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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.

  • 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.

Menu: I can still win BTCC titles

October 31st, 2014

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Double British Touring Car champion Alain Menu is confident he is still fast enough to win more titles in the series, and hopes to continue his comeback into 2015. Menu and fellow two-time champion Fabrizio Giovanardi returned to the BTCC this year. Neither won a race, with Menu coming out two places better off in the championship standings in 11th, with two podiums to his name. The 51-year-old Swiss driver believes the progress he and his relatively-young BMR team made during the second half of the season proves it is worth staying on. “There’s a good chance, but if you’d have asked me that in the first half of the season I’d have said no,” Menu told AUTOSPORT when asked about his chances of returning in 2015. “I don’t think [...]

Bushell eyes BTCC move after test

October 31st, 2014

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Renault Clio Cup champion Mike Bushell is aiming to graduate to the British Touring Car Championship next season after testing with the Motorbase Ford squad. The 23-year-old clinched the Clio Cup in a dramatic final round at Brands Hatch and tested one of Motorbase’s Ford Focus STs at Snetterton this week as part of a Dunlop Tyres prize initiative. Bushell is now hoping to graduate to the BTCC. “I’m extremely grateful for getting the experience,” he said. “I was surprised at how easy it was to take the life out of the soft tyre in a long run. “That was a very valuable lesson learned for me on the test as I may not get the chance to experience this in winter testing should the BTCC dream become a reality. [...]

BTCC makes several 2015 rule changes

October 28th, 2014

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The British Touring Car Championship has announced substantial 2015 rule changes encompassing boost and success ballast regulations, grid formats and measures to equalise start performance between front- and rear-wheel-drive cars. Calls for revisions to the regulations were prevalent during the 2014 season as Colin Turkington swept to the title in WSR’s rear-wheel drive BMW, with a number of leading rivals arguing that their front-wheel-drive machinery was unfairly pegged back. A series statement said that success ballast would “considerably increase” from the current 45kg maximum, with exact levels to be finalised, and that “rear-wheel-drive cars will carry their success ballast as far forward in the cabin as possible, in order to better equalise the front to rear weight balance between both drivetrain formats”. It added that “Cosworth and Xtrac will independently [...]

Cubis Takes Phillip Island and V8 Title

by Paul Slavonik on October 28th, 2014

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Season 3 of the 2014 V8 Supercars Series came to a close in what could only be described as spectacular fashion. As we bid farewell to our beloved Ford Falcon, it was Hi-Tec Sim Racing driver, Beau Cubis, who had the distinct honor of not only winning the final Strength of Field (SoF) race utilizing the current Falcon model but also bringing home the Season 3 championship. The final race of Season 3 saw Tony Autridge of Trans-Tasman Racing take the pole position with Cubis starting alongside. The second row was comprised of 4 Motorsports driver, Mitchell McLeod, and Ian Ford of Demidov Motorsports while SDC Motorsports’ Martin Carroll rounded-out the top five of the starting grid. It was an amazingly clean event overall with none of the top-five finishers [...]

Tarquini wins for Honda in race two

October 26th, 2014

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Gabriele Tarquini provided relief to Honda after a troubled qualifying session by giving the factory team its first win of the season in the reversed-grid race at Suzuka. The Italian and JAS team-mate Tiago Monteiro struggled for performance on new tyres in qualifying and lined up tenth and eleventh on the grid for race one. Crucially, Tarquini’s position earned him pole for thee reversed-grid race, and the former WTCC champion was unchallenged to reward Honda with a home win. “It is the right place to score a victory,” said Tarquini, who saved two new tyres for the race to maximise his opportunity for success. “Unfortunately it is only [Honda's] second victory of the year, but the pace was a much better showing than yesterday.” Dusan Borkovic became the first Serbian [...]

Lopez win seals 2014 WTCC crown

October 26th, 2014

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Jose Maria Lopez wrapped-up the 2014 World Touring Car Championship drivers’ title in style at Suzuka, claiming his ninth victory of the season in the opening race. The Argentinean only required a fourth place finish to secure the championship, but from pole position led throughout in a flawless performance. Outgoing champion Yvan Muller ran second to Lopez through the early laps, but consistently dropped three or four tenths of a second a lap to his Citroen team-mate. Muller was denied an almost certain runner-up position when his car suddenly slowed exiting Suzuka’s cross-over on lap seven. The Frenchman had enjoyed a comfortable 4.2s cushion over compatriot Hugo Valente before the rare Citroen technical issue, but the failure set up a thrilling battle for second in the closing laps. RML Chevrolet [...]

Whincup/Dumbrell dominate Surfers

October 26th, 2014

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Jamie Whincup moved closer to retaining his V8 Supercars title with a dominant victory alongside co-driver Paul Dumbrell in the second race at Surfers Paradise. After dispatching the Volvo of polesitter Alex Premat, Dumbrell quickly took control of the race in the opening stint, establishing a lead of over five seconds before pitting at one-third distance to hand over the reins of the Triple Eight Holden to Whincup. The five-time series champion had to rebuild the gap when the safety car was deployed in response to Dale Wood’s Britek Holden grinding to a halt on track, his task made easier by a drive-through penalty for race one winner Shane van Gisbergen. The only driver seemingly with the pace to keep up with Whincup, van Gisbergen made the error of passing [...]

Van Gisbergen/Webb take Surfers win

October 25th, 2014

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Shane van Gisbergen and Jonathon Webb took victory in the opening V8 Supercars race at Surfers Paradise, getting the better of Jamie Whincup and Paul Dumbrell in a strategic battle. Scott McLaughlin led the opening part of the race, quickly dispatching poleman Webb at the restart after an early safety car period caused by a startline clash between Greg Murphy and David Russell. One of four series regulars to start the race, McLaughlin opted for an unconventional strategy by handing his Volvo over to Alex Premat relatively early on – passing the lead to Dumbrell, who had demoted Webb a few laps after the restart. A strong opening stint by Dumbrell allowed Whincup to take over the Triple Eight Holden close behind Premat, and with fresher tyres, the reigning champion [...]

Ambrose to make early V8 return

October 25th, 2014

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NASCAR racer Marcos Ambrose has brought forward his return to V8 Supercars and will contest the 2014 season finale in Sydney in a Penske-supported Dick Johnson Racing Ford. Double V8 champion Ambrose is rejoining the series full-time next year with the new partnership between Penske and DJR, having raced in NASCAR since 2006. He currently drives for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Sprint Cup. DJR will enter a third Ford for the December 5-7 race on Sydney’s Homebush street track. Personnel from Penske’s IndyCar operation will be part of the team in preparation for the American giant’s first proper V8 campaign next year. “This is a great opportunity to give Marcos a good hit out in one of the DJR Falcons before the Clipsal 500 next year,” said team boss [...]

Muller heads Suzuka free practice

October 25th, 2014

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Yvan Muller returned to form after an anxious Friday by leading the way in World Touring Car Championship free practice at Suzuka. Citroen’s reigning WTCC champion set the fastest time in both practice sessions on Saturday morning. Muller recorded a quickest time of 2m08.066s in practice one, before improving to 2m07.953s in the second half-hour session. The Frenchman’s efforts remained one second slower than Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez’s Friday time, which was achieved on new tyres. Given his struggles at the preceding meeting at Shanghai, Gianni Morbidelli was a surprise second-fastest in Munnich’s Chevrolet. The Hungaroring winner briefly moved to the top of the timing screens thanks to a time of 2m08.243s five minutes before the practice two chequered flag. Morbidelli’s glory was shortlived, as Muller displaced the Italian [...]

Lopez quickest on Friday at Suzuka

October 24th, 2014

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez produced a late run on new tyres to set the quickest time in Friday’s half-hour test at Suzuka. Lopez’s time of 2m06.987s was 0.791 seconds faster than his nine-time World Rally champion Citroen team-mate Sebastien Loeb, who held the top spot on the timing screens for the final third of the session. Argentinean Lopez carries a 93-point lead in the drivers’ standings over defending champion Yvan Muller into this weekend’s penultimate round of the championship. Lopez requires just 17 points from the meeting’s potential maximum score of 55 to be crowned 2014 champion. Lopez would be the first Argentinean to win an FIA world championship since Juan Manuel Fangio’s 1957 Formula 1 crown. Four-time WTCC champion Muller completed a Citroen 1-2-3 on [...]

Boss of UA to sell his share in team

October 21st, 2014

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United Autosports boss Zak Brown has put his share of the squad’s British Touring Car Championship arm up for sale. The team ran two Toyota Avensis machines for its maiden campaign in the BTCC this season and fielded James Cole, Glynn Geddie and Luke Hines during the year, finishing 14th in the teams’ championship. Brown said that his increasing workload has forced him to step away from the tin-top arena. “I want United Autosports to be successful in the BTCC and, with my growing business commitments, I can’t dedicate myself to that as fully as I would like,” said Brown, who ran the team with Richard Dean. “The BTCC is a high-profile and professional series and to run at the front takes time and I simply don’t have enough time [...]

Turkington eyes BTCC title defence

October 17th, 2014

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Newly-crowned British Touring Car champion Colin Turkington is planning to defend his title next season. The Northern Irishman clinched his first BTCC title in 2009, but was unable to return the following year and did not contest another full season in the championship until 2013. Having clinched his second success in race one at the Brands Hatch finale, Turkington is hopeful he can return next year, most likely with the WSR BMW squad with which he has won 13 races over the last two seasons. “I’m sure we can make it happen this time,” said the 32-year-old. “The circumstances are different. “To come back and try and do it again you need to be putting your energy in now because all the others will be back on it next week. [...]

Cubis finds Victory in Montreal

by Paul Slavonik on October 16th, 2014

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As Season 3 nears completion, the Ford Falcons stopped in Montreal for their final official voyage overseas. Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve (aka Montreal) hosted Week 11 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series, producing a hard fought battle for some and a race best forgotten for others. The Starting Lineup Starting on pole was Beau Cubis of Hi-Tec Sim Racing with a time of 1:35.446. Alongside Cubis was SDC Motorsports driver, Chad Chastain. The second row of the grid was comprised of Synergy Sim Racing’s Dean O’Brien and SDC Motorsports driver, Martin Carroll. Rounding-out the top-five starting grid was Beau Cattell of ANZ Motorsports. As the online race got underway, the first few laps unfolded without major incident as the drivers maneuvered around the tricky Canadian circuit.  The clean sim racing was too [...]

Gow open to BTCC RWD rule tweaks

October 15th, 2014

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British Touring Car Championship boss Alan Gow has not ruled out changing the NGTC rules regarding the performance levels of rear-wheel-drive cars for 2015. The pace of the WSR-prepared BMW 125i M Sport this season has caused many in the paddock to suggest the RWD machines have an advantage over the FWD majority under the NGTC regulations. Gow does not believe there is a specific RWD issue – and pointed to the abilities of WSR and newly crowned champion Colin Turkington – but confirmed that any car considered too fast would be assessed. “It’s like every year – at the end of each season we’ll look at it and do any rebalancing we need to,” he said. “I’ve been running this championship 25 years and RWD has only won the [...]

Plato waits on rules to decide future

October 14th, 2014

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Jason Plato is waiting for the British Touring Car Championship regulations to be clarified before he commits to a team for next season. The double champion’s three-year deal with the Triple Eight-run works MG squad is coming to an end and AUTOSPORT understands Plato is set to leave the team. With his strong commercial backing, Plato has a number of possibilities for next season, but wants clarification on what, if anything, will be done about the pace of the rear-wheel-drive cars. “I’ve got some really exciting opportunities in the BTCC,” said Plato. “We’re looking at those and [Plato's marketing company] Brand Pilot is speaking to manufacturers. “We want a manufacturer to work with, from a marketing perspective. “But at the minute, it’s very difficult to make a decision on which [...]

Turkington champion as Plato wins

October 12th, 2014

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Jason Plato won the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Brands Hatch, but it was not enough to keep his title hopes alive, with Colin Turkington clinching the crown. Turkington took third place and recorded fastest lap, enough to give him a 44-point lead with two races to go. With 44 points still available, Turkington would win the title on number of second places even if Plato were to win the final two rounds and the WSR BMW driver failed to finish. Plato’s start from pole was not a good one, Turkington’s rear-wheel-drive BMW blasting by from fourth to challenge Sam Tordoff’s Triple Eight MG for the lead into Paddock. Tordoff held on, with Plato slipping back by Turkington for second as chaos broke out behind. Third-placed qualifier Gordon [...]

Turkington tops practice for decider

October 11th, 2014

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Championship rivals Colin Turkington and Jason Plato set the pace in free practice for the British Touring Car finale on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. The first session was wet, so the fastest times came in the second, which was dry until a downpour in the final minutes. Matt Neal underlined the pace of the Honda Civic Tourer around the swoops of the GP loop by topping the times early on, before Sam Tordoff went quickest with his Triple Eight MG. But Turkington made his mark going into the final third of the session, setting a new benchmark of 1m31.729s in the WSR BMW before the rain arrived and the red flags flew due to radio communication issues around the circuit. Although the session restarted, the weather meant there [...]

Lopez secures fifth pole of 2014

October 11th, 2014

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez achieved his fifth pole position of the season at Shanghai. The Argentinean’s lap of 1m48.782 denied his increasingly impressive Chinese team-mate Ma Qing Hua a maiden pole position in front of his home fans. “I didn’t improve very much from Q1 to Q2, so I decided to make a small change on the car,” explained Lopez. “When my engineer told me Ma’s provisional pole time I knew it would be complicated to beat him, as he really knows this circuit, and I needed to find 0.6s. “I had never done that time this weekend. The change helped, but it was also a clean lap and I pushed hard.” Lopez enjoys a 68-point advantage in the drivers’ standings over Yvan Muller, who will [...]

Tander out of Bathurst after big crash

October 11th, 2014

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Holden Racing Team has withdrawn Garth Tander and Warren Luff’s car from the Bathurst 1000 after a massive crash in Saturday morning practice. Luff reported that the HRT Commodore suddenly lost its brakes going into the Griffin corner. It hit the back of Craig Lowndes’s Triple Eight car then ploughed into the barriers, before bouncing back and landing on its side. HRT team boss Adrian Burgess said the damage was significant enough to rule 2011 winner Tander out of this year’s Bathurst. “After further assessment, it became clear that the #2 Commodore’s roll cage had sustained damage beyond what we could physically repair in the time remaining before tomorrow’s Bathurst 1000,” Burgess said. “It’s not a decision we’ve taken lightly, however safety always comes first, and we’re just glad that [...]