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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.

ineX Racing Wins at Spa in Blancpain Endurance Series

by Paul Slavonik on August 1st, 2015

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Just in time for the legendary Spa 24 Hours, the iRacing.com Blancpain Endurance Series visited the legendary Belgian track of Circuit de Spa-Franchorchamps for Round 5 of Season 3. More commonly known as ‘Spa’, the massive track is a favorite to both real and sim-racers alike. With its swift elevation changes, sweeping corners and high-speed straights, Spa is arguably one of the most challenging tracks in the world. And with the iRacing.com 24 Hours of Spa now upon us, several teams and drivers were keen to use the Endurance Series as a testing bed for the massive 24 hour race. ineX Racing Made up of English drivers Isaac Price and Jack Sedgwick, ineX Racing was the dominant force at Spa for Round 5 of the iRacing.com Blancpain Endurance Series. Posting [...]

Eriksson loses GP3 race two podium

July 26th, 2015

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Koiranen GP driver Jimmy Eriksson has lost his GP3 podium from race two at the Hungaroring after picking up a five-second penalty for exceeding track limits. Eriksson, who was embroiled in a battle with his team-mate Matt Parry for the majority of the race, left the track at Turns 6 and 7 and gained an advantage over Trident driver Luca Ghiotto according to the stewards enquiry. The penalty demotes Eriksson to sixth, from what would have been only his second podium appearance of the season, behind ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer and moves team-mate Parry up into the final podium place in third. Arden International driver Aleksander Bosak and Campos Racing’s Samin Gomez also picked up penalties. Bosak was penalised for his collision with Arthur Janosz at Turn 4 [...]

Ceccon wins GP3 sprint race again

July 26th, 2015

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Kevin Ceccon claimed his second consecutive GP3 sprint race victory in an incident-strewn race at the Hungaroring. Ceccon, who picked up his maiden GP3 win at the last round at Silverstone, had a brilliant start to relieve polesitter Antonio Fuoco of the lead by Turn 1. His Arden team-mate Emil Bernstorff also passed Fuoco for second but the Italian acted quickly to re-take the position. The battle was far from finished though. Ceccon, Fuoco and Bernstorff fought three abreast for the first part of the lap but the scrap soon ended in tears at the chicane. Bernstorff made a lunge on the outside of Fuoco entering the chicane but ran out of space in the second part. With nowhere to go, Bernstorff made contact with the Ferrari protege, sending him [...]

PR1/Mathiasen Prototype wins Lime Rock’s Northeast Grand Prix

July 26th, 2015

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By Dave Moulthrop  ( Lakeville, CT) Mike Kimber-Smith and teammate Mike Guasch celebrated the return of Prototype racing to Lime Rock Park after a one year absence by winning their third Tudor PC Challange race of the season by a 8.304 second margin, but that was hardly the story.  The first 65 laps of the 2 hr. 40 min. timed  event were dominated my fastest qualifier Stephen Simpsom in the JDC/ Miller Motorsports Prototype as he lapped one competitor after another with only a few of the PC Challange cars on the same lap when he made his first scheduled pit stop. Then second place Conor Daly took the lead for a brief three laps before Simpson reclaimed it. His time at the point was short lived when the car [...]

Ghiotto claims commanding victory

July 25th, 2015

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Trident driver Luca Ghiotto stormed to his second GP3 victory of the season from pole position with a commanding display in race one at the Hungaroring. Championship leader Ghiotto got a great start from pole but so did Esteban Ocon from third on the grid. The Frenchman edged past Emil Bernstorff before Turn 1 and the three fought hard for the first half of the lap before Ghiotto was able to secure first, with Ocon close behind. The scrap between Ghiotto and Ocon was put on hold though as an early safety car was deployed following a collision between Zaid Ashkanani and Jann Mardenborough. Campos Racing driver Ashkanani went over the back of Mardenborough at the final corner and was briefly airborne after running into the rear of the Nissan [...]

Ghiotto takes GP3 pole in Hungary

July 25th, 2015

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Championship leader Luca Ghiotto edged out Emil Bernstorff on his final run in an extremely close GP3 qualifying to clinch pole position at the Hungaroring. Trident driver Ghiotto, who set the initial pace on his opening run, traded fastest times with Bernstorff and Marvin Kirchhofer for the majority of the session. The Italian however left his best lap for his final run, pipping Bernstorff by just 0.036s when the chequered flag fell, with a time of 1m34.030s. Mercedes junior driver Esteban Ocon, who was fastest in free practice, also left it late to set his best time. The Frenchman jumped from seventh to third in the closing stages, demoting Kirchhofer and Jimmy Eriksson down to fourth and fifth. Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry, who ran wide on several occasions, was [...]

Solo Drivers Dominate Blancpain Endurance Series

by Paul Slavonik on July 24th, 2015

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For many drivers, the iRacing.com Blancpain Endurance Series is oftentimes seen as a unique challenge given the sheer length of the online races. Additionally, it’s no secret that the Endurance Series takes a bit more finesse than its Sprint Series counterpart in that one must look after their car for a longer period of time should one hope to finish well…or at all. It certainly takes a special kind of driver/sim-racer to look at a three-hour race and say, “Challenge accepted” despite the fact that they don’t even have a team to split the driving duties. That would be like Jan Magnussen telling Antonio Garcia and Ryan Briscoe at the Rolex 24 at Daytona “No worries, guys. I’ve got this”. However, as we finished out the week of sim-racing at [...]

Ocon leads Hungary GP3 practice

July 24th, 2015

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Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon edged out championship leader Luca Ghiotto in GP3 free practice at the Hungaroring. The ART Grand Prix driver set the pace after the session was red flagged, as a result of Nissan protege Jann Mardenborough’s stricken Carlin entry stopping at the final corner. On the restart, the Frenchman set some blistering lap-times and was more than a second clear of the rest of the field with less than 10 minutes remaining. Trident’s Ghiotto, however, closed the gap to Ocon to just 0.038 seconds on his penultimate lap but couldn’t knock him off top spot. Arden International driver Emil Bernstorff followed the pair in third, ahead of Silverstone race winners Marvin Kirchhofer and Kevin Ceccon. Pal Varhaug and Mitch Gilbert both spent time at the top of [...]

Schartner Enters Blancpain Endurance Series; Wins at Montreal

by Paul Slavonik on July 10th, 2015

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The iRacing.com Blancpain Endurance Series descended on the historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve located in Montreal, Canada for Week 3 and it’s fair to say that the track was represented in the best possible way. For 112 laps around the hybrid circuit, teams and drivers navigated through the treacherous chicanes and sweeping turns as the three-hour race commenced. However, Week 3 proved to be different than the previous race weeks in that we saw our first solo driver take the overall victory. SDC Motorsports Although he didn’t compete in the first two rounds, Nathan Schartner of SDC Motorsports entered the fray as a solo driver and made the most of it. Starting at the pointy end with a qualifying time of 1:33.875, Schartner would lead an ultra-competitive 43-car field which featured [...]

iRacing Signs Agreement with Le Mans

by David Phillips on July 9th, 2015

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iRacing.com announced today it has signed an agreement with the Automobile Club de l’Ouest to develop a digital version of the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit for its award-winning online motorsports simulation service.  iRacing’s team of nearly a dozen laser scanning technicians, photographers and artists recently completed their data-gathering work in France prior to the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. “It’s an honor to add Le Mans to the iRacing service,” said Steve Myers, Executive Vice President and Executive Producer at iRacing.com.  “While we already offer many of the world’s most iconic race tracks, no sim racing service is complete without Le Mans.   Recently, iRacing introduced a first-of-its-kind team and endurance racing feature adding to the world’s most realistic and complete sim racing service.  [...]

Ceccon beats Ocon to race two win

July 5th, 2015

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Arden driver Kevin Ceccon claimed his maiden victory in race two of the GP3 Series at Silverstone. The sometime GP2 driver made a lightning start from second on the grid to lead into the first corner, followed closely by ART Grand Prix driver Esteban Ocon. Ceccon was under some early pressure from European Formula 3 champion Ocon but was able to build a gap with a series of fastest laps to comfortably take victory by 1.5 seconds. Jenzer Motorsport driver Ralph Boschung, who started from pole on the reversed grid, crossed the line third to pick up his maiden GP3 podium. The Swiss driver lost out at the start to the fast-starting Ceccon and Ocon but was able to halt his slide down the order with a controlled drive throughout [...]

Kirchhofer takes race one win for ART

July 4th, 2015

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ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer edged out Arden’s Emil Bernsorff to take victory in race one of the GP3 Series at Silverstone. The German made a great start to lead into the first corner and in the opening laps Kirchhofer was able to fend off Bernstorff’s advances to set about building a gap out front. But later in the race, Bernstorff consistently set a series of fastest laps to bring the gap down to just 0.2 seconds on the penultimate lap. The pair briefly ran side by side down the Wellington straight, but Kirchhofer was able to hang on, despite a lack of grip, to take his second win of the season. Matt Parry drove a controlled race to take his maiden GP3 podium after the Koiranen GP driver [...]

Glacier Racing Takes Victory in Blancpain Endurance Series

by Paul Slavonik on June 29th, 2015

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The iRacing.com 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

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The iRacing.com 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 iRacing.com 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. [...]