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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.

Rosenqvist pips Russell to pole

September 25th, 2015

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Felix Rosenqvist took another step towards the Formula 3 European Championship title by taking pole position for the first race of the penultimate event at the Nurburgring. The veteran Swede staved off a challenge from an on-form George Russell to take the top spot in his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes by 0.152 seconds. Recent Prema recruit Nick Cassidy looked good for pole with a few minutes remaining, before Rosenqvist set a 1m21.220s to take fastest time with three minutes to go. Russell – working in tandem with the sister Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of Red Bull junior Callum Ilott – then chimed in with a 1m21.278s, only for Rosenqvist to improve to 1m21.126s just before the chequered flag. “There was quite a lot of traffic and mayhem going on,” said Rosenqvist, “which is [...]

Rowland wants to seal title with wins

September 25th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 champion-elect Oliver Rowland wants to seal the 2015 title with victories at Le Mans this weekend, despite holding an ample points cushion. The dominant force in this year’s series, Rowland can secure the crown with a round to spare thanks to form that has included six victories and a run of eight consecutive podiums. The Fortec racer is 50 points ahead of nearest adversary Matthieu Vaxiviere in the drivers’ standings, and only has to maintain that advantage over the course of this weekend’s two races to become the first British FR3.5 champion. “I know if we maintain the advantage I should be champion, but I really want to win both races,” said Rowland, who was fastest by seven tenths in the opening free practice session on Friday. [...]

Rosenqvist heads Stroll in F3 practice

September 25th, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship leader Felix Rosenqvist kicked off the penultimate weekend of the season in style with fastest time in free practice at the Nurburgring. The Swede’s Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes leapt to the top in the second of the 40-minute sessions to outpace the sister car of Canadian rookie Lance Stroll by 0.290 seconds. “There are always some bits you can improve, but we’re not looking too bad,” said Rosenqvist. “It’s a good start, and the only problem was traffic. “It shouldn’t be so bad in qualifying now, because now you can’t slow down [to find a clear lap, under new Euro F3 sporting regulations for qualifying].” The first session was a good one for Carlin’s youthful English duo: George Russell, who passed his driving test only last month, [...]

USA could get FIA F3 series in future

September 24th, 2015

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The USA could have its own Formula 3 series in the future, according to the FIA single-seater boss Stefano Domenicali. The former Ferrari Formula 1 boss revealed that he was working in conjunction with the group behind the new USA Formula 4 Championship, which was launched last week for 2016, on plans to bring F3 to North America. The Sports Car Club of America’s Pro Racing division, which will run the new FIA-sanctioned F4 series, has declared that it wants to build a new single-seater ladder in the USA that could eventually include Formula 2. Domenicali told AUTOSPORT: “F3 is something that is already in our vision [for the USA]. “First we need to make sure that we have a solid base in F4 and then F3 would be the [...]

Carlin eyes Piquet for 2016 Euro F3

September 22nd, 2015

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Top team boss Trevor Carlin is keen to find a place in his Formula 3 European Championship team for 2016 for two-time Brazilian F3 title winner Pedro Piquet. The 17-year-old son of three-time Formula 1 world champion Nelson Piquet tested last winter with Carlin, T-Sport and Van Amersfoort Racing, but elected to spend another season in Brazil in order to finish his schooling. Piquet clinched his second title recently, and immediately afterwards his father told reporters that the plan was a move to European F3 for 2016. Carlin told AUTOSPORT: “We’ve started chatting but nothing more, and we’re looking at some test dates for him. “It will be complicated if the FIA introduce a four-car limit for teams, because I have to give my current drivers priority if they want [...]

Serralles for Macau, but focus on Indy

September 21st, 2015

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Formula 3 returnee Felix Serralles is hoping to contest the Macau Grand Prix in November, although his focus remains on a career in IndyCar. The Indy Lights race winner, who contested last weekend’s Masters of F3 at Zandvoort, will also compete in this weekend’s F3 European Championship round at the Nurburgring while he waits on news of whether he will be accepted on the Macau entry list. The Puerto Rican competed at Zandvoort with Jo Zeller Racing, driving the JZR-owned car campaigned by Kang Ling for Mucke Motorsport in the first eight rounds of this year’s European championship. He will drive the same car but under a Mucke entry at the Nurburgring, as JZR does not have a registered entry in the 2015 championship, but it would be run under [...]

Giovinazzi: Masters win boosts title bid

September 21st, 2015

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Masters of Formula 3 winner Antonio Giovinazzi has said that his victory in the Zandvoort classic will aid his F3 European Championship title attack. The Italian, currently second in the standings, was the only one of the European F3 top four to contest the Dutch event, with the Prema Powerteam squad of Felix Rosenqvist (leading) and Jake Dennis (fourth) absent, and Charles Leclerc (third) opting not to compete with Van Amersfoort Racing. Giovinazzi led all the way throughout the qualifying race and the final to defeat Carlin team-mate George Russell, two weeks after a below-par European F3 weekend at the Algarve circuit during which he took two eighths and a ninth to lose his series lead. The Masters win was the second this year at Zandvoort for Giovinazzi, coming two [...]

Giovinazzi beats Russell in Masters

September 20th, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi swept to victory in the 25th running of the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort, winning by eight seconds from Carlin team-mate George Russell. The Jagonya Ayam protege led from start to finish, his task made easier when front-row man Markus Pommer stalled at the getaway, leading to a host of avoidances from the remainder of the 18-car field. Giovinazzi opened up a two-second gap within two laps and, although Russell stabilised this and even made small inroads on laps six and seven, the Italian soon began pulling away again. As the pace of the rest of the field faded, Giovinazzi was able to start banging in quick laps again at the end of the race and pulled away by over one second on each of the last [...]

Giovinazzi dominates Masters qualifier

September 19th, 2015

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Antonio Giovinazzi dominated the qualification race for the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort, pulling away every lap to win the short ‘sprint’ by almost nine seconds. Poleman Sergio Sette Camara seemed to get a decent launch at the start, but then suffered wheelspin and was swamped by Giovinazzi and the rapid-starting Markus Pommer, who ran side-by-side into the Tarzanbocht. German Pommer tried to tough it out on the outside, but Giovinazzi emerged in front and the Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen pulled away each lap by more than half a second. While Giovinazzi was in a class of his own to take pole position for Sunday’s 25th Masters of F3 race, the equivalent of his winning margin covered the next seven cars home. “The car was fantastic – I just tried to [...]

Sette Camara grabs pole for Masters

September 19th, 2015

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Sergio Sette Camara continued his form from free practice by bagging pole position for the Masters of Formula 3 qualification race at Zandvoort. The 17-year-old Brazilian’s Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen shot to the top of the times with a couple of minutes remaining on his second new set of Kumho tyres to deny pre-event favourite Antonio Giovinazzi, who made a mistake in the penultimate corner on his hot lap, by 0.062 seconds. Carlin driver Giovinazzi was over half a second ahead at the mid-session point, after everyone had taken their opening runs on their first set of tyres, but the times tumbled as the track dried completely following early-morning rain. “I knew in the first sector I had to push to get the heat into the tyres,” said Sette Camara, “and I [...]

Sette Camara sets Masters Friday pace

September 18th, 2015

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Brazilian Sergio Sette Camara set the fastest time over the two free practice sessions for the Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort. The 17-year-old, who contested a half-season in Brazilian F3 last year before his first full campaign in cars this term, pipped Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen team-mate Markus Pommer and Carlin’s George Russell. Most of the leading times came in the first half of the opening 40-minute session, because the Kumho tyres used for the Masters have a relatively short peak operating window of three or four laps, and nearly everyone elected not to use any more than one set on Friday in order to save rubber for qualifying and the two races. Sette Camara was on top just before the first of three red flags that interrupted the opening session, [...]

Serralles to make F3 return in Masters

September 15th, 2015

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Indy Lights race winner Felix Serralles is to make a surprise return to Formula 3 this weekend in the F3 Masters at Zandvoort. The 23-year-old Puerto Rican will line up in a Dallara-Mercedes run by Jo Zeller Racing, which is also returning to the top level of F3 at the Dutch event after spending the 2015 season in the Austrian F3 Cup. Serralles finished third in the British F3 Championship in 2012 with Fortec Motorsport before graduating to Euro F3 as a Mercedes-contracted driver, competing with Fortec in ’13 and Team West-Tec in ’14. The Swiss-based Zeller team has close links with leading F3 squad Mucke Motorsport, which is not competing in the Masters – Jo Zeller is one of the engineers at Mucke, while son Sandro, who usually races [...]

15-year-old Finn nears F3 graduation

September 15th, 2015

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Finnish single-seater powerhouse Koiranen GP is confident that its new SMP Formula 4 champion Niko Kari will step up to the Formula 3 European Championship in 2016. Kari, who turns 16 next month, clinched the title in the inaugural SMP F4 series recently with one round to spare, the Finn landing the €350,000 prize to graduate to Euro F3. Koiranen boss Afa Heikkinen, whose organisation centrally runs the SMP F4 series (which has races in Finland, Russia and Estonia), told AUTOSPORT: “Niko has some sponsors, so I am pretty sure he will be able to make up the difference in budget. “We have some links to some teams – I will recommend a few that he will probably test with, but the decision will be his. “I think he will [...]

FR3.5 set for 2016 GT Open tie-up

September 14th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 is likely to link up with the GT Open championship for much of its 2016 calendar, focusing on the sportscar series’ rounds on Formula 1 circuits. A draft calendar for the series – now run by RPM after Renault stepped back to a technical partner role only – is currently taking shape, with GT Open’s Monza event likely to be the season-opener. It is also set to join GT Open at Silverstone, the Red Bull Ring, Spa-Francorchamps and for a season finale at Barcelona. Discussions are understood to be advanced to race with the World Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring and the World Touring Car Championship at the Hungaroring. FR3.5 could also support either GT Open or the WTCC for a round at Paul Ricard. A proposal [...]

Ellinas wins in changing conditions

September 13th, 2015

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Tio Ellinas and Strakka Racing mastered demanding and fluctuating track conditions to take their second Formula Renault 3.5 victory in seven days at the Nurburgring. The Silverstone winner led home team-mate Gustav Malja by 2.2 seconds in an enthralling finish in which the pair bobbed and jostled for the lead – even swapping positions on the penultimate lap. The one-two for Strakka appeared unlikely during the opening laps, as both Ellinas and Malja required lengthy stops to replace nosecones damaged in contact with championship leader Oliver Rowland. “The race was all over the place,” said Ellinas. “None of the teams knew which tyres to fit at the start. I chose slicks and made a good start to go from fifth to third, but then I hit Ollie and broke my [...]

Rowland on pole again for race two

September 13th, 2015

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Formula Renault 3.5 championship leader Oliver Rowland took a second consecutive pole position at the Nurburgring in qualifying for Sunday’s race, boosting his ambitions of achieving a double victory. The Racing Steps-supported Fortec driver recorded his fastest time of 1m40.637s in the final minute of the half-hour session, to knock Silverstone winner Tio Ellinas off the provisional pole slot. If Rowland’s form was familiar, Pietro Fantin in second and Tech 1 Racing rookie Roy Nissany achieved their highest grid positions of the season in second and third after finding late gains. Brazilian Fantin, who achieved a podium and fastest lap at Silverstone last weekend, was a fixture at the top of the timing screens for much of the session. The gap between Fantin in second and Carlin racer Tom Dillmann [...]

Rowland stretches lead with victory

September 12th, 2015

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Oliver Rowland claimed a trouble-free sixth victory of the season and eighth consecutive Formula Renault 3.5 podium in the opening race at the Nurburgring on Saturday. The Racing Steps-backed driver led every lap from pole position, and set fastest lap, to stretch his lead in the drivers’ standings over Matthieu Vaxiviere to 49 points – almost the equivalent of two victories. “It is still a little too early to think about the title,” said Rowland. “All it takes is two bad races and for Matthieu to win a couple and it’s everything’s equal again. “Fortec have given me a really good car over one lap, along with Silverstone and the Red Bull Ring, this is where we have been strongest.” McLaren junior driver Nyck de Vries made a bold charge [...]

Rowland grabs pole before red flag

September 12th, 2015

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Title favourite Oliver Rowland claimed his fourth pole position of the season in a somewhat anticlimactic Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying session at the Nurburgring. A late red flag, caused when Tom Dillmann’s Carlin machine stopped at Turn 1, led to the session being curtailed with a little under two minutes left on the clocks. The majority of the field was on track at the time of the stoppage, and left unable to exploit their new tyre runs when qualifying was abandoned. Cypriot Tio Ellinas may have had particular reason to be upset at the premature ending to the morning’s action. The Silverstone winner was 0.339 seconds up on Fortec racer Rowland’s benchmark time at the second timing split when the red flags were flown. Strakka driver Ellinas ended the session [...]

Masters of F3 race gets 20 entries

September 11th, 2015

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Twenty cars are provisionally entered for next week’s Masters of Formula 3 at Zandvoort as the race recovers from its 2014 lowpoint. All but three of the regular F3 European Championship teams have committed to the September 18-20 event, which last year was run for an 11-car grid of national-spec cars because of the impossibility of getting the Euro F3 field from the Dutch circuit to the following weekend’s championship event at Moscow Raceway. Of the regular Euro F3 teams, Prema Powerteam, Mucke Motorsport and Signature are not attending. Even though the Masters has returned to current FIA-spec machinery for 2015, there is more difficulty in assembling a full field as this year the event takes place after the circuit’s European round, therefore providing less of an incentive to get [...]

Rowland leads Nurburgring practice

September 11th, 2015

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Championship leader Oliver Rowland set the fastest time in Formula Renault 3.5 free practice at the Nurburgring on Friday, ahead of this weekend’s seventh round of the season. In the afternoon session, Pietro Fantin led the way initially on a 1m43.995s, before the session was red-flagged as Carlin’s misfortunes returned. Both its entries of Tom Dillmann and Sean Gelael stopped in separate incidents, Dillmann’s shunt causing damage to the circuit’s barriers leading to a further delay of 10 minutes. On the restart, Rowland worked his way down to the benchmark 1m41.961s just after the session’s midway mark. He was in part assisted in maintaining the top position when newcomer Rene Binder suffered an incident, which caused the session to be abandoned one minute prematurely. Gustav Malja also dipped under the [...]