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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.

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 [...]

Wittmann tops first day of last test

April 14th, 2015

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Reigning DTM champion Marco Wittmann led the way as BMW dominated the opening day of the final pre-season test at Oschersleben. Wittmann topped both the morning and afternoon running, as the four BMWs all finished the day inside the top five. Having set a 1m20.059s in the first session, Wittmann improved to a 1m19.913s after lunch, the only driver to lap under the 1m20s bracket. Timo Glock was only 10th of the 12 runners in the morning, but he set the second-fastest time of the afternoon, a 1m20.142s. That put Glock third for the day, while Antonio Felix da Costa and Tom Blomqvist were fourth and fifth. Mercedes driver Robert Wickens prevented a BMW sweep of the top four places. The Canadian was second in the morning to Wittmann with [...]

Juncadella adds Blancpain programme

April 7th, 2015

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Mercedes DTM driver Daniel Juncadella will contest selected rounds of the Blancpain Endurance Series around an attack on the Spa 24 Hours in July. The Spaniard, who was reserve and test driver for Force India in Formula 1 last year, will race a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG for the German Rowe Racing squad in the Pro Cup class of the BES. Although the 23-year-old will contest this weekend’s series opener at Monza, the rest of his GT programme around his DTM campaign with Mucke Motorsport has yet to be defined. Rowe team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf told AUTOSPORT: “Daniel will do Spa and some races to prepare. “His programme is still up for discussion and he could do Silverstone [round two in May].” Naundorf explained that the deal had not been brokered [...]

DTM revamps its DRS use rules

April 1st, 2015

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The DTM has significantly revamped its use of DRS for the 2015 season, as part of a push to increase overtaking in the series. In 2014, the second year of DRS in the DTM, drivers could use the system once after crossing the start-finish line within two seconds of the car in front. They will need to be closer this year, within one second, but will be free to use DRS three times during the following lap. The wing angle when DRS is engaged has also been altered, and will be lowered by 18 degrees, rather than 16 degrees. In other newly-finalised sporting regulations, tyre allocations have been tweaked after the option tyre was dropped late last year. To complete Saturday’s 40-minute race, Sunday’s 60-minute race and the pair of [...]

Audi’s Muller ends DTM test quickest

March 27th, 2015

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Nico Muller topped the timesheets at Estoril, as Audi ended the DTM’s first official 2015 pre-season test with three cars in the top four. Muller, 19th in his rookie campaign last year, led the morning running with a time of 1m32.443s – the fastest of the three-day test – and it was not bettered during the afternoon session, in which the Swiss driver was fourth fastest. Also with times set in the morning, Timo Scheider was his closest challenger, 0.143 seconds behind, while Miguel Molina completed the trio of RS5s in the top four. Mercedes veteran Gary Paffett turned his first laps of 2015 and ensured it wasn’t an Audi 1-2-3, setting the third fastest time. Taking over from rookie Lucas Auer, who was fastest on day two for DTM [...]

Auer tops second day of Estoril test

March 26th, 2015

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Mercedes rookie Lucas Auer led the way on the second, rain-marred day of DTM’s first official pre-season test at Estoril. Showers hit the Portuguese circuit, limiting the morning running and then leaving teams to focus on pitstop practice during the final hour. Formula 3 graduate Auer, who will race with DTM newcomer ART Grand Prix in 2015, set his time of 1m32.748s before lunch, and while he was slowest in the afternoon session, his morning time was enough to lead the combined timesheets. Audi’s Nico Muller topped the afternoon to be second overall, 0.049 seconds behind Auer’s best, and Mike Rockenfeller ended the day third. Having been Auer’s closest challenger in the morning, 2013 champion Rockenfeller handed his RS5 over to Timo Scheider for the afternoon session, in which Audis [...]

Audi’s Green tops day one of DTM test

March 25th, 2015

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Jamie Green set the pace for Audi on the first day of official pre-season DTM testing at Estoril on Wednesday. The British driver’s 1m32.774s late in the day moved him well clear of the rest of the pack, comfortably giving him top spot ahead of his team-mate (and morning pacesetter) Mike Rockenfeller. Rockenfeller led the way throughout the morning running after posting his 1m33.173s early on. While he was only fourth quickest in the afternoon, his morning time would only be bettered by Green, who described the day’s running as “compromised” due to gusty winds. Rockenfeller notched up the most laps over the course of the day (156), just edging out another Audi of Mattias Ekstrom for that honour. That left Audi well clear of BMW and Mercedes in the [...]

Paffett: Race one pitstops unlikely

March 20th, 2015

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Former DTM champion Gary Paffett isn’t expecting many pitstops during Saturday races in 2015, following the release of the series’ new double-header weekend format. Each event will feature a 40-minute race on Saturday and a 60-minute Sunday race, with grids set by standalone qualifying sessions. The biggest difference, though, is that pitstops to change tyres will be optional on Saturday and mandatory on Sunday. Paffett told AUTOSPORT that he believes teams will manage the shorter race so as to avoid stopping. “I think everybody will,” he said. “There was some discussion as to whether the tyre supplier wanted to have a pitstop or not in a 40-minute race. “But with the tyres we are using, the majority of the circuits are low deg, so I don’t expect that in a [...]

DTM reveals new race format details

March 13th, 2015

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The DTM has revealed full details of its new two-race format for 2015, with pitstops being optional during the Saturday races. The reintroduction of a double-header format was announced late last year, forming a nine-event, 18-race calendar. From the season opener at Hockenheim on May 1-3, each race will have its own 20-minute qualifying session – a departure from the elimination format of recent years – and the races will be worth equal points, despite different durations. Saturday’s race will be timed to 40 minutes plus one lap, with pitstops to change tyres optional but not mandatory, creating a strategic variable. A pitstop is, though, required during Sunday’s longer race, which will run for 60 minutes plus one lap. “With two championship rounds per weekend we provide the spectators twice [...]

ART completes first Mercedes DTM test

March 5th, 2015

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ART Grand Prix completed its maiden DTM test this week, as all three manufacturers headed to Portugal’s Algarve circuit for pre-season testing. With the single-seater giant’s debut in the series approaching, rookies Lucas Auer and Maximilian Gotz drove Gary Paffett’s Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Auer will be one the team’s full-time drivers in 2015, alongside former champion Paffett. Gotz, who will race with Mucke Motorsport, started the programme but was limited to just 20 laps due to technical problems. He fared better on the second day, turning 103 laps, before Auer’s 104 on Wednesday completed the test. “There were a few hiccups at the start, but overall, our first DTM test was a thrilling experience for the whole team, from the drivers and mechanics to [...]

DTM adopts F1-style number choices

February 27th, 2015

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The DTM has followed Formula 1′s lead in allowing its drivers to choose their race number, starting from the 2015 season. Following on from F1 introducing the same rule a year ago, drivers can now choose their number for their DTM career, with numbers 2-99 available and number one reserved for the reigning champion. The series also published a full list of drivers’ choices for this season, with several drivers explaining their selection. Current champion Marco Wittmann revealed that his choice would have been #11 had he needed to choose, while Augusto Farfus (#18) and Nico Muller (#51) selected numbers from their early days in karting. Mattias Ekstrom (#5), Bruno Spengler (#7) and Timo Scheider (#10), all champions in the past, have selected the numbers that they won their first [...]

BMW pairs Blomqvist with Farfus

February 6th, 2015

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DTM rookie Tom Blomqvist will be paired with Augusto Farfus at Team RBM for the 2015 season. The Briton recently inked a DTM deal with BMW for the 2015 season, and it has now been announced that he will drive alongside four-time race winner Farfus with the Belgium-based squad. In other BMW driver news, Antonio Felix da Costa has been moved over to the famous Schnitzer team for his sophomore season in the DTM. The Portuguese driver, who finished 21st last year for Team MTEK, will partner Martin Tomczyk in his 15th season as a DTM driver. Bruno Spengler, meanwhile, will make the opposite move, switching from Schnitzer to MTEK for the new season to partner ex-Formula 1 racer Timo Glock. The only BMW team that remains unchanged from 2014 [...]

Blomqvist lands BMW DTM drive

February 2nd, 2015

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European Formula 3 runner-up Tom Blomqvist has secured a BMW DTM drive for the 2015 season. The 21-year-old Briton, who edged out 2015 Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen to take second in European F3 behind Esteban Ocon last year, impressed BMW in an evaluation test at Jerez in December. “I cannot put into words just how delighted I am to have been signed up by BMW Motorsport,” said Blomqvist. “After the test in Spain, I was able to envisage just how it would feel to be a BMW works driver and regularly push myself to the limit in the BMW M4 DTM. “Now I have the opportunity to do just that – and it’s just fantastic.” Blomqvist completes BMW’s DTM line-up for the new season, and takes the [...]

Paffett to lead ART’s DTM campaign

January 30th, 2015

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Gary Paffett will lead ART Grand Prix’s driver line-up in 2015, as the team embarks on its first season of DTM racing with Mercedes. The Briton, who has been part of Mercedes’ main HWA squad since 2009, has made the switch to the DTM newcomer where he will partner series rookie Lucas Auer. According to Paffett, his switch will not only help ART get up to speed quicker, but give him some fresh motivation after a tough 2014 season. “They wanted an experienced driver to help them get up to speed as quickly as possible,” Paffett told AUTOSPORT. “They are incredibly competitive in everything they do, and their technical ability is very high, so I have no doubt that they have the ability to, at the very least, compete with [...]

Mercedes brings Auer into DTM

January 29th, 2015

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Former European Formula 3 frontrunner Lucas Auer will join the DTM with Mercedes for the 2015 season. The 20-year-old Austrian has finished fourth in the last two European F3 campaigns, using Mercedes power both times, and first tested the brand’s DTM car at Jerez in December last year. Auer is the second new signing Mercedes has announced this week, following confirmation that GT ace Maximilian Gotz will also make the step up to the DTM. “Joining the DTM is an important step in my career,” said Auer. “I’m really proud to be part of the Mercedes family. Testing towards the end of last year in Jerez de la Frontera was a fantastic experience. “I can’t wait to get back in the car and continue preparations for my DTM debut. “I [...]

Gotz lands Mercedes DTM race seat

January 26th, 2015

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Blancpain Sprint Series champion Maximilian Gotz will race for Mercedes in the DTM in 2015, the German manufacturer has announced. Gotz, who has established himself as a GT star in Mercedes machinery in recent years, switches across from the marque’s ‘customer sports programme’ to its full-factory DTM effort. “The moment when I first found out that I will be racing in the DTM in 2015 will stay with me for a very long time,” said the 28-year-old. “It’s a mega feeling to know that the success I achieved with different teams over the years during my time with the AMG customer sports programme was being closely monitored by the racing bosses at Mercedes-Benz. “It’s a little bit like a dream come true – I will be doing everything I can [...]

British quartet get BMW DTM auditions

November 30th, 2014

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Four young British drivers will have a chance to sample BMW’s DTM car this week, as part of the brand’s post-season test. BMW’s DTM teams will all be in action at Jerez this week between Tuesday and Thursday, running for the first time since the season came to a close at Hockenheim in October. The test will feature four British drivers having their first taste of DTM machinery, with European Formula 3 runner-up Tom Blomqvist, Indy Lights runner-up Jack Harvey, GP3 champion Alex Lynn and Formula E race winner Sam Bird all to taking part. The quartet of Brits will be joined by Kiwi Richie Stanaway, who finished eighth in this year’s GP3 series, as well as BMW factory sportscar driver Lucas Luhr and 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 champion Robin [...]

ART joins DTM with Mercedes

November 29th, 2014

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Multiple single-seater champion team ART Grand Prix will join the DTM in 2015 as Mercedes increases its line-up to eight cars. Mercedes fielded just seven cars in 2014, one less than stipulated by a standing agreement between the three manufacturers in the DTM. As late as the end of September, Mercedes was still predicting it would only field seven cars again in 2015, which sparked an angry reaction from both Audi and BMW. But now the three-pointed star has officially confirmed there will be eight C-Coupes on the grid next season, and that ART will join HWA and Mucke Motorsport under the Mercedes banner. ART and Mercedes already have a long history, the French team having used Mercedes power in European Formula 3 from 2003-10. ART also took both of [...]

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- [...]