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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions Tonight!

by David Phillips on December 15th, 2014

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The iRacing International Race of Champions feature top professional racers from across the motorsports specturm.

Past champions Shane Van Gisbergen and Philipp Eng headline an impressive lineup of professional racers expected to compete in tonight’s 4th Annual iRacing Pro Race of Champions.  Van Gisbergen, Eng and other pros from stock, sports and touring cars, open wheel and drag racing will compete against one another from the comfort of their homes on iRacing.com, the world’s foremost online motorsports simulation service. There’s more on the line than bragging rights: iRacing and CXC Simulations have pledged to donate more than $4000 to the favorite charities of the top three finishers. Tonight’s event consists of a 50 lap Super Late Model race at the virtual Iowa Speedway.  The race will be broadcast live on iRacing (http://www.iracing.com/live/) beginning at 9 pm EST. Among the other drivers expected to compete are [...]

Filsell Wins Carnage Filled Season Finale

by Paul Slavonik on December 12th, 2014

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Although Filsell made off with the final with of Season 4, Cubis also had reason to celebrate. It’s no wonder why drivers are often in awe of the great Mount Panorama Circuit. While it seems that every inch of the 6.2 km track can both excite and intimidate, it  also has a unique talent to lash out with such brutality that one’s race can be over in an instant. Such was the case during the Season 4 finale of the 2014 V8 Supercars Series. The final Holden-only event went out with a bang as many top-drivers both started and ended their race on the first several laps of the 33-lap online event. Taking the final official pole-position in 2014 was ANZ Motorsports’ Jarrad Filsell, with an unprecedented time of 2:02.380. [...]

Chastain Conquers Phillip Island – Eyes Championship

by Paul Slavonik on December 4th, 2014

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With a dominating win at Phillip Island, Chastain has his eyes on a championship upset. Phillip Island is known for providing close battles regardless of the vehicles being driven. Whether real or virtual racing, this fast and sweeping road course has a way of keeping the action tight and Week 5 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series was no exception. With the V8 Supercars Series –both real and sim – being primarily an Australian category, it always comes as a surprise when an international driver arrives with such speed and tenacity that they’re not only competitive, but able to completely dominate the field. Such was the case with SDC Motorsports driver, Chad Chastain of Syracuse, New York. Not being shy about his prowess on the race track, Chastain drove his [...]

Cubis goes Two-for-Two at Road America

by Paul Slavonik on November 26th, 2014

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The Season 3 champion is also on the hunt for back-to-back championships. Coming-off a dominant win last week at Watkins Glen, the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series defending champion Beau Cubis (Evolution Racing Australia  — ERA) , further extended his lead on the Season 4 championship with a strong win at Road America in Week 4. With 21 drivers making up the top split (which also included Australian GT Academy winner and International runner-up, Josh Muggleton) and a total of 263 drivers entering official online races throughout the week, it proved to be an action-filled seven days of sim racing. The Starting Grid Further enhancing his show of dominance, Cubis nabbed pole position with a time of 2:06.440 to narrowly edge his teammate – Ian Ford – for the inside of [...]

The Watkins Glen V8 Hustle

by Paul Slavonik on November 21st, 2014

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Watkins Glen International routinely hosts some of the greatest and hardest racing one can find. As such, Week 3 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series at The Glen was no different. With intense sim racing, no room for mistakes and even some post-race controversy, it proved to be one for the record books and the highlight reel. With a time of 1:06.816, Ian Ford of the newly formed Evolution Racing Australia took pole position in front of his teammate and defending champion, Beau Cubis. Jarrad Filsell and Paul Gallen completed the second row of the starting grid with Beau Cattell of ANZ Motorsports completing the top-five. Green Flag As the lights turned green, Ford was swamped by Cubis and Filsell as the field reached Turn 1. Cubis emerged in the [...]

Dahlgren parts with Volvo V8 team

November 21st, 2014

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Swedish driver Robert Dahlgren will leave the Garry Rogers Motorsport-run Volvo Polestar V8 Supercars team at the end of 2014 after a single season. Dahlgren has been the only European driver competing in V8s full-time this year, but he has struggled to make an impression in his rookie campaign. The 34-year-old sometime World Touring Car Championship racer, who replaced Alexandre Premat at GRM when it began its Volvo programme, is last among the V8 regulars in the championship and has a best finish of 13th. His team-mate Scott McLaughlin has taken the new Volvo S60 to four wins in championship rounds and another in one of the non-points Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix support races in Melbourne. But team boss Garry Rogers said long-time Volvo man Dahlgren’s contribution to getting [...]

Huff claims seventh Macau victory

November 16th, 2014

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Lada racer Rob Huff scored a dramatic seventh victory in Macau after heartbreak for Tiago Monteiro in an unpredictable 2014 World Touring Car Championship finale. Briton Huff was engaged in a ferocious three-car fight for the lead with Monteiro and Yvan Muller for much of the race. Two laps before the scheduled finish, Portuguese ex-Formula 1 driver Monteiro appeared to have done enough to score his first win of the season, having eked out a comfortable two-second lead. The intervention of a late safety car appeared to hand Huff a final opportunity to recover terms on Monteiro. The factory Honda racer successfully defended his position into Lisboa on the restart, only to falter with a power steering problem exiting the Melco hairpin on the final lap. “Without Tiago’s problem, I [...]

McLaughlin wins as Tander runs dry

November 16th, 2014

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Scott McLaughlin grabbed a second victory of the Phillip Island V8 Supercars weekend when Garth Tander ran out of fuel within sight of the line in race three. Fuel mileage was a concern for the whole field in the longer-distance race, and Tander’s Holden Racing Team Commodore got through the final corner of the race before coughing and slowing. Until then, Tander seemed to have broken McLaughlin’s challenge. Tander had followed the Volvo past poleman Jamie Whincup when McLaughlin muscled his way into the lead on a spectacular opening lap, then leapfrogged ahead when they made their first pitstops. McLaughlin charged back at Tander in the closing stages, trying multiple passing moves before a slight error with three laps to go gave Tander what appeared to be sufficient breathing space. [...]

Lopez dominates Macau opener

November 16th, 2014

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Macau debutant Jose Maria Lopez led throughout the opening World Touring Car Championship race at the Guia circuit to take an untroubled 10th victory of the 2014 season. The recently crowned WTCC champion made a perfect start from pole position, but his Citroen team-mates Yvan Muller and Sebastien Loeb, who lined up second and third on the grid, were immediately passed by the surging Zengo Honda of Norbert Michelisz. Outgoing champion Muller suffered a particularly sluggish move off the line, and slipped to fifth place behind the factory JAS Hondas of Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro. As Lopez staged a break, nine-time World Rally champion Loeb produced a feisty attack on Michelisz. The Frenchman had a probing look on the outside of the Civic at Lisboa on lap three, only [...]

Loeb’s team gets WTCC Citroen deal

November 15th, 2014

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Sebastien Loeb Racing will run two customer Citroen C-Elysees in the 2015 World Touring Car Championship, while Loeb himself, Jose Maria Lopez and Yvan Muller keep their works team drives. Citroen announced its expansion to five full-time WTCC entries at the 2014 season finale in Macau. Loeb’s team has previously focused on sportscar racing, running an LMP2 ORECA-Nissan in the European Le Mans Series as its flagship 2014 programme after fielding McLarens in the 2013 FIA GT Series. “Since it was created, SLR has amassed real know-how at international circuits, in both GT and sports prototype racing,” said Loeb. “The FIA WTCC marks a new stage in the team’s development. “I didn’t have to think for very long when the opportunity presented itself for the 2015 season. “Since the new [...]

McLaughlin wins under huge pressure

November 15th, 2014

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Scott McLaughlin resisted huge race-long pressure to give the Volvo S60 its third V8 Supercars championship round race win in the Phillip Island opener. Poleman McLaughlin led throughout in the Garry Rogers Motorsport-run car, with the Triple Eight Holdens of Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup glued to his tail. Garth Tander battled up from ninth on the grid to make it a four-car train at the end, the quartet crossing the line covered by just 1.4 seconds as McLaughlin held on despite all Lowndes’s probes. The result is the new Volvo programme’s fourth win in total counting the non-championship event at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne, where the S60′s first triumph came. Third for Whincup brought him to the cusp of the 2014 title, as his remaining [...]

Oriola withdrawn from Macau finale

November 15th, 2014

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Campos Racing has been forced to withdraw Pepe Oriola from the World Touring Car Championship finale in Macau. An accident in Friday’s half-hour Q1 qualifying session caused damage to the Spaniard’s Chevrolet that could not be repaired at the track. Oriola was substituting for Campos’s regular 2014 driver Dusan Borkovic, who injured his hand in an accident at Beijing’s Goldenport circuit. Having spent the season sidelined from racing, Oriola impressed on Thursday by taking fifth in the opening free practice session. However, the WTCC race-winner suffered a troubled start to day two by crashing at Paiol in Friday’s second practice session. Assistance from other RML Chevrolet teams in providing parts allowed Oriola to take part in qualifying, but a second accident followed just five minutes into the session. His car [...]

Oceanic Sim Racing (OSR) Bathurst 1000 Powered by iRacing.com

by Paul Slavonik on November 14th, 2014

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To some, it’s just a game. To others, it’s as real as it gets without actually having to deal with people like Roland Dane. The Oceanic Sim Racing (OSR) Bathurst 1000 powered by iRacing.com was a monumental step forward in the world of virtual racing. Boasting features such as driver-swaps, a digital replica of the Holden VF Commodore which Jamie Whincup piloted to the 2013 V8 Supercar Championship and 161 laps around an exact laser-scanned replica of Mount Panorama Circuit, the OSR Bathurst 1000 was the first of its kind in the world of sim-racing and it was all done for a great cause. Making a difference Proudly supporting the Kids with Cancer Foundation, the entry fee for the event was a $10 donation (minimum) with all proceeds going directly [...]

Lopez fastest in second practice

November 14th, 2014

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Newly crowned World Touring Car Champion and Macau debutant Jose Maria Lopez led the way in free practice two at Macau on Friday morning. The Argentinean indicated that a lack of experience on the Guia circuit would not be an obstacle to a strong weekend, after his fastest time of 2m26.060s eclipsed fellow factory Citroen racer Ma Qing Hua by 1.140s. Quickest on Thursday, Gabriele Tarquini again claimed leading Honda honours by taking third place, shading factory JAS team-mate Tiago Monteiro. Sebastien Loeb, who gained valuable knowledge of the 3.8 mile circuit at the wheel of a Porsche last year, adopted a slightly different technique through the Melco hairpin compared to his rivals early in the session with some exuberant power slides. Loeb secured fifth ahead of Thursday testing pacesetter [...]

More Than Just a Victory for McMullen

by Paul Slavonik on November 13th, 2014

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Anyone who was able to muster up the intestinal fortitude to give the new Holden Commodore VF a drive around Road Atlanta this week was in for a treat. Exiting the uphill pit road, they quickly discovered that putting the power down as you would a GT3 car was soon followed by the sound of screeching/spinning tires . . . along with a not-so ceremonial joining of a shiny new Holden with an old concrete wall. As such, Week 2 of the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series took a bit of patience at the start of the race. Indeed, many of the top-tiered drivers were advising that it took at least two laps to warm the tires up before one could really begin laying down fast lap times. For those who [...]

Tarquini tops Thursday in Macau

November 13th, 2014

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Gabriele Tarquini led a one-two for Honda in first free practice for this weekend’s World Touring Car Championship finale in Macau. Fresh from his first victory of the season at Suzuka last month, Tarquini finished opening practice with a best lap of 2m27.216s. He ended up six tenths ahead of team-mate Tiago Monteiro, who delivered his best lap of 2m27.823s in the final minute of the session. Behind Tarquini and Monteiro, WTCC champion Jose Maria Lopez was third fastest in his Citroen, having briefly been at the top of the standings halfway through the session. Norbert Michelisz, who had been fastest in the morning testing session that kickstarted the day’s action in Macau, ended up fourth fastest. Pepe Oriola was the fastest Chevrolet runner in fifth spot, ahead of Yvan [...]

Emerson Puts Holden in the Spotlight

by Paul Slavonik on November 6th, 2014

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The season we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived: With the addition of the all new Holden Commodore VF to the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series line-up, the category is alive and well as participation numbers soared during Week 1 at Okayama. The addition of the new Holden brings with it some new faces to the online series. With the help of Week 13 at Bathurst, many iRacers were afforded the chance to drive the Commodore in a risk-free atmosphere to prepare for the first Strength of Field (SoF) race of Season 4 at Okayama International Circuit. Taking to the starting grid, John Emerson of Team TTL gathered-up pole position followed closely by 4 Motorsports’ Mitchell McLeod. The second row was comprised of Hi-Tec Sim Racing driver/defending series champion, Beau [...]

Oriola replaces Borkovic for Macau

November 6th, 2014

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World Touring Car Championship race winner Pepe Oriola will replace the injured Dusan Borkovic in Campos Racing’s RML Chevrolet Cruze in Macau. Serbian Borkovic, who finished runner-up at the most recent race at Suzuka, has stood down after complaining of a deteriorating hand condition, inflicted during an accident at the Beijing Goldenport circuit in early October. “I didn’t have enough time to deal with it and it got worse in Japan,” said Borkovic. “After Suzuka it swelled up and it hurt a lot. There is no need to risk an even greater injury, therefore after consulting a doctor and my team I decided not to compete in Macau. “It was a hard decision, especially after taking second place in Japan, but I know it’s for the best.” Oriola has been [...]

BTCC launches 2014 Season Review

November 5th, 2014

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The British Touring Car Championship has released its first official yearbook in over a decade, with Haymarket Publishing launching the 2014 BTCC Season Review on Wednesday. The 132-page special issue has been edited by Motorsport News‘s BTCC reporter Matt James and contains a full look back at the door-handle-to-door-handle spectacle that was played out across 30 races up and down the country. As well as that, there is profile of each of the teams, going behind the scenes to uncover the stories that helped each of them battle it out over the 10 meetings. There is an interview with the champion, Colin Turkington, and a look at his march to the prestigious title. Also included is Matt James and AUTOSPORT BTCC correspondent Kevin Turner’s top 10 drivers of the year [...]

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 [...]