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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.

Glacier Racing Takes Victory in Blancpain Endurance Series

by Paul Slavonik on June 29th, 2015


The Blancpain Endurance Series wraps up an amazing week of sim racing as teams from all over the world competed on the hills and long straights of Road America. For three-hours, drivers negotiated massive fields of sometimes over 50 cars on the track at once. In the top Strength of Field race (SoF 2977), it proved to be no easy task as only seven of the 51 cars remained on the lead lap at the conclusion of the online event. When the virtual dust had settled, however, it was Glacier Racing who found themselves on top once again. Glacier takes top honors Coming off of an impressive win last week at Zandvoort, the Finnish duo of Glacier Racing, Aleksi Elomaa and Joni Hagner, started their Ford GT GT3 on [...]

Blancpain Endurance Season Kicks Off at Zandvoort

by Paul Slavonik on June 24th, 2015


The Blancpain Endurance Series, which has often played second fiddle to its Sprint series counterpart, has suddenly been thrust into the sim-racing spotlight. With the recent announcement of the forthcoming Blancpain GT Series, sim-racing teams from all over the world are gearing up for something they’ve been wanting for quite some time: a pro GT3 series. Although the GT series is on the horizon and slated to begin for Season 1 of 2016, teams obviously have quite a bit of time until then. Still, drivers and teams are wasting no time at all as they make their preparations for the season long battle which lies ahead. With that in mind, the top sim-racing teams in the world converged on Circuit Park Zandvoort for Round 1 of Season 3 [...]

Ocon loses race two podium finish

June 21st, 2015

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Reigning European Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon has lost his third-place finish in the GP3 sprint race at the Red Bull Ring. It was discovered in post-race technical checks that the undertray of his ART Grand Prix car was illegal. As it was found not to comply with the height regulations, he was disqualified from the race. This promotes Ghiotto to third place and also has a big impact on the championship standings, extending the Italian’s lead at the top. Based on the original result, Ghiotto had a 10-point advantage over Ocon, but now the Trident driver heads the standings by 17 points from Marvin Kirchhofer. Jenzer Motorsport driver Matheo Tuscher was also excluded from sixth place for the same reason. These two changes mean that Emil Bernstorff is promoted [...]

Tunjo takes maiden win from P9 start

June 21st, 2015

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Oscar Tunjo charged to his maiden GP3 victory from ninth on the grid at the Red Bull Ring. The 19-year-old Colombian made a good start to run sixth at the restart after an early safety car, deployed after a first-lap accident at Turn 2. This was as a result of race-one star Antonio Fuoco braking too late while trying to repulse an attack from Luca Ghiotto and slid into Jann Mardenborough. This briefly launched Fuoco into the air in a crash that also eliminated Sandy Stuvik – although Mardenborough was able to make it back to the pits and rejoin to finish 15th in his hobbled car. When the race restarted on lap four, Tunjo took it easy early on so as to have the tyre life to attack on [...]

Ghiotto takes maiden GP3 victory

June 20th, 2015

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Trident driver Luca Ghiotto claimed his first GP3 victory in the feature race at the Red Bull Ring. The 20-year-old Italian started from pole position, but just as at the start of the feature race in the Barcelona season-opener in May, ART Grand Prix’s Estaben Ocon got a better launch to jump him at the start. Seconds later, the safety car was deployed after Mitch Gilbert stalled from 10th position on the grid and was collected by Kevin Ceccon. The impact briefly launched Ceccon’s car, which then spun across the track and collected Samin Gomez – all of which led to a lengthy clean-up operation that took four laps to complete. But at the restart, Ocon locked up and ran wide over the asphalt runoff at the first corner, allowing [...]

Kirchhofer triumphs in GP3 race two

May 10th, 2015

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Marvin Kirchhofer claimed his first GP3 victory of the season in the reversed-grid sprint race at Barcelona. The ART Grand Prix driver started fourth on the grid after finishing fifth in Saturday’s race, moving up to second at the start. He then passed pole-position starter Antonio Fuoco’s Carlin car when the Ferrari Driver Academy prospect ran wide at the exit of Turn 3. Kirchhofer quickly established a comfortable lead at the front, with Fuoco falling into the clutches of Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson. Eriksson attacked Fuoco around the outside into the first corner, and the pair battled all the way to the long right-handed Turn 3 before the Swede made the move stick. Kirchhofer controlled the gap at the front, eventually crossing the line 6.7 seconds clear of Eriksson, who [...]

Penalty costs Stuvik GP3 debut point

May 10th, 2015

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Status Grand Prix driver Sandy Stuvik has lost his point for 10th place in Saturday’s GP3 season-opener at Barcelona after a penalty for overtaking under the safety car. The Thai was found guilty of overtaking Jenzer Motorsport’s Pal Varhaug after the safety car was deployed mid-race. Stuvik went on to finish 10th, but a 10-second time penalty relegates him to 18th. This means that Alfonso Celis Jr claims the final point after being promoted to 10th place. The driver who was found guilty of causing that safety car by colliding with Ralph Boschung – Status Grand Prix driver Seb Morris – has been given a three-place grid penalty for Sunday’s sprint race. Stewards found that he missed his braking point and hit Boschung, putting both out of the race. There [...]

Ocon wins GP3 opener comfortably

May 9th, 2015

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Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon claimed victory on his GP3 debut in the opening round of the 2015 championship at Barcelona. The ART Grand Prix driver made a better start from second on the grid than Trident’s Luca Ghiotto, who started on pole, to take the lead into Turn 1. Ocon then pulled away at the front, extending a lead of almost five seconds over Ghiotto before the safety car was deployed, eradicating his lead. This was a result of a clash between Seb Morris and Ralph Boschung at Turn 10, which left both cars stricken, at half-distance. The race got back underway with seven laps to go, and Ocon re-asserted himself at the front with a strong restart, completing the first green-flag lap after the interruption 1.6s clear of Ghiotto. [...]

Ghiotto beats Ocon to pole for opener

May 9th, 2015

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Luca Ghiotto carried his free-practice form into qualifying to claim the first GP3 pole position of the season. The Italian Trident driver, who also claimed pole at Spa last year on his category debut, was on top of the timesheets ahead of reigning European Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon heading into the final runs. Ghiotto looked set to improve his time after setting the fastest time of all in the first two sectors, but he lost half-a-second in the final sector and did not improve on his earlier mark of 1m35.469s. But that was still enough to make sure of pole position, 0.139s ahead of ART Grand Prix driver Ocon, who also did not improve on his final run. Both Ocon and Ghiotto’s final laps were interrupted by a yellow [...]

Ghiotto leads Trident 1-2 in practice

May 8th, 2015

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Luca Ghiotto led a Trident one-two in free practice ahead of the opening GP3 series round of the year at Barcelona. The Italian displaced team-mate Oscar Tunjo from the top of the timesheets by just 85-thousandths of a second in the closing stages of the session. The Trident drivers were among a flurry of late improvers, with Matheo Tuscher also jumping up to third for Jenzer Motorsport. Long-time session topper Esteban Ocon, the reigning European F3 champion who moves sideways into GP3 this year with ART Grand Prix, ended up fourth fastest, three tenths down. Behind him was Ferrari-contracted Antonio Fuoco, who was outside the top 10 until he leaped to fifth place late on. This relegated Alex Palou, who finished third in Euroformula Open last year, to seventh ahead [...]

Varhaug tops final GP3 test

April 23rd, 2015

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Jenzer Motorsport driver Pal Varhaug led the way on the final day of GP3 pre-season testing at Barcelona. The Norwegian won the inaugural GP3 race at the Circuit De Catalunya almost five years ago, and returned to the class last year following three seasons away. After setting the second-fastest time on the opening day behind Jann Mardenborough, Varhaug topped both sessions on Thursday. Set an hour into proceedings, Varhaug’s 1m34.687s was 0.384 seconds faster than his closest challenger in the morning, Luca Ghiotto. Lotus Formula 1 junior Esteban Ocon was third, ahead of Matheo Tuscher, Mardenborough, Ralph Boschung, Alex Palou and Marvin Kirchhofer, as one second covered the top 12 drivers. Varhaug also set the pace in the afternoon, his 1m37.277s lap indicative of the slower session as teams focused [...]

Mardenborough starts final test on top

April 22nd, 2015

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Jann Mardenborough was quickest for Carlin as GP3 testing resumed at Barcelona on Wednesday. The Nissan GT Academy graduate’s early morning pace of 1m34.910s proved unbeatable through the day, as he topped the opening session by a tenth of a second over series veteran Pal Varhaug. Jenzer driver was just 0.001s faster than Marvin Kirchhofer in third place, with the German’s ART team-mate Esteban Ocon behind Ralph Boschung and Jimmy Eriksson in sixth. The afternoon session was disrupted by a rain shower that limited teams’ running. Seb Morris completed twice as many laps as most and got down to a 1m35.740s for Status to lead the way. Mardenborough was again on the pace, going second quickest – just over a tenth slower. It was an all-British top three, as Matt [...]

Be Prepared

by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. on April 16th, 2015

Be Prepared

Editor’s note:  Oswaldo Negri, Jr’s name should be familiar to iRacers.  Apart from being a long-time member of iRacing, he’s been a mainstay of Michael Shank Racing since 2004 and has a win and a couple of pole positions in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to show for his efforts.  This year finds “Ozz” doing double duty, driving for Shank in the IMSA Tudor United Sportscar Championship and joining Krohn Racing for the European Le Mans Series.  He took some time off from his busy schedule to recount his debut with Krohn Racing at Silverstone last weekend. Throughout my career, whenever I have gone to a race I’ve tried to do everything possible to make sure I am prepared.  Not only is good preparation the mark of a professional, it [...]

Palou tops GP3 testing for Campos

April 10th, 2015

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Campos Racing’s Alex Palou finished GP3′s second pre-season test at Valencia on top, edging out Marvin Kirchhofer. After leading the morning session on Thursday’s opening day of running, the Spaniard was quick out of the blocks again on Friday. With the fastest times set in the opening hour before teams reverted to race simulations, Palou was the first driver into the 1m21s bracket with a 1m20.880s. While day one pacesetter Kirchhofer was quick to respond with a time just 0.012 seconds adrift, Palou’s effort would remain the best of the morning and indeed the day at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. Kirchhofer’s ART team-mate, reigning European Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon was third-fastest and exactly one tenth off Palou. Deputising for Lotus F1 reserve driver Adderly Fong at Koiranen, Kevin Korjus [...]

Kirchhofer leads Valencia GP3 test

April 9th, 2015

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Marvin Kirchhofer set the pace for ART Grand Prix on day one of this week’s GP3 Series test at Valencia. The highest-placed championship returnee in the field after finishing third behind Alex Lynn and Dean Stoneman last year, Kirchhofer’s 1m21.098s lap in the afternoon put him two tenths clear of Luca Ghiotto. Italian Ghiotto is back for a full season with Trident having taken a shock pole on his GP3 debut at Spa in 2014 during a two-round cameo. Teenage Spanish rookie Alex Palou (pictured below), a Euroformula Open graduate, showed strongly as he led the morning session and took fourth in the afternoon for Campos Racing’s new GP3 arm. Kirchhofer’s European Formula 3 champion team-mate Esteban Ocon was in the top three in both sessions – second between Palou [...]

Boschung tops day two of Estoril test

March 19th, 2015

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Jenzer Motorsport driver Ralph Boschung led the way on the final day of GP3′s opening pre-season test at Estoril. The 17-year-old Swiss driver set his 1m27.789s lap midway through the morning session, which was dry, unlike the first day’s action on Wednesday. On his 21st birthday, Arden’s Marvin Kirchhofer was Boschung’s closest challenger, almost two-tenths adrift, while Emil Bernstorff, Jimmy Eriksson and day one pacesetter Antonio Fuoco completed the top five. Fuoco’s Carlin team-mate Mitchell Gilbert was sixth fastest, before topping the afternoon session. In warmer conditions, Gilbert’s 1m28.517s was 0.728 seconds off the morning benchmark, but still good enough to lead Matheo Tuscher, Bernstorff, Pal Varhaug and Boschung. Confirmed by Carlin as its third driver on the eve of the test, Jann Mardenborough was eighth in the morning and [...]

Ferrari man Fuoco leads GP3 test

March 18th, 2015

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Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco topped the GP3 Series’ first day of 2015 pre-season testing for Carlin at Estoril. The GP3 newcomer, fifth in last year’s Formula 3 European Championship, edged out ART’s Marvin Kirchhofer and Arden’s Emil Bernstorff on the timesheets, the trio split by just 0.023 seconds with laps set during the afternoon session. Overnight rain led to a slow start to the morning while the circuit dried, with the hour before lunch providing the only meaningful running. With 10 minutes remaining, Trident’s Oscar Tunjo went fastest with a 1m29.061s. It remained the morning’s best, ahead of Alex Fontana, Luca Ghiotto, newly-confirmed Carlin recruit Jann Mardenborough, Jimmy Eriksson and Esteban Ocon. Fuoco was 15th of the 23 runners in the first session, but was the first to break into [...]

Mardenborough continues GP3 campaign

March 18th, 2015

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Jann Mardenborough will combine his Nissan LMP1 programme with GP3 in 2015, announcing a move to Carlin as pre-season testing kicked off at Estoril. The GT Academy winner was ninth in the 2014 GP3 standings with Arden, having won the reversed-grid race at Hockenheim. For his second season in series, he reunites with Carlin, with which he tackled the Formula 3 European Championship in 2013. “It’s great to go back to Carlin for GP3,” the 23-year-old said. “I made my single-seater debut with them and they are a very professional outfit. “I want to be a winner so I’m going to be using what I learnt last year to improve my performance and to challenge for podiums and lots of points. “I was thinking at the start of the year [...]

ineX Racing Masters of Endurance Champions

by Michael Booth on March 17th, 2015

Ibérica Racing Team leads the field towards Hell Corner at Bathurst.

Coanda Win Bathurst Masters of Endurance concluded its 2014/15 season with a visit down under for the 6 hours of Bathurst sponsored by The 6.2km Mount Panorama circuit, famous for hosting V8 Supercars’ Bathurst 1000 and the 12 hour GT3 race, would provide a challenge for the teams of sim racers. With little runoff and walls lining the circuit across the Mountain, Bathurst offers no room for mistakes in corners resembling an undulating, high speed street circuit. Only two teams remained in contention for the championship after four rounds and 48 hours of racing. The odds were stacked heavily in ineX Racing’s favour thanks to their 56 point lead. Coanda Simsport needed to win the race and hope ineX finished lower than 17th in order to overcome the points [...]

No Manor replacement in GP3 for 2015

March 17th, 2015

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Manor’s GP3 team will not be replaced in the championship for 2015, series bosses have announced. The team fell by the wayside following the Marussia Formula 1 team’s fall into administration towards the end of 2014, and it was left off of a provisional 2015 entry list before Christmas. However, on the eve of the series’ first pre-season test of 2015, championship boss Bruno Michel confirmed that Manor will not be replaced, for this year, but the series will return to nine teams for 2016. “In spite of numerous requests from teams to join the GP3 field, we were unable to give a new entry for this season as the Manor Marussia Racing cars remain in administration,” he said. “I could not ask for a new team to buy three [...]