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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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

  • 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
    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.

DTM and Super GT plan joint races

May 20th, 2015

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Cars from the DTM and Japan’s Super GT class will do battle in two standalone events in 2017 and ’18, following the introduction of the new ‘Class One’ framework. The two categories already share chassis and aerodynamic DNA, and will strengthen their ties with a common technical package in 2017. A meeting between DTM, Super GT and representatives from America’s IMSA was held earlier this week at the Nurburgring, where further details were finalised. Among them, the engine regulations were passed. Two-litre, four-cylinder turbo engines producing 600bhp will be developed. Aerodynamic specs were also refined, with the incoming cars to resemble existing DTM and Super GT machinery. The first year of the new package will culminate with a showcase race in Japan in late 2017 between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz [...]

ART already helping Mercedes – Paffett

May 14th, 2015

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Gary Paffett says DTM newcomer ART Grand Prix has already played a part in Mercedes’ resurgence in the series. The single-seater giant made its DTM debut at Hockenheim earlier this month, with 2005 champion Paffett one of three Mercedes-Benz drivers to finish on the podium across the two races. A year earlier, the brand left Hockenheim’s opener without scoring a single point. “They’ve helped push Mercedes-Benz forward in the DTM, which is good,” Paffett told AUTOSPORT. “The engineers only saw this car at the start of the year, and they’ve really got the hang of it already. “They’re doing a great job on the set-up and have some great ideas that are pushing the HWA guys. “You’d imagine that with ART coming in, it would just be HWA feeding them [...]

DTM decides not to change calendar

May 12th, 2015

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The DTM has decided against changing its 2015 calendar, electing not to move its Nurburgring race to the former German Grand Prix Formula 1 date in July. Organisers explored changes to utilise the July 17-19 weekend, vacant after Hockenheim could not agree to terms with Formula One Management to host the race. With the Nurburgring the proposed venue, bringing the circuit’s existing September 25-27 date forward was the likely outcome after moves to add a 10th event were met with manufacturer resistance. However, organisers have opted not to proceed, leaving the nine-round calendar as originally announced late last year. “Basically, the date in July is perfect for a motor-racing event and discussing about a date shift or an additional event was the right approach,” series boss Hans Werner Aufrecht said. [...]

Glock: BMW ‘a bit behind’ DTM rivals

May 11th, 2015

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Timo Glock concedes BMW is “a bit behind” its DTM rivals, following a quiet start to the season at Hockenheim. BMW drivers won five of the nine races in 2014, including four through eventual champion Marco Wittmann, but in the dry Saturday race at the season-opener the marque could manage no higher than Maxime Martin’s seventh. Fortunes improved slightly on the wet Sunday, with Martin Tomczyk fourth and Wittmann fifth, while Glock’s best result was eighth on Saturday from 20th on the grid. The ex-Formula 1 racer says there is work to be done, particularly to solve a puzzling lack of single-lap pace. “I think we are a bit behind at the moment, definitely,” he told AUTOSPORT. “I think it looks like Audi and Mercedes – definitely Audi – is [...]

Mercedes signs Ocon to DTM role

May 7th, 2015

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Mercedes has signed reigning Formula 3 European champion Esteban Ocon as its DTM test and reserve driver. The manufacturer will support the French driver, who begins his maiden GP3 campaign this weekend at Barcelona, and now has a contractual option on his future. Ocon: The man who beat Max Verstappen Ocon conducted DTM passenger rides for Mercedes during last weekend’s Hockenheim season opener, where his GP3 outfit ART Grand Prix made its debut in the German series. “I’m really proud to have the support of Mercedes-Benz this season and that the Mercedes AMG DTM team has trusted me with the important role of test and reserve driver,” the 18-year-old said. “I spent last weekend with the DTM team in Hockenheim and hope that I can play a valuable role this [...]

Blomqvist: Lessons learned from debut

May 6th, 2015

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DTM rookie Tom Blomqvist feels the dry weather pace he showed on debut provides a good platform to build on, despite his troubled Hockenheim races. Signed by BMW after finishing second in the European Formula 3 Championship last season, the 21-year-old showed promising form during pre-season testing, including topping a day of running at Oschersleben. While BMW’s drivers struggled to get single-lap speed out of its M4 at the season opener, Blomqvist had a solid weekend, setting the third-fastest time in second practice. On Saturday, he qualified ninth, just 0.048s shy of third in a condensed top 10. “I was quite confident coming into the weekend because testing’s gone OK, but you never know where you stand, really,” he said. “The pace I showed against my team-mates was really strong [...]

DTM could fill vacant German GP date

May 4th, 2015

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DTM organisers are considering changes to the 2015 calendar to incorporate the July weekend traditionally used by Formula 1′s German Grand Prix. A nine-round schedule was announced last December and commenced last weekend at Hockenheim. In March, Germany’s F1 race was officially removed from the calendar after Hockenheim could not reach an agreement with Formula One Management, leaving the nation without a grand prix for the first time since 1960. Racing on the prominent July 17-19 weekend appeals to the DTM, and a number of scenarios are currently being explored, with the Nurburgring – originally scheduled to host F1 – the likely venue. A shift would create back-to-back rounds, following the Zandvoort event on July 10-12. One option would see the Nurburbring’s current round in September simply brought forward to [...]

Ekstrom victorious in Hockenheim rain

May 3rd, 2015

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Mattias Ekstrom mastered a wet Hockenheim to claim a commanding Sunday victory and complete Audi’s clean sweep of the DTM season opener. The two-time champion started second and grabbed the lead from Marco Wittmann at the hairpin on the opening lap. He then built an advantage nearing three seconds, as light rain began to fall, and was 4.5s clear by the time it was heavy enough to pit for wets, 20 minutes into the hour-long race. However, Ekstrom stopped a lap after Edoardo Mortara, who capitalised and claimed the lead. It didn’t take Ekstrom long to get back past, and over the second half of the race he cruised to an eventual 7.3s victory. Mortara was second and leaves with the championship lead, while Gary Paffett claimed his first podium [...]

Rockenfeller tops drying qualifying

May 3rd, 2015

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Mike Rockenfeller pipped Audi team-mate Miguel Molina to take pole position for the second race of Hockenheim’s DTM season opener, in a frenetic, drying qualifying session. Rain returned to the region overnight, and the morning’s 15-minute warm-up was run in the wet. Drivers started qualifying on wet tyres 90 minutes later, however the improving conditions meant they began switching to slicks within six minutes. What followed was countless changes at the top of the order between 10 different drivers as times fell by 10 seconds, eventually getting within 1.5s of Jamie Green’s lap to claim pole on Saturday in the dry. Paul di Resta was making the biggest inroads and with three minutes remaining he led the field into the 1m35s bracket. However, such was the rate of improvement, he [...]

Paffett slams Tomczyk after clash

May 2nd, 2015

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Mercedes’ Gary Paffett has slammed Martin Tomczyk after an error by the BMW driver ended his race in the Hockenheim DTM season opener. Paffett started from the back of the grid thanks to a post-session sensor change in parc ferme and was 12th on lap 15 when he was collected by Tomcyk, who lost the rear of his car under braking for the hairpin. The impact eliminated Paffett and also led to his ART Grand Prix team-mate, Lucas Auer, retiring after collecting the stranded Tomczyk. In the immediate aftermath, Paffett called it a “stupid, stupid move”, and his frustration hadn’t subsided two hours later. “It’s probably worse. I’ve watched the video a few more times and it’s pretty clear to me,” he told AUTOSPORT. “Looking at the footage, what I [...]

Green wins opening DTM round

May 2nd, 2015

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Jamie Green ended a two-year victory drought to start the 2015 DTM season at Hockenheim with his first win for Audi. Green dominated from pole position and was never challenged during the 40-minute race, despite two safety-car restarts. Green asserted his authority early, establishing a 3.3-second lead by lap three and then controlling the margin to be 3.6s clear approaching the halfway mark. Daniel Juncadella then triggered a safety-car period when he crashed at Sachs Kurve and, while another quickly followed, Green remained in command. He eventually crossed the line 2.1s clear of Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein, with Paul di Resta completing the podium. Wehrlein led the pursuit of Green early, but was passed by di Resta mid-race. But as the Scot struggled with his brakes in the closing laps, [...]

Green takes pole for DTM opener

May 2nd, 2015

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Jamie Green will start the DTM’s first Saturday race since 2002 from pole position, as Audi dominated another session at Hockenheim. With drivers having an allocation of four sets of tyres to cover the weekend’s pair of qualifying sessions and races, Green set his fastest lap in the opening minutes of the 20-minute session. Green: Only DTM title matters now His 1m33.044s was four tenths clear of the pack after the initial runs and eventually good enough to secure his first pole position since September 2013 by 0.116 seconds. In addition to its 75th DTM pole, Audi finished qualifying with six drivers in the top 10, but Pascal Wehrlein and Augusto Farfus ensured all three brands were represented inside the top three. OPINION: Why the new DTM format should pay [...]

Mortara and Audi stay on top

May 2nd, 2015

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Edoardo Mortara stayed on top in DTM practice at Hockenheim, leading an Audi one-two in the final session before Saturday qualifying. The Italian set the pace during Friday’s wet running and while conditions improved significantly overnight, the result didn’t change in the dry. Mortara moved to the top with four minutes remaining and his 1m32.672s lap was 0.102 seconds clear of stablemate Jamie Green as Audis filled six of the top nine positions. Rookie Tom Blomqvist was the best of the BMWs, third and just 0.024s shy of Green, while Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekstrom completed the top five ahead of reigning champion Marco Wittmann. It was a quiet session for Mercedes, with Pascal Wehrlein the leading C-Coupe after jumping up to eighth in the final minutes. Paul di Resta [...]

Mortara leads first DTM session of ’15

May 1st, 2015

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Edoardo Mortara pipped Audi team-mate Mattias Ekstrom after the chequered flag to lead the opening DTM practice session of the season at a wet Hockenheim. BMW’s Timo Glock set the early pace, before the Abt Audis of Mortara and Ekstrom took turns at the head of the field inside the first 20 minutes. The Italian, fifth in last season’s standings, reclaimed the ascendency with a 1m50.382s lap that looked set to remain the benchmark. However, as the chequered flag flew, Ekstrom improved to a 1m50.296s, only for Mortara to log a 1m50.182s and retake top spot just moments later. MITCHELL ADAM: Why the new DTM format will thrill in 2015 Despite light rain that is forecast to persist all weekend, the session went largely without incident, the only stoppage when [...]

Twilight DTM races get go-ahead

April 30th, 2015

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The DTM has confirmed it will run a selection of its reintroduced Saturday races as twilight heats in the 2015 season. As revealed by AUTOSPORT last week, the series and its domestic broadcaster ARD have worked to utilise later TV windows for the races, which are being held for the first time since 2002. Three of the nine Saturday races will start in the early evening, moving into a timeslot dominated in Germany by football’s Bundesliga. OPINION: Why the new DTM format will thrill All 40-minutes-plus-one-lap in duration, Lausitzring’s sprint will commence at 6pm local time, Zandvoort at 6.10pm and Red Bull Ring at 6.25pm. The fourth event in the block, which is shaped by the Bundesliga off-season, Norisring’s Saturday race will get underway at 4.45pm. Pitstops are optional on [...]

Green: Only DTM title matters now

April 29th, 2015

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Jamie Green says his DTM championship position matters little to him if he does not win the title, as he prioritises turning his pace into a first victory for Audi. The Brit left Mercedes after finishing third in the 2012 standings, ending an eight-season tenure during which he won eight races and did not finish lower than seventh in the championship. By contrast, his first two seasons with Audi have yielded 11th and 10th in the standings and three podiums. Last year, Green was the DTM’s second-best average qualifier, and had impressive race pace only for results to go begging through ill-timed safety cars – notably while leading at Oschersleben and Hockenheim’s finale – and mistakes. “From my point of view it doesn’t really make any difference whether I finish [...]

Mercedes fixing 2014 DTM weaknesses

April 23rd, 2015

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Mercedes says it is encouraged by its new DTM challenger, but admits it won’t know how much of a step it has taken until Hockenheim’s season opener next month. The championship’s most-successful manufacturer has failed to win a title since Paul di Resta’s 2010 triumph, claiming 11 race victories against Audi and BMW in those four seasons. New HWA CEO Ulrich Fritz has overseen a major restructure of the Mercedes programme, including the homologation of a new C-Coupe, which Christian Vietoris first raced at Zandvoort’s penultimate round last September. Capping a positive pre-season, Mercedes F1 reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein topped the final day of testing at Oschersleben last week, with Gary Paffett and Robert Wickens second on the other days. “It was pretty promising,” Vietoris told AUTOSPORT. “We were roughly [...]

DTM planning twilight races

April 22nd, 2015

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The DTM is set to run a selection of its reintroduced Saturday heats as twilight races in 2015, with late afternoon and early evening starts. For the first time since 2002, each event this year will feature a Saturday and a Sunday race, with Saturday’s to last for 40 minutes plus one lap and include an optional pitstop for tyres. While Sunday races were held in the same early-afternoon timeslot across 2014, organisers and the DTM’s German broadcaster, ARD, are set to utilise several different windows on Saturdays this year. At next weekend’s Hockenheim season opener, the race will start at 2:45pm local time, but a number of summer races will commence later, with 6pm mooted as one option. That timeslot is prominent in German sports, particularly football, hosting the [...]

Wehrlein ends DTM test on top

April 16th, 2015

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Mercedes ended DTM pre-season testing on a strong note, with Pascal Wehrlein topping the final day of running at Oschersleben. The Mercedes Formula 1 reserve driver led the way in the morning, despite a red flag-inducing spin, with a lap of 1m19.952s. That put the 20-year-old, who was eighth in the 2014 standings, just 0.045 seconds clear of BMW’s Augusto Farfus when the field stopped for lunch. Having topped the first two days of running with Marco Wittmann and Tom Blomqvist, BMW dominated Thursday afternoon but Wehrlein’s lap remained the best of the day. “Today was good, and we were able to get in plenty of driving,” he said. “I posted 144 laps to set the fastest time, ending this test week very positively.” Third in the morning, reigning champion [...]

Blomqvist keeps BMW on top on day two

April 15th, 2015

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Rookie Tom Blomqvist kept BMW on top in the second day of the DTM’s final pre-season test at Oschersleben, leading fellow Brit Gary Paffett. After reigning champion Marco Wittmann led Tuesday’s first day of running, Blomqvist was fastest on Wednesday with a 1m20.216s lap set in the afternoon. In a strong day, the F3 graduate was also second in the morning, his 1m20.431s just over a tenth behind pacesetter Paffett in the ART-run Mercedes. While he didn’t improve in the afternoon and was fifth for the session, Paffett’s 1m20.309s remained the second-fastest of the day, while Mattias Ekstrom was third for Audi, ensuring each manufacturer was represented in the top three. “We basically had a great test,” two-time DTM champion Ekstrom said. “The conditions were good and we tried a [...]