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

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

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

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

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

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

  • Cam Stark
    contributing writer

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

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

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

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

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

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

  • David Moulthrop
    NASCAR Contributor

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

  • Jack Davidson
    Staff Videographer

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

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

Rydell set for WTCC return in Russia

May 27th, 2015

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World Touring Car Championship racewinner Rickard Rydell is set to return to the series in Russia next month after missing the last three rounds through illness. The Swedish driver was diagnosed with thyroiditis and unable to take part in the Moroccan, Hungarian and German races. As his recovery continues, the Honda Racing team Sweden driver is poised to return to race action, and completed a successful two-day test at Mantorp Park in Sweden earlier this week. Rydell finished 10th and ninth in Argentina on his WTCC return in March. “Indications from the two-day test were largely positive, and Rydell continues to make significant rehabilitation progress,” a team statement read. “Honda Racing team Sweden and Rickard Rydell are now looking forward to returning to the paddock for the forthcoming WTCC Race [...]

Crowdfunding key to Bushell return

May 26th, 2015

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Mike Bushell says he would not have been able to return to the British Touring Car Championship grid without the financial support pledged by fans following his accident at Thruxton. The championship rookie missed the three races in Hampshire earlier this month after a high-speed collision in qualifying left him with severe ligament injuries and a substantially damaged Ford Focus. Bushell was exiting the pitlane as Simon Belcher rounded Allard to start a flying lap, and the two made contact and speared into the barrier on the outside. The Renault UK Clio Cup champion’s return was originally in jeopardy because of his injuries, which reignited a concern over his heart following a bout of pneumonia pre-season, and the rebuild job facing his AmD Tuning team. But the 25-year-old has been [...]

Austin joins Coventry Ring Road demo

May 26th, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship race winner Rob Austin will demonstrate his Audi A4 on the Coventry Ring Road this weekend as part of a fledgling motorsport festival. The organisers of Coventry MotoFest have worked with the British Automobile Racing Club and the local council to create a circuit that will use part of the city’s A4053. Austin’s BTCC Audi will take part in the demonstrations in addition to cars from the Renault UK Clio Cup, the 1963 gas turbine-powered Rover-BRM Le Mans prototype, drift and rallycross machinery. “What a fantastic event – as soon as I was invited I jumped at the chance,” said Austin. “Who wouldn’t want to run their touring car at an event like this? “We all remember the BTCC street races at the old Birmingham Super [...]

Hamilton completes first BTCC test

May 22nd, 2015

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Nicolas Hamilton, younger brother of Formula 1 world champion Lewis, completed his maiden run in a British Touring Car at Brands Hatch on Friday. Hamilton, who will make his BTCC race debut at Croft next month, drove his AmD Tuning Audi S3 for the first time at Brands and said it had “pretty much gone to plan” despite some off-track moments and a spin caused by contact from another car. “Today was all about getting myself used to the car,” said Hamilton, who has cerebral palsy. “It’s nothing like anything I’ve driven before so it’s a steep learning curve. “I’m just delighted to have been out there as it’s something I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. “Now we can focus on making progress ahead of our [...]

‘Race against time’ for BTCC’s Belcher

May 22nd, 2015

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British Touring Car Championship team Speedworks Motorsport faces “a race against time” to repair Simon Belcher’s Toyota Avensis for the next round at Oulton Park, following his crash at Thruxton. Belcher missed the last round earlier this month after a high-speed collision in qualifying with AmD Tuning driver Mike Bushell. The two made contact as Belcher came through Allard on a flying lap and the series rookie was exiting the pitlane, causing significant damage to their cars as they speared into the barrier on the outside. That damage has left the Speedworks-run Handy Motorsport team a huge task to get the car ready for the June 6-7 event, despite it taking place almost a month after Thruxton. It is a similar scenario to last year, when Belcher rolled his Avensis [...]

Grigg-Gault Wins Sebring Thriller

by Paul Slavonik on May 22nd, 2015

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Sebring International Raceway is one of the oldest and most historic race tracks still in existence in the United States. A former training base during World War II for the U.S. Army Air Corp, Sebring has been continuously operating since 1950 and is home to the world famous 12 Hours of Sebring. Although the 65-year old track plays host to several categories of motorsports including the FIA World Endurance Championship, International Le Mans Cup and, more recently, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Sebring’s virtual counterpart was home to the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Americas Series for Week 9 of the second season of 2015. The Starting Grid As the pre-race qualifying session got underway, 4 Motorsport driver and former iRacing.com V8 Supercars champion, Mitchell McLeod, put in a fast lap which [...]

First BTCC test for Hamilton

May 21st, 2015

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Nicolas Hamilton, the younger brother of Formula 1 world champion Lewis, will get his first run in his British Touring Car Championship Audi at a Brands Hatch test on Friday. Hamilton had a seat fitting at the AmD Tuning team on Wednesday before a Thursday shakedown. The Brands run is the first of a series of test days for the 23-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, ahead of his BTCC race debut at Croft next month. Hamilton has been granted a guest entry by series boss Alan Gow, and after his debut on June 28 will also drive at Snetterton, Rockingham, Silverstone and the Brands Hatch season finale. “It’s just about getting used to it,” Hamilton told AUTOSPORT. “I think we’ll have five days in total, the more we can have [...]

Muller declares WTCC title fight alive

May 19th, 2015

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Both Yvan Muller and Sebastien Loeb have refused to rule themselves out of the World Touring Car Championship fight in 2015, despite Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez’s dominant form. Speaking ahead of the two Nurburgring Nordschleife races, where he and Lopez shared a win apiece, Muller backtracked on a previous claim that he had given up on the world championship after a poor weekend at the Hungaroring. “You know why I said that? Because when 10 guys ask me the same question, the 10th time I just changed my mind because I’ve had enough repeating the same thing,” he said. “So it was just a bullshit. I didn’t think so many people would take it. Nobody took the nine-times answer.” Video highlights from the Nordschleife on the AUTOSPORT WTCC page [...]

Video: Thruxton BTCC highlights

May 18th, 2015

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Gordon Shedden took his seventh Thruxton victory in the latest round of the British Touring Car Championship, as Jason Plato hit the 90 mark to extend his outright win record. Adam Morgan was the other winner at the Hampshire track, at which the 2015 title fight closed right up. Shedden, who also clinched third in race two and fifth in the finale, leads the points at the end of a race weekend for the first time since his title-winning 2012 campaign. But there are only 16 points between him at the summit and Thruxton race-three winner Morgan in sixth. Between them are Team BMR’s Colin Turkington, erstwhile points leader Matt Neal, Plato and MG’s Andrew Jordan. Thruxton BTCC highlights:

Muller wins tight Nordschleife finale

May 16th, 2015

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Yvan Muller scraped to victory from Citroen team-mate Jose Maria Lopez by 0.173s in a tense second WTCC encounter on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. Lopez had spent much of the race bottled up in the lower half of the top 10 until being released when Ma Qing Hua spun on the final lap. He then powered past the works Hondas of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro on the back straight to arrive in his team-mate’s mirrors as the chequered flag flew. Monteiro led most of the first lap from reverse-grid pole, and he survived an early challenge from Muller before succumbing at the end of the lap. Fellow front-row starter Tom Coronel’s ROAL Chevrolet was shuffled down the pack as Muller and Tarquini came through, soon to be followed by the [...]

Lopez triumphs in Nordschleife opener

May 16th, 2015

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez converted pole position to victory for Citroen at the first Nurburgring Nordschleife race as chaos erupted behind him at the start. Lopez’s team-mate Sebastien Loeb made a clean getaway to run to an untroubled second place at the finish, 4.930 seconds down on Lopez. Chevrolet privateer Hugo Valente was slow away from the front row and swerved right to block Norbert Michelisz, who exploded forwards from fourth on the grid in the Zengo Honda. Valente collected Michelisz but failed to arrest his progress, instead dropping to the lower reaches of the top 10 as the field threaded through the first corner. Lopez led from Loeb and Yvan Muller, with Michelisz heading the chase, closely attended by Gabriele Tarquini in the fastest of [...]

Muller slams ‘stupid’ WTCC points

May 15th, 2015

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Four-time World Touring Car champion Yvan Muller has renewed his calls for a points system change to reduce the influence of the series’ reverse-grid races. It had been suggested in the run-up to the WTCC’s debut at the Nurburgring Nordschleife that this event should carry a greater points weighting in accordance with its status, although double-points races have proved unpopular with fans in other race series. Nordschleife WTCC qualifying report: Lopez dominates Muller rejected this and described the standard scoring system as “still stupid”. Currently the WTCC awards points for the top five qualifying positions, in descending order, of 5-4-3-2-1, while both races carry an identical points weighting for the top 10, beginning with 25 points for the winner. The top 10 on the race two grid is a reversal [...]

Lopez storms Nordschleife qualifying

May 15th, 2015

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez put his Citroen on pole for the series’ Nurburgring Nordschleife debut by a commanding 1.252-second margin over Chevrolet privateer Hugo Valente. Yellow flags late in the session disrupted the attempts of several other drivers to set a comparable time, but Lopez’s team-mate Sebastien Loeb had already posted a lap good enough for third on the grid. VIDEO GUIDE: Insight from a Nordschleife master Owing to the unique nature of this event, the series abandoned its traditional three-session knockout format in favour of a single hour-long block. Lopez was the first driver to set a flying lap, posting a time of 8m41.462s – two seconds off his fastest from the dry morning practice session, but enough to stand as the best of the [...]

Lopez, van Lagen set Nordschleife pace

May 15th, 2015

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez ended Friday practice on the Nurburgring Nordschleife fastest for Citroen, while new Lada recruit Jaap van Lagen was quickest in the wet. The first practice session started behind schedule and was cut down to 45 minutes owing to localised fog covering the grand prix loop and north-eastern portion of the circuit. Conditions proved so treacherous that Mehdi Bennani, Ma Qing Hua, Stefano D’Aste and Gregoire Demoustier all skated off on their out-laps. Only Bennani got as far as the barriers. Only seven drivers risked more than two flying laps, and after spells on top for Lopez and Hungaroring race-winning Honda privateer Norbert Michelisz, van Lagen set a benchmark of 10m17.981s. His team-mate Rob Huff made it a Lada one-two. RML Chevrolet drivers [...]

Super TC2000 champion set for WTCC

May 15th, 2015

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The highly rated Argentine Super TC2000 driver Nestor Girolami could enter selected World Touring Car Championship rounds later this season, potentially in a factory Lada Vesta. Reigning TC2000 champion Girolami tested a Vesta at the Hungaroring last week but it was previously thought that calendar clashes, and his contract with Peugeot in Argentina, might rule him out until 2016. Racing as a private entry in an ex-works car from another manufacturer is another option. “I hope he will do some races later this year,” said WTCC general manager Francois Ribeiro. “When he comes, I don’t give him one race before his performance is at the front. “He has a huge level of commitment.” The WTCC field is down to 17 cars at the Nurburgring after the withdrawal of Honda privateers [...]

Tarquini: Citroen fight beyond Honda

May 14th, 2015

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Honda’s revamped Civic World Touring Car is not quick enough to challenge the dominant Citroens at the Nurburgring despite a 60kg weight advantage, factory driver Gabriele Tarquini has conceded. Tarquini was fifth fastest overall, and quickest of the Honda drivers, in an hour-long test session at the beginning of the Nurburgring race weekend, but 3.544s off the benchmark of championship leader Jose Maria Lopez. Last month Tarquini tested the new-look Civic for the first time at the Nordschleife and lapped 4.7s slower than Lopez, before privateer Norbert Michelisz took Honda’s first victory of the season at the Budapest round on May 3. “Here I don’t think the characteristics of the circuit suit our car,” Tarquini told AUTOSPORT. “So I think we will lose some places. “We changed some things in [...]

Lopez leads first Nordschleife practice

May 14th, 2015

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Jose Maria Lopez set the pace in Thursday’s pre-race World Touring Car Championship test on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, despite a misfire on his Citroen. The reigning WTCC champion, who had also been quickest in the series’ first run on the Nordschleife last month, set his 8m41.192s lap before the misfire struck and forced him to stop. The factory Citroens filled the top three, with Sebastien Loeb eight tenths of a second down on Lopez in second and Yvan Muller another four tenths back. An initial Citroen sweep of the leading places was prevented when Campos Chevrolet driver Hugo Valente and works Honda duo Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro pushed the C-Elysees of Ma Qinq Hua and Mehdi Bennani back to seventh and eighth. Lada’s new recruit Jaap van Lagen took [...]

Morgan takes commanding victory

May 10th, 2015

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Adam Morgan commanded the British Touring Car Championship’s reverse-grid race at Thruxton from start to finish to earn his second win in the series. The Ciceley Racing driver won at the Brands Hatch finale last season but only after a post-race penalty for Jason Plato, and if that was a fortunate maiden triumph there was no doubting the Mercedes driver fully deserved this success. From pole position Morgan opened up an early lead over MG’s Andrew Jordan, holding a two-second advantage after just four laps. He extended that by a further second as Jordan held WSR’s Sam Tordoff at bay, but a safety car caused by Warren Scott crashing his Team BMR Volkswagen CC eradicated the gap. When the safety car returned to the pits with seven laps to go, [...]

Plato defeats Collard for 90th victory

May 10th, 2015

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Jason Plato resisted race-long pressure from Rob Collard to notch his 90th victory in the British Touring Car Championship in the second race at Thruxton. Collard got his rear-wheel drive WSR BMR ahead of Plato’s BMW Volkswagen at the start, as behind a slow getaway from Adam Morgan allowed Gordon Shedden and Andy Priaulx to attack. The three ran side-by-side through Allard and Shedden, on the outside in his Honda Civic Type-R, got very close to Priaulx’s WSR BMW, which touched Morgan’s Mercedes. As Shedden took second, Priaulx did a full 360-degree spin and Morgan slithered across the grass on the right-hand side, with Josh Cook and Jeff Smith exiting the track stage-left in avoidance. Priaulx recovered with only a handful of positions lost until Warren Scott hit him at [...]

Shedden leads Honda 1-2 in race one

May 10th, 2015

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Gordon Shedden dominated the opening British Touring Car Championship race at Thruxton to lead home Honda team-mate Matt Neal. The two Civic Type-Rs passed polesitter Aron Smith at the start, Shedden immediately outdragging the Volkswagen CC as it spun its wheels and Neal squeezing through before Allard. Shedden immediately edged clear, opening up a 1.3-second advantage on the first lap and stretching that to 2.5s at one stage before easing off at the end. Neal extended his championship lead with second, while Adam Morgan claimed third after Smith’s VW suffered a left-front puncture with just over three laps remaining. Morgan had shadowed Neal and Smith closely and took the final place on the rostrum when Smith ran wide at Village and was forced to pit for a new tyre, dropping [...]