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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    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.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    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!

  • Raymond Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

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

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

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    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
    Contributing Writer
    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
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    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
    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.

A Pretty Sweet Lime (Rock)

by Justin Sutton on April 7th, 2014

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It's a bird, it's a plane...

With only four races left in the season the folks at UK&I Skip Barber League ventured Stateside once again for Round Eight at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut (one of the few tracks in the world I’ve had the pleasure of seeing outside of sim-racing).  Going into the race Blake Townend was a solid 40 points behind championship leader Marc Mercer, meaning he would need to average ten points more than Mercer per race for the remainder of the season if he was to have any chance of winning.  In qualifying it was the ever-competitive Mercer who grabbed pole with a 57.746s from Clarke Williams, Stuart Adcock, Sebastian Job, and Wojciech Swirydowicz.  With Townend starting from only P9 on the grid, Mercer would be given a golden opportunity to extend [...]

Zandvoort Dents Dietzels Progress

by Katier Scott on April 7th, 2014

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Zandvoort Dents Dietzels Progress

Zandvoort is a curious racetrack on the iRacing service.  It has a great heritage and history, is known around the world and is famous for the debut, and maiden victory, of the influential Lotus 49 – yet amongst iRacing drivers it regularly produces below average turnouts. The turnout at the former home of the Dutch Grand Prix is never as bad as at truly unpopular tracks; still only 99 turned out this week for the iRacing.com Radical Racing Challenge, sharing just a dozen sim-racing starts.  This meant the strengths of fields took a hit and while Maurice Dietzel was able to continue his charge, his 152 point haul from five starts and four wins, was below par. However the DE-AT-CH driver was still able to close to within 100 points [...]

Interview with a Champion: Renato Silva

by Thiago Izequiel on April 7th, 2014

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Renato Silva at Zolder, leading the way ahead of Alex Belão.

Versão em português abaixo Renato Silva has been the name to look for in SuperGT series, on the first season of the year at Brasil Lemans Series league. With four victories within five races, a second place finish and the champion title already secured with one race remaining in the season, the beginning of 2014 has been bright for the 27 years old Renato, who lives at São Paulo, Brazil. Racing under his team name “Brasa,” Renato achieved the ambition of many sim-racers and he did it on a grid full of veterans, making it even more notable I recently spoke with Renato about his iRacing career, his future ambitions and what he did to get here. iRN: Firstly, congratulations for being the champion. How it was, for you, to [...]

Brasil Lemans Series SuperGT Has a New Champion

by Thiago Izequiel on April 7th, 2014

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Race start at Phillip Island.

Versão em português abaixo The fifth race out of six at Brasil Lemans Series league came with an important decision to be made: It was the chance for Renato Silva to assure his title early , and the last chance for Anderson Mota to fight back and keep Renato on hold for one more race. This would be challenging for Mota, since the sim-racer did not have a win yet this season, and Renato had won four already. But still, the very consistent Mota could come closer to Renato and take the decision of the championship for the final sim-race, to be done at Mount Panorama – a very tricky track. This race was held at Phillip Island, and as always, realistic weather was in place, giving the sim-racers a [...]

Get to Know: Michael Abrams

by David Ifeguni on April 7th, 2014

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Abrams out front at Martinsville.

iRacer Michael Abrams knows  a thing or two about cars and racing. Although he started sim-racing over a decade ago with Papyrus’ NASCAR Racing 4, his racing experience started even earlier. From 2000 to 2010, the Long Island-based Abrams raced radio-controlled cars and after earning multiple trophies in his r/c career, he decided to return to try his hand at iRacing. A member since July of 2011, Abrams has recorded 32 career victories on both ovals and road courses. His first oval victory came at Lanier National Speedway in the Legends car, while his first road victory came in the Daytona Prototype car at the cup configuration of Watkins Glen International. Although he is more of a fixture on ovals than on road courses, Michael’s road iRating (4505) is better [...]

Shelton’s Rockingham Upset; Kusheba’s Shrinking Lead

by Brian Tate on April 4th, 2014

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For the first time in four weeks, PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series points leader, Paul Kusheba is starting to look in his rear view mirror in the championship chase.  Meanwhile, Greenfield, Indiana’s Caleb Shelton is celebrating his first weekly win of the season. Week 9 put the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series in the sand hills of North Carolina and a visit to the Rockingham Speedway, better known as “The Rock.”  The 1.017-mile oval is loved and hated among iRacing’s drivers.  Those who can find the right balance of speed and tire wear generally enjoy great results which, predictably, lead to a love affair with the bumpy and abrasive track.  For those that can’t, long and frustrating sim-races breed contempt for The Rock. While most eyes were on [...]

The Lone Star Paperclip

by Jordan Hightower on April 4th, 2014

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Week 8 Texas P1

Texas Motor Speedway and Martinsville Speedway are complete opposites of each other. One is a 1.5-mile high banked superspeedway and the other is a flat half-mile paperclip. Each track produces exciting racing, but in two entirely different fashions. Texas produces great side-by-side action and fast speeds and Martinsville is a tight, one-lane racetrack which produces great sim-racing at about half the speed of Texas. The use of divebombs and the bump-and-run are common occurrences in order to make a successful pass at Martinsville while drafting is the preferred passing technique used at Texas. Be careful though, if you’re still within striking distance after a bump-and-run, you should probably prepare to receive one back. Even with the varying degree of difficulty associated with each speedway, there was only a 45 driver [...]

Raffurty Takes All at Martinsville

by Tom O'Leary on April 3rd, 2014

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The NASCAR iRacing Series moved to the state of Virginia for Week 6 at Martinsville Speedway – also known as the Worlds Fastest Paperclip. The .526 mile track would completely change the sim-racers’ driving style from the previous week at Auto Club Speedway as Martinsville requires pin-point accuracy on the slow, tight corners – and the trust in your setup to get on the power as early as possible to maximise your speed on the relatively short straights. In this regard, it is either a popular or hated track due to it being completely unique in its design and with almost no banking it proved tough to run two-wide, lap after lap. In the first race of the Fixed series, it was Timmy Hill who took to the checkered in [...]

Majeski in Control at Langley

April 3rd, 2014

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Langley SLM

Week 9 saw the NASCAR iRacing.com Super Late Model Series venture to Hampton, VA to take-on Langley Speedway.  Langley is one of the flattest tracks in the area with just 6 degrees of a banking and measuring at just .395 miles in length.  Turning 90 laps here tested the sim-racers, especially on a night when weather conditions were more of a factor then car contact.  In the 2650 SoF feature race of the week Ty Majeski would share the front row with Richard Bruce. Lead changes would not be a factor in this race as Majeski took control from the drop of the green flag to the checkers, leaving his fellow sim-racers to decide who was gonna play second fiddle.  Early on it was a tight three car battle with [...]

Cooke Wins in Kentucky

by Seth Eggert on April 2nd, 2014

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Racing Game

Week Nine of the 2014 Season 1 iRacing.com IndyCar Oval Series sent the series to Kentucky Speedway. 50 sim-racers participated in online races throughout the week. Pit stops, along with stability on restarts — and in Turns 3 and 4 — would be the stories throughout the week. Matt Cooke (Canada) started on pole, with Connor Cross (Ohio) on the outside of the front row. Christopher Demeritt (New Jersey) started third, with Erick Davis (Canada) fourth, and Vick Caudill (Michigan) rounded out the top five starting positions. Cross got off to a good start, but had to check up when Cooke spun his tires. Cooke easily held the lead with Cross’ loss of momentum as the field behind them settled into a single file rhythm within a lap. The front [...]

Buchberger Thrashes to Victory at Bristol

by Brooks Westfall on April 2nd, 2014

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Action was found all over Bristol last Thursday

After an exciting, draft-filled week of sim-racing on the virtual plains of Kansas, the iRacing Silver Crown Cup traveled east to the last great (digital) colosseum: Bristol Motor Speedway. This half-mile re-creation of the historic speedway produced some classic sim-racing during Thursday night’s event. With drivers having such experience with this car/track combination, the yellow flag flew just twice during 100 laps at Thunder Valley. Thomas Wargula snatched the pole position from Paul Williams and  Brandon Buchberger. After leading for 19 laps, Wargula ran into trouble, going multiple laps down, ultimately finishing  16th, more than a dozen laps down. Following the trouble, Buchberger took the lead. But Vinnie Sansone was not about to go down without a fight. Throughout the night, Sansone was looking for every gap possible to make [...]

Gernot Fritsche Wins at VIR, Expands Lotus 79 Championship Lead

by Marc Dorval on April 2nd, 2014

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The ninth week of the 2014 Season 1 Classic Lotus Grand Prix iRacing Series was held at the beautiful and terrifying Virginia International Raceway this past Sunday. Terrifying? Consider that only 23 drivers elected to take part (of whom 19 are regular CTC members), and that only four warm-up races were able to get adequate participation. Many drivers worried about their Safety Ratings, reputation damage, and overall embarrassment on this fast, tricky, and dangerous track. Matt Pawelski of RAM Viceroy won three of the four warm-up races. Family issues prevented him from sitting on the grid on Sunday, however. Essex Lotus’ Gernot Fritsche won the fourth warm-up race this week. Ligier Gitanes’ Andrea Ventura won pole position at the starting line with an excellent time of 1:37.913, while Fritsche’s 1:38.042 [...]

Sobo Goes All “Survivor” On XCAL

by Sai Andra on April 1st, 2014

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It was certainly an interesting week for XCAL. This time we were at South Boston, located in Virginia, just sixty miles east of that oval racing mecca: Martinsville. Taking the green flag for 250 laps was our pole sitter Aaron Hillibush, with a lot of competitive drivers, including Mark Arthur, Richard Hollyday and Brock Colson in pursuit. His lead would be short lived as he was hooked by Hollyday and sent into the wall, knocking out the toe and sending him clear back to 10th. The first caution of the race came out with a lapped car getting hooked on Mark’s bumper and going into the wall. The next 40 laps saw a back-and-forth battle between the top two of Mark and Brock dotted by intermittent yellows, until the wreck [...]

Glacier Racing Get It Done At Suzuka

by Wil Vincent on April 1st, 2014

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The first two rounds of the 2014 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series storyline had a multitude of threads: The classic battle between 3id Motorsports and Team Redline, fantastic, close racing, and, a rare DNF for three time champion Greger Huttu.  As well, one team were starting to make a solid impression in the series outside of the Big Two, namely, Glacier Racing. Some poor qualifying and bad luck meant that we didn’t know what their ‘true’ speed was, however drivers and fans alike sensed it was only a matter of time before the Glacier racers would get all the pieces of the puzzle together and really shine.  That is precisely what happened at Suzuka International Circuit. The Figure 8 racetrack is unique in motor racing, and has had many [...]

Home race at iRacing Brasil: Interlagos!

by Thiago Izequiel on April 1st, 2014

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Starting grid at Interlagos, the 8th race of iRacing Brasil begins.

Versão em português abaixo The eighth race of iRacing Brasil’s schedule took place on March 25th. Races at the Brazilians’ home track, Interlagos are always much anticipated by sim racers from the South American country. Because of this, all participants have a huge amount of practice hours and everyone aims for the first place even more. This mix usually results in exciting online races, achieving the pole position, his first of this season. Kaique has been fighting hard and finishing in the top five since the fourth race, at Silverstone this time was no different. One of the good surprises of this day, was to see Kaique Piropo finally achne. By his side on the first row was the RUF of  Bruno do Carmo, starting at this row for the [...]

Behind the Scenes – NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series – Auto Club Speedway

by Matt Holden on March 31st, 2014

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Today is Saturday.  Earlier in the week, Tuesday if you’re interested, our team did something we honestly weren’t expecting on Monday night.  We showed up to a brand new track and cleaned house.  “Max points,” as they say.  I could sit here and say “we” all night, but the truth is that I wasn’t there for the California race.  I was unable to be there due to a scheduling conflict, and it was just Nick and Peter for the 125 laps around Auto Club Speedway in Round Three of the 2014 NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series.  On Wednesday, I had an e-mail from iRacing News‘ own David Phillips.  It was addressed to both Nick and me offering us congratulations on winning the race.  There was a good one-liner that got a [...]

Kusheba Dominates at USA International

by Brian Tate on March 31st, 2014

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Kusheba delivered a big win at USA International over Daley, Atkinson and Alfalla.

The chase for the big prize in iRacing.com’s PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series has turned into a three horse race as the season heads into the home stretch.  Week 8 of the 12 weeks season saw Monroe, Connecticut’s Paul Kusheba power his way to four wins in as many starts — including one over his closest competitors — to extend his points lead heading into the final third of the schedule. USA International Speedway in Lakeland, Florida hosted Week 8 of the PEAK Stock Car Dreams National Series.  The 14 degree tight banked turns stand out as the 3/4-mile oval’s most unique features and once again, would provide some close quarter sim-racing. Kusheba entered the week with a 108 point lead over pro driver, Byron Daley.  Fellow pro driver, [...]

Bicca Wins Again; Paes Still Leads at iRacing Brasil

by Thiago Izequiel on March 31st, 2014

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Race start, but not for long. The 1st caution would come at turn 1.

As iRacing Brasil approachs the final moments of NASCAR Pro Series championship, it is still unpredictable to know the next champion of the Brazilian league. So far, seven races and five different winners, with Marcos Bicca winning again at Auto Club Speedway, the last race. Marcos also won at Bristol, showing his skills at two tracks, which require very different driving styles and strategies to make it to the top. But Anderson Paes and Igor Kops are still on the top, separated by only nine points. Bicca came up six positions at the standings and is 43 points behind Paes, the leader until now. With two consecutive wins, can Bicca still fight for the title on the remaining three races? Auto Club Speedway saw a new pole position for Anderson [...]

Spectacular Skippies at Spa

by Justin Sutton on March 31st, 2014

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Townend hangs onto P1 through Eau Rouge and down the Kemmel Straight.

There is only one Circuit de Spa Francorchamps.  Few tracks boast the kind of  history of Spa; even fewer can match the exhilaration of a fast lap through the Ardennes.  When the four dozen competitors from the UK&I Skip Barber league lined-up for the run down to La Source the excitement was palpable.  Blake Townend kicked-off his weekend just the way he wanted grabbing pole with a 2:46.389 from Jonathan Maycock, Sebastian Job, and Wojciech Swirydowicz.  Marc Mercer could only manage P6, sandwiched behind Simon Povey and ahead of George Streetley, meaning before the lights went out Mercer’s 44 point gap was already in jeopardy.  The start was clean as the 48 (!) cars filed through Turn One without incident and Townend actually managed to maintain his lead down the [...]

Radicals Wide Open as Drop Weeks Approach

by Katier Scott on March 31st, 2014

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Championship standings figure to be shuffled when drop weeks come into play.

n paper Tom Lanpheer is utterly dominating 2014 Season 1 of the iRacing.com Radical Challenge series; however dig a little deeper and his strong 158 point lead looks less secure. Maurice Dietzel is consistantly outscoring the championship leader, lies just three points off second and another 200 point haul will almost certainly halve the lead. Kimi Asumaniemi in fourth, is also looking threatening, while seventh- placed Simon Hulbert has proved to have the pace. Some luck and consistency will easily close his 400 point deficit to the lead. He has two terrible weeks, and a zero point week. Three 200 point scores in the next weeks should bring him right up to Lanpheer on the table. Road Atlanta was the venue for the eighth round of this fantastic season and [...]