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

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

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

  • Jeff Jacobs

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

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

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • Tom O'Leary

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

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

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

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

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

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

DTM adopts F1-style number choices

February 27th, 2015

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The DTM has followed Formula 1′s lead in allowing its drivers to choose their race number, starting from the 2015 season. Following on from F1 introducing the same rule a year ago, drivers can now choose their number for their DTM career, with numbers 2-99 available and number one reserved for the reigning champion. The series also published a full list of drivers’ choices for this season, with several drivers explaining their selection. Current champion Marco Wittmann revealed that his choice would have been #11 had he needed to choose, while Augusto Farfus (#18) and Nico Muller (#51) selected numbers from their early days in karting. Mattias Ekstrom (#5), Bruno Spengler (#7) and Timo Scheider (#10), all champions in the past, have selected the numbers that they won their first [...]

BMW pairs Blomqvist with Farfus

February 6th, 2015

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DTM rookie Tom Blomqvist will be paired with Augusto Farfus at Team RBM for the 2015 season. The Briton recently inked a DTM deal with BMW for the 2015 season, and it has now been announced that he will drive alongside four-time race winner Farfus with the Belgium-based squad. In other BMW driver news, Antonio Felix da Costa has been moved over to the famous Schnitzer team for his sophomore season in the DTM. The Portuguese driver, who finished 21st last year for Team MTEK, will partner Martin Tomczyk in his 15th season as a DTM driver. Bruno Spengler, meanwhile, will make the opposite move, switching from Schnitzer to MTEK for the new season to partner ex-Formula 1 racer Timo Glock. The only BMW team that remains unchanged from 2014 [...]

Blomqvist lands BMW DTM drive

February 2nd, 2015

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European Formula 3 runner-up Tom Blomqvist has secured a BMW DTM drive for the 2015 season. The 21-year-old Briton, who edged out 2015 Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen to take second in European F3 behind Esteban Ocon last year, impressed BMW in an evaluation test at Jerez in December. “I cannot put into words just how delighted I am to have been signed up by BMW Motorsport,” said Blomqvist. “After the test in Spain, I was able to envisage just how it would feel to be a BMW works driver and regularly push myself to the limit in the BMW M4 DTM. “Now I have the opportunity to do just that – and it’s just fantastic.” Blomqvist completes BMW’s DTM line-up for the new season, and takes the [...]

Paffett to lead ART’s DTM campaign

January 30th, 2015

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Gary Paffett will lead ART Grand Prix’s driver line-up in 2015, as the team embarks on its first season of DTM racing with Mercedes. The Briton, who has been part of Mercedes’ main HWA squad since 2009, has made the switch to the DTM newcomer where he will partner series rookie Lucas Auer. According to Paffett, his switch will not only help ART get up to speed quicker, but give him some fresh motivation after a tough 2014 season. “They wanted an experienced driver to help them get up to speed as quickly as possible,” Paffett told AUTOSPORT. “They are incredibly competitive in everything they do, and their technical ability is very high, so I have no doubt that they have the ability to, at the very least, compete with [...]

Mercedes brings Auer into DTM

January 29th, 2015

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Former European Formula 3 frontrunner Lucas Auer will join the DTM with Mercedes for the 2015 season. The 20-year-old Austrian has finished fourth in the last two European F3 campaigns, using Mercedes power both times, and first tested the brand’s DTM car at Jerez in December last year. Auer is the second new signing Mercedes has announced this week, following confirmation that GT ace Maximilian Gotz will also make the step up to the DTM. “Joining the DTM is an important step in my career,” said Auer. “I’m really proud to be part of the Mercedes family. Testing towards the end of last year in Jerez de la Frontera was a fantastic experience. “I can’t wait to get back in the car and continue preparations for my DTM debut. “I [...]

Gotz lands Mercedes DTM race seat

January 26th, 2015

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Blancpain Sprint Series champion Maximilian Gotz will race for Mercedes in the DTM in 2015, the German manufacturer has announced. Gotz, who has established himself as a GT star in Mercedes machinery in recent years, switches across from the marque’s ‘customer sports programme’ to its full-factory DTM effort. “The moment when I first found out that I will be racing in the DTM in 2015 will stay with me for a very long time,” said the 28-year-old. “It’s a mega feeling to know that the success I achieved with different teams over the years during my time with the AMG customer sports programme was being closely monitored by the racing bosses at Mercedes-Benz. “It’s a little bit like a dream come true – I will be doing everything I can [...]

British quartet get BMW DTM auditions

November 30th, 2014

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Four young British drivers will have a chance to sample BMW’s DTM car this week, as part of the brand’s post-season test. BMW’s DTM teams will all be in action at Jerez this week between Tuesday and Thursday, running for the first time since the season came to a close at Hockenheim in October. The test will feature four British drivers having their first taste of DTM machinery, with European Formula 3 runner-up Tom Blomqvist, Indy Lights runner-up Jack Harvey, GP3 champion Alex Lynn and Formula E race winner Sam Bird all to taking part. The quartet of Brits will be joined by Kiwi Richie Stanaway, who finished eighth in this year’s GP3 series, as well as BMW factory sportscar driver Lucas Luhr and 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robin [...]

ART joins DTM with Mercedes

November 29th, 2014

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Multiple single-seater champion team ART Grand Prix will join the DTM in 2015 as Mercedes increases its line-up to eight cars. Mercedes fielded just seven cars in 2014, one less than stipulated by a standing agreement between the three manufacturers in the DTM. As late as the end of September, Mercedes was still predicting it would only field seven cars again in 2015, which sparked an angry reaction from both Audi and BMW. But now the three-pointed star has officially confirmed there will be eight C-Coupes on the grid next season, and that ART will join HWA and Mucke Motorsport under the Mercedes banner. ART and Mercedes already have a long history, the French team having used Mercedes power in European Formula 3 from 2003-10. ART also took both of [...]

Award finalists evaluation under way

October 29th, 2014

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The two on-track assessment days for the 26th McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award took place at Silverstone earlier this week. Formula Renault Eurocup frontrunner Alexander Albon, FR Northern European Cup champion Ben Barnicoat and title rival Seb Morris, British Formula Ford runner-up Harrison Scott, BRDC Formula 4 champion George Russell and series race winner Sennan Fielding took part in the two-day process. The finalists are competing for a McLaren Formula 1 test drive – which 2013 winner Matt Parry completed during the assessment days – as well as £100,000, full BRDC membership and a Arai GP-6 RC carbon helmet. Having previously completed simulator and fitness assessments, the drivers began the on-track evaluation, which took place on the Grand Prix circuit after being moved from the International layout, on Monday with old- [...]

Analysis: Debate over DTM format

October 28th, 2014

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After a season of debate over its race format in 2014, the DTM declared at its season finale that its race format will be overhauled for next year. The series made big changes for this season in an attempt to simplify its races, limiting strategic options and making the race easier for spectators to follow. However, its 2014 solution came under fire, as the races were effectively divided into two halves and nearly all of the drivers pitted on the same lap due to restrictions on the use of the faster ‘option’ tyre. Hans Werner Aufrecht, boss of series promoter ITR, has already revealed that the ‘option’ tyre will be dropped for next year, but he added that not much more has been decided. “The message sent out by the [...]

Wehrlein set to stay in DTM over GP2

October 22nd, 2014

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Mercedes has hinted that Formula 1 reserve Pascal Wehrlein is likely to stay in the DTM next season, although it has not ruled out the German switching to GP2. Wehrlein, who last month became the youngest winner in DTM history with victory at the Lausitzring, is currently the official reserve driver for Mercedes’ F1 team, and recently drove a Formula 1 car for the first time at Portimao. According to motorsport boss Toto Wolff, the test proved that Wehrlein has a future in Formula 1. “He has developed incredibly well,” said Wolff. “We put in him an F1 car at Portimao, which is a very technical circuit with hills and dips. “I was there, and in the car the lad looked like he’d been driving F1 cars his whole life. [...]

Ekstrom denies Green Hockenheim win

October 19th, 2014

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Mattias Ekstrom backed up his first DTM win of 2014 at Zandvoort three weeks ago with a hard-earned victory ahead of Mike Rockenfeller and Jamie Green in the Hockenheim finale. The race came down to a straight fight between Ekstrom and Audi team-mate Jamie Green, although the battle wasn’t wheel-to-wheel. Green, having started on the softer tyre, jumped out to an early lead, and had more than 20 seconds up his sleeve over hards-shod Ekstrom when the cycle of pitstops kicked into life. At that point Ekstrom switched to the softer, faster rubber and started hunting Green down, the Briton having made the opposite switch. With six laps to go the race was set to go down to the wire, Ekstrom just 4.8s behind the leader and closing in fast, [...]

DTM drops option tyres for 2015

October 19th, 2014

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The DTM will drop option tyres from its sporting regulations for 2015. It was announced during the Hockenheim weekend that just a single compound tyre will be used next season, spelling an end to the DTM’s option tyre era. The decision comes as part of what will likely be a wider ranging change of the sporting regulations, which have at times been criticised this season, particularly with the option tyre usage rule essentially forcing all cars to pit at the same time. “The many letters, emails and messages on the social networks that reached us during the season show one thing in particular: the races have to be decided behind the steering wheel and not behind the computer, and even less behind the green table,” said ITR chairman Hans Werner [...]

Molina takes final pole of 2014

October 18th, 2014

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Miguel Molina led an Audi 1-2-3 in the final DTM qualifying session of the 2014 season at Hockenheim. Molina and team-mate Mattias Ekstrom staged an impressive battle for pole in the closing minutes of Q3, Molina replacing the former champion at the top with a 1m33.316s with 90 seconds of the sessions remaining. Ekstrom fell just short of retaking top spot at the flag, his final effort a 1m33.332s, hading Molina pole for the second time in a Hockenheim finale, the Spaniard fastest in qualifying at the Baden-Wurttemberg circuit back in 2011. “It always feel really good,” Molina said. “We had some tough moments during the season, so this always helps to keep the confidence.” Edoardo Mortara, who was just eighth quickest in Q2, rounded out the Audi hat-trick by [...]

Wittmann tops practice at Hockenheim

October 18th, 2014

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Recently-crowned 2014 DTM champion Marco Wittmann set the pace in practice for the final race of the season at Hockenheim. The BMW driver was third quickest in the first hour-long session, before rocketing to the top just minutes from the end of second session with an unbeatable 1m33.585s effort. Joey Hand made it a BMW one-two with his own late improvement, setting a 1m33.690s inside the last five minutes of the second session, having been just 21st quickest in practice one. Miguel Molina was another driver to find pace between the two sessions, the Audi driver going from seventh fastest in FP1 to third fastest in FP2 with a 1m33.771s. Mike Rockenfeller and Antonio Felix da Costa were fourth and fifth fastest respectively in FP2, while Adrien Tambay, Timo Glock [...]

Audi launches one-make series for TT

October 17th, 2014

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Audi has officially launched a new one-make series, with the Audi Sport TT Cup set to feature on the DTM schedule in 2015. The one-make series, based on the new Audi TT, will replace the outgoing VW Scirocco R-Cup as Germany’s entry-level tin-top series. The front-wheel-drive Audi Sport TT Cup car will produce 310 horsepower with its two-litre TFSI engine – with an extra 30 horsepower available as push-to-pass – and will weigh 1125 kilograms. There will be 24 cars on the grid, 18 of which will be for regular series drivers and six of which will be reserved for VIP drivers, such as journalists, celebrities and retired professional drivers. The calendar will feature six DTM races, five of which will be in Germany, with a non-German race to be [...]

Paffett extends Mercedes DTM deal

October 17th, 2014

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Gary Paffett will continue to be a Mercedes driver in the DTM in 2015, the team has confirmed. Paffett is the first Mercedes driver to be officially announced for 2015. Confirmation of his place in the team came as part of an announcement that European electronic retailer Euronics has extended its sponsorship deal with Mercedes for next season. The 2015 season will be Paffett’s 12th in the DTM, the Briton having made his debut with Mercedes back in 2003, and competed in every season since except for 2006. In that time he has won 19 DTM races, more than any other driver, and was crowned champion in 2005. It remains unclear exactly how many C-Coupes will be on the grid next season, with Mercedes yet to confirm its re-expansion to [...]

Mercedes to run new cars in finale

October 1st, 2014

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Mercedes will field seven new-specification DTM cars at the season finale at Hockenheim. The brand ran the first of its new-spec cars at Zandvoort in the hands of Christian Vietoris, with six more set to follow for the final round of the 2014 season. The car, which features heavily updated aerodynamics, was the quickest of the Mercedes in free practice at Zandvoort, before Vietoris qualified just 17th due to a power steering problem. In the race he was again the best of the Mercedes, coming home fifth after a safety car intervention greatly helped his standards-to-options tyre strategy. Despite the promising debut, Vietoris did not give much away about the performance of the new car when asked by AUTOSPORT. “It’s too early to say, to be honest,” he said. “When [...]

DTM switches to turbos for 2017

September 30th, 2014

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The DTM will switch to smaller turbocharged engines in 2017 as part of its joint technical agreement with Japan’s Super GT series. The two championships have shared common chassis and aerodynamic regulations since the start of this year, and it was originally planned for common engine specifications to be put into place for 2016. In 2017 the joint agreement will be extended to include engines through the new ‘Class One’ regulations, which will specify the powerplants for both series must be two-litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged units, which will generate around 600 horsepower. The Class One regulations will also include limits on testing and tyre specifications. The change spells the end of the four-litre V8 units that currently power the DTM. According to ITR chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht, the regulations – which [...]

Mortara handed grid penalty

September 28th, 2014

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Edoardo Mortara is the second Audi driver to be given a grid penalty for the penultimate DTM race of the season at Zandvoort. Mortara qualified third for the race, having been less than a tenth behind pole-sitter Mike Rockenfeller in Q3, but will now start from the back of the grid after his RS5 failed the post-session technical inspection. It was found the front diffuser on the Italian’s car was too low, resulting in the cancellation of his qualifying times. Mortara is the second Audi driver to be penalised following qualifying, with Mattias Ekstrom having already been handed a five-place grid penalty for impeding Gary Paffett during Q1. With Mortara and Ekstrom dropping backwards, fellow Audi drivers Jamie Green and Nico Muller will now occupy the second row on the [...]