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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.
  • 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 iRacing.com 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
    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.

  • 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
    Contributor

    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 iRacing.com 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
    Contributor

    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
    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.
  • 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.

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – Tornado Alley!

by Scott Smith on May 11th, 2015

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Although the chances of a twister breaking out and causing massive damage within the simulator are nil, certain race tracks can often leave sim-racers with the feeling of being spun like a top and dumped on their heads.  This week — getting back in-sync with our real-world counterparts — the iRacing NASCAR Camping World Trucks will be doing battle on the 1.5-mile tri-oval Kansas Speedway.  In race track years, the speedway is still but a child, with this year marking its 14th year of existence.  However, July of 2011 saw the speedway renovate, which included a repave and the addition of a new progressive banking from 17-20 degrees in the corners.  Often times, when a race track is repaved it lends itself to being a fast, one-groove surface.  For a [...]

Huttu Takes Seventh Straight at The Glen

May 11th, 2015

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A Huttu win at The Glen joins death and taxes as one of life's certainties . . .

Two things have become true in recent years when considering the iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series during the Month of May. First, there’s a trip to Watkins Glen International on the horizon, and second, Greger Huttu is guaranteed to win a race. Every year since joining the iRacing.com service, the four time world champion has won a race in motorsport’s greatest month, and this is helped to a large degree due to the fact that he has won each of the half dozen previous visits to the 11 corner racetrack in series history. In fact, the only time the Team Redline leader has failed to win a virtual race in the State of New York came in 2009, where he lost to Richard Towler by ¼ of a second. [...]

Gooden’s Tactical Success

May 11th, 2015

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The Pro Mazdas headed to the second and final part of their Japanese tour by taking a week to race at the Suzuka International Racing Course. 14 drivers headed out to the 18 turn, 5.807km circuit to compete in Week 7 of the season. Once again many familiar names took to the grid, with Wyatt Gooden being the highest profile – and most prolific – among them. Living up to this reputation, Gooden took yet another pole position although a new, up and coming name – a Dutchman, Ghovand Keanie – took up the second position on the grid, only 3 thousandths of a second behind his American rival! The online race would be not be an easy one to run away with; sweeping corners and long straight meant draft [...]

AOR Drama @ COTA

by Justin Sutton on May 8th, 2015

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Knowlden makes an early exit.

With a 17 point lead over the rest of the field, Justin Brunner went to Circuit of the Americas in a comfortable position after his back-to-back podiums in the AOR Pro Mazda Championship’s second season.  Kerry Knowlden had shown signs of weakness at Barber Motorsports Park after qualifying outside of the front row for the first time in the league’s history, coupled with an off-track moment that gave him a DNF last time out.  The reigning champion’s struggles would continue at COTA, after a dismal qualifying in seventh position.  Knowlden’s teammate, Phil Reid, took pole for the 32 lap race of the West configuration, but would share the front row with the current championship leader Brunner. Brunner pressured Reid at Turn One from the outside of the corner, but Reid [...]

NASCAR iRacing Series Recap: Week 10 Talladega

by James Falcon Pratt on May 8th, 2015

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Wednesday’s NASCAR iRacing Series race at Talladega Superspeedway went green from start to finish, requiring us all to pit from full speed, and the sim racing was great. As the cars left the track for the pits in teams or groups working together I moved up the standings from 16th on Lap 34 to second on Lap 41 as the only other driver, Gregory McKnight, to stay out as long as I did headed into the pits himself on Lap 42. This left me all alone to lead Lap 42 as I waited until the following lap to stop. I returned to the track way back in P13 some 9.13s back of the leader and with no drafting partners. A lap or two later I ran up behind the 30 [...]

Buccialia’s iSS Daytona Win Reinstated

by Evan Posocco on May 8th, 2015

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Buccialia’s iSS Daytona Win Reinstated

It was announced late Thursday evening in a press briefing at the virtual Talladega Superspeedway Media Center, site of this week’s iSuperSpeedway.com Racing Series event, that the iSS Appeals Board had come to a conclusion. Based on a decision was reached by a review of race replay footage by the appeals committee, in response to appeals from both the #94 team, and the #14 team, the finishing order, that was modified two times while in Daytona, has yet again been changed. Initially, it was the #94 of Frank Buccialia who crossed the line in the first position, in front of the #14 of Robby Roy, followed by the #20 of Matt Bontempi. Bontempi, who had exited corner 4 on the final lap of the race in the lead, appeared to [...]

Rundell, Hoffman Highlight Season

May 8th, 2015

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It was only months ago that the stars of the Red Sox Racing League spent the better part of 2014 battling in some of the latest GT3 equipment – complete with McLaren MP4-12Cs, BMW Z4s, and RUF Rt-12s each vying for victories. As the competitors worked to complete a third straight season of mixed GT racing, just about all signs pointed to more and more of the same for seasons to come. Yet, unbeknownst to many, save for members of the league’s board of directors or those closely related, the RSR brand of racing wasn’t in its strongest state. “Going GT3 racing is a no-brainer. There’s no arguing that when it comes to sportscar racing, GT3-spec vehicles are incredibly popular, versatile, and will be so for the foreseeable future. But, [...]

iRacing.com Signs As Primary Sponsor For Ty Majeski For 2015

by David Phillips on May 6th, 2015

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Majeski will carry the iRacing colors throughout the 2015 season.

2014 ARCA Midwest Tour Champion Plans Aggressive Schedule for New Season iRacing.com, the world’s leading online motorsports simulation service, is joining forces with Ty Majeski to sponsor the 2014 ARCA Midwest Tour champion and Rookie of the Year during the 2015 season.  A mechanical engineering student at the University of Wisconsin, the 20 year old Majeski is one of stock car racing’s rising stars and, with more than 735 wins to his credit on iRacing’s service, is already acknowledged as one of the world’s top sim racers. iRacing.com has more than 60,000 members worldwide including scores of professional race drivers in IndyCar, sports car racing and all three major NASCAR touring series who participate in “sim racing” for fun and to sharpen their skills. “I firmly believe that iRacing has [...]

Mojica Wins RSR Season Finale, 2015 Season 2 Title in Midnight Thunder Truck Series

by Evan Posocco on May 6th, 2015

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Pedro Mojica parlayed his second pole on the season to take win #5 on the year  (and third in the final four events) to lock-up the title.

The Real Sim Racing Midnight Thunder Speedway Series hit the 1.5 mi oval at Homestead Miami Speedway in Dade County, Florida, for the season finale in the 2015 Season 2 racing campaign. The Midnight Thunder series has been around for some time now, running Friday evenings/Saturday mornings at midnight for east coast drivers, and 9:00pm for west coast drivers. Each season takes up about the same amount of time (10-12 weeks of racing) as each quarterly iRacing official season. Headed into the final event (which was broadcast LIVE on LSRTV as Part 2 of a special double header feature, including the iSuperSpeedway.com Racing Series event from Daytona beforehand), there were only two drivers with a mathematical chance of driving away on top. Pedro Mojica, entered the championship event boasting a [...]

Boes Pulls Pocono Upset

by Jason Lofing on May 6th, 2015

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Boes played the fuel strategy game perfectly at Pocono to notch his first NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze win.

Allen Boes scored the first win of his NASCAR PEAK Antifreeze Series Powered by iRacing career on Tuesday night at Pocono Raceway, becoming the most improbable winner thus far in 2015. Boes ran near the back for most of the race and narrowly avoided two wrecks before pit strategy enabled him to stay out for the last run of the race and attempt to stretch his fuel mileage to the finish. The gamble paid off, barely, as Boes crossed under the checkers running on fumes. Danny Hansen played the same strategy and finished second despite two spins early in the race. Series point leader Kenny Humpe settled for third after once again having the dominant car, while Tyler Hill and Landon Harrison rounded- out the top five. “Just kept hoping [...]

Not Just a Game

by David Phillips on May 5th, 2015

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Editor’s note:  The following is an excerpt from the cover story of the June, 2015 edition RaceTech magazine.  Click here to read the complete article starting on page 30.  iRacers can also take advantage of a special 50% discount in a subscription to RaceTech by going to the magazine’s web site and entering the code IR50. IT SEEMS ages since Jacques Villeneuve set tongues wagging by mentioning he used racing video games to learn unfamiliar circuits whilst transitioning from Indy cars to Formula 1. Some 20 years on, motorsports simulation has become integral to manufacturer and race team programmes at all levels of the sport. Only the most senior of old-school drivers does not hone his or her skills “in the sim”, be it the multimillion-dollar, full-motion machines found at [...]

Mivano’s STC Blue Cup Double

by Riccardo Schiavan on May 5th, 2015

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Round 2: Montreal A great performance for Mivano Thrustmaster X Team saw them capture first and third place in the second round of the STC Blue Cup at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.  The win came after a 30 second penalty was assessed to Aday Coba Lopez (Iberica Racing Team). With this added time Aday was relegated from first to fourth position. A fierce duel between Aday Coba Lopez (IRT) and Juan Jose Sanchez (Odox) characterized the race.  Starting from first and second positions, they put up a great battle right from the beginning of the race, with Jose taking the lead after the first corner. The great battle went on with several overtakes until contact on Lap 23: Aday had a great exit from the hairpin, Juan Jose tried [...]

iRacing Grand Prix Series in Full Flow

by Cam Stark on May 4th, 2015

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Inches from disaster.

We may be starting the iRacing Grand Prix Series articles a bit late in the season, but as they say – “better late than never!” With six weeks down and six weeks to go, the famous “Temple of Speed” otherwise known as Autodromo Nazionale Monza or simply “Monza” welcomed drivers for Week 7 of 2015 Season 2 of the iGPS season. For road drivers wishing to achieve their PRO license this series is the stepping stone they must take in order to reach that rarefied level. Only the top 15 drivers this season (and in Season 1, which has already passed) will achieve their ambition, whilst some will be left to rue missed chances. With Saturday and Sunday being the located Strength-of-Field slots this is where the ambitious A class [...]

Get to Know: Nelson Rivera

by David Ifeguni on May 4th, 2015

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Rivera is gunning for a 5000 iRating in 2015.

New York iRacer Nelson Rivera has been around the online racing service for a while, eight years and two months to be exact. A member since March of 2007, the soon-to-be-fifty year old is a well-seasoned veteran of iRacing and has achieved a lot in his sim racing career. In 632 total oval starts, he has amassed 27 victories and 235 top five finishes. In addition, he has also made it to the virtual championship stage in several series’ on iRacing, most recently in 2011 when he captured the overall championship in Season 1 of the NASCAR iRacing Class B Series Fixed. Join me in learning more about Nelson Rivera in this week’s edition of Get to Know: Q:     What attracted you to racing in the first place? A:     I [...]

Bontempi Takes Checkered & iSS Chase Berth Following Penalties to Bontempi and Roy

by Evan Posocco on May 4th, 2015

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Matt Bontempi (foreground), slides through the grass P3 after leading out of the final turn, as Frank Buccialia and Robby Roy (background) cross the line first and second. The win would later go to Bontempi after both the #94 and #14 were penalized.

There was no question it would be a historical evening in the iSuperSpeedway.com Racing Series, when the series debuted at the Daytona circa 2007 circuit for the first time. Ever since the Season 4 schedule was released late in the chase for the Season 3 championship, this date on the calendar remained one of the most talked about story lines, even with a head to head championship battle in progress. The Daytona circa 2007 track on the iRacing simulation is the Daytona International Speedway as it was when it was first scanned into the sim in 2007. This meaning that this track, which is now no longer used for official series racing, was the only DIS to race on for the longest time as it was accurate to the real [...]

From A Dig Motorsports’ “Tough Trucks” – The Magic Mile!

by Scott Smith on May 4th, 2015

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Not the way we drew-up the start: getting together with on the first lap.

When the average person thinks of New Hampshire they might conjure up images of lobsters the size of small children, overflowing sugar-filled Fluffernutter sandwiches, and dialects missing the hard “r” sound.  However, NASCAR fans often think of something totally different; the small town of Loudon, more specifically, New Hampshire Motor Speedway. This year the Granite State’s flat track celebrates its 25th birthday, and also begins year 22 of hosting races for NASCAR’s top division.  Over the years the speedway has seen fatal accidents, situations that have influenced positive rule changes, and, of course, great racing.  In only a quarter of a century, The Magic Mile has certainly earned its nick name and has become a unique stop for the world of stock car auto racing. At the beginning of this [...]

Tough Times in Richmond

by Jake Hayes on May 4th, 2015

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Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug . . .

Week 8 of the 2015 NASCAR iRacing Series Open takes us to another southern short track, Richmond International Raceway.  I enjoy sim racing at Richmond, but I don’t always get good results. I either finish well here or get involved in a crash, sometimes both. I had a good run here last year in the spring, resulting in a fifth place finish. Hopefully I can stay out of the chaos and collect another top five. The wall can come up on you quick at Richmond. I have railed the wall off both Turn 2 and 4 at Richmond many times when I felt like I could easily make it off the corner. Richmond also is a  general tight feeling track , causing drivers to put too much wheel into the [...]

Burnin’ Rubber & Cash Short Track Style

by Dylan Schmidt on May 1st, 2015

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Daniel Smallwood started on pole and finished in Victory Lane at Richmond.

Hello again race fans, and welcome to this week’s edition of Burnin’ Rubber & Cash!  It has been a long two weeks for our race team as we battled with Bristol and Richmond in consecutive weeks, but I’m pleased to say we survived and made some money in the process! You might recall that we ended our last edition with a dominating win at Texas.  I’m pleased to report that, while we didn’t exactly continue that high level of success, we did have a great finish at the World’s Fastest Half-mile as well as under the lights at Richmond.  We started out our race week by being introduced to the crowd at Bristol to AC-DC’s “Highway to Hell.”  I felt it was appropriate seeing as how we have a new [...]

Flawless Victory for Grigg-Gault

by Paul Slavonik on May 1st, 2015

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As the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas series officially passed the halfway mark of 2015 Season 2, fans were treated to an excellent display of skill and dedication at the hands of SDC Motorsports’ Ethan Grigg-Gault. For 30-laps at the historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Grigg-Gault took 18 of his fellow sim-racers to school as he demonstrated what true domination on a track looks like. Qualifying As qualifying began, it quickly became obvious that Grigg-Gault was the man to beat. Posting a time of 1:36.793, the SDC driver was the only competitot to get into the 36s which, unsurprisingly, landed him on the pole. Starting alongside Grigg-Gault was TTR’s Shaun Kelly. Filling out the remaining spots in the top-five were Grigg-Gault’s SDC cohorts Martin Carroll, Chad Chastain and Michael Fulcher. The Race [...]

A Race of Ups and Downs

by Cam Stark on April 30th, 2015

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Rabsztyn gets it wrong, ruining Jarvis' day in the process.

Twin Ring Motegi; two courses, one location. The Pro Mazdas would be using the 4.8km Road Configuration for their visit to the Japanese track,  up next week will be the Suzuka International Race course, which will conclude the Pro Mazdas’ tour over to Asia for consecutive weeks. Last season’s champion – Gregory Tanson – once again showed his quality in this vehicle by securing pole position for the highly competitive 4130 SOF (Strength-Of-Field) while Mark Jarvis also put in another strong qualifying showing by securing second position on the gird. These positions wouldn’t be easy to keep by the look of the calibre of the field directly behind. Wyatt Gooden and Justin Brunner lined up fourth and fifth respectively, but for their standards the only way they will be aiming [...]