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

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield county, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to Corey's aunt!

  • Wil Vincent
    Contributin writer

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

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

  • Brooks Westfall
    Silver Crown Writer

    I've been sim racing since 2011 when I joined iRacing. I've jumped to many different sims, including rFactor, Richard Burns Rally, and the famous NASCAR Racing 2003. I picked up a copy of NR2003 with my birthday money when I was only 9, but was limited to a keyboard and a controller. After reciving a G25 for Christmas in '11, I've loved sim racing and the community iRacing has. I hope to end up writing for a car magazine or website in the near future, and intend on attending university to accomplish that.
    Aside from my career in sim racing and the real world, I hope to have my own small, yet functional race team soon with the purchace of a go kart. Since I'm currently residing in Maryland, I don't have a wide range of racing to choose from. My only options on a small budget are drag racing or kart racing. After the completion of my senior year in high school next year, I hope that inRacing News and other affiliates will help my dreams of writing for Road & Track become a reality!

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

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

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

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • Justin Sutton
    series contributor

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

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

  • Marc Dorval
    series contributor

    Marc Dorval has been a dedicated but talentless iRacer since 2009. Currently hanging out near the back of the Lotus 79 pack, he nonetheless contributes to the community through posts, statistics, and a weekly recap on the main events of the Lotus 79 series.
    Outside of iRacing, Marc is married with two grown-up children, loves Jaguar cars, and runs an IT consulting practice.

  • Matt Holden
    Contributor

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

  • Paul Slavonik
    iRacingNews Series Writer

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

  • Raymond Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Thiago Izequiel
    Contributor

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

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

  • Tom O'Leary
    author

    Tom is an 18-year old student from London, UK. Tom started sim-racing quite recently, although his passion for motorsport started at an early age, watching BTCC since the late 90s. Tom has since then expanded his interests in motorsport, watching Le Mans 24hr (and endurance racing as a whole) as well as the DTM, F1, and since starting to write about the NASCAR iRacing Series - NASCAR!

    Tom appeared on the sim-racing scene by trying out rFactor, rFactor 2 and then iRacing - where he spends most of his time racing in the Star Mazda Series where he has claimed third and then second overall in the two full seasons he has competed. On the oval side, Tom has completed a few races in the NASCAR Class C (Fixed) although he most enjoys the road side. Tom is an active member of Friction Racing, a team which focuses on the Star Mazda and the Williams-Toyota FW31, with the aim of reaching the Pro Series - and the iRacing World Championship Grand Prix Series.

    In his personal life, Tom spend time with his girlfriend (they have been together for two years) and likes a variety of games and has started to livestream his races/gameplay on Twitch, to give an insight to his approach to racing and gaming.

  • 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.

Hamstead Wins Season 2 V8SC Championship

by Paul Slavonik on July 22nd, 2014

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The battles were many and oftentimes costly. Still, the warriors eagerly arrived every week wanting more and ready to put it all on the line. Throughout these various tests of skill and stamina, some found triumph while others found only ruin and disappointment. However, after an exciting 12 Weeks of door-to-door sim-racing action from the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series, we’re pleased to announce the one driver who stood above the rest. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause to the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series Champion, Team TTL driver, Richard Hamstead! In the final weeks of the season, it was a very close battle for the championship lead between Hamstead and ANZ Motorsports driver, Jarrad Filsell. Although Hamstead had the upper hand because of his race wins, Filsell [...]

Championship Hopes Rise for Filsell

by Paul Slavonik on July 15th, 2014

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It’s been a relatively quiet championship season for ANZ Motorsports driver Jarrad Filsell. Although he’s consistently been finishing races in the top-five, he’s yet to come home with a Strength of Field (SoF) race win this season. On a sunny but windy race at Circuit Gilles-Villenueve (AKA Montreal), however, that all changed.  Week 11 of the 2014 Season 2 iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series saw Filsell take a dominating win over an extremely competitive field. Filsell began the race in second position beside the pole-sitter, Trans-Tasman Racing (TTR) driver and defending series champion, Madison Down. Starting in third was Team TTL driver Richard Hamstead with Kumho Tyres Australian V8 Touring Car Series driver, Justin Ruggier of Eggleston Motorsport starting in fourth. Rounding out the top-five starting grid was two-time V8 Supercars [...]

New Lada set for August unveiling

July 15th, 2014

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Lada announced that it will unveil a concept of its 2015 Vesta World Touring Car Championship racer at the Moscow International Motorshow in August. The racing version of the Vesta will replace the current Granta TC1 car, which has struggled against this season’s dominant factory Citroen C-Elysees. The Granta is understood to have been difficult to get down to the weight achieved by its rivals in this season’s early races. Lada Sport’s engineers believe the size and dimensions of the Vesta should assist in the building of a front-running WTCC car, development of which is already underway. “Racing is the right approach for us,” said Lada president Bo Andersson. “We have a lot of fans and people who support this programme. “The company’s involvement in motorsport is important and we [...]

Down Enjoys Some Canadian Victory Bacon

by Paul Slavonik on July 7th, 2014

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In what could be summed-up by many as the best and most exciting race of the season, the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series took to the treacherous bends of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport) for Week 10 of Season 2. With less than a half a second separating the qualifying times of the top 10 drivers, it was sure to be a very close field as the titans of this series were ready to come out swinging. Starting on pole position was Trans-Tasman Racing (TTR) driver and defending series champion, Madison Down, with a 1:18.020 followed very closely by Team TTL driver, Richard Hamstead. Shaun Kelly, Leigh Ellis and Jarrad Filsell rounded out the top five. The lights turned green and it was a clean start as the field headed [...]

Whincup doubles up in race three

July 6th, 2014

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A different strategy enabled Jamie Whincup to take his second V8 Supercars win of the weekend in the series’ longest ever race at Townsville. The Triple Eight driver did not follow the majority of the field into the pits after an early safety car and this meant he had fresher rubber to take the lead from Garth Tander’s Holden towards the end of the 250km race. Jason Bright had to defend heavily from pole from Whincup at the start but he was unable to make a move round the outside stick. Further back there was contact between Dale Wood and Jack Perkins, which brought the safety car out and meant two-thirds of the field dived in the pits. Whincup stayed out however, so led from the restart, but there was [...]

Tander leads Holden 1-2 at Townsville

July 5th, 2014

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Holden claimed a one-two in the second V8 Supercars race at Townsville as Garth Tander and Fabian Coulthard atoned for a disappointing opening encounter. Both drivers were the victim of contact in a wild opening race but this time Tander won from team-mate Courtney after both capitalised on a mistake from poleman Fabian Coulthard in the second half of the race. Coulthard held the advantage after the start as Shane van Gisbergen made the best getaway and attacked fourth-placed starter Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo, with contact dropping McLaughlin to sixth. Brad Jones Holden driver Coulthard quickly built up a gap to fellow front-row starter Nick Percat, with van Gisbergen, Will Davison, Craig Lowdnes and McLaughlin in close company behind. McLaughlin dropped out of contention during the pitstops as he was found [...]

Whincup wins crazy Townsville opener

July 5th, 2014

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Jamie Whincup survived a crazy race to take his sixth V8 Supercars win of the season at Townsville, despite starting back in 10th. It was an important win for the Triple Eight driver as his championship rivals struggled, with points leader Mark Winterbottom only managing 11th. The race got off to a chaotic start as the front-row starting Holdens went side-by-side into the first corner, with poleman James Courtney holding the advantage after the fast-starting Craig Lowndes nudged Courtney’s team-mate Garth Tander. But at the next corner Courtney was shoved wide himself and glanced the wall, allowing Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo to take the lead. Lowndes was then involved in more contact as he spun Courtney and he himself was then pitched into the wall by Will Davison. McLaughlin then built [...]

Neal concedes 2014 title bid is over

July 3rd, 2014

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Triple British Touring Car champion Matt Neal believes he has to support team-mate Gordon Shedden’s title bid after another difficult event at Croft. Neal arrived for round five of the 10-round season 67 points behind leader Colin Turkington. He finished fifth in the first Croft race, but was excluded from race two after his Honda Civic Tourer failed the rideheight test. A retirement from the finale following contact with Rob Austin and Warren Scott has left him 101 points off the top of the table. The 47-year-old now believes supporting 2012 champion Shedden, who is just seven points off the lead, is the most sensible tactic for the Honda squad. “I’ve still got to score as many points and wins as possible for the teams’ and manufacturers’ championships, but the [...]

The House That Hamstead Built

by Paul Slavonik on July 1st, 2014

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Although it was a gloomy overcast day in Narellan, New South Wales, Australia, that didn’t stop some of the top iRacing.com V8 Supercars drivers from showing up for Week 9 of the 2014 Season 2 Championship battle. With 50 laps to complete on Oran Park Raceway’s slippery surface, the stage was set for an excellent race filled with many challenging battles and close sim racing. Starting on pole was Trans-Tasman Racing (TTR) driver and defending series champion, Madison Down, with a 1:05.382. He was followed closely by Team TTL driver Richard Hamstead as Leigh Ellis, Beau Cattell and Shaun Kelly rounded out the top five starting grid. As the lights turned green, Hamstead wasted no time getting things started as he got the jump on Down and tried to press [...]

Tordoff fastest in practice at Croft

June 28th, 2014

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Sam Tordoff topped the British Touring Car field after two disjointed free practice sessions at Croft. Tordoff’s Triple Eight MG had just recorded two times good enough to lead the way in the second session when Rob Austin’s Audi crashed at Clervaux and brought an early end to the session. The MG’s best of 1m24.115s is more than 0.3s faster than Colin Turkington’s 2013 pole time. Reigning champion Andrew Jordan was second, having been quickest for much of the second, faster, session in his Eurotech Honda Civic with an early run of 1m24.390s. Turkington had led the way in the first session, which had been affected by both a red flag (to retrieve Aiden Moffatt’s Chevrolet) and rain, with 1m24.498s. The WSR BMW driver failed to improve in the afternoon [...]

Turkington expects no more changes

June 26th, 2014

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British Touring Car points leader Colin Turkington does not expect any further performance balancing measures to slow down his BMW after the recent change to the car’s first-gear ratio. Turkington won twice last time out at Oulton Park to move into the championship lead and all rear-wheel-drive cars, such as his WSR BMW, will now have to run a longer first gear to reduce their startline advantage. The 2009 BTCC champion is unsure how badly the change will affect him, but does not anticipate any further measures. “I think this’ll be us for the season,” Turkington told AUTOSPORT. “I can’t see us suddenly dominating and I can’t see any more changes.” Turkington, who won twice at Croft last season, believes the BMW 125i M Sport will still be competitive this [...]

AmD to run latest spec front-end

June 26th, 2014

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British Touring Car squad AmD Tuning will run the latest specification front-end on its Ford Focus from Croft this weekend. Shaun Hollamby’s team bought an ex-Motorbase Focus over the winter for its graduation to NGTC this season. The car had run in 2013 specification, but Dave Newsham’s accident last time out at Oulton Park has given the team an opportunity to upgrade to the current Motorbase front. “We decided not to fit the 2014 upgrades at the start of the year as we wanted to see what impact they had,” said Hollamby. “Our plan was to update the car during the summer break, but following the accident at Oulton Park, it made sense to do it now and debut the revised front end at Croft. “It’ll be interesting to see [...]

Down Captures Win on V8 Debut at CoTA

by Paul Slavonik on June 25th, 2014

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On an interesting debut at the Circuit of The Americas (CoTA) located in Austin, TX, the iRacing.com V8 Supercars Series roared to life as the Week 8 sim racing action got under way. For 27 laps, drivers traversed the winding West configuration of CoTA. With this week being a dreaded “fuel saver” race, the drivers had to carefully conserve fuel if they hoped to finish the race without making a pit stop. Taking pole position with a time of 1:33.452 was defending series champion, Madison Down, followed closely by Richard Hamstead and Shaun Kelly.  As the lights turned green, all 21 drivers raced uphill to the signature Turn 1. For drivers Leigh Ellis and Beau Cattell, Turn 1 would bring about a race-defining incident. Starting in fourth and on the [...]

Winterbottom denies van Gisbergen

June 22nd, 2014

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Mark Winterbottom held off a last lap charge from Shane van Gisbergen to win the third Hidden Valley V8 Supercars race of the weekend, an event dominated by myriad strategy variations. Winterbottom came from 10th on the grid to lead the race in the first stint, as he started on the favourable soft tyres. It looked at first that the Triple Eight Holden of Jamie Whincup would be Winterbottom’s closest competitor at the end, but it was van Gisbergen. The Kiwi spent most of the race in relative obscurity, but he made the most of his strategy and passed second-placed Whincup with less than five laps to go. He erased Winterbottom’s two-second lead, but even a last corner lunge could not give him a victory. Whincup finished on the podium, [...]

Borkovic and Monteiro take grid drops

June 21st, 2014

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Campos racer Dusan Borkovic and factory Honda driver Tiago Monteiro will be demoted from their provisional qualifying positions for the opening World Touring Car Championship race at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday. Serbian Borkovic, who qualified 11th, will start from the back of the grid after electing to make an engine change on his Campos Chevrolet Cruze. “I was really dissatisfied with qualifying,” said Borkovic. “My first two sectors in Q2 put me on course for P4, I had a really great chance of getting into Q3, when I had a problem at the Bus Stop. I am not sure what happened. I thought I braked in the normal place but the car went straight. “Even if the car should have been fast I also felt a slight issue with engine. So [...]

Lopez continues Spa domination

June 21st, 2014

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Jose Maria Lopez maintained his Friday margin of superiority over his Citroen World Touring Car Championship team-mates in Spa-Francorchamps practice on Saturday. The series leader recorded the fastest time of the day so far during practice one, with a 1m24.350s on his second flying lap. Lopez ended the session 1.198 seconds up on title rival Yvan Muller, while just 0.05s covered Muller, Ma Qing Hua and World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb in the remaining three Citroens. Ma’s final effort had fleetingly moved him up to second, but the time was disallowed for breach of track limits at Blanchimont. Lada team-mates James Thompson and Mikhail Kozlovskiy, as well as Yokohama Trophy leader Franz Engstler, also had laptimes annulled by race officials. Indeed, cars cutting Eau Rouge and running with all [...]

Whincup wins again in race two

June 21st, 2014

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Jamie Whincup made it two from two in the second V8 Supercars race at Hidden Valley. Whincup led from pole, and after fending off fast-starting Triple Eight team-mate Lowndes, was never in any danger and sailed to victory by 3.398 seconds over birthday boy Lowndes. Whincup had ended a barren streak in the first race of the day, after going winless since round five at Symmons Plains in March, where he had also taken a double win. Fabian Coulthard continued his impressive season so far in the Brad Jones Holden, rounding out the podium – although he looked powerless to match the pace of the Triple Eight pair. Following him was Garth Tander, who moved up from a sixth place starting berth early on. Championship leader Mark Winterbottom came home [...]

Whincup ends winless streak

June 21st, 2014

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Jamie Whincup ended a 12-race barren period by winning the V8 Supercars opener at Hidden Valley. Reigning champion Whincup had not won a race since round five at Symmons Plains in late March, but claimed a double pole in Saturday morning’s qualifying session. That was the launchpad for a dominant first race, and he pulled clear of the field while front row partner Scott McLaughlin’s Volvo was bundled down to fourth by Whincup’s Triple Eight team-mate Craig Lowndes and Tekno driver Shane van Gisbergen. Whincup never came under threat and took victory by 4.3 seconds. Van Gisbergen put plenty of pressure on Lowndes, but could not prevent yet another Triple Eight Holden one-two. McLaughlin gradually lost touch with the podium fight in fourth. Lowndes made some inroads into Mark Winterbottom’s [...]

Lopez fastest on WTCC’s Spa return

June 20th, 2014

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World Touring Car Championship leader Jose Maria Lopez topped an overcast Friday test as the series returned to Belgian Grand Prix venue Spa-Francorchamps for the first time since 2005. Lopez left it until his final lap to topple title rival and Citroen team-mate Yvan Muller from the head of the timing screens. The triple TC2000 champion was the only driver to break into the 2m24s, his lap of 2m24.575s being 0.718 seconds quicker than the Frenchman. In the early damp running, Lopez initially held a 6.5s edge over Miller, and was still 1.2s ahead at the mid-way mark. Tiago Monteiro prevented a Citroen lock-out of the top three positions. In the final minute of the session, the factory Honda racer demoted Sebastien Loeb to fourth. Nine-time World Rally champion Loeb [...]

Nordschleife ‘can be WTCC’s Bathurst’

June 20th, 2014

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The World Touring Car Championship wants its Nurburgring Nordschleife event to become a European showpiece for the series with a profile akin to V8 Supercars’ Bathurst 1000. Although the WTCC season-closer takes place on the legendary Macau street circuit, series organiser Eurosport Events’ COO Francois Ribeiro told AUTOSPORT he wanted a headline round in a European timezone. WTCC to race on Nurburgring Nordschleife in 2015 “I looked at Bathurst for V8 Supercars and the Buenos Aires 200km for TC2000 [which attracts many international drivers], and thought, what can we do for the WTCC?” said Ribeiro. “You can’t really say that Macau is our equivalent. Yes, it is great to be there and part of the festival of racing at Macau, but European fans have to get up at 5am. “I [...]