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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.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, 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 Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributin 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.

  • 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
    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."

  • 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.

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    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.

  • 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.

Kovalainen gets BMW DTM test

August 25th, 2014

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Heikki Kovalainen is set to test a DTM car for BMW on Thursday. BMW Motorsport is testing its M4 DTM at the Lausitzring between Monday and Thursday this week, with the Finn scheduled to get some time behind the wheel on the final day. According to a BMW statement, it will be a chance for him to “gain an impression of the M4 DTM.” Kovalainen, 32, raced in 111 F1 grands prix for teams including Renault and McLaren, with which he won the 2008 Hungarian GP. His last full season in F1 was with Caterham in 2012, before he raced in the last two races of the ’13 season for Lotus, as a stand-in for Kimi Raikkonen after his countryman withdrew to undergo back surgery. The BMW [...]

Wittmann extends DTM lead with victory

August 17th, 2014

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Marco Wittmann put one hand firmly on the DTM championship trophy with victory at the Nurburgring. The RMG BMW driver barely put a foot wrong all afternoon in his heavily success-ballasted M4, making a perfect start and leading all bar one lap – the one during which he made his mandatory stop – on his way to his fourth win of the season. With Mattias Ekstrom retiring after the first lap with mechanical problems, Wittmann now has a whopping 64-point lead over the Swede, with just 75 points on offer across the remaining three races of the year. “The race was pretty good,” he said. “I had a good start, and good opening laps where I could make a gap. At the end of the race I was a bit [...]

Wittmann gives BMW Nurburgring pole

August 16th, 2014

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Marco Wittmann took his third pole position of the 2014 DTM season in comfortable fashion at the Nurburgring. Despite carrying maximum success ballast – making his BMW M4 up to 20kg heavier than the lightest of the Mercedes runners and 10kg heavier than all of the Audis – the current points leader was unstoppable in qualifying. In Q2, he was a full 0.444 seconds ahead of the field, before taking pole with a 1m22.780s lap in Q3, the fastest ever DTM pole lap at the Nurburgring. Behind Wittmann there was a train of Audis. Edoardo Mortara returned to some qualifying form to grab a front row starting spot, while reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller was third fastest. Jamie Green was fourth quickest, despite limiting his Q3 appearance to just a single [...]

Di Resta tops Nurburgring practice

August 16th, 2014

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Paul di Resta was the pacesetter across two weather-affected DTM practice sessions at the Nurburgring. Timing was key for the Mercedes driver, who set his best – a 1m23.578s – just seconds before the heavens opened halfway through the second session. With the track quickly becoming drenched, di Resta’s time was unbeatable in the second half of the session. Audi man Timo Scheider was another driver to make a late improvement before the rain, a 1m23.587s leaving him second, while points leader Marco Wittmann was third fastest for BMW. Antonio Felix da Costa was fourth quickest, ahead of Timo Glock, Adrien Tambay, Nico Muller and Daniel Juncadella. In the morning’s first session, the conditions were reversed. While the majority of the session was held in wet or damp conditions, the [...]

Wolff hits out at DTM stewards’ calls

August 6th, 2014

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Mercedes chief Toto Wolff has called for DTM stewarding decisions to be “in the best interests of the sport and of exciting racing”, in an open letter to series bosses. The Mercedes motorsport boss published the letter on Wednesday, following last Sunday’s DTM race at the Red Bull Ring, which saw race leader Robert Wickens lose any chance of victory thanks to a somewhat confusing drive-through penalty for unsafe release. It is still not clear if the penalty was meant for Wickens, or if stewards confused the Canadian’s car with the similar-looking Mercedes of Pascal Wehrlein, who made contact with race winner Marco Wittmann’s BMW during the stops. In the letter Wolff argued that Wickens release was not unsafe, and that the interest of the sport and the race should [...]

Mercedes adds F1 staff to DTM effort

August 4th, 2014

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Mercedes’ DTM programme has been given a significant staffing boost with the signing of Michael Wilson from the brand’s Formula 1 outfit. Wilson, who has been working for Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth, has made the switch to the DTM programme, where he will take on the role of head of race operations. According to Mercedes DTM boss Wolfgang Schattling, signing Wilson is a significant step in the technical restructuring that has been ongoing since Gerhard Ungar departed the team back in May. “His role means he’s responsible for the engineering and the technical side once we are at the tracks,” said Schattling. “This is part of our restructuring process, one of the key personnel. “He started to work with us on the first of August, so he [...]

Mercedes: Wickens did nothing wrong

August 3rd, 2014

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Mercedes DTM boss Wolfgang Schattling believes the stewards mistakingly penalised Robert Wickens instead of Pascal Wehrlein in what led to the Canadian being black-flagged at the Red Bull Ring. Wickens was penalised during the race for an unsafe release during the pitstops, following a touch-and-go moment with Timo Glock as the pair exited their respective pit boxes while scrapping over second place. But despite being given the drive-through on lap 28, Wickens didn’t stop until six laps later, after he had been black-flagged for not respecting the penalty. Schattling explained that the team decided to keep Wickens out based on their belief that the stewards had actually intended to give the penalty to Wehrlein, who made contact with race winner Marco Wittmann during the stops, but had made a mistake [...]

Wickens beats Glock to pole

August 2nd, 2014

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Robert Wickens took a last-gasp pole position in an exciting DTM qualifying showdown at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The Mercedes driver could not have waited any longer, storming to pole with a 1m25.175s flyer that came well after the chequered flag had started to fly. It was a recovery of sorts, the Canadian spinning on his first flying effort in Q3, before putting everything together to take his second pole of the season on his last flying lap. Wickens’ late effort spoilt BMW’s party, with Timo Glock seemingly on for pole, ahead of Marco Wittmann and Augusto Farfus. In the end, the trio were forced to settle for second, third and fourth respectively. Pascal Wehrlein was fifth for Mercedes, ahead of Brit Jamie Green, who was Audi’s sole [...]

Farfus fastest in DTM practice

August 2nd, 2014

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Augusto Farfus set the fastest time across the two DTM practice sessions at the Red Bull Ring. The BMW driver jumped to the top of the timing screen seven minutes before the end of the second hour-long session with a 1m25.641s lap, only to be immediately knocked off top spot by Mercedes driver Robert Wickens. But Farfus followed up with a string of faster laps, lowering the benchmark to an unbeatable 1m25.247s four minutes from time, more than 1.2 seconds faster than the best time he managed in FP1. Christian Vietoris wound up being second fastest in FP2, and best of the Mercedes drivers, with a 1m25.475s effort inside the final minutes of the session. He wasn’t the only late improver – Miguel Molina also did his fastest lap right [...]

DTM Drivers’ Association launched

August 2nd, 2014

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The DTM drivers have formed an official DTM Drivers’ Association. The DTMDA will operate independent of the manufacturers and series organisers, with the aim of improving communication and cooperation between the drivers, ITR and the Germany’s Motorsport Sport Association – the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund. Former DTM driver Manuel Reuter will front the DTMDA, while each manufacturer will also have a representative from the current driver crop, with Timo Scheider to represent Audi, Timo Glock representing BMW and Briton Gary Paffett to represent the Mercedes drivers. All active DTM drivers will be eligible to join the DTMDA. “First of all, I am honoured that the DTM drivers have put their trust in me, and that I am able to represent this select field of drivers in public,” said Reuter. “Based [...]

Martin takes first DTM win in Moscow

July 13th, 2014

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Maxime Martin converted his maiden DTM pole position into his first series win at Moscow Raceway. The Belgian, just five races into his DTM career, had an untroubled race, leading the entire race on his way to BMW’s third victory of the season. While Martin was the fastest man on the track, the win still needed a little bit of luck. His strategy wasl almose derailed on Lap 23 when Timo Scheider’s stranded Audi sparked a safety car, which could have brought the drivers who started on the harder tyre into the race. But a second, longer safety car period – caused when the best of the ‘hard starters’ Mike Rockenfeller crashed into Adrien Tambay at the restart – wound up giving Martin some breathing room for the short final [...]

Martin secures maiden DTM pole

July 12th, 2014

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Maxime Martin secured his first DTM pole position at Moscow Raceway. The Belgian, in his first season of DTM racing, comfortably progressed through Q1 with the fifth best time, before topping Q2 with a 1m28.523s, the fastest lap that has been set so far this weekend. Martin then capped off a stand out session with a 1m28.619s lap a minute from the end of Q3 to secure his first career pole and BMW’s third of the season so far. Bruno Spengler made it a BMW 1-2 with second, despite the 2012 series champion barely scraping into Q3 with the seventh fastest time. He was one of only two drivers to better his Q2 time in Q3, resulting in a front row start. Practice pacesetter Nico Muller finished third in his [...]

Muller fastest in Moscow practice

July 12th, 2014

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Nico Muller emerged from DTM free practice at Moscow Raceway as the pacesetter, finishing on top of an Audi 1-2-3 in the second session. The rookie was third fastest in the first hour long session, before improving on his morning time by more than half a second in the afternoon to set a best of 1m28.993s – the only time below 1m29s. Reigning champion and winner of last year’s race Mike Rockenfeller ended the day second fastest. The Phoenix driver jumped to the top of the second session with a 1m29.080s best 26 minutes in, before improving to a 1m29.007s five minutes from the end, having just been displaced from P1 by Muller. Mattias Ekstrom was in the top three in both sessions, going second fastest in FP1, before a [...]

Massa considered DTM switch

July 3rd, 2014

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Felipe Massa considered switching to the DTM this season before he landed a deal in Formula 1 with Williams. The Brazilian left Ferrari at the end of 2013 after eight years as one of the team’s race drivers, making way for Kimi Raikkonen to return as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate. Massa secured a deal alongside Valtteri Bottas at Williams for 2014, but during a visit to last weekend’s Norisring DTM race, he said that the German series was on his radar as a possible career option. “I was already considering it this year if I wasn’t staying in Formula 1,” said Massa, who was a guest of Williams engine supplier Mercedes. “I think it’s a great championship. I really like it. I’m always following the races. “It’s very competitive – I’ve [...]

Wickens beats di Resta to pole

June 28th, 2014

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Robert Wickens will start the Norisring DTM race from pole position for the second year running, after putting in a stunning set of laps on the streets of Nuremberg. With Mercedes living up to its practice hype and getting five cars into the top eight, pole position became a straight fight between Wickens and his HWA team-mate Paul di Resta in Q3. Both drivers were almost immediately into the 47s bracket, which hadn’t been done up until that point, with di Resta sitting on top with a few minutes left. But a late string of fast laps made the difference for Wickens, the Canadian first leap-frogging di Resta, and then lowering his own best time to a 47.883s to ensure pole position. “I was expecting it to be better here [...]

Mercedes on top at the Norisring

June 28th, 2014

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Robert Wickens and Daniel Juncadella were the pacesetters across the two DTM practice sessions at the Norisring, on a morning where Mercedes looked to be the form team. Given the lack of fast corners on the unique street circuit, Mercedes was confident coming into the weekend that it would at least be closer to Audi and BMW. On practice form it would appear that Mercedes will actually be the team to beat, with Daniel Juncadella topping the first session, before Robert Wickens set the best time of the day so far to top the second session with a 48.210s. Wickens was consistently quick across both of the one-hour sessions. In the first, he was seemingly on to be fastest, only to be relegated to second 90 seconds from the end [...]

Glock hits out at Audi behaviour

June 2nd, 2014

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Timo Glock has hit out at Edoardo Mortara’s aggressive driving during the pair’s battle in the Hungaroring DTM race, while Mortara insists he isn’t “upset” that Glock is unhappy. The pair spent much of the race scrapping over third place, Mortara making contact as he passed Glock at turn one on lap 23. He was forced to hand the position back, before the pair made contact again as Mortara went past at turn two after Glock ran slightly wide soon after. The paint-swapping continued until late in the race, when Mortara was able to pull away and claim fourth spot behind Bruno Spengler, while Glock ended up out of the points after crashing while trying to hold off the much faster Audi of Nico Muller on the last lap. After [...]

DTM rules decision due this week

June 2nd, 2014

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A decision on the time period for which 2014-specification DTM cars will be homologated for is expected to be made at a series commission meeting this week. The final deadline for 2014 homologation was at the end of Sunday’s race in Budapest, with the cars set to be fully homologated in that specification. Now, the DTM commission – which consists of representatives from promoter ITR, the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund (Germany’s MSA), and the three manufacturers – will meet to discuss whether the homologation will remain frozen only until the end of this season, or be extended into the future, as it was in 2012. “It’s actually not different to 2012,” said BMW’s motorsport boss Jens Marquadt. “We made new rules, and the approach was to make everything safe, spectacular, [...]

Wittmann takes commanding victory

June 1st, 2014

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Marco Wittmann became the first two-time winner of the 2014 DTM season after cruising to an easy win for BMW at the Hungaroring. While it was an action-packed race, none of the action involved the leader. Wittmann started from pole on the option tyre, had more than 40 seconds up his sleeve over the best of the option-shod runner after the compulsory stops were completed, and ultimately claimed a comfortable and very straightforward 6.6s win over Audi’s Miguel Molina. “It was important to hold the gap [after the stops], and that’s what happened,” said Witmmann, who now leads the championship. “It’s a great result, our second win in the season – unbelievable.” Molina’s race was similarly straightforward. Like Wittmann, he started on the option, and crucially managed to pass fellow [...]

Wittmann takes another DTM pole

May 31st, 2014

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Marco Wittmann will start from pole position for the second DTM race in a row after dominating qualifying at the Hungaroring. The BMW driver was untouchable throughout the three-part session, the Hockenheim winner topping Q1, Q2, and Q3 on his way to a second pole position and third front row start of the season. “Of course, it’s great,” said Wittmann. “Qualifying went pretty well through all the sessions. The car was pretty good, and I felt comfortable. To be on pole is a great effort for the team.” Timo Glock made it a BMW 1-2 with second place, the ex-Formula 1 driver falling just over two tenths short of pole position in Q3, while Miguel Molina was the best of the Audis – and the only non-BMW in the top [...]