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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.

Ekstrom penalised, Glock hits out

August 29th, 2015

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Mattias Ekstrom has been handed a grid penalty for Sunday’s Moscow Raceway DTM race, following a clash that prompted Timo Glock to brand the Swede an “idiot”. The pair came together approaching the halfway mark of Saturday’s 40-minute race, when BMW driver Glock was defending fourth place from erstwhile championship leader Ekstrom. Ekstrom looked down the inside at Turn 7, and the pair came together, both firing into the gravel trap, with Ekstrom’s Audi making heavy contact with the tyre barriers. RACE REPORT: Wehrlein wins to reclaim points lead Glock took to Twitter post-race to vent his frustration. He told Ekstrom to “watch the race from [Pascal] Wehrlein and learn you idiot! How stupid you need to be to overtake in that corner!” Ekstrom was deemed at fault for the [...]

Wehrlein wins to reclaim points lead

August 29th, 2015

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Mercedes F1 reserve Pascal Wehrlein reclaimed the DTM championship lead with his second victory of the season at Moscow Raceway. In an action-packed race slowed by a pair of lengthy safety car periods, polesitter Marco Wittmann led the bulk of the 40 minutes. However Wittmann had to withstand relentless pressure from Wehrlein, who joined him on the front row of the grid. With the aid of DRS, Wehrlein looked around the outside of Wittmann’s BMW at the final corner on two consecutive laps to no avail. The next time around, with four minutes remaining, he turned his focus to the inside, making it stick and skipping away to win by 1.8 seconds. Making his day even sweeter, he moves to the top of the standings for the second time in [...]

Police probe DTM ‘push him out’ clash

August 29th, 2015

Police probe DTM ‘push him out’ clash

The DTM saga involving Audi and Timo Scheider’s ‘push him out’ Red Bull Ring move may not necessarily be over, with Austrian police now looking into the matter. Last week, Germany’s DMSB governing body handed down its judgement on the controversy, headlined by Scheider’s suspension from this weekend’s round at Moscow Raceway. Audi motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich, responsible for the message, has also been banned from the DTM pitlane for the rest of the year, the brand fined €200,000 and docked of its manufacturers’ championship points from the race. While everyone within the DTM paddock is looking to move on, it has emerged that a police prosecutor in Loeben – within Styria, the Austrian state the circuit is located – is investigating the matter. “We are investigating the driver and [...]

Wittmann takes his first pole of 2015

August 29th, 2015

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BMW’s Marco Wittmann secured the first pole position of his DTM title defence in qualifying for Saturday’s opening race at Moscow Raceway. Wittmann set the pace during Friday’s practice session and following a damp Saturday morning returned to the top of the times in the dry 20-minute shootout. The German set his time of 1m28.810s with just under 30 seconds left on the clock to take his fifth career DTM pole. “It was fantastic,” Wittmann said. “I felt good on the first run but made the odd mistake here and there. “Because of this, I knew I could go even faster with the second set of tyres, and that was the case. “We made a slight change to the tyre pressure for the second set, which proved to be the [...]

Mercedes releases 2016 DTM impression

August 29th, 2015

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Mercedes has released an early artist’s impression of the bodywork it will carry in the 2016 DTM season. Based on the new generation of the brand’s road-going AMG C 63 Coupe, it will replace the current Mercedes racer, which has won two races so far in 2015. The car will be launched next month, during the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. It remains to be seen whether it will be the only new bodywork on the grid next year, before the introduction of the new Class One framework in 2017. BMW has confirmed it will stick with its current M4 design, while Audi says its immediate focus remains on the 2015 season. “The new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupe will again set new standards for driving dynamics and design,” Mercedes DTM [...]

Spengler heads damp Saturday practice

August 29th, 2015

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BMW driver Bruno Spengler topped a damp Saturday morning DTM practice session at Moscow Raceway. With conditions considerably cooler than Friday and light rain falling in the region, the track was wet at the beginning of the session. A dry line emerged and times improved, and by the halfway mark some drivers had switched from wet tyres to slicks. Among them, Miguel Molina jumped to the top of the timesheets with a 1m40.386s lap, just before rain returned with 18 minutes remaining. However, Spengler managed to improve shortly afterwards to 1m39.802s, his effort 0.566 seconds clear of Molina but more than 10 seconds off of Friday’s pace. Molina ended the session second, while Mercedes’ Robert Wickens was third to ensure each brand was represented inside the top three. The defending [...]

Wittmann’s BMW sets practice pace

August 28th, 2015

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Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann led the way for BMW in first practice for this weekend’s round at Moscow Raceway. As a result of the Munich marque’s lean 2015, most of its drivers are running significantly lighter than their Audi and Mercedes rivals in Russia, and BMW ended the session with six drivers inside the top nine. Wittmann was the man atop the times, thanks to a lap of 1m29.076s set in the first half of the 45 minutes. He ended the session 0.264 seconds faster than championship leader Mattias Ekstrom, whose Audi is 30kg heavier than Wittmann’s BMW through the performance weight system. Bruno Spengler was third, and joined in the top end by BMW stablemates Augusto Farfus and Antonio Felix da Costa in fifth and sixth, and Martin [...]

Giovinazzi set to replace Scheider

August 27th, 2015

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Formula 3 European Championship leader Antonio Giovinazzi is set to make his DTM debut this weekend at Moscow Raceway, standing in for Timo Scheider. Audi’s two-time champion will miss the event, suspended as part of extended penalties handed down by Germany’s DMSB on Wednesday for the “push him out” drama at the Red Bull Ring. While Audi does not have a designated ‘reserve’ along the same lines as GP3 driver Esteban Ocon’s role with Mercedes, Giovinazzi is backed by Volkswagen in F3 and has tested Audi’s RS5 DTM racer. AUTOSPORT understands the 21-year-old Italian has already travelled to Russia. Giovinazzi sampled Moscow Raceway last year in Formula 3, finishing 13th, 16th and 10th in the circuit’s three races.

Scheider banned from Moscow round

August 26th, 2015

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Audi driver Timo Scheider has been banned from this weekend’s DTM round at Moscow Raceway, following a disciplinary hearing into the ‘push him out’ scandal. The court of appeal of Germany’s governing body, the DMSB, met in Frankfurt today (Wednesday) for a further investigation into Audi’s actions at the Red Bull Ring. A radio message of “schieb ihn raus” was broadcast moments before Scheider before he made contact with Robert Wickens’ Mercedes on the final lap of the Sunday race. With Wickens then making contact with stablemate Pascal Wehrlein and the pair finishing the day in the gravel, Scheider was excluded from the race, and potential further action referred directly to the court of appeal. Why ‘war’ is good for the DTM Audi was found guilty of “unsportsmanlike conduct” in [...]

Analysis: Mercedes’ rise, BMW’s fall

August 26th, 2015

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Audi has maintained its late-2014 mantle as the DTM’s form manufacturer, but where has BMW gone? And how much progress has actually Mercedes made? AUTOSPORT analyses the season so far. In the last 12 months, Audi drivers have won eight out of the series’ 13 races, and between Edoardo Mortara, Jamie Green and Mattias Ekstrom, one of its drivers has led the 2015 standing after each event. Ingolstadt’s RS5 is the class of the field and the DTM’s performance weights – and Jamie Green’s torrid recent run – have played a role in keeping it relatively in check. Behind Audi, though, BMW and Mercedes have gone in opposite directions. BMW won the 2014 drivers’ title with Marco Wittmann but has barely fired a shot, while Mercedes has gone from being [...]

Audi: Class One must reduce costs

August 14th, 2015

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The DTM must deliver cost reductions with its incoming Class One technical platform, Audi motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich says. Set to be introduced in 2017 as part of an alliance with Japan’s Super GT series, the changes are headlined by replacing the traditional V8 engines with two-litre, four-cylinder turbo units. A technical working group including representatives from Audi, BMW, and Mercedes from the DTM, plus Honda, Lexus and Nissan from Super GT aims to have a first version of the regulations written by the end of August. While the body shapes will look familiar, one element of the work is to cut downforce, and therefore cornering speeds and wear on components, in a bid to reduce costs, something Ullrich says is vital. “It’s the goal of all of us, and [...]

Green looking for wet-weather answers

August 7th, 2015

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Former DTM championship leader Jamie Green wants to work out why his wet-weather form has slumped this season, after a troubled weekend at the Red Bull Ring. Green won three of the year’s first four races, including a rampant double at the Lausitzring at the end of May, and he led by 23 points after the first race at the Norisring. In five races since, though, he hasn’t scored a single championship point, and he is now fourth in the standings, 20 behind stablemate Mattias Ekstrom. While Ekstrom won the Red Bull Ring’s wet Sunday race from pole, Green laboured to 17th, having qualified 18th. A struggle to get his wet tyres into the operating window mirrored the year’s other wet race – also won by Ekstrom – at Hockenheim, [...]

Audi boss sorry for ‘push him out’ call

August 2nd, 2015

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Audi motorsport boss Wolfgang Ullrich has taken ownership of the “push him out” radio call made before Timo Scheider’s Red Bull Ring DTM clash with Mercedes’ Robert Wickens and Pascal Wehrlein. A radio message of “schieb ihn raus” in German was sent to Scheider and broadcast on live television moments before he made contact with Wickens and subsequently Wehrlein at Turn 3 on the final lap of Sunday’s race in Austria. VIDEO: SCHEIDER HITS MERCEDES PAIR It sent the Mercedes pair to the gravel and while Scheider crossed the line in sixth place, he has now been excluded by stewards. REACTION: Wehrlein says Audi started DTM ‘war’ at Red Bull Ring A separate hearing against Audi Sport and/or Scheider’s Team Phoenix for a “possible unsporting instruction” has been referred directly [...]

Wehrlein: Audi has started a DTM ‘war’

August 2nd, 2015

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Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein says Audi’s Timo Scheider started a DTM “war”, with the controversial finish to Sunday’s Red Bull Ring race. The Mercedes Formula 1 reserve’s stablemate Robert Wickens was defending sixth from Scheider, and when the latter looked around the outside at Turn 2 on the final lap, Wehrlein was able to pass both drivers on the inside exiting the corner. VIDEO: SCHEIDER HITS MERCEDES PAIR Wehrlein edged ahead of Wickens, who pulled in behind, and on the approach to Turn 3, Scheider received the radio call “schieb ihn raus” in German – translating to “push him out” in English – which was broadcast on live television. Scheider says he did not hear the call. “I got the confirmation that there was a call after the race, when [...]

Ekstrom wins controversial wet race

August 2nd, 2015

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Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom moved into the DTM championship lead with his second victory of the season at the Red Bull Ring. In wet conditions, polesitter Ekstrom led from start to finish, but had to withstand a spirited late charge from Mercedes’ Gary Paffett to take his 21st career victory. As a result of heavy rain in the region, the race start was delayed by nearly 20 minutes, and the opening five laps were run behind the safety car. When drivers were let loose, Ekstrom set about building a lead over Mike Rockenfeller and Paffett, who executed a bold move around the outside of Turn 4 to take second, four laps in. By that time, Ekstrom was five seconds clear, but Paffett chipped away at the margin, getting it down to [...]

Ekstrom takes narrow pole in wet

August 2nd, 2015

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Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom claimed his first DTM pole position in more than three years, for what is set to be a wet Sunday race at the Red Bull Ring. While the day’s schedule remains under threat from heavy rain in Austria, the 20-minute qualifying session was run as scheduled, with rain having stopped by the time it started. Rivers continued to run across the track and it was a conservative start, with Mike Rockenfeller regrouping from an early spin to set the first representative time, a 1m46.830s. He led the field into the 1m44s bracket, trading times with stablemate Ekstrom, who then entered the 1m43s, with Rockenfeller the first to record a 1m42s lap. Rockenfeller’s 1m42.859s was eclipsed by Ekstrom with a 1m42.397s at the halfway mark, and while light [...]

Rain disrupts Austria DTM, F3 event

August 2nd, 2015

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Heavy rain is threatening this afternoon’s 10th race of the DTM season at the Red Bull Ring. After overnight showers, rain started falling at the Austrian Formula 1 circuit at approximately 9am, and is yet to relent. The morning’s Audi TT Cup race was red-flagged due to a major, multi-car accident on the run between Turns 1 and 2, one of several areas where rivers are flowing across the circuit. On track directly afterwards, the DTM’s Sunday morning warm-up was abandoned after seven minutes due to the conditions, and the weekend’s final Formula 3 European Championship race has been postponed by nearly two hours, to 1.25pm local time. DTM qualifying is currently scheduled for 12.40pm local time and the hour-long race for 3.15pm local. However, with rain forecast to persist [...]

Mortara wins, Wehrlein leads points

August 1st, 2015

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Audi’s Edoardo Mortara claimed the third victory of his DTM career at the Red Bull Ring, as Mercedes Formula 1 reserve Pascal Wehrlein moved into the championship lead. Having topped both practice sessions and taken pole, Mortara was beaten off the line by stablemate and championship leader Jamie Green. However, Green’s run at the front didn’t last long, as he slowed with a gearshift problem on lap two. After dropping to the back to the pack, he retired, ending a two-month stint at the top of the standings dating back to the Lausitzring round in May. When Green slowed, Mortara regained the lead and he never looked back. The Italian quickly established a margin approaching two seconds, and gradually built that to three, before cruising home to add to his [...]

Mortara makes late surge to DTM pole

August 1st, 2015

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Edoardo Mortara continued his perfect start to the Red Bull Ring’s DTM round, securing pole in an all-Audi front row for Saturday afternoon’s race. Having topped both practice sessions, Mortara left it late in a 20-minute shootout that was halted by a red flag period. With eight minutes remaining, Miguel Molina’s Audi stopped at Turn 3, after making heavy contact with the sausage kerb on the exit of Turn 1. When the session resumed, Pascal Wehrlein led the way, just 0.006 seconds clear of Paul di Resta, with Jamie Green and Mattias Ekstrom also provisionally inside the top four. Mortara was 13th, and had dropped to 14th by the time he pounced with three minutes remaining. He shot to the top with a 1m24.714s lap, clear by three tenths, and [...]

Mortara tops DTM practice again

August 1st, 2015

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Edoardo Mortara topped his second DTM session in as many days at the Red Bull Ring, leading Audi stablemate Jamie Green in final practice. Mortara topped Friday’s running at the Austrian Formula 1 circuit and made it a double in the second 45-minute session, with a time of 1m24.793s set in the opening third. It was 0.066 seconds ahead of Green’s effort, which was also set early, as the championship leader looks to bounce back from a lean run since his dominant victories at the Lausitzring in May. With Audi’s entries losing the bulk of the performance weight deficit they carried at the Norisring and Zandvoort, Nico Muller in fourth and sixth-placed Mike Rockenfeller made it four RS5s inside the top six. Mercedes’ Pascal Wehrlein was one of the few [...]