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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.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
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    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, 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 his aunt!

  • Raymond 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.

  • 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
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    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."

  • Scott Kelly
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    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • 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.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • 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.

Moreno Captures GT3 Challenge Championship!

by Paul Slavonik on April 22nd, 2014

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After 12 grueling weeks of intense, door-to-door sim racing, special congratulations are in order for Julian Rodriguez Moreno for winning the debut season of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Championship!  This season definitely had its share of ups and downs for Moreno. From an incident early in the season which took him out of the online race at Bathurst to his runaway performance at Watkins Glen, Moreno proved himself as one who can bounce back from defeat and go punch for punch until the end. Moreno captures the championship with 2150 points. In a charging effort to claim the title for himself, however, Aday Coba Lopez finished the season in P2 with 2124 points. Lopez proved to be a force to be reckoned with as well with his consistent podium finishes [...]

Stanaway secures Status GP3 seat

April 22nd, 2014

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Ex-Lotus Formula 1 junior Richie Stanaway will return to full-time single-seater racing this year with Status Grand Prix in GP3. The 22-year-old, who has not raced a single-seater since suffering back injuries in a Formula Renault 3.5 crash in 2012, has tested for the team in recent weeks, and completes its 2014 line-up alongside Nick Yelloly and Alfonso Celis Jr. “For my single-seater career, I always hoped my injury was a bump in the road, not the end of the road,” said Stanaway, who has raced in the Porsche Supercup and World Endurance Championship since returning to racing. “I am extremely grateful to have another opportunity on the single-seater ladder, and the GP3 series is an ideal place for me to have that.” Team boss Teddy Yip Jr added: “Richie [...]

Bernstorff fastest in Barcelona test

April 17th, 2014

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Emil Bernstorff ended pre-season GP3 testing on top as he set the fastest time for Carlin at Barcelona on Thursday. The Briton outpaced Jenzer’s Pal Varhaug by 0.205 seconds in the quicker morning session. “I just had a lap where I put everything together and didn’t make any mistakes,” said Bernstorff. “The car feels really good, and it’s a nice confidence boost to finish the final test quickest, particularly at the track we’ll race on first.” Bernstorff’s team-mate and Red Bull junior Alex Lynn completed the top three, with day one pacesetter Nick Yelloly making it three Brits in the top four places. Another Brit hit the front in the afternoon, when Dean Stoneman was fastest for the Marussia Formula 1-affiliated Manor team, although times for the whole field were [...]

GT3 Challenge Week 11 Recap

by Paul Slavonik on April 16th, 2014

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As we enter the final racing week of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge debut season, let’s have a quick rundown on the action which took place at Phillip Island for Week 11. Italian driver Mario Bertolotti made his presence known when he completed the hat trick with his dominating performance during the Australian Strength-of-Field (SoF) race. After taking pole position, Bertolotti won the race with a 7.5 second margin over runner-up Bruno Barbugli, and also set the fastest lap time of 1:26.560. In addition to his hat trick performance, Bertolotti also finished the race cleanly by not acquiring a single incident point. Tony Autridge  completed the podium after he starting P6 and moving through the field to finish in third. There were plenty of movers and shakers in this online race [...]

Eriksson leads GP3 test for Koiranen

April 11th, 2014

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Jimmy Eriksson finished on top of the times on the second and final day of GP3 testing at the Jerez circuit. The Swedish Koiranen driver clocked a best time of 1m30.732s in the morning session, going over half a second quicker than what Thursday’s pacesetter Nick Yelloly had managed. Yelloly led the afternoon session, but all the fastest times were set in the morning as teams worked on race-orientated programmes later on. Briton Alex Lynn continued with his strong pre-season, finishing in third place for Carlin ahead of team-mate Emil Bernstorff. Robert Visoiu in the Arden car and ART’s Dino Zamparelli completed the top five. Trident’s Victor Carbone caused the only stoppage in the morning session when he spun into the gravel. Santiago Urrutia also put his car on the [...]

Yelloly fastest in Jerez GP3 test

April 10th, 2014

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Nick Yelloly posted the quickest time on the opening day of the second GP3 test for 2014 at the Jerez circuit. The Status GP driver finished on top of the times with a best lap of 1m31.350s, recorded in the morning session, where the quickest four laps of the day were set. Carlin’s Alex Lynn finished in second behind Yelloly ahead of Korainen’s Santiago Urrutia and Dino Zamparelli in the ART car. Lynn’s team-mate Emil Bernstorff was fifth quickest on the day with the fastest time of the afternoon session. The test marked the first appeared for the Hilmer team after having taking over the Russian Time entry. The team, which had missed the first pre-season test, ran Nelson Mason and Ivan Taranov, the former causing a red flag in [...]

Lynn dominates Estoril GP3 test

March 28th, 2014

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GP3 rookie Alex Lynn and his Carlin team dominated the second and final day of GP3 testing at Estoril on Friday. The Briton, joining the series after finishing third in the Formula 3 European Championship, topped both the morning and the afternoon sessions from team-mate Emil Bernstorff. Lynn’s best time of 1m28.553s, set in the afternoon, was the benchmark, as both him and Bernstorff were the only drivers to break into the 1m28s barrier. Jimmy Eriksson was the first non-Carlin driver in third for Koiranen, while Roman de Beer put the Trident car fourth in the timesheets. Another Carlin driver, Luis Sa Silva, completed the top five. The session started on a wet track following the overnight rain, but drivers were able to switch to Pirelli’s medium tyres at the [...]

Zamparelli tops first day of testing

March 27th, 2014

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Dino Zamparelli set the pace on the opening day of 2014 pre-season testing for the GP3 series at Estoril. The ART driver finished the morning session with a time of 1m29.145s, a benchmark that would stay unbeaten after the afternoon session was hit by heavy rain. The downpour, however, came after Jimmy Eriksson had managed to top the times after the lunch break to finish less than a tenth of a second off Zamparelli’s time. Briton Alex Lynn was third quickest for Carlin, ahead of team-mate Emil Bernstorff and Nick Yelloly in the Status car. All their times were set in the morning. Rain hit the circuit some 45 minutes into the afternoon session, with the teams limiting their running after that point. Victor Carbone caused the first red flag [...]

Merhi, Stanaway to test for Status

March 26th, 2014

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Former single-seater racers Roberto Merhi and Richie Stanaway will test for Status Grand Prix’s GP3 team this week at Estoril. Mercedes-contracted Merhi and former Lotus Formula 1 junior Stanaway have not raced a single-seater since 2011 and 2012 respectively. Merhi has spent the last two years racing in the DTM, but was not included in the Mercedes race line-up for 2014, while Stanaway has competed in the Porsche Supercup and GT racing since a back injury curtailed his 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 campaign. The pair will join Nick Yelloly, who is already signed to race for Status, and be Formula Renault 2.0 NEC graduate Alfonso Celis Jr for the test in Portugal. Selis said: “I’m really excited to be here with Status Grand Prix. “I aim to take the best [...]

Force India adds GP3 to Hilmer deal

March 25th, 2014

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The Force India Formula 1 team has expanded its partnership with GP2 team Hilmer Motorsport to include supporting its new GP3 team as well in 2014. The Silverstone-based F1 squad recently announced a tie-up with Hilmer for GP2, and the German team subsequently took over Russian Time’s GP3 entry following the death of its team owner Igor Mazepa. Force India team principal Vijay Mallya said: “Our partnership with Hilmer to field a GP3 team reaffirms our commitment towards developing a new generation of drivers. “Combined with our support for grassroots karting, our presence in GP3 and GP2 lends valuable support to up-and-coming racers and will help them to realise their potential.” The F1 team’s deputy team principal Bob Fernley recently told AUTOSPORT that Force India has made changes behind the [...]

Stoneman secures Manor GP3 drive

March 19th, 2014

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Dean Stoneman has secured a full-time GP3 seat with the Marussia Formula 1 team’s junior arm Manor. The 2010 Formula 2 champion made his single-seater return at the end of last season when he drove for Koiranen in the GP3 finale in Abu Dhabi and came close to winning race two. Stoneman’s career had previously been interrupted when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer just after winning the F2 crown, completing his prize F1 test with Williams and sealing a Formula Renault 3.5 deal for the 2011 season. “It has taken us a while to find the right team, but I think we have now established the best balance of support, professionalism and expertise to give me a strong chance of fighting for the championship this season,” he said. “Manor [...]

Hilmer replaces Russian Time in GP3

March 13th, 2014

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Hilmer Motorsport will replace Russian Time in GP3 this season. Russian Time departs the GP3 field without making a race start, having acquired the Bamboo Engineering operation last winter before the death of team founder Igor Mazepa threw its plans into doubt. The Motopark squad that had operated the Russian Time programme parted company with the team during the reorganisation after Mazepa’s death. Although iSport came in to run Russian Time’s GP2 arm – which won the teams’ title at the first attempt in 2013 – it declined to take on the GP3 squad too. iSport chief Paul Jackson told AUTOSPORT last month: “It’s going to be quite a big job to get the GP2 side up and running at such short notice, so we’ve said we’d rather not run [...]

GT3 Challenge Nail Biter at Road America!

by Paul Slavonik on March 11th, 2014

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With the debut season of the iRacing.com GT3 Challenge Series officially halfway complete, the battleground for last week’s race was the challenging Road America. The 14-turn, four mile long road course located in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin has a little bit of everything that sim-racers have come to love. From the long stretches great for catching a draft to the fast corners which dare you to brake late, Road America was the spot of a fierce battle for control of the GT3 Challenge championship lead. After 34 intense laps and a three-way battle for the lead that saw the top finishers blanketed by .860s, Aday Coba Lopez took the victory and, in the process, snapped Julian Rodriguez Moreno’s winning streak. Lopez started on pole position in his RUF RT 12R, led [...]

Arden GP3 test for F4 champion

March 7th, 2014

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An end-of-season GP3 Series test with the race-winning Arden Motorsport squad will be awarded to this year’s BRDC Formula 4 champion. Arden has run the last two GP3 champions, Mitch Evans and now-Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat, and finished second in the teams’ standings in both seasons. “With the BRDC F4 championship clearly being the most competitive junior single-seater championship in the UK, its 2014 champion is inevitably going to be a great talent,” said Arden sporting director Julian Rouse. “We’re very interested to see how they perform in our car and the official Abu Dhabi test will give us the ideal opportunity to do this.” Palmer believes the link between the two series could lead drivers to graduating directly to the F1 feeder series from F4. [...]

Albuquerque placed with Jota in ELMS

March 6th, 2014

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New Audi prototype driver Filipe Albuquerque has been placed with the Jota Zytek team for a full European Le Mans Series campaign by the German manufacturer. The Portuguese, who has moved from Audi’s DTM line-up to drive at the Le Mans 24 Hours and Spa World Endurance Championship round in an R18 e-tron quattro, will share Jota’s Zytek-Nissan Z11SN LMP2 with Simon Dolan and Harry Tincknell in the five-round ELMS. Audi Sport boss Wolfgang Ullrich said: “It will give Filipe a better chance of developing more quickly into an endurance sportscar driver by competing in the ELMS and provide him with a solid foundation in a race scenario towards his preparation for his factory LMP programme.” Albuquerque said that he expected to learn a lot with Jota in the ELMS, [...]

New Ligier LMP2 set for shakedown

March 5th, 2014

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The new Ligier LMP2 coupe will hit the race track this week. The first Ligier JSP2, designed and built by OAK Racing sister company Onroak Automotive, has been completed and is scheduled for a shakedown test on the Le Mans-Bugatti circuit this Friday. The car will initially run with a Nissan V8, although the JSP2 has been designed to also accept HPD’s twin-turbo V6 and the Judd/BMW V8. Onroak design chief Nicolas Clemencon said: “Thanks to our top-class design office peopled with high-quality designers, we’ve penned a brand new LMP2 destined to write more chapters in the history of Ligier in endurance [racing].” It is not planned that the Ligier will race prior to the Le Mans 24 Hours round of the World Endurance Championship in June. There could be [...]

Reip given second Nissan ZEOD seat

March 3rd, 2014

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Nissan GT Academy winner Wolfgang Reip will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this June at the wheel of the Japanese manufacturer’s ZEOD RC experimental racer. The 26-year-old Belgian has been chosen to drive the ZEOD after an impressive prototype debut aboard a Greaves Zytek at last year’s World Endurance Championship finale. That drive came at the end of his first full season of racing in the FIA GT Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series. Reip is the second driver to be announced for the ZEOD after fellow academy winner Lucas Ordonez. At the wheel of the Nissan ZEOD Nissan global motorsport boss Darren Cox said: “Every time we have given Wolfgang another opportunity he has grabbed it with open arms; he really opened everyone’s eyes with his LMP2 [...]

Porsche confirms WEC driver line-ups

March 3rd, 2014

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Mark Webber will share his Porsche 919 Hybrid with Brendon Hartley and Timo Bernhard in this year’s World Endurance Championship, the German manufacturer has confirmed. The driver line-ups in the two LMP1s, exclusively revealed by AUTOSPORT in January, have been announced on Porsche’s new twitter account. Webber, Hartley and Bernhard will drive the #20 car, while Neel Jani, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb will share the #14 entry in the eight WEC races. No explanation of the line-ups in the cars, which includes splitting long-time team-mates Bernhard and Dumas, has been given. Porsche is due to unveil its 2014 motorsport programme, including the livery in which the pair of 919s will run, at the Geneva motor show on Tuesday.

Bamboo links up with Aston for WEC

February 28th, 2014

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The Bamboo Engineering touring car squad has forged a relationship with Aston Martin Racing for an attack on this year’s World Endurance Championship. The link will result in former Bamboo World Touring Car Championship drivers Darryl O’Young and Alex MacDowall racing the second GTE Pro class Aston Martin Vantage GTE in all eight WEC races. The third driver will be Brazilian Fernando Rees, who moves up to the Pro class after two years racing with the Larbre Competition Chevrolet team in GTE Am. The announcement follows this week’s confirmation that Bamboo will not be continuing as planned in the WTCC with a pair of Chevrolet Cruzes. Bamboo team boss Richard Coleman said: “This is a really prestigious programme for the company, a great engineering challenge that we all will relish. [...]

Senna reduces Aston GT programme

February 28th, 2014

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Bruno Senna will contest just the Le Mans 24 Hours with Aston Martin Racing in 2014. The ex-Formula 1 driver, who undertook a full World Endurance Championship campaign with the British manufacturer in 2013, revealed to AMR that he would be unavailable for a season-long ride as early as last September. AMR team boss John Gaw said: “Le Mans is all Bruno is available for. “We have known about this since the Austin race last year, so a full programme for Bruno was never in the plan.” Senna won his class on two occasions last season. He will drive AMR’s additional third car at the WEC blue-riband event in June with team-mates who have yet to be decided. The Brazilian is expected to announce his 2014 plans shortly.