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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    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 iRacing.com World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

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

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

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

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

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

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

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

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

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Ray Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

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

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

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

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

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

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

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

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 [...]

Ekstrom penalised for blocking

September 27th, 2014

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Mattias Ekstrom has been handed a five-place grid penalty for Sunday’s DTM race at Zandvoort. The Audi driver was judged to have blocked Gary Paffett while warming his tyres during Q1 at the Dutch circuit, earning him a ‘drop of five positions in the grid for the next race the driver will participate’ according to the regulations. That means Ekstrom will now start the Zandvoort race from ninth position, with Jamie Green moving up to fourth, Nico Muller up to fifth, Pascal Wehrlein up to sixth, Martin Tomczyk up to seventh and Joey Hand up to eighth. Reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller will start the race from pole, as Audi looks to break a winless streak that stretches back to the Moscow round in August 2013.

Rockenfeller grabs Zandvoort pole

September 27th, 2014

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Mike Rockenfeller will start Sunday’s DTM race from pole position after winning out in a lap record-breaking qualifying session at Zandvoort. The Audi driver was not quickest in either Q1 or Q2, saving his best lap of the session for when it mattered in Q3 with a 1m30.713, the fastest ever DTM pole position at the Dutch circuit. “It feels great, of course,” said Rockenfeller. “We knew it was going to be close, it’s really tough this championship, therefore when you’re on pole you can be really proud. “I was quite ill the last few days with my stomach, so it feels good to be here, and to be on pole.” The pole position lap record’s previous owner Marco Wittmann finished the session second, missing out on pole by just [...]

Muller tops Zandvoort practice

September 27th, 2014

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Nico Muller led an Audi dominated final DTM practice session at Zandvoort. In a session where the top three times were all set in the first 15 minutes, it was Muller who led a four-car Audi train at the end of the day’s second hour-long practice, the rookie setting the pace with a 1m31.607s. Mike Rockenfeller – who wrapped up the 2013 title at Zandvoort 12 months ago – was second fastest with a 1m31.669s, while Edoardo Mortara was third fastest with a 1m31.692s lap, the Italian having also been third fastest in the morning’s first free practice session. Jamie Green completed the Audi top four in FP2, the Brit one of the only frontrunners to improve late in the session and his 1m31.788s effort coming just four minutes from [...]

Wittmann’s title, Wehrlein’s victory

September 14th, 2014

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Pascal Wehrlein took his maiden DTM race win in mixed conditions at the Lausitzring, as Marco Wittmann cruised to the 2014 title with two races to spare. Wehrlein had the most straightforward of races, charging into the lead from pole position before breaking away at almost a second a lap for the first 10 laps of the race in tricky drying conditions. With that lead established, and with Christian Vietoris playing rear-gunner in second, the Mercedes driver could shadow the strategy of others, switching from wets to the option tyre on lap 29, before cruising to a 15.4s win. “Amazing day, amazing weekend, amazing week,” said the 19-year-old. “It was impressive, our pace in qualifying and the race. I could control the race.” Vietoris, who started back in 11th, did [...]

Wehrlein secures maiden DTM pole

September 13th, 2014

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Pascal Wehrlein secured his maiden DTM pole position on a day of interruptions and delays at the Lausitzring. After foggy conditions caused practice to be scrapped and replaced by a 15-minute warm-up, the qualifying format also had an unscheduled shake-up. Q1 was abandoned five minutes in when Joey Hand beached himself in the gravel, with a 20-minute combined Q1 and Q2 taking place instead, before the top eight fought it out for pole as usual. The last minute format change was no problem for Wehrlein, however, with the Mercedes driver going third fastest in the combined long session, before storming to pole with a 1m17.547s just over two minutes from the end of Q3. It is the 19-year-old’s first pole position, his previous best qualifying position being fourth at the [...]

Fog disrupts Lautsitzring DTM event

September 13th, 2014

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Fog has forced the DTM to heavily alter its planned Saturday schedule at the Lausitzring. The series was supposed to have two 60-minute practice sessions ahead of the 4:45pm local time qualifying session, but has been unable to complete any running at all due to low cloud. This would prevent the medical helicopter from being able to take off in the case of a serious accident. The only track action so far has been from the German Superbike Championship, which is able to run thanks to having no requirement for a helicopter written into its safety regulations. Should the weather clear this afternoon, the DTM drivers will have a 15-minute practice session (scheduled for 4:00pm local time), followed by qualifying in the regular timeslot, to uphold television commitments. In the [...]

Kovalainen completes first DTM test

August 28th, 2014

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Heikki Kovalainen made his DTM testing debut for BMW at Lausitz on Thursday. Kovalainen took the wheel of BMW’s DTM-spec M4 on the fourth and final day of its test at the German circuit, the Formula 1 race winner completing a series of long runs on both the prime and option tyres. “First of all I am grateful that BMW Motorsport offered me the opportunity to drive its car,” Kovalainen said. “I was really looking forward to this interesting experience. “To be honest, I didn’t really know what to expect as I have never driven a car like this. “But I felt really comfortable in the BMW M4 DTM from the very beginning. It’s an impressive car. “Of course, it is heavier than a Formula One car and has less [...]

Kovalainen gets BMW DTM test

August 25th, 2014

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