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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.

  • 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.

Tanned,Tested and Ready

by David Phillips on September 18th, 2014

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Coming off their runner-up finish at Road America, iRacers Negri and Pew are looking to do one better at CoTA this weekend.

With a trio of top six finishes in the past three races – including a storming run to second place at Road America – Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian is mounting a charge in the latter stages of the Tudor United Sports Car Championship.  Indeed, it would come as no surprise if drivers Oswaldo Negri, Jr and John Pew figured prominently in this weekend’s Lone Star Le Mans at the Circuit of the Americas. If so, Shank and Co can give thanks to iRacing for contributing to their success.  After all, both Pew and Negri are pretty dedicated iRacers who, despite a wealth of “real” racing experience, turn to iRacing to keep themselves sharp between races and to prepare for upcoming events. Negri (aka Ozz to teammates, friends and his [...]

Bonito’s Hat Trick

by Paul Slavonik on September 18th, 2014

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sim-racing

The iRacing.com GT3 Challenge completed an exciting Week 7 of Season 3 with a visit to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. From all over the world, almost 1,200 different sim-racers manned the controls to their car of choice and took to the track. Although the competition was tough, one driver has consistently faced the challenges from week-to-week and come out on top. That driver is none other than Enzo Bonito of Team Redline. Racing his McLaren MP4, Bonito raced in a Strength of Field (SoF) event of 4773, started on pole position, led every lap of the 23 lap online race and also set the fastest lap time with a 1:20.091. Earning 304 points towards his championship hopes, Bonito has been steadily moving towards the top of the Season 3 [...]

Aston Martin Coming to iRacing

by David Phillips on September 11th, 2014

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iRacing today announced plans to add four Aston Martin Racing cars to its lineup of digital race cars. iRacing will create a virtual version of the Aston Martin Vantage GT3 that will compete next weekend in the iRacing.com Nürburgring 1000 Blancpain Sprint Series event, as well as other Aston Martin Racing cars including the Le Mans class-winning DBR9. “The opportunity to produce these authentic digital Aston Martins is genuinely exciting news for iRacing,” says Tony Gardner, President of iRacing.com.  “Aston Martin has long been synonymous with sports car racing excellence, and the opportunity to race the Vantage GT3, DBR9 and other Aston Martins on the virtual tracks of iRacing will generate tremendous enthusiasm among our members.” The Aston Martins will join an impressive list of more than 40 world class [...]

Bonito Has Another

by Paul Slavonik on September 11th, 2014

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sim-racing

Virginia International Raceway (VIR) is known for its many different traits and characteristics. “Simple” and “forgiving” are not among them, however. Indeed, VIR is renowned as one of the most demanding and unforgiving road courses on the iRacing service; so much so that this writer has begun to firmly believe the track actually scares people. Indulge me. Last week at Watkins Glen, 1765 different drivers entered an official race in the iRacing GT3 Challenge. Question: How many entered a race at VIR for Week 6 of the series? Answer: Exactly 913 sim-racers; in other words, slightly more than half of last week’s entry. Still the top-drivers couldn’t be swayed by the daunting 3.27 mile road course in Alton, Virginia. Returning for Week 6 and taking the weekly win for the [...]

Stoneman denies Lynn in race two

September 7th, 2014

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Dean Stoneman won the race of the year in GP3 at Monza on Sunday morning to score his third victory of the season ahead of points leader Alex Lynn. Manor driver Stoneman made a great start from P4 on the grid to swoop into the lead by the first chicane, as Carlin’s Lynn jumped up from third to second while the front row of Matheo Tuscher and Patrick Kujala both made poor getaways from the front row. They would later collide at the Roggia, putting both out of the race. Lynn was right on Stoneman’s tail at the end of lap two, and, after shadowing him for a couple of laps, passed him for the lead on the start/finish straight at the start of lap four. But Stoneman repassed his [...]

Bonito Conquers The Glen

by Paul Slavonik on September 4th, 2014

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sim racing

Week 5 of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series got under way at the historic Watkins Glen International in Upstate, NY. With sim-racers from all over the world descending on the flat-out, 3.4 mile road course which consists of varying degrees of elevation, the action was loaded and several pro-level drivers capitalized on their experience. With 1765 different drivers taking part in official races during Week 5, there was only one driver who successfully conquered them all. Team Redline and Italian driver, Enzo Bonito entered Week 5 as the driver-to-beat as he took pole position in both of the events he entered. Driving the McLaren MP4, Bonito’s main points haul came from a monstrous Strength of Field (SoF) race of 4830 which also featured the Season 2 champion, Rens Broekman, who [...]

Ceccon back to GP3 with Jenzer

August 19th, 2014

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Former Auto GP champion Kevin Ceccon has joined the Jenzer Motorsport GP3 team for the remainder of the season, starting with this weekend’s races at Spa. Ceccon, a podium finisher in GP3 with Ocean Racing Technology two years ago, will compete alongside Pal Varhaug and Matheo Tuscher at Jenzer, having been absent from international motorsport so far in 2014. He raced in GP2 with Trident last season. The 20-year-old Italian replaces Christopher Hoher, who in turn was deputising for Adderly Fong at the Hungaroring as the Hong Kong driver was absent due to clashing commitments in the Audi R8 LMS Cup. “I am very pleased to join the Jenzer Motorsport team,” said Ceccon. “I will definitely be focused to give the best of myself.” Team boss Andreas Jenzer added: “Kevin [...]

More Shake-Ups in the GT3 Challenge!

by Paul Slavonik on August 14th, 2014

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sim-racing

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has always been a favorite among sim-racers and Week 2 of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series was no exception. Many road-racers have strong roots to this track as it’s where many (including myself) began their own epic sim-racing adventure. Taking to the signature track with the newly-balanced McLaren MP4 12C, drivers from all over the world are once again finding themselves in victory lane with this iconic supercar from the UK. A popular track by all accounts, participation at Laguna was high this week with a total of 1435 different drivers participating in races.  Predictably, some found ruin before they reached the treacherous Andretti Hairpin (aka  Turn Two). Others, however – including several Pro/World Champion (WC) drivers – maneuvered their virtual vehicles with precision and control [...]

McLarens Dominate GT3 Week 1 Podium

by Paul Slavonik on August 7th, 2014

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sim-racing

The McLaren MP4 12C GT3 has seen its share of ups and downs since its positive reception into iRacing.com a few years ago. In recent months, however, it’s been just short of being completely absent from its current home in the GT3 Challenge Series. With the addition of the RUF RT 12R and, most recently, the BMW Z4 GT3, many drivers found the McLaren was not equally matched in power when compared to its two smaller competitors. As such, many sim-racers parked their McLarens for the much faster (and, as many claimed, easier to drive) BMW which, in turn, completely dominated the racing fields of the GT3 Challenge. Several drivers even coined the term “Z4 Cup” when referring to the GT3 series. Those days are gone. With the arrival of [...]

Niederhauser wins second GP3 race

July 27th, 2014

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Patric Niederhauser scored his first GP3 victory since 2012 at the Hungaroring on Sunday morning, the Swiss driver grabbing the lead at the start and then dominating from there. Niederhauser rocketed off P3 on the grid to pass poleman Dino Zamparelli of ART, who made a slow getaway, and his Arden team-mate Jann Mardenborough. Zamparelli remained within a second for the opening three laps but then fell away from Niederhauser, who cruised to a 1.5s win, his first with the Arden team that ran the last two series champions. Mardenborough clung to third despite late-race pressure from series leader Alex Lynn, who passed the third Arden car of Robert Visoiu on the opening lap for fourth. Behind Visoiu, yesterday’s winner Richie Stanaway passed Emil Bernstorff and Dean Stoneman to finish [...]

Stanaway claims first GP3 pole

July 26th, 2014

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Richie Stanaway took pole position for Saturday’s GP3 race at the Hungaroring, topping qualifying with a perfectly-timed lap at a circuit that is notoriously difficult to overtake around. Status Grand Prix driver Stanaway set his 1m33.553s pole time with just over three minutes remaining, just seconds before a red flag as his team-mate Alfonso Celis hit the barriers. Stanaway, who claimed his first pole in the series, will start ahead of points leader Alex Lynn, who just missed out on the points for top spot by 0.035s. Title rival Jimmy Eriksson found the going tougher, however, and could only qualify 12th, though will start 10th as two cars in front of him have grid penalties. Nick Yelloly made it a Status one-three, one of the few drivers to improve after [...]

Broekman takes GT3 Championship!

by Paul Slavonik on July 23rd, 2014

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From his amazing performance at Bathurst to his numerous wins throughout 12 weeks of sim-racing, Rens Broekman has enjoyed nothing short of an amazing Season 2. With 35 GT3 race starts, Broekman claimed victory 18 times along with 13 pole starts and 30 top-five finishes. By the end of the season, he had dominated the leaderboard with 1987 championship points. On that note, we’re pleased to announce Rens Broekman as the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Champion! It was a close battle to the end as Raffaele A Di Palo was hot on the heels of Broekman. Unable to topple the Dutchman, however, Di Palo secured his position on the second step of the Championship podium with 1943 points. Still, Di Palo had an amazing season with several race [...]

Eriksson slams officials over penalty

July 21st, 2014

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GP3 title contender Jimmy Eriksson slammed series officials for the penalty that cost him a podium in Sunday’s Hockenheim race. Eriksson had fended off championship rival Alex Lynn for third place in the second leg of the German Grand Prix support event, but was given a 20-second post-race penalty for failing to respect yellow flags at the hairpin on lap two, dropping him to 15th. The Swede ran wide at the corner as the pack slowed under yellows while marshals removed Pal Varhaug’s car after his opening-lap collision with Sebastian Balthasar. Eriksson came into the Hockenheim weekend carrying a grid demotion for a clash with Patric Niederhauser and Varhaug at Silverstone, and was frustrated with his latest punishment as he felt he had done enough to acknowledge the yellows. “A [...]

Stanaway tops practice for Status

July 18th, 2014

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Silverstone race winner Richie Stanaway maintained his good GP3 form by heading the 45-minute free practice session at Hockenheim on Friday evening. Status Grand Prix racer Stanaway jumped to the top of the times with five minutes remaining, lapping the German GP venue in 1m29.473s. The Kiwi headed ART’s Marvin Kirchhofer by a fifth of a second, with Stanaway’s team-mate Nick Yelloly third fastest, 0.256s down on the top time. Yelloly’s fellow Briton Dino Zamparelli was fourth fastest for ART, ahead of Patrick Kujala (Manor) and another Briton, Emil Berstorff (Carlin). Points leader Alex Lynn was eighth fastest for Carlin, 0.62s off the pace, while title rival Jimmy Eriksson was down in 22nd, 1.506s off Stanaway’s time. Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Richie Stanaway Status 1m29.473s 16 2. [...]

Moreno Mounts Stellar GT3 Comeback

by Paul Slavonik on July 16th, 2014

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sim racing

Julian Rodriguez Moreno: The name alone brings memories into many people’s minds. Winner of the first GT3 season (2014 Season 1), Moreno was a bit of a no-show during the first few weeks of Season 2. A late entry, Moreno re-emerged as a force to be reckoned with and, if his latest victory is any indication, may in fact be leading an almighty comeback. Staking his claim as the Week 11 victor of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com GT3 Challenge, Moreno scored 250 championship points while racing the new BMW Z4 at Okayama International Circuit. If you remember in recent weeks, Moreno had barely cracked the top-100 but still he pressed on. Now, as he currently sits eighth in the championship, some might discount him as not having a chance [...]

Di Palo Victorious for Week 10 GT3

by Paul Slavonik on July 8th, 2014

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sim racing

In what could only be described as a true nail-biter, Italian driver Raffaele A Di Palo has claimed victory for Week 10 of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge. With the level of fierce competition he faced, the results show it was no easy battle. The same could be said for the almost 1,100 different sim-racers who participated in this 30-minute race week on the Indy configuration at Brands Hatch. On an overcast but cool race day, the cars rolled out as the closing battles for the Season 2 Championship draw near. Racing the BMW Z4 GT3 home to a VERY close win, Di Palo demanded respect as he led every lap of the 43 lap Strength of Field (SoF) race. His primary points draw came from a race on Sunday @ [...]

Stanaway leads Status GP 1-2

July 6th, 2014

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Local team Status Grand Prix scored a 1-2 finish at its home track in GP3 race two at Silverstone, as Richie Stanaway beat team-mate Nick Yelloly to victory by 2.7s. Poleman Dino Zamparelli made a poor start, allowing Stanaway to jump into the lead ahead of Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff and Yelloly, as Zamparelli fell to fifth behind ART team-mate Marvin Kirchhofer. Yelloly passed Bernstorff for second at around the outside of Brooklands on lap two. Further back, yesterday’s winner Jimmy Eriksson duelled again with points leader Alex Lynn, but this time over 11th place as both had made abject getaways. Stanaway was unchallenged at the front, and recorded his first victory in the series since 2011. He was followed home by the distant Yelloly, Bernstorff and Kirchhofer. Riccardo Agostini came [...]

Eriksson claims first GP3 pole

July 5th, 2014

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Jimmy Eriksson grabbed pole position in GP3 at Silverstone on Saturday morning in wet conditions, ending points leader Alex Lynn’s streak of 2014 poles. Koiranen GP driver Eriksson set the top time with a couple of minutes remaining, toppling Lynn from the head of the timesheets by 0.316s. Lynn had stayed in pits for the middle part of the session, and seemed to have timed it right when he came out on fresh set of wets to set 2m05.638s. Eriksson had other ideas, however, and recovered from an early spin to take his first pole in the category, the four points he gained for doing so closing the gap on Lynn in the championship to nine. Marvin Kirchhofer will start third for ART, but was more than a second away [...]

Yelloly on top as Stoneman crashes

July 4th, 2014

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Nick Yelloly topped the practice times at Silverstone on Friday evening, leading a British 1-2-4-5 on home turf. Status GP driver Yelloly set a 1m47.504s on his final flying lap, which followed a red flag for another Briton, Dean Stoneman, crashing heavily into the tyrewall at Stowe. Stoneman was unhurt. Yelloly finished 0.294s ahead of ART’s Dino Zamparelli, who topped the times for much of the session. Marvin Kirchhofer broke up the British dominance of the session, going third fastest in his ART machine. Emil Bernstorff was fourth quickest for Carlin, ahead of Arden’s Jann Mardenborough. Points leader Alex Lynn was a lowly 11th. Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Nick Yelloly Status 1m47.504 16 2. Dino Zamparelli ART 1m47.798s +0.294s 15 3. Marvin Kirchhofer ART 1m47.934s +0.430s 16 [...]

Broekman Takes it Home at Zandvoort in GT3

by Paul Slavonik on July 2nd, 2014

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There have been plenty of ups and downs for many of the drivers throughout the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series. Several sim racers have risen high in the standings only to plummet because of a bad race week. Others got off to a horrendous start but were able to turn things around mid-season. There have also been many constants: drivers who don’t change; are uniform; not varying. One such constant, and the most prominent in the current GT3 series, is the driving abilities of Rens Broekman. As many of you know, it was Broekman who drove flawlessly during Week 6 at Bathurst and also claimed victory for that week. Well, here we are again. With the conclusion of Week 9 of the GT3 Challenge on home ground at [...]