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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.
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    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

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    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, 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 his aunt!

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    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.

  • Jeff Jacobs
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    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
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    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."

  • Scott Kelly
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    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
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    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • 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.
  • Dylan Sharman
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    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • 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.

Wickens fastest as DTM testing ends

April 17th, 2014

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Robert Wickens ended BMW’s domination of the final DTM pre-season test at Hockenheim as he topped the times for Mercedes on Thursday. The Canadian was the only driver to break the 1m33s barrier with a best time of 1m32.845s, though that was still 0.8s shy of Marco Wittmann’s Tuesday benchmark. Wickens’ effort came in the morning session but was easily good enough to retain top spot despite several drivers improving in the afternoon. Audi’s reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller finished second, just under three-tenths back, while Wickens’ HWA Mercedes team-mate Gary Paffett completed the Three-Pointed Star’s testing resurgence with the third fastest time. The Audi RS5s of Abt driver Adrien Tambay and Rosberg’s Jamie Green, the latter having gone second quickest in the morning, completed the top five, while the best [...]

Hand keeps BMW on top in DTM test

April 16th, 2014

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Joey Hand kept BMW on top of the time sheets as the final pre-season DTM test continued at Hockenheim. Hand set a best of 1m32.658 in the afternoon session to lead the way in the RBM M4, outpacing Edoardo Mortara’s Abt Audi RS5 by 0.299s. Martin Tomczyck was third fastest in the Schnitzer BMW M4 with a 1m32.980s best, with Timo Scheider fourth in his Pheonix RS5. Miguel Molina finished the day fifth for Audi, having set the fastest time of the morning session with a 1m33.427s. The best-placed Mercedes of the day was Vitaly Petrov, the Russian going eighth fastest with a 1m33.585s, while Antonio Felix da Costa set the benchmark for running, ending the day ninth fastest after completing 152 laps for BMW. Pos Driver Team Time Gap [...]

Wittmann stays on top in DTM test

April 15th, 2014

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Marco Wittmann stayed on top of the times on the second day of the DTM pre-season test at the Hockenheim circuit. RMG BMW driver Wittmann went significantly quicker than in yesterday’s session, posting a best time of 1m32.132s to finish over half a second clear of his closest rival, reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller in the quickest Audi. Rockenfeller had set the pace in the morning session before Wittmann went over a second quicker than his previous best in the afternoon. Christian Vietoris was third fastest in the HWA Mercedes, with Augusto Farfus (RBM BMW) and Timo Glock (MTEK BMW) completing the top five. Former F1 driver Glock was the busiest man during the day, covering a mammoth 156 laps. Miguel Molina finished in sixth in the second Audi ahead of [...]

Wittmann tops first day at Hockenheim

April 14th, 2014

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Marco Wittmann topped the first day of the final DTM pre-season test at Hockenheim on Monday. The RMG BMW driver topped both of the day’s sessions, setting a best of 1m33.769s in the morning, before improving to a 1m33.084s in the afternoon. Mattias Ekstrom finished the day second fastest with a 1m33.316s best, completing the most laps of any driver with 141 over the course of the day. The two-time champion was followed on the timesheets by fellow Audi drivers Timo Scheider, Edoardo Mortara and Nico Muller. Joey Hand was sixth fastest for BMW, while the best Mercedes runner of the day was Daniel Juncadella, who was seventh, and more than 1.1 seconds off the pace, in the Mucke Motorsport entry. Ex-Formula 1 driver Paul di Resta completed the most [...]

HWA adds fifth DTM Mercedes

April 8th, 2014

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Mercedes has announced its team split for the 2014 DTM season, with flagship squad HWA expanding to five entries. The German firm has increased its DTM line-up from six to seven cars this year. Formula 1 refugees Vitaly Petrov and Paul di Resta, the latter back in the DTM for the first time since winning the 2010 title with Mercedes, have joined team returnees Gary Paffett, Daniel Juncadella, Christian Vietoris, Robert Wickens and Pascal Wehrlein. The latter is promoted to the fifth HWA entry, alongside di Resta, Paffett, Vietoris and Wickens. Petrov slots into Wehrlein’s place at Mucke, where he partners Juncadella. 2014 DTM line-up: Phoenix Audi Mike Rockenfeller Timo Scheider Abt Audi Mattias Ekstrom Adrien Tambay Edoardo Mortara Miguel Molina Rosberg Audi Jamie Green Nico Muller Schnitzer BMW Bruno [...]

Vietoris leads DTM test for Mercedes

April 2nd, 2014

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Christian Vietoris put Mercedes on top as the Hungaroring DTM test continued on Wednesday. Audi drivers had dominated the test’s opening days, and did so again as Abt’s Adrien Tambay set the pace on the third morning. But in the second session Vietoris set the best lap of the week so far with a 1m37.461s. That put him just under 0.4 seconds clear of Marco Wittmann, who headed a BMW trio ahead of Timo Glock and Augusto Farfus. Tambay was top Audi man in sixth, behind Pascal Wehrlein’s Mercedes. The test concludes on Thursday. Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Christian Vietoris HWA Mercedes 1m37.461s 2. Marco Wittmann RMG BMW 1m37.837s +0.376s 3. Timo Glock MTEK BMW 1m37.861s +0.400s 4. Augusto Farfus RBM BMW 1m37.895s +0.434s 5. Pascal Wehrlein HWA [...]

Audi dominates first DTM test day

March 31st, 2014

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Miguel Molina topped the first day of DTM testing at the Hungaroring circuit as the 2014 pre-season kicked off officially on Monday. A total of 11 cars from the three manufacturers competing in the series were in action at the Hungarian track for the test, a month away from the first race of the season. Molina set the benchmark with a best time of 1m37.792s in the Audi RS 5 as the manufacturer locked out the top four positions. “It’s just great to be back behind the wheel, after the long off-season,” said Molina. “Audi Sport did a great job developing the new Audi RS 5 DTM: the new car feels great right from the start and the Hungaroring seems to suit it well.” Molina was followed by Jamie Green, [...]

BMW reveals its M4 for 2014 DTM

March 1st, 2014

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BMW has revealed its new M4 DTM challenger for the 2014 season. The deadline for submissions for the aerodynamic homologation for this year’s DTM cars came on Saturday. The successor to the 2012/13 M3 – which won back-to-back constructors’ championships on BMW’s return following a 20-year absence – comes after one of the busiest periods in the marque’s competitive history. BMW Motorsport boss Jens Marquardt believes the M4 represents the pinnacle of his outfit’s achievements thus far, with a particular emphasis on ensuring aero-efficiency. “For me, the BMW M4 is an absolute highlight,” said Marquardt. “It looks fantastic and it also made a positive first impression at our tests. “Even before the BMW M3 completed its final race last season, our development team was already working hard on the 2014 [...]

Petrov secures Mercedes DTM drive

February 28th, 2014

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov has secured a DTM seat with Mercedes for the 2014 season. The Russian driver tested one of the team’s C-Coupes at the Algarve track in January, having previously taken part in a demonstration run during his home event at Moscow Raceway last year. “I’m aware that I’ve got a steep learning curve ahead of me, but I love a challenge and accept it gladly,” said Petrov, who raced in F1 for Renault/Lotus and Caterham from 2009-12. “At my first test in Portimao, I was able to make my first acquaintance with the team and get a feel for the car, which is very important for me in order to play to my strengths.” Mercedes is yet to announce which of its squads it will place [...]

Audi shuffles DTM line-up for 2014

January 23rd, 2014

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Audi has shuffled its DTM line-up for the 2014 season, with two-time champion Timo Scheider moving to join last year’s title winner Mike Rockenfeller at Team Phoenix. Scheider won back-to-back crowns in 2008-09 after being promoted to the Abt Sportsline team for 2007, but he has not won a race since 2010. He returns to Phoenix, which he raced for when both driver and team were a part of Opel’s DTM entry early in the 21st century. “I had a great time with Abt and am leaving with a tear in my eye,” said Scheider. “On the other hand I’m looking forward to driving for the outfit that has provided the DTM champion twice in the past three years [with Rockenfeller in 2013 and Martin Tomczyk in '11]. “Besides that [...]

Petrov gets DTM test with Mercedes

January 23rd, 2014

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Ex-Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov has been given a DTM test by Mercedes. The Russian sampled DTM machinery in promotional events around the series’ first Moscow date last summer, but Thursday’s test at the Algarve track in Portugal will be his first fully-fledged outing. “This test is a great opportunity to get back in the cockpit of a high-performance racing car,” said Petrov. “I got my first impression of the DTM last year when I drove in the Moscow City Racing event and took the wheel of a DTM taxi for Mercedes-Benz at Moscow Raceway during the DTM race weekend. “I had never driven such a car before and the demo laps were fantastic fun. “I’ve been especially impressed by the way the DTM Mercedes AMG C-coupe handles in the [...]

Red Bull backs da Costa in DTM

January 16th, 2014

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BMW has revealed that Red Bull will become part of its DTM programme following the manufacturer’s deal with Antonio Felix da Costa for 2014. Da Costa was part of the Red Bull Junior team in 2012-13, narrowly missing out on a promotion to Formula 1 with Toro Rosso. However, Red Bull has continued its relationship with the Portuguese racer, with its motorsport adviser Helmut Marko helping him land the BMW test late last year that led to his DTM deal. Red Bull to continue supporting da Costa At that point Red Bull had no involvement with BMW directly, but now the two have joined forces to aid da Costa’s development as a DTM rookie. BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt said: “We are looking forward to working closely with Red Bull. [...]

BMW shuffles DTM line-up

January 13th, 2014

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Martin Tomczyk will join Bruno Spengler in BMW’s leading DTM team Schnitzer for 2014 as part of a reshuffle. Tomczyk, who won the 2011 title when at Audi, had driven for RMG since he switched to BMW, but will now replace GT-bound Dirk Werner alongside ’12 champion Spengler at Schnitzer. BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt said RMG had underperformed in 2013, when it did not win any races. It will have an all-new driver line-up for 2014, with Tomczyk heading for Schnitzer and former team-mate Andy Priaulx leaving the DTM for the Rahal Letterman Lanigan BMW United SportsCar team. Instead RMG will run former sportscar star Maxime Martin and MTEK convert Marco Wittmann. “BMW Team RMG undoubtedly failed to fulfil its potential last year,” said Marquardt. “We are sure that [...]

Da Costa says DTM no stopgap

December 17th, 2013

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Antonio Felix da Costa insists that he does not see the DTM as a career stopgap after Red Bull overlooked him for a promotion to Formula 1 for 2014. The Portuguese racer lost out to GP3 champion Daniil Kvyat for a race drive with Toro Rosso for next year, but he has retained Red Bull’s backing and landed a DTM contract with BMW. While the 22-year-old still has an eye on making it to Formula 1, he is also keen to develop a long-term career in the German series. “When I found out I was not going to F1 it was a big disappointment,” da Costa told AUTOSPORT. “But now I have a great future. “On one hand I have a contract with a big manufacturer like BMW, which is [...]

Da Costa, Martin get BMW DTM seats

December 6th, 2013

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Antonio Felix da Costa has sealed a BMW DTM seat for 2014, and will be joined in the line-up by sportscar ace Maxime Martin. Their arrival means Andy Priaulx moves to BMW’s United SportsCar Championship programme, as predicted by AUTOSPORT, with Dirk Werner also swapping the DTM for GT racing. BMW motorsport chief Jens Marquardt said da Costa earned the seat with his performance in testing earlier this week. “Antonio Felix da Costa really convinced us what a talented driver he is during his tests in the BMW M3 DTM, and through his previous success in single-seater racing,” said Marquardt. “I am looking forward to following his development in the DTM.” Da Costa was tipped for a Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 seat before that drive went to Daniil Kvyat, [...]

Da Costa impressed by BMW DTM car

December 5th, 2013

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Antonio Felix de Costa admitted he was surprised by the speed of BMW’s DTM car after trying the M3 for the first time at Jerez. Da Costa, who finished third in this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 championship, was one eight drivers in action at the Spanish circuit during the week. The Red Bull junior was joined by fellow debutant Jens Klingmann, as the GT regular also drove a DTM car for the first time. Da Costa said he did not expect the DTM car to be so quick, and was delighted with the experience. “The M3 is great fun – and is much quicker than I expected,” said da Costa. “It generates an awful lot of downforce for a car with a roof. That surprised me. “We made progress with [...]

National Driver: Andrew Jordan

December 1st, 2013

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Andrew Jordan capped his British Touring Car Championship winning season by being named National Racing Driver of the Year at the 2013 AUTOSPORT Awards. The 24-year-old (pictured in centre) and his family-run Eurotech team defeated former champions Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Jason Plato and Colin Turkington to win this year’s BTCC after a typically hard-fought contest. Jordan received his award from Lotus Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean. “It’s been a pretty special year,” Jordan said. “Coming into the year the aim was always to win the championship; I thought it was possible and the team did as well. “We applied ourselves well, but to do it the way we did – going into the final round – was pretty tense. I learned a lot from it. “The championship is very [...]

British Club Driver: Daniel Cammish

December 1st, 2013

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Daniel Cammish has been named British Club Driver of the Year at the AUTOSPORT Awards in London. The 24-year-old Briton, who dominated British Formula Ford this season, beat McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award finalists Jake Hughes and Chris Middlehurst and Clio Cup UK, Ginetta GT Supercup and Porsche Carrera Cup GB champions Josh Files, Tom Ingram and Michael Meadow to the prize. He received his award from Lotus Formula 1 driver Romain Grosjean to join an illustrious list of former winners including David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti and Andy Priaulx. “It looked harder at some times than others, it was an interesting year,” he said. “I’d love to step up to touring cars next year. I’ve worked hard my whole career to have my shot and I think I’m worthy of it. [...]

Award finalists await their big night

December 1st, 2013

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Young Brits Jack Aitken, Jake Hughes, Chris Middlehurst, Seb Morris, Matt Parry and Charlie Robertson are poised to discover which of them has won the 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award. The announcement of the 25th winner will be made at tonight’s AUTOSPORT Awards in London. The victor will join the likes of David Coulthard, Dario Franchitti, Jenson Button, Gary Paffett and Paul di Resta on the roll of honour of past winners of the prestigious award. AUTOSPORT Live will cover the Awards as they happen from 10pm UK time on Sunday night. They will receive a cash prize of £100,000 as well as the traditional McLaren Formula 1 test, plus full BRDC membership and an AraiGP-6 RC carbon helmet. The six finalists were given runs in Formula 2, Mercedes DTM [...]

Da Costa gets BMW DTM test chance

November 30th, 2013

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Red Bull junior Antonio Felix da Costa will drive a DTM car for BMW this weekend as part of a rookie test. The Portuguese Formula Renault 3.5 race winner was overlooked for a graduation to Toro Rosso’s Formula 1 line-up in favour of GP3 champion Daniil Kvyat for 2014, but Red Bull stated it would continue to support his career. AUTOSPORT understands that a return to FR3.5 is not Red Bull’s first choice for da Costa, and as it wants him to be available for F1 simulator work – likely to take place on grand prix weekends – a switch to GP2 is also unlikely. Red Bull is also keen for da Costa to gain experience of what it considers to be a “professional” series, meaning DTM could fit the [...]