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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

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

  • Jeff Jacobs

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

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

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Matt Holden

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Thiago Izequiel

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

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

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

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

Audi blasts Green’s treatment

June 29th, 2015

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Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass says the treatment championship leader Jamie Green received on track at the Norisring was “unacceptable”, after a race-two clash caused a puncture. Green had won three of the year’s four races heading to the Nuremberg street circuit, but was not a factor there as Audi laboured through a weekend dominated by Mercedes. Performance weight based on its strong start to the season – with some Audi drivers running as much as 30kg heavier than several BMW entries – played a role as its drivers struggled with set-up. Green led the way for Audi on Saturday, qualifying third and eventually finishing the wet-dry race seventh after a clash with Paul di Resta. While di Resta labelled that move at the chicane – where Green looked to [...]

Wickens claims another Norisring win

June 28th, 2015

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Robert Wickens claimed his second Norisring DTM victory in as many seasons, capping a dominant weekend for Mercedes in race two. With its second win of the weekend, and seven of its eight cars inside the top nine, Mercedes remains unbeaten at the street circuit since 2003. Wickens started third but slotted into second off the line, between polesitter Bruno Spengler’s BMW and stablemate Christian Vietoris. A quarter of the way into the race, Mercedes took control. Wickens sliced down the inside of Spengler at Turn 1 to take the lead. Vietoris then passed Spengler at the chicane, while Lucas Auer and Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom also got past Spengler, who dropped from first to fifth in the space of a single lap. From there, Wickens kept Vietoris half-a-second behind until [...]

Spengler puts BMW on Norisring pole

June 28th, 2015

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Bruno Spengler claimed his first DTM pole position since October 2013, as BMW crashed Mercedes’ Norisring party in Sunday qualifying. Mercedes has dominated the weekend, including a 1-2-3-4 finish led by Pascal Wehrlein in Saturday’s race, and its drivers looked strong again on Sunday morning. Saturday polesitter Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens both spent considerable time at the top of the order, and began the final minute with Vietoris just 0.009 seconds ahead. However, three-time Norisring winner Spengler improved on consecutive laps, with his 48.280s effort good enough to put him on top. By this time, Vietoris had already pitted, and while Wickens set a session-best time in the second sector, he could not snatch pole after the chequered flag “Unfortunately I didn’t improve on the second set of tyres, [...]

Wehrlein leads all-Mercedes top four

June 27th, 2015

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Mercedes Formula 1 reserve driver Pascal Wehrlein led a clean sweep of the top four for the manufacturer in a wet-dry Saturday Norisring DTM race. Following a heavy rain shower 15 minutes before the race began, seven drivers elected to start on wet tyres. They spent the opening minutes behind the safety car, after a first corner pile-up triggered when Lucas Auer tagged Miguel Molina on the exit of Turn 1. When racing resumed, Christian Vietoris, Gary Paffett, Robert Wickens, Paul di Resta, Martin Tomczyk, Daniel Juncadella and Mike Rockenfeller built a lead at the head of the field as the track dried. Of that pack, Juncadella and Rockenfeller had come from 11th and 22nd on the grid respectively. Wehrlein bided his time as the best of the drivers on [...]

Vietoris takes pole in drying session

June 27th, 2015

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Christian Vietoris claimed his second career DTM pole position at the Norisring, in a frenetic, drying qualifying dominated by Mercedes. Rain eased and then stopped between practice and the 20-minute session to set the grid for Saturday afternoon’s race, and while the field started on wet tyres, times tumbled throughout the opening half. Vietoris was one of the first to switch to slicks, with eight minutes remaining, and while Turn 1 remained damp a shootout ensued. Pascal Wehrlein eventually started the final minute on pole, but was shaded by Robert Wickens and Paul di Resta as the chequered flag flew. Gary Paffett then went fastest and Jamie Green second, moments before Vietoris recorded his 50.640s lap to secure his first pole since the race at the Lausitzring in 2013. Just [...]

Wickens fastest as rain hits Norisring

June 27th, 2015

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Defending Norisring winner Robert Wickens topped Saturday morning’s wet DTM practice session for Mercedes. Rain arrived in the region overnight and fell steadily throughout the 45 minutes of running, most of which featured championship leader Jamie Green atop the timesheets. Wickens went fastest with 13 minutes remaining and improved the following lap to a 54.933s, which was 0.0154 seconds clear of Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller. As conditions improved slightly late in the session, Rockenfeller was among those to find time, along with Timo Glock and Timo Scheider. As a result, Green ended the session fifth, ahead of Martin Tomczyk, Daniel Juncadella and Pascal Wehrlein. Friday pacesetter Gary Paffett recorded the 12th-fastest time, while Mattias Ekstrom – who won the wet race at Hockenheim‘s season opener – was 14th. Glock and Wehrlein [...]

Paffett leads di Resta in DTM practice

June 26th, 2015

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Gary Paffett led Paul di Resta in a Mercedes 1-2 in DTM Friday practice at the Norisring, as less than one tenth of a second covered the top six. Mercedes has won every race at the street circuit since 2003, and the Brits got its weekend off to the best possible start. As times improved throughout the 45 minute session, di Resta moved to the top of the order with 11 minutes remaining, and his 48.579s lap looked set to remain the best of the afternoon. Two minutes from the end, though, Paffett went 0.026 seconds faster with a 48.553s effort. Behind another DTM champion, BMW’s Bruno Spengler in third, Daniel Juncadella made it three C-Coupes in the top four. Championship leader Jamie Green was fifth in his Audi ahead [...]

DTM closing on debut for slow zones

June 26th, 2015

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Speed-restricted ‘slow zones’ could be used in DTM race conditions for the first time at Zandvoort next month, pending a successful final trial at the Norisring. The DTM has been working towards its version of Formula 1′s virtual safety car, a GPS-monitored 80km/h limit through the timing sector of an incident, as an alternative to a full safety-car period. Trials were conducted during pre-season testing and in practice for the first two rounds of the series, and a final assessment will be conducted during Friday afternoon’s practice session at the Norisring. Successful feedback would mean slow zones are made available to the race director in qualifying and races from Zandvoort’s round on July 10-12. BMW’s 2012 champion, Bruno Spengler endorsed the system ahead of its likely introduction. “I’m quite convinced. [...]

Hankook identifies DTM tyre variance

June 22nd, 2015

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DTM tyre supplier Hankook has revised its procedures after finding what it described as a variance in “weight median” following a post-Lausitzring analysis of its tyres. A scheduled two-day test after the second event of the season was cancelled amid questions raised by BMW and Mercedes about tyre performance during a weekend dominated by Audi. The DTM requested a “detailed analysis and a prompt clarification” from Hankook, following feedback from a number of teams that the control tyre was “deviating in its handling characteristics from empirical values”. The review confirmed that all of the tyres were within Hankook’s design guidelines, but that the latest batch of its rubber had a higher weight median and was closer to the permitted upper limit. Tyres are allocated via a raffle at each event [...]

Audi to run retro livery at Norisring

June 18th, 2015

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Two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom will run a retro works Audi livery at the Norisring round this month. The Swedish driver will switch from his usual Red Bull colours to the white, red, grey and black colours made famous by Audi Sport in the 1980s and 1990s. The livery is to commemorate Hans Stuck’s victory at the Nuremberg street circuit 25 years ago, when he won for Audi at the wheel of the V8 Quattro. “In the early 90s, I was sitting in front of my TV watching the DTM – drivers like Stuck and [Walter] Rohrl, they were my heroes,” said Ekstrom. “Seeing my Audi RS 5 and the V8 Quattro from those days standing side-by-side with the same graphics is very special for me. “The Norisring is Audi’s [...]

Green enjoying DTM ‘happy hour’

June 16th, 2015

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Jamie Green feels he’s in a career “happy hour” after claiming a pair of DTM victories at the Lausitzring last month, taking his 2015 tally to three from four races. Green ended a 1035-day drought with his first win for Audi during the Hockenheim season opener, and dominated both races at the Lausitzring as Audi swept the top four places in the Saturday race and the top five on Sunday. “It took me a while to settle in at Audi, but I think it’s fair to say I’ve settled in now,” Green said. “The car’s working, I don’t need to adapt my driving style to the car. It suits me, I’m quick most of the time, so it’s kind of happy hour in terms of your career when you jump [...]

Discord over Audi DTM engine penalty

June 2nd, 2015

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A Lausitzring grid penalty eventually served by Audi driver Adrien Tambay has caused angst among the DTM’s three manufacturers. The engines used by Audi’s Hockenheim race winners Jamie Green and Mattias Ekstrom sustained damage, which was detected during post-event inspections. Manufacturers are allowed a pool of nine engines to use between their eight drivers during the season. While Green or Ekstrom could use the ‘spare’ ninth engine, one of the damaged two units had to be repaired and re-sealed for use at the Lausitzring. The penalty for re-sealing an engine during the season is a rear-of-grid start for the driver who uses the unit in the next race. Audi says the damage was external rather than a technical failure, and sought to avoid the penalty – as is permitted in [...]

BMW/Mercedes back test cancellation

June 1st, 2015

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Concerns from DTM manufacturers BMW and Mercedes were behind the talks that led to this week’s Lausitzring test being cancelled. All three of the series’ marques were scheduled to return to the circuit on Tuesday and Wednesday, however BMW and Mercedes-Benz expressed doubts about the value of their participation after Sunday’s race, following a weekend that was dominated by Audi. In announcing the move, a statement from the DTM said “the reason is that the tyre currently being used is deviating in its handling characteristics from empirical values for a number of teams”, and that it has requested “detailed analysis and a prompt clarification” from Hankook. Having endured a tough weekend – plagued by severe degradation across its line-up – BMW felt the test would be more beneficial after time [...]

Green completes Lausitz double

May 31st, 2015

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Jamie Green completed a Lausitzring DTM double, as Audi capped a weekend of domination with the top five places in Sunday’s one-hour race. Having taken pole by half-a-second, Green was beaten off the line by Mattias Ekstrom. Green reduced Ekstrom’s early advantage and after running wide on the exit on his first attempt to take the lead at Turn 1, fired successfully down the inside a lap later, at the 10-minute mark. Green skipped away by 1.1 seconds over the remainder of the lap to escape the DRS zone. From there, he managed the race and led by three seconds with 10 minutes remaining, when Lucas Auer beached his Mercedes at Turn 8. The safety car was duly called into action, and when racing resumed with five minutes to go, [...]

Green claims comfortable DTM pole

May 31st, 2015

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Jamie Green picked up where he left off in Saturday’s Lausitzring DTM race in Sunday qualifying, leading another all-Audi top four. Green claimed his second win of the season on Saturday afternoon to move into the championship lead, and was the driver to catch in qualifying for Sunday’s longer race. While Audi stablemates Nico Muller, Miguel Molina and Timo Scheider all enjoyed brief spells at the top, Green was never far away. His final effort to reclaim top spot was telling. A 1m17.386s lap was eventually 0.520 seconds clear of his closest challenger – the same margin covered the rest of the field. Mattias Ekstrom finished the session second, ahead of Scheider and Molina, while BMW’s Maxime Martin prevented an Audi sweep of the top five with a lap completed [...]

Green victorious again at Lausitz

May 30th, 2015

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Audi’s Jamie Green claimed his second win of the 2015 DTM season at the Lausitzring, in a Saturday race that came to life in the final quarter. Polesitter Miguel Molina assumed the early lead, ahead of Green, Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekstrom, underlining Audi’s domination of the weekend. The quartet were never split by more than two seconds, and pressure built as the 40 minutes passed, despite Green not having the use of DRS in his bid to take the lead. However, he continued to bide his time, and pounced with eight minutes to go, passing Molina down the inside at the first corner. He put his head down, and built a 1.1-second margin over the remainder of the lap to skip clear of the DRS zone, extended that to [...]

Molina gets pole as Audi fills top four

May 30th, 2015

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Miguel Molina claimed his first pole position of the 2015 DTM season, as Audi locked out the front two rows of Saturday’s Lausitzring grid. Molina set a pair of laps good enough for pole, with his best time of 1m17.438s securing top spot. Practice pacesetter Jamie Green will start second, having lapped 0.121 seconds shy of Molina, while Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekstrom – the latter despite a spin – complete an all-Audi top four. Last year’s Lausitzring winner Pascal Wehrlein will start fifth for Mercedes, ahead of BMW’s Marco Wittmann. The reigning champion had an eventful session that included a spin, and he will visit the stewards for an alleged block on Timo Scheider during the opening minutes. Robert Wickens, Maxime Martin, Tom Blomqvist and Paul di Resta complete [...]

Green leads Audi domination

May 30th, 2015

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Jamie Green topped final practice at the Lausitzring, as Audi stamped its authority on the second round of the 2015 DTM season. Despite the majority of its runners carrying success ballast as a result of its double victory at Hockenheim earlier this month, Audi drivers filled seven of the top nine positions. Green, who claimed his first win for Audi during the season opener, set the early pace in the 45-minute session with a 1m17.714s lap. Mike Rockenfeller went fastest just after the halfway mark, before Green improved to a 1m17.430s lap with four minutes remaining to secure top spot. Championship leader Edoardo Mortara finished the session as his closest challenger, just 0.059 seconds behind, while BMW and Mercedes could at least take some positives from the session. Friday pacesetter [...]

Blomqvist sets DTM practice pace

May 29th, 2015

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BMW rookie Tom Blomqvist led the way in first practice for this weekend’s second round of the DTM season at the Lausitzring. Audi dominated the bulk of the 45-minute session, held in overcast conditions, and entered the final 10 minutes with its drivers occupying the top six positions. Inside the final five minutes, though, Blomqvist and reigning champion Marco Wittmann leapt up the timesheets. Blomqvist unseated Hockenheim Sunday winner Mattias Ekstrom with a lap of 1m18.145s to end the session on top, 0.197 seconds clear of the Swede. Wittmann took third, a further 0.013s behind, as Audi drivers Jamie Green, Mike Rockenfeller, Edoardo Mortara and Timo Scheider filed fourth through to seventh. Maxime Martin was eighth in his BMW, ahead of the best of the Mercedes runners, Robert Wickens. The [...]

Paffett and Tomczyk continue spat

May 29th, 2015

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DTM champions Gary Paffett and Martin Tomczyk’s war of words continued at the Lausitzring, on the eve of the second round of the series. An error by BMW driver Tomczyk accounted for Paffett and his ART Mercedes team-mate Lucas Auer in the Saturday race at Hockenheim earlier this month. Paffett spoke out in the aftermath, dubbing it a “stupid thing to do”, and the topic was raised again during Friday’s pre-event press conference, attended by both drivers. “We’re not best mates, I don’t think,” Mercedes’ Paffett said, when asked about the pair’s relationship. “What happened on Saturday is something that’s hard to forget very quickly, to be honest. “You work so hard and then something like that happens, and you get taken out of the race in that manner, it’s [...]