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  • David Phillips
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    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.
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    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.

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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!

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    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.

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    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.

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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."

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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
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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
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    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.

Lopez sets pace in Paul Ricard test

April 18th, 2014

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez set the fastest time in the test for round two of the WTCC at Paul Ricard on Friday. Lopez produced his quickest time of 1m31.227s within the final two minutes of the half-hour test to demote fellow Citroen driver Sebastien Loeb from the top of the timesheets by 0.138s. Former TC2000 champion Lopez had set the initial pace thanks to a time of 1m32.158s. It took the Argentine’s team-mates until approaching the final third of the test to offer a response, when Loeb found in excess of a one-second improvement over his previous best time. Zengo Motorsport’s Norbert Michelisz spilt up the C-Elysee trio, completed by Yvan Muller, and took top non-Citroen honours in third with two minutes left on the clocks. [...]

Rydell to make full-time WTCC return

April 16th, 2014

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Nika Racing has revealed that Rickard Rydell will spearhead its assault on the World Touring Car Championship next year. The Swedish outfit is running a Honda Civic for Yukinori Taniguchi on a part-time basis in the TC2 category of the series this season and now plans to join the main TC1 class in 2015. Using a Civic once again, the project is due to operate under the Honda Racing Team Sweden banner, with full co-operation from the Japanese manufacturer. Rydell, a former British and Swedish Touring Car champion, said he is relishing the opportunity to lead the all-Swedish team in the WTCC next year. “This project is one of great promise, and I’ll approach it with full dedication,” he commented. “The WTCC is highly competitive and lots of fun, and [...]

Citroen boss backs dual progamme

April 15th, 2014

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PSA chief executive officer Carlos Tavares has backed Citroen’s twin world title bid this season, despite the French car firm’s tough financial situation. Tavares, the most senior official in the Peugeot Citroen group, said he was happy with Citroen’s presence in both the World Rally Championship and the World Touring Car Championship, providing the firm remained competitive. “If we get results then plenty of people say they (both programmes) are sustainable,” Tavares told AUTOSPORT. “And if we don’t get results then plenty say they are not. I think [Citroen] has taken a very bold decision in 2014 and we will see by the end of it if it is fruitful. “If it is not, then we will address this.” Citroen dominated in its first WTCC outing at Marrakech last weekend, [...]

Giovanardi pins hopes on car changes

April 14th, 2014

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Returning British Touring Car champion Fabrizio Giovanardi believes improvements to his Ford Focus will allow him to move up the field at the Donington Park round this weekend. Giovanardi returned to the series for the season opener at Brands Hatch last month, but had a difficult weekend. The Italian believes revisions to the 2014-specification Motorbase machine will now allow him to improve on his Brands best of ninth. “This weekend will hopefully be better for us,” he said. “We had a big analysis of the car after Brands. “With the changes we have made for the set-up we should have a much more balanced car – especially in qualifying where we need to make the biggest improvement. “If you can get out in front in qualifying then that is 80 [...]

Bennani gets grid penalty for Ricard

April 14th, 2014

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Mehdi Bennani has been given a grid penalty for Paul Ricard for causing the Marrakech World Touring Car Championship start crash – and excluded from the race for being underweight. Proteam Honda driver Bennani came together with the ROAL Chevrolet of fellow front-row start Tom Coronel on the run off the line during race two on Sunday. Coronel’s car was sent into the wall and then collected by Yvan Muller’s Citroen, taking both out and jeopardising Coronel’s participation in the coming weekend’s second round at Ricard. Watch Marrakech mayhem videos on AUTOSPORT’s WTCC page “It started with a little tap, which isn’t a problem, but he kept pushing and started turning to the right,” said Coronel. “There was nothing I could do, I was merely a passenger in my own [...]

Loeb takes maiden WTCC victory

April 13th, 2014

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World Rally legend Sebastien Loeb completed a fairytale debut in the World Touring Car Championship by winning an action-packed race two at Marrakech for Citroen. The race was marred by a pile-up soon after the start, as front row men Tom Coronel and Mehdi Bennani clashed. Coronel’s Chevrolet hit the wall hard and then bounced back across the track, collecting Yvan Muller’s Citroen before hitting the wall hard again on the other side. The red flags came out, and there were amazing scenes as Coronel confronted Bennani, whose car had escaped with only minor damage, on the grid during a live TV interview. They ended up embracing despite each blaming the other for crash. At the restart, Bennani led from Tiago Monteiro and Loeb, who had picked his way through [...]

Lopez leads Citroen podium sweep

April 13th, 2014

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Jose Maria Lopez began his Citroen career with a victory in the World Touring Car season opener in Marrakech, leading a 1-2-3 for the French manufacturer. Once fourth starter Yvan Muller had out-braked ROAL Chevrolet racer Tom Chilton for third into Turn 1 away from the standing start, the three Citroen’s were unchallenged. Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb remained within a second of Lopez throughout, but no overtaking attempts were forthcoming. Reigning champion Yvan Muller also avoided staging any bold passing manoeuvres on his illustrious team-mate to take the final step on the podium. Chilton enjoyed a lonely run to fourth, some 8.2s in arrears of the dominant Lopez. Impressing throughout the weekend, Dusan Borkovic took a fine fifth, ahead of factory Honda racer Tiago Monteiro. The Serbian’s passing [...]

Tarquini out of Marrakech WTCC round

April 12th, 2014

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Gabriele Tarquini will miss tomorrow’s opening round of the World Touring Car Championship in Marrakech after a practice accident. The 52-year-old’s Honda Civic was T-boned when trying to rejoin the track after overshooting the Turn 4 chicane by Gianni Morbidelli’s Chevrolet, which had straightlined the chicane and launched over a kerb before hittiing the Italian’s door on the driver’s side. The damage means the Civic could not be repaired for either qualifying or the race, but Tarquini praised the strict safety measures of the 2014 TC1 WTCC machines after escaping serious injury. “I have a bit of back pain because of the very strong side impact, but I am OK,” said Tarquini. “Due to the film or oil on the track, the track was very slippery. I locked the front [...]

Muller loses front row starting place

April 12th, 2014

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Yvan Muller has been stripped of his front row starting position for the World Touring Car Championship season-opener in Marrakech. The Citroen driver lost his laptime from the Q3 top-five qualifying shoot-out for failing to respect track limits after cutting the Turn 10 chicane on his single-lap flier. This means the four-times champion will be relegated two places on the starting grid for race one to fourth, dropping him behind team-mate Sebastian Loeb and ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet driver Tom Chilton. Fifth and final Q3 qualifier Dusan Borkovic does not benefit from the decision, as the Russian was black-flagged during the session for breaking the Q3 timing procedures. Borkovic went through a red light at the end of the pitlane, in a misguided effort to take to the track 30s behind [...]

Lopez gives Citroen debut pole

April 12th, 2014

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Former TC2000 champion Jose Maria Lopez gave Citroen a debut pole position for the opening round of the World Touring Car Championship in Marrakech. The Argentinean edged out reigning WTCC champion Yvan Muller by 0.018s in the series’ new staggered, single-lap, Q3 shoot-out qualifying format. Muller lost time towards the end of his lap by slightly cutting the penultimate chicane and being forced to slow on the exit. Sebastien Loeb looked set to beat Lopez’s effort when he was 0.084s up in sector one and 0.018s up on the sector two spilt. But he had to settle for third behind his team-mates to complete a dominant showing for the Citroen C-Elysee. “I knew that Yvan had made a small mistake, or a big mistake as I didn’t see his lap, [...]

Muller leads second Morocco practice

April 12th, 2014

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Yvan Muller emerged from a close contest with Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez to top the second World Touring Car Championship free practice session at Marrakech. Lopez’s effort of 1m43.500s moved the Argentine triple TC2000 champion half a second clear of Muller shortly after the mid-way mark of the half hour session. Reigning WTCC champion Muller waited until the final minute before offering a response. The Frenchman’s time of 1m43.437s edged out Lopez by 0.063s. As in Friday’s test, Citroen’s Elysee model locked out the top-three positions, with FP1 pacesetter Sebastien Loeb taking third spot. Tom Chilton was fastest non-Citroen in fourth. On his maiden outing for ROAL Motorsport, Chilton headed fellow Chevy Cruze runners and Campos team-mates Dusan Borkovic and Hugo Valente. The session was interrupted by a lengthy [...]

Honda shocked by Citroen pace

April 12th, 2014

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Honda engineer Giancarlo Bruno has admitted to being surprised at the performance advantage World Touring Car Championship newcomers Citroen have enjoyed in the early running at Marrakech’s opening round of the season. Citroen’s reigning WTCC champion Yvan Muller enjoyed close to a two-second advantage over the fastest non-Citroen in Friday’s test, and touring car convert Sebastien Loeb was 1.8s quicker than top Honda runner Mehdi Bennani in Saturday’s first free practice session. “I think this track is obviously is a little unusual, and it is still very early days, but we didn’t expected to see quite such a big gap to Citroen,” said Bruno, who is race engineer for Gabriele Tarquini. “The car has no big issues, and is running reliably, so we are happy on this. I think the [...]

Loeb tops Muller in Morocco practice

April 12th, 2014

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Sebastien Loeb and Yvan Muller achieved a commanding one-two for Citroen in free practice for Marrakech’s opening round of the World Touring Car Championship. Former rally maestro Loeb set his fastest time of 1m43.427s relatively early in the half-hour session, before pitting for work to be carried out on the front of his C-Elysee. Reigning WTCC champion’s Muller’s efforts to topple his new team-mate were scuppered first by overshooting a chicane and then a series of incidents. Tiago Monteiro’s Civic WTCC stopped with smoke wafting from the front wheels in the first sector with two and half minutes left on the clock. Yellow flags were required while the Honda was moved to safety, but the session was abandoned altogether when Tom Coronel spectacularly lost control negotiating one of the back-straight [...]

Citroen tops Morocco WTCC test

April 11th, 2014

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Series newcomer Citroen locked out the top three positions in Friday’s World Touring Car Championship test in Marrakech, ahead of this weekend’s opening round of 2014. Reigning champion Yvan Muller set the fastest time of 1m44.513s, 0.432s ahead of the similar C-Elysee model of Argentinean former TC2000 champion Jose Maria Lopez. In his maiden WTCC outing, nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb finished third on the timesheets, a respectable 0.648s off Muller’s pace. All change in the WTCC for 2014 Muller’s fastest lap was within 0.2s of Honda driver Gabriele Tarquini’s 2013 Marrakech pole time, but times are expected to fall further as the track conditions on the Moulay El Hassan street circuit improve through the weekend. Campos Racing’s Hugo Valente was the top non-Citroen runner in fourth. The Frenchman’s [...]

Honda: F1 won’t affect WTCC effort

April 11th, 2014

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Honda’s return to Formula 1 next season will not have any impact on its World Touring Car Championship campaign, insists its touring car team chiefs. The JAS-run works Honda WTCC effort has become the Japanese firm’s premier European car racing programme during Honda’s F1 absence, but it will be back in grand prix racing in 2015 as engine supplier to McLaren. Honda’s European motorsport chief William de Braekeleer insisted this would not put the WTCC entry in jeopardy. “No, it doesn’t have any impact,” he told AUTOSPORT. “It is two different programmes. “F1 is really the big umbrella in motorsport. We see it like that. “We just launched the WTCC programme. We didn’t commit for a certain number of years, but obviously we didn’t commit for two years only. “At [...]

Winterbottom wins Winton race three

April 6th, 2014

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Mark Winterbottom rounded off the Winton V8 Supercars weekend with a commanding victory in race three. The FPR Ford driver made the best of starts, but found himself with nowhere to go as he got stuck behind pole man Scott McLaughlin and Shane van Gisbergen, before the latter pitted on lap six as he struggled for grip. Unleashed, Winterbottom began to reel in the race leader and eventually passed McLaughlin at Turn 10 after a 14-lap pursuit. The pair then made their stops a lap later and while Winterbottom reclaimed the lead, the GRM Volvo driver slotted behind an out-of-sync Tim Slade. McLaughlin was later handed a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane, which the Kiwi duly served on lap 32 and tumbled down the order as a result. [...]

Holdsworth ends win drought at Winton

April 5th, 2014

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Lee Holdsworth took his first V8 Supercars victory since the end of the 2010 season in the second race at Winton. The Erebus Mercedes driver slotted into third at the start when he beat Shane van Gisbergen off the line and gained a further position on lap 10 when Scott McLaughlin suffered a mechanical issue while leading the race. Race one winner Fabian Coulthard was promoted to the head of the field as a result and it was a position he held until six laps from the end. The Brad Jones Holden driver began to experience rear tyre issues around mid-distance and was eventually passed by Holdsworth at Turn 1, who then went on to give Erebus an untroubled maiden series win. Coulthard soon came under attack from Mark Winterbottom [...]

Coulthard dominates Winton race one

April 5th, 2014

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Fabian Coulthard scored his first win of the 2014 V8 Supercars season after a dominant display in the first race of the Winton weekend. The in-form Kiwi – who smashed the old qualifying lap record to claim pole position – made a great getaway off the line and held off fellow countryman Shane van Gisbergen and current championship leader Craig Lowndes. Coulthard then began to pull away from the chasing pack and was the best part of three seconds ahead before the safety car was deployed on lap 16 of 34 because of Scott McLaughlin’s stricken Volvo. The race resumed three laps later before two incidents involving Chaz Mostert, Tim Slade and James Courtney, and then rookie Nick Percat and David Reynolds at Turns 2 and 7 respectively. Those melees [...]

Lowndes beats Whincup in race three

March 30th, 2014

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Craig Lowndes completed a hat trick of wins for Triple Eight in a fascinating third V8 Supercars race at Symmons Plains in Tasmania. Lowndes made a perfect start from second on the grid, and was nearly one second ahead of polesitting team-mate Jamie Whincup into Turn 1. This allowed Lowndes onto the optimal fuel strategy as teams were forced to split strategies to avoid stacking their cars in the pits during cautions. Lowndes led through both cycles of pitstops and produced a succession of fastest laps to build up an unbeatable gap to Whincup in a perfect drive for his 39th V8 Supercars victory. Whincup brought the second Triple Eight car home in second after running a different strategy to Lowndes, pitting early and running a long second stint. Second [...]

Di Sabatino joins Engstler

March 29th, 2014

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Team Engstler has signed former Formula Renault 3.5 race winner Pasquale di Sabatino to complete its 2014 World Touring Car Championship driver line-up. Di Sabatino will partner team principal Franz Engstler at the wheel of one of the squad’s TC2-spec BMW 320 TCs. The Italian’s only previous touring car experience came during a limited WTCC campaign in a Bamboo-Engineering-run Chevrolet Cruze in 2012. Di Sabatino showed occasional flashes of promise in the first half of the season, alongside fellow rookie Alex MacDowall, before being replaced by experienced touring car racer Michel Nykjaer at the Curitiba round in July. Bamboo reported that di Sabatino stepped down due to illness. “Coming back to WTCC is a dream come true,” said Di Sabatino. “I’m very pleased to race alongside an experienced driver like [...]