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

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

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

  • Jeff Jacobs

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

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

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

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

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

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

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Matt Holden

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Thiago Izequiel

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

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

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

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

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

Dennis lined up for Mercedes test

October 1st, 2015

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The 2012 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner, Jake Dennis is set to test DTM machinery for the first time later this year with Mercedes. Dennis, fourth in the Formula 3 European Championship, will be part of the manufacturer’s line-up at the regular end-of-season young driver test. The 20-year-old races with the Mercedes-powered Prema Powerteam, and the brand’s top F3 drivers are traditionally invited to take part in the test, which is currently scheduled for the week commencing November 30. Felix Rosenqvist and Esteban Ocon turned laps at Jerez last year, with Ocon pairing his GP3 campaign with a role as Mercedes’ official DTM reserve driver in 2015. In addition to the F3 engine links, AUTOSPORT understands the Racing Steps Foundation has also been actively pursuing opportunities for Dennis to graduate [...]

Finalists: McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC

September 30th, 2015

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The six drivers fighting for this year’s McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award, and the prize Formula 1 test that goes with it, have been decided. Formula Renault Eurocup title challengers Ben Barnicoat, Jack Aitken and Jake Hughes will return to the Award shootout for a second time, while BRDC Formula 4 champion Will Palmer, MSA Formula contender Ricky Collard and MRF Challenge champion Toby Sowery are first-time finalists. The sextet will undergo fitness and simulator assessments, before a two-day test at Silverstone in Formula 2, DTM Mercedes and McLaren GT3 machinery later this month. Ex-F1 driver, 1992 World Sportscar champion and BRDC president Derek Warwick chairs the judging panel, which also comprises two-time British Touring Car champion Jason Plato, McLaren’s Andrew Kirkaldy and Mark Williams, leading circuit commentator Ian Titchmarsh, AUTOSPORT [...]

Audi hits out at Mercedes’ tactics

September 28th, 2015

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Audi has accused Mercedes of breaking an agreement between DTM manufacturers in orchestrating team orders to aid Pascal Wehrlein’s championship bid during Sunday’s Nurburgring race. With a slow pitstop, Wehrlein lost places to stablemates Maximilian Gotz and Daniel Juncadella and BMW’s Augusto Farfus, dropping from fifth to eighth in the effective order. Wehrlein was able to repass Farfus, but came under attack from Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller, who was the last driver to pit and emerged between the pair. RACE REPORT: Miguel Molina wins, Pascal Wehrlein close to title Without DRS, Wehrlein was unable to pull away from the 2013 champion, and Mercedes called on Juncadella and then Gotz to slow and then run between the pair as a buffer. In finishing fifth, Wehrlein holds an almost-unassailable 37-point advantage with one [...]

Molina wins, Wehrlein closes on title

September 27th, 2015

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Audi’s Miguel Molina claimed his maiden DTM victory at the Nurburgring, as Mercedes Formula 1 reserve Pascal Wehrlein put one hand on the title. Molina was never troubled from pole position, building a three-second buffer in the early stages. While Paul di Resta was on his tail following the mandatory pitstops, he romped away again to win by 7.5s. The Spaniard becomes the 12th different winner this season, as Mercedes’ di Resta and BMW’s Bruno Spengler ensured all three brands appeared on the podium. Tom Blomqvist was a lonely fourth, ahead of championship leader Wehrlein, who was in the thick of the action. After qualifying ninth, Wehrlein moved up to sixth early, and took fifth from Augusto Farfus with a move at the final corner. However, a slow pitstop and [...]

Audi’s Molina gets pole for race two

September 27th, 2015

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Audi driver Miguel Molina became just the fourth multiple polesitter of the 2015 DTM season by topping qualifying for Sunday’s Nurburgring race. The Spaniard, who led the way in practice, set his time of 1m21.732s inside the final minute, to finish a relatively comfortable 0.207 seconds clear of BMW rookie Tom Blomqvist, who also improved late. Despite being eliminated on the first lap on Saturday, Jamie Green remains an outside title chance, and he did his prospects no harm in qualifying third. Green is 48 points behind Pascal Wehrlein with 75 points on offer over the final three races, and it was a quiet session for the drivers ahead of him in the standings. Wehrlein will start ninth, Mattias Ekstrom 17th and Edoardo Mortara 20th, 0.782s off Molina’s pace having [...]

Spengler hits out at Audi drivers

September 26th, 2015

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BMW’s Bruno Spengler has hit out at the treatment he has received from Audi drivers in recent DTM rounds, following an incident-packed opening Nurburgring race. The 2012 champion was running second to victor Maxime Martin when Edoardo Mortara forced his way down the inside at Turn 1, with 12 minutes remaining. RACE REPORT: Martin wins after clash with Wehrlein Mortara found his way past after heavy contact between the pair, which damaged Spengler’s car, and the BMW driver retired after being swamped by the pack behind. The Canadian also dropped down the order in Sunday’s Oschersleben race a fortnight ago, following a clash with Jamie Green. “I’m very disappointed, quite pissed off actually,” Spengler said. “It’s the second time in a row that my race gets totally broken by an [...]

Martin wins after clash with Wehrlein

September 26th, 2015

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BMW’s Maxime Martin claimed his first DTM win of the season at the Nurburgring, despite a first-corner clash with championship leader Pascal Wehrlein. From third on the grid, Wehrlein got the best start, but he found Martin on the apex when he tried to take Turn 1. The pair made contact, damaging the front-right of Wehrlein’s Mercedes as he dropped to fourth. Following a separate incident further back, the race was red flagged and when the cars stopped on pit straight, Wehrlein made a beeline for Martin’s M4, smashing on the driver’s window before walking back to inspect his own car. “When there is contact you’re never really happy,” Martin said during the stoppage. “I locked up with the front and was right on the inside kerb, but he was [...]

Rookie Auer takes shock DTM pole

September 26th, 2015

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Mercedes rookie Lucas Auer claimed a surprise maiden DTM pole position for the Saturday Nurburgring race. The Formula 3 graduate, whose previous-best grid position of fifth at the Norisring was the only time he had qualified inside the top 10, vaulted to the top of the times with 30 seconds remaining. Auer’s lap of 1m21.915s pipped BMW’s Maxime Martin by just 0.084 seconds, as he became the DTM’s 12th different polesitter in 2015. The session was red flagged approaching the halfway mark, following separate crashes for Paul di Resta and Adrien Tambay. Martin moved to the top after the restart and led Mike Rockenfeller and Daniel Juncadella entering the final five minutes, but the trio sat out the closing stages. Championship leader Pascal Wehrlein will start third, with his primary [...]

Molina edges di Resta in DTM practice

September 25th, 2015

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Audi’s Miguel Molina edged out Mercedes driver Paul di Resta in Friday practice for the penultimate DTM round at the Nurburgring. Molina set his time of 1m22.861s with four minutes remaining, during a flurry of qualifying runs on new tyres. It was just 0.043 seconds ahead of 2010 champion di Resta, who also set his time at the end of the session, while Audi filled six of the top 10 places. Jamie Green sat atop the timesheets for the bulk of the 45 minutes, and was the only man below the 1m23s bracket, with a lap of 1m22.970s. While he didn’t improve in the last 10 minutes, he still ended the day third, ahead of Audi stablemate Mike Rockenfeller. Robert Wickens was sixth for Mercedes, ahead of championship leader Pascal [...]

DTM performance weights to change

September 21st, 2015

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The DTM’s contentious performance weight system will be revised for the 2016 season. Around a base weight of 1120kg, 2.5kg blocks are added and removed each weekend, according to manufacturer and driver results, within a window spanning 1105kg and 1140kg. It has had a bearing on results, particularly at Zandvoort, where BMW entries weighed 1105.31kg on average compared to 1126.86kg for Audi and 1128.75kg for Mercedes, and swept the top seven in Saturday’s race and the top five on Sunday. In the last round at Oschersleben, BMWs again tipped the scales 24.69kg lighter than Audi and 18.13kg lighter than Mercedes, and the brand swept the top four each day. From seven events in 2015, only once – at Moscow Raceway in August – has the same brand not won both [...]

Help AUTOSPORT pick Britain’s next star

September 17th, 2015

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Now is your chance to nominate drivers for the 2015 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award. The Award, which began in 1989, aims to find the best up-and-coming British racing talent. McLaren-Honda racer and 2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button is a former winner, as is DTM ace Paul di Resta, his rivals Gary Paffett and Jamie Green, and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti. Eligible drivers for this year’s prize must have been at least 16 years old and under 22 years old on March 1 2015, and a British Citizen. They must have competed in a single-seater championship up to and including non-FIA Formula 3 and not in any higher category during the current calendar year. Prizes for the 2015 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner include a McLaren F1 [...]

Glock took time to adapt after F1

September 16th, 2015

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Timo Glock says his two-year run between DTM victories was dominated by the process of “switching off his Formula 1 driving style”. After five seasons in F1 with Toyota and Marussia, Glock switched to the tin-top series in 2013 with BMW. He finished that first campaign with victory in Hockenheim’s season finale, but had only visited the podium on one more occasion before recording his second DTM victory, from his maiden pole position, at Oschersleben last Saturday. “In my Formula 1 times, I was watching this championship and I couldn’t understand and I couldn’t figure out why young kids come in from Formula 3 and they are just on top of it, really quick straight away,” he said, when asked by AUTOSPORT to describe the two years between wins. “Then [...]

Blomqvist: First DTM win felt like F3

September 14th, 2015

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BMW rookie Tom Blomqvist says his maiden DTM victory at Oschersleben took him back to his time in Formula 3. Having finished second in the European F3 Championship last year, between Esteban Ocon and Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen, Blomqvist headed to Oschersleben with a best race result of seventh in the DTM. He left with silverware after taking his maiden victory in the Sunday race, leading home RBM team-mate Augusto Farfus by nearly eight seconds. In becoming the seventh British driver to win in the series, Blomqvist said that racing in clean air, rather than being in the thick of the DTM pack, reminded him of single-seater racing. “I’ve always felt that the biggest thing that I had to get used to this year was the racing; [...]

Rookie Blomqvist gets first DTM win

September 13th, 2015

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Rookie Tom Blomqvist romped to a maiden DTM victory in race two at Oschersleben, as BMW again swept the top four places. Starting from the front row of the grid for the first time, the Formula 3 graduate beat team-mate Augusto Farfus off the line, took the lead at the first corner and never looked back. He built his lead throughout the hour, eventually finishing 7.8 seconds clear to become the 10th different winner in 14 races this season. The race was red flagged on the final lap when Lucas Auer crashed heavily at the penultimate corner. The Mercedes rookie was able to get out of his car. Farfus was a lonely second, while Marco Wittmann completed the podium, having gained two spots initially off the line. The reigning champion [...]

Farfus beats Blomqvist to Sunday pole

September 13th, 2015

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Augusto Farfus claimed pole position for Sunday’s DTM race at Oschersleben, as BMW continued its strong weekend with five of the top seven drivers in qualifying. After Timo Glock won the Saturday race from pole position, Farfus topped another session for the Munich marque. The Brazilian set his time of 1m20.632s in the final minute, during a frenetic finish to the session, to take his second pole position of the season. He’ll be joined on the front row by his RBM team-mate, rookie Tom Blomqvist, who followed a career-best of third on the grid yesterday with his maiden front row start, just 0.019 seconds behind Farfus. Championship leader Pascal Wehrlein broke BMW’s monopoly at the front, slotting into third place late in his Mercedes. Antonio Felix da Costa, Paul di [...]

Glock wins race one in BMW lockout

September 12th, 2015

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Timo Glock converted his maiden DTM pole position into his second win in the series as BMW dominated Saturday’s Oschersleben race. Led by the ex-Formula 1 driver, BMW pilots filled seven of the top eight places in a race slowed by a pair of early safety car periods for debris, following a mid-pack pile-up at the first corner. Mike Rockenfeller made contact with the rear of Jamie Green’s Audi, as Mercedes driver Robert Wickens tagged Nico Muller on the inside. Green and Muller were spun around, with Edoardo Mortara and Gary Paffett also caught up. All six drivers retired at various stages during the race due to the damage they acquired. “I had a decent start, not great, tried to go on the inside and I think I was late [...]

Glock takes first pole, BMW dominates

September 12th, 2015

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock claimed his maiden DTM pole position at Oschersleben, as a dominant BMW filled the top five places. The day’s running has been delayed significantly by heavy fog in the region, with Saturday’s race now scheduled to start at 2:55pm local time. When qualifying eventually got underway, BMW made the most of its performance weight advantage, with its drivers running on average 24.7kg lighter than Audi drivers and 18.12kg lighter than Mercedes. After sitting out the first part of the session, Glock set his lap of 1m19.821s – the fastest since Turn 1 was reprofiled in 2007 – with seven minutes remaining. Times improved in the closing stages, but Glock’s remained good enough to claim pole by just 0.056 seconds ahead of Friday practice pacesetter Augusto [...]

Fog disrupts Oschersleben DTM

September 12th, 2015

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The start of the DTM’s Saturday schedule at Oschersleben has been delayed due to fog. The weekend’s second practice session was due to begin at 8:20am local time, but heavy fog in the region would prevent the medical helicopter flying. No running is expected before 10am at the earliest. The delay is likely to have a knock-on effect later in the day, with qualifying currently scheduled for 11am and the race due to start at 1:30pm. If qualifying is sacrificed, the grid would be set on championship positions, with Mattias Ekstrom and Pascal Wehrlein on the front row. Augusto Farfus led a BMW sweep of the top four in Friday afternoon’s opening practice session. UPDATE: A revised schedule starting with practice at 10:45am local time has been agreed. Qualifying would [...]

Farfus heads BMW top four in practice

September 11th, 2015

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Augusto Farfus shaded Antonio Felix da Costa to lead an all-BMW top four in Friday practice for Oschersleben’s DTM round. As the series returns to Germany following its three international events, performance weights are again in BMW’s favour, with its two heaviest drivers 30kg lighter than the top Audi and Mercedes runners. Maxime Martin led the way for the bulk of the 45-minute session, with a 1m21.220s lap that was just 0.016 seconds ahead of Mercedes F1 reserve Pascal Wehrlein entering the final seven minutes. Martin eventually finished the session fourth, after da Costa and then Farfus moved to the top of the timesheets and Tom Blomqvist slotted into third in the closing stages. In the end, Farfus’ 1m21.007s was 0.008s clear of Costa, with Blomqvist within 0.062s of top [...]

Olympics and football shape DTM dates

September 10th, 2015

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The 2016 DTM calendar is being shaped by the Rio summer Olympics and UEFA Euro football tournament in France. With the calendar set to consist of either nine or 10 race weekends, the DTM’s ongoing negotiations for its 2016 TV deal has also affected progress. The series’ domestic contract with ARD expires at the end of the 2015 season, with the broadcaster sharing the German rights to the Olympics and Euros with ZDF. The football between June 10-July 10 and the Olympics on August 5-21 – almost entirely within F1′s summer break – further tightens the squeeze on ‘free’ weekends for the DTM, when motorsport clashes are taken into account. The series will not race on the same dates as sportscars’ Le Mans, Nurburgring or Spa 24 Hours races owing [...]