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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for
  • Wil Vincent
    Contributing writer

    Wil is a 25 year old student, town planner, and sim racing commentator, most well known for his work as the lead commentator for GlacierTV. Wil got into commentating through his college student radio, where he also worked as a journalist and interviewer, covering gigs and festivals within the UK, and joined GlacierTV in February 2012, becoming lead commentator a month later. His work culminated in him commentating on the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix Series, iRacing Indy 500, and iRacing All Star Race. When he gets in the virtual cockpit, you'll normally see will taking on the thrill of IndyCar Oval racing, or trying his hand in GT action

    Outside of iRacing, Wil's an avid IndyCar fan, having watched the sport since the late 1990s, and always looks forward to the Month of May. He also enjoys watching NASCAR, Formula 1, and V8 Supercars.

  • Jeff Jacobs

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

    I began taking sim racing seriously about a year ago, but have loved motorsports from a young age. I began following Formula One first, then realized there are a huge variety of motorsports to watch. iRacing has opened my eyes even more to the diversity and volume of “real world” motorsports, let alone on the sim itself. With the huge varieties of series to choose from, you're spoiled for choice!

    Ever since I began iRacing, I wanted to improve on my ability, be it road or oval. Having not really heard about oval racing prior to November last year (blame the UK press), my mentality towards it has totally changed from what it would have initially been - it's awesome! I recently began road racing again - in the Star Mazda - and have been having a blast ever since. On top of racing the series I have the privilege of writing the articles for iRacing News.

    In all honesty I have surprised myself on iRacing. From being a fairly casual gamer/racer, it's been a world of difference, but it has far exceeded my expectations. I had a very brief stint driving in rFactor leagues, but I found my place of sim racing on this service, and I can't see myself stopping anytime soon.

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

    Justin is 29 and lives in Texas with his girlfriend and three dogs. Although always a fan of road racing growing up, Sutton never got the chance to participate in Sim-Racing until 2012 and didn't join iRacing until 2013. The son of a writer, and former resident of Connecticut and Philadelphia, his interests vary. Currently Sutton is a co-owner of YouTube channel focused on racing games and simulators and more specifically Formula One along with his partner Mikko from Finland (BoxBoxBoxGaming). Currently Sutton writes the Skip Barber F2000 and Lotus 49 articles (and the occasional F1 article) for iRacing News, and doesn't get nearly enough time to race the cars he writes about.

    Gaming is a big part of Sutton's life as well as he is both viewer and broadcaster on Twitch along with his girlfriend of seven years. In addition to being an aspiring writer he is a skilled speaker with a focus on commentary of races and hopes one day to do commentary for road racing of some kind.

  • Matt Holden

    Matt Holden began his involvement in motorsports at an early age, moving to Charlotte, NC when he was 6 months old. Growing up next door to a NASCAR TV personality, racing has always been a major part of his life. Currently studying Mechanical Engineering at UNC Charlotte, Matt works for US Legend Cars International as a technical inspector and race official at local tracks such as Charlotte Motor Speedway and Concord Speedway. Within iRacing, Matt is the Crew Chief for Gale Force Racing's #05 car in the NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series, as well as Chassis Engineer for the team's R&D program.

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

    For all intents and purposes, Paul Slavonik was a late-bloomer to racing. Growing up watching NASCAR drivers such as Davey Allison and Earnhardt Sr. was the furthest extent of Paul’s racing aspirations at the time. Fast forwarding 20 years, Paul began watching the UK show Top Gear and thus ensued a fascination with all things fast. Soon after, Paul stumbled upon and has been hooked on racing ever since.
    A United States Army Veteran, Certified Audio Engineer and aspiring author, Paul spends his time hanging out with his wife and working on his first book. Currently residing in Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW), TX, his favorite racing series is the Australian V8 Supercars (go FPR!) and he has recently joined a local ChumpCar racing team. Paul began writing news stories for iRacingNews in January of 2014 and currently covers the GT3 Challenge Series and the V8 Supercars Series.

  • Thiago Izequiel

    Born in 1985 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Thiago Izequiel is a graphic and web designer, go kart racer, aiming to get a career in motorsports. He started racing in 2007 and joined iRacing in 2010. Thiago lives in Maricá, a little town located in Rio de Janeiro state, around 60km far away from Rio de Janeiro city. In 2014 he started to write for iRacing News and also started to design layouts for racing cars.

    Working as a freelancer today, he started working as a designer in 2006. After a few years working in web design agencies, Thiago decided to follow his dreams and quit his job to work with a racing driver named Suzane Carvalho in 2011, on her driver's school. Things didn't worked out as expected and Thiago, after getting jobs as a front-end developer and social media content developer, went back to the dream path as a freelancer so he could have more time to focus on his driving career.

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

    David Moulthrop is an award winning motorsports photo journalist and has covered auto racing since the mid-seventies. While he is most well known for his NASCARimages he has also covered F1, American Road Racing, and IndyCar on a regular basis. He has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and online news sites including, National Speed Sport News, Area Auto Racing News, Auto Racing USA, Stock Car Magazine, Sprint Cup Dateline, and Jayski. David joined the iRacing team in 2004 as a contract photographer and became iRacing's Laser Scan Project Manager in 2005.

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

    Jack is a recent grad from Boston University with a passion for filmmaking as well as racing. He grew up playing games such as the Need For Speed series, Gran Turismo, and more recently, the GRID and DIRT franchises.

  • Jason Lofing Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

WSR to replace Priaulx at Rockingham

July 1st, 2015

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WSR will replace Andy Priaux for the British Touring Car Championship round at Rockingham. AUTOSPORT understands Priaulx’s sponsor IHG will keep the car on the grid when the three-time world champion contests the European Le Mans Series round at Paul Ricard, and WSR is already considering potential drivers. Priaulx, who won his first race since returning to the BTCC at Croft last weekend, told AUTOSPORT a decision would be made in the next couple of weeks. “I’ll put my suggestions forward but ultimately it will be down to Dick [Bennetts, WSR team boss] and IHG,” he said. “Rockingham is one of the team’s best circuits and whoever replaces me has got a good chance. “I wouldn’t mind seeing a young guy get a chance. I’m set for next year if [...]

Loeb kicking himself despite win

July 1st, 2015

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Sebastien Loeb says he left his home World Touring Car Championship round kicking himself for his race two mistake and the points squandered rather than celebrating winning race one. The Citroen driver took his first WTCC pole at Paul Ricard, beating team-mate and countryman Yvan Muller to the top spot with a final-sector time six tenths faster. He followed it up with victory from pole to flag after seeing off the first corner challenge from Muller, Ma Qing Hua and Jose Maria Lopez. But the nine-time World Rally champion’s strongest WTCC weekend so far ended with a crash in the finale, leaving Loeb third in the standings with 208 points, while Lopez resides on top with 282 points ahead of second placed Muller’s 243. “I am happy to have had [...]

Palmer’s MSV bids for BTCC rights

June 30th, 2015

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Jonathan Palmer’s MotorSport Vision organisation has tendered to run the British Touring Car Championship from 2017. A decision on the future organisation of the series is expected imminently, with the Motor Sports Association putting out an invitation to tender back in January. Existing organiser TOCA has tendered, while at least one other party is believed to have expressed interest – though it is not known if it submitted a bid for the five-year contract. Palmer told AUTOSPORT he had presented the bid from MSV – the ex-Formula 1 driver’s business that includes five UK race circuits – in May to an MSA panel comprising the national governing body’s chief executive Rob Jones and other senior members. “We have submitted a tender to be the new promoter,” said Palmer. “We’ve been [...]

WTCC finalises Qatar Friday switch

June 30th, 2015

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The World Touring Car Championship finale in Qatar will take place on a Friday at the Losail circuit, event and series bosses have announced. The Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) signed a three-year agreement with the WTCC at last weekend’s Paul Ricard round, confirming the event’s revised date as November 26-27. The race will be the WTCC’s first night event. QMMF president Nasser Khalifa Al Atya said: “I am very excited and looking forward to having the WTCC teams at Losail for their first ever night race. “I promise my full support and my team will work closely with the WTCC to ensure an excellent and unforgettable racing experience.” WTCC managing director Francois Ribeiro said: “The addition of Qatar to the calendar ensures that this is a true world [...]

Lopez rejects Monteiro clash criticism

June 29th, 2015

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Honda’s Tiago Monteiro slammed World Touring Car champion Jose Maria Lopez after their Paul Ricard collision, but the Citroen driver insisted he did not feel even ‘one per cent guilty’. The reverse-grid format had placed the dominant Citroens just inside the top 10, forcing Lopez to carve through the field from eighth. Lopez took a wide line into Turn 1 trying to pass Monteiro for second, but the Honda man remained narrowly ahead of the Argentinian and was pitched into a spin. Monteiro sustained broken suspension, while Lopez went on to win. VIDEO: LOPEZ/MONTEIRO COLLISION A post-race investigation decided that no further action would be taken, much to Monteiro’s anger. “Of course I’m angry because even if he had been penalised, it would not have changed my result,” he said. [...]

Assessing Hamilton’s BTCC debut

June 29th, 2015

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Nicolas Hamilton knew becoming the British Touring Car Championship’s first disabled driver was not going to stop people seeing him as Formula 1 world champion Lewis’s brother before anything else. “It’s always going to happen,” he told AUTOSPORT on the morning of his BTCC debut at Croft on Sunday. “But this is all about what I wanted to do, all about me.” There was a serious clamour to see how Hamilton fared last weekend. I was asked several times before the event how I thought he’d get on, and several times since how he performed. So here’s my verdict: perfectly respectably. Maybe that sounds harsh for a young man who was in a wheelchair a few years ago. Maybe it sounds generous for a young man who qualified slowest and [...]

Collard completes WSR’s Croft sweep

June 28th, 2015

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Rob Collard made it three wins and a third different winner for the WSR BMW team in the British Touring Car Championship round at Croft. Race-one winner Andy Priaulx completed a second one-two of the day for the team with a last-lap pass on Gordon Shedden, who led for the majority of the finale. The Honda driver was third into Clervaux for the first time as Collard led away from pole and Priaulx jumped the Civic Type-R off the line, but muscled his way back ahead of the three-time world champion through Hawthorns. Collard resisted Shedden’s first attack for the lead at the hairpin on lap two but defended too deep at Tower next time round and allowed Shedden to get by into the Jim Clark Esses. The 2012 champion [...]

Tordoff dominates second Croft race

June 28th, 2015

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Sam Tordoff made it two wins from two British Touring Car Championship races at Croft for the WSR team with a dominant performance in the second encounter. The BMW man led from lights to flag and never looked under pressure as he eased to a 2.3-second winning margin over a pair of chasing Team BMR Volkswagen CCs. Jason Plato won that particular fight, having passed race-one winner Andy Priaulx at Tower on the third lap, a move that opened the door for Colin Turkington to take third in the second VW. Turkington resisted a mid-race attack from Priaulx before closing in on Plato in the latter stages, though a half-hearted look at the hairpin was the nearest he came to an overtake. Priaulx kept the BMR men honest en route [...]

Lopez battles from eighth to victory

June 28th, 2015

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Jose Maria Lopez won the second World Touring Car Championship race at Paul Ricard to make it a clean sweep of Citroen victories at its home circuit. Lopez came from eighth on the grid to take the win ahead of Norbert Michelisz, who relented his long-time lead three laps before the end. He was able to narrowly keep ahead of the chasing Citroen duo of Ma Qing Hua and Yvan Muller, while their team-mate Sebastien Loeb had to retire after a large shunt with the tyre stacks at the chicane’s exit. It was around this mark that the works Citroens began to start their assault on the podium after the top 10 reverse grid format put Mehdi Bennani on pole in the Sebastien Loeb Racing C-Elysee ahead of Jaap van [...]

Priaulx takes first win of BTCC return

June 28th, 2015

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Andy Priaulx claimed the first win of his British Touring Car Championship comeback by defeating WSR team-mate Sam Tordoff in the opening encounter at Croft. Poleman Tordoff led the early stages after keeping Priaulx at bay at the start, while the third BMW 125i M Sport of Rob Collard assumed third having jumped Gordon Shedden off the line. Tordoff immediately pulled a gap that grew as large as 1.4 seconds, but Priaulx started to reel him in and took the lead at Tower on lap six following a mistake from his team-mate at the chicane. Collard, running on the soft tyre, briefly made it three cars almost line astern for the lead but could not keep with his team-mates as his tyres faded, leaving Priaulx to manage Tordoff’s pressure to [...]

Loeb dominates Ricard WTCC opener

June 28th, 2015

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Sebastien Loeb led from pole to flag at Paul Ricard to claim his third World Touring Car Championship win of 2015, as Citroen marked its home race by finishing 1-2-3-4. Loeb’s victory was dominant: he crossed the line six seconds ahead of Yvan Muller, who had to fend off the race long challenge of the seemingly quicker Jose Maria Lopez. Their battle allowed Ma Qing Hua to close on the pair as Lopez’s tyres began to fell away in the final laps, but he was unable to find a way past and took fourth. For Loeb it was far simpler than for his team-mates and once clear of the opening corners, he was able to build a gap of over a second for the early stages before the scrap for [...]

Tordoff edges Priaulx for Croft pole

June 27th, 2015

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Sam Tordoff beat Andy Priaulx to pole position as WSR dominated qualifying for the British Touring Car Championship round at Croft. The Oulton Park race winner edged his three-time world champion team-mate by just 0.070 seconds with a new qualifying lap record – 1m23.886s – in the dying embers of the session. “I just pulled a lap out of the bag when it counted,” Tordoff said. Priaulx had looked set to bag the second pole of his BTCC comeback but could not match his young team-mate, despite setting a personal-best first sector on the last lap of the session. Gordon Shedden’s Honda will line up third for Sunday’s first race, more than half a second slower than Tordoff but denying a 1-2-3 for WSR’s fleet of BMW 125i M Sports. [...]

Loeb claims WTCC pole at home

June 27th, 2015

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Citroen’s Sebastien Loeb grabbed pole for his and the team’s home World Touring Car Championship round at Paul Ricard in France. The nine time World Rally champion beat compatriot and team-mate Yvan Muller to pole by just over one tenth of a second in the top five shootout. Citroen locked out the top four positions with Jose Maria Lopez and Ma Qing Hua filling row two ahead of Chevrolet’s Tom Chilton. While Citroen dominated most of the three qualifying segments, Chilton impressed in the battle to get into the top five shootout, placing his Cruze between Muller and Loeb for third in Q2. Lopez had struggled for pace in the earlier sessions but unlocked the speed at the right moment to top that segment. Loeb was closest to matching Lopez’s [...]

Tordoff leads Croft BTCC practice

June 27th, 2015

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Sam Tordoff set the fastest time in practice for the British Touring Car Championship round at Croft. The WSR BMW man left it late in the second session on Saturday to usurp team-mate Andy Priaulx at the head of the times, eventually clocking a 1m24.534s. That put Tordoff more than three tenths of a second clear of Speedworks Motorsport driver Tom Ingram, who made a late improvement to split Tordoff and Priaulx in his Toyota Avensis. Other moves up the order in the closing stages included Honda’s Gordon Shedden going fourth, Jack Goff taking fifth in his MG and Ciceley Mercedes driver Adam Morgan setting the sixth-best time. Oulton Park double victor Jason Plato was only 15th, one place ahead of Team BMR stablemate Colin Turkington and matching his position [...]

Ma and Muller set Ricard WTCC pace

June 27th, 2015

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Citroen topped both practice sessions for its home race at Paul Ricard, with Yvan Muller and Ma Qing Ha leading the way at the World Touring Car Championship’s French round. Muller was the quickest in the first session and his first two laps set the benchmark, as his first flying lap of 1m31.490 sent him top, before he improved to a 1m30.950s on the following tour. Sebastien Loeb proved to be the nearest challenger to Muller early in the session, as their champion team-mate Jose Maria Lopez resided in the pits after catching a bollard on a corner’s exit. The Argentinian’s Citroen team set about repairing an apparent damaged headlight before sending him back out on track and he managed to take second behind Muller. Lopez’s pace deserted him in [...]

Coates in for Donnelly at Paras team

June 24th, 2015

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Max Coates will make his British Touring Car Championship debut at Croft this weekend, replacing ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Donnelly at the Support our Paras Racing team. The 21-year-old’s deal returns the ex-Infiniti factory-backed outfit to two cars, having slimmed down to one Infiniti Q50 at Oulton Park. Coates joining the Paras team ends Donnelly’s hopes of continuing his brief BTCC career. The Northern Irishman was drafted in by Infiniti to replace Richard Hawken before the manufacturer pulled the plug on its involvement with the programme, and he had been in discussions with the team to maintain the relationship that began at Thruxton. Coates has not contested a full campaign since finishing sixth in the 2011 Ginetta Junior Championship, but has made sporadic appearances in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup in [...]

Girolami hoping for more WTCC starts

June 23rd, 2015

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Argentine Super TC2000 champion Nestor Girolami aims to compete in two further World Touring Car Championship events this season ahead of a possible full-time campaign in 2016. Girolami made his WTCC debut at the Slovakia Ring last weekend in the Nika International Honda Civic usually driven by Rickard Rydell, and will race in it again at Vila Real in July. Although the Civic’s pace was badly compromised by carrying 60kg of compensation weight, Girolami rose from 18th on the grid to finish 10th and 11th in Slovakia. “I’m also hoping to race in Thailand and Qatar,” he said. “I would like to enter both because they are new races [on the WTCC calendar], one is at night, but they might be too close in the calendar to Super TC2000 races. [...]

Honda launches development scheme

June 23rd, 2015

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The Honda British Touring Car Championship team has launched a driver development programme. BTCC podium finisher Jack Clarke will be the scheme’s first member, and will be present with the team at the remaining BTCC meetings this season, as well as taking part in a post-season test. Clarke will drive the team’s Civic Type-R at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and at other media events as a Honda brand ambassador. “We have never been the kind of company to rest on our laurels, and as we build for the future, we are keen to invest in young talent to ensure that we continue to be a leading contender in the world’s toughest tin-top series for many years to come,” said Honda UK managing director Philip Crossman. “Jack proved last season [...]

Belcher eyeing three-event replacement

June 22nd, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship driver Simon Belcher intends to vacate his seat for part of the second half of the season due to budget issues. The Handy Motorsport driver will compete at Croft this weekend but said he would have to miss the races at Snetterton, Knockhill and Rockingham as a legacy of the £40,000 bill incurred in a qualifying crash at Thruxton. Speedworks Motorsport, which runs Belcher’s Handy entry, rebuilt the Toyota Avensis for Oulton Park but Belcher said the hit to the budget meant he would not be able to complete the entire season. He intends to get a substitute driver in his absence, with main backer Karcher helping part-subsidising the drive, which AUTOSPORT understands he would be allowed to do without losing his TOCA BTCC Licence as [...]

Loeb wins race two after start chaos

June 21st, 2015

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Sebastien Loeb surged through from eighth on the grid to lead home a Citroen 1-2-3 in the second World Touring Car Championship race at the Slovakia Ring. Loeb finished ahead of duelling team-mates Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller. Race-one winner Muller made several stout challenges before backing off in the final laps. Lada’s Jaap van Lagen started the reverse-grid race on pole position with the factory Honda Civic of Gabriele Tarquini alongside on the front row, but his lead would last just a few metres as Tarquini made the better getaway. On the row behind, Ma Qing Hua wrought confusion for a second race in succession as he appeared to pre-empt the lights, then stalled as he brought his C-Elysee to a halt. Third-place starter Tom Chilton’s Chevrolet was [...]