to announce two further drivers. AUTOSPORT understands that Stroll’s F4 and TRS team-mate Brandon Maisano will be one of them. Prema took Esteban Ocon to the 2014 European F3 title in his first season at that level, and team boss Rene Rosin is confident Stroll will also cope well with the step up. “After his phenomenal title run in the Italian F4 championship, in what was [...]

Celis to combine FR3.5 and GP3

February 11th, 2015

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Alfonso Celis will combine his GP3 campaign with ART Grand Prix with a season in Formula Renault 3.5 for AVF this year. The 18-year-old was confirmed last month as part of ART’s line-up on the Formula 1 support bill, and he will partner second-year driver Beitske Visser in FR3.5. Celis finished 21st in his rookie GP3 season with Trident last year, while he also made a one-off appearance in FR3.5 at the Nurburgring with Tech 1. “I couldn’t hope for a better start of the season,” said the Mexican. “Entering the highly-competitive Renault 3.5 championship with AVF is the best possible solution I could find. “I can’t wait to start the season with a double programme also including the GP3 series.” AVF team boss Adrian Valles – a two-time winner [...]

Latifi completes FR3.5 switch

February 9th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 podium finisher Nicholas Latifi will race full-time in the series this year with Arden Motorsport. The Canadian contested the final three rounds of the 2014 FR3.5 campaign alongside his season in the Formula 3 European championship, choosing to contest the FR3.5 finale at Jerez over the last F3 round at Hockenheim on the same weekend. That decision paid off, as with Tech 1 Racing he took a maiden podium finish in Spain. He then tested with Arden, Lotus and Strakka after the season had finished, setting the second-fastest time at Jerez for Lotus and leading the way for Arden at Aragon. “From the moment I started testing with Arden in post-season, the team and I worked very well together,” said Latifi, who finished 10th in European F3 [...]

Vaxiviere stays with Lotus FR3.5 team

February 7th, 2015

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Matthieu Vaxiviere will stay on with the Charouz-run Lotus team in Formula Renault 3.5 for 2015, joined by series returnee Meindert van Buuren. Vaxiviere finished eighth in FR3.5 last season, in a season that was interrupted by a back injury but featured two podiums after his return. The 20-year-old Frenchman also contested the World Endurance Championship in a GTE Am Prospeed Porsche. His new team-mate van Buuren moves across from Pons Racing, which took him to 19th in the points last year. 2015 FR3.5 LINE-UP SO FAR DAMSNyck de Vries, tba Fortec MotorsportsOliver Rowland, tba Arden MotorsportEgor Orudzhev, tba LotusMeindert van Buuren, Matthieu Vaxiviere Strakka RacingGustav Malja, tba AVFBeitske Visser, tba Tech 1 RacingAurelien Panis, tba International Draco RacingPietro Fantin, tba Pons RacingOscar Tunjo, tba CarlinTom Dillmann, Sean Gelael Yet [...]

Haryanto completes Campos line-up

February 6th, 2015

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Rio Haryanto will race for Campos Racing in this year’s GP2 Series. The Indonesian driver will switch from Caterham to the Valencia-based team for the new season, where he will be teamed with Arthur Pic. Haryanto, who won the 2009 Formula BMW Pacific title, has been a regular in GP2 since 2012, with best results of second in last year’s sprint race at Silverstone and third in the Monaco sprint earlier in 2014. He finished last season 15th in the standings. “I am very happy to be back in GP2 this year and looking forward to working together with Campos,” Haryanto said. “I feel that Campos Racing is a strong team and are very committed to success, and Adrian is a good motivator.” Adrian Campos added: “I should like warmly [...]

MacLeod secures European F3 drive

February 5th, 2015

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German and British Formula 3 race winner Sam MacLeod has become the first driver confirmed for the Motopark team’s full-time return to the top level of Formula 3. The 20-year-old Scot will step up to the F3 European Championship after an extensive testing programme towards the end of 2014 with Motopark’s Dallara-Volkswagen. MacLeod is currently contesting the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand, taking his first win in the category last weekend at Hampton Downs. Team boss Timo Rumpfkeil, whose squad has run numerous German F3 champions, said: “Our many victories and titles in domestic F3 have prepared the crew perfectly for a move up the ladder. “We know that the European championship is going to be a whole lot tougher than our national cup, but at the same time [...]

King to GP2 with Racing Engineering

February 2nd, 2015

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Jordan King will graduate from European Formula 3 to GP2 with Racing Engineering in 2015. The 2013 British F3 champion tested with Arden and MP last winter, and had tried the Addax team’s car a year earlier, before opting to go with Racing Engineering. King believes the team that ran Fabio Leimer to the 2013 GP2 title offers an advantage because it does not operate in other series alongside its commitment to the Formula 1 feeder. “There were a lot of factors to take into consideration and I did a lot of research and thinking before reaching a conclusion,” said the 20-year-old Briton. “As a rookie entering a new championship, it’s very important to go with an established and experienced team – and Racing Engineering ticks all the boxes. “They [...]

Hong Kong racer joins European F3

February 2nd, 2015

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Hong Kong driver Matt Solomon has joined Double R Racing’s Formula 3 European Championship team for 2015. Solomon, who shared a Mercedes SLS GT3 to victory with Mika Hakkinen in an Asian GT round when he was just 17 years old in 2013, makes the move after a programme of testing with the Woking team last winter. He moves to Europe following two seasons in Formula Masters China, in which he took runner-up in the rankings last year. Solomon had a brief taste of European action in 2013, when he qualified and finished in the top 10 in a Formula Renault ALPS one-off with Prema Powerteam at Misano. “There’s going to be a lot to learn but it’s a great challenge,” said 18-year-old Solomon, who is of Chinese and Australian [...]

Double R line-up takes shape

January 30th, 2015

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Double R Racing has secured its first driver for the 2015 Formula 3 European Championship – and already has one lined up for 2016. German Nicolas Pohler moves up from the Euroformula Open series to drive one of the team’s Dallara-Mercedes cars after tests before Christmas. The 19-year-old German also tested for other Euro F3 teams, including Mucke Motorsport and Team West-Tec. Double R ran just one car in Euro F3 in 2014 for Felipe Guimaraes, but was absent from the last few rounds after the Brazilian split from the team. It then ran Roberto Merhi to fourth in the Macau Grand Prix. This year it looks likely to start the campaign with at least two cars and team boss Anthony Hieatt is known to be negotiating with Hong Kong [...]

Cassidy gets top Japan drive

January 30th, 2015

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Macau Grand Prix podium finisher Nick Cassidy has secured a top drive in the Japanese Formula 3 Championship. The 20-year-old New Zealander will drive for the Toyota-backed and powered TOM’S team in his first full season of F3. He is the second junior single-seater racer to switch from Europe to Japanese F3 this week, with BRDC Formula 4 race winner Struan Moore joining the KCMG team. Cassidy came to the attention of TOM’S thanks to his Macau performance – in just his fifth competitive F3 outing, at the wheel of an NBE-powered Dallara run by the small British T-Sport team, he narrowly lost a battle for second with Lucas Auer. He won the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand in 2012 and ’13 and was runner-up in ’11, beating drivers [...]

Nato switches to GP2 with Arden

January 29th, 2015

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Norman Nato will switch from Formula Renault 3.5 to the GP2 Series for 2015 with Arden International. The 22-year-old Frenchman spent the past two seasons with DAMS in FR3.5, though he had to settle for two victories – including the 2014 Monaco Grand Prix support race – while team-mates Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Sainz Jr won the titles. Nato tested Arden’s GP2 car in Abu Dhabi last winter, when he also had runs with Racing Engineering and Russian Time. “I am delighted to join such an experienced and successful team for my debut in GP2,” said Nato, “The Abu Dhabi tests went well and I had a great feeling with the team. “Although I am a rookie, I aim to achieve a strong performance in 2015.” Arden team boss Garry [...]

Malja steps up to FR3.5 with Strakka

January 28th, 2015

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Formula Renault Eurocup racer Gustav Malja will step up to Formula Renault 3.5 with Strakka Racing for 2015. The 19-year-old Swede graduates from the two-litre Renault category after two seasons, the highlight of which was finishing fifth in the Northern European Cup last year alongside a second year in the Eurocup. “I’ve felt immediately at home with Strakka, and we share the same view about how to go racing,” said Malja, who finished 12th in the Eurocup last year. “I’m convinced that their way of working will allow me to get the most out of myself in my rookie year. “Joining this championship will mark the greatest challenge of my career so far, but I learned a lot in testing and I do feel well-prepared.” Strakka finished sixth in the [...]

Top-class cars back to F3 Masters

January 27th, 2015

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The Masters of Formula 3 race at Zandvoort will be run for F3 European Championship cars this year. The Dutch circuit has announced a new September date for the 25th running of the Masters, which was held last year for national F3 cars running the older-spec engines. That was because the proximity of the European F3 round at Moscow Raceway meant it would have been impossible for teams to contest both events. Race winner Max Verstappen drove a German F3 Cup-spec car to victory in a one-off outing for the Motopark team. The new Masters date of September 20 ensures it is comfortably after Zandvoort’s European F3 round, so competing in the race will not result in a breach of regulations that prevent competitors running on a circuit that has [...]

Lotus protege Sorensen in Carlin move

January 27th, 2015

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Lotus Formula 1 junior Marco Sorensen will race for Carlin in GP2 this year, the team has announced. The Dane, who added a part-season in GP2 to his third campaign in Formula Renault 3.5 last year, took his maiden victory on the F1 support bill with MP Motorsport at Sochi in October. “I am hugely excited to be joining Carlin in GP2 – the team has a great reputation and I feel I have some unfinished business in the series,” said the 24-year-old. “Together I expect us to be aiming for top results. We’re focused on working hard now to prepare for the season ahead and the first tests in Abu Dhabi [on March 9-11].” Team boss Trevor Carlin added: “Marco is undoubtedly a very quick driver and in the [...]